Thursday, May 28, 2015

Five times around the sun.

Almost officially five!

Yesterday my biggest little buddy turned five. Five trips around the sun, I can hardly believe it. It seems like it was just minutes ago they put his tiny cheek next to mine after a long delivery. It seems like just seconds ago he started walking and talking. How does life go by so fast?

He had a fabulous party with tons of friends from school. They bounced, destroyed a pinata, hit some stomp rockets, and ate most of his favorite foods (cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, mac and cheese, deviled eggs, and hamburgers with cold American cheese). It was perfect.

Five seems so big and little all at once. Always my little buddy, though.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Almost 5.

He's almost five. I don't know how this happened. Four years ago he was about Barrett's age, and the difference is so vast it's almost unbelievable. How does so much change in four short years?

I watched him today on the swings in the backyard. Just this week he's really figured out how to pump his legs and move his body in rhythm with the motion of the swing. Soon he won't want underdogs or me to push him (though he *always* prefers for other people, even strangers, to push him over me!). He learned how to climb the fence a few weeks ago, and when I sneak peeks at him on the playground at school he does all sorts of things on the playset that I never knew he could do. He suggests new ways to use things and plays long games of pretend (the garage is forever the octohatch from the Octonauts).

Right now, Griffin is really into science. He loves learning about space and picked that as his birthday party theme this year. He is all about being an inventor and creating things. These are pretend things and even blue prints for things. One of his birthday gifts is a lab coat, embroidered with his name and Ph.D after it. Maybe he'll be the first Dr. Whiteside in the family someday.

We had a rough spell that lasted for awhile, but I think we're finally getting over it. He listens easier, cooperates more. Griffin has been super helpful and while his behavior isn't perfect, we're all working on it. Most of the time he is super sweet; he has loved picking me a bazillion dandelions and is really insulted when people call them weeds. He adores them. Last week we ran into a classmate at the park and he offered to walk her to her car...but only after he picked a flower for her. Talk about a gentleman.

Sometimes I watch him sleep and can't believe I'm lucky enough to be his mom. Barrett is so so lucky to have him as his big brother. I'm so so lucky to have him as my son, too.

Saturday, April 18, 2015


I just realized it's been about 2 months since Bear started eating some solids. It's really only been the last few weeks he's been serious about things, though.

I'm amazed, yet again, at how much he has fed himself. We do babyled weaning and he's been open to everything so far.

He's tried, and actually eaten:
  • sweet potatoes
  • avocado
  • hummus
  • watermelon
  • rice cakes (BAD IDEA!)
  • applesauce
  • rice
  • oatmeal
  • broccoli 
  • mudajara (bulgar wheat and lentils)
  • garlic sauce 
  • tart cherry ice cream (daddy)
  • dark chocolate ice cream (mommy)
  • raspberries
  • bananas
  • scrambled eggs
  • plain potatoes
  • salmon
  • chicken
  • shredded cheese
  • yogurt
  • quinoa salad

I'm sure I'm missing a few things, but we have yet to come across something he doesn't like. I'm hoping this means I'll have a quinoa eating partner in the house!

Dear Barrett: Month 8.5


Dearest Barrett:

You are 8.5 months old now, and a friend's son described you as joyful the other day as you were in the midst of getting THREE TEETH AT THE SAME TIME. Though you've been kind of crankier and napping much less, joyful is still a wonderful word for you. You smile easily, laugh quickly.

There's more movement in your world these days. While you're not crawling, you are making an effort to move forward in a lot of ways. You try to scoot when you're sitting, and you can literally fold yourself in half to get a toy (although this has been disastrous once or twice when you've landed flat on your front teeth instead of anything else!). Standing is your thing, though you can't figure out how to get yourself there or what to do once we have you standing. You can scoot and "crawl" backwards, but not efficiently. The cool thing is that most things you're interested in come to you via big brother. He's happy to roll a toy back to you or bring you something new when you get bored. You're pretty lucky to have such an awesome big brother.

We've still been doing hikes and geocaches in the woods, which you happily tag along for. Everywhere you go you make people smile, and I love thinking about how your smile always brightens my day but may brighten someone else's, too. Babbling is a big thing for you, as is chewing on my cell phone case.

Foods are going much better these days. Some of the more interesting things you've eaten include garlic sauce, salmon, tart cherry ice cream (that was so daddy!), shredded cheese, mujadara (bulgar wheat and lentils), and dark chocolate ice cream (ok, that was me, but it was a miniscule bite). You're getting much better at putting smaller things into your mouth, which is a blessing and a curse, but very efficient for eating.

You bring so much joy to our lives, Bear. Everyone's life that you touch is better with you in it. I'm so thankful you are here to be Griffin's little brother for life, something I'll never fully understand as an only child. Thank you for loving us and letting us love you.


Mama (which you better say soon...)