Last week of being Home with the Boys

This was my last week of being home with the Boys. Coping with jet lag was one of our biggest challenges. The nights were very short and with both staying up late, it really eroded into any downtime for us. We managed to get out on Thursday night and Zeenath said it was one of her hardest babysitting nights ever because both were screaming a ton. By Friday evening, we decided to give Boden meletonin which helped immensely with the transition.

This week was water week. The weather was considerably warm so we got Boden’s pool up and running with some creative problem solving (going to the gas station). He was in the pool for the entire week or playing with the hose. We went over to Denise and Mark’s on Sunday and Bode played in their sprinkler for at least 3 hours.

Boden is right on par with what the Baby websites said he would be doing…being afraid of  insects. He screams at ones that crawl or fly. He’s more receptive to ants. Go figure

Boden is so much more agile and coordinated with his body. He can quickly jump up on the couch. He desperately is still trying to jump and often practices. He is also saying more words like “bath, elmo, baby”. He is also more affectionate. In Portland, he gave Nana a big hug and was pinching everyone. He even gives kisses either spontaneously or when asked. He also seems to see himself as bigger. He can’t be bothered with his Board books anymore and wants to read the bigger, newer books. We forgot Oscar back in Portland. Oscar 2 had to come out but it didn’t seem to phase him too much.

Hutson is getting so much bigger. This week we switched him into #3 diapers, could’ve been earlier during the trip but we did it now. I think we are going to make the crib bigger. His little feet are peaking thru the bars. Hutson has discovered his hands and even more fun, he’s interested in toys and clothes. He investigates anything that is put in his hand and brings little towels, blankets up to his face and nuzzles them.

Danielle, the boys new nanny, started this week. She is working alongside Zeenath for the time being. She is really good at soothing Hutson to sleep and seems to have won Boden over.

Last night, Boden and I had an absolutle ball. He wanted to jump on the bed and bounced all around the bed and was giggling and laughing hysterical. I was on the bed with him and he was pouncing all over me, flopping and throwing himself on me. We played horsey and wrestled. It was so much fun. He was so upset to stop our party.

Coming Home

The plane ride back to portland started out rather bumpy. The airline separated us and didin’t give us a bassinet. So immediately we were at at disadvantage. The boys actually were really good. Hutson was a bit more vocal on this leg than the one over. I was constantly nursing him or rocking him. Boden was rather cooperative. We ran up and down the plane a few times but eventually I got him to crash in my arms where we slept for at 3 hours or so. Tim and I traded so I could feed Hutson.

We arrived home and Boden was asleep in the van ride back but once we pulled up next to our house. He lit up. He perked up and ran thru the house. He saw Cici and was so excited “yeah!” he shouted and clapped his hands. He laid next to her on the floor and tried to put his head on her shoulder and stroked her. He had to do all his favorite things in a manner of 5 minutes being home. This included getting out his favorite toys, running up to the attic, trying to get in shower (which actually ended up giving him). They both napped after that. I had to nap as well and Hutson snuggled up with me. He makes the best snuggler. So we slept like that for about 4 hours on the bed.

The evening ended up being horrible. They both were so dioriented and stayed up to about 1-2am. Poor Tim had to go to work the next day. 

The following day wasn’t any better. Boden slept in late – until about 10am and again we had a really difficult night with both staying up past midnight. 

Coming Home

The plane ride back to portland started out rather bumpy. The airline separated us and didin’t give us a bassinet. So immediately we were at at disadvantage. The boys actually were really good. Hutson was a bit more vocal on this leg than the one over. I was constantly nursing him or rocking him. Boden was rather cooperative. We ran up and down the plane a few times but eventually I got him to crash in my arms where we slept for at 3 hours or so. Tim and I traded so I could feed Hutson.

We arrived home and Boden was asleep in the van ride back but once we pulled up next to our house. He lit up. He perked up and ran thru the house. He saw Cici and was so excited “yeah!” he shouted and clapped his hands. He laid next to her on the floor and tried to put his head on her shoulder and stroked her. He had to do all his favorite things in a manner of 5 minutes being home. This included getting out his favorite toys, running up to the attic, trying to get in shower (which actually ended up giving him). They both napped after that. I had to nap as well and Hutson snuggled up with me. He makes the best snuggler. So we slept like that for about 4 hours on the bed.

The evening ended up being horrible. They both were so dioriented and stayed up to about 1-2am. Poor Tim had to go to work the next day. 

The following day wasn’t any better. Boden slept in late – until about 10am and again we had a really difficult night with both staying up past midnight. 

Coming Home

The plane ride back to portland started out rather bumpy. The airline separated us and didin’t give us a bassinet. So immediately we were at at disadvantage. The boys actually were really good. Hutson was a bit more vocal on this leg than the one over. I was constantly nursing him or rocking him. Boden was rather cooperative. We ran up and down the plane a few times but eventually I got him to crash in my arms where we slept for at 3 hours or so. Tim and I traded so I could feed Hutson.

We arrived home and Boden was asleep in the van ride back but once we pulled up next to our house. He lit up. He perked up and ran thru the house. He saw Cici and was so excited “yeah!” he shouted and clapped his hands. He laid next to her on the floor and tried to put his head on her shoulder and stroked her. He had to do all his favorite things in a manner of 5 minutes being home. This included getting out his favorite toys, running up to the attic, trying to get in shower (which actually ended up giving him). They both napped after that. I had to nap as well and Hutson snuggled up with me. He makes the best snuggler. So we slept like that for about 4 hours on the bed.

The evening ended up being horrible. They both were so dioriented and stayed up to about 1-2am. Poor Tim had to go to work the next day. 

The following day wasn’t any better. Boden slept in late – until about 10am and again we had a really difficult night with both staying up past midnight. 

And Finally Portland

We managed to get through another 4 hour flight. It was mother’s day and the airport was rather dead. The boys were great on the flight. Boden struggles to get out of Tim’s arms at first but then I guess realizes he needs to be on Tim’s lap.

Our first afternoon there, Boden investigated the house and pretty much scared off the cats Tucker and Cleo for the rest of the week. When he did see Tucker, he called him Cici. The temperatures were going to soar this week. We were fortunate every place we went had great weather. 

The next morning, we decided to get Boden a swimming pool to play in, with the anticipation of a hot day. This was the cadillac of pools. It had sprinklers, a slide and waterfall. We first decided to go to the zoo but the weather was too unbearable and Bode’s little cheeks were so red. He did have a moment of interest in the waterpools but didn’t seem to mind it when we went back to the house and filled up his pool. He was over the moon. The water was fridgid and his little teeth were chattering but he kept playing for over an hour.  When we tried to turn off the water, Bode objected and let us know that he wanted to continue to play. 

Boden still got up at 3am. For breakfast, he started eatting cereal by himself. He would have a bowl of cherrios every morning and actually ate really well. Nana and Baba got up early with Bode every morning.  Sometimes it was voluntary but others Bode demanded that they got up to play.  They were good sports about the early morning noise.  Boden only would take a nap if he first had a snuggle with dad on the bed.  After Bode fell asleep, we’d move him to his pac and play where he’d snooze for an hour or so.  Not as long as normal.   

Boden picked up a bunch of words this week. He recited ABC, 123 more frequently and will say Elmo when he sees Elmo. He also says all “gone” but I think he’ trying to say all done. He also understands a lot more.  When you ask him to help or to do something, he usually does it. 

We went to Cornilius Pass Brew Pub and Boden tromped around the lawns and had to suck water off the bench. He giggled and laughed so well. He’s getting use to Nana and Bapa and pinches and chases them as well.

This week Boden and Hutson got to meet another great grandma. Boden tried to razzle grandma too. And would go off giggling. He played really well with Parsa’s son, Darush, who is 4 years old. Boden some times throws his toys too aggressively and tried to bite Baba, so we had to help teach him to be gentle.  One instance, Boden and Baba were rough housing and Boden chomped down on Baba’s toes. You could see that he bit hard as Baba’s eyes almost popped out of his head.

Boden loves to play with electronics and this didn’t change in Portland.  Boden would grab any i pad, iphone, computer or calculator available and try to find you tube.  In addition, he found the remotes in the tv room and reprogramed the tv and cable box for baba.  He also showed them a few tricks and a few new buttons.

Hutson continued to be as cute as ever.  He spent most of his time in the loving arms of one of the relatives.  One day, he was hanging out with the family and let out a big giggle.  It was nice for him to share this with the family.  Hutson’s hair continues to get longer and blonder.  He is starting to look like he has a little mullet.  He is also getting stronger.  You can see his neck muscles stablizing his big head. 

Aunt Narda and Uncle Dave came over on Saturday to meet their nephews.  They brought along cousins Perry and Levi.  Perry will soon make a great babysitter as she held Hutson like a pro.  Levi and Bode had fun playing with the toys. 

Off to Minnesota

After a wonderful trip to Illinois, we jumped on our third flight to Minneapolis at 6:30am.  Bode and Hutson both fell asleep the last minutes of the flight so they had to be carried out off the plane.  John picked us and all our luggage up at 8.30.  By 9:30, we were at Deb and John’s place and Bode was playing with Brandy, the golden retriever.   Bode learned how to play fetch and throw the ball to Brandy.  He was giggling histarically.

He was uber tired though because he didn’t get to sleep in properly. Little Ryder pulled him in the red wagon to the near by park. Bode was in the toddler swing, which he absolutely loved but soon had enough and on the way back he asked to get back into the red wagon.

Aunt Barbara met us at the park, but by that time he was so tired. We took him to bed and he still struggles to sleep alone. Tim had to snuggle up to him. He didn’t sleep hardly at all. We developed a pattern during this trip of having Tim snuggle with Boden until he fell asleep partly because we didn’t want to disturb our hosts but also because Bode was unfamiliar with his surroundings and it just helped comfort him.

Our first evening in MN, the rest of the family came over for dinner. Bode was chasing Ryder around the house and giggling so loud. Ryder got a kick of it. He’d been a bit jealous of boden but now was playing with him more. Both Boden and Hutson went to bed early due to still coping wih the jet lag. It took them a while to settle down.

The next morning Boden got up again at around 3am. Tim and I slept in separate rooms so I was tending to Hutson, who by now was almost acclimated, and Tim was sleeping with Boden. Boden loved Deb and John’s house. There were so many new toys to play with…air machines, trucks, a roller coaster, their own backyard swing set!

That morning we decided to go to the zoo and toddler amusement park. We were lucky because no one was hardly there. Boden and I rode the little train together. But he was ready to go on his own ride…the car merry go round. This for us was a very pivitol memory. Our little boy was doing something independently and had the biggest smile on his face. Our hearts melted and we welled up with tears. He chose to go back on that ride 3 times!

That night Aunt Barbara and Uncle John baby sat the boys. Boden was on his best behaviour. He didn’t fight Aunt Barbara with crying and screaming, which he had been doing with us. Hutson was almost down then pipled up and Uncle John and Maddie had to sooth him. They couldn’t find his binky so they swang him the swing  and he cashed out.

The next day we drove down to Grandmas, Great Grandma to Boden and Hutson. I sat in the middle of the two carseats to keep Hutson calm. Once we got the farm, Boden immediately found the corn silo and buried himself in it. He didn’t want to come out. Barbara grabbed him to show him how the cows were fed and he loved that. Grandma held little Hutson was a while. It was really special because six of her great grand children were at the house. It was really special.

Trip Around the USA

At the end of the trip to Illinois, Boden and grandma took a trip to the park.  Bode had a great time running around, playing on the jungle gym.  Grandma took a ton of photos of him and Bode played with her picking up wood chips and trying to bury her.   Bode also had a great time playing with grandpa in the early mornings.  He would run upto grandpa and tickle/pinch his knees and then run away giggling.  Bode also started eating cherios by himself.  Most of the cereal wound up on either Bode or the floor, but he handled the spoon very well.

Hutson also enjoyed hanging out in Illinois.  He was in heaven being held constantly by grandma and grandpa, aunt Dara and uncle Tod the rest of our friends in BN.  He flashed his million dollar smile and snuggled with whoever held him.

Sleep was a big adjustment for the guys.  Hutson took to the new time zone pretty quickly. Boden on the other hand struggled.  He was up every morning at 2:30-3:00.  Grandma and grandpa were real team players and were up around 4:00 for a quick play and then back to bed.  After mom and Hutson awoke, dad would go back to bed for a quick nap.

One warm afternoon, we took a trip to the BN zoo.  Boden had a good time checking out the animals with his favorite being the otters.  He wanted to jump in the pool with them.  The rest of the zoo was soso for Bode but he enjoyed the visit.