One of my favorite things to do lately is just spend time playing with Nate, reading him stories, and singing to him. I don't take nearly enough time to do that and I'm making it my goal to set aside more one on one time just me and him with no Audrey. I love to peer inside that cute little brain of his and find out whats making his little wheels turn. Tonight I was reading him a Dora book that my MIL gave him and there was a part where she goes into the spooky forest. Lately Nate has been pretending he is a ghost. I have no idea where he learned it. So when I saw the spooky forest I asked him "do you know what's in a spooky forest? A ghost!" he remembered that and when we got to the page with the forest picture on it, there wasn't a ghost, but there were a couple of snakes and he goes "*gasp!* look! A ghost snake!" haha! SO cute!
I've been spending a lot of time teaching him to read. Haha I know he's only (almost) 3, but it's never too early to start right? Since he knows his alphabet I started teaching him what sounds the letters make. He's watched this show called Super Why and Word World which have helped him learn the sounds and have helped him learn what the lower case letters look like to help in my effort. Well, there are actually two words he can read successfully without my help. Cat and cow. haha! I just have him sound it out and then he puts it all together. But most of the words I sound out with him. My point to explaining this is that when I write a word he'll go "*gasp* let's go find the cat!" or dog, or whatever else we're spelling Haha! Tonight I was doing this with him and sometimes he will sound out one letter and just guess what the word's going to be. So there was one with a c and he goes "k k kiss!" haha so I spelled kiss and helped him sound it out and as soon as we were done he goes "*gasp* give me a kiss!" And I kissed him. It was SO CUTE! Then I wrote the word "love" and he goes "I love you mom!" By the way, he gasps a lot haha. It was just so cute. I love little moments like that.
Another cute Nateism is the way he loves blankets. Sometimes it drives me CRAZY because I'll be holding Audrey sitting on the couch and she will have finally fallen asleep and he'll try to get up on my lap under the blanket. But the other day I was sitting on the couch and he wanted to get on my lap. He wiggles a lot and doesn't always just sit in one spot so I'm not always fond of him sitting on my lap, but he kept just trying to get on my lap and I kept telling him no. Then he goes "mom! Give me a hug!" He must know I definitely can't resist that one! So I gave him a hug and he made his way under the blanket onto my lap. haha a minute later I kicked him off and he went on his merry way. A few minutes later he comes back "mom! Give me a snuggle" Seriously Nate? How am I supposed to resist that?
I love that little boy so much! I would get tons of pictures of him to post on here, but have you ever tried to get a picture of a 3 year old?? Sometimes I fear that if someone found my phone they would think I loved Audrey more than Nate, but in reality it's that I can't get a blur-free picture of the little guy! Most of the pictures I actually capture are of the back of his head haha. It's hard to get a blur free picture of Audrey too now that she's on the move so much. But she can't just run away so it's definitely a lot easier.
I don't have my phone near me or else I'd post more pictures, but I just have to tell you about this picture:
Phil is OBSESSED with this picture. He put it has his computer background and he made me send it to his phone today. Haha I love it! She is wearing her new little summer sun dress that I found really inexpensive at Walmart (hear the shame in admitting I got it at walmart? Yeah there's shame haha, but it's RIGHT by my house and well, it was just a freaking cute dress ok? :D). Phil cannot resist her when she's got pigtails.
I have got to say that I am just completely in love with this little girl. She is definitely on the move. Occasionally she gets up on her hands and knees, but hasn't mastered crawling just yet. She's got the army crawl down however. I remember this one parenting book I read when Nate was little said to put pillows and other obstacles in their way so they learn to solve problems and such. Well, I just realized this time around I don't even need to do that cause Nate will just do it for me. He'll create plenty of obstacles haha! She also can successfully sit without falling. She's been able to for a few weeks, but don't know if I've mentioned it.
She just melts my heart.
Lastly, just for fun because I have it on my computer here is a picture of me at about Audrey's age.
Same eyes and eyebrows for sure. Same hair and forehead. I feel like my cheeks were chubbier though and I'm not sure if she has my smile or not. She's got her own little distinct smile. I also think my face is longer than hers. And in my own opinion I think she's cuter! :D I guess I see her all day and can see the similarities. I can't find a picture of her that is posed anything like this one. I'll have to try to get one.
Also, here is my Natey at 7 months. I think they look a lot alike too, but not as much as some people think. I think they have similarities, but I have also been around them constantly a lot and can see a lot of differences. But look how cute he was!
This is at Audrey's age now.
What I think is funny is that Nate DEFINITELY has Phil's eyes eyebrows forehead and hair. And that is what I know for sure that Audrey has from me. Oh my gosh he was SUCH a dang cute little baby! RRGH! Still is dang cute, I just miss squeezing that cute little chubby body!
Ok I'm done now haha