William Cotton Sheets- born 10:33am, 6 lbs.Will is my sweet, sensitive, sneaky, and mischievous little guy. He likes to play with trucks and cars, and any of his toys can be transformed into cars (in his little mind). His first love, though, is basketball. I can not tell you how many times I hear him say 'back-it-baawwll' during the day. It's the first thing on his mind in the morning, and he always wants to shoot a few before eating breakfast. He has a cannon for an arm, and he can throw a ball clear across the room. He would MUCH rather watch ESPN than any other kids shows or movies. Everything that is a circle is a basketball in his world. He will even see a period '.' in a book and point to it and call it a back-it-baaawwlll. Will is also the most clumsy child I know. I thought about counting how many times he falls during one day, but I lost track... He just can't quite stay on his feet. Anyone can become a best friend to Will if they read him a book (and play Bball with him, of course!) He doesn't talk quite as much as Levi, but he is getting there. His vocabulary consists mostly of: eehhpane! (airplane), deeeees (cheese), back-it-baawwwll, baaaabbyyyy (he loooooves babies), bubbles (he says this one loud and clear!), and a LOT of mumbling (he gets that from his dad....and uncles....and papadoc...and great-grandaddy....). We don't understand him when he mumbles, so he will grab our chin, turn our face towards his, bring us in really close, and repeat his quiet mumbling. It's one of our favorite things that he does these days. There's just something about his small, soft hands trying to get our full attention that makes us laugh every time!
Levi Blake Sheets- born 10:34am, 5 lbs. 7 oz.Levi is allll boy. His normal pace is running. He runs everywhere he goes. He is my little ham who likes to wave 'ah-low' at everyone we see- in the grocery store, at a stop light, at church...etc. He has a new phrase that he likes to say when someone asks him how old he is. He first says, "I not baaaaby..." while nodding his head...then he'll hold up two fingers and say, "I twooo". Most of his sentences start with "I want..." and end with "eeat, juuice, daaad, papa/papaw, wa-wa (water), otsiiiide, it-neee (Whitney), aayyya (Ava)". Levi is our morning guy. He wakes up at 7:30 sharp regardless of what time he goes to sleep. He loves to watch the airplanes fly over our house, and he loooves to play basketball, baseball, golf, football...or anything the big kids are playing. Levi is always on the go. He will play with a toy for a few mintues, and then it's on to the next thing, and the next, and so on. I guess most two year olds are this way, but it's very opposite of his brother who sticks with one thing until it's totally accomplished. His favorite food request these days is 'cha-chock' (chocolate). He takes after me in that area!
I think back to this day two years ago, and I am reminded of how miraculous life is. I remember the nervous anticipation while waiting in the hospital room for the c-section to begin. (Zach more nervous, and me more anticipating) I remember those last few kicks I felt in my tummy right before the numbing took place. And I remember Dr. T holding Will up above the curtain so I could see my wide-eyed, dark haired baby boy for the first time. It is an image that I don't think I can ever forget. Then, the sounds of Levi's first cries as he took his first breaths. It was an amazing moment to experience....the little, unseen babies that were kicking my ribs were now my sons to hold, kiss, and stare at for hours....months, and now years. I still find myself sneaking in to peek at them while they sleep, and there are days when I'm not sure if I can stop kissing them. There are days when I want to freeze time to savor a moment, and then there are days that I count down the hours until bed-time. I am so thankful to be able to experience motherhood, and I am truly blessed to have Will & Levi as my sons. I can't imaging what the next 2 years will hold, but I am soaking up the time I have with them as my little guys.
Happy 2nd Birthday, Will & Levi! We love you!