Beckett James, 2 Years

I have a hashtag on Instagram that’s #OhBeckett. It’s something I say to him about 20 times a day: When he crawls up on my lap and gives me a hug and a kiss without me asking I will sigh and say “Oh Beckett, I love you”. When he runs towards a cup of water or Daisy’s dog bowl and pours it out before I can reach him I sigh and say “Oh Beckett, why did you do that?” When he throws a temper tantrum or pulls someone’s hair I get annoyed and say “Oh Beckett, behave yourself!” When he’s playing in another room and I can’t see him I will call out “Oh Beckett, where are you?” Normally he yells out “Dining room”. Ha! He always hides in there.

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Oh Beckett, I am sitting here trying to wrap my head around the fact that you are two years old!! Wasn’t it just yesterday that daddy and I were walking miles around the apple orchard trying to get you to come out and meet us? I think back at how much you’ve changed from even just a year ago and it’s amazing how you went from being a sweet baby to being an even sweeter big boy.

Some big changes this year: Walking!! You were a late walker. You didn’t walk unassisted until you were 15.5 months. I really don’t blame you, you are living with 6 other people who love having you on their hip. Your vocabulary has exploded!! You give out ” I Love You’s” all day long. You are so independent, too! If I say “let mama help you” you’ll look at me and say “no, Beck help” or “no, Beck do” . Ā You went on your first airplane ride to Disney World where you fell MORE in love with Mickey Mouse and his friends. You started sleeping through the night. F I N A L L Y!! It only took 21 months but we did it!! We stopped nursing (completely at 23 months). You still ask for it every couple of days. But, we’re done. Which is a big change because I really thought you were gonna be attached to that boob until you were 5! You whip around on your little bikes and play all by yourself for a good, long while. You don’t need anyone to sit there and entertain you anymore.

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Eating: You wake up every morning and the first thing you ask for is a banana. You sit and watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with a banana EVERY morning! For breakfast you usually have a waffle or a piece of toast with a yogurt. Lunch is different every day. You usually nap through lunch so it’s something quick like chicken nuggets, pasta or sometimes eggs with spinach. Dinner is whatever we’re eating for the night. You snack pretty healthy throughout the day. You LOVE LOVE LOVE berries! I always have to have them in the house. Favorite foods: Pizza! Good Earth baby granola bars, yogurt, bananas, berries, pretzels with hummus. Tortilla chips with salsa, cheese, crackers with cream cheese, ice-cream and m&m’s. I had to bribe you at a football game with them recently and you ask for them almost daily now.

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Playtime: You LOVE your cars and trucks!!! You sit for the longest time pushing them around and playing with your little garage. You still LOVE football and yell touchdown whenever you see a Patriots logo. You love to be outside and love having Lucy drive you around in your new truck!

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You love to go to the park and on walks. You LOVE when the girls have friends over because you LOVE teenage girls. Especially Chloe’s friend, Mia. As soon as she walks in the house you go running towards the door yelling “Mia!!” It’s pretty cute. You love teasing the dog and wrestling with whoever is sitting on the floor. You make me sit on the kitchen floor with you whenever you want to sit down for a snack. You pretty much have everyone in this house wrapped around that cute little two year old finger.

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Oh Beckett!!! I love you with all of my heart!! I can’t wait to see what new things “2” brings this year!! Happy Birthday, buddy!!

 

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This Moment

This was my view from the kitchen this morning while I was busy getting everyone ready for the day. They sat snuggled under blankets while watching Nickelodeon. Beckett usually gets up an hour before Lucy and has his banana while watching Mickey Mouse but today he actually slept in!! 

Little moments like these are the ones I always want to remember. 

This Moment

I think the terrible twos hit about a week and a half early. This little monkey has been throwing temper tantrums all week long! Is it a boy thing? I don’t remember the girls throwing massive tantrums like this. Well, Chloe did a few times but it was short lived (fingers crossed B gets over it quick, too). Last night when we were leaving the football game Beckett had a full blown meltdown. He didn’t have a nap, it was an hour past his bedtime and it was freezing! As I was walking out an old man laughed and said “boy, you have your hands full (probably also noticing the gaggle of children walking with me). I just smiled,because tantrums don’t really bother me all that much and said to him “better full than empty”. I try not to take any of these fleeting moments for granted. Three years from now both Megan and Chloe will be in college. I’m sure Emma will be out of the house by then too. My house will seem so quiet with only the little ones here. 

I will forever take the temper tantrums over a quiet, boring house! 

As I rocked Beckett to sleep tonight and his little body melted into mine, I sat and listened to him breathe in the quiet. All the tantrums of the day were quickly forgotten and I just thanked God for sending me another sweet little baby so late in life. 

Recent iPhone Photos

I’m much better at keeping up with recording life over at Instagram than I am over here. But, I’m going to keep trying because I LOVE coming over here and going through all of my old posts. 

A few things from the past 10 or so days

We celebrated Connor and Camden’s birthday last weekend. 


Now that the weather is getting cooler (a little) it’s back to the park we go! Beckett prefers the sandbox and trucks to the swings and slides 


Megan had a night out in Boston with some friends and sent me this cute picture:


My parents came up for a visit so my mom and I went out to lunch and shopping with B. 


We made it to our first football game of the season. Our school is in the middle of building a new stadium and field so all of Megan’s games are away.


Jon had Friday off so I met Lucy for lunch


Grocery shopping with my little buddy


Croquet 


Ha!

We gave Beckett his birthday present a few weeks early. Lucy thinks it’s hers and drives it for him. Hahaha! He could care less, he just loves hanging out with her


And, a few more photos of Beck. Just because.

Five Things From This Week

1) School mornings. I kinda like them. As long as I get up when I’m supposed to and take the time the night before to prepare for the next day I actually enjoy our busy mornings 


2) Beckett in a toy store


Hahaha!! 

3) Football season has begun!! 


4)  I’m seriously enjoying being home with Beckett SOOOO much!! I LOVE having all of these older girls around (my bff’s). That mother/daughter bond is amazing, ya’ll. But being able to do this mommy thing all over again, this time with a little boy is pretty dang amazing!!  I look forward to our weekly Target trips. It’s the mommy/baby hang out and I love that I’m still part of that “crew”.


Ugh!! He’s gonna grow up too šŸ˜­

5) At the beginning of the summer we told the girls to each pick a place they want to vacation to next summer and do a presentation convincing Jon and I why we should pick their destination. They had all summer to work on it and had to present it to us on Labor Day. Two of the four girls worked hard on it. Two didn’t, so we won’t be visiting Amsterdam or Iceland next summer. HA! Lucy picked the Aulani resort in Hawaii. She worked so hard on it all summer! She is so stinkin cute!! 


We told them that we would announce our vacation plans on New Years. Fingers crossed, Lucy!! 

Apple PickingĀ 

Now that September is here I am ready for all things fall!! Jon and I took the kids (well, 4 of them) apple picking on Saturday morning 

Once Megan got out of work we took a ride out to Newburyport to go to the Riverfest. They Might be Giants was the closing band ( we got there with only 2 hours left of the festival). 


Loved having everyone together to close out our summer. Happy unofficial start to fall!! 

MaineĀ 

We took Megan and her friend up to Maine to look at UNE. Normally Jon is the one to take the girls on these college tours but we decided this time to make it a family affair. Ha! Sorry, Megs! I’m sure Marina loved a big ole family road trip with the Friary’s. 


I’ll admit, I wanted to go because I wanted to spend a few hours up in Portland. We missed going up to Maine this summer and I think we were all craving donuts from Holy Donuts 


Marina’s cousin just opened an organic cosmetic shop so we stopped in there because the girls had ordered some cheer makeup 


Super cute shop! And, I love stores that have things to entertain kids while you shop!

We stopped at this place called Flatbreads for lunch and it was probably the best pizza we’ve ever had! Will definitely remember that place for next summer 


It was a fun way to end our summer vacation. I’m not ready for all of the college hoopla that we’ll be going through over the next year but as much as I try, I can’t slow down time. 

I’m just thankful that I have this little guy who makes me feel young šŸ˜Š