Monday, December 29, 2014

Oscar is 18 Months

Another birthday milestone for our littlest guy.  These come so fast and furious with the second kiddo.  18 months definitely doesn't sound like a baby anymore, and Oscar wants you to know that he's definitely a big boy.  He's really developed a fabulous personality and I sure love all the talking.

First things first, here are his stats. If you're curious, here are Walt's 18 month stats (so similar!)

Weight: 27 lbs 8 oz*...... 87%
Height: 34".....................92%
Head: 19.8"....................98%

*We are pretty sure this weight is super inaccurate. Oscar has been sick and not eating much, plus it took three attempts to weigh him because he was such a mess at the doctor's office. This is only 1 oz bigger than his 15 month check up. The funny thing is... he's still huge. :)  Oscar was a huge baby (9lb 10z) and that's a terrible indicator of how big the will actually be. Many kids even out and normalize. Not Oscar. Or Walt for that matter. I think it's pretty clear that we spawn some big kids.

Here's some fun stuff O is up to:
  • Talking - he talks up a storm! He loves animals and knows many sounds (see video below). Other new words he says:
    • Wahhh (Walt)
    • Bentley
    • Applesauce
    • Cracker
    • Chicken
    • Sassy (paci)
    • Sorry
    • Nana
    • Papa
  • Eating - He continues to eat pretty much everything we put in front of him (with the exception of eggs, but he'd eat those too). He gobbled up some pasta and homemade sauce at Christmas. He even likes salsa and queso!
  • Playing - He's started playing more structured. He like stacking things and matching things. He starts a new class at school on Jan. 5 where they will start with some Montessori exercises. It will be interesting to see his motor skills develop!  Most importantly, Oscar really likes to play with Walt and Bentley. He watches what Walt does and mimics. Walt is a very patient older brother!  Oscar is also very good at independent play. I can tell that he's more comfortable playing alone than Walt ever was.
  • Health - After our 2-day stint in the hospital in October, it's been a struggle to keep this boy healthy.  We've diligently been administering steroid nebulizers twice a day for two months, in addition to lots of saline and nose suctioning (disgusting). He just can't seem to stay100% well. I'm hoping this is just the age and the time of year.
I will say this much about our fun-loving second born... this kid is a champ at bedtime/naptime routines. I feel like I have to brag about this because it took what felt like FOREVER for him to comfortably sleep the entire night through without any wake ups. I always thought Walt was a champ going to bed, but Oscar is so easy. He is happy for you to read 2-3 books, then goes right into his crib. There are nights that he stays awake for up to an hour, but he's so content in his crib and makes zero noise. He's the same most mornings. Just wakes up and plays nicely in his crib.  I'm definitely enjoying this, because Walt is SUPER needy when he wakes up in the morning. 

As promised, here is a fun clip of Oscar showing off his animal sounds:

Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!

I seriously love Christmas. I love giving gifts. I love receiving gifts. And, I sure do love the excitement as the boys come down the stairs in the morning.

We didn't do a super big present this year for the boys. Last year we outdid ourselves with a very realistic kitchen and a bike. It was hard to top that. Don't worry, they were still well taken care of.   Plasma Cars, Ninja Turtles, Elmo... the list goes on and on.

I was lucky enough to get hit hard with a nasty virus a few days before Christmas. I thought I  was way ahead of it (went to the doc on Mon and got antibiotics and steroids). I even tested negative for the flu. But it came back with a vengeance on Christmas Eve. I was able to power my way through wrapping presents, but I could barely keep my head up at my parents (it's so sad that I don't even remember tasting my mom's homemade ravioli and eggplant Parmesan). What's worse than that is I watched a super nice bottle of Kathryn Hall Cab get poured all around me.  We left for home early and I had enough strength to crawl in bed and just hope I saw improvement.

Luckily on Christmas morning, I did feel slightly better. This virus is no joke though. I'm going on day 13 of symptoms. I was hoping the boys would skate free, but more on that in a later blog.

Enough about me! Here are pics and a video from Christmas morning (you'll notice that Oscar doesn't know what to think, and eventually gets scared by Elmo)

Our tree with so many presents!
Bentley overseeing the Santa operation
Yay scooters! (Bentley just wants to love on Oscar)
This big boy needed no help in opening his presents!

More Elmo!

As I was miserable in bed (and so upset I was worthless), Santa wrote a super sweet note to the boys and reminisced about their photo opp
After presents on Christmas morning, my family came over for brunch. Oscar slept through the entire thing, so we had a THIRD round of presents after he woke up.  We are looking forward to Nana and Papa visiting next week so we can continue our Christmas celebrations!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Meeting the Big Guy

I had a premonition that we wouldn't quite get the Kodak moment we got last year. Or did we?  Honestly, I had no idea how Oscar would react.  The first time Walt met Santa Claus in person he was nearly 3 #parentsoftheyear.   Last year, Oscar just stared a hole in Santa.

We chose to go see the Santa at the Villages of Fairview because you can make an appointment. I can tell you that this phenomenon did not disappoint. We parked close, walked right in and were done (start to finish) in 10 minutes.  Well done, Santa + elves!

The whole way over, Oscar kept saying "Santa!" and pointing to Santa pics.  As soon as we walked in the door, his grip on me tightened. As we got closer to Santa, I could have let go of Oscar and he would have stayed firmly affixed to my hip. That's how tightly he was holding me.

And then this happened...

Its a Christmas miracle. Goodness he got MAD 

Afterwards, he was happy as could be with his candy cane and Rudolph on the TV

Just for grins, this is last year's pic.  Everyone is so happy!
So, maybe next year we'll have all smiles. I'm pretty happy with the complete meltdown pic.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Caroling

We introduced Walt to a new holiday tradition this year: Caroling! I've mentioned before what a super cool neighborhood we live in. It's a very social neighborhood with tons of kids (young and teenage) and just a super nice group of people.

Walt and I bundled up on Saturday night ready to go singing. I wasn't sure how this would go over given that he only knows four Christmas songs. Unbeknownst to me, he knows a lot more! He sang along to almost all of them. It also helped that one of his beloved babysitters, Morgan, was there to impress.

Walt was the official doorbell ringer. He happily rang every single doorbell. As a group, we wished more people had been home, but it was such a fun experience. We can't wait to participate next year.

Gotta warm up our voices with cookies and hot chocolate!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Cypress Creek Montessori Holiday Program

One of the things I look forward to the most with having kids in day care/preschool are the programs. Cypress Creek Montessori does a end-of-year program (Graduation) in May and a holiday program.  Last year's holiday program was mostly watching a bunch of 2.5 - 3 year olds stand around and bebop to the music. What a difference a year makes! This year was full-on singing and dance moves.  With the exception of a crown malfunction with one of Walt's buddies, the entire performance was flawless.

They sang:

  1. Marshmallow World
  2. Frosty the Snowman
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Let It Go (yay, Frozen.........#sarcasm)
  5. Feliz Navidad
For purposes of memory keeping, I'm posting the videos below. They are short, and worth a peek.  My favorite part is the boys bowing at the end of each song (I think I only got this on camera once).


Thursday, December 4, 2014

I Love JT

The subject of this blog is a surprise to no one. I know this. I won't bore everyone with me gushing about how much I melt over JT. But, seriously. What is not to like about this guy? He can sing. He can dance. He acts. He's funny. He's a guy's guy.

Before you start lumping me in some category of girls who unconsciously swoon over JT, it's worth a brief history.  I have adored JT since the early 90s when he showed up on The Mickey Mouse Club. It started with my childhood friend, Erin, and we'd sit at her house and watch HOURS of this show. We memorized skits, copied the dance routines, and Erin even got to go see some tapings #jealous.

The very second that 'N Sync came out (long before anyone even paid them any attention), I was buying their European album, racing to see them at Six Flags, stalking meeting them at gas station convenience stores, and I even created a fan website (yes, I just admitted that). I really loved them. All in all, I probably saw them in concert 10 times (which is quite a feat considering they probably only toured for three or four years).

All of this leading to my love of JT because he's awesome. Thank goodness I have a patient husband. I nearly lost my marbles last year when JT performed at the MTV VMAs and reunited with 'N Sync. It was almost too much.

So, THIS is why we never miss a chance to JT. It's always so incredibly worth it. Someone asked me how many times I've seen JT. I don't really know. Six??  Stori and I saw him at a club show at the old Gypsy Tea Room in 2007 and that was perhaps the most unbelievable experience.  Here a few snippets of the show last night at AAC in Dallas...

And probably one of my most FAVORITE parts of the show: