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I’m Two!

Linus is two!

Here’s the statistical update from his checkup.

  • Weight: 29 pounds (77%)
  • Height: 35.25 inches (75%)
  • Head: 18.8 inches

He’s a beefy boy. That said, he’s definitely starting to get longer and leaner and he’s losing that baby fat in his face.

He is such a cool dude. He is funny, smart, loving and sensitive. He is learning his letters. He already knows most colors and shapes. And he’s learning how to count. He complains when things are “too loud” even if it’s him that’s being too loud!

He runs as much as he can and loves to throw himself at you for a big bear hug. “Upside down” is another favorite word and he loves it when we hang him by his legs. He makes some very silly expressions, especially if you ask him to make a happy face, or a sad face, or a silly face. He’ll also lay down and pull up his shirt if you ask him to; this way you can blow a raspberry on his tummy. He is such a sweet bundle of love. And he is stinkin’ adorable!

He’s recently moved into a twin mattress on the floor at nights. He’s doing really well. He’s good about brushing his teeth and still happily takes baths. He has definitely hit the “toddler eating” phase, however, preferring only white starchy foods and meat. He does like dried fruit like raisins so we encourage him to eat those when he wants.

Henry and Linus are getting along well these days, and really starting to learn how to play together. Linus is the apple of our eye and we love him so much. We’re looking forward to year three being much more uneventful!

I’m Four!

Ok, I’m not four, but I am now the proud parent of a four-year-old.

Here’s the statistical update from his 4YO checkup.

  • Weight: 34 pounds (33%)
  • Height: 40 inches (44%)
  • Body Mass Index: 25%

So what can I say about this little man who is sitting right next to me as I type this? He is very sweet, “and very big” according to him. He is a real trickster. He loves to joke around and be as silly as he can be. He is rarely serious. His favorite thing in the world is TV and his new toy truck (currently in toy time-out). He is becoming a very good big brother, always watching out for his little brother to make sure he doesn’t get hurt or in trouble.

Henry is a definite fruit monster. He loves every kind of fruit and it’s second only to candy. His next favorite food are starchy white carbohydrates. He’s not so big into vegetables or meats, and unlike most kids he won’t eat pizza or any other form of cheese. He still naps at school but not on the weekends. We enjoy a little alone time with him when Linus is napping.

He’s now in soccer class once a week at school, and on the weekends he goes to MyGym, a fun place to learn fitness and fun routines like the trapeze. And he keeps begging me to take him back to the rock climbing gym.

He is super, duper smart. He asks so many questions and makes so many connections. He knows his letters and is going to start sight words soon, I think. His memory is amazing.

He is just an incredibly cool kid and I shall now go back to playing with him, rather than writing about him. Happy Birthday, son!

And then

Two years ago today, we were doing this.

Can you imagine

Four years ago, this is what we were up to:

Linus photos

A few recent photos of my little wingman.

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Granma Q and the boys

Granma Q and Henry

Granma Q and Linus

Pictures from our recent trip to Virginia Beach to celebrate Christmas with Granma. We love you and miss you already!!

2011 Fall Update

I’m busy so the blog doesn’t get a lot of attention. So sorry! I have about 10 free minutes so I’m going to try to get out an update. If you get this, that means I was successful!

Linus is now 1 and a half years old! He is doing great. He is very happy and healthy, and the trauma and drama of his first year seems like a distant memory. In the “awesome news” department, we went to see the Orthopedic surgeon recently to check out Linus’s hip, and he said that Linus is doing great and won’t need to be seen for a year. Yay!!! The only other thing on his medical horizon is the recent confirmation that he is allergic to eggs. In addition, we also found out that he’s allergic to nuts, tree nuts, dogs and cats. Other than a few colds this summer and some bouts with teething pain, he has been very healthy. His stats from his 18 month check up:

  • Weight: 26# 13 oz
  • Height: 32.5″
  • Head: 18.25″

He is happy and smiley and he loves to dance and play peek-a-boo. He is fairly stubborn and will throw a long fit if not given his way. We stopped the bottle at 16 months and now he’s fully transitioned to table food. He’s finally started eating fruits, which is exciting for me. He has lots of words and will follow instructions. He will helpfully throw things in the trash can and put away his dirty laundry. He loves to play outside and go for walks. He loves trains and cars and dogs and cats. He always tries to do what Henry is doing. He loves to snuggle on the couch watching Sesame Street. He is obsessed with Elmo. He is really a terrific little guy and we’re having a great time getting to know him better. We think he’s pretty awesome.

Henry is now 3 and a half years old. He is just amazing. He is really starting to mature and is having less of the behavior problems we saw around 3YO. He takes very good care of his brother and watches out for him. He is a fluent speaker and expresses himself very well. He knows so many things, and everyday learns more. He is counting well and learning all of his numbers and letters. He is a very sociable child and plays well with the other children in his class. He is a good listener and helps around the house with daily chores. He loves watching TV and he is still fascinated by the Cars movie. His favorite toys are his wooden train set and his Lego’s. He’s been to a few movies, taken a real train ride, ridden a cruise boat up the Elizabeth river and just recently got to spend an impromptu hour at the beach. We think he’s pretty awesome, too.

Dave is doing good as well. He’s coming up to speed in his new job and keeping very busy. I’m doing well at work, though it seems like I’m out half the time with sick kids. We try to stay focused on the important things like making time to have fun with the kids and each other. We recently got to see Wilco and Nick Lowe in concert, and we also celebrated our 9th anniversary. Simply put, we’re happy.


Linus: 15+ Months

Linus went in recently for his 15 month checkup. He’s doing great.

  • Weight: 25# 2oz (53rd %)
  • Height: 31.125″ (66th %)
  • Head: 18 1/2″ (53th %)

This kid is amazing. He is a tank. He is unstoppable. He no longer takes no for an answer. He is a tough kid, not letting most accidents get him down. He is happy and sweet and loving. He loves to follow his brother around, and he loves to chase Cayce the cat.

Oh, did I mention, he’s walking?

Which started out a few weeks earlier as this:

What he’s saying: kitty cat, more, up.

What he’s doing: walking, climbing, eating with a spoon (so messy!), laughing, watching tv, reading books *to* us, knocking down towers, pointing out very small things in the sky.

Vegas Trip

I recently had to go to Las Vegas for a work trip. My best girlfriends met up with me and we got to hang out when I wasn’t working. It was so totally awesome!

We stayed at the Cosmopolitan, which is amazingly luxurious. We spent our free time at the pool and wandering the various bars in the hotel. The girls were good humans and took a nice, long walk each morning, stopping to get us affordable food from somewhere outside of the hotel. I didn’t. I laid in bed as much as possible.

I am actually happy to say I didn’t leave the hotel until my conference was over. Our flight was at 6 AM the next morning, so we planned a 4 AM departure. Going to sleep seemed silly, so we walked the strip, gambled away some money, and ate a wonderful meal at midnight. It was the best. I love you, ladies.

Vegas Suite

Check out our suite in Las Vegas – amazing!!!

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