There are moments when two kids feels like two too many… but most of the time, I wonder how I got by without them for so long. I wonder what Sean and I did all day without Avyn to look after and play with. I wonder what Avyn and I would do without Sean to show us all of the ways to try to injure yourself and scare your mother. I wonder what I did before I had a helper to push my baby’s stroller, and how I ever entertained Sean as a baby without big kid toys.
… and eats and eats and eats and eats! Avyn has been sharing our meals for about a month and she loves them. She gets really agitated if we don’t offer her food when we are eating or snacking, and actually chews and swallows most of the food we give her. We put her and Sean next to each other for now, so she can see how he eats, and he can learn some sharing manners while she’s little enough to not cause him too much trouble. I love the way they influence each other. She likes his silverware, and I let her try some beans with on a pre-loaded spoon one day. She loved getting to eat like her big brother! Sean wasn’t a huge fan of plain avocado (loves guacamole, though), but when I gave it to Avyn all of a sudden he started requesting “appatado” at lunch. Love seeing them at the table together!
I wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to Sean’s little boy locks, but Ryan was convinced that he was hot and sweaty under all of it. So, I buzzed it… first I cut Ryan’s hair and Sean watched, then the next day I “cut” the hair of multiple stuffed animals while they sat in the chair and wore the cape. Sean took a little bit of convincing when it was his turn but not too much. I do love his hair now, the look and the fact that it is less in his way.
Along with the big boy hair cut, he’s acting like a big boy in so many ways. His older cousin was over the other night, and after they ate Sean said “Let’s go Brendan!” and they ran into his room to play. His tone was very “hey the adults are in here let’s go play cars”. He talks in really long 10-15 word sentences, or stories, and even ordered his own water at dinner the other day when asked by the waiter, with no prompting from us. The waiter just wrote it down and then asked what I wanted, not even knowing that it was Sean’s first time to order on his own. It reminded me of when we were learning different languages, when we go to the point where we could have an interaction without someone knowing that we were practicing, where our language was accepted without comment and the appropriate thing happened. So fun!