You: have a teeny body and a big ole' head, wiggle wiggle wiggle, are constantly gnawing on your fists (we think there are some little teeth about to show up), giggle at your big brother, prefer to be snuggled to sleep (by mama), roll from front to back (though it could just be because of your enormous head), love it when we make silly faces (especially your dad), love to be nakie, are very ticklish, are very distractible when you nurse, prefer to be in the same room as every one else, take naps in your crib.
Mama: melts into a puddle every time you smile (which is a lot), loves the little tuft of hair on top of your head, can't get over how soft your skin is and how good you smell, dreads the day you'll move into your crib at night, wants you to stay little as long as possible.
Last week Dave cleaned out the garage and decided he wasn't putting Emmet's toddler bed back in it. So it was decided that we would set it up and give it a try! I had been delaying it for MONTHS because I felt worried about it and never felt like it was quite the right time (because I just wanted to avoid it in general). He hadn't really tried to climb out of his crib yet BUT we knew we needed to get him sleeping in his bed and him used to the idea of Henry sleeping in the crib long before Henry actually needs to start sleeping in it full time! Which is why we had it in the first place. We bought it for super cheap from my sister in law's sister and I painted it a cute aqua blue.
Emmet made the transition pretty smoothly! He's woken up a few times in the night and wandered around his room quietly instead of napping several times. As soon as we set it up he climbed right in and told us to "go" before we even had it pushed over into the corner. And once we did he said "bye bye" to us until we tucked him in and left (30 minutes before we even planned on laying him down for a nap). It's only at nap time that he'll wander around. He usually reads books on his bed or in the chair and occasionally dumps all of his birds into his bed (if I have forgotten to move them up higher). We're slowly getting the hang of it and I actually really love being able to tuck him in and give him little kisses without reaching over the crib. My absolute favorite is when he whispers "bye bye mama" in my ear when I am giving him his goodnight kiss. Little guy knows how to make a heart melt.
By some miracle we were able to fit the new bed in without taking any furniture out! We thought for sure we would have to take out the big chair to make room for it, but nope it's still in there! It isn't the most aesthetically pleasing arrangement, but it works (which is basically just the theme of the house right now). Both closets are stuffed full of stuff as we don't have a basement or an attic, so both doors needed to still be accessible. But we can move the toys in front of the one pretty easily and duck under the artwork on the other. Plus how cute is Emmet's new art wall? I'm going to be the parent that can't throw anything away...
After Henry's shower we reserved an hour for switching our decorations and food. Which really meant that the parties continued as we did those things and no one really noticed, which was great! After that hour though more people arrived and we had lunch ready for people to eat. Mojo's catered the food again and served a full taco bar, coronas (to the adults), and cupcakes! It was all super delicious and BEAUTIFULLY presented!
I was super impressed at Emmet's party stamina. He ran around that house from 9:00-2:00 surrounded by people and playing in the hot sun. I swear every 10 minutes he was with someone else and doing something else. He swept the back patio with Patty's husband, sword fought (with sticks) with his uncle Kent and my dad, played with balloons, followed his cousins around, hid in the plants, and the list goes on and on! Every once in a while I caught him resting. He would lay down on the couch for a minute or climb into Henry's carseat and let his system reboot. He got kind of into the idea of opening gifts...didn't really open them without a lot of assistance but LOVED discovering what was inside each one! His favorites were the plush birdies from his grandmas that sing real bird songs, his binoculars, and his play kitchen and accessories! We still have yet to discover the wonders of his other gifts, I'm sure he'll love them all too! He clapped happily after we sang and took bites of the tops of everyone's (who was willing) cupcakes. and even though he was the center of attention for most of it, I'm not really sure he really noticed or cared that it was for him. He was just having a great time with the people who love him!
I have to say, I am just so amazed by the amount of love we felt over the weekend. My little boys are so lucky to have so many people who love them and care about them. The way Patty hurried to get the house done and how much time and energy she put into the catering, the way people played and loved on them while we were there, the thoughtfulness of each gift the boys received, and the way everyone even pitched in to help us get everything home! An entire fleet of cars followed us home and people helped carry everything inside! It was so amazing and super helpful so we could get our boys down for their naps as fast as possible! We are super appreciative of everyone who came and made their day so special!
Food and Event Space: Mojo's Coffee Bar
Succulent Cake: Amber Abrams
This past weekend we had not one, but TWO parties for our little boys! My sister was in town for the weekend, so we decided to have both parties on the same day; Henry's Baby Shower in the morning and Emmet's Second Birthday in the early afternoon! I'm foreseeing this happening quite a bit in the future with their birthdays being so close together and family living out of state.
We hosted both parties at the new Mojo's Bakehouse, owned by Patty of Mojo's Coffee Bar. She just recently renovated this mid century home right near our house to use as a bakehouse and as an event house and she did an AMAZING job. It is seriously so gorgeous inside and out! Patty took care of all of the food, set up and clean up, which made this mama's stress level super low! All I had to do was roll my little boys over to the house, put up a few decorations, and enjoy time with my loved ones. It was amazing (and highly recommended!)
Henry's shower was in the morning. My mom and I decided to have it after he was born so that we could use it as a chance for our family and friends to meet him and because we decided pretty late in the game to even have a shower but didn't want to stress about squeezing it in before he arrived! The party was only an hour long, the perfect amount of time for a short and sweet shower. We invited a smaller amount of people and served coffee and rainbow sprinkled cinnamon rolls and strawberries... to stay on the sprinkle theme of course! Emmet ran around entertaining everyone and eating all of their cinnamon rolls, while people passed Henry around and gave him snuggles and love. It was the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of our little guy!
Food and Event Space: Mojo's Coffee Bar
Sweet little Henry snuck into our family and somehow it feels as though he has always been here. He's calm and quiet and fits right in. I told Dave that I think I might like having two kids even more than just one. Not that I didn't love being with Emmet the last two years, but I had a tendency to get tired of playing the same thing over and over again and found myself getting frustrated with him. With Henry I have way more to think about and my brain just never gets tired. I'm always bouncing from one thing to another (and one boy to the other!) and enjoying almost every bit of it!
I worried for so long that I wouldn't love Henry as much as I love Emmet. That I would mourn my time together with him. But, just like everyone said, my love grew. I love Henry soo much even after only one month and somehow I love Emmet even more than before too. These little boys have my heart!
A few weeks ago we had Amy Sharp of Amy Sharp Photography come by to take a few pictures of Henry and our little family now that we are four and I am so glad we did! I'm glad we have the phase we are in as a family captured forever. She did such a great job!