Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Milestones (Warning: I talk about poop here.)

Dear Jeremy,

You've done a LOT of growing up over the past couple of months. You're daytime potty trained now, and you've graduated from your crib to sleeping in a bed.

Quite a few of our conversations are about wearing "big boy pants" and sleeping in a "big boy bed".  I'm really proud of you.

You have also made me the proud owner of three tiny potties. One for upstairs, one for downstairs, and one that I keep in the car in case you have an emergency.  One of my friends gave me the brilliant idea of keeping one in the trunk of my car, in case you have to go while we are at a park and there is not a bathroom nearby. I thought it was genius, but so far, you haven't needed to use it. I think you have a bladder of steel.

Also? I think you might be inheriting my appreciate for bathroom humor. Whenever you poop, you ask me to come into the bathroom, close my eyes, and then open them for the big reveal. Once I've looked, you enthusiastically tell me what shape the poop formed in the potty.

"Look, Mom! It's triangle poop!"

"Look, Mom! It's snake poop!"

"Look, Mom! It's tree poop!"

Seriously, your ability to see shapes in poop rivals that of the best cloud-gazers!

Once you show me your poop, I usually do some kind of celebratory cheer and dance. And if I forget, you're not shy about reminding me that you'd like some kudos for your good work.

What can I say, Jeremy? You keep our house full of fun, and your enthusiasm for life is contagious! I have a feeling (and I sincerely hope) that aspect of your personality is here to stay!

I love you with all my heart,

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


I thought it might be fun to talk a little bit about the boys' hair! They both have great hair, but it is very different from one another. In the summer, I was keeping their hair pretty short, but I've been letting it grow ever since school started, so now we've got some serious curl action going on!

Jeremy's hair is jet black and has a shiny gloss to it. In truth, the boy doesn't know the meaning of a bad hair day. His hair makes Patrick Dempsey's hair jealous. I took these photos of the boys one morning shortly after washing and styling it. He has curls that are tighter around his forehead and neckline/back of head, but looser loopy curls on top and on the sides.

Zachary's hair is dark, dark brown with tighter curls than Jeremy's. In fact, Zachary's curls might better be referred to as coils. I think his hair is cool because it forms natural "twists"!

The below pictures were taken after waking up in the morning. Jeremy's hair get's "bigger", but it doesn't really get frizzy. With just a spritz of water/lotion, he's back in business!

Zachary's hair on the other hand...well, let's just say that it gets the frizzies. Here is little dude with his morning "halo".  His hair can also be tamed by spritzing it with water and reapplying some styling cream.

I've tried several different products on their hair to see what produces the most defined curls without drying it out. And so far, the best thing I've found is Cetaphil cream. It comes in a tub, and I apply it to damp, towel-dried hair immediately after washing. It's been a great styling tool, because it gives it a "gelled" look without drying it out. In fact, it actually moisturizes the hair, which is what black hair always needs!

Monday, February 27, 2012