Wednesday, December 20, 2017

2 Year Old: Levi

(This was written on his 2nd Birthday.  Photos taken at 25 months)

Time keeps ticking which means my baby boy is 2!  Every year seems to go a little quicker than the last and this year has been no different.  Levi loves vehicles with trucks being his favorite.  His day is spent playing with trucks, looking at truck books, pointing out trucks while we drive, walking to our neighbors to play with their outdoor trucks, digging in the sand with trucks, and occasionally riding his trike or balance bike.

Around 18 months his vocabulary began to explode.  He now puts together 2-3 word phrases.  Many of his words and phrases are not clear to others, but I typically know what he is saying.  He says"
  • Bulldosh for bulldozer
  • Trwuck for truck
  • I 'anna see for I want to see
  • Woee for Zoe
  • Bent for Bennett
  • Weeooo, Weeooo for ambulance and police car
  • Cackers for crackers
  • Spidee for spider
  • Awk me for rock me
  • Tank You for thank you
He loves to dig in the sand and the mulch with his vehicles.  He loves to jump on the trampoline with his siblings.  He enjoys crawling around the house playing dog and cat with Zoe.  He loves splashing during bath time.  He loves to climb up the ladder to the monkey bars, attic, top bunk, pretty much anywhere.  He is crazy coordinated and desires to do everything his brother and sister are doing.  

He is still most easily comforted by his boppy (pacifier) and boppy/stinky (lovie).  At this season in my life he may have them until he is 4.  Life is too short to worry about it.

His favorite time of day is when daddy comes home. 

He is by far my pickiest eater.  He prefers breakfast foods.  He almost always will eat:
  • Yogurt
  • Sausage 
  • Eggs
  • Cereal
  • Oatmeal
  • Applesauce
  • Goldfish, animal crackers, granola bars, sugary foods :)
No matter how many vegetables I put on his plate (which is daily) he will not chew them up and swallow them.  He may chew on them for a few seconds, but always spits them out.  If I cook ribs or wings for dinner he almost always eats them, but everything else is a "sometimes" or never food.  He will sometimes eat cheese, meatballs, bread, a bite of carrot with dip, grapes, orange, banana, grilled chicken, pureed veggie pouch, pulled pork, and salmon.

He used to be the best sleeper.  At bedtime we would walk in lay him down and he would sleep until 6 or 7 a.m.  All of that has changed.  He now wants to be rocked before bed and nap.  He often cries and yells for us once we lay him down.  He wakes up anywhere from 1-3 times at night and is up between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m. with 5:30 being the most common.  He takes one nap a day typically around 11:30-1:30.  

Favorite Toys:
  • Tonka Dump Truck
  • Mack Car Hauler
  • Various Cars 
  • Schwinn Roadster Trike
  • Tonka Vintage Dump Truck and Cargo Carrier
  • Take-n-play Diesel Works and trains
  • Fisher Price Little People Sit and Stand Skyway
Favorite Books:
  • Slide and Find Trucks
  • My Little Machines Library
  • My Big Truck Book
He wears a size 2T and a size 6 diaper.  Unlike his siblings he asks to wear a shirt with a truck or train on it almost daily.  For a few months he would be very upset if I choose something different.  Now he has expanded his choices a bit :)  

He has entered a more challenging phase, but to be honest he mainly makes us laugh and entertains us.  His lack of fear often leaves me nervous, yet laughing hysterically.  His toddle and his constant asking to go outside can make me crazy, yet make me smile.  His refusing to get in his high chair or car seat or crib can evoke anger, yet I think of his sweet face and it all fades.  

To my truck loving rooster,

I love you.  You have come in and swept us off our feet.  The way you adore each member of our family in your own way brings joy to my heart.  You hug us one minute and hit us the next :)  You are our little firecracker.  I pray God uses your love for life to spread His truth to the nations.  I pray He always guards your heart and your life.  May He mark you with His spirit, so that you always know He loves you and is with you.  I love you so very much and am grateful to our God that He placed you in our family.  Keep being joyful little man.


Tuesday, October 24, 2017

5 Year Old: Zoe

She is bold and shy.  She is sweet and sassy.  She is stubborn and tender.  She is confident and afraid. She is a leader, not a follower.  She knows what she likes and does not change her mind easily.  One moment she is dancing around light as a feather, the next she is dropping a butt bomb on her brother while jumping on the trampoline.  She is independent yet needy.  She is my girl.  She is her daddy's girl.  She loves to snuggle on our laps yet never stops squirming.  She has a smile that covers her whole face and is full of expression.

She faces change with grace and confidence.  Whether it be moving to a new home, changing Sunday school classes, attending a new school, vacationing in a different time zone, canceling plans, etc.  She quickly settles in.

She has grown to really enjoy playing with Bennett and is often sad/angry when he wants to do something else.  She continues to enjoy hugging, kissing, and correcting Levi.  She beams when he walks up to hug her.

She napped 3-4 days for the majority of the past year having stopped at the beginning of summer.  She continues to share a room with B.  They go to bed (now that school has begun) around 7:30.  She typically falls asleep before their podcast/audiobook is finished, but sometimes we have to lay with her to fall asleep around 8-8:15 p.m.  She wakes up anywhere between 6:00-7 a.m., but for the most part it is closer to 7.

She has started Kindergarten and is the youngest in her class.  She seems to be holding her own.  At times I am concerned that she will lose confidence in her academic journey being 1 year younger than most of her classmates, but am reminded of her bold personality while I watch her lead a group of kids 1-3 years older than her in play.  God truly has given her the ability to lead.  I pray He continues to develop her ability to lead with humility, gentleness, and confidence.

She is becoming more of a "girly" girl.  She enjoys having her nails painted, applying lotion, wearing jewelry, brushing her hair, picking out her clothes, wearing chapstick, and asking if she can fix my hair.  Girly does not mean she doesn't love to play hard :)  She climbs trees, loves to swing, jumps on the trampoline, swings on the trapeze, crosses the monkey bars, and anything else the boys like to do.

Speaking of being a "girly" girl she got her ears pierced in May.  One day, while playing at the mall, she asked to get it done, but once we walked into the store she became nervous and decided to wait.  The rest of the day she talked about getting them pierced.  We talked about fear and what it means to be courageous.  She woke up the next morning and said, "I am going to face my fear today."  And she did.

She is never in a hurry which is hard for this get it done and move on momma, but her approach to life is helping me to slow down and think about what is important.

She loves and misses her cousin Kyrie and often asks when we get to go and visit or when she will be coming to see us.  She also misses her best friend Lilly (from Preschool) and asks when we will get to play with her.  She is making new friends this year, but I have noticed she enjoys having one really close friend that is consistently present in her life from day to day.

She adds so much joy to our family.  She is the gift I never knew I wanted.  I am so so so grateful to God for placing Zoe Jane in our family.  She teaches us to be more gentle, more attentive, more consistent, more patient, and to slow down and listen.

Favorite Toys/Things To Do (throughout the year):
  • Doctoring her stuffed animals
  • Watching and playing Doc McStuffins
  • Legos
  • Jumping/Dancing on the trampoline
  • Swinging
  • Pretending to be Pokemon characters
  • Collecting rocks
  • Swim
  • Play Go Ape
  • Play Spot It
Books She Enjoys (throughout the year):
  • You Choose
  • Shine the Light books
  • Doc McStuffin Seek and Find
  • Fancy Nancy
  • Corduroy
  • Pokemon character book
Favorite TV Shows/Movies:
  • Doc McStuffins
  • Pokemon
  • Elena of Avalor
  • PJ Masks
  • Ninjago
  • Frozen
  • Bibleman
  • Moanna
Favorite Foods:
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Banana
  • Apple
  • candy :)
  • veggie straws
  • Chicken nuggets
  • French Fries

My dearest Zoe Jane,

You are 5 and off to Kindergarten and I miss you.  You are my little side kick always making me check my emotions at the door.  Your excitement about life is contagious and your smile makes the world smile.  I love you and thank God for your life.  I pray the Scripture you are memorizing now is stored deep in your heart and God grows you to understand and apply it more and more throughout your life.  I pray your heart is opened to love big even when it is hard.  I also pray that God will develop in you the heart of a servant-leader and that you will use the gifts He has given you to bring glory to His name.  You are a gift that I am glad I have been given.