Saturday, May 29, 2010

our babies

This post was written several weeks ago and I never published it!  Funny how much has already changed with our Sadie Bug!  Mason of course is still his awesome big brother self, too!

Mason is still our sweet little man that continues to absorb everything around him.   He is super energetic to say the least, yet super sensitive.  He truly cares about those around him.  He told me the other day on the way to lunch that he wanted to  sit by his, "best friend, Sadie, at the table." It melted my heart beause I know they will eventually annoy each other, but for now he is honestly seeking out the best for her in everything (at least most of the time).  He plays with her and actually requests for me to bring her to his room to play!  He can't stand for her to be upset and will actually knowingly do the wrong thing to make her happy.  Every little laugh he gets from her eggs him onto bigger and greater things in an attempt to entertain (and get her attention). 

He loves school (just like I did) and makes new friends so easily.  He is quite the artist and loves to draw and color.  I truly am amazed at what a four year old can do when he puts his mind to it!  He knows some numbers and colors in Spanish.  He has a memory for music that is just like his Daddy's.  Brent can hear a song and know what year it was simply by the memories he best remembers from around that time in his life!  Our Mason is so genuine in everything--even in his anger and disappointment. He would stay awake for 24 straight hours, I'm sure if someone would only play with him.  The child loves to play an entertain and to be entertained.  He likes to do just like those he looks up to--mostly his Daddy, though.  His latest "Daddy quirk" is to go to bed in just pajama bottoms and no top because that'sthe way Daddy does it.  The other night he was putting on long, flannel pants and I told him it would be too hot.  His response was, "Well, it's hot in the desert and that's where Daddy is...."  I said nothing further.  He likes to make up games and rules for EVERYTHING...and he likes HIS say in everything.  Then again, who doesn't? Eating is definitely NOT his forte, though.  I wish I had that problem!  He just finished his soccer season and we're waiting on more swimming lessons, tennis lessons,and summer camps! 

As for our Sadie bug, she continues to grow and grow.  If fact the little booger has hit both the weight and heighth limits for her infant carrier, so she's moved up to a "big girl" seat.  She will be ready on time to turn around and face forward after her birthday in a few weeks which is totally different than our tiny Mason was.  Sadie has not only began crawling, but in just a few 3 weeks, she's now cruising with an occasional standing up on her own!  I thought I would have a little more time before she began walking, but it is not appearing that way!  She began walking the DAY Brent came in for R&R and he actually got to see her do it FIRST!  Funny thing is Brent actually made it into town on the EXACT same day he did 4 years agon for R&R.  He just barely missed Mason crawling on that trip, so I began to get nervous that he would again miss the crawling stage.  I guess our little diva had it all planned out!  I know it melted Daddy's heart that he got to be here for a first!  She can also sign "more" and "please." She says, "MAMA," "DADA," "NENE", "PAPA," AND "BYE BYE."  There are a few other things that we think she's trying to say, but nothing too consistent yet.  I think she attempts "brother" for Mason.  Although she's been known for her tears, she is quickly developing her own little spunky, more independent personality.  She actually is a HAPPY baby.  She is known for her signature shirll which can be quite embarassing and it can come out in either happiness or out of anger/frustration.  My Dad thinks we'll get kicked out o fa restaurant someday for her shrills, but really, at this age, what do you do?  She doesn't really get "quiet" yet and to tell her "NO"  only makes her cry out loud!    She claps her hands, stomps her feet, and does this amazingly adorable shoulder "dance" on command.  She points with her tiny little fingers, waves goodbye with  her tiny little hands, and even occasionally tries to blow a kiss.  She can make "indian" noises and sound like a motor boat.  She gives out kisses (wet ones at that) and LOVES to EAT anything and everything.  Most importantly, she LOVES and has many loves!  She's still a Mama's girl, but she also LOVES her big brother like I never imagined possible at this age...and he loves her just as much right back!

Boys, Girls, and Baby Curls

We've had my nephew, Payne, for the last few days and it's been so nice.  There are a few extra things you deal with like more baths and dressing more kids and keeping up with more kids, but Mason and Payne play so well together and really love each other's company so much that Mason is so much more content while Payne is around.  To make it even better, Payne has no problems being a way from Mommy and Daddy which is so nice AND as an added bonus, he EATS (which Mason sometimes does not).  I know Ashlee and Casey have to deal with a lot when our little blondie is sent their way, so it's really a perk that Payne does so well with us.  They do have their usual 4/5 year old spats, but in general they can work it out quite well among themseleves.  Today, though, was quite hilarious.  I took them to Monkey Joe's to get out some of their energy (4 year olds have more energy by themselves than 4 of me put together) and while we were there, Mason spotted one of his little girl friends from school.  He came to me and said, "Where did Wiwwy go?"  I thought he had met a new friend named "Willy."  He quickly told me it was a girl and that she was in his class and off he went looking for her.  When Payne caught wind of what was going on, he wouldn't play with Mason anymore.  I thought he might be a bit jealous and decided to just leave it alone.  Shortly, Lily left and Mason and Payne played a little bit until Payne caught up with a girl of his own.  Mason followed them around for a bit, but we left not too long after that.  I have videos that I have attempted to upload of our little ladies' men, but it was a complete and utter failure!  I'll have to figure it out and re-post it later!

While we were at Monkey Joe's Sadie bug stayed with Grandma Judy.  As I dropped her off, I was asked if it was okay to cut her "bangs."  I said, "No."  We had already had the discussion that if we trimmed the hair in the front of her face, it would eventually grow out and we'd have to cut it again and then we'd eventually have actual bangs.  I don't want to have to deal with bangs on a baby, so I'm just waiting on her hair to get long enough to stay out of her eyes after it's combed without having to have a barrette/bow in it.  So, I come back after our Monkey Joe's adventure and this is what my Sadie looked like--Pebbles Flintstone!  My mom and grandmother did this with  both my sister and I and my sister did it with her girls, Madison and Brooklyn.  I think it looks hilarious personally, but I guess you could call it a family tradition.  So, our little Sadie bug, welcome to the family!  It's now official!