Could my children be any more opposite?

Thursday, November 8, 2007

As much as I talk about Beckett NOT wanting to sleep, it wouldn't be fair not to mention how much Sawyer flat out adores it. Seriously. This is a kid who has been sleeping 12 hours straight through the night since he was about two months old, and who we have never had a problem with getting him to go to sleep. He loves his bed and when he was 18 months old or so, he would actually ask to take naps. He'd find his blanket (which he calls his 'mimi') and truck upstairs, then go right to sleep without a peep.

He has since dropped his nap most days unless I force him by turning his bed to the wall (it's a crib turned toddler bed so there are still rails on three sides). But at night we never have a problem. DH usually does the bedtime honors and Sawyer is now old enough that he'll tell me he loves me and give me kisses. It's so fabulous.

Last night, he was being a pistol and throwing fits at the drop of a hat, about sending me off the deep end since Beckett was also being a beast by screeching and clawing and attempting to bite me. He refused all our suggestions for dinner and instead threw himself into a flailing heap of limbs on the floor, so DH took him up to his room to chill out. Ten minutes later, he was asleep at 6:30pm. Without dinner and his regular bedtime still an hour and a half away.

Now, once he's asleep, you can not wake him, lest you'd like to take on the beast on a whole new level. He is not a happy kid when his sleep is interrupted. But I felt insanely guilty for putting him to bed without dinner, so DH and I devised a plan to bring him a meal in his room no matter what time he woke up. Quesadillas and pears, even if it was 4am.

We went to bed around midnight and he was still sleeping. It had gotten cold in the house, so I pulled a quilt from the closet and took it in to bundle him up. He sat up when he saw me, grinning from ear to ear. I covered him up with the quilt and asked him if he was going back to sleep.

"Yes, I go night night!"

"Okay, baby, I love you, night night."

"I love you, Mommy."

And when I was halfway to the door, I heard him mumble, "Thanks!"

Seriously, how can you not completely melt after something like that? You can't not.

He also can eat yogurt with a spoon now, which he probably could have done a long time ago if I hadn't been too scared of the mess to let him. He's becoming very particular about which chair he sits in to eat (it must be the Big Boy Chair) as well as what he eats. He used to be a garbage disposal and would eat anything we put in front of him, which made it really easy to feed him a good diet full of fruit, veggies and protein. Lately, however, he turns his nose up at anything that isn't pizza, PB&J, or smothered in cheese. Typical kid, I guess. Although he does still love most any fruit, so I'm thankful for that at least.

And Beckett. What can I say about him. He's growing up faster than I remember it happening with Sawyer, yet it still seems to drag by, if that makes any sense. The sleep deprivation has me worn pretty thin, but I've given up on lamenting over it and have just decided to accept whatever sleep pattern he chooses. I don't feel like there's much I can do to change it until he weans anyway, so it's pointless to get worked up over it. As I type I can hear him waking up for the third time since we put him down two hours ago. Le sigh.

He seems so much older to me than a week shy of eight months, what with almost eight teeth lighting up his once gummy smile and being fully mobile. He can crawl clear across the house in less than ten seconds and will pull up on anything of height. Cruising is just around the corner and I have a feeling he will walk before Sawyer did.

He still doesn't care much for solids. Some days he'll gobble it up at every meal but most days he refuses it (quite loudly) unless it's super sweet fruit. He wants nothing to do with most veggies other than sweet potatoes and isn't crazy about meat either. He's great at self-feeding though so we may just jump right in to table food soon. Even on his good days with solids though, it still makes no difference on his sleep so I'm not in much of a hurry.


Most pictures I get of both of them these days are either of a backside or a chubby blonde blur. I couldn't believe I actually caught all four of them looking at the camera in the above picture. Don't be fooled, as that moment will likely never be captured on camera again. The other two are my friend's boys that I was watching for her that day. They are ages four and two. And yes, my 2-year-old and 8-month-old are the same size as them, respectively. I grow giants.

These are more typical of my usual captures. I generally have to take 60 or so in order to get a couple good face shots, and on the day I took these, I didn't get any. Hey, at least he has a cute butt.


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Blogged by Making A Modern Family at 9:22 PM  


Jaclyn said...

Aww, I can't wait until Lucas can tell me he loves me! You seriously have two of the most gorgeous little boys, Ali. And Sawyer's face in that photo is so cute I want to eat him up. I adore your giant babies. ;]

Thu Nov 08, 10:11:00 PM EST

Melban said...

Such a good post babe you write so well. I can't believe either of them are as old as they are. Sawyer has always been so good we got very lucky. As far as Beckett goes we're going to take up one morning and realize he's a new kid who can sleep through the night. 8 months already? I need to go lay down.

Fri Nov 09, 08:34:00 AM EST

MomSmoo said...

You seriously have the cutest kids in the world!

And don't worry -- my 2 year old is about the same size as my niece, who is 4!!! I apparently grow them big too.

Fri Nov 09, 08:41:00 AM EST

pluckymama said...

Sounds like your kids are close together like mine. I grow giants as well. My 5 month old is 20 pounds already, he's slowed down though, he was 19 pounds at about 3 months.

I saw on oraely's site that you don't do vaccines, I'm thinking about not doing it for my baby. I did it for my toddler and he's ridden with allergies including PEANUTS!! Grrr. Anyway, I'd like to know why you're not doing them. Mind stopping by my blog and letting me know??


PS your site is great!

Fri Nov 09, 11:04:00 AM EST

fizzledink said...

Oh my goodness, you've got to come over to my place and give me some advice. I *just* posted about a toddler bed catastrophe at my house! How old was Sawyer when you switched him to the TB from the crib?

And I love Beckett's rocket dipe! Where did you get it?

Fri Nov 09, 11:26:00 AM EST

Qtpies7 said...

Love the cute diaper! Do you know that is possible to have seven kids and have them all be polar opposites? It is. Keeps a mom hopping.

Fri Nov 09, 01:06:00 PM EST

VDog said...

I am in awe at the deliciousness of Beckett's thighs. So yummy!

Fri Nov 09, 01:46:00 PM EST

VDog said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to say, "Congratulations, Your Blog has been Hatched!" ;)
Stop by for your Egel Award.

Fri Nov 09, 01:47:00 PM EST

Jess said...

They grow too quick. I can't beleave Aurora is already 6 months old. All my kids are in 95% on their hight. Must get that from Dad. I was so suprise at the 4th of July party how old Beckett was. He lookes older. Your boys are so cute. Keep a stick handy the beat off the girls. Good Luck! Love the diaper.

Fri Nov 09, 03:46:00 PM EST

laura said...

You're making me look forward to life with two kids! It sounds grand :)

Fri Nov 09, 07:30:00 PM EST

Rachel said...

Those pictures are adorable!!!!!!
How cute!
I'm really enjoying your page and the name... well that's just awesome!

Sat Nov 10, 02:35:00 PM EST


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