Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A Long Time Gone

Wow it's been over three weeks since I last posted anything here. With my very hectic spring semester winding down, my gardening and yard work winding up, and lots of family/friend events going on, those have been exciting/exhausting weeks to be sure, but my absence is more than that too. I think I'm kind of out of ideas, at least temporarily. Do you guys have any thoughts about what I should write? What is it that keeps you coming back to see if I've added anything new? I'm sure there are things I could talk about but to be honest, I'm simply enjoying spending time living my life and not focusing so much on writing about it. I've felt kind of bored with several of my posts lately anyway. Plus, blogland seems to have changed. It seems like many of the blogs I read have slowed down over the past few months...or is it just me?

Moving on...

Our little toddler (how is it possible that we have a toddler?) is constantly on the move and keeping us very busy! To be honest I'm more exhausted in the mom department now than I ever have been before, even when he was a newborn baby. By the time his bed time rolls around each night, I am r.e.a.d.y to wind down in a big way. Having said that, every day with him is something new and special. I love to watch him learn and discover the new things in his environment. I love being his mom.

He adds new words to his vocabulary all the time. This week it was apple (apoo) and fishy (ishe.) He also mimics how we say, "I love you" but it comes out sounding more like iooeuuuu. He has the right sound pattern though and the right number of syllables. It's the best thing in the world, even though no one but us would know what he's trying to say. :) We have this cute little dialogue thing we do when it's just the two of us in the room. He will say, "Mommy" or sometimes, "Mimy" and I will say, "Charlie" or, "Yes, Charlie?" over and over. We go back and forth and mimic each other. If he says three M sounds then I say three C sounds and so on. This exchange usually ends in peals of laughter, which I love.

He absolutely adores books and being read to. He will sometimes spend 15 or 20 minutes sitting in the middle of the floor looking at his books. His current favorites, in no particular order are:
  • Brown Bear, Brown Bear
  • Counting Kisses
  • Barnyard Banter
  • The Rainbow Fish
  • Goodnight Moon
  • Whose Knees Are These
  • Here Are My Hands
  • Daddy Kisses
  • All About Baby: A baby's Guide to Babies
This is great because books are always the perfect tag-along toy for car rides or when we're going to be somewhere that doesn't have many toys. Sometimes he even falls asleep holding books, which is perfectly adorable! Depending on his mood, he will even occasionally sit through short story books, such as, "A Blessing From Above" or, "I Wished for You." I cherish those quiet times with my little guy and really, really love that he enjoys being read to as much as I enjoy reading to him. I honestly feel that this is one of the very best things parents can do with and for their children.

He's also going through a clingy/fear stage at the moment and to be honest, I'm kind of glad. This boy has always been a social butterfly who will go to anyone and who even (usually) likes total strangers. Not that I want my child to be afraid but it's nice to know that he does sometimes want his mommy/daddy and that he does differentiate between caregivers. As for the fear, loud noises such as the garbage truck, UPS truck, loud planes, other babies crying, etc. have really been freaking him out lately. He will be playing happily and then something will startle him and he will run over to me and grab my legs. It's both sad and cute at the same time...and (again with the honesty) it does give me a bit of an ego boost to know that I'm the person to whom he most often looks for comfort.

We've been having fun. Michael and I are a one-car-family out of necessity and it's not always easy being stranded here with a little one all day but we make the best of it. I'm so grateful for this time with him because I know the day will come when I will look back on these experiences very fondly. At the risk of sounding incredibly Pollyanna about the whole thing...this parenting gig is pretty awesome most of the time!


BB said...

I've missed you! I haven't had much inspiration to write anymore, either. I feel bored and I also feel like blogland has slowed down a lot. I think it is mostly because most of my bloggy buddies are busy being mommies!

Charlie gets cuter all the time and I love how similar he and Riley are! She is really starting to love the books, too!

Good to hear from you!


Jill said...

Hope you are not hitting the blog rut I have been stuck in.....

You are right though, things do seem to be slowing down. I have no requests of writing from you, but PLEASE keep the pictures coming!

Charlie is getting so big. Where has the time gone Melba? I remember this time last with a new babe. Me and DH just about done waiting. Now you have a toddler and my "baby" is turning 1 at the end of the month. (*SIGH*)

Loved the new pics of your sweet boy! Is it really possible that he gets cuter by the minute?

Enjoy the summer! Would love to hook up sometime!
Hugs, Jill

BTW- We are a one car (minvan) family too. Stinks a lot of the time, but if I want to be a SAHM it;s a sacrifice I had to make. Good luck!

Rebekah said...

I LOVE this. Can't believe he's growing so fast! Watching these kids grow and learn is amazing. Ty has started to pull favorite books as well. He goes for the same ones all the time. It makes me wonder, "what is going on in that head???"


TXMom2B said...

I hear you on the blog slow-down. I think it's that time of year. Too hot to think, and most social events (at least for us) involve a kiddie pool. I'm loving these days, though, for the most part, and I'm glad you're doing well:-)

Anonymous said...

I totally hear you. Lovey Girl is a little energy machine. I was just thinkng I'd go to bed (it's 8:30 and she went down at 8:00). I too have been slowing down on blogging.

Rachel said...

Yah, I haven't been blogging much, either. I wonder how helpful my mommy stories are to people...

I miss you, though! I'll try to blog more if you do, too!!

Debbie B said...

I would come just for the pictures of your sweet boy. But I really enjoy your posts as well.

So glad you're enjoying parenting so much. It gets better and harder all the time but it is the best job in the world.
After the 'iooeuuuu' with Isabel we got 'Too' as in I love you too. That was adorable.
We're a one car family now too, it's tough. The longest days are the ones when Isabel and I are home all day long with out Daddy or the car. We take lots of walks on those days.