Here’s what’s happening…

Well, it has been a ridiculously long time since I’ve posted anything here. I honestly don’t know where the time is going! Anyway, the point is, it’s high time for an update, so here it is!

First of all, it’s more or less spring here in Istanbul. We’ve had some really nice sunny days, and then some really yucky rainy cold ones, but in general it’s been okay. There are buds and blossoms on the trees and flowers blooming. I am so looking forward to it being spring properly and having consistently nice warm weather! Istanbul is just sort of ‘blah’ in the winter, but in the spring, summer and autumn it is really fun and lovely and lively. Can’t wait for that!

Liam’s doing great. He just had his 18 month check-up on Monday. He’s nearly done with all his vaccinations and handled the three he got this week like a champ! He barely even cried for his two shots, although he did get a small fever later in the day. He’s recovered now though. The doctor said that is weight is average for his age, but by Turkish standards he’s the height of a two year old. I don’t really know how your average Turkish two-year-old measures up to American and Irish kids, but anyway, I guess he’s not short at least! In the past two weeks he suddenly got three more teeth, which was quite sudden since he had no tooth action going on since the beginning of August. There are more soon to follow; I can see all these lumps surfacing where he’ll be getting a few more molars soon. He handled all the teething pretty well too, considering he got so many all at once. A bit fussy here and there and definitely gnawing on things, but in a good mood over all.

We’ve been taking quite a few trips to local playgrounds on our non-rainy days. Liam is getting a bit more independent with playground equipment and can now go up small stairs on his own and down the short slides on his own too! He also loves the see-saw, which is really cute. But more than any of the actual playground equipment, he loves to just wander around the playgrounds and check everything out. He also got a kick out of chasing pigeons during our last trip. He was absolutely cracking up running up to them and watching them fly away. It was so cute!

He’s not talking yet, not really. However he does now say ‘uh oh’ and ‘wow/woah’. I don’t know what that says about him, but it is pretty funny. Maybe eventually he’ll get around to the whole ‘mama/dada’ thing. Who knows?

On non-Liam related news, I am now 22 weeks pregnant and I can’t believe how quickly things are going this second time around. I guess having a toddler to chase around just means I’m too busy to think about things too much and every day just feels so full, so it really makes the time fly by. I’ve certainly got a noticeable baby bump now and I’m feeling the baby wiggle and move a lot now. That part is really fun. It makes me actually feel pregnant finally! We’ve been talking more about baby preparation too, maybe changing rooms around, heading to IKEA to get a second crib, trying to figure out what the heck we’re going to name this kid! I really have no idea what it’s going to be like having two little people to take care of, but I am looking forward to it, no matter how crazy it will be!

Well, I guess that’s about it for now. Maybe I’ll finally get more organized soon and start writing a weekly update here instead of waiting months between posts! But don’t hold your breath. Meanwhile, here are just a few pics of Liam!

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