Saturday, September 11, 2010

Gavin (15 months) and Devin (3 years 11 months)

Grandma Marcella really wanted some pictures of her grandkids so we went to Picture People to see if we could get a few good shots of the boys. They did pretty well overall and the pics are very cute. Here’s a link to the photos if you want to check out the full library.

Gavin is so incredibly cute right now. He has very light brown hair with lots of curls. And he has the sweetest smile and tilts his head to the side when looking at you. His personality is really coming through. And he isn’t talking yet, but loves to point and grunt. He also gets his point across by going to his high chair and patting his seat when he is ready to eat. And he will pat the fridge door and then point to his milk when he wants some. Hopefully he’ll start getting some words out soon. He’s overdue to a degree, but he is also getting more Spanish that Devin did. Something tells me he’ll just start talking one day.

Gavin is a big time climber. I have to keep a close eye on him as he is fearless. He will climb on anything and stand up and look at me like “Look Mom…no hands!” He will climb and stand on chairs, stroller toilets, ledges, you name it. He also has the strongest fingertips ever. He can grasp something with the smallest tip of his finger and you really have to pry it off to get something from him. Maybe he will be a rock climber some day. He certainly has strength, balance, and no fear working for him.

Gavin got his two top molars recently. One came the first weekend in August and the other came the middle of September. He really takes the whole teething thing like a champ. I think he has a high threshold for pain.

In terms of eating, Gavin can really put the food away. He certainly eats more than Devin these days. I’m sure that will all change in the future, but for now he is the first to start eating and the last to finish most often. The one thing he does that is beyond annoying is that he throws his food, fork, or whatever he has his hands on when he is done. So much for using the “all done” sign. He clearly gets his point across when he throws his food clear across the dining room. That little stinker!

Gavin is wearing 2T shirts and 18 month - 24 month pants. I’d put him in 2T shorts, but the pants are going to be a bit long. He’s also up to size 5 diapers. I haven’t weighed him recently, but I expect that he is very close to 30 pounds. One thing that is true is that Gavin is not my little baby anymore. He’s clearly moving into being an independent toddler.

When it comes to sleeping, Gavin is beyond amazing. He goes to bed around 7:30 and will sleep until 6:30 or 7 the next day. He doesn’t want to be cuddled, rocked, or anything. Just pop him in his crib, turn on his music, say good night and walk out. Yep…that easy! I am one lucky parent. Now if only Devin was that easy!

Speaking of Devin, he is VERY excited for his 4th birthday in a few weeks. He has matured so much lately, and also tests us at the same time. He often has so much energy he just doesn’t know what to do with it. Around dinner time, Rich and I at least once say, “Don’t you want to go outside and play?” I just keep reminding Rich that he gave his parents a run for their money when he was a kid so he shouldn’t be too surprised about Devin.

Legos have officially become a new interest for Devin. He built his very own vehicle using the lego pieces last week. I was very impressed at how he put it all together on his own. I'll try to post a picture soon (on the other computer).

Devin is close to 50 pounds and wearing a size 4 pant and size 5 shirt, although he is about to move up to a size 5 pant. Devin has a pretty good size waist and butt so I have to be sure and get pants with elastic waistbands. Any other straight pant cut is too tight on him. I can get him a bigger size in shorts, but now that we are headed into cooler weather, he’ll need pants that aren’t too long.

Devin still is not a big fan of cheese. And he is starting to get opinionated about his food. I wouldn’t call him picky, but he doesn’t always seem hungry so he has “opinions” about what he wants to eat and not eat.

Preschool has been going very well for Devin. He really enjoys his time there, even though I usually get an “I don’t want to go to school” at least once in the car on the way there. But he has also told me that he loves school too. His morning routine goes best when he has time to watch one video (Dora, Bob the Builder, Fireman Sam, or Handy Manny) in the morning. That is his gradual wakeup time. Then he puts on his clothes and off to school we go. Having a routine makes the morning go like clockwork. We have about a 25 minute drive to his school and if there is a lot of traffic, he gets car sick (he is clearly my child on that one). So I don’t overload him with food before getting in the car and I also take a different route to avoid the downtown traffic. That has really helped. They offer food all morning during his class so I know he gets to eat when he feels like it.

One thing I LOVE about Devin is how he has the biggest bladder of any kid. He is so good about not wetting his pants. We can be in the car and he’ll have to go but be able to wait a good 20 minutes. And he rarely, if ever, wets his bed at night. I say my thanks every day for the fact he potty trained so well.

I have been traveling for work a fair amount, so Rich seeks out help from his parents quite a bit when I am gone. Thank you to all our family for how much they help us day in and day out. We know how very lucky we are to have them nearby.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

We Have a Molar

Gavin cut his first molar a little over a week ago. He has had the eight teeth in front (four on top and four on bottom) for some time now, so we figured the molars would be coming soon. He was a bit cranky on our last camping trip - he rarely is that way. So it dawned on me to check his mouth the next day and there was a molar that popped through on the top left. Something tells me we'll see a few more of those in the next few months.

Golf Anyone?

Camping in Lake Tahoe

We camped in Zephyr Cove this past weekend and I thought it was so cute how Rich was giving the boys a lesson on "How to build a fire." A true father - son moment. Gavin was so interested...hopefully he didn't learn how to actually start a fire!

Devin took this picture of Gavin and I.

And here's another picture by Devin...guess we'll have to work on how to center the picture. :-)

We Love Glue!

While I was on a business trip, Devin fell at his school and put his tooth through his lip. It was really the skin below his lip but bad nonetheless. Fortunately, Rich was arrived to pick him up right after it happened. So he was able to quickly get him over to the doctor and they successfully glued it in lieu of stitches. When I saw Devin in the morning (after arriving late the evening it happened), I could not believe how big a fat lip he had. And the glue looked like someone put a piece of scotch tape on his chin. I am now a BIG fan of the glue because within one week, you can barely tell where he busted his chin. So far, Devin has been glued twice (once on his foot about a year ago and once on his face). I wish they had glue when I was a kid! Who ever invented this is a hero.

Devin Up To Bat

This was Devin's first run at some t-ball in the back yard. Looks like it is time to get a real t-ball set. I was impressed how well he hit the ball without even trying!

Camping Trip to Pescadero

At the beginning of August, we camped in Pescadero for seven days, six nights. We really enjoyed that location as it was easy to venture out every day and do something new. We bought a tent trailer earlier this year and wanted to get in a few trips before the summer was up. Here's some pics of our adventures.
Pescadero light house....breathtaking view. It is the lighthouse referenced in the business book called Getting Naked. It is about a consulting firm in the Half Moon Bay area named after this lighthouse.
Gavin at the beach.

Rich and Gavin We tried for a family pic but Devin wanted nothing to do with it. And Gavin wasn't too thrilled either. Go figure!

Jason and Jace came to visit us one day. I'm sure many would be surprised to see a picture Rich and Jason with their kids! Oh how the times have changed. :-)

More Pics From Our Trip

Here's some pictures from our trip to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. We had a great day. And the sun was definitely welcomed after being on the chilly coast.

Here's a picture from our trip to the corn maze in Half Moon Bay. The maze ended up being closed due to their lack of building permits...I honestly couldn't believe they needed a building permit for a hay structure. I guess it has the locals all up in arms over the "new rules" per se. But we were able to hang out on their property and sit on their old tractors for a few pics. Devin thought it was great.

More Pics

Rich and I only got a few quiet moments when both kids slept. And this was one of them. It seemed like they never wanted to nap at the same time, so the "quiet" was so nice when it finally happened. :-)
Devin and Gavin love playing in their new camper.
One day, we went to the Exploratorium in SF. What a great place to visit. Devin and Gavin both enjoyed it. Thanks Kristine for the gift certificates!