Monday, July 30, 2012

Taylor-18 months

Is my baby really 18 months old? How did that happen! First, the stats: 21 pounds 3 ounces (3rd percentile) and 32.5 inches (58th percentile).  So he IS growing, believe it or not.  He's still wearing 12 month pants (not surprising since Chase is still in 18 month pants!) but he has moved into the 18 month shirts at least.  This kid is a good eater.  He'll eat anything we put in front of him, and he drinks constantly.  He's always walking around with his sippy cup tucked under his arm like a football and when he runs out he either walks over to the water dispenser in the fridge and holds his cup up for help, or gets a new cup out of his drawer and brings it to us.  He is a very messy eater, one of the worst I've ever seen.  Somehow his dinner ends up covering him from head to toe plus a 3 foot radius on the floor, not to mention cracks and crevices on the chairs and table.  The kicker is, he absolutely has to feed himself.  Even if it's a big piece of cheesecake that should really have adult assistance...he won't take a bite unless it's off his own fork.  He does like to clean though, especially vacuum.  He'll turn anything into a vacuum and follow me around the house with it.  He also loves the water.  While Chase was screaming his head off during his swimming lesson, Taylor was diving in on his own.  This kid has no fear, and he's a good climber, so that's a scary combination.  It's like we have instant replay in our house.  Anything that Chase does, Taylor repeats verbatim on a one second delay.  Of course Chase knows this, and takes full advantage sometimes, instructing Taylor to do something he knows is against the rules.;)  It has it's up-side too though.  Taylor started nursery (the kids class at church) two weeks ago and had zero issues, because of course his big brother was there.  I knew I could count on Chase to take good care of him and give me a full report when I pick them up at the end.  Plus, it's a room full of toys and kids, and Taylor is nothing if not social, so what's not to love!  He's a very animated talker and loves to wave and smile, but I don't think any of his words are discernible to the untrained ear just yet.  I think he says Chase, Jesus, shoes, bye-bye, and maybe a few others but you definitely have to hear it in context to understand.  He loves to run around outside and dig in the dirt.  He also thinks it's funny when he bites or hits, which I know is a trademark stage for this age, unfortunately.  Right now he sleeps about 13 hours at night (7pm bedtime), almost never waking up, and usually a 2 hour nap in the afternoon.  He still takes a bottle of milk before bed so I guess that's the one thing we'll have to break him of soon, but I don't think it will be hard.  He is so happy and just lays right down in the crib without a problem.  If he's not ready to sleep, he'll just talk for a while, with maybe a short little cry once in a while.  So amazing, considering how he never slept more than an hour stretch at a time until about 7 or 8 months ago!  He is such a good snuggler, and I love just sitting with him on my lap when he's in the mood to be still, although most of the time he's moving nonstop.  This little boy is such a joy, and although I still haven't forgotten how hard his infancy was, I feel so blessed to have him in our family.

My Sweet Chase

Chase and I really went the rounds last week.  He was in one of those awful phases where he'd melt down for me on the drive home each afternoon and the madness didn't stop until bedtime.  It's those moments where I'm the one acting more like a three year old than him, in response to his behavior, that I feel like a total failure of a mother and I have to spend some quality time praying for patience and wisdom and oh yeah, forgiveness.  Because like the poignant quote I saw today, they way we speak to our children becomes their inner voice.  And that's both beautiful and haunting.  But today, we were perfect.  He was so well behaved at the doctor's office, helped me make dinner, played kindly with his little brother, and then came the best part...during the bedtime snuggle.  As we were laying there he softly whispered, "I love you so much mommy", and my heart just smiled.  When it was time for me to leave he asked if he could sing me a song first.  Maybe it was just a clever stall tactic, but as that tender little voice sang "You Are My Sunshine" to me I couldn't have possibly been any happier in that moment.  And those are the moments I hope he'll remember, because they are certainly the ones I'll never forget.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

family pictures 2012

Brett's brother Jeff took pictures of the Rosen family at Wheeler Farm earlier this month.  They turned out great!

Thursday, July 19, 2012

family fun

We've had lots of family visiting over the last month or so.  First, Grandma and Grandpa Kent made the long drive out from Missouri.  We were sooooo excited to see them!  All four of us had come down sick before they arrived, which curbed some of our fun plans, but it was so nice to have their help and it was still great just spending time together.  The boys absolutely loved having Grandpa and Grandma to play with for a whole week.  We did manage to work in a few little outings during their stay.  We went to a park with a splash pad, which Chase had been begging for for weeks.  Poor kid had a fever though (double ear infections will do that to you), so the hot weather and cold water didn't feel too good.  Taylor had fun though!  We went to Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point, and they each had their first pony ride, which they loved.  They also had baby goats eating out of their hands, and got to take a wagon ride.  I got to have a root canal during their visit, but at least we had built-in babysitters for my 2 hour visit to the endodontist!  We also took our traditional drive up Big Cottonwood Canyon to walk around Silver Lake.  No moose this time, but lots of chipmunks, mosquitos, and a momma duck with seven cute little ducklings.  When it was time to start the drive back down the canyon Chase was crying and saying he needed to throw up, and Taylor ran his head smack into a picnic table and did his little pass-out-because-i'm-holding-my-breath-crying thing where he turns purple and curls up his hand and foot (yeah, it looks as scary as it sounds and it was my mom's first time seeing it).  Even though we had 3 adults to 2 kids, both boys wanted mom to carry them back to the was a fun moment for all.  Back to the positive though, we also enjoyed yummy food courtesy of Cafe Rio and Lonestar Tacqueria, and the boys were the happy recipients of a new mini picnic table for the patio, child size lawn chairs, and a little wood table and chairs set for the family room...all of which they make good use of every day.  I miss having my parents close, especially because I want them to be around the boys, but I'm so grateful they were able to take this trip out to see us and that Chase maintains a close relationship with them by talking on the phone several times a week.

Right after my parents left, the Arizona Rosens arrived!  First on the agenda was Cole's baptism, which was awesome.  I was playing the piano for the meeting, and Chase wanted to join me like he does at home.  He was pretty unhappy (and very loud about it) when he couldn't, so instead he planted himself at the front of the room singing church songs and saying prayers.  It was neat for him to get to see Brett baptize Cole, and learn that he can choose to be baptized when he turns 8 too.  We also got to celebrate the 4th of July together, and I was shocked when both our boys (who have very early self-imposed bedtimes) were awake and hyper for the fireworks this year.  They had a blast!  Suprisingly the noises and flashes didn't scare anyone.  They absolutely loved having all their cousins around to play with, and we miss them already.  We went to the zoo in the morning on the 4th, and got to see the new Rocky Shores exhibit with the polar bear and sea lion.  The sea lion was very active, and we had a front row seat for all her tricks.  And of course that trip had to include a ride on the little train, which is a favorite for Chase.  Later that week Brett's brother Jeff took family pictures for us at Wheeler Farm, which turned out great.  We also celebrated Brett's grandmother's 80th birthday with a bbq in Provo.  17 of her 20 great grandchildren were in attendance, and it was a pretty cool experience to hear everyone tell of their favorite memories so far with Grandma.  I felt really blessed to have married into such a wonderful family.  Unfortunately I didn't have my camera out for most of this, but since everyone else did, I hope to snag some pictures of all the fun!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This post is really just to remember a few random things that I think are funny.
*Chase is obsessed with watching the movie Annie.  He wants to watch it pretty much every day, and loves to sing all the songs.  He corrects me on the lyrics to Hard Knock Life, asks why Ms. Hannigan isn't a nice mommy like me (awwww), and bursts out singing "you're never fully dressed, without a smile" when he's getting his clothes on for the day.
*Today he asked me to buy him a parrot that talks and a ship to sail the seas, because he's Chase-Pirate. He followed it up with "arg-a-maybes", which of course is pirate talk. haha
*Brett set up our tent in our basement over Memorial Day weekend.  The weather wasn't nice outside, and we weren't going on a trip anyway, so this was perfect.  The boys thought it was the coolest thing ever and had a blast just running around in it!
*One afternoon Taylor was being really whiny, so we put a pair of (clean) underwear on his head and called him Mr. Underwear-head, and he thought that was hilarious! Chase followed suit, and everyone was running around happy for quite a while.  Now it's become a regular occurrence.
*The boys love to play in the wading pool in the backyard.  No one actually wants to sit in the cold water, they just like to scoop it out with buckets and splash each other.  Today I filled it up and Chase proceeded to dump the whole bucket of sidewalk chalk in the water.  Then Taylor thought he should drink the pool water...he looked like a little puppy, and I couldn't get him to stop!  Such silly little boys. Never playing with things as intended, but having a great time just the same.
*Chase knows the names of all the parks we frequent, so that he can request exactly which one he wants to go to on any given day.  He also continues to make good use of my speed dial, calling multiple family members each evening.
And now, for the pictures!

 Taylor ran smack into the corner of the wall.  That goose egg appeared in a matter of seconds.  Ouch!
 Mr. Underwear-head

 He doesn't wear his swimsuit anymore...can't keep it up on his skinny bum!  A swim diaper will have to do for now:)
 Riding the trike at Lucy's party. He also loves to ride on Chase's scooter.  This kid thinks he's a lot older than he actually is, which makes him hard to watch over at playgrounds!
He came out of the house wearing his swim trunks AND his snow boots.  Huh?!

Saturday, May 5, 2012

my little helper

Taylor is 15 months and running all over the place.  He's still kind of stumbly though, and has hit his head way too many times this week, giving his forehead quite the array of goose eggs.  Poor guy, he's just trying to keep up with his big brother!  At his check-up on Monday he weighed in at a whopping 19 pounds.  Yep, that's the 1st percentile.  He out eats Chase on a daily basis, but clearly that's not keeping him from dropping off the charts!  He does great sleeping through the night, but can't really make up his mind about naptime lately.  Like I said, he loves to eat and isn't really picky either.  His biggest fault is probably how he holds his breath and passes out when he's upset about something.  Scary to watch! It could be from a bonk, or because mommy left the room, or even because the ice cream is all gone (MAJOR sweet tooth on this kid).  He is definitely a stubborn, determined child, and I guess at this age there are only so many ways to express that and maintain some level of control!  He's generally a really happy boy though, and loves to play peekaboo, color (especially with sidewalk chalk), pretend to cook, completely tear apart every drawer in the kitchen, run around outside, swing, climb everything in sight, dig in the dirt, and follow his brother around.  He also likes to be cuddled by mommy.:)  Yesterday he was helping us water the roses, which basically means he ended up in the middle of a huge mud puddle.  That landed him in the bath tub, which is definitely one of his favorite places, so he didn't mind being pulled out too much.  I've been off work most of the last two weeks because Brett had surgery and couldn't lift Taylor, so we've had a lot of quality time together going to the park, etc.  I've really enjoyed it, and wish that was my life everyday!  These boys are growing up so fast, and they're just so much fun.  They definitely drove me crazy multiple times each day, but nothing beats their sweet smiles and hugs from those little arms...nothing.

playing doctor

after enjoying his first spaghetti dinner

watering the roses

muddy and happy

Chase turns 3

Chase had his 3rd birthday last Sunday.  We celebrated with a small family party the week before (so that Brett would still be pre-surgery), and it was a great day.  Turns out moving the party up was perfect because the following Saturday was much colder weather and Taylor was sick.  Anyway, the theme of the party was Mater from Cars.  Chase has been asking for that for a long time.  I ordered the cake from the grocery store, and accidentally got it twice as big as I meant to, but we managed to finish most of it.  Chase found these funny Mater party hats at the party store, which everyone got a kick out of.  He got some really fun presents: a LeapPad, wheel barrow with shovels, scooter, Hi Ho Cherry O, golf clubs, and a doctor kit which he uses to give us all check-ups.  He was also excited to get some fun packages in the mail, including his very first check which he got to cash at the bank, and which led to the purchase of his first piggy bank (shaped like a basketball).

Chase is such a great big brother, always looking after Taylor, and playing great with him 99% of the time.  He loves to sing songs, make up games, read books, run around outside, and wake up before dawn no matter what time he goes to bed.  He's still a great eater, and loves all vegetables.  He's always picking out letters on signs and can read a few small words.  He definitely feels a lot of ownership over the letter C and the number 3, because he thinks those are his.  We signed him up for preschool in the Fall, and he is really excited about that.  He's always making phone calls to family members, because he has all of my speed dial numbers memorized.  At his check up on Monday he weighed in at 30 pounds, which is about 30th percentile and his height is about 65th percentile.  People keep commenting that he seems tall for his age, but I think it's more his verbal skills that make him seem older.  After all, the kid is still wearing 18-24 month size shorts!  He's so friendly, with adults and kids alike.  Since being potty trained a few months ago, he hasn't had any issues with that, which is such a relief.  His bedtime routine has become my favorite time of the day: we read books on his top bunk, he says his prayer, we talk about what we did that day, and then snuggle.  He's very specific about what I say as I close the door (can toddlers have OCD? haha) but it's still all very cute.  Chase has a ton of energy, and wears me out with his "why" questions, but he is certainly a very special little boy and I couldn't be happier to be his mother.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Springtime fun