I love weekends at home with my family. We do a lot of cuddling (I get it while I can – I’m sure there will be a day where they definitely will not sit in my lap and kisses will be gross). In between cuddling I sometimes manage to get a couple of pictures.

Cas is a willing participant.

Siri’s a bit harder to catch. Saturday night, Andy and Demetra came over. Siri plays a game with Tess where she runs around with a piece of food in her hand or a dog toy, ball, etc. and Tess will chase her. She was playing this with their dog, Ralphie.  I’m often surprised that Tess still goes along with the game. But this was Ralphie’s first time playing, so Siri had a blast.


Shout out

Eric, since I don’t tell you how amazing you are as often as I should, here’s a quick top 10 list of why you’re the man!

10. You go along with all of my ‘ideas’ and make my dreams a reality. Like the IKEA kitchen I’ve wanted since who knows when.
9. I come home from work every night and you cook dinner. I can’t remember the last time I cooked.
8. The second sentence above – take out ‘cooked,’ insert ‘did laundry.’
7. You always, always, always make me feel beautiful.
6. Your sayings, raps, etc. are all so darn catchy! You have your own lingo.
5. You kiss me every single morning before you leave for work. Sometimes I’m sleeping, sometimes I’m not. Either way, I get a kiss.
4. You know the ‘right’ way to do everything. I’m stubborn, but I’ll admit that you are right 99.2% of the time.
3. You’re protective. By the way, are you eye-ballin’ me?
2. You are the king of analogies. Nuff said.
1. It takes a lot of patience to be home and take care of 2 kids babies all day. You do it and work part-time. Siri and Cas LOVE you. It’s not hard to see what an amazing job you’re doing.

I love you.

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Things you can learn from YouTube

Tuesday night I decided to cut Siri’s hair after searching for and finding a video called “how to cut a toddler’s hair.” I don’t know what made me think I should attempt this. She was working a slight mullet. Here’s a before shot:

There were a few differences between my at home toddler hair cutting experience and the YouTube video. First, the woman cutting hair in the YouTube video was a professional. I am not. Second, her client was a quiet little toddler boy who sat still the ENTIRE time! My client did not. At all. Not even with an icecream cone. I tried. Third, the hairstylist in the video did not have a five month old baby strapped to her in an Ergo carrier.

The look on Siri’s face says it all…

Here are the after shots.

This little guy’s hair is already longer than his sister’s!

Two under two: An in depth review

If you would have asked me when Cas was 4 weeks old how having 2 under 2 was going, I’d probably have said, “Good, everything is good. Tired but good.” Now that we’re 5 months in, I look back at those first 3 months and think, ‘Woah. That was tough.’ Tough in a good way, of course. But tough. Seriously tough. I would say the hardest part was when they would both be crying at the same time, not just whining cries that you can sort of ignore here and there, but those “I need you NOW!” cries. I remember once when both of them were having a meltdown. Cas needed to eat and Siri needed to be held. Asking a toddler to ‘wait one minute’ doesn’t work as one might think it would. So I was breastfeeding Cas and holding Siri at the same time, trying to sooth them both at once. Doesn’t sound so bad in blog form 3 months later, but at the time, it was hard. Back then, we were just in survival mode and getting through each day the best we could and we did just fine. Great, I’d say. But I was zombie like. I remember coming into work some mornings and realized I hadn’t even brushed my hair that day (and wait, did I brush my teeth?) But both kids are happy, healthy and strong and no one was hurt in the process. What more could we ask for?

Eric and I were just saying the other day that its starting to get a little easier. We agreed that actually, when Cas was 3 months old it started to get easier. Then by 4 months we were able to think about other things than plain survival and then by 5 months we’re actually starting to function and do those other things (like vacuuming the dust bunnies from under Siri’s crib).

And now we’re able to see the fruits of our labor since Cas and Siri are really starting to interact. Siri is rough with him sometimes. She tries to pick him up and there have been more than a handful of times that she’s actually gotten into his exersaucer with him. I’ll be in the kitchen or think that I can just run upstairs to change for work. I’ll hear him cry and I just know that she must be doing something that is hurting him. I’ll come down and basically see her smushed in the exersaucer sort of behind and on top of him and he just has this look on his face like “help!” And of course she has this look on her face like, “What? Just thought I’d join brother in here and we’d be smushed up in this thing together.” She’s so used to having him around. I have to remind her that he’s just a baby and she has to be careful. But there are plenty of good interactions too. There are far more kisses given then anything else. She randomly kisses him… very often. And he randomly laughs at her for just being who she is. You don’t get a closer friend.

I’m so so so glad we have 2 under 2. I knew I wanted them close (how much closer can they be than one egg after the other?) but I think we’ll wait a bit for the next one. I want to soak everything in and enjoy this time together as a family of 4. I definitely want 1 or 2 more, we both do, but probably not until Cas is around 2. I’m so looking forward to this summer and playing with both kids outside, going on walks and having fun! I feel like I’ve been pregnant for the last couple of years (I have been!) and now I won’t have anything holding me back! Plus, we have more dust bunnies we need to get to.