Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Houston...we have a toddler

From Opa January/March
From Opa January/March
We are finally over the GI bug in our house, but what the medical literature and doctors failed to mention was that the virus came with a nasty, lasting side effect: toddlerhood. We call it survivor Atlanta here, and the newest challenge Jeff Probst threw our way is a cranky almost 2 year old. Exacerbated by teething (canine teeth are like metal shards ripping through my son's gums), Miles has learned to rocket from delightful to devilish. Our biggest battles are saying "no" to repeated requests for yogurt and demanding we cease playing "make Mommy's car beep with her keys while doddling in the parking lot." And this all started to hit fever pitch after Miles stopped puking. Timing. Luckily, Miles's ratio of delightful to devilish is still weighted toward keeping us sane. Every day he makes us laugh, and I am amazed at how much goes on in that disproportionally large head.

We've added 3 more words to Miles's "list of words he has added to his vocabulary that he doesn't know he has added." It will be funny one day when he says these words and knows what he means: "potato, balmy and ten." Yeah, yeah...everyone else has 22 month olds reciting Ulysses, and we are still working on articulating "fire truck" and "poop," but lord Miles is cute. Here's some more proof:

We were given 2 loaded CDs of pictures that Opa took when the grand parentals visited to meet Felix for the first time in January and when they came back for Eric's surgery. There are too many (and the file sizes too big) to post all here or even link to all of them in a Picasa album, but I'll leave you with some of our favorite (and a link to a few more in Picasa). Viewing the discs made me realize a few things:

1. Miles's hair is redonk
2. Sometimes Miles looks like he is about ready to hit puberty and not his 2nd birthday
3. The boys are growing way too fast
4. Felix is still hurting for representation in our library of photos (it actually makes me really sad)
5. We need more pictures of a family--even if that means getting my face on film

From Opa January/March

Naked Time!
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From Opa January/March

Hair today--gone tomorrow
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From Opa January/March
From Opa January/March

Monkey See, Monkey Do
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Track stars
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From Opa January/March

Little Felix
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Obese Felix
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Link to album

Finally, a fun (and long) video of Miles being Miles--destroying folded laundry, using my thong as a bracelet, wearing nothing but a shirt and argyle socks while playing in the crib with his "E!" or monkey and Felix...being "Hollywood Miles", and running around naked because, well, that is what he loves to do.


4 comments:

  1. Thank goodness Opa is such a consummate photographer! I treasure these photos of the cutest little guys in my life. Hey, and Miles is not that bad - typical two year old with exotic linguistic skills.

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  2. Alison,

    My oldest, Ben, didn't talk until he was 2. Now, at 11 1/2, he won't stop talking. All in good time - just expose he and Felix to literature and it will happen.

    Kids do grow up way too fast. They tend to do it right in front of our eyes too, we are just too busy doing nothing to see it. You and I have the distinct pleasure of realizing that fact earlier than most people b/c of our lifes challenge. Take advantage of it - play that silly game one more time, read that story again, snuggle, hug, love, and just be together b/c there is nothing more important in this world than giving our kids memories of happy times.

    Glad the GI bug has left your home and sunnier days have returned.

    Best wishes to you all,
    Sara

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  3. Ali, EVERY time I read your blog, I"m truly touched! I cry, I laugh, and I'm reminded of what is really important in life. Thank you. Continuing to keep you and your awesome family in my thoughts! Kisses to those cute little boys. -Leia

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  4. Hey, I have an idea that I heard from someone that I could not use since we had one boy and then one girl but many people pass off extra pics of child 1 as child 2. Keep that in mind. That might help equity and sanity.

    Love the glasses. Miles is ready for TMZ.

    hugs to you all and best to enjoy these wonderful days!
    :)
    karen

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