2010 already. Doug and I were marvelling at the fact that Y2K was 10 years ago! Wow, a lot has happened since then!
We had a wonderful Christmas. Owen seemed to really get it this year and he was excited about Santa coming. Half of the fun was the anticipation. We made cookies and a card to leave for Santa, left milk and we ended up leaving carrots for Rudolph on the kitchen table because Owen was concerned about them "getting dirty" outside. We had a great time with all of that. Santa was very good to the boys. Owen got the books and blanket he asked for and a nice little "bonus" as well....their very own bouncy castle. We knew that unfinished basement would come in handy at some point! The Arsenault's were here for Christmas as well so the boys got to enjoy some quality time with Grandma and Grandpa as well. All in all, it was a great Christmas.
Cooper is crawling and cruising like a madman. We can barely keep up. He's into absolutely everything! He has started walking with the help of a push walker too. Before we know it, he'll be walking on his own. He now has a few words that he is saying. His first word was "wow". He's picked that up from his older brother. I never realized how much Owen says that until Cooper picked it up. He's also saying "ball" and "mama" and signing the word "milk". He's a much better eater than Owen was at this stage. Although both enjoy a very healthy appetite, it took quite a while for Owen to move to table food. Cooper, on the other hand, would eat pretty much anything you give him. We finally finished weaning a little over a week ago. What a tough one to wean! He's still refusing a sippy cup but given how long it took him to even consider a bottle, we're not surprised. On the sleep side, he's been doing great. Down at 7:00 up between 6:00 and 7:00. Yay for Mommy! Just in time for me to go back to work... Oh well...I'm not complaining. For a while, we were thinking we would be getting up 3-4 times through the night and working. So, we're happy. Hopefully, it lasts.
Owen is also doing really well. He's given up his afternoon naps. We struggled to get both boys to nap at the same time when Cooper was napping 2X a day. And now that Cooper is ready to move to one nap, Owen has decided to kick the nap habit. Isn't that always the way?! No complaints though, Owen is now going down much easier at night so it's a welcome trade-off. He started in his new classroom on Monday. He looked like such a little man in his uniform (see pic)...it made me a little sad. Before we know it, it will be his first day of high school! He is really enjoying the new class. We thought the change might be hard since it's much more structured and some of the kids are so much older but he's come home everyday excited to tell us about his day. And dare I say...drop-off has actually been easier this week? Again, fingers crossed that it lasts. He and Cooper are starting to really play together a little more and Owen is really liking that. He's also taking his big brother role very seriously. The other day, I firmly told Cooper no and he started to cry. Owen became teary-eyed and says "Mommy don't talk Cooper like that. You made him cry" Being second guessed by my 3 year-old already! But it did make us laugh (if only when Owen wasn't looking).
Only 3 more weeks at home with my boys...sniff...sniff. Part of me is sad about it and the other part is looking forward to getting back to work. It's that initial transition period that I would like to skip over. We're now in the process of getting Cooper transitioned to daycare. He just started this week and it didn't go very well in spite of the fact that we started slowly (just a couple of hours a day). He's been crying a lot. He's refusing to eat at snack time (that's how I know it's bad! LOL) Poor little guy is finding it hard (as are the teachers...my boy has a temper and is LOUD when he's unhappy!). In 6 months, he probably won't even flinch when I leave but it's sure tough seeing him sad now. Luckily, we had the foresight to enrol him early so we've got a few more weeks to get him used to it.
That's it for now. Missing you all in NB but not sorry that we don't have all that snow (so far...).
Michelle, Doug, Owen & Cooper