Thank you to everyone that stopped by yesterday and left such nice comments. Your words mean so much to me.
The week has gotten better, and today I’m not focusing on the twins, but on my oldest. I thought I’d take you through his second year. If you missed the first, just click HERE.
My baby was no longer a newborn, but there were still a lot of “firsts” happening. He had taken his first steps right around his 1st birthday, and in the months following, started to gain confidence and walk all over the place. No sooner was he walking, but then he was climbing and getting into all sorts of mischief. I remember we even had to put a lock on the toilet. Although, we didn’t have to gate up the house like we do with the twins.
Take a look at the middle picture below. Yes, he was laying in a big roll of toilet paper he unwound. You just leave them for 5 seconds…
He was also getting his first teeth, and finally a little (but just a little) more peach fuzz on his head. There would be no first hair cut for quite some time.
We also took our first family road trip. My Grandma, so my son’s Great Grandma, turned 90 that May. We all drove to Michigan to celebrate with her. He still loved his pacifier, which he called his “Fa Fa.” The other word that he said a lot was “Mo,” which was he called milk when he wanted to nurse.
Since I stayed at home during the day, he would come along on all my errands. We would also go to story hours at the library, and go visit Grandma often. We would take walks around the neighborhood, and he was just starting to enjoy the park too.
He was mostly nursing, but we did introduce him to baby food. He preferred nursing to eating. I really didn’t mind. It was our bonding time.
He was still not a good sleeper, though. Still hating his crib, he’d end up in our bed most nights. OK. Every night. I know you aren’t supposed to co-sleep, but he really wouldn’t sleep anywhere else. I needed sleep, he needed sleep, and my husband needed sleep. It was just the way it had to be.
At the end of the second year, it was time for a birthday party again. This year the theme was The Smurfs. It was his 2nd Smurfday Party! We lucked out, and had a really beautiful weekend. His birthday falls in the second week of October, so sometimes it’s really cold, but this year it was sunny and warm.
We decorated our deck, my husband drew chalk Smurfs on the ground, and we even had a Smurf cake, complete with Toad stools and Mushroom houses.
Of course I made my husband where that silly Smurf hat.
And of course, I had all the decorations way ahead of time. I had waited until after the Smurf movie was released, then bought up everything, including those giant stuffed smurfs for about $2.
Everyone went home with a Smurf bag and coloring book.
While I was still a little hazy from lack of sleep, the second year I felt a little more confident than the first.
I hope you’ll join me next time for a look at my first born’s third year.
Looking at the smurf fabric just took me back! You have a wonderful family! Have a great weekend!
OMG just saw you have THREE boys… Wow and lucky. I have four kids and only managed one little guy! Cute post. Love the smurf hat! LOL
Thank you so much 🙂
Caroline @ In Due Time says
What a sweet and cute family!!!!!!
Such a sweetie!! Beautiful pictures!
Thank you Nicole. 🙂
LOL — that picture of your son in the toilet paper! It’s amazing how quick they can get into things!
Yes! Boys. 🙂
Tarynn Playle says
He is such a cutie! I love the photos! That TP!! It must the so much fun to unwind it! The Smurf party looks like it was a hit-I love themed parties!!
What a sweet little guy. I’m right there with you on the co-sleeping thing. I always said I’d never do it, but my 4 month old is in our bed most nights just so we can all get some sleep. You’re a good mom and did what your little one needed. Nothing wrong with that.
Thank you. I appreciate that, Jenn.
What a fun recap. Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love the themed party. I can’t wait to throw a few of my own 😉
Thank you! 🙂
Cynthia @craftoflaughter says
What a fun party, SMURFS! A great celebration
Inspiration Indulgence says
Love the smurf party! just the cutest!
Terri's Thoughts says
what a beautiful family!!!!
I’ve always said I didn’t want to have a boy because I didn’t think the clothes were cute, but you just proved me wrong! Love the little newsboy caps!
Awe. Thank you! 🙂
Aw, your son is so cute! The pic with the toilet paper is priceless! My son once got my pantyliners and taped one to each of his wrists and pretended they were shields :). I couldn’t get upset, it was too funny.
Those are things you don’t forget. :). Thank you for sharing this post. Time sure does fly, right?
Have a great weekend!
That’s hilarious, Cori! Definitely not something to forget! You have a great weekend too. 🙂
Brenda Lee says
He’s so handsome. Such a beautiful family you have. Btw, love that funny hat! 🙂
Thank you so much Brenda!
I love the “Smurfday” party theme..beautiful family!
What an adorable little boy! Those eyes—gorgeous!
Awe. Thank you!
Nataly Auger says
You really have a handsome little guy! I love the pic with the toilet paper! Awesome! I also love the smurf theme birthday party! And that hat too! 🙂
All boys how nice what a wonderful family very photogenic at 2 years bet quite active . Thanks for sharing your family with me.
Thank you so much Patrice.
Becki S says
The smurf party is too cute! I love that cake and your husband is a great artist.
Thank you! I’ll tell him!
Lauren English says
What a cutie! He has so many great facial expressions. Love it! 🙂
FUN! The smurf cake looks so cool and your husband did great on the art work!
Yes, he’s the real artist in our house 🙂
Happily Ever After Etc. says
All that toilet paper! I have the same problem if I leave the door open to the bathroom… except with my cat! Haha! It looks like his little smurfday was so much fun… I loved all the decorations!
Ha! So funny about your cat. Thank you for stopping by 🙂
Buying up decorations on sale is an awesome idea! I’ll keep that in mind for future birthday parties!
Looking back is always so sweet 🙂 The toilet paper incident reminds of my nephew. When he was about 2 my sister and I had to run to try to fix her suddenly overflowing washer. It was only like 3 minutes before she ran back to the living room to check on him and the ENTIRE living room was covered with baby powder! He grabbed it out of the diaper bag and was running around giggling saying “Snow, Mommy, SNOW!”. Hilarious.
He is so adorable, and I love his facial expressions! Looks like an awesome kid with such a great personality!
Thank you Britt!
Haha! I love that you had to lock the toilet. And the photo with all of the toilet paper? Priceless.
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