Friday, October 29, 2010

Rule #91: Pick your role models wisely

Evan has gotten into a habit of lifting up his shirt, mostly just absent mindedly. Because of all my People magazine exposure, my mind keeps referring back to one person.
"The Situation" from Jersey Shore Meet the new situation

Rule #90: Fat is subjective

Graham had his two week check up today. He is doing everything a 12 day old baby should, and he is growing very well.

This little fatty is in the 50%! I honestly didn't think that would ever happen with any of Alex's children. I'm not saying I expect Graham to stay in the "average" (or in our minds "fatty") category forever, but just the fact that he's started out so hefty is a feat! :)

His weight: a whopping 7 lbs 11 oz (50%)
Height: 21 1/4 inches (75%)
OFC: 14 1/4 inches (50%)

He's just average all around it seems. And just as cute as a button!
My sister Annie made Graham two onesies. This one with the letter G and one that says [handmade] on it. Both very cute! Thanks sis! You can't see the G very well in this picture, but look at that face! I had to post it.
This is a typical afternoon hanging out with the family. Evan does love his brother not that you'd be able to tell he's interested at all in this picture.

Mom and Graham (I love yawning pictures)

A better view of the G, although it is a bit washed out due to the flash. Trust me, it's adorable!
Graham is sleeping like your average newborn. He has a few good hours in the morning when he's awake and alert. Then sleeps soundly most of the day. Sometime has another awake time in the late afternoon, but if not....is awake around 2 am. For a few hours. Yeah, I can't wait for his schedule to turn around.
But otherwise, he's a very calm baby, similar to Evan in his temperament so far. We'll see if it lasts. I don't want to count my chickens, I know that things could change, but Graham doesn't seem to have a fussy period in the day yet. In some ways it feels like he's been part of our family and routine for much longer than 12 days. I love this little man to pieces!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Rule #89: Sometimes two is easier than one.

Graham Douglas Davis was born at 6:48 AM. He weighs 7 lbs 6 oz and is 21 inches long. Both he and mom are doing very well. Meghan's recovery is much smoother and quicker than last time.
Saturday night we had friends over for dinner and a movie, and during the middle of the movie Meghan started having contractions. (This is the same scenario as Evan, with friends, about 10pm, born 9am the next day.) By 1 AM they were frequent enough to head out. April stayed with Evan during the night. Between 2 AM - 6 AM Meghan had her epidural and two doses of antibiotics for GBS (ask her if you want to know more).

At about 6:35 AM the room became an efficient little beehive of acitivity going from one nurse to 6 personnel including the doctor. Two contractions later baby was out, had his cord cut, got sucked out, weighed, etc. By 7 AM it was just mom, son and I.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Rule #88: Don't forget mom's favorite season

The best season of the year is finally here! It took it's sweet time getting here too. (I was getting pretty tired of 90 degree weather in September.) But now that it's here I'm trying to soak in as much as possible before the baby comes and I'm more or less confined to the indoors.

We met up with the Dalys at the Pumpkin Patch this weekend to bring in the fall. Evan was really excited to meet up with his cousins. He loves that Sanders will play his favorite game with him. "big circles". Pretty much they just run around each other, with Evan saying "big circles" over and over. It's a riot to watch.
There was a haybale maze for the kids, and then everyone got to pick out their own pumpkins. Karaia was all about picking out pumpkins for everyone in her family. Which was difficult to do. There were so many "perfect" pumpkins to choose from. It was a great time. We even picked up a tiny pumpkin to represent the new son we will have by halloween. :) Welcome Fall!

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Evan running "big circles" in the maze

This was an attempt to get all three boys looking at the camera. Yeah, it worked really well. :)

Tennyson showing me how strong he is

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Evan showing off his mad verbal skills :)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Rule #87: Nothing bad about a two year old


I know, I know. This post is months over due. No excuses, just down to business.
And that business is all about Evan. Here are his two year stats. (finally)

Weight: 23 lbs 13 oz (7%)
Height: 34.5 inches (55%)
OFC: 18.5 ( 10%)

He's keeping his trend of being in the low end of normal for his weight, but that's better than Alex did at his age. He really was off the charts for years. So we're happy with his consistency. I don't expect him to switch gears on us anytime soon.

As far as Evan's mad skills are concerned...he has a lot, and he just keeps getting better and better every day. Karaia taught him how to climb a ladder at his birthday party, and now he's pretty good at it. It still makes me a little nervous, because that's just who I am, but he has yet to hurt himself on his playset, and he LOVES getting to the slide by himself.

Evan is a BIG fan of jumping. He will jump on anything he can find, or just the ground if that's all he's got to work with. It's so cute to watch him get both his feet off the ground.

He's big into drawing/coloring right now. He's even started to label what HE is drawing, instead of just demanding that I draw a big cloud, flower, sun etc for him. He knows most of his colors and practically all of the alphabet. He knows numbers, and can usually count to at least 4 or 5 in sequence. Although numbers and counting don't actually mean much to him.

He transitioned into a big bed at the end of August. (I know, it's a post in and of itself, also way past due) We hadn't gotten the room ready yet, but have since painted at least. Once we get a few more details in place, I'll post pictures. He's done really well for the most part...but he's also become a two year old in the last few weeks. Complete with stubbornness, tantrums and defiance.

The tantrums would be slightly comical if they weren't so frequent. Because of our hard wood floors, Evan won't throw himself to the floor and scream. Instead, he slowly melts to the ground, then as soon as his head softly touches the floor, he starts his fit. But it can be about anything and everything. Welcome to toddlerhood I'm told.

He's also started becoming a defiant little person. Raising his eyebrow while he looks at me, just before he does what I have told him not to do three seconds earlier. So, we are working on disciplining and molding our son, hopefully to be a respectful, kind boy. We'll see how well that goes.

Verbally he has blown all expectations out of the water. I have no idea how many words he says at this point. Everyday he adds at least one more. Which is why I think it's so frustrating for him to disobey me, because I KNOW he understands what I'm saying now...no benefit of the doubt any more! I'm thrilled that he has progressed so quickly, and I can't wait for when we can more involved conversations with him. Alex taught him the word "usurper" the other night. And while Evan doesn't know what it means, I love that he tries to say it anyway. It was really cute.

He's starting to recognize the names of family members, and loves to see them all. He still talks about Sanders/Tennyson's fan almost daily, and it's been weeks since we watched the Dalys.

He's still a very loving, MOSTLY mild mannered boy. Although the mildness seems to be wearing off a bit.

He's the light of my life and I can't imagine living with out him. I will admit with these new traits I'm slightly anxious about how Evan will respond to his new brother. But hopefully his loving side will win out and things will go well!