Here is a quick snapshot of Arthur right now! These first few months have gone so fast and my days of holding an itty bitty newborn are long gone. Arthur is getting so big and I love every chubby roll of him! Although I very much enjoyed having my first baby, there is something about the second that just can't be beat. I love that I get to experience this stage again without all of the uncertainty that comes with being a first time mom. Arthur is an easy going baby and I can't help but wonder if it is because I am so much more relaxed?! He is doing awesome in the sleep department and I am now a firm believer in the baby wise method. I read (and re-read) this baby wise sleep schedule and have been using it since he was about 3-4 weeks old. Not only has it made him a good sleeper, but it's also given me a loose schedule to follow which has helped me structure our days around nursing and nap time. Right now Arthur feels easy compared to his big brother, although I'm sure that will change on a dime as he becomes mobile! He is already scooting around a bit, rolling from front to back, and spending lots of time in his bouncer. The boys can't really play together (or fight!) yet, but I can already see a little relationship forming between them. Sometimes I catch Edwin reading him little books or serving him pretend food while Arthur is grinning away at him! It's really cute and gives me hope that in a couple of years they will be buddies. Edwin also started calling the baby "Arthie" which has stuck. We didn't have a nicknamed planned for him, but I kind of like Arthie.
Summer is officially in full swing over here. We've already been to the pool and the zoo and it's only the second week of June! Nick and I have been joking that summer is practically over already with all of the busy things we have on the calendar these next few weeks, it will likely go quick this year. Now that Edwin is a little older there are a few fun things I am looking forward to doing with him this summer. One of them was catching tadpoles! I rallied a group of friends to meet at a park and armed with buckets, scoopers, and strainers, the kids spent the morning catching tons of tadpoles and had a blast doing it. I planned a little "lesson" to go along and read the kids a few tadpole books, talked about the life cycle of a frog, and we even did a frog craft project. It was fun to plan something a little more structured for a play date, and it felt good to use some of my hard earned teaching skills. I'm also just amazed at the new stage of learning Edwin has reached lately. He is soaking up everything like a little sponge and I am realizing just how much this little person is capable of learning right now. I have a feeling we will find ourselves at this park again over the next couple of weeks, getting our feet wet, and watching the polliwogs grow!
Our little guy turns two months old this week, and just as I was hoping, has started flashing us those charming baby grins! Arthur is a good natured and predictable baby. He is a great eater, and I just want to smoosh those chubby cheeks all day long! He has started taking a bottle so I can get out of the house and coach Moms On The Run a couple nights a week too. I really debated whether or not I should coach right now because the season started when he was just 5 weeks old, but fitness has been such a passion of mine throughout the years that it feels really good to be pursuing something that I am interested in that is making a difference in the lives of other moms. I am really grateful to have found a little job that works well for my family right now.
Also, I wasn't really sure if I would continue to post baby pictures here. It's gotten more challenging for me to keep up with photography, creative hobbies, and blogging these last couple of years, but I would like Arthur to have a few baby pictures, seeing as I took about a million of his big brother. So, I'm going to hold myself accountable this year and at least pop in every couple of months with a baby pic or two. We are getting ready to take Arthur to our family cabin for the first time this weekend. Here's to our first real getaway as a family of 4!