This morning Alex woke up around 6:30 and let us know he was awake, and I thought, “Please, please, go back to sleep…at least a little longer.” He seemed to pick up that silent communication, and afterward like a snooze button, he would make a little noise every 10-15 minutes and then settle back down until 7:30. I was thankful for the extra sleep.

Off to the Park

Alex and Dom

Alex and Dom on the soccer fields. (Sept. 21, 2012)

After getting around, I made the boys some yummy banana pancakes that they eagerly ate, and about the time that Puck headed off for fencing, we set off for the park behind the Fort Natomas park. Dom and Alex climbed one of the few remaining ladders that they had not yet tried today, and after playing for awhile, Alex took off walking and Dom followed behind soon after. They headed across the soccer fields and kept on going all the way to the far side where we had stood in the shade of a tree to watch Endeavor fly over us not so long ago. It was quite a march. I managed to round them up and direct them back toward the play area and our wagon. We played awhile longer before they set off once again for the far edge of the soccer fields. Fortunately, the promise of cantaloupe convinced them to head back to the wagon afterward, and we sat in the shade to enjoy fruit, goldfish, and cheese before heading home.

Naptime

Our naptime routine went smoothly, and the boys wanted to read “The Little Old Lady Who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” again today. In fact, Alex wanted to put it back in the line-up for a second read, but I opted for shorter books for the next three. Today when we read it, Dom and Alex stomped their feet, wiggled, shook, clapped, and said “boo” along with me as we read. Then, we snuggled in for our song before the boys fell fast asleep until around 3. Rocking and singing with both my boys wrapped in my arms and their heads resting on my shoulders is one of those blissful moments I hope I never forget and that I will miss so much some day when my little guys outgrow my lap.

The Afternoon

Alex and Dom on the water table.

Alex and Dom on the water table. (Sept. 28, 2012)

While the boys slept, I managed to get a little work done, exercise, and shower. I didn’t grab lunch until after Alex and Dom were up again though. They gave their dad hugs and During their snack (peanut butter & jelly sandwiches and cantaloupe), we read “Rocket Learns to Read,” and the boys enjoyed it. Dom even repeated some words and phrases, and they both told me what some of the letters were as we read through the alphabet on two pages. Then, I let the guys play in the backyard while I chatted with their Papa (my dad) and Aunt Janet on the phone. Today they were more interested in their chalk and in climbing on the water table. They also pulled their empty pool around but unfortunately pulled it over to a thorny bush, and a couple of thorns poke through part of the pool. Fortunately, it’s near the end of pool season. The two did fall over at one point in a pile and got a little scuffed up, but we ended our outdoor time with some swinging.

The Evening

Our evening went pretty smoothly today too with a few disagreements over toys, a few tears from Alex at the beginning of dinner (we stepped outside together to get the boys’ waters, and Alex helped carry them in and give one to his brother which soothed whatever had frustrated him), and then two good-natured little fellas going through the rest of our bedtime routine. Dom was playing with a balloon, but it didn’t have a weight tied to it. One time it got away from him over the couch, and I encouraged him to get on the couch to catch the end. He didn’t understand, but the next time he lost his grip on it in the same area, Alex ran over and climbed on the couch to try to get it for him. Alex also went over to grab the other balloon to play with. Over diapers Alex started another conversation about how everyone poops—so cute. Our bedtime book tonight was “I Love You Through and Through,” and then we sang our songs, snuggled, and tucked our little ones in bed. With a little encouragement, Dom and Alex said goodnight to each other.

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