Tuesday, March 30, 2010

My Big Boy

Henry turned two a few weeks ago, and he has been making some huge developmental strides in the last month to celebrate. Just in the past four or five weeks, his vocabulary has gone from only about 10 words to being able to say just about anything. For so long about all Henry said was "uh! uh! uh!" accompanied by a stong pointing index finger, but all of a sudden, something clicked and now Henry talks. He repeats anything you tell him to say. It's so cute. He also started being interested in using the potty at bedtime like his brother. Tonight he went and as I was getting him into pajamas I was singing a song with a conga beat: "You went pee-pee in the paaaah-teee! Pee-pee in the paaaah-teee!" And he was singing along with me. It was awesome. I guess you had to be there.

Henry is so excited about doing big boy things. After we moved in last weekend, we decided to forego the anguish of reassembling his crib, with plans to buy bunk beds for the boys' room. Until we get the new bed, we just put his crib mattress on the floor with lots of "you've got a big boy bed!" grandeur. Henry was so excited. He laid right down on his bed and stayed in it! On the first night he spent in his bed I was expecting him to be in and out, in and out, repeating the MONTHS of anguish we endured training Owen to stay in his bed after transitioning out of the crib. But Henry came out one time. That's it. ONCE! I put him back in bed and he went right to sleep! And two nights later, he hasn't gotten out of bed at all! Owen came out three times tonight, but Henry stayed in bed. He's such a good boy.
Okay, maybe he doesn't exactly stay in bed, but pretty close!

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Best Birthday Gift Ever

I got an early birthday gift last week--keys! We closed escrow on our house last Tuesday, and since then have been working practically non-stop trying to fix it up before we can move in by the end of the month. We bought a foreclosure, so it needed some work. My parents came up from Tuesday until Saturday and we focused on the walls. By the time they had to go back home we'd torn down a huge built-in entertainment center, removed yards of wallpaper, repaired walls, had the roof fixed, torn out kitchen tile, and painted the whole house on the inside.

This is the enterainment built-in thing before we'd started. It was an eyesore--huge, not practical, and the first thing on my list to change out. We thought it would be super easy to just knock it down with a sledgehammer, but we were so wrong. It was actually framed into the house, with beams that went all the way up into the attic. My dad worked for three hours straight ripping it out. (He's awesome, by the way!)
This is how it looked after tearing it out. We knew we needed some professional help with the wall repair. I know a fantastic drywall guy now, incidentally! Take a look at the after shot! After the paint dried, you'd never know it was there. And the great room looks so much larger now. It really opened things up.
This week I'm scraping the thin-set mortar off the cement and tearing out carpet in preparation for laminate flooring in the living areas, kitchen, and hallway. I'm also taking out the old linoleum in the bathrooms and laundry and I hope to get tile in by the time my parents get back on Friday! Phew! Time to get back to work!