It’s strange writing this post for TWO boys, though I feel as if Luke has been here for ever. Not in a bad way, there was just no really hard transition phase for us- it seems as if we have always had these two boys in our lives. Recovering from Luke’s c-section (you may recall how terrified I was!) was… dare I say “easy?” At least compared to the 4th degree tear I received with Eli. I vividly remember the surgery and hearing that the first thing Luke did was pee on my doctor. I had glasses on but because his two nurses were there I wasn’t able to see his face so I told David to take a picture with the camera and bring it over so I could see my little heart throb. Oh he was cute. And boy did was he screaming. We should have known then what we were in for if he wasn’t in your arms. To say he LOVES to be held is quite the understatement.
This is a BIG month in the Garrison household. An 18 month old and a 1 month old. Hate to think about starting to plan Eli’s second birthday party, but sadly we are starting the downhill journey to being 2. How is that possible?
At 18 months, Eli weighs 28 pounds (says the home scale!). My favorite word that he says is “vacuum” – He also has picked up on “cookie” and I heard that about 50934 times yesterday (Annie’s chocolate bunny crackers!) – He is talking up a storm right now but not a lot of it makes sense- just a word here and there that I know. He is good at giving one word when it’s something he wants, “water” “yum yum” but the conversations we have are just babble. (To me, he clearly knows what he’s saying!) He wants everything to be a phone and and walk around with said object just gabbing and having a good conversation with….. someone. His favorite person is his brother (and still his Daddy!) He wants to hold him daily and thinks that he himself can pick him up, and tries! If he hears Luke fussing he will look for his paci and put it in his mouth. Such a sweet brother. He is funny- truly hurt your stomach laughing funny. And strong-willed.. my goodness that boy is strong-willed. He is the most observant child I’ve ever seen. We went to dinner the other night (Japanese steak house) and Eli was glued to the “show” the entire time. He isn’t a fan of TV (which is fine by me) but wants something playing in the car. We are going to get him a potty soon, he’s been telling me when he goes to the bathroom for over a month, and just yesterday started taking off his own diaper after he pees. (He did this twice! Hows that for internet TMI?)
Luke’s favorite position is being held on your shoulder. If you attempt the cradle hold for too long he will start to fuss, so I guess he wants to see the world as it is supposed to be seen, uprightHe is a fabulous night sleeper- waking up once around 3-4AM and will go back to sleep until around 6-7 when he wants to drink ONE ounce and then goes back to sleep again until Eli wakes around 8AM. I know they say this is to be expected with formula fed babies, but Eli didn’t sleep that well for months. Though I say he doesn’t want to be put down, he will sleep all night in his bassinet and doesn’t mind the swing during the day for short periods of time. Pictures have been difficult this month because I feel like I cannot put Luke down long enough to get my camera, but we have gotten a lot of great iPhone shots! (Follow me on instagram, meggarrison) Luke was laying on his play mat a week ago and actually made contact with a toy! Yay Luke! This is just the beginning of our journey with him and I already can’t imagine what life was like before him.
Here are some of my favorite pictures this month..