As 2009 wraps up, Preston is 15 months old and Bennett is 2.5 years old. They are both happy kids, and show obvious love towards one another and us daily. Though every day is not a walk in the park, they do play nicely most days and kiss and hug each other often (which are some of my favorite moments).
Bennett talks like crazy and her vocabulary continues to grow. She is singing several songs on her own (and fairly well): Jesus Loves Me, The ABCs, Twinkle Twinkle and now Jingle Bells. She still loves to read her books, and now enjoys "reading" to Preston before his afternoon nap. She has been potty trained for over 2 months now, and has very few accidents. She still has a pretty good appetite and eats most foods (with the exception of vegetables). She continues to get taller, but has become stagnant on the scale, weighing 28.5 lbs last week. She is very defiant and stubborn (don't know where she gets this from....), but is a very sweet little girl and makes me laugh every day with something she says or does. She LOVES to go to the doctor and doesn't cry when he checks her out, nor when she gets shots (she is very brave). Just so you know, we are letting her hair continue to grow, and I have given up with cutting her bangs every other week, so we are going to let them grow out too (just so you know in photos to come). If her hair continues to grow as quickly has it has been, perhaps she'll be able to be donate it to "Locks of Love" sometime in the future.
My little man, is shaping up to be a very good boy. Though he still has at least one night a week where he gets up in the middle of the night and needs to be rocked, he is so lovable and sweet. He loves to give kisses to everyone, and I love to tell him before bed to go give his Daddy and Bennett a kiss. He runs to them and kisses them and then runs back to his bedroom so he can get his "ba-ba." He loves to take showers/baths with anyone, and is definitely the cleanest person in the house because he baths with whoever is taking one! He is the WORST eater (I swear he thinks he could survive on crackers), but he does have a few staples in his diet and thankfully he enjoys breakfast. He typically only eats waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, mac-n-cheese, french fries, fish sticks, sometimes chicken nuggets, anything sweet, and of course any type of cracker! Because of his awful diet, we have resorted to giving him baby food for his vegetables and fruits (which his pediatrician says is just fine for those wondering). He weighs 26 lbs 1 oz, and his about 6-7 inches shorter than Bennett. He can say about 10 words, and is otherwise communicating by pointing, shaking his head or whining. We think he is starting to look more and more like Steve, and thankfully I think he has more of his personality than mine.
Both children have given us so much joy, and keep us busy (and tired). Thankfully they are both healthy and happy!