Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The boys (4 years & 20 months)

The boys - Oliver at 4 years, 3 months and Austin at 20 months.

Oliver these days is all about the new baby. He wants to help me put the baby's room together; he is always asking to feel the baby move (too early for that kiddo, I'm only just feeling flutters myself); he plays a game with teddy where he feeds him, burps him, puts him down for naps and tell me not to be noisy when teddy is asleep; he routinely shoves teddy under his shirt and tells me he is growing his baby... Yup, I think it's safe to say he's excited. He's still Lego mad and spends hours every day putting together pretty intricate creations. He's been taking swim lessons every Friday for the last year and loves to swim and more recently started playing soccer which he quite enjoys. He had his school photos taken a few weeks ago - one of them in particular was pretty special.... Lets just say 2015 is going to be known as the year of the preschool photo fail :)

Austin is full of beans. He's also kinda bipolar. He's SUPER sweet and affectionate - he gives the sweetest hugs and loves to blow kisses, but his mood can change at the drop of a hat. Hello, terrible twos. He's inclined to head butt when he doesn't get his way or throw something. He's not a good shopping baby - it always ends in tantrums. Kid does not like to be contained! He loves to chase Ollie and copy whatever he is doing. He's also talking a lot more nowdays - I've lost count of all the random words he says, my favourite is when he says yoghurt (GoGURT! Mama! GoGURT!) but he knows most of his animals and their sounds. He's also putting together a couple of words at a time finally (bye mama! night night! dat's mine!). He loves trains, dogs, his dummy and his beloved sheepie. Oh, and reading books. He'll happily snuggle up and read books for hours if you let him!

For a while there I had been thinking how easy these ages are together, but honestly - the easier it seems to get, the more challenging it also becomes. The boys will play together now, not just side by side but they also fight more. A lot more. It used to be just Ollie snatching toys or being bossy, but now Austin really holds his own and loves to provoke Ollie (he'll go to Ollie's room and get a favourite toy and wave it in front of Ollie's face, running off with it while laughing hysterically at Ollie getting upset). They also get into a lot of mischief together. The first few times it was cute - brothers being cheeky together, but after you've had the pantry destroyed + every book pulled off every book shelf + their closets emptied on the ground + all the shoes thrown in the (off) dryer multiple times a day, well... It's not so cute. They love to egg each other on while they race around the house together in seek and destroy mode.

Life with two boys is a lot of fun but honestly, it's also a little chaotic. But I wouldn't have it any other way - and if my gut feeling is correct, it'll be life with THREE boys as of May 2016 ;-)

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1 comment:

  1. Love these pics, especially the Chandler Bing one.....


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