Monday, March 7, 2011

First haircuts!

Grandmas' and Papas' are the best! We’re lucky, we have four of them, well the boys do anyway. This time I’m specifically talking about my parents – they joined our haircut party! J Papa hadn’t seen the boys in over two weeks and he hears about them all the time from Grandma so that’s just too long – I think it’s like an itch… ew, hopefully not, but anyway, they joined our party. Thankfully they did too, two 15 month olds in a salon full of pretty women trying to do their thang is very busy! Especially when Daddy is getting his hairs cut too. Daddy tried to get pictures, but it was really crowded in there, babies needed attention, etc… so I asked Grandma for her pictures so I could fulfill the requests of their first cuttings.. there were quite a few!

A disclaimer first though, it was a bang trim… notice I still refer to my 15 month olds as babies. Simon has the prettiest curls in the back and how do I do unto one and not the other (not that Elliott's hair isn't pretty, but whatever), whether it be ‘not getting the whole thing done’ or ‘getting all of it cut’, you decide, if you must. But mom wasn’t ready, so that’s the bottom line… always, isn’t it? ;)

So Grandma sent pictures! I got a message on my Facebook saying she had 'sent 7 to underwaterdaisy'...

But I thought she meant 7 pictures, I thought “well it was crowded in there, they probably got 7 good ones, that’s more than I have!” But no, she meant 7 emails, full of pictures! J And my mom is not a morning person, unless you’re talking the earliest of morning hours… she’s so cute I have to share some of the emails:

Subject: haircut 1
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011, 12:41 AM

Here's the first haircut pics

Subject: pictures 3
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011, 12:48 AM

This is taking a while - big files

Subject: pictures 6
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011, 1:00 AM

one more

Subject: pictures last
Date: Monday, March 7, 2011, 1:04 AM

Hi Beth

Lots of pics. I couldn't decide so sent most of them. Time for bed.

Love, Mom

She’s the best! OK, onto the good stuff, those photos!

At first I was a little put off that we got there and it seemed like were in the chair right away, I didn't even know her name. We were going to a new place that a friend recommended and I'm glad with they choice. It's a cute place and she did a great job. Turns out, she's probably had some experience with first haircuts!

I don't think Simon even knew she was doing anything at all until were part way through...

He spent the first bit smiling at Papa taking his picture, then he decided he wasn't sure he liked what she was doing...

He sure did give her his signature "I'm not happy with what you just did and I want to be sure you know it" look...
So sweet!

Elliott had the chance to watch Simon, so he started out a little shy and true to form, curious...

He was definitely more wiggly, and his bangs now support that statement...

Then he was done too...

Daddy had his turn then too... I don't know if you can tell, but he's not thrilled about sharing in the picture posing ;)

While the boys explored...
Do you think E is hiding his haircut?

I think they're both just too busy!

What do you mean Grandma, I'm not SUPPOSED to stand on this?!

Papa, trying his best to keep E busy...

Momma and S had found the stairs, which believe it or not were the safest option as far as least breakables and best option to be out of the way

So Papa and E joined :)

I'm SO glad that my parents met us, I don't know what I would have done with glass shelves, not to mention wrangling one boy while I held the other, AND had pictures! So while they weren't first WHOLE-haircuts, it was their first cutting of hairs and I'm documenting it as such! :) I don't think it'll be long before we go back for the rest though, but at least now they can see without it in their faces.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Let's go wagon riding... it is March after all!

Just like the previous post – our two boys are so different in so many ways! It’s so funny to me that people still ask if they’re identical. Seriously? Do they look anything alike? Really. I understand that not everyone gets to know them like we do, but seriously, do they look anything alike?

Anyway my parents got them a wagon for Christmas. At the time we actually opened a really cute picture frame shaped like a wagon, figuring we (I, they are my parents after all, they know me pretty well) might have something in mind. I did some looking and found a great price on Amazon (go figure, I’d be willing to bet the FedEx guy knows our address by heart) and ordered the Radio Flyer Pathfinder Wagon.

The Amazon frustration free packaging was out of stock, it was such a great price. That only meant we’d have to put it together, no big deal. Turned out the wagon, with no wheels, was the best thing for the inside before it’s warm enough to use it outside!

At first I thought maybe we'd just play on the box...

It didn't take me long to open the box though. Simon thinks this is really neat, as long as it's still!

Here's a prime example of my different boys (I figured I'd get back around eventually) - I moving it around now and S isn't quite so sure, but look at that pure joy in E's face, I couldn't make it go fast enough!

Simon certainly didn't give up on it, he's normally right in the thick of things, but Elliott wears his excitement on his face a little more

They were very excited to show Daddy their new toy when he got home!

I'm not entirely sure, and I'm hoping it isn't so, but I'm afraid my mom may be right when she said the ER docs at the local hospital will get to know Elliott by name, he has no fear.

Simon on the other hand feels a little bit safer with mom, which is more than fine with me! I love that he's cautious!

While they both have different senses of adventure, they are both lovers. Right now about half the time I ask for a kiss from either of them they give one up gladly. Elliott is 'wide mouth, hold onto the back of your head giant' kiss. Simon is 'leans in ever so sweetly and gives a nice gentle' kiss. I don't have a favorite, although Simon's is a little "dryer" ;)

Elliott LOVES to give hugs, he tries to give Simon hugs, which a lot of the time turn into tackles so you can't really blame Simon for not wanting to reciprocate most of the time. He tries his hardest to give the cats hugs and he's partly successful some of the time with Franklin. Stanley still high-tails it out of there when they get closer than a foot away, regardless of his need for attention. He hasn't been turned down yet though from any adults, he lays his head on your shoulder and pats you on the back, it's the sweetest.

Simon is into making faces, and he gets lots of reaction! He scrunches up his nose, he pouts, I think my favorite right now is when he puts his chin down and furrows his brow, then will lifts it up and grins in the same instant. They said he had them laughing all day yesterday at daycare with his multitude of faces.

They're both into giving stuffed animals "hugs". They'll put just about anything in the crook of their neck and rest their head on it so that we all say "Aww!" They grin and throw it on the floor and run the other way ;) The latest is playing chase though. They don't quite get it but they love it! They started way back when Simon was first crawling even. Elliott would crawl under the dining room table and wait for Simon, then when Simon saw he'd take off as fast as he could hoping Simon would follow. Now they have circle they can travel, from the living room, to the foyer, to the parlor and back to the living room. They chase each other, but are getting more and more excited when they can "taunt" you enough to chase them.

They are so much fun. So far there have been milestones we've come to, passed and they've all been amazing. People will tell you, "wait until they do this...", or "next thing you know they'll be doing this..." And yes, it's as special and exciting as everyone tells you it will be, more so because it's yours, but nothing has been quite as fun, nor could I explain the joy in being able to interact with them like we're just getting into now. They copy us, they do things to make us laugh (to make us say "ow", or "no", or "STOP" - that's a favorite - they do it back), they're exploring boundaries and the world... and their family and it's indescribable how impossible it seems sometimes that they're mine.