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Monday, September 10, 2012

Porter Update

Porter is now a happily active little 2 1/2 year old boy. I have a hard time keeping up with that one. When people ask me if boys or girls are easier to handle, I tell them yes and no. It depends on what's easy for you. If you have oodles of energy to chase a child all over the house, then boys are easier. However, if you prefer to deal with feelings, then girls are easier. It's honestly a tie in my book.

One of Delilah's favorite TV shows right now is "Curious George".  JT and I allow the twins to watch it with some trepidation. You see, there are way too many things that the monkey and Porter have in common. 
In fact, I'm almost positive that Porter never once considered unrolling an entire roll of toilet paper in our bathroom until he saw first saw George do it. Peer pressure begins early.

Porter enjoys climbing all over JT and myself. He will attack, climb, run, jump, throw, and scream out his war cry in a matter of minutes. The war cry is the one you have to watch out for. I'm pretty sure my ear drums will never heal.

His speech is coming along slowly. He can now say about 20 words. I'm very excited to start working with a speech therapist for him. It's really heartbreaking to not know what my little boy is trying to tell me. The one whole phrase he has completely mastered though, is "I love you".  It makes me smile every time I hear it. We tuck him into bed at night, say "I love you", "goodnight", and then blow a million kisses on our way out the door. He plays along with all of it! Right down to the last kiss! 

He's also very much a cuddler. JT was and still is, so I'm not surprised at all. If I'm not in the room with him, Porter will come find me to cuddle with me once every 15-20 minutes. It's hard getting things done, but absolutely adorable. Less so though when you desperately need to go to the bathroom. 

Latest obsession: Pixar's Cars.  That kid eats, dreams, plays, and sleeps Cars. I keep checking DI (a local thrift store) for any Cars products I can find. So far I've gotten a rolling backpack that's perfectly sized for Porter and a pajama top.  I became less excited about the pajama top the more days Porter wanted to wear it, though. JT was finally able to coax him out of it (yay!) and it is finally in the washing machine.

Favorite foods: Any sort of fruit is equal to candy for both Porter and Delilah. I have a hard time keeping any fruit around the house for any length of time! Last week it felt like I spent hours washing grapes and cutting up watermelon. It took 3 days for it all to be gone. Don't even get me started on the bananas!!! I have to buy 2 bunches just to make it 24 hours.
Porter's favorite meal is a plain peanut butter sandwich. In fact, he'll grab the PB and bread to get started on his own if I'm moving too slowly. Sometimes I really appreciate this one simple meal. Most toddlers love pizza, hotdogs, macaroni and cheese, etc. I can't give that to the kids though because it upsets their stomach too much. The quick fix meals are definitely a struggle in this house. That's why if I'm running behind and there's no time to put together something nicer, the whole family is now very used to PBs. If anyone has any other quick food ideas, I am totally open to suggestions!

Motor skills: muy bueno
Porter continues to amaze me with how easily anything physical comes to him. It took him hardly any time at all before he was zipping around the sidewalks on his tricycle. His overhand throw is pretty accurate and strong. I foresee baseball for his arm, football for his love of tackling, and soccer for his awesome kick. Who knows...he may surprise us and decide that Hockey is more his thing!

All in all, I am very proud to be the mama to a very sweet and loving little boy. I was on the phone with my mom not too long ago while Porter was busy attacking me with relentless hugs and kisses. I was a little frustrated and wishing that I could get a minute's rest while I chatted on the phone. My mom chuckled and said, "It's hard to be so loved, huh?" Now when I think of that, it makes me laugh. Being a mom is hard work and I know I'm far from the best at it. 
But I love it. And so does he.

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