I think I look forward to summer even more now than I did when I was a kid. I don’t even really know why. Maybe because Ryan is home more to hang out/help out, maybe because being outside is so much easier to me than being inside, maybe because everything just seems more relaxed in the summer. I don’t know. It’s so nice though. Lately we’ve been spending our days in the sun, and in the water when we can. We’re still in the university apartments, so we walk to the pond a lot. Actually, we just walk a lot. Oliver loves riding in the stroller, and he likes the Ergo pretty well, too, and Rose just likes to explore. We also celebrated Easter and it was so much fun this year. Rose really got in to hunting eggs and Ryan and I laughed so hard watching her. The girl was more focused than I have ever seen her. It made me excited to see her at Christmas this year. I have a feeling it will be great.
Rose Update: She is hilarious. Lately she’s been wanting to be so independent it’s almost making life more difficult. She wants to choose her own clothes (I sometimes let her leave the house in the outfits she picks out, but not always…^that pic of her in the swimsuit top, pink panties, and yellow socks was one that was ONLY worn in the apartment). She wants to buckle herself into the carseat every single time, which is awesome, but it means we need to be in the car at least 10 minutes earlier than we normally would. She also wants to make her own food, fix her own hair, and not hold our hands. I love to see her trying so hard, but it’s rough. She has started saying really funny things though. When we ask her to do something she doesn’t want to do (like clean up her toys), she’ll usually reply with “Someday. Maybe Friday.” And her answer to most yes/no questions is almost always “Maybe so.” She is OBSESSED with Frozen. She has never actually sat and watched the entire movie at once, but she watches a few minutes of it every day and studies the character’s movements and words, and then acts out what she saw. She calls Ryan “Kristoph” most of the time, and I switch from Anna to Elsa throughout the day. She knows all of the songs and sings them constantly. Oliver drives her crazy now that he is super mobile and can get to anything she is playing with. I hear her yell “NO, BUDDY! NO!” at least 1,000 times a day. The words “toot” and “poop” make her laugh, and she adds them on the end of random things (today she kept saying “lavender toot”) and will start laughing so hard. She definitely makes life more fun. She is SO, SO, SO hard to deal with sometimes, but she is so silly and sweet and perfect.
Oliver Update: First of all, his little chubby belly is my favorite thing ever. It’s so squishy and sweet. He is seven months old. Does anyone know how to freeze time? I need to do that right now because he is just amazing. He is crawling all over the place, pulling up all the time, and getting into everything. He is fearless, and it scares me to death. I’m trying so hard not to be a helicopter mom, and it definitely doesn’t come naturally to me. Even with teething and a sister that never lets him do what he wants, he is still happy and giggly most of the time. His favorite person in the world is Rose. When he cries, we always ask her to talk to him and the second she does, he smiles. It is the sweetest thing to see. Today she let him have a picnic with her and he was bouncing and laughing the entire time. He had no idea what was going on, but he loved it. He has decided that he doesn’t want to eat anything at all unless it comes from a boob. That is making it hard to do anything without him. He recently drank a few sips of water from a bottle, so that’s progress! We’re hoping breastmilk is next! We’ve been working on solid foods for a month now and he still only wants 2-3 bites a day and then he’s crying and spitting out whatever is in his mouth. He’ll have to eat eventually, right??? He has started napping like a champ, and it is so great. Now, if he could do the same at night, that would be perfect.