I realize it’s been awhile since I gave an update on the boys (and back when, those were the only blog posts I did!) It’s hard to believe I have a 3- and a 1-year-old, and no babies I’m measuring by months anymore! But I recently finally received our family’s 2016 Photo Book from Shutterfly, and I was slightly sad but mostly amazed by how much the boys have changed since we moved to Ohio. Shep’s baby face is gone, Beau is mobile, and their personalities are on full force. Below is a fun update on each of the boys, I hope you enjoy!
Nicknames: Sheppie, Shep-man, Beppy (although he has started correcting me and telling me, NO mommy, I’m Shep-ard!)
Size: He’s between 3T and 4T but I mostly buy 4T’s these days, especially in pants or shorts. He has definitely thinned out and hasn’t gained much weight since his last well check 6 months ago. He’s super tall for his age and wears a size 9 shoe. That said, Beau is definitely tracking ahead of Shep both in height and weight at every age, so I think one day Beau is gonna tower over his big brother.
Personality: If you’ve watched any of my Instagram stories lately, Shep is freakin’ hilarious. Everyday he says something that makes me laugh hysterically. This morning I woke up and said, Shep mommy doesn’t feel really good (my throat was really scratchy). He said, “Mommy, drink some coffee!” At any given day, he’s what I consider a normal 3-year-old. Full of curiosity, sweetness, spunk and definitely moments of defiance. I think I’ve definitely changed over the past year or so because while it’s absolutely tough and frustrating when you are in the middle of a meltdown by a 3-year-old (and sometimes plain embarrassing), I try to change my perspective to be that this is my privilege to help shape him into a little man. I’m here to help him grow and he’s only learning. Those are big emotions and it’s my job to help him manage them. I make sure to look right into his eyes when I try to reason with him, and sometimes it helps. Not always, but we’re getting there. His heart is so big, and when he tells me he loves me out of the blue, my day is made!
Favorite toys: Magnatiles, Junior Legos and this robot-building set are his faves. I think he’s about ready for a bike, so I’m looking forward to getting that for him. We’re also really enjoying the backyard sprinkler in this gorgeous weather.
Eating: He has started venturing out more and more. I think for a good three months Shepard’s diet consisted of hot dogs, bread, veggie sticks and jelly toast. This week he’s eaten broccoli, carrots, clementines, strawberries, blueberries and cheese. I know that doesn’t earn me any major parenting awards, but we are getting there. I’m a big believer in a balanced diet and finding a happy medium between “healthy choices” and “special treats,” so we definitely enjoy a family night out for ice cream every now and then!
Napping: Most days he’s now napping between 1-4. Sometimes he’s super tired and will go a little longer. He’s definitely a great sleeper. Night time he’s in his own big boy bed (with rails) and goes to bed around 8 and wakes up around 6:30/7. Of course like any other kid, some days he sleeps more and some days less. He has not yet gotten out of his bed EVER (I am knocking on wood right now). I don’t know why he doesn’t want to, and some mornings I wish he would just get out. But instead he yells into the monitor, “Mommy, I’m up!” He’s still in pull-ups at naps and nighttime (not sure yet when we are going to make that switch, any tips?)
Nicknames: Bo-Bo, Jangles, Bojangles, Bo-nado
Size: 2T! He’s 30 lbs of pure boy, and he definitely gives my arms a workout. Considering he just started walking around 1 month ago, I am super thankful he’s finally mobile on his own. He wears size 6 shoe, and yes those ankles are chubby so not all shoes really fit him. He’s in size 5 or 6 diaper and occasionally likes to rip it off during naps (boy is that fun).
Personality: I have heard this a lot, but the personalities of Beau and Shep are so different. Beau is my easy-going, independent and super cuddly second child. That said — he is very vocal about his preferences and isn’t afraid to fight back if his big brother steals a toy. He babbles a ton and says several words, but not a ton of talking yet (yet something else I hear is pretty normal for second children). He loves dogs and calls them all Cooper (which sounds like Coooooop!). He’s also a bit of a bowling ball in the house, knocking down everything he sees, grabbing household objects that are not toys and making endless messes. The key to my sanity at this age is always confinement. 99% of the time you will find us either in our playroom or a park because all this boy (and Shep for that matter) want to do is run around or climb things. I’ve seen a little bit of separation anxiety with Beau and he’s definitely a mama’s boy. I love my big boy to pieces!
Eating: No surprise here, Beau has a great appetite. During meals, he eats well, but as soon as he is done he starts throwing food, so I’m making sure that he gets down from his highchair as soon as he’s done. His favorite foods are the usual ones: mac & cheese, chicken nuggets, Larabars (he’s got good taste), apples, bananas and has even gone for salmon and shrimp. He does not like ice cream or popsicles, which I find baffling (more for me and Shep!)
Napping: I switched Beau to one nap much sooner than we did for Shep, mostly because I wanted to start our days earlier and stay out until one nap time for both. I finally decided to switch him to one nap because he was waking up so early (like 4:30/5) even though both his naps were relatively good. We kind of went cold turkey, and these days sometimes he’ll have a car nap when we are on our way somewhere, but overall makes it until about 1 and sleeps anywhere from 4-5. His bedtime is 7:30 so I like to get him up from his nap closer to 4:30.
Life with Two
I wrote this post about what life has been like balancing two toddlers, which I found was completely different than the transition from a toddler & newborn. These days it’s gotten, dare I say, a little easier. I can go to a park and they both are off running around, they are on the same schedule, and they both are eating the same food. It’s just a lot of repetition instead of each of them having very different needs. They enjoy the same toys, and can play with many of the same friends. It’s really fun to watch them play together, but there’s also the flip side of that which is fighting together.
We are planning our very first trip to Disney in September and I’m so excited. We wanted to wait until I was done pumping and both boys were walking well, so I’m glad that we’re going this time of year. Shep keeps asking when he will get to see Mickey Mouse, so I know the trip is going to be a hit for him. Send your Disney tips my way — we are in the thick of planning!
Lastly, I think one of the biggest surprises about this current setup with the boys is just all the movement. It’s a busy house, that’s for sure. When my sisters visit I think it’s always pretty crazy because unless you are used to a house of two toddlers, it can be a little overwhelming. Now though, I can’t imagine my house not feeling this full.
And lastly, these are some bible verses I keep coming back to everyday. They reinforce to me what an important role I have in shaping these special boys and I draw on them when I start feeling depleted.
Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 11:19
She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Proverbs 31:26-27
What milestones are your kiddos hitting lately?
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