One of the most enjoyable experiences with the boys is watching them explore their world. You know that whole debate about nature versus nurture? Well, I have an answer for you…they are not mutually exclusive. I am watching these boys grow up in the same house, with the same parents, same rules, access to the same toys/learning tools – and they are three unique individuals. So, for example, they all learn not to bite people because we teach them – nurture. Ethan walks first, then Henry, followed by Elliott – nature. It’s a beautiful dance of family and individuals.
Speaking of walking – everybody is up on their feet these days. It seems like just over the last couple of days Elliott has decided that he is going to walk more than crawl. It’s a game changer for us, in a good way. They are getting so good about responding to us. For example, when it’s naptime we just say “Time to go to the nursery” and our little parade makes its way to that room. When it’s your turn for solo mom these little things are very helpful!
So, what else is new? Well, we took them to the zoo for the first time. It was cool to see the moment when their eyes locked onto the animal. We didn’t have a lot of time so we went by the big animals – rhinoceros, hippopotamus, and elephant. You could see their eyes widen and body language change when they saw each one. Looking forward to taking them back many times as they grow. St. Louis has a great zoo. A few other fun trips included the Greek Food Festival, Dairy Queen, and some playtime on the lawn in front of the library.
There is so much fun and laugher in our house. These pictures and videos give you a glimpse, but there is so much not captured by them. As they get older I find I am getting worse and worse about getting pictures or videos of moments. It’s a catch 22 because I desire to be in the moments, while simultaneously capturing them to relive the experience. Here are two that I did capture.
The boys got Jello for the first time recently. Elliott thought it was hysterical.
In this video Henry discovered the sproinginess (I’m sure that’s a word!) of my hair. He thought it was quite hilarious.
As always, thanks for coming along on our journey!