Eight Weeks Later

Monday, April 11, 2016

It's been almost eight weeks since I've updated. As you can probably guess, things have been a little crazy around here.

Parenthood has been a dizzying, exciting, frustrating whirlwind.

Oh, and exhausting. To the point where Tom takes like seven naps a day now.

like this super cute nap he and nolie took on easter
It's been so crazy to see how much the boys have changed. Little Guy, who we often refer to as Nolie, is talking up a storm now. When he came to us, he was only saying around five words, and now he's saying all sorts of things; his therapy through First Steps has been SUCH  a blessing! Big Guy (aka Jamie) was talking quite a bit when he got here, but his speech therapist says he's almost like a different kid than he was a few months ago. He comes in for therapy excitedly chattering about whatever is on his mind (often Power Rangers, but a couple of weeks ago, it was hail), and his enthusiasm is so infectious. They're both so sweet and helpful. Recently, when Nolie makes a mess, he immediately tries to start cleaning it up (such as earlier when he spilled his water, and a few hours later when he knocked over the paper shredder). Jamie always takes his dishes to the sink when he's done eating and drinking, and likes to ask what he can do to help.

three of my favorite boys chilling

Staffing changes at work have meant I've been working more than usual lately, but thankfully, the boys enjoy day care. For the most part, I try to do my homework when they're in bed, but it makes for late nights (and I'd often be doing other things...I'm considering taking a little time off school after this semester). When we do get to have family time, we try to make the most of it, especially on the weekends.

The animals, for the most part have adjusted well. Luna was great with them from the get-go. Egg was standoffish, but interested, as per usual. Archie had the toughest time adjusting, but now he is all about his boys, and they love giving him all of the lovin's.

archie supervising jamie as he watches paw patrol

nolie and archie sharing a sweet snuggle

We love going to the Home Depot kids workshops; this month they made butterfly houses (we're hoping to start a garden in the next couple of weeks where we can put them!), and last month Nolie made a wagon and Jamie made a helicopter. I start the nails for them, and then they hold the hammer and I hold their hand as we hammer; Tom usually supervises the painting and helps if they ask.

me helping the boys make their butterfly houses

We also enjoy taking advantage of Saturday story times at Barnes & Noble; the boys also love playing with the trains before and after!

playing with trains at b&n


Although Indiana is often extremely behind the times politically, and generally not terribly exciting, we DO have a world-class children's museum in The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. We took the boys a few weeks ago (we wanted to make sure they got to see the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles exhibit before it left April 10th), and they had an absolute blast. We can't wait to take them back to see some of the things we didn't have time for on our first trip!

nolie at the pirates and princesses exhibit

jamie putting pipes together at the tmnt exhibit
Shortly after my first post, the boys got to meet my mom and stepdad, as well as Tom's parents. Easter weekend, they got to meet my dad and stepmom, my brothers, my nephews (my baby niece was there too, but she slept most of the time), my aunt and uncle, and my grandparents. We had planned on attending the Lions Club Easter egg hunt in the town my parents are from (my dad was helping run the event), but we were late. My nephews were kind enough to share some candy. The Easter Bunny had made a trip to grandma and grandpa's however, and the boys all got to play together with the bubbles they had found in their baskets. We then headed next door to see what my grandparents had been doing with my uncle's old house before heading over to my mom's, where the boys got to play with vintage Little People playsets.

playing in the sandboat at grandpa's

playing little people with nonnie

The Thursday before Easter, we took the boys to have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny. It was ridiculously overpriced, of course, but you only get one first Easter with your kids! Nolie was not particularly interested, but they were able to get a picture of him smiling (albeit standing three feet in front of the bunny). Jamie was super into it though, and was obsessed with the bunny's nose.

the boys' easter outfits (yes, they matched)
The Friday before Easter, we dyed Easter eggs. The boys thought it was basically the coolest thing ever, and it was such a fun bonding experience. I have spent so long wanting to be able to do things like that with my kids, and it was surreal to finally get to experience it!

green family easter eggs - 2016

As tempted as we were to go crazy with their Easter baskets, we were worried about setting a precedent of going overboard at holidays, and that wasn't something we wanted to do. As such, we decided to keep things simple. We didn't do candy at all, since we knew they'd be getting candy elsewhere. We ended up going with monster trucks, TMNT bath toys (Raphael and Michelangelo for Jamie, Leonardo and Donatello for Nolie), a Tsum Tsum for each (Judy Hopps for Jamie, Mickey for Nolie), and The Lego Movie to share. I was worried that it wasn't enough, but they were thrilled with what they got!

the boys' easter baskets

It's crazy to me that it's already been almost ten weeks since the boys have come into our lives. We are so unbelievably excited to see what the future holds!

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