Charlie: 7.5, Jackson: 5, Lillian: 10
1: What is something mama always says to you?
Charlie: Have a great day
Jackson: Goodbye, I love you when I'm going to school
Lillian: Clean your room
2: What makes mama happy?
Charlie: Having a date with me
Lillian: When the house is clean so she can relax and have fun with us.
3: What makes mama sad?
Charlie: When I get a yellow, orange or red
Jackson: When she lost her camera
Lillian: Us not cooperating with her or us getting hurt.
4: How does mama make you laugh?
Charlie: Telling some jokes
Jackson: Tickle my armpits
Lillian: Says funny things, tells me jokes and she says some things in this way that just makes me feel happy.
5: What was mama like as a child?
Charlie: Her Teddy bear. Oh wait, the middle kid - like me.
Jackson: I didn't see her when she was a little girl, I don't knoooooow
Lillian: Strict parents but a very happy child who usually did well in school and was very creative.
6: How old is mama?
7: How tall is mama?
Lillian: 5' 50" um... wait, that wouldn't work, probably 6'. Like 6' 5".
8: What is mama's favorite thing to do?
Charlie: Play with me
Jackson: Playing with me
Lillian: Hang out with us and be with family - play games with us.
9: What does mama do when you are not here?
Jackson: Go to Trader Joes
Lillian: Exercise, work and shopping
10: What is mama really good at?
Lillian: Photography and music, singing especially
11: What is mama not very good at?
Charlie: Drawing the best picture in the world
Lillian: Art - I mean she's good at it, but not amazing
12: What does mama do for a job?
Charlie: Runs this company called Marie Taylor Photography
Jackson: Cleaning the house
Lillian: She is a singer
13: What is mama's favorite food?
Jackson: Sweet Potatoes
14: What do you enjoy doing with mama?
Charlie: Having a date
Jackson: Playing Angry Birds with mama, but now it's going to be legos
Lillian: Eating sushi and watching Harry Potter
Just under the wire of the whole it's been a year since I posted last, I decided to jump on a little birthday post for Jack. FOUR year old Jack.
Since I last wrote, he started Preschool and loves it. He asks every day if it is school day and is so sad when it isn't. His favorite days are Wednesdays when Charlie (who has early dismissal) meets him at the door. Giant hugs and laughs every time. He recently said, "Charwee, you are my best friend." And they really are-most of the time. He still loves Angry Birds, is obsessed with the school episode of Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and will talk your ear off about "too much sugar" and "red 40" if you let him. Yes, again, no free preschool for you my non stop talker.
Here he is explaining something to me me...those eyes...such a sweet boy.
And for the record, both of these were taken with my fourth baby...Nikon D750 OH my goodness love her. :)
Doesn't it seem like just yesterday when Bean looked like this? It certainly does to me. Or perhaps you remember him like this. However you look at it, he has grown up and changed a lot this year. He still has his gorgeous blue eyes that crinkle when he smiles and his Daddy's long forever long lashes.
And a super sweet smile.
Yes. He has a lot of personality.
No seriously, a LOT of personality. He loves pretty much any food I put in front of him sans avocado (which I haven't tried again because wow they have been expensive) and twice now has been very tentative about cake (video soon.) Still goes to bed at 7:00pm and still nursing although I can see that he will be done with that soon. I will be very sad when that is over as I have nursed him longer than the other two and that is just my favorite time to play with him. He is super ticklious under his arm pit, and I love hearing him giggle. He is nearly impossible to change thus we give him non-baby, and well, let's face it, semi dangerous objects to keep him occupied during diaper changes. I am talking thermometers, big kid toys, and Vick's containers. He now can say Mama, Daddy, ball, and yesterday said Yakson in a whisper. He loves to wrestle with Charlie, loves to pull Lillian's hair, and LOVES to be chased. He can totally get past our toy barricade and although still has the oddest crawl I have ever seen, still is not trying to climb steps or walk. We enjoyed his first Christmas a pull here or there on the tree, but he is a very good listener when we say "No touch." I can't believe it was a year ago that I came home from the hospital with him. Still sore from the SPD and the worst decision I have EVER made in my entire life, getting a stinking tetnus shot. I forgot how much those hurt. I still kick myself for not getting a single photo of Jess who answered my call at 2:30AM!! and drove all the way from DE to help me through the delivery, or DADDY who of course is his DADDY until much later. But don't worry Bean, Daddy held you all the time. So there you have it. Bean, Jack, Jackson is one. ONE. Or, as we said at his party, Uno. Love you so much Bean
Bj: Goodbye to being gone every week. Hello to going to an office everyday. Goodbye to car allowance. Hello to best friends, game nights, family and old friends. Goodbye to Football on the computer. Hello to games on TV.
Marie: Goodbye to dear friends in PA and more distance between the friend in DE. Hello to dear friends in Ohio, family, trips to see brand new babies, and familiar streets. Goodbye to photography business in PA with families I have watched grow through the years. Hello to growing a business here.
Lillian: Goodbye to dear friend I, Uga, and a bedroom in a tower. Hello dear friend Maya, fabulous school, dance and piano, family and new friends.
Charlie: Goodbye to Logan and London and Hank. Hello to Laney and all the trouble I'm sure the two of you will get into together. Goodbye to the only place you knew as home. Hello to a place that will become your home.
Jack: Hello world. Jack will be one tomorrow. I will not have a baby. A toddler. A toddler with personality. One starting to stand. With FOUR teeth-a record for my babies. An eater. A laugher. A Houdini. I am trying hard to look forward to the new toddler-dome, trying not to be sad that my babies are not going to be my babies for much longer. But that doesn't mean I didn't hold him extra tight and give him a few extra kisses as I put him in bed tonight, on the eve of the New Year and the eve of his birth. My baby...
This year my word(s) are more and less. I will be saying to myself all year, Do we need more of this or less. More reading, less stuff. More activities? Less time committements? We may have to make some tough decisions, but I think more or less will help us in our crazy three children busy lives. More...or less.
Tonight was pretty wonderful. Pizza Hut for the 32nd? 33rd? time, church where there was a very funny impromptu Christmas pageant complete with Lillian the donkey and Charlie the sheep (BAAAH!) and Lillian singing a wonderful solo of Silent Night (video to come) followed by a speedy return home and quick jammy change for the reading of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. This remains my favorite thing about Christmas. I love this story. I love that Lillian gets a new version each year so she will have a special collection from her Mama. I love that I get to quietly take pictures, and I even love that Jackson decided he had enough and I sat down, holding him, and got to listen to the rest of the story. I love the anticipation. I love the looks in my children's eyes as they listen. I love that there are three children in this house. (I love that I am not pregnant this year) and I love my family. So very much. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.
Tonight was movie night. We had planned on watching Muppet Christmas Carol as we have yet to see the Muppet Movie in the theatre, this was the next best thing. Foiled again. Apple TV just wasn't letting us, so we decided on the next, next best thing. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street. Lillian was once again thrilled to see everyone so young, Charlie was only half interested, and Bean danced to the songs but mostly just threw his ball around. Still, it was a fun cozy night. (Lillian likes to set up two chairs to make it seem like a movie theatre :)
Tonight was ornament night. A very eventful ornament night. Just seconds after Lillian opened her surprisingly hard to find Emperor Penguin in honor of her penguin roll in the play, it dropped and broke. Nose gone (badly super glued now) and wing, sadly shattered and unrepairable. Oh well. Charlie has another Don Drumm robot special, which really is special because it was what got me really excited for boys :) and Jack, well, when I put a call out to anyone who may have seen a Bean ornament, Jess immediately found this one. Could not be more perfect. It was her gift to him. She is my gift :)
I must remember to leave important milestones and information here too.
1. Lily can now tie her own shoes. Amazing as I only really sat down to teach her once. She is a very determined girl when she actually tries. 2. Charlie only had one accident yesterday-on his way to the potty just a little bit too late. This once again confirms my belief that every child is different. The wait until he is ready thing just was not working. This horrible but now super rewarding three days did. Go little dude, go. School, here we come. 3. We are quickly learning how hard it is to have hardwood floors. Specifically Bean's head is learning. My poor baby.
1. Jack is one month old today. I can hardly believe it. I happened to look at the clock when it said 11:11, on 2.1.11-the coolness of his birthday will never get old. 2. We made it out to the doctor despite the fact that Lily had yet another snow day. I am so glad I didn't cancel as the roads were totally fine. He is a peanut despite the fact that he has gained a full two pounds since his two week check. He is now 8lbs, 14oz (23%) 21 inches (28%) long. Peanut. Yet, he looks like a chubba chubba peanut. 3. He is mostly a good napper but we are still working on sleeping at night. Four hours is the record, but normally he is up, eats for almost an hour, then takes a 1/2 hour to go back to sleep, then wakes up 45 minutes later. Why yes, I am tired. 4. He is a spitter. Boo. Although again, gaining weight and I have yet to hear the "splat" sound on the floor so we are ok with it. Poor Grandpa, his biggest rule was "don't spit on the floor" and none of my children ever followed it. Hee hee. 5. Despite the fact that Lily and Charlie did not have a binky or a bottle until they were six weeks old, Jack has been a binky kid from the beginning (I don't know WHAT we would have done without it) and had his very first bottle tonight. And did great. Yea Mama may be able to see a movie in 2011. 6. Jack's nicknames are Bean and Baby Jack Jack. I also call him Jackson quite a bit, and bud. 7. Charlie quite frequently imitates Jack's cry-it sounds a bit like a duck. He also has a sad little lamb cry when he is really losing it. None of my children have ever had a "cute" infant cry. They are all LOUD. Jack more than the others. He can go from sleeping to screaming in .1 second. It scares the living daylights out of Bj. 8. On the 24 Jack turned over about ten times during tummy time. Oooooo boy me thinks I am in trouble. 9. Today the gallery at Write.Click.Scrapbook. is up. This month (as you saw in a preview of 365) I made a "guestbook" of all of the emails, texts, and Facebook posts after Jack was born. You can check it out here. Be sure to stick around and look at all of the other wonderful mini albums too! 10. This afternoon I did a little photo shoot with ALL THREE. How is it I can get lots of photos of other children, but THIS is what I get when I try. Well I will now be starting an album of Hall of Fame outtakes. I did get one slightly passable, but nothing canvas ready, which is what I was going for. So I sent the big kids out of the room, and aaaaaahhhhhh-peace, quiet, and one much more obedient model. What a difference a month makes. And no, I literally can't stop looking at his cuteness :)