Oh boys, you are growing up so, so fast!
|Looking too cool headed for a walk downtown today…
the weather was gorgeous and you both were loving it!
I really cannot believe you will be turning two in a few short months!
On the other hand, I can believe it. I absolutely can.
You see, there is this “cute” little nickname for the tantrums and overall crankiness of toddlers at this age. It’s called, “The Terrible Twos.”
And, my sweet, precious little angels; you are advanced and decided to start this stage early.
As funny as you are, as much as I adore the sound of your running around in circles chasing each other and laughing with abandon, as silly, as snuggly, as sweet and as entertaining as you can be…
Well, how do I put this? You can be equally angry and throwing a full-blown tantrum in a matter of seconds.
It’s like a light switch.
This morning, for example, started off with you, Ben, screaming after Nathan woke you up by throwing his glowworm on your head. Nathan, you were jumping in your crib and laughing at your brother’s misfortune.
Fast forward five minutes…Nathan, you had to be peeled off the ground after screaming and banging your head on the floor because (Gasp!) I wouldn’t give you full banana. The nerve. Note: you have this fun trick of hiding bananas in between the cushions of the couch, I didn’t want to deal with that this morning.
In the meantime, Ben was able to open the small pantry door and retrieve a box of cheerios. Luckily, pouring the thousands (hundreds? I don’t know, I’m not a math person) of tiny round O’s all over the floor was a brilliant distraction and caused Nathan to start laughing again.
You two love each other more than I could ever describe with words. You have a bond that is so unique and deep that I will never understand it as a “singleton” (that’s what us “moms of multiples” call babies without a sibling sharing the same birthday and space in the womb…pretty clever, huh?). I absolutely love watching you play together. You have this adorable secret language and you are constantly making each other laugh.
Because of this deep love and bond with one another, you fight with passion and vigor. Most of the time, it is somewhat amusing and your dad and I can take it in stride. Some days, it is just plain exhausting. I know you will read this some day and I should probably make this sound super cheerful and rosy, but I want you to know the truth. That way, you can apologize when you have kids of your own. I know I owe your Nana & Papa a big apology. I was famous for my melt-downs as a kid. I guess this is all a part of the initiation into the world of parenthood.
And, you know what? I wouldn’t trade a single second. No way. Because the tears, screams, and tantrums make me hold you a little tighter when you snuggle up and give me a giant hug out of nowhere or a wonderfully sloppy kiss. Oh, the joys are so, so sweet.
|Ben: Sweet, joyful moment of snuggles with your best bud, Max.|
Just look at all of these sweet moments we spent together at the “farm” this weekend! You both LOVE to be outside and able to run around on our land.
|That smile will do some serious heart-breaking someday. Ladies, be warned.|
|Daddy dug out the pond and it has just started to fill up a teeny bit.
Someday, this will be your fishing hole!
|You both LOVE construction trucks. Riding in Daddy’s bulldozer was equal to a trip to Disney World. Thank goodness, because I can’t stand the lines at Disney.
I’ll milk this bulldozer riding thing for as long as I can.
|Cruising along on top of the giant hole in the ground – ahem – future pond.|
|Waving to Mama!|
|And, there it is. Tantrum. Nate, you did NOT want to get out of the bulldozer!|
|And, all is right with the world again. Sticks and dirt. Joy!!!|
|Heartbreaker #2. No joke. The ladies better watch out for these Marrs’ boys!|
|Joy. Joy. Joy!!|
Lastly, I wanted to share a couple of photos from our late celebration for Daddy’s birthday. Our friends, Scott, Katrin & Hannah, brought over supplies for delicious ice cream sundaes. This corresponded nicely with your 21 month birthday yesterday. You were both over the moon.
|Ben, you have your mom’s poker face. Play it cool. Act like you eat ice cream all the time.|
|See, Hannah is completely calm and methodical with the creation of her sundae.|
|This is SERIOUS.|
|Nathan’s facial expression is similar to mine when I see chocolate.|
|Working off the sundae calories doing “the Potty Dance.”
This picture makes me laugh. They are enthralled.
Ben and Nathan, there is no greater joy in my life than being your “mama.” You fill my heart with the so much love and happiness and laughter. More than I ever imagined knowing on this earth. God is so incredibly good. I am so blessed!
Happy 21 Months!