Sunday, November 18, 2012

2 Years Already

RJ,

It is very hard to believe that you are two years old. We celelbrated your birthday on October 17th, and your homecoming on November 6th.

You have turned our lives upside down. I now know much more about the Wiggles than I ever thought I would. You love the Big Red Car, you stand in front of the TV and say Car Car Car, and point to the DVD player. You also still like Elmo and Ernie on Sesame Street, along with Caillou on Sprout.

Your speech is getting better and you are saying more and more words. We can't always understand you, wich gets you frustrated at times, but you do manage usually to get your point across.

You continually surprise every day with what you know. Tonight you started playing duck-duck-goose which we didn't even know you knew how to play, you must have learned it in daycare.

Every day you continue to challenge me to be better than I think I ever can be. You are such a smart little boy, too smart for my own good. You are getting around quite well now, able to get up and down the furniture, you have no fear, often falling down, bumping your head and laughing about it.

You continue to be such a pleasant young boy, you waive to people you see, you love to laugh and make others laugh.

You are such a blessing to everyone that you encounter. Again, I have said this before and I will say it again, you have no idea the impact you have made on our family and friends, and I do not think you will ever realize it.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Moments that Matter

Moment 1:
RJ woke up. I went to see what was wrong. He was standing in his crib. I asked did he need a new diaper, he said yes. I changed him, he was practically falling asleep while changing him. I finished, picked him up, put him back in his crib and he wasn't happy. I asked did he want me to hold, he said yeah. I picked him, he pointed to the rocking chair and said sit. So I sat down while holding him, rocked him for a bit. I stood up thinking he was ready to go back to sleep, he said "no, sit" So we sat back down rocked some more. I could tell he was getting restless, I asked him did he want to go back in the crib, he said yeah. I asked did he want to go back to sleep, he said yeah. I laid him in his crib, he asked for his blanket, I covered him and back to sleep he went.

Moment 2:
 I couldn't sleep. When in to check on RJ. He was awake, looked at me and I saw him shiver a little bit. I asked did he want his blanket back on him, he smiled, put his head down, covered him and back to sleep he went.

Monday, September 17, 2012

No!

Once again, much time has passed since I last posted. You continue to grow and change everyday. The latest trend is you have learned to say no. As we are officially one month away from your 2nd birthday, no has become a regular part of your vocabulary. Right on schedule from what I hear.

So, what is going on in your life. You have become a big cousin. Your cousin Justin Peter was born on 9/16/2012. You got to meet you cousin, and you did so good. You patted his head and gave him a kiss. You also wanted to take him for a walk in your stroller in the worst way.

You are off and running and becoming more and more independant every day. You now like to wash your own hands, you love pushing the stroller. You have become a kissing bandit, kissing everyone and everything in sight when the mood hits you.

You have been pacifier (nuk) free for about a month now, and like with everything else, you did so well with it. Only one night did you really have complain.

In addition to the word no, mom has become your favorite word. You are all boy, love to throw balls, and anything else you get in your hands, you fall and you laugh, you headbut me and you laugh. You catch on to everything so quick. It is amazing, and every day it seems you do something new where both your mom and I say, where did you learn to do that.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Always Expect More

RJ,

We have lots to cover since last I blogged.

I will cover more of that at another time. If you are like me, you will always want more, and expect more. There is nothing wrong with that. Never settle for less. My hope for you is that you find out what you want to do with your life early on and are able to pursue it.

My hope is you find your passion, your dreams, and you do whatever you must do to make those dreams come true. If there is one lesson you learn from me, I hope that is it.

Don't let anyone tell you, that you can't achieve your dreams. Don't let anyone tell you your dreams and goals are unreachable. You can do whatever you want if you set your mind to it, and I hope that is something you learn early on in life.

 I wish for you a life without thinking what could have been.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Hey Now, You're an All Star

RJ,

We had a very busy and trying week. You will never remember this, but for the first time since (1974?) the AA Eastern League Baseball All Star game was held in your hometown of Reading PA/ We got to go to the Home Run Derby and to the all star game itself. I only wish you would have been a bit older so you could understand. But you did so good, You were mimicking the players as they threw the ball. A nice couple even gave you a foul ball that was hit during the all star game that we will save for you. You did so good during both events, you watched with fascination and I only wish I could know what was going on in your mind.
You liked all the mascots, including Bloop the Dog, Quack the Duck, Changuep the Turtle, Screwball, and Bucky the Beaver. You did like them, however from a distance. When I brought you up close, it was a bit of a different story.


Saturday, June 16, 2012

My 2nd Fathers Day

Here we are RJ, as you will help my celebrate my 2nd Fathers Day. Our first fathers day, your mom took us to the Reading Phillies game where we got to play catch on the field. Granted there was not much catch going on, and you will probably not have any rememberance of it, other than in the the pictures we took. It was still a special moment for me, being able to have you out with me on a professional baseball field. I remember it was a pretty hot day that day, and I think you fell asleep by the 2nd inning and we probably left by the 5th.
You have changed so much in the last year. Probably the best present you give me now, is your laugh and your smile. You have a smile that could melt the coldest heart.
I do the dumbest things, the most non-sensical things that I can think of, and you laugh like it is the funniest thing you have ever seen in your life. That is the gift you give me, not only on Fathers day, but the whole year round.
I love you my son, you make the most difficult job I have ever had (being a father) so very rewarding, and as frustrated as I get sometimes, your smile and laugh make it all worthwhile.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Say my name....

Rj, this past Saturday, for the first time ever you said your own name. You said it over and over that night as we made a fuss over it. Since then, whenever we ask what your name is, you just keep putting both hands on your chest. :-) We had two parties this past Sunday, and you really wore out me, your mom and both your grandmothers. You just keep wanting to explore more and more, and going up and down steps fascinate you. The problem is, you are not just content in going up and down the steps, in the way that most toddlers do, you want to try to go up and down like we do. Going up is ok, going down.....not so much, luckily we have been there to catch you. You are starting to spoon feed yourself, although after a while you resort to using your hands and fingers. You seem to like avoid going to sleep by asking for drinks. We are still not sure if you are really that thirsty, or if you are trying to kill time so you do not have to go to sleep. Hats, and Sesame Street are your big things right now. Elmo and Cookie monster are big hits, and you trying to say cookie (in the cookie monster voice) is very entertaining. You have also started doing a sssshhh shound after you scream, taking a page from me and your mom you try to ssshh you after you scream. You like to make a game out of everything, even the simplest things. You can not just come and sit on my lap, you need to walk backwards and then fall backwards on to my lap. You are developing quite the little personality, and like to be the center of attenton. If you are not, you do whatever you can to draw attention to yourself. (ps I seem to have the same affliction) You continue to want to touch things we keep telling you not to, ie our computers, our phones our remotes etc.... Our saying no seems not to deter you, but only serve as a challengs. I catch you with the remote, you throw it on the ground and runaway like you had nothing to do with it. You are so smart, and continue to test the limits, especially my limits. The funny thing is that I always thought myself to be too selfish to be a dad, and that is still a very real fear I have, but you continue to teach me and challenge me to become a better person and parent. Someone who makes me want to be better than what I am. And for that I thank you.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Too Much Time Has Gone By

RJ, I apologize for not updating this more frequently. Life has been kind of hectic since my last post. You have been in day care 2 days a week for the last 3 months. You would think that would have freed up some more time for me to update this, but it really hasn't. You may want to know what else I am doing with my time, well between real estate and then also I was appointed to Reading City Council. I will tell you more about that when you get older...... So what is new with you. You are becoming a little tazmanian devil, into everything, very fast, and leaving a mess in your wake. You have started doing sign language, you tell us you are hungry, thirsty, you want more, say please, and all done using signs. You are not a man of many words yet, you are starting to say words like all done, upstairs, down, yeah sometimes juice, and tonight you added car to your vocabulary. A funny story from tonight that I will be sure to use against you for years to come, today you wanted a drink, you had water in your cup, you wanted no parts of the water. I took your cup and gave you some juice with the water. You still carried on, still thinking it was water in the cup. I showed you the juice, you smiled and let out the biggest "oh" and drank the cup of juice. What else is new with you? You are quite the little tease at this age. You like to reach out for us, then pull your arms down and run away. You also love to act like you are going to give us something, then pull it away at the last moment. You wear out your grandmothers every visit, and love to explore every nook and cranny of their homes. You are so curious about everything around you. You want to touch everthing. Speaking of touch, we took you to the Please Touch Museum on our anniversary. You had a blast and were worn out after a couple hours. You seemed most interested in the super market and mixing foods. The first thing you picked at the super market was tastykakes krimpets. A son after my own heart. You love sliding boards at this age and had your first ride on a swing over the weekend. You have had your first two sleepovers away from Mommy and Daddy. You first was with Uncle Rob, Aunt Dianna, Robby, and Kelsey. YOur second was with the Kentons, Eileen, Rick, Brittany, Briana, and Kyle. You did so good with both and were a very good boy, (and sleeper) both times. You have been finger feeding for a while now, however you are getting quite good with the fork and spoon (although you seem to always want to fall back on the fingers, even with applesauce). You are getting so independant, you are no longer happy with us feeding you, you want to do it all yourself. It has been an amazing year and a half so far, and there are much more good times to come. You continue to bring so much happiness to everyone you know. You are developing quite the little personality, usually very happy, but also wanting more and more to do things your way. I promise I will try to keep this more up to date. I hope that this will bring as many smile to your face when you are older and get to read this as you have brought to mine.