I’ve had an influx of emails recently from readers asking for Evelyn and Jack stories-‘it’s been weeks,’ they said, ‘since you’ve told any good stories about the kids!’.
Ha. Just kidding. No emails. But since everyone loves to read about two year olds and nine month olds, here I go! (haha. Still snickering).
So. For the first two weeks at home after California, the little rugrats were pretty much glued to my ankles. Lots of block building, lots of book reading, lots of playing mom the jungle gym. I’d try to sneak out of the living to do something fun like dishes and then time it before someone came rushing in hollering ‘mooooommmmm!’. It was usually about thirty seconds.
And then one miraculous day, I did the dishes by myself for ten minutes while the kids played in a room where they couldn’t even see me. It was astounding. Of course, when I went to go check on them, Jack had cornered a stink bug and was trying to grab it to put it in his mouth.
And just like that they’re entertaining themselves. Jack probably does better than Ev although she can get on a roll with taking care of her baby and talking on her pretend phone. She will carry on great conversations with Poppi on a domino-the other day I came into the kitchen and she was saying, ‘knock it off.’ ‘knock it off, Poppi says knock it off Tessa.’ I died. Poppi does tell Tessa to knock it off quite frequently but when Ev then told Jack to knock it off I told her we’d probably only say that to the dogs.
Today, I walked outside to find her perched on the sill of a basement window. She was talking to a bug. ‘Hi bug. Good to see you. For dinner, had chicken, avocado. Mom! Bug. Hi bug.’ And on and on. One of my favorite phrases is ‘already did’. I’ll ask her, ‘Ev, do you need to go to the bathroom?’. She shakes her head and looks up at me very seriously, ‘ayeady did’. (Yes Ev you did, like five hours ago, perhaps you need to go again?)
I feel a little bit like I just finished going through the opening and closing and emptying out of cabinets with Ev but Jack has picked up where she left off. A definite favorite activity. He found the garlic today and munched on that and when I picked him up I about passed out.
Watching Jack with Ev is highly entertaining. He thinks she is the bees knees and will go off into gales of laughter when she plays peekaboo with him. He really has the best laugh.
I have lots of top ten moments from these stages that I want to remember and cherish. With Ev it’s when she comes down from a nap. I’m often in the living room when she wakes up and so I’ll watch her come down the stairs with her blanket in her mouth, her hair a tousled mess and her cheeks a rosy red. She’s very focused on me and immediately comes over to sit in my lap. Depending on the activities surrounding the moment, she snuggles down for thirty seconds or five minutes. And its one of my favorite times of the day.
Evelyn learned the trait of cuddling. Jack was born with it. I adore how he just dives into me, pulls his arms down to his belly and just snuggles in as close as he can get. My moment with him occurs less frequently than with Ev. Sometimes Jack thinks that he really doesn’t want to take a nap, so I’ll pick him up, turn on his music and do different dance/rock to sleep moves with him in front of the bathroom mirror. He presses his rosy cheek to mine with his star studded pacifier and watches me in the mirror and giggles at every new move I introduce. His low throated chuckle and shining eyes get me every time.
They really are the best.
Thanks again to Lisa Maksoudian for the amazing captures.