Josh’s birthday present

April 2014 has been a momentous month for our family and our lives will never be the same because of it.

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It kicked off with my having the long awaited surgery on my left arm. I won’t bore you with details here, I’ve already posted about it once and I’ll update again further along in my recovery. Thanks to the surgery I’m unable to work which means for the first time ever I’m a full time Dad. Granted, I can’t do much because of my arm, but I’m home 24/7 which takes a lot of getting used to.

In between taking care of the boys and resting my arm we’ve been frantically preparing for little Andrew’s birth. Theres a lot to do to get ready for having a baby in the house again. Thanks to the combination of baby chaos that had taken over our home, my bum arm, and my wife Kat being very pregnant, Josh’s 3rd birthday had to take a back seat. We decided to hold off celebrating it until after his Grandma Suzy arrives in a few weeks. Thankfully, he didn’t seem to mind.

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I asked Josh what he wanted for his birthday, he told me: “I want a pirate hat for Andrew so we can play pirates. Andrew needs a pirate hat because he’s in Mommy’s belly and he doesn’t have a hat in Mommy’s belly”.

So Josh’s birthday wish was to play with his new baby brother Andrew. Well, I guess Andrew took him seriously because Kat went into labor on Josh’s birthday (15 days before her scheduled due date).

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Several hours later we were blessed with our third beautiful baby boy. Andrew James Husted was born on Josh’s 3rd birthday at 4:44 pm on 4/24/14.

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They didn’t get to play pirates, Andrew mostly slept and ate, but Josh was still thrilled to have gotten a little brother for his birthday present this year.

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Why is your brother crying?

This morning I heard the boys fighting in their room.  Zack came running into the living room and I could hear his little brother Josh crying down the hall.

Me: “What happened?”

Zack: “Josh hit me.”

I could still hear Joshua wailing down the hall.

Me: “If Josh hit you why is he the one crying?”

Zack: “Because I told him to stop!”

He's still awfully cute for someone so violent.

He’s still awfully cute for someone so violent.

I wasn’t sure whether to believe this story or not until his little brother came out, still sniffling and upset, and tattled on Zack.

Josh: “Daddy… Zack won’t let me hit him anymore.”

Oh boy, it’s going to be a long day.

The boys later worked it out in the relative safety of their trampoline.

The boys later worked it out in the relative safety of their trampoline.

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Baby talk

As we get closer and closer to the due date for Andrew James, I’m trying to get our boys excited about the new addition to the family.

Move over Mickey, there's a baby coming to take your spot. Hope these two are ready for it.

Move over Mickey, there’s a baby coming to take your spot. Hope these two are ready for it.

Are you excited about getting a new little brother?

Josh: “His name is ‘Joshie’!”

Zack: “I have a brother named ‘Joshie’ too!”

Josh: “No, your brother is named ‘Zachary'”

Zack: “Hey, that’s my name!”

Josh: “Okay no, my baby brother’s name is ‘Vacuum Cleaner'”

Zack: “He no named ‘Vacuum Cleaner’, his name is ‘Chainsaw’!”

Josh: “Don’t put vacuum cleaners in your pocket.”

Zack: “No, pockets are for chainsaws”

Josh: “And baby brothers!”

At least they are kind of looking forward to the baby now, even if they do want to rename him. Don’t worry, when little “Chainsaw Vacuum Cleaner Husted” does get here, I’ll make sure to keep the boys from putting him in their pockets.

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How about baby?

I asked my sons Zack (age 4) and Josh (almost 3) what they thought about getting a new baby brother in just a couple months. These were their answers:

Zack: “I love baby Andrew. He lives in Mommy’s belly. When he comes out I’m not going to do anything with him.”

He's happy now, but we'll see how he feels when he has TWO little brothers to contend with.

He’s happy now, but we’ll see how he feels when he has TWO little brothers to contend with.

Josh: “Baby Andrew isn’t in my belly. I don’t want him in my shirts. I have my own shirts and baby Andrew is too little.”

I may have to live with him, but I ain't sharing my stuff with him.

I may have to live with him, but I’m not sharing my stuff with him.

Hopefully they’ll be a little more excited when we get closer to Andrew’s due date. I think we’ll have to work on this.

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Our Snow Day!!

Zack was the first to sound the alarm "It's Snowing!!"

Zack was the first to sound the alarm “It’s Snowing!!”

I had plans for this last weekend, I really did, but those all went out the window when Zack uttered those magical words “It’s snowing!” Josh soon joined him and was quick to point out “Look daddy it’s snowing outside. I love snow!” (This is especially cute being as he’s only been out in the snow once in his entire life).

Hey Mom, this white stuff is awesome!

Hey Mom, this white stuff is awesome!

Living in western Washington we don’t get to see snow very often and it’s quick to turn into slush. We had to act fast, so Kat and I decided on a change of plans. Out was the shopping trip to Costco. In was bundling up the family and going out to play in the white stuff. I’m sure the boys thought that we were crazy when we dressed them both in footy pajamas and then started layering outdoor clothes on top of it, but any argument they may have had quickly vanished as they realized that it was leading up to the entire family going out to play.

Okay Dad, now that we made these, what do we do with them?

Okay Dad, now that we made these, what do we do with them?

Neither of the boys has had much experience with snow so this was all pretty new for them. First on our agenda was going for a walk and once I showed them how to scoop up snow into snow balls, both boys were fascinated with making “snow blobs” of their own. They weren’t quite sure what to do with them however,  so they just carried them around for a while. Josh soon discovered that these “snow blobs” were the perfect size to be thrown, and Daddy made a great target. After that it was open season on me.

As expected, they team up against me. I suspect this won’t be the last time.

As expected, they team up against me. I suspect this won’t be the last time.

When we got back to the house we started building the kids’ first ever snowman. Zack was very helpful, making us a scale model that we could copy for the full sized one. Lacking rocks and carrots for a face we improvised with a broken toy fire helmet and pine cone, but I think it turned out just fine.

The boys put on the finishing touches on our "Snow Firefighter".

The boys put on the finishing touches on our “Snow Firefighter”.

By now we were completely soaked so we ran inside to warm up. While the kids had grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup we dried our boots over the fire and threw all our wet snow clothes in the drier.

After our pit stop it was back outside for round two. This time we stuck to our own yard and set to building a snow castle. The boys had a great time bringing me snow and enjoyed instructing me on where to put each part of the castle. In the end their design with two “windows” in front somewhat resembled a face, so Zack had me give it nostrils and a smile. Once I was done he told me “I love my Dragon Snow Castle” and gave it a hug, so I guess that means I did pretty good on my construction.

"This is the bestest castle ever!"

“This is the bestest castle ever!”

We didn’t get many of our chores accomplished on this “Snow Day”, but I think it was more productive in other ways. We had gone on a family walk in the snow together, the boys had had their first ever “snow blob” fight (aimed at me), we built their first snow man, and created their first snow castle. These family memories are more important than any “to-do” list, Costco can wait until next weekend.

Our happy little guys in their Snow Castle.

Our happy little guys in their Snow Castle.

Zack gives a hug of approval on the final product.

Zack gives a hug of approval on the final product.

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Toddler Photography Friday!

Zack, age 3, armed with the "old" camera we let the boys use.

Zack, age 3, armed with the “old” camera we let the boys use.

It’s that time again, Toddler Photography Friday! Hopefully seeing the strange little photos that my strange little guys have taken will brighten your day…

"Inverted Trampoline" Taken by Josh, age 19 months.

“Inverted Trampoline” Taken by Josh, age 19 months.

I had to check a couple times to make sure that, yes, this picture is not upside down. Either Josh was holding the camera upside down or he was standing on his head (which he is known to do).

"Happily Captured" taken by Zack, age 4.

“Happily Captured” taken by Zack, age 4.

I’ll never understand little boys obsession with laundry baskets, but Josh doesn’t seem too upset to be sandwiched between two of them.

"Tyrannosaurus Josh Stomps Tiny Airport" Taken by Josh, age 21 months.

“Tyrannosaurus Josh Stomps A Tiny Airport” Taken by Josh, age 21 months.

His path of destruction needed to be documented. Those little people toys didn’t stand a chance.

"Stroller-Cam!" Taken by Zack, age 3 1/2.

“Stroller-Cam!” Taken by Zack, age 2 1/2.

I’m not sure why Zack snapped this picture, but if you’ve ever wondered what the view from a jogging stroller looked like, now you know.

That’s it for now, more toddler shots next week.

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My typical morning…

An actual conversation with my kids this morning:

Zack: “I want milk”

Me: “Okay, here’s some milk”

Zack: “I don’t want the blue cup Daddy, I want it in the pumpkin cup.”(The cup with pumpkins on it)

Me: “Fine, here’s some milk in the pumpkin cup. Josh, you can have the milk I poured in the blue cup”

Josh: (crying) “I want pumpkin cup too!”

Me: “Okay, here’s some milk in the other pumpkin cup.” (I pour the milk into an identical second pumpkin cup)

Josh: (now screaming & crying) “No! I want pumpkin cup!” (Points to the cup Zack is drinking out of)

Me: “Zack, can you trade cups with your brother? I know they look the same, but he really wants the cup you have”

Zack: “But it’s MY pumpkin cup!”

*Both boys are now screaming and crying.*

Me: (trying to be patient) “I know that one is yours, but Josh would really like to trade with you. Could you be a good big brother and let him switch cups with you?”

Zack: hesitantly “Okay”

I swap cups and give each boy the milk that their brother was previously drinking out of. Josh takes a couple sips and finally stops crying.

Zack: “I want juice”

*Screaming starts again*

They're always so pleased with themselves when they've worn Dad down to a frazzle.

They’re always so pleased with themselves when they’ve worn Dad down to a frazzle.

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