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Oh, hey! Hi there! I'm still here, and it looks like some of you are, too.

So, hi! Life is a blur of work and home.

Liam is a pleasant little fellow, very strong, pleasant, with a cute laugh that he's only had for a week or two. He's discovered his hands and is beginning to learn how to control them. He's affectionate, which at this point means he demands affection -- constantly. Our only trouble is Liam's habit of melting down into screams when all he really needs to do is go to sleep. Inconsolable baby is crazymaking for the grown ups. Samuel and Dixon helpfully inform us, "Mommy, Liam's crying" (or in Dixonese, "Mommy! Baby tying! Hush baby! Baby 'top it!")

Speaking of Dixon, he's full of words, but he's intelligible only to family, for the most part. He's a sharp one, though, and when the light goes on and we realize what he's saying, we're often stunned. He's already a creative little jokester who promises to be real trouble someday. Dixon is also solidly in the Terrible Twos, which, having had a 3 year-old, is not all that bad in comparison but annoying nonetheless. Dixon is fond of telling us "no" and telling us we're bad when we reprimand him. He's such a sensitive fellow that we're having a hard time finding a balance of discipline that gets the point across without causing him to melt down. Then again, he probably knows this and capitalizes on his ought-to-be illegally high-pitched scream to take advantage.

Samuel is (knock wood) starting to turn around with his behavior, which has me breathing a big sigh of (tentative, not wanting to jinx it) relief. He stayed on "green" all week last week, at home and at school, and we had a fantastic weekend. Bed time is still difficult, and he's still wound up tighter than a spring in the evenings, but it's slowly and gradually improving. Maybe his speech is finally catching up with his intellect, allowing him to express himself more effectively. He's teetering on the edge of literacy, and I'm so very excited about that. He's interested in numbers, math, and letters, words, and spelling. When I pick him up from school, he tells me what all the signs mean. "That one means you can't go left!" "That one says school bus stop ahead!" And the kids has got an incredible memory. What a wonder it is to watch him grow. My beautiful, handsome little man turns 4 this weekend. Blows my mind.

As for me, I'm just busy all the time. I learned a new, better way to wrap the baby, so baby-wearing is now much easier for me. I was able to run around the yard playing soccer with Samuel, with the baby in the wrap. Very cool. I can even pick up Dixon while wearing the baby, which makes Dixon happy, but makes my arms and posture miserable. In my down-time (aka nursing the baby), I play Words With Friends or read. I'm re-reading the Dune series paperbacks now, but when that's done I'll pull out the Kindle. I'm reading Ben Franklin's autobiography on the Kindle while I pump.

*sigh* Ramble ramble

We're going on vacation to Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend and the following week. When we get back, Samuel will start taking Tae Kwon Do, a fact that has me tickled pink. He's so physical, and I think this will be the perfect way for him to learn self-discipline and body control. Later this summer, I want to go to New England to see my friends and smoosh all our kids into a fantastic chaotic pile of fun.

So that's me lately. :)

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Date: March 22nd, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kendokamel.livejournal.com
Tae Kwon Do sounds like a very exciting prospect! We will, of course, demand pictures. (;

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Date: March 22nd, 2011 05:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bramey.livejournal.com
I can't wait to buy his uniform - but don't want to do it too early for fear of frustrating him or the magic wearing off too soon.

They have family classes too, but the child has to be at least 6. So he'll have 2 years under his belt (har) before Jeff and I can join him.

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Date: March 26th, 2011 12:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] theyarnproject.livejournal.com
Children...How cute they are. I, of course, have not a one. Perhaps that is why I love them so. I only see the good. When they go into meltdowns, I give them back to the mom and dad. =)

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Date: March 27th, 2011 06:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bramey.livejournal.com
There's definitely an advantage in being able to say, "here! I think he needs you now."

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Date: March 27th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wistfulunicorn.livejournal.com
Our timing could be better. We'll be in Savannah/Tybee Island the first week of April. Wish we could see the boys. I heard that Sam really was excited about his birthday and had a BIG grin. Again wish we could have seen it.

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Date: March 27th, 2011 06:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bramey.livejournal.com
Well instead of going to NE this summer, we may head south. I want Aunt Lillian to meet the boys, and I worry that next year may be too late.

So think about your availability and when may be a good time for us to head your way, and where we might stay nearby (assuming you don't need all 5 of us packed into your house!)

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