|For Jude's birthday, Jack picked out and painted this treasure box all by himself.|
The long-awaited spring hasn't been too kind to Joci either. She's still having a tough time at night. Between the multiple wakings, the times when I do attempt to let her sleep with us, and that lovely carpal tunnel that always makes an appearance after I have a baby--I'm having a tough time at night, too. Her 9 month check-up did not go well. Not only did the doctor say she had an ear infection, but she was also concerned that Jocelyn's losing weight and lagging a bit developmentally.
I'm trying not to worry. I feel like all my kids were like this as this age. The boys didn't even have 9 month check-ups at the military clinic. But the whole horrible sleeping situation is not helping my confidence. Per the doctor's suggestion, I actually went out and bought some formula to try. Along with some fancy-schmancy bottle. What a waste. Girlfriend was more than just not interested. She was absolutely repulsed. You shoulda seen the look she gave me.
|"You wanna feed me what?!?"|
|Easter Dinner at Great Aunt Jani and Uncle Eric's|
|Aunt Kylee has the touch!|
But enough about oh-sleepless-one. We have a birthday boy to discuss! We made the trek up to Pennsylvania to celebrate our boy and enjoy the Easter holiday with our family. We left late Friday night, the kids fell asleep within 30 minutes and we had the most wonderful drive! We returned on Monday afternoon, the kids were wide awake ... and Jocelyn cried almost the entire time. It was miserable for her and miserable for me, who spent much of the trip twisted around in my seat trying to calm a frustrated baby! So I'm swearing off travel for a while now.
|Easter Egg Hunt|
|Marmie does everything bigger, including Easter eggs.|
But I'm glad we made the effort and got to make our second son feel special on his big day. This middle-child business is tough (I should know) but now he doesn't even get middle-child status to himself. So let's take a few minutes to shine the spotlight on our totally awesome son.
|They found a robin's egg. It didn't last long once Jack got a hold of it.|
|Visiting Great Aunt Jani's horse.|
This is a fun age. I used to think my favorite age was anything under 3. But this 4 year old stuff is a riot. Jon and I spend many a dinner hiding smiles and choking on laughter. But maybe that's just Jude. Our talk-out-of-the-side-of-his-mouth, full-of-facial-expressions, quirky preschooler. He still uses his smolder look regularly. Especially when he's trying to get his point across. The other day he volunteered to pray over dinner, and then did the whole thing without opening his mouth.
He's our ladies man, and often talks about "my girls" at school. He got shots in his arm the other day and REFUSES to take off the Band-Aids. (It's been 12 days now, and they're still there.) He went in to school the next day, crossed his arms, pursed his lips, tilted his chin and told "his girls" that he was not accepting hugs that day because of his boo-boos.
|He asked Marmie for race car cake...|
|... and Marmie delivered!|
Or course, 4 years old has its challenges. We're working on honesty right now and taking responsibility for our actions. Lately, I'll find something amiss. The bathroom sink plugged and the water left running (for over an hour!) A 4-inch triangle carved into the top of my dining room table. Handfuls of mud flung onto the garage door. Or a puddle of pee on the floor. I'll ask, "Who did this?" Jack crosses his arms, closes his eyes, sticks out his bottom lip and says matter-of-factly, "It was Jude." Jude extends his neck, widens his eyes, jumps up and points, "It was Jack!"
"No, it was you."
"No, it was you."
"You." "You." "You." "You."
And there's no point in asking Julia, she can't decide who the guilty party is.
In the case of the dining room table triangle carving, Jon was able to induce a confession out of Jude several hours later. But even his admission isn't convincing. Sometimes I think he's just taking the hit so we can all move on to something more exciting.
|Typical Jack moment caught on camera.|
|Easter egg hunt with the cousins.|
|This girl's ready for a post-Easter egg hunt nap!|