Archive for April, 2010

Why I Love You

April 24, 2010

Dear Roman,

I love you so much. You say the cutest things in the world and make me smile. Today your Dad took you to create a Mothers Day gift for me. Of course the minute you got home you ran up to me and spilled all the details. Here’s what you described:

You: Mama we made you a Valentine cup for your birthday party.

Me: You did?

You: Yes! I painted it and the lady put it in the oven.

Me: Wow that sounds like a masterpiece.

You: No no, not a masterpiece a Valentine cup.

Me: oh right, got it.

You: Mama I love you. I missed you.

Me: I love you too Buddy.

Really I do!


Conversations from the car

April 16, 2010

Dear Roman,
The funniest thing happens when we are in the car… I overhear conversations you try and have with Charlotte.

Today this is what I heard-

You: Baby Charlotte we going to Turtle Park. You been there before?

Charlotte: silence.

You: we meeting Izzie, Brayden and Jen. You like them. they nice.

Charlotte: silence.

You: oh wow Baby Charlotte that was a big bump (as we drive over a speed bump).

Charlotte: silence.

You: now we going up a big hill Baby Charlotte.

Charlotte: silence.

You: oh look Baby Charlotte, there is my lunch box (on the floor of the car) that Judy and Courtney gave me. They give me pops too. You like pops?

Charlotte: silence.

You: talk Baby Charlotte… okay? TALK!

Miss Charlotte’s blog

April 15, 2010

Now my sister has her own blog. Check it out!

Dad’s work

April 15, 2010

She’s Here!

April 12, 2010

Dear Roman,

Baby Bean or Charlotte as we are going to call her arrived on April 5 and your world hasn’t been the same since. You met your sister a few hours after she was born in the hospital and the encounter couldn’t have gone better. You stopped in the gift shop to buy Charlotte a balloon and told the lady behind the counter that “Baby Charlotte was in Mama’s tummy and now she came out.” You were beyond excited to meet her. The first thing you said when you entered the room was, “Mama I missed you” and then “where’s Baby Charlotte?” When we showed her to you she was fast asleep and you got to hold her in your lap. “Oh she’s so cute” was what you exclaimed and then “you can pet her.”

The next day we picked you up from Nana and Poppi’s and all you cared about was confirming that we were taking Charlotte home with us. “Baby Charlotte is coming to our new house right Mama?” You were interested in holding her and exploring her, but not in an intense way. You liked the idea of your sister but priorities still were held in being your two and a half year old self- baseball, monsters, playing outside and cinnamon toast.

Over the course of the next day you handled yourself remarkably well seeming to understand that I was occupied with feedings and changings and you didn’t mind that my hands were full holding Charlotte. When visitors would come you were thrilled to introduce them to your baby sister and would let them know that it was okay to “pet her. ”

Then day three or four we started noticing you acting out- testing boundaries and being negative. You poor thing. You were a mess. Hitting and crying and tantruming all day long. You completely rejected my assistance of any kind and I could tell you were feeling very insecure and out of control. All behavior we were expecting and prepared for, but still hard to watch.

While I am recovering I miss our cuddles in the morning and our talks in the car. I miss our routine of classes and activities and afternoons at the park. I miss bedtime stories and songs and you telling me you love me. I know you miss all of that too. Things will calm down and we will settle into a new routine and you will adjust. I promise!

Your sister is going to love you so much. How could she not? You are the best!

The Waiting Game/2 years 7 months

April 2, 2010

Dear Roman,

This last week has been spent playing the waiting game for your baby sister’s arrival. Still no sign of her in sight and we are getting anxious. You have been asking me every day “Baby Bean come out of your tummy?” Or you’ll pretend that I am going to the hospital to “go get her” as you put it. I have also noticed you being extra loving to me and wanting to know where I am at every moment. You and I have never been apart overnight. Actually the longest I’ve ever been away was for a few hours so the reality of me leaving for an overnight/nights stay at a hospital was a little difficult to explain. There were lots of thoughts expressed like- “you coming back right Mama” and “but I will miss you Mama” when we sat down and told you what was going to happen when I went to “go get Baby Bean.” Since the talk every time I leave the room you will yell out, “where are you going Mama?”

In addition to all the Baby Bean talk and pretend Baby Bean play that is going on you are absolutely obsessed with baseball and baseball players. You put on your baseball helmet and glove and transform yourself into a “baseball player” as you throw the ball around… including indoors if the weather isn’t nice. Then after you are finished you remove the gear and declare, “oh look I back to being Roman.”

The night time routine has become one huge love-fest with you requesting hugs and kisses over and over from both your Dad and myself. Then you say adorable things like, “I love you so much” and request song after song after song be sung by both of us. We eat it up and you have managed to get both your parents hovering over your bed telling you how special you are and how much they love you. You are very clever when you want to be!

Even though we were trying hard to hold off potty training until well after we are settled in with a new baby you have your own agenda and have basically been potty training yourself. The funny thing is that this is totally your personality- as long as something is on your terms you are into it. So you have been regularly going to the bathroom on the toilet twice a day and are just beside yourself with pride. Plus now you will tell me when you’ve gone in your diaper and want to be changed right away.

You have no interest in memorizing the alphabet, little interest in numbers, but you want to say the names of the planets in their order of closeness to the sun over and over! Sometimes you’ll lay on the floor and point to the ceiling and say, “I see Venus Mama.”

You also want to know what everyone’s name is and you’ll ask me, “what’s Nana’s name?” “What’s Mimi’s name?” “What’s Izzie’s mom’s name?” and so on…
One day you asked me what Mimi’s dad’s name was and I told you it was “Thomas” to which you smiled, starting laughing and said, “like Hummus.”

You still love being with your friends, talk about playing with them and really can’t go more than a day without some type of class or playdate with your buddies. If asked what you’d like to do you always have the same response, “go to Turtle Park with Izzie.”

Cute things you’ve been saying:
-When given three things to choose from to eat- “I don’t like these options.”
-Telling me the plan- “First we will go to the park, then we will go get lunch and then we will go read books. Sound like a good plan Mama?”
– “This really is my favorite” said to pretty much anything you are enjoying.
– “Babies are held by Mama, but I can pet them.”
– When your Dad puts on his jacket in the morning- “don’t go to work Daddy.”
– “I need a hug and a kiss.”
– When we explain something to you “ooohhhh okay, I get it.”

We love you!

Mom and Dad