Thursday, March 10, 2011

Silas Park



This picture has taken a real toll on me today.

I am powerless against it.

He's looking so big and it seems that he might be sprouting some "kid" under all of that "baby".

So, because I'm totally smitten and because I'm also totally lame when it comes to my negligence in keeping a little notebook of cuteness like I did for numbers 1 and 2, I need to jot some Silas notes down, before I forget them.

*Homeboy gave himself the inaugural hair-notching on Saturday, while Calvin and Ruby were wrapping a birthday gift for their cousin. Can you tell? I actually think he wears it quite well.

* The ever-maddening, secretly (or not so secretly - depends on my mood) funny "Bolly Bobo" is still in full force.

* In a similar vein, I've been trying to teach him to say "No thank you" rather than barking "No!" nine thousand times a day. Yesterday I heard him hollering at Calvin about something but I couldn't figure out what he was saying. Turns out, he now barks a very angry "No Thank You!" when something - anything - displeases him. Only it sounds more like, "No! Deek! OO!" And he gives his nastiest glare when he says it.

* Until recently, he called kitties "tiggies". I miss the tiggies.

* He also called my mom "Gee" (as in green, nix the "r" and "n"). When pressed, "Say Grand!-Ma!", he would concentrate and then say "Gingle". A couple of weeks ago, he saw her in a photo and said "Gammaw". So proud! But I do miss Gee.

* He's still rocking his nap jammies every day. Two days ago I couldn't find his nappies so I put him in regular pants-and-shirt jammies in a pinch. The first time I checked on him, all was well. When I went to retrieve him 30 minutes later, he had thrown his pants overboard, removed his wet diaper and shoved it up his shirt.

* He remains the best-smelling child I have ever layed my nose on.

* A highlight of my day is getting him from his crib in the morning. He always says, "Meening, Mama! De pitty light!"

*His inexplicable preoccupation with lights of all varieties persists.

*He adds countless exasperations to my every day.

*I can't imagine my life without his little monkey body.

45 comments:

  1. Life is joy when it is appreciated and interpreted... simply

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  2. P.S. I'm a total sucker for a bag of Munchkins too!

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  3. Best smelling huh? Even after the diaper in the shirt incident? ;)

    Really, he is the cutest... it is so important to write or picture these times... they go by so fast and we forget so much of it.

    ~Chris

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  4. Aww..so sweet! He is adorable.

    I am not a mommy yet but I remember my nephew (now 8 and as of today yelling at me in the phone "Do you wanna compost?! We can do it for earth day!"~clearly very excited about what he learned in 2nd grade today)and how I'm so glad that I wrote down the funny things he said.

    Things like:

    Looking out the window one day after naptime (he was around 3) and seeing his stroller and saying "Oh no! My stroller! We've got to get OUT there!" ~ as if someone were going to come by and steal it.

    Saying "hostable" instead of hospital and calling a treadmill a "fax machine" for God knows what reason. Other faves: He referred to my best friend as "Him" because he couldn't pronounce Kim.

    At around age 4 when his mom asked "Who loves mommy?" and he answered "Daddy" and then "Who loves Auntie Tina?" (I was not yet married and had yet to meet my hubby) he exclaimed "Him!" as in..my best friend. LOL.

    Finally...my little nephew has always smelled so good too! I've been telling him so since he was wee. Now when I say "Emerson, you always smell so good! Like cookies and.." and then he interrupts me and says "I know. I know. Cookies and goodness..." Unimpressed.

    Your babies are lucky to have you. :-)

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  5. beautiful boy!
    wow. just discovered your delightful blog.
    i have been soaking up all of your "adoption" posts!
    we have (adopted) one sweetie so far-god is so good!
    xo

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  6. I think Silas has de pitty light in his heart.

    xx Felicity

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  7. Oh my goodness could he be any cuter!!!
    Since we all followed the journey of him and prayed for him I feel just a bit
    maternal towards this little guy : ))))

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  8. What an adorable little man! My husband and I have two kids and we have talked about adopting...I'll have to read some of your adoption posts:)

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  9. that nap story almost made me spit my watermelon licorice all over the screen. that boy of yours would get along famously with my kids.

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  10. awww - I have an exasperating little monkey too, and I couldn't imagine it any other way. they make it so much more fun. he's adorable!

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  11. I love it...so if I can brag about my kiddo on your blog for a moment :) she calls Seagulls "beach eagles" and I won't tell her different. And crows are called "scarecrows". She is a little older these days at 7 but she knows I like it and continues to call them momma's favorites. Kids say the cutest things, if we all walked around talking like them there is no way anyone coul dbe angry...lol.

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  12. i loved reading that list. sometimes i feel like the odd mom out...with my daughter being so much older, but i remember the days when i had similar things to share like they were just last month, and not years and years ago. {olivia is 16.} don't stop jotting down the notes! :)

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  13. Simply adorable. Cherish those moments - they fly by Be blessed :)

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  14. so totally precious.
    i love it when they say things their own way. my emi is queen of slaughtering the english language. we still use emilyisms in our everyday conversation
    xo

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  15. The wet diaper stuffed up his shirt made me guffaw!

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  16. He is so cute!! I love the baby talk. I still miss how my son would say raBioli instead of ravioli. He's 14 now.
    Also, did you know that in Ireland we call diapers nappies.

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  17. what a sweetie - pea!

    i think the more rasacal infused the child, the sweeter the smell - i've got one too. he's especially potent after naptime and and just breathe him in. :)

    his naptime antics are just hilarious. it's amazing the things we do to help them get the sleep they need, isn't it?

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  18. Awww, melt my heart.
    I remember my twin boys at that age. They used to constantly escape the house by pushing out the screens and then run like the wind. I have memories of me chasing them up the street in my pj's. I remember wanting to cry then, but now I see it so differently. Reading about your little man makes me smile.

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  19. He is the cutest boy I have ever seen this post melted my heart... I wish I could hug both of you right now :+)

    Thank you for another inspiring post. I love your sweet notes to your children, one day when I have my own I will follow in your steps.

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  20. I love how in love you are with your children. You have challenged me to be more appreciative of my own children, counting them as blessings even when I am frazzled. You have also shown me the beauty of adoption. I had never understood, and still don't claim to fully grasp, how God can take painful circumstances in a couple's life & bring about such beauty & joy. Thank you for sharing your life!

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  21. He is so sweet! I always used to tell mine when they were little "It's a good thing you're cute!" I think God does that on purpose.

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  22. A sweet-smellin stinker if there ever was one. He's too cute.

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  23. so cute, my little guy has so many things I should be jotting down too :)

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  24. I love "tiggies!" My son used to call pizza, "fefees," and flowers, "flahdees." Oh how I miss "fefees" and "flahdees!"

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  25. Is is a swooner, indeed. My oh my. ps. love him rocking that blue!

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  26. found you on Melissa's blog....love your site, your words, your photos and your style :)

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  27. My daughter who is 44 years old now was about 7 or 8 at the time and we were sitting in a circle of little girls. The game was to say the name of an animal that began with the first letter of your name. She is thinking hard and when it's her turn she says, "I'm Debbie and I'm a daraffe. She had no idea how cute she was and I will always remember that one. I love your blog you are so sweet!

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  28. So darn cute! Why do they grow up so fast :(

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  29. Awwww...he sounds like the best handful ever! And he's adorable to boot.

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  30. Aww... what a cutie. Could you post some videos sometime Shannan? I would love to hear Ruby's lithp and Siley's "No! Dee! OOO!". :)

    Lovin' the naptime pajamas. Best idea since sliced bread.

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  31. Darling post! And the photo is soooo coo worthy. I am smiling looking at it! :)

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  32. "He remains the best-smelling child I have ever layed my nose on" ---with the possible exception of when he shoves the wet diaper up his shirt! ;) Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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  33. i'm so in love with your boy. he's extra-squishy, even (especially?) with that bit of kid popping up.

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  34. he's a doll. couldn't even tell he'd cut his hair. he does wear it well. good idea to jot all this stuff down. i wish i would have done more of that when my chicks were little.

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  35. I wish I could smell him. Now I'm super curious.

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  36. You are wise to log these things. My ten year old says "Shoshelle Shtudies" (Social Studies). He doesn't have a speech impediment, he just isn't getting this word. I correct him, but it is so stinkin' cute and I could really care less if he gets it right.

    Siley is cuute as pie.

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  37. When you record your love for Silas (and frankly, Calvin and Ruby, too) I fall a little more in love with him! "Meening, Mama! De pitty light!" Melt. And the diaper up the shirt...the neverending creativity and mysterious workings of the toddler mind.

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  38. My daughter (now 6) was the first grandchild in the family and "named" my mother Gee when she was learning to talk. Six grandchildren later, Mom is still and always will be Gee (or GeeGee) to my kids and my siblings' kids.

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  39. We are working on "No, thank you" with our nearly two-year-old. He seems to be doing the same as Silas. Instead of just "NO!" with a mean face, we get "NO, DEE!" ('dee' is 'thank you' for now). I guess manners take time! Thanks for sharing the love you have for your kids.

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  40. I TOTALLY laughed out loud! Totally! (in my office...with the door open!)

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  41. Oh the kidlets. they are the best stories.
    I love it.
    I blog for the same reason ;)

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