Since our children are getting a bit older we have been leaving them alone at the house for short periods of time (only if we have to run an errand in town). There is no way we would leave them if we went out of town and the other day R.J. showed us why; he had managed to get himself trapped underneath a mattress (it was in the upstairs hall waiting to be removed from the house) and Shannon needed to come home and rescue him, but that is a story for another time.
November 23, 2010
R.J. was crying to have his shoes taken off -- then he wanted a different pair of shoes on -- more tears -- He just said something about a marker and burst into tears -- He is no longer crying and he has his socks on his hands and is contentedly drinking his milk.
December 3, 2010
R.J. was standing in front of the Christmas tree talking to himself. We went over to see what he was doing and he had a few of the ornaments 'talking' to each other.
December 4, 2010
Momma, "R.J., it looks like Lily would like to eat your Hershey Kiss."
R.J. took the Kiss and shoved it into Lily's mouth (she is 10 months old). I quickly took it out of her mouth and R.J. grabbed it and ate it himself.
December 5, 2010
We just bought R.J. a sled. I put it on the ground so we could unload the rest of the car and he immediately went over, sat down, pointed to the space in front of him and said, "Lily sit."
December 11, 2010
We have been working on a jigsaw puzzle and lose pieces on the rug sometimes. Lily is great at finding them and eating them and R.J. will pull them out of her mouth and hand us soggy, colorless pieces.
December 14, 2011
The jigsaw puzzle was about 85% together and we looked over to see R.J. sitting at the table "putting it together". Thirty seconds later and the entire puzzle was on the floor.
R.J. turned two at the end of October and Lily will be one at the beginning of March.
January 14, 2011
The kids were taking a bath and Shannon saw Lily grabbing for something in the tub. When he took a closer look he realized it was two poop logs dropped by R.J., who of course denied that they belonged to him.
January 16, 2011
Shannon, "Lib, you need to see this one."
I walked downstairs to find R.J. quietly sitting on the couch, attempting to gnaw a hole into a bag of fruit snacks. "I want opened."
Even after it was opened the gnawing continued because there was some good flavor left in that bag.
January 19, 2011
I was running on the treadmill and would check on R.J. every few minutes. Once I had finished I went downstairs to find R.J. completely naked (he had removed his jammies and diaper), quietly playing with his trains.
January 22, 2011
I just found R.J. putting Chapstick on Lily. I am so glad he looks out for her.
January 25, 2011
Lily wanted nothing to do with me when I tried to feed her, she would just grab the spoon. When R.J. started to feed her she ate and not once grabbed the spoon.
February 1, 2011
Lily was happily playing with a piece of plastic and R.J. ruined her fun by roughly tearing it from her hands and then giving her a car.
February 2, 2011
I just found R.J. sitting halfway up the stairs coaxing Lily to continue her journey to the top. (Lil is not yet one.)
February 5, 2011
R.J. walked into the room with an unopened beer. "My beer, Mommy. My beer. Delicious."
February 11, 2011
I was making bread sticks to have with dinner and when I turned around I noticed there were a couple missing. R.J. was breaking raw bread sticks into bite sized pieces for Lily.
February 21, 2011
I just turned around to see R.J. taking a bite out of a stick of butter.
February 24, 2011
R.J. was dropped off at daycare and immediately sat at a table with a little girl and shared his veggie straws with her. The girl was was working asked him if he needed a candle for his date and he responded with a simple, "Yup."
March 3, 2011
Email I got from Shannon while I was at work.
Just put Lily down for a nap -- very cranky -- I went poop -- Lily started to cry and I hear, "I'M COMING LILY!!" Chugger comes flying up the steps -- in the bathroom with me he said, "Daddy poopin?" I told him yes and to go back downstairs. He turned on the water, said, "Wash hands.", and ran down the stairs.
March 4, 2011
Email from Shannon
R.J. vs. Lily
R.J. - 3 pizza rolls and a few grapes
Lily - 4 pizza rolls and the rest of the Spaghettios
March 6, 2011
Last night at a friend's party R.J. was sharing a plate with Shannon. After a few minutes Shannon realized the R.J. was dipping a carrot in ranch, chewing it, and then spitting the chewed up carrot onto the step.
March 9, 2011 (The day after Lily's 1st birthday)
I made cupcakes for Lily to share at daycare. She of course devoured hers and then got out of her seat and scavenged for crumbs on the floor. She had to be put back into her seat so that the floor could be vacuumed without her going after all of the crumbs.
March 12, 2011
I Just walked into the living room to find R.J with his shirt half off, his pants around his ankles, and his diaper in the middle of the floor.
March 17, 2011
R.J. was just holding out his hand to Lily offering her a snack and was saying, "Here puppy, here puppy."
April 8, 2010
RJ, "Baby, baby." Lily (thought bubble), "Shit, here comes my brother again. What is he gonna do to me this time?"
June 19, 2010
Lily cannot take her eyes off of RJ when he is near her - so sweet or is she terrified?
June 28, 2010
Momma, "No, it is Lily's."
June 30, 2010
While changing RJ's diaper he grabbed his junk, looked at me and said, "MINE."
July 26, 2010
RJ, "Poop. Pee. Poop. Pee."
Momma, "Do you want to try the potty?"
RJ sweetly replied, "No."
August 19, 2010
RJ thinks to himself, "Hmmmm, what would be a good snack? I know, the tip off a green marker. Tasty."
He actually bit the entire tip off the green marker and now I cannot find it...
August 19, 2010
I bought new markers and RJ sat down to color, and like a magnet the green one went into his mouth. WTF?!
August 21, 2010
You know what is awesome, when you turn to find your one-year-old feeding your five-month-old rocks. I am good.
August 26, 2010
I do not want to brag, but I have a very artistic son. Too bad he is artistic on his face.
August 30, 2010
In your head picture a chubby, ten-month-old, in a diaper...
RJ just finished about 20, 40' dashes. On your mark, get set, go!
He has a slow start and then a 'sprint' from the kitchen to the coffee table.
September 3, 2010
I found RJ passed out in the middle of the floor when I picked him up at daycare. Apparently he played pretty hard.
September 15, 2010
Momma, "RJ are you pooping?"
Momma, "RJ do you think you should sit on the pottty?"
RJ matter of factly, "No."
October 7, 2010
RJ, "I nice, Momma, I nice."
"Yes, RJ, it is nice that you are pushing Lily on the swing, but maybe you should not push her face."
October 9, 2010
Earlier RJ was chewing on something and when I did a little investigating I found that it was a marshmallow that had been glued to his art project. He has since eaten two more of them. Tasty.
October 12, 2010
Another one bites the dust...RJ has eaten another marshmallow off of his artwork.
October 15, 2010
RJ can count to seven - awesome - even more awesome is that he has been counting with beer bottle caps - what does this mean about his parents?
October 19, 2010
There are only two marshmallows left on RJ's artwork - how many more days will it last?