Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Jack is 3 3/4 years old!

Look at that handsome kid.  I've always loved his smile.  As his teacher says, he doesn't smile all the time but, when he does, you know you've earned it.  

But don't be fooled by that smile.  He can be charming one minute and an utter terror the next.  There's lots of talk of "three-nagers" in our playgroup and I totally subscribe to that theory.  When he's great, he's great.  Fantastic.  My buddy.  But when he's not....he can be moody, angry, aggressive, insane, and just a ball of emotions that he doesn't know how to regulate.  Sometimes it's so disheartening but thank goodness I have lots of mom friends who are in the same boat.  Their sons are crazy and hard to manage too.  So it's all just a phase and I enjoy the good times and try to survive the throwing fits and temper tantrums.  :)

I will say that this kid has really come out of his shell.  Our playgroup friends who have known him since he was 6 months can't believe the change.  He used to be so quiet and serious and now he can be so animated and happy with his friends.  It's so fun to see.  Some of it must just be his age but another part of it is definitely his preschool.  He really likes his new preschool and it's really made him more outgoing which is cool.  Not sure he learning much on the reading and writing front...but that's okay.  ;)

Jackie remains my cuddler while his younger brother HATES to be held or cuddled.  Which is why, now when he's going through a co-sleep phase, we indulge him.  He usually wakes up half-way through the night and wants daddy or mommy to come in and sleep next to him.  He just wants a warm body but John enjoys the sweet time with him.  

Sam remains a friend sometimes but nemesis often.  There are brief moments of adorable happiness between the siblings during the day.  A half an hour after dinner, 15 minutes in the morning.  Time when they chase each other and giggle and have fun.  But then the rest of the day I'm pretty much a referee.  Jack seems to just be angered by his presence.  Even when he's not touching his toys.  

Unfortunately there's a lot of hitting and pushing and none of my preventative or discipline methods seem to be working.  I'm hoping it's just a phase but worried it's a decade-long phase.  Yikes!

Regardless, my first born is one heck of a kid.  A fountain-obsessed, planet-loving, crazy kid.  Who is 3 3/4 years old! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sam's 1st Birthday


So, proving that second kids often seem to get the short end of the stick, I decided that I didn't want to have a huge party for Sam's 1st birthday. I mean, I'm confident that Sam won't remember his first birthday so why go to a giant expense? We decided to just invite Jack's friends over for a play date. And serve cupcakes of course. Because all I really needed was a picture of Sam stuffing a cupcake into his mouth. And, guess what? I got it. :)

 (Birthday hat courtesy of Jack's 1st birthday party if you can believe it.) 

Sam had a great time chasing after the older kids, as usual. It's his favorite activity. And he seemed to enjoy his first cupcake. Though I can't say that he devoured it with the same speed as Jack. So maybe I'll be lucky and have a kid that's not a giant dessert fiend with an insatiable sweet tooth.

Here are some pictures from our fun day!



 Happy birthday sweet Sam! 


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Sam is 12 months old!

Well, it's been a whole month since my last post but I wouldn't miss this photo shoot for the world.  Our little Sammy is 1 year old!  Absolutely crazy.  It went by so fast!  (Except for some of those days...yikes.)  

Sam is a seriously active little guy.  He's got a twinkle in his eye and is ready for fun at all times.  His favorite thing to do is chase his big brother.  (Here's Jack at 12 months if you need a refresher).  Sammy just loves watching Jack, imitating Jack, and playing with Jack's toys.  He loves it when Jack's playgroup comes over and we've got 12 three and four year olds running around.  Little Sam is always there in the mix trailing after them.  

At 12 months, Sam is finally sleeping a little better.  He goes to bed early (6:30pm) and, if I'm lucky, sleeps until around 5:30am.  He's definitely a morning person but that's not terrible since I am too.  He's a great eater so far too.  He eats most things and is incredibly adventurous compared to Jack who currently eats about 5 things.  

Love this kids smile!  And his scream!  

And his crazy face!

These two brothers.  Sigh.  If only Jack would stop beating him down.  Because when he stops, they are pretty cute.

I mean...isn't this the most adorable thing ever?  

Happy 12 months Sam!!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sam is 11 months old!

Sammy is 11 months old!  I think the poor kid has been sick for about 4 weeks but this cold just won't seem to go away.  But look at that cute blondie.  He is so big now...just solid...probably due to him being an eating machine.  The kid loves to eat anything and everything and that's so refreshing since Jack eats like three things.  And speaking of Jack, here he is at 11 months in case you were wondering. :)

Sam is a SERIOUSLY active little boy.  He is walking now (though still crawls when he needs to get something fast).  He climbs on everything from kitchen drawers to step stools to strollers to rock climbing walls at parks.  Sam watches Jack's every move so he's learning fast. 

He does crave attention though and that's exhausting sometimes.  I suppose since I'm often preoccupied with Jack's activities but, man, he will let you know when he wants attention.  Screaming, shrieking, even biting until you give him your undivided attention or take him outside or do whatever he wants.  Tricky little kid.

Poor Sam though does take quite a bit of abuse from his brother.  One minute Jack is sweet and the next he's tackling him, wrestling him, pushing him down, etc.  But, darn, when they are cute they are cute.

Happy 11 months Sam!  You're almost to the big one!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sam is 10 months old!


 Finally! Sam's 10 month pictures! Just a couple of days late. He still wasn't feeling 100 percent but I think he looks pretty cute.  I think Sam is looking less like Jack at the same age and more like his own person.  Which is to say he looks a like like daddy and Grammy.


He is so close to walking (as he has been) but pretty much refuses to commit.  He can take a step or two but then sits and crawls.  And some days he's more interested in trying than others.  Maybe he knows how fast he is on the ground.  

He continues to absolutely love and adore his big brother who tackles him and pushes him all the time.  But when they are both playing together nicely at the end of the day it is the most adorable thing ever.  They loving playing "Two Little Monkeys" on the bed.  Sam loves jumping and generally making mayhem.  

Of course, he still has a slight spit up problem...only exacerbated by his illness.  See?  Fun times.  Happy 10 month birthday Sam! :)

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Delayed birthday post

Well, we've sort of fallen apart here at the ol' Trickster household.  First Jack was sick for a week then Sam.  Then we had a blissful one week hiatus from the plague.  And then last week Jack was sick all week with a fever and cold and missed his very first week at his new preschool.  I thought Sam had escaped it but yesterday he woke up with a raging fever and therefore ruined my 10 month photo shoot.    So sadly the pictures there are no pictures to post today.  But when Sam is healthy and back to his smiley self, I will definitely take some pictures!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Jack is 3 1/2 years old!

There he is.  That cute 3 1/2 year old above can send me over the edge in 2 seconds flat but can make me feel fantastic with one "I love you mommy".  The post is poorly timed only because he is in the middle of his "three-nager" stage.  In my child development and mommy and me classes I remember learning about these phases of dissonance and harmony that go in a cycle (about once a year).  And how he is acting now is exactly how he was acting last summer.  Which is to say, a bit hormonal and insane.  These past couple weeks he's had tantrums and emotional meltdowns complete with throwing and yelling.  Of course, Sam's presence isn't helping.  Poor kid's existence seems to set Jack off lately.  One minute he'll be hugging his baby brother and saying he loves him and the next he's pushing him down and throwing things at him.  Sigh.  No amount of talking, discipline, consequences, or whatever seem to permanently change his behavior.  But I know it's a phase and hopefully it'll get better soon.  

Of course, even when he's a maniac at home, he never dreams of misbehaving at preschool.  At pickup I hear the teacher tell the other moms about incidents at school with their kids and all I ever hear is "Jack had a great day!"  So he saves all his bad behavior for mom.  I guess that's something?  

But on to the good stuff.  Because he can be really awesome when he wants to be.  He has a hell of a sense of humor.  I see some sarcastic dry wit in his future.  And he is still my cuddly little boy.  Someday that's going to change but for right now it's pretty adorable.  Sam may be smiley but he hates cuddling.  So getting big ol' bear hugs from Jack and hearing him say when he's sick "I just want you to take care of me mommy" is pretty darn great.  

He currently is a fish in the water and can't get enough of it.  He loves swimming in our pool and is so excited about his new skill that he likes to push himself more and more with his jumps and diving for rings.  But his first love is, of course, FOUNTAINS.  Man oh man.  At the time of writing this I believe we have 168 fountains on our list.  You see, Jack likes to count every single fountain that we see around town and assign them a number (and take a picture with them).  You'll think I'm lying when I say this but he truly has all 168 memorized.  It's crazy.  That's all he talks about morning, noon, and night.  We look at pictures of them on my iPad, we make fountains out of play-doh, we watch fountain videos on YouTube, and he splashes around like a fountain in the shower and the pool.  He knows the names of the streets that the fountains are on and knows which way to go when we drive.  Just crazy.  I would have thought his obsession would be over by now but apparently not.  But hey, I don't mind it.  It's probably better than "Frozen" or "Cars" or whatever most normal kids are obsessed with.

So happy 3 1/2 years my crazy son #1! You drive me insane but I can't help but love you at the end of the day!  

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Sam is 9 months old!


 The little guy is 9 months old today!  You'll have to excuse the lack of expressions but he and his older brother are sick so he wasn't giving me much to work with.  Still pretty adorable though.  (And here is Jack at 9 months...)


Sammy remains one of the happiest, good-tempered kids ever.  He always has a smile for me or my friends or strangers in the store.  Everyone seems to be charmed by him, his blue eyes, and that big smile wherever we go.

As smiley as he is, this kid hates to cuddle.  He won't even let me hold him facing in.  No, it's slung in the crook of my arm, facing out, at all times.  He's just dying to see the world and all the people.  He still gets grumpy and bored at home and would rather be out at a playdate or in a store, or taking a walk.  He loves picking up Jack from school because he is in wonder at the number of kids running around.  

Still no walking on his own.  He cruises around everything and has the strongest little sumo legs...but I guess not enough balance to walk.  I'm not in a hurry though so he can take his time.  

He is an adventurous little bugger though.  I don't remember Jack getting into so much.  Sam's favorite thing is to find an open toilet seat and dive in and splash around with his hands.  So I've been very diligent about putting the covers down lately.  :)  He'll get in my tupperware drawer and empty the contents.  He'll climb up anything and everything and try to put things in his mouth.    

Sam really is a great eater.  He eats everything I give him.  Black beans, corn, hearts of palm, sausage, spinach, cauliflower, name it, he'll eat it.  Which is in stark contrast to my picky older son.

Speaking of Jack, their relationship continues to evolve.  Sam still adores Jack but one minute Jack is hugging him and saying how much he loves his baby brother and the next his pushing him down because he touched his trains.  He knows it's wrong but he's just not used to having someone be all up in his business.  It seems to be tapering off with lots of discipline and consequences from mom and dad but of course it's still there.  Probably will be forever.  :)

And of course sometimes even the hugs can get overzealous.  Poor Sam.  He's a tough cookie though.  Happy 9 months buddy!!