Luke: Where's Daddy?
Me: At the office, he had to work late.
Luke: What did Josie say?
Me: She said Daddy is working so hard for our family.
Luke: No she didn't.
Me: Oh, really? What DID she say?
Luke: She said she loves her big brother. That's what she said.
Luke: I don't like this show, can I watch Special Agent Oso instead?
Nanny: I'm sorry, you can't. I already deleted it from the DVR.
Luke: You can't delete shows! Nanny, you're not thinking of others.
Luke hands Steven's dad a piece of chocolate
Grandpa, you've been good. You can have some candy.
It was bottle o'clock, so Josie was shrieking
Mommy, can you put Josie on the other side of the door so I can't hear her?
We got Josie a blue Exersaucer
Luke: Mommy, do you like my blueprint machine?
Me: Blueprint machine?
Luke: Yes. First you put the 2 cookies in the bucket. Then you roll it and swirl it up, pick which bowl you want to put it in, add the flour, then it pops back into the bucket. That's how the blueprint machine works.
Luke discovered my tattoo, which is my zodiac symbol on my lower back
Luke: Mommy, what's that? You have an M on your butt.
Me: Oh, that's just my tattoo.
Luke: You're not supposed to have an M on your butt. I'm going to erase it.
Me: Did you poop yet?
Luke: Yes! It's invisible.
Me: looks in the toilet You didn't poop.
Luke: Yes I did. It's invisible so you can't see it, but it's still gross.
Me: I stole a smooch!
Luke: No! You can't steal a smooch, those are Nanny's.
Mommy, you stay in the living room or Daddy will burn you in the kitchen.
Ever since I've gone back to work it's been a challenge to even keep up with laundry and dishes, much less exercise, do crafts or write blog posts. Also, if I'm not around the kids all day I have less fodder for my 'Funny Friday' posts. However I want to make more of an effort to document our lives, partly for you readers, but mostly because I don't scrapbook and I don't make baby books. This blog (and my bountiful Instagram feed) is the only record I have of the kids. So to make up for lost time, here's the highlight reel:
Luke is thriving at school. Last weekend we had his first school-friend birthday party. He seems to be well-liked by his classmates and teachers, despite reports that he never. stops. talking.
I went back to work when Josie was 10.5 weeks old. I enjoy my job and I actually missed my co-workers. Also, I was seriously missing adult conversation, real pants, and a boss that doesn't scream at me if she needs to burp.
Steven's sister got married in October. She was a beautiful bride, but more importantly Luke was the cutest ring bearer ever. After he walked down the aisle, he stood in front of the best man, said "catch!" then tossed the ring pillow to him. Luckily, no wedding bands were lost or damaged in the making of this anecdote. Josie was honorary flower girl, but she slept through the whole party.
Halloween came and went. Josie wore Luke's old lobster costume, I broke out the chef jacket again, and Luke went as my sous chef. They were a big hit in the neighborhood.
I cut my hair! Steven has a preference for long hair - it's more feminine, attractive, blah blah blah - and blatantly doing something I know he hates isn't my style. BUT Josie likes to grab earbud cords, hoodie strings, MY HAIR, and then shove it in her adorable, slobber-filled mouth. Therefore hubby doesn't get a vote and my hair had to go. I love it and I have no plans to grow it back out anytime soon.
Josie is growing up so quickly! She is getting better at unassisted sitting and last week she rolled from front to back for the first time. She coos and is thisclose to full-on giggling.
She can't crawl yet, which is good because I am constantly taking her picture and that gets much harder once the little bugger can get away from me.
She is a fairly easy-going baby, like Luke was. She sleeps through the night (thank goodness) and is getting past her if I'm awake I'm bored and therefore mad phase. She's not on a regular nap schedule yet, but at least she does nap during the day. She's pretty good about being out and about, so the stroller and the Ergo are our best friends.
Luke is finally taking an interest in his sister. He talks to her, sings to her, and when she's fussy his presence calms her down. He calls her his "little pearl" which is adorable. One of her favorite activities is to sit in her bumbo chair and watch him play.
I'll be back in a few days with a new Funny Friday!
And here's a few more photos of Josie, for good measure.
chasing a laser pointer dot
Red dot, come to Papa! Are you hungry, red dot?
Nona: Are you going to miss your sister when she goes to the beach?
Luke: N... yes.
Me: What did you do at school today?
Luke: Just fooling around things.
Me: Do you miss your sister?
Luke: I already did.
Luke: Look at all that water!
Me: That's the ocean. How many gallons do you think that is?
Luke: Let me think. 84.
Me: Why are you afraid of the ocean?
Luke: Because it's too many waters.
Me: It's too much water?
Luke: Yeah. And because the water is chasing me and trying to catch me.
Today, while I was getting changed out of my work clothes, I heard Luke go into the bathroom and use the toilet all by himself. He didn't ask for help and he didn't wait for me to remind him to go. He still needs assistance getting on and off the potty when he needs to sit, but he is a pro at peeing standing up!
Sorry for the toilet talk but I just had to tell someone. And by someone, I mean the internet.
We were listening to 'The Fox' because we're mildly obsessed with it.
Luke: Mommy, can you turn Daddy's phone off?
Steven: Do you not like that song?
Luke: Yeah, I just watched it 3 or 4 times.
Steven: Is that too many?
Luke: It's a lot.
Please tell me you've seen this video. If not, you're welcome.
Luke and Steven were playing catch
Steven: Good catch! You got it!
Luke: Daddy, let's go to the next level!
Luke: Are you getting dressed?
Luke: Are you fancy?
Luke: Very fancy?
Me: So fancy!
Luke: This big fancy? holds arms out wide
Me: Yes, this big fancy! Today after school we're going shopping to get you some clothes to be fancy for Aunt Tina's wedding.
Luke: I am fancy.
Me: You are, but we all need to look nice for the wedding so we're all getting new clothes.
Luke: But I'm already fancy. Daddy and I put on our skirts.
I've been watching old episodes of 'Monk' on Hulu.
Daddy, you take out the compost and me and Mommy will watch Mr. Monk.
Luke was shirtless and pointing to his nipples.
Luke: Daddy, do you like my 2 little breast milks?
Later that night
Luke: Mommy, can I feed Josie?
Me: I'm sorry, you can't. Only mommies can feed babies.
Luke: Yes I can. I have 2 breast milks, right here.
The family spent the night in a hotel.
Me: Luke, it's time to brush your teeth. Here's your toothbrush.
Luke: You brought that here? Wow!
'Monk' theme song
"Cups" from Pitch Perfect
2 weeks ago today was Luke's first day of preschool. He loves to learn and thrives around other kids so I wasn't worried about the transition for him at all. And, I'm not gonna lie, I like having him out of the house for a few hours each day. To mark the occasion I took the quintessential standing on the front porch, first day of school picture. He's quite the ham, isn't he?
For the most part he's doing really well. There have been a few less-than-stellar moments (he colored on a girl's dress and pushed a boy once) but he's only 3 and he's still learning to be around other kids. We love his teacher, we love the school, and it's just down the road from our house so that's a huge bonus. For internet security reasons I won't name the school on here, but if you live near me and are looking for a good preschool leave a comment and I'll email you some information!
Now that Josie's here I've not felt the urge to overhaul or remove anything. I did, however add some personal touches so that she won't think Luke's my favorite.
I embroidered a tea towel calendar for Luke before he was born and when I found out I was pregnant with Josie the first thing I did was order another one from the same Etsy shop. I loved the little family of 3 pattern I designed for the first calendar, so this time around I drew up a family of 4 cats. One upside of a scheduled c-section: I knew Josie's birthday ahead of time so I could go ahead and embroider it while I was on a roll with the cats, so it didn't take me over a year like last time.
I left Luke's calendar where it was and hung Josie's next to it. I considered moving Luke's to his big boy room, but it didn't really go. Plus, I think it's sweet to have them hanging together.
The next thing to be updated was the embroidery hoop collage. I hung the collage before Luke was born, but since both of our chosen names (Luke and Lucy) started with an 'L' I went ahead and stitched an 'L' onto the biggest hoop. I didn't want to leave my girl out so I decided to add a 'J' as well, but since I glued all the fabric in place I didn't want to risk stretching the fabric by embroidering it. So I raided my (embarrassingly large) stash of buttons and made her a cute purple 'J.' I love how it turned out!
Steven: Knock, knock.
Luke: Who's there?
Luke: Luke-apotamus who?
Steven: Luke-apotamus needs to go to bed.
Luke: That's terrible.
Luke's friend Adellyn toots
Me: Adellyn, do you need to go potty?
Adellyn's Mom: What do you say when you toot?
Luke: Thank you!
Me: Luke, if you get thirsty, here's your water bottle.
Adellyn: If I get thirsty I'll call my mom.
Luke: Yeah, we're going to share both moms.
No, Daddy, no! If he keeps working on his iPad, he'll never play with me!
I was very excited that our first shipment of Honest Diapers* came in.
Me: Look what came in! Your pretty diapers! Aren't you excited?
Luke: No, Josie's not excited.
Steven: singing Hold me closer, tiny dancer. Count the headlights on the high-waaaay.
Luke: 1... 2... 3... 4...
Luke sees that his hands got pruney in the pool
My fingers are all mazey.
Me: Where are we going today?
Luke: Let me think.
Me: We're taking a tour, there's lots of learning, and lots of children. What does that sound like?
Luke: A bad idea.
Me: No, silly!
Luke: A good idea?
Me: Let's watch The Daily Show.
Luke: Do you want to watch the deli show, Daddy?
Luke: I want to talk to you.
Luke: How do you get rid of babies?
Steven: What baby do you want to get rid of?
*Don't worry, this isn't a sponsored post. The Honest Co. has no idea this blog exists.