Sunday, March 20, 2011

Peyton the INCREDIBLE and his cute little sidekick

Obviously I have been TERRIBLE at updating this blog. But I swear I'm turning over a new leaf and will be updating at least once a week...or at the VERY least once every two weeks. I've been inspired by my friend Sabrina who is a fantastic family blogger to blog every week about my little life and kids and then get it all printed into a lovely little journal/scrapbook thing at the end of the year. She is really great at it and it is such a perfect way to keep a family journal and "scrapbook" without having to actually scrapbook. I want to be better so here is my first attempt.

Ok. So since its been since October since I've posted, I will quickly run through our latest news:
...ummm...we have none. Nothing much has happened since then! Daniel still has a job (he actually got a raise recently and I'm very proud of him), Peyton is still keeping me running, Sawyer is still growing and growing and growing, and I am still trying to juggle being a mom, wife, interior decorator, photographer, blogger, etc...which never seems to be in balance. Other than all that, there is really no big news to announce and no major events worth mentioning. :)

Now back to the present. Sawyer is now just a few days shy of 8 months old which just seems ridiculous to me. It is mean how 9 months of pregnancy seems like a lifetime but the first 9 months of your baby's life seems like a minute. Its just not fair. I think it feels like its going by so quickly because with Peyton everything was so slow and long and drawn out. In a weird way I sort of wish Sawyer was born smaller so his smallness would last longer. But despite my wishing, time speeds along and he grows bigger everyday. I know I'm probably a tad bit biased but he is the most adorable baby I've ever seen. He looks nothing like Peyton (not to say that Peyton isn't adorable as well) and seems to be favoring Daniel's side. He has long black eyelashes, blue eyes, lots of light brown hair, little kissable lips, and the cutest scrunchy-nosed smile. He has a little monkey nose and sort of resembles a baby gorilla. He is getting nice and plump the older he gets and has the chunkiest little thighs that make his whole body look squatty. Sawyer is into EVERYTHING and army crawls like a pro. He has also learned how to pull himself up to stand and scales the furniture. This is a completely different experience for us than what we went through with Peyton and I will soon be baby-proofing to avoid the accidents that will inevitably be heading Sawyer's way.

Peyton just ADORES Sawyer and asks me everyday if Sawyer can go play in his room with him. Sawyer in turn thinks Peyton is the coolest kid in town and laughs hysterically at nearly everything he does. They are best friends already and I'm really hoping it will last!

Anyway, we LOVE Sawyer and don't know how we ever lived without him.

So lately I've been feeling guilty about not spending enough playtime with Peyton. I've been really busy with my blog, decorating houses for people, keeping up with my own house, and taking pictures for people and I've noticed myself telling Peyton to "hang on" and "wait for me to be done working" a lot when he wants to play. I always have the intention of eventually getting everything done so I can play, but of course there is always way more to do and not enough time to do it so the playing just keeps getting delayed and delayed. So after a lot of mom-guilting and re-prioritizing I committed to myself that I would make sure to take time everyday, no matter what else needs to be done, to stop and play with Peyton. I had made Peyton a quickie super hero mask and cape out of felt and an old t-shirt that he would wear around the house but he complained that it was "too itchy" and that he needed a new one. He had been making this request for a few months and so finally I took the time to sit down and sew something non-itchy and more substantial that would hold up to his super-heroics. He LOVES his new reversible hero mask and monogrammed cape and we spent a good 2 hours or so playing hero and monster while listening to action movie scores on Pandora. I of course was the monster and Peyton had a blast "killing me" in every imaginable way he could think of. The best part about our superhero playtime was that Peyton would totally choreograph his moves to the sounds of the music. It completely cracked me up. If the music was dark and sinister sounding he would hunker down and start peeking around corners listening for the "monster". And then when the music would resolve and become triumphant he would "kill" me and stand on top of me with his fist in the air yelling "I am the HERO! Yay for Peyton!!". It was so fun to play and a nice little bonus that I got a good little workout in for the day as well. I realized during our playtime how truly precious this time with him is and how their will be a day when he won't want to "kill" me, but maybe really KILL me for enforcing house rules or embarrassing him in front of his friends. I decided that I need to keep this in mind next time I'm about to tell him, "When I'm done with *fill in the blank* I'll play." I mean, who wouldn't want to be this superhero's monster anyway? :)