Tuesday, August 24, 2010

More Progress and Tidbits

Many apologies for the lack of blog updates-there have been some crazy long lapses in Internet connectivity and I am in the process of trying to remedy the situation!  In the meantime I figured some updates on the boys were past due.  I finally feel like I have a handle on things-we are beginning to branch out a bit from the 'basics' we were sticking to for the first couple of months. I will admit to having difficulties in trying to balance parenting and time for myself and at times feel somewhat lost, but these boys are amazing and there is no substitution for spending time with my family.

Yes Daddy O, it is 5 am.

Baby O is pretty shy now around other people and much prefers the company of Mommy, Daddy, and his beloved brother, Boy O (or 'Bubba' as he now calls him).  No worries about whether he knows who we are-he now calls us Ma Ma and Da Da. 

Boy O loved the book Green Eggs and Ham so much that I made him some one morning.  Regular colored eggs are a rare beast in this house nowadays-we have tried red, blue, yellow, orange and purple.  Somehow eggs just taste better when they are a different color.  Purple is my favorite.

Baby O can actually reach the door knob.  I don't know what I'm going to do when he starts walking without the help of the furniture.

Boy O is enamored with all things spiderman.  New questions emerge everyday about Peter Parker-here are a few that give me the giggles:  Is spiderman 8 years old?...Why doesn't he fly?...Does he eat carrots?...Does he like ice cream?...Does he have a motorcycle?...A car?...Does he live in a tree?...Is he friends with Santa Claus?

Baby O wants to do everything his big brother does, eat what he eats and go everywhere he goes.  He even asks for his 'Bubba' when he gets up in the morning.

Before Daddy O goes to work every morning he takes Boy O around the block in the front seat of the car.  Sometimes he gets so excited that he has his shoes and jacket on before we are out of bed.

Not only can Baby O identify all of us, but he can say ball, balloon, and bottle on a regular basis.  There seems to be something about the 'b' words that roll off the tongue.  He also loves to clap and just learned to blow kisses.  I turn into mush whenever he does it (Actually, I turn to mush whenever he does anything-it's all cute).

How does a four year old go through 4 pairs of shoes in three months?  He really does wear the soles down.  I'm training for a marathon and my shoes don't wear that fast.  We've tried the cheap and expensive and have discovered there really isn't a difference.

A few phrases I never thought would come out of my mouth:  Don't lick the table....How many times did he poop today?....where did you get that gum?....why is the door knob sticky?....Aim for the toilet next time, please....your spiderman underwear is in the wash, Buzz Lightyear will just have to do.   And yes, I can hardly believe it myself, but I have actually uttered "Because I said so" one time too many.

I can hardly believe that Boy O ever had training wheels.  For lack of a better term (do they still call it this?), he's popping wheelies, jumping off curbs among other things and his bicycle looks like he's had it for at least 20 years.  He loves to ride that bike.  He also loves to adorn it with various feathers and sticks we find on our runs-boy glitter, I guess!

Three months really has gone by in a flash and it won't be long before I am writing about six months home.  I am amazed that the boys have transitioned so smoothly in such a short period and the kinks I stressed so much about early on are working themselves out.  I'm sure that speed bumps and road blocks will pop up every once in awhile, but I'm just not as worried about them anymore.


  1. How old is Addis? When is his birthday? Megersa doesn't have quite so many words...he "turns" 1 on Sept 3. He really just says Mama and Dada - they came quite early...but the rest remains to be seen. We still have big food issues from him, now at 5 1/2 months.
    How awesome for Hailu that he rides a bike without training wheels!! Crazy how fearless they can be at that age! Sounds like you're doing great! :)

  2. The shoes story is unreal. I don't know how he does it either. But its amazing to me how your little guy already so looks up to his brother. Micah is the same with Biruk. Time just flys. Your kiddos have really emerged. I love to see all the progress they made. Are you sending Boy O to Kindergarten? My 2 boys are obsessed with Spiderman too. Oh you should hear Micah say it. You will die laughing. I should try to get it on tape for you.