Oliver: Five Months

15 Nov


At five months, Oliver…

:: Has started scooting (?!). I know. Not far yet, and it takes him a lot of work, but it’s all he wants to do right now. He’s got major crawl action going with his legs, getting on his knees and everything, but hasn’t figured out that he needs to push his upper body up at the same time. I’m excited for him but, yikes! I’m not ready for a mobile baby! It’s hard enough watching the two boys with one still staying (generally) in one place.

:: Also enjoys rolling around, doing what we call the “skydiver” pose (lying on his stomach and putting his arms back, whilst puffing up his chest and looking around), grabbing his toes, and trying to chew on everything.

:: Is still toothless, although he has started to get some toothy texture in his lower front gums. I can almost feel them poking up, but it could still be ages before they appear.

:: Received his passport and his BRP visa, which means we are all heading to the USA soon for an extended visit. Unfortunately, his BRP visa will expire at the same time as all of our visas (in March), meaning I have to reapply (and re-pay the $1000 fee) for him along with ours. Yuck.

:: Still wiggles, wiggles, wiggles. Nonstop. I’m a bit nervous about how he’s going to do on our long flight to the US, because he loves moving around on the floor so much and often tries to arch out of my arms if I’m holding him. Hopefully we’ll luck out and get the bulkhead or a bassinet attachment!

:: Discovered how much fun it is to screech like a pterodactyl. He will grin like mad and make the wildest noises. Also not super fun on an airplane…

:: Smiles at anyone and everyone. Which will hopefully make up for any disruptions he causes while flying. He grins away the second someone smiles at him, causing all sorts of baby talk and exclamations from old ladies when we are in town.

Oliver: Four Months

17 Oct


At four months, Oliver…

:: Has a super cute laugh. I mean, pretty much all babies do, but of course as his mom I find Oliver’s particularly grin-inducing. It takes a little work, but once you have him smiling enough, it’s bound to happen (squeals and all).

:: Has a cold. Just a small one, thankfully, mainly with watery eyes and some extra coughing. It’s been going around as the seasons are shifting, and I’m just hoping that our upcoming travels will help us avoid some of the other bugs that start multiplying like crazy over here.

:: Got all his paperwork in! We are hoping to head back to the USA for a visit over the holidays, and due to Caleb’s brother getting married just before Thanksgiving, we’ve bumped up our travel plans a bit. We had to rush everything but so far it seems like we will probably get Oliver’s passport just in time for our travels.

:: Enjoyed traipsing around London. We had to go to the U.S. Embassy in London to file a number of different forms in order to make Oliver an official U.S. Citizen (still seems crazy to think that he will always be telling people that he was born in Wales). It was a long day and a half of bus travel, riding on the tube, waiting and more waiting, but Oliver didn’t mind and even enjoyed wiggling around on a blanket at the British Museum.

:: Is really, really wiggly. It takes me forever to get him dressed or changed because he just doesn’t stop moving around. Right now his favorite thing is to grab his toes, and every time I move him back to start putting his trousers on, he grabs them again. And again. And again.

:: Loves texture. He’s an especially big fan of different fabrics and still loves to pull them over his head.

:: Loves watching his older brother. On days when Charlie is out doing something with his dad, Oliver is always extra needy. But if Charlie is around, he is as happy as a clam just being a spectator.

:: Started rolling over! It seems like he’s been practicing all month long, but just yesterday he used his crib bars to help push himself all the way over, and today he’s done it 3-4 times in different places. I’m really excited for him (he seems so pleased with himself), but I am also hoping his mobility stays low for a while.

:: Hit the 4 month sleep regression (Google it if you need to, not fun), and hit it hard. He was happily falling asleep on his own (Charlie didn’t do that until he was nearly two) really well for the past month, and would almost always sleep a really nice long stretch for the first part of the night. Now it takes lots of re-assurance, there are tears no matter what, and he’s waking up about a bajillion times a night. There’s a lot going on for him developmentally right now and I know that his sleep cycles are changing, but I will be very glad to be past this phase. Especially because both boys have started getting up at 6am (they were normally waking around 7/7:30am) and we have a time change coming up, not to mention a massive amount of jet lag and major change in routine! Here’s to coffee…

:: Really enjoys talking to himself and is starting to make new noises all the time.

:: Is solidly in 3-6 month clothing and still covered in rolls. I love it.

Oliver: Three Months

17 Sep


At three months, Oliver…

:: Is so very happy and smiley. It doesn’t take much — just look him in the eyes and smile and he will grin right back!

:: has an incredible sense of wonder. He loves to inspect every aspect of the things around him, and will focus on fabrics for ages. He just generally seems very impressed by the world around him.

:: likes to “sing” and chat. All those cute baby noises, I just can’t get enough!

:: Is going to sleep on his own at night! I am still completely in awe, and I fully understand that his sleep habits can and will change as he grows, but for right now, we do our bedtime routine, I tell him goodnight, and he goes to sleep without so much as a peep. Charlie always needed a lot of cuddling and I don’t think he went to sleep completely on his own until he was past two (except for a random few weeks around 5 months). Oliver just has a totally different personality, and it will be interesting to see where his sleep journey goes. But for now, I am reveling in the fact that by 8pm I normally have two sleeping boys who will stay that way until at least midnight. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts (the four month sleep regression is just around the corner).

:: doesn’t like long naps. Maybe it’s because he sleeps so soundly at night, but during the day it’s rare for him to sleep more than 20-30 minutes at a time. He usually wakes up quite happy (and at this age, short naps are pretty normal), but I am hoping some nap consolidation happens soon.

:: Enjoys touching his hands together. He discovered they could reach together last week and now loves to watch himself touch them together, or sit and hold them across his chest, looking very dignified.

:: Wants so badly to roll onto his stomach. He’s been working really hard on it and can get all the way on his side. I’m cheering him on but also trying to relish his current (relative) immobility.

:: likes to scoot backwards. He can actually get pretty far (but it takes him a long time) by doing this push back with his legs. I have a feeling he might end up being a bum shuffler before he crawls (Charlie pretty much went straight to crawling).

:: Really enjoys pulling blankets over his head, especially when he’s in the pack ‘n play in the kitchen. There’s a (breathable) blanket over the sheet to make it a bit softer, and he loves to grab it and pull it over one side of his head. Charlie and I joke that he’s making his own little fort before fixing it for him.

:: continues to be a bath maniac. Sheez. I feel like I never want to miss a moment of bathtime with him, he is so excited and wiggly and giddy. The grins! The laughs! It’s like he remembers being born in the water and made a special connection with it or something.

:: is on the way to become “legal.” We have an appointment at the London Embassy in early October to file for his passport. We are hoping it will come quickly so we can get his UK visa and enable him to travel.

Oliver: Two Months

20 Aug


At two months, Oliver…

:: Is so chunky. He has BACK rolls. I can’t get over it.

:: Started wearing 3 month clothing. Which is mind-blowing when he’s wearing stuff that Charlie wore when he was closer to 6 months!

:: Has chilled out a lot. He’s super happy and enjoys just chilling in his pack n play whenever we are in the kitchen. He loves light and shadows and has just started trying to reach things that are near him.

:: Finally figured out how to poop in the morning (see my previous post). Thank goodness. He still tends to wake early to take care of business, so to speak, but he’s gotten the hang of it and made my mornings much better.

:: Smiles like crazy! We’re starting to get some goobery-almost-laugh noises recently and I’m loving it.

:: Is really wiggly and now scoots and shifts into new spots if I leave him on his blanket for a few minutes.

:: LOVES the bath. I’m pretty sure he’d live in it if he could. He gets a really peaceful look on his face when I first put him in, then starts kicking wildly and grinning like a nut.

:: Enjoyed spending lots of time with his grandma (my Mom) during her visit last week. I’m so glad my parents were able to come and hang out with the boys, and it was really nice having some extra sets of hands for a bit.

:: Has already endured a few wounds from his brother, but nothing serious. Charlie is still working on finding the line (or rather, not crossing the line) from gentle pats and tickles to pokes that are not quite so nice.

:: Looks more and more like his dad every day.

:: Visited London! He mostly napped but did seem to really enjoy watching the fountains at the gardens in Buckingham Palace.


Oliver: One Month

16 Jul


At one month, Oliver…

:: Is pretty darn adorable. He is just so squishy! I can’t get over the double chin.

:: Is nearly 10 pounds! (well, he actually is 10 pounds as I type this, but was almost there at 1 month). It’s so strange having a chunky baby — Charlie was always such a string bean. He still fits in newborn clothes because he’s also short, but we’ll be doing the clothing shift in the next week or so.

:: Doesn’t actually have a birth certificate yet. He was born at home (birth story to come), so I have an appointment to get him “registered” next week and then he’ll be on his way through a complicated (and expensive) journey of paperwork and logistics which will hopefully leave him with both a US passport and a UK visa.

:: Looks more like his dad than me. Which is pretty awesome. I’m excited to have two boys who favor each of us in different ways. It will be so much fun to see how he grows!

:: Loves being held. A lot. Unfortunately I am not going to be one of those people who say, “Oh, second babies are so easy! They sleep all the time! Blah blah blah…” Nope. Not always true. Don’t get me wrong, he’s generally quite happy (although this week is a growth spurt and wonder week, so he’s grumpier than normal in the evenings), but none of the “happy to be put down wherever / sleeps so easily” fluff and roses. He sleeps in his moses basket at least once a day, but not usually for very long. I’ve started getting longer stretches of “floor time” with him, but only if I’m right there next to him and only for a few minutes.

:: Does sleep pretty decently at night, and thankfully hasn’t had any of the “mixed up” circadian rhythms that lead to midnight pacing and a wide awake baby. He wakes up to eat a few times but goes right back to sleep, at least until the early morning when he starts his “grunt for an hour and then do a giant poo” routine (another thing I’m hoping he’ll grow out of soon).

:: Grunts like a baby goat. It cracks me up and is super adorable! He’s super, super grunty and I hope he doesn’t grow out of it too soon. He’s also started to add noises like, “AhhhAHHHHahhh” and “Oi!”

:: Spits up. A LOT. Another thing that’s a new experience for me. Our laundry has increased tenfold, it’s unlikely (even with burp cloths out the wazoo) that either Oliver or I will make it through the day without a change of clothes, and as I type this both my wrap and my sling are air-drying from being chucked on earlier. I’ve thought about cutting out dairy to see if it helps, but the spitting up/gassiness is his only “symptom” and to be honest, thinking about no dairy makes me want to weep. I’m just crossing my fingers that his digestive system will figure things out soon.

:: Loves being carried in my wrap (a beautiful Didymos gifted to me by a friend), which I’m so thankful for. The woven wrap feels so much more secure than my stretchy wrap (Moby) or ring sling; pretty crucial when you’re chasing a 2.5 year old around. I’m hoping to work on doing a back carry once he’s a bit older and has better head control.

:: Has an older brother who loves him…and also licks him. On the head; go figure. Charlie has been hitting all the normal strides of getting a new sibling, including some regressions (thankfully nothing massive) and extra wild/emotional behavior. But things have evened out a lot, especially as we’ve gotten into somewhat of a more regular routine, and Charlie loves to talk about “Ol-li-ler” and giggles whenever Oliver touches him or looks at him “funny.” Tonight I had Oliver in the bath with Charlie for a little bit and Charlie had a blast pouring water on his tummy. We talk about how Oliver doesn’t do a whole lot right now but will play with Charlie when he is older, which Charlie loves. Things like, “Ol-li-ler get bigger, Ol-li-ler go to the park with me! I show Ol-li-ler how to climb!”

:: Has really started to wake up and kick and check out the world around him. We’ve even gotten a few actual grins out of him in the past few days!


Charlie: Two Years

7 Jan


At two years, Charlie…

:: Is so old (to me)! I really can’t believe he is two years old, and that we won’t have another “fox” photo until next year. For simplicity’s sake, I am hoping to do weekly photos of our kids their first year, monthly the second year, and yearly after that. Who knows how it will work out with WeeBabyJonesTwo, but that’s the plan.

:: Has gotten past a major “picky” phase. I don’t doubt there are more to come, but he had a bit of a stomach bug and it really put him off a lot of different kinds of food for a while. He’s still not a big fan of vegetables “on their own” (he’ll eat them in sauces/soups/casseroles), but he still amazes me with his flexible palate.

:: Had a wonderful, wonderful birthday. He still talks about it every day and it’s been almost a month. We did a small morning out with two of his friends (i love the idea of limiting party sizes to the amount of their age when they are young — so next year he will have three friends). We went to a local soft play and did brownie popsicles and “special” juice (really just lots of different fruit flavors). Most importantly to Charlie, though, they have “ball cannons.” They’re air/vacuum-powered and you can shoot little foam balls out of them. Again, it’s been nearly a month, and he still talks about them multiple times a day!

:: Talks, talks, and talks. All the time. I can’t say either of us are surprised, but the sentences and conversations, they are hilarious. We love talking to him and hearing all that he has to say, it’s so much fun. I know every kid develops at different paces and has different strengths and weaknesses, but I wasn’t at all surprised when they told us at his two-year review that he was on a three year old level with speech. The next thing we are working on is for him to learn to wait while I am talking to someone else. I love this idea from An Everyday Story — he is still a bit young for it but we will start going in that direction.

:: Likes to color with markers but really doesn’t want to keep them on the paper. So marker times tend to be fairly short. He’s not a fan of messy things or getting “sticky hands” but ended up enjoying shaving cream + food coloring in the bathtub. I’m hoping to introduce liquid watercolors soon but need to order some paint.

:: Runs, tumbles, does a sortof almost-somersault/tripod headstand, flips, jumps — he has a lot of energy. There’s a local “baby gym” that I’m hoping to take him to soon where the toddlers have free reign of the mats and beams, etc. Of course, he and his dad are constantly working on his “acrobatics” with our bed as the big mat.

:: Loves to read (mainly to be read to). Current favorites are I am a Bunny, The Book of Sleep, Mog the Forgetful Cat, and a really sweet “audio” recorded book that his aunt and uncle got him for Christmas.

:: Is still fascinated by cars, trucks, and construction vehicles. We got him a used Plan Toys garage for his birthday and I ordered a few of their cars, which he has so much fun with.

23 Months

20 Nov


At 23 months, Charlie…

Is still ridiculously cute when he says, “Turn it around” whenever something isn’t facing the right way and he is trying to fix it.

Has become obsessed with fireworks, ever since we celebrated the 5th of November (Bonfire Night) with some friends and he saw his first “up close” fireworks. He asks for them every night!

Can say “big brother” but doesn’t have a clue what that really means yet. :)

Has started receiving a few fun birthday presents from family. I’ve been giving him a new one every week or so leading up to his birthday rather than a big barrage at once. It’s been lots of fun to see how much he enjoys them.

Discovered the joy that is milk and cereal (Cheerios). He can eat them really well with a spoon and asks for them constantly.

Also tasted mac and cheese for the first time (it’s just not as big over here, and we don’t make pasta very often). He was a fan, but still likes meat better.

Will say, “WOW,” in a very impressed voice when he sees Christmas lights or something similarly impressive.

Likes to mix words together after saying the original word. He’ll start with something like, “Cappuccino” and then go to “mamaccino,” “Charlieccino,” etc. The other day, he somehow ended up with queso-pizza-dilla.

Is doing “motions” along with me when I sing songs that have actions. They usually only remotely mirror the actual motions, which make them that much cuter.

Loves to sing, constantly. Most of the time it’s random combinations of words or phrases, but it’s really fun.

Likes to dance. Mainly jumping up and down but sometimes he throws in special crazy moves.

The Wee Baby Jones Two

19 Nov


Yes, that’s right — we will be welcoming a new Jones into our family in 2015! We are thrilled and very much looking forward to becoming a family of four. I’m due in early June, although with Charlie’s two-week-early arrival, who knows exactly when WeeBabyJonesTwo will join us. Thankfully, the first trimester has been mostly free from sickness. I’ve been pretty exhausted but am finally starting to feel a bit more normal. I am hoping to do some updates throughout this pregnancy like I did with Charlie, but now that I have a nearly-two-year-old running around, I won’t make any promises! I’ve already got a bit of a bump, have been craving loads of sweet treats (quite dangerous over here in the UK since they are experts at desserts), and have been even more forgetful than usual (woo hoo).

22 Months

25 Oct


At 22 months, Charlie…

:: Will repeat pretty much any word I ask him to. He will throw new words in randomly every day — favorites this weekend include “Bouncy castle!” (we were at a birthday party) and “Ques-a-DI-lla?!” He also loves to say “basketball” and “turn it around.”

:: Is also repeating lots of phrases and sentences. It’s really amazing how his speech has exploded over the last month or so and he can now express pretty much anything he wants to.

:: Still loves for me to pick him up when we are in the kitchen for very long, except now he’ll usually say “Carry!” instead of the previous “Me me me!”

:: Loves being chased and playing “Find you!” which is where I will disappear from the room for a moment and say, “Oh wheeeeere is my Charlie?” then pop back in and say, “I found you!!” He then laughs uncontrollably and says, “More find you?”

:: Says “Miss you” and “Love you” in pretty much the cutest possible way.

:: Is obsessed with Simon’s Cat. We still don’t do much screen time but he begs for “Simon’s cat? Washing machine?” at least once a day.

:: Loves to throw things. Especially hard things. We are working on the difference between hard and soft, and now have a basket of soft things that he can throw inside if he has the desire to throw. We’re working on trying to set firm but respectful limits with hitting and throwing, and I’m so grateful for Janet Lansbury and all she’s got to say on the subject. Her most recent book, No Bad Kids, is incredibly helpful (the audio version is great).

:: Has started to understand potty humor. As in, he likes to say random things like, “Poop bathtub?” and then laugh. Thankfully we’ve only had one poop-in-the-bathtub incident.

:: Wants to “bump” all day long. Which is throwing his hands up and then flopping backwards onto his bed, or throwing himself forward onto the pillows on our bed. He also likes to “flop” (which is Caleb holding him up above the bed and then letting him drop backwards).

:: Has started to enjoy Skyping/Facetiming family more and more. He will often ask to talk to various relatives, although we are still trying to figure out who “Uncle Bumpy” is.

:: Is very much looking forward to “Gigi” and “Uncle Josh” (Caleb’s mom and youngest brother) coming to visit in a few weeks. They will be spending Thanksgiving with us and it will be so nice to have them here.

:: Has started trying new physical activities, such as walking around on his knees, sliding forwards and backwards on his stomach like a worm, and spinning around in a circle on the floor.

:: Loves his Scuttlebug scooter and likes to go backwards and forwards on it while saying, “backwards” and “forwards”, which is fun.

:: Walks on his tiptoes every few minutes. And will usually say, “Tip toes! Tip toes!” when he does.

:: Wants me to sing slow versions of “Five Little Monkeys (Jumping on the Bed)” and “Five Little Ducks (Went Out to Play)” before he goes to sleep. Sometimes when he wakes at night and is upset, he’ll say, “Monkeys? Monkeys?” for me to sing it again.

:: Is starting to figure out colors, mainly blue, yellow, and purple.

:: Responds affirmatively with “Yeshhhhh.”

:: LOVES to be read to. He would have us read books to him all day long if we didn’t feel like we were going to lose our voices after an hour!

:: Still thoroughly enjoys all things musical. He can now plug and unplug cables into Caleb’s amp and strum a guitar with a pick. And of course, play a mean solo on the drums.

Twenty and Twenty-One Months

18 Sep


At 20 and 21 months, Charlie…

Loves to swim. I pulled out his”Lil Swimmers” swim diapers the other day and his eyes got big. “Pooooool?! Fwimming??” He was so excited.

Likes to hand things to me and say, “Thank youuuu!”

Responds to pretty much anything I ask. Usually when I ask if he wants to do something/go somewhere, he will quickly and definitively say, “Yeah,” with a slight nod of his head. Or if I ask whether he saw something (like a cat or a bird) he will reply, “Mmmmm.”

Is saying loads of new words each day. Lots pointing, repeating, and asking what things are called. There are so many fun ones, but my favorites right now are “salsa”, “sunshine,” and “Happy!”


Has discovered the joy of playing the drums. After church each Sunday, while Caleb is adjusting the music/sound equipment, he will sit on the “big” drum set and just go to town. He also discovered two of my extra-large knitting needles and has been using them to drum on every surface available.

Also, when we do something that he really likes, or hug him, etc, sometimes he’ll say, “Happy.” And then a few minutes later, “Drums!”

Is starting to put together sentences. So far, things like, “I coming!” and “Airplane…in the sky,” and “Drive in the car?” He says them so quickly that sometimes it’s hard to figure them out, but they are getting clearer and clearer.

Will say “Heavy” when picking up something that is heavy — but also when he’s having a hard time climbing up on to something or can’t get something to move the way he wants it to.

Has discovered the joy of bouncing and jumping up and down.

When he wants me to pick him up (usually when we are in the kitchen), he’ll throw his arms up in the air and say, “Me! Me! Me!”

Likes to pretend to “fake sleep” when Caleb is holding him. Caleb will say, “Fake sleep?” and they’ll both close their eyes and pretend to be sleeping. Then he’ll say, “Wake up!” and they’ll open their eyes and smile.

Seems to have lost some interest in the toilet. He still goes first thing every morning (and 90% of the time, does his one and only poo of the day in it, which is amazing), but doesn’t care to use it during the day. He still loves books about the potty and talks about pee whenever he hears/sees someone else heading to the bathroom or flushing, but would rather just avoid the bathroom/diaper changes altogether if it were up to him. I’m trying to let him do his thing and not pressure him, but hoping he will come around again soon.

Loves to “dump” — everything from dried beans to pom poms to water. Thankfully he will now usually say, “Dump?” before he does it, so that I can tell him not to if it’s messy. Although, when he’s finished drinking from a cup, his desire to dump usually gets the best of him.

Has entered a more picky stage with food. Or rather, vegetables. Up until about a month ago he was down with pretty much everything, but now vegetables continue to be passed over. Fruit, dairy, meat, grains are all fine but thank goodness for green smoothies (which he loves). It’s really hard not to pressure him or try to talk him into eating them, but I know it will be worth it. I’m really thankful for lots of things I learned from reading It’s Not About the Broccoli.

Upgraded to a twin (single) mattress in his room. He loves it and I really enjoy laying next to him at bedtime reading books together. He is still so little in it, but he is a pretty squirmy sleeper so he takes advantage of having lots of room to move. He also finally decided he doesn’t mind having a blanket over him, so just before he goes to sleep he’ll say, “Cozy?” and I’ll tuck it around him.

Thinks the farm is the best place ever. We got season passes to the community farm just down the road from us, and he talks about it every single day. We go about twice a week, even if it’s just for an hour. His favorite things to see are the bunnies, the turtle (tortoise), cows, the tractor (which he can sit on and “drive”), and the giant dragon sculpture that spits water out of its mouth.


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