Monday, March 21, 2011

A day at the Park

We were told about this cool new park that we had to check out. So we took Dakota there and he absolutely loves this park. There are so many more things to play on and way more children attend this park. The only downfall I have seen is trying to get Dakota to leave! From the moment we arrive at the park Dakota has a big smile on his face. He really enjoys climbing the wall up to the slide and has perfected this all on his own. I have yet to see another toddler his age climb the wall by themselves. He seems to have the climbing gene. No, not from me. 

Just hanging out! He can dangle there for quite a while. Such a strong boy I have!!! This apparatus seems to slide back and forth. Dakota seems to like it somewhat. If daddy stands there holding him he will swing back and forth for as long as his little arms can handle.
 A snail that he enjoyed riding on. He doesn't seem to stay on this too long when he sees there is another that he can ride.
 The grasshopper. Liking this one a little more. Smiling away because he can rock back and forth. There is also room for one more.. One day his little brother can ride with him. 
Discovered sand. He wasn't too sure at first about this, but eased up a little. Dakota seems to like to walk like a little soldier back and forth. Have no idea where he gets that from. It is cute though. 
 Kyan even got his share of sand. It seemed like he enjoyed the feel of the sand on his feet. He sat there and watched the sand. I think he was waiting for the sand to do something. 
 Dakota playing with Kyan, putting sand on his feet. Kyan was too busy watching daddy's boots to realize what big brother was doing. Or he just noticed he had a monkey on his wrist.
 Kyan once again. He likes to eat his little hands and wrists. 
There are so many other mother's that are there to chat with and so friendly. I even ran into a girl I had met when Cliff and I first started dating. Such a small world. We chatted for a while and then went our separate ways. Hopefully we will run into each other more often. It has been ten years since I had seen her and now we both have kidlets of our own.

Monday, March 7, 2011

No more diapers?

We have decided that Dakota is well on his way to being potty trained. It has been a game of trial and error for the past few months but I believe he is getting the idea. At first when we bought his potty he just played with it listening to the music it played. Pushing the button over and over to hear the wonderful sound effects it had. He had even went potty in it once but my excitement pretty much scared him into not attempting it again.  We had even bought his first set of big boy underwear with Cars the movie logo on them. He wore a pair once and when he hurt himself while wearing them he didn't want to even go near them for the longest time. I would ask him over and over if he wanted to be a big boy and wear his big boy underwear but he would just walk away and say "no". So, once again I felt like I was back at square one in the training department. So we patiently waited and waited for the time to be right where he would decide he was ready to try it again. He eventually decided he would sit on his potty and even use the toilet paper, of course with his diaper still on. So the timing was getting closer and closer to where we would see if he was ready. He would tag along with his daddy to the bathroom at home and even when we were out and about. Holding his daddy's hand and being a big sport watching what needed to be done. Finally this past week I had decided that I thought he was showing more and more signs that he was ready to try it again so I asked him if he wanted to show his baby brother what big boys do on the potty. He went to the bathroom and grabbed his potty and brought it out. I helped him take his diaper off and he sat down. The next thing I hear is the most wonderful sound.. the sound effects of his potty saying he had just went. This time I didn't react as ecstatic as I had previously done. He showed his baby brother and with a smile on his face we went to empty it. He was so proud of his accomplishment that he had decided he needed to go over and over in his potty for the next hour or so. He was awarded with a nice sugary treat and the potty training phase had begun. He decided to wear his big boy underwear and wears them proudly. Even running around the house saying "Vrrrooomm". 

Notice how his underwear is backwards! haa. He is so proud of himself I couldn't resist capturing this moment. A smiling boy proud that he put them on himself and being such a big boy. Love this kid!!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

My baby boys

My baby boys are both growing like weeds and I still cannot believe that they are mine. I love them dearly. Dakota is learning to say more and more words each day. We were worried for a while that he had a learning disability.. he wasn't talking by his second birthday. He was evaluated and  diagnosed with Developmental Apraxia. There was a speech therapist that was in the area that came out to our house and evaluated him as well and she had said that Dakota is a smart boy. He understood beyond his age group but just was not grasping the talking stage. When she came back the following month to give the final results of his tests I had realized Dakota was beginning to speak more words. So, Cliff and I decided Dakota did not need the speech therapy we had previously thought he needed. Since then, Dakota has learnt many more words and is finally speaking. He has slowly come to realize that words gets him more than pointing and grunting. 
Kyan is now a 3month big boy. He is growing so much. He can now hold his head and is learning to roll over. He will roll onto his side from his back but hasn't grasped the rolling over from his tummy. When he has his floor time he will move around in a circle under his Baby Einstein gym. He talks to the octopus laughing and giggling to it as he moves. 
We have discovered a couple alligators in our pond again. So it looks like it is going to be another few months of alligator hunting. The meat that we get from the alligators is so tasty. This year we are going to hunt for them ourselves. I am hoping that we are successful. We have quite a few friends that are willing to help with the catch and the rest of what is done with them. How exciting this will be for the boys to grow up doing. I am thrilled that Dakota and Kyan will get to experience the excitement of alligators. 

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Friends forever

These two boys will always be friends. Dakota loves his little brother. He is always playing with his feet and hands making Kyan giggle and laugh. Dakota likes to help Kyan getting his toys when they fall or just helping mommy. Life with two boys is definitely an adventure. The more I am around these two the more I fall in love with them. I will always put their needs first and be there for them no matter what. They have definitely shown me the true meaning of love. Pure love. Unconditional love that cannot be broken.