So I obviously failed miserably at my '52' weekly series this year. 4 or 5 into them, baby girl came unexpectedly and then life got the best of me and my eternity leave from work pretty much became an eternity leave from this blog as well.
The kiddos are all doing great, endlessly entertaining us every day with the things that come out of their mouth and their latest behavior -isms. My heart literally bursts with love and pride one moment and anger and annoyance the next, but such is life with three under five. Thankfully it's a lot more of the former than the latter and I often find myself looking at those little faces and musing over how it is that I'm lucky enough to be called their mama.
|Meet the newest member of our family, Donn the Swan...|
Hayes, 5 years... He is like a little fish in the water now that we have our swimming pool (and a prime candidate for the dreaded green hair towheads often experience as a result of the chlorine!). He LOVES to swim, especially when Grant or I will join him in there. He won't tolerate a wet bathing suit, so there are multiple outfit changes every day. When he's not swimming, he's playing in his pretend 'Spy HQ', a large empty box that contained our outdoor furniture that I'm frankly scared to throw away for fear of WWIII breaking out upon the discovery of it being missing. He's been a great big brother lately, especially this past weekend when we were on Operation Potty Train Greyson - although I suspect his encouraging and supportive nature was more due to the desire to pick out his treats that he somehow convinced us he deserved every time his brother went potty ("I'll have a marshmallow and blue m&m this time, please!") vs. him really wanting Greyson to succeed ;-)
Greyson, 2.5 years... We said goodbye to diapers this past weekend and our little dude did pretty well with the whole thing! Prior to this weekend, he had peed in the potty exactly one time so we had very low expectations but by noon on Friday, he had a chart full of batman stickers, a belly full of various treats and a desire to change his underwear akin to an indecisive woman picking out a dress for a first date. We are so proud of him and hope the enthusiasm continues. He's yet to poop on the potty and did have an accident at camp today since he was so adamant about not going in the toilets at school, but we'll get there! This was a big one on the Cohen Fam Summer Bucket List - potty training - check!
And speaking of camp, today was the first day we left Greyson at school on his own and he did great! He and Hayes will go to camp 3 days a week for the next two weeks, which will hopefully help ease the little guy into the idea that he'll be left there on his own next year. He wasn't keen on leaving his lunch box in his cubby so when I left him this morning, he was still clutching onto that, but he didn't have a care in the world that I was leaving him and I'm sure he's been in heaven all day being able to hang out with Hayes and the big boys. Mama on the other hand was a surprisingly sad as I walked back to my car, knowing that leaving my underroo wearing toddler there solo today just means he's getting bigger. How is this all happening so quickly?!
Henley, 4 months... Still just the best, my little squidge, along for the ride and wearing the cutest summer threads while doing it. May Gray and June Gloom are finally cute phrases of the past so I'm able to dress the little munchkin in the plethora of adorable summer outfits her cousins have bequeathed her. She's super drooly, loves her tub more than anything in the world and knows how to ham it up for the camera. We just love her so damn much and honestly can't remember what life was like without her.
Our backyard is almost complete, but enough so that we've been able to enjoy the warm weather poolside for the past few weeks. Our skin is bronzed, the boys are exhausted at the end of the day and we're so happy there's a safe place for them to roam around outside again - it really is key to have that space when you have a couple of energetic boys living in your house. So far, Summer has been good to us and we're looking forward to the rest of it ;-)