Family Update

It's been a while since I did my random what's-up-with-my-family post. To get the bad stuff out of the way, it seems like Liz's grandmother isn't going to last long. She's lived a long life (I believe she's in her mid-90's) but that fact doesn't make it easier for Liz. She's going down for three days over Thanksgiving to hopefully see her again...or attend a funeral.

On a brighter note, the boys are doing good. Hayden's personality is starting to really take shape. He's not as "stiff" as he used to be. This summer he started to lose his timidness and he's more outgoing. I'm also able to have complete conversations with him now and it's amazing to see a young mind pick up new things. He's also pretty funny: a couple of nights ago we had Jimmy John's for dinner, and when we got to the dessert (the cookies) Hayden looked at me as I started to eat mine, and said, "holy mackarel, that's a big cookie!" Quite funny. He's also pretty much potty-trained. He still has the occasional accident but that's becoming less and less of an occurance. We need him to get him to use the toilet rather than the little potty and he's still wearing a pull-up at night, but we'll be addressing those shortly. With him, it's a combination of encouragement and a little bit of forced change. Sometimes we just need to let him make the decision to change himself. Just recently he decided that he no longer wanted his booster seat at the kitchen table. That happened out of the blue and completely on his own.

Ryan seems to be on opposite ends of the spectrum. On the one hand, he can be extremely obstinance and defiant. He's a very picky eater - I mean very picky eater. We've tried to "force" him to try new things but that completely backfired, so we've resorted to the "you-don't-eat-it-you-go-hungry" approach. I think we were spoiled with Hayden because he'll eat lots of things, and he'll at least try new things. I was a very picky eater when I was younger and ended up with some terrible eating choices. I really don't want him to end up doing that too, so we're hoping that he'll eventually start to realize that being hungry at times isn't worth it. On the other hand, he's a hilarious kid with a sweet giggle who has lots of energy. He's also picking up words and phrases a lot quicker than Hayden did (he also knows "no" and uses that a lot which is a little annoying). He's already speaking sentences of up to 6 words; Hayden didn't start doing that until he between 2 and 2 1/2 years old.

Liz is doing well. Right now with the boys being so young and close together in age they drive her nuts at times, but she's a wonderful mother to them. I think she'll eventually want to start working part-time again in the near future, even if it is just one night a week for a couple of hours, just to get out of the house more without the boys.

And me? Doing just fine, thank you :). I just started a new gig...people keep asking me, "how is it?" Frankly, it's too early to tell. As with all the clients I work for I don't disclose details but with this client there seems to be some really strange NDA issues so I'm trying to be as mum as I can be about it. So far it's 2 months of requirements and analysis, which is something I haven't done a lot of. Meaning, this is taking a more traditional approach being rather waterfall-ish and I feel like a fish out of water. I'm used to just going right out of the gate with a combination of design, implementation, analysis, etc. and that's not how this is going. But it's a gig and it's not as bad as I'm probably making it sound. On the home front, I'm doing the normal stuff: reading, playing video games, playing a bit of music, spending time with the family, and sleeping :)

* Posted at 11.25.2008 07:23:11 AM CST | Link *

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