Leo is five!!! It’s hard to believe my little baby Leo is the five year old boy we know today, it seems to have happened so quickly. I am enjoying his increased maturity. We still have our issues we’re working on (not bumping into Suvi every 20 minutes, being able to sit and eat without falling over, just eating in general, etc), but overall things are good. And I’m so proud of my sweet pea. It almost seems like he’s gone through a mini puberty, in his transition from preschooler to an elementary school aged kid. He has gotten a little taller and thinner, his face looks more mature, and he suddenly even has more hair on his legs! His haircut, of course, makes him look older as well. He went from this:
Leo HATES getting haircuts, the feeling of any little hair pieces falling on his skin makes him go into a complete panic. His previous haircut had gone so badly I promised him I would never make him get a haircut, it would always be his choice, and he was happy with the idea of growing out his hair for the rest of his life! But before our big trip up to Syracuse, Leo wanted to buzz his hair like Papa had just done, in order to play a trick on Grandma and Grandpa. Only Leo’s love of tricking people could top his hatred of sitting still and getting a haircut!
In early August I took Leo and Suvi on a flight to Syracuse, to visit Grandma and Grandpa for a week. Greg couldn’t go because of work, and I was terrified of flying alone with the kids. But we survived! Leo was great on the plane, and required very little attention, other than the time mid-flight that he panicked about the feeling in his ears and started writhing and thrashing around for a minute. I spent most of the time bouncing Suvi up and down, attempting to keep her from climbing all over the seat in front of us, and the giant man next to us, who she seemed to just love. I was happy to get off that plane and get to Grandma and Grandpa’s where my reward was a week with very little responsibility.
Suvi was just about seven months old then, and had been belly flopping around for a while. But during our week in Syracuse she started real knee crawling, and also pulling up to standing and cruising. I felt like I returned home a week later with a totally different baby, her skills had changed so quickly!
Leo had such a great week, and I think Suvi did too, although it took her a couple days to lose her fear of Grandma.
playing Guess Who:
at the park:
asleep in the bucket swing!:
a bath in the sink:
a carousel ride!:
For Leo’s birthday he really, really wanted a Lego Minecraft set, after being introduced to Minecraft and Lego Minecraft at cousins Ian and Lukas’ house. He asked every day, every hour, for the entire week before his birthday, breaking down when I said no each day to driving to the store and buying him a set, running out the front door and sitting in the mulch, crying tears of despair. He was pretty excited to finally get this set on his birthday:
The night before Leo’s birthday, Greg and I stayed up past midnight, assembling the trampoline Mimi sent him, as well as baking and decorating his cake. I made meringue mushrooms to top his cake, and Leo thought it was hilarious to see his cake covered in a crop of mushrooms:
We didn’t make many plans, and had a great low key birthday spent mostly at home. Leo just wanted to play with Legos anyway, and spent most of the day building with his much anticipated new set. Grandpa was in town and was able to come out and celebrate with us, too!
The weekend after Leo’s birthday we visited Mimi in VA, where we also got to see Aunt Brandi, Uncle Damon, Uncle Johnny, Aunt Azi, and even Great Grandpa! And Leo got to eat more cake and got another Lego Minecraft set from Uncle Johnny. Which worked out well for us, as Leo would build for hours with Legos each morning, while we were up 3 or 4 hours earlier than everyone else!:Suvi with Great Grandpa:at a rest stop on the way home, Leo gently pushing Suvi’s limits:
Building with Legos has been one of Leo’s favorite activities these days. We have a baby gate between our baby-friendly living room and our screened porch, which has turned into Leo’s Lego Lair. Some days he will sit for hours and build with Legos by himself, which has been the first time he’s done anything alone for hours. It doesn’t happen too frequently, but when it does its amazing.
Suvi is almost nine months old! She changes so fast. She has four teeth now, she cruises around, constantly exploring, getting in to everything. A week or so ago, while on her potty, she just stood up, arms in the air. She can stand for a few seconds at a time now, but can’t stand up yet from a sitting position.
Suvi no longer is a great sleeper, now that she’s not a newborn, but a busy, active baby. But I just compare her sleep issues to Leo’s at this age, when I barely slept at all, to make myself feel better when I’m feeling frustrated. Overall, Suvi is quite easy going, and usually self entertaining, which I appreciate. She loves to dance, bopping up and down the second any music comes on, or even if we read a book with rhythmic rhyming. Suvi is more interested in books now than she was a couple months ago, and loves book time with Mama and Papa. She also will sit for quite a bit of time taking all the books off the book sling one by one, flipping through the pages on her own. Her current favorite book is Llama Llama Zippity Zoom!
Despite not the being the champion sleeper that I would wish, Suvi does seem to be a champion eater. She loves food! She will often sit in her high chair for so long, eating and eating as I keep bringing out more food. Last night she ate three little cups of oatmeal, and several servings of venison stew, all while making the humming “mmmmmmm” noise she makes when she is very focused on something.So far Suvi seems laid back, but definitely makes her feelings known when she wants to. If a toy gets taken, or she has to endure unwanted diaper or clothing changes, etc, she’ll get in your face and let out some loud angry shouts. She’s also got some strong preferences for either Mama or Papa, and will let us know who she wants to be held by! Suvi LOVES Papa, and crawls right up to him when he gets home from work, crying to be picked up immediately. She fusses and cries when he has to get off his boots and wash his hands first, and once Greg is finally holding her she won’t let me hold her or him put her down for at least 5 or 10 minutes, desperately clinging to his shirt if I get near her! After the extreme Mama attachment that Leo had, it feels so foreign to be shunned by my baby (unless she’s tired, then she cries for me, the milk-maker). I think its so sweet, and feel relieved as well!One of my favorite things lately has been Suvi’s expressions. She can scowl like no other baby! Everywhere I go people start gushing over how cute Suvi is, and then she turns to them, makes eye contact, and gives them the most evil looking, piercing scowl! Its amazing. I think Suvi has a sense of humor, and does it for the reaction she gets. She’ll scowl at me sometimes until she can’t hold it anymore, and break into a laughing smile.
I haven’t yet captured some of the most intense scowls, but here are a few:about to smile:
Oh, my sweet peas. Here are some pictures from a couple months ago of Leo and Suvi in our pond, our favorite place to be when surviving our no air conditioning summer life:
and the original scowler in the family (unless thats really me…):