Meet this week’s boy mom, Sarah! She’s a mom of two sweet boys, Ethan and Weston. Sarah and her husband, Thad, own a photography business called 2&3 Photography.
I love the story behind how the name of their business came to be:
In order to communicate from a distance, while in college, we would hold up either 2 or 3 fingers. The numbers stand for the syllables in “gorgeous” and “beautiful.” So if Thad wanted to tell Sarah she was beautiful from a distance, he would flash 3 fingers. If Sarah wanted to tell Thad he was gorgeous from a distance, she would flash 2 fingers. We would always refer to one another as the number and eventually it stuck.
From 2008 to 2009, they took part in a 365 photography project that required them to take a picture together everyday for a year. Love this idea! You can read more about them here.
Now let’s meet Ethan and Weston!
Ethan (8/10) and Weston (10/13)
Describe your sons.
Weston is easy to describe as he is only 3 months old. He’s always hungry, laid back, and smiles at everyone. We think he’s going to be our social butterfly, and our sneaky one. He’s very good at concealing when he’s going to spit up or pee (I’ve been hit more times in the past few months than I ever did in the past three years with Ethan!).
Ethan is my strong, silent one until he gets to know you – then he is never quiet. He’s very active and loves to get into everything. Of course, tractors and trains are his favorite things, so we watch videos on them a lot. If it’s nice outside, we have to be outside digging in the dirt or driving his tractor or Lightening McQueen power wheels around the property. He’s very stubborn, which he gets from both my husband and I, which makes nap time and bed time entertaining.
How do you stay calm when surrounded by ALL that energy?
I take deep breaths. I am a licensed school counselor and my husband was a HS teacher, so we have learned/practiced patience. We are blessed to both be able to work at home now (photographers), so we do get to tag team.
How do you instill gentlemanly behavior, actions, thoughts?
We are focused on him using his manors, and made sure to start that early. Before Ethan would talk a lot, we used sign language and taught him sorry, please, thank you, etc. We plan on doing that with Weston as well.
What do you like to do with your sons?
Anything. Though I am a little tired of trains, it’s fun to hear him talk to me about them (the boy loves steam locomotives). We like going for walks/hiking as long as it’s nice out. Cooking – Ethan helps me mix as much as he can.
Weston likes to talk to you. As long as you talk to him, he will keep his attention on you and give you the biggest smile.
Where is your favorite place to shop for them?
The Kids Exchange (the biggest consignment sale). Honestly, I’m not much of a shopper, so when the Kids Exchange comes around (twice a year), I stalk up on what we may need for the year. Ethan is long and lean, and it gives me the opportunity to see what brands will work for him. I’ll be doing the same thing for Weston (though he will have hand-me-downs to work with).
How do you maintain close relationships with your sons as they age?
So far, Ethan likes to incorporate us in his play and Weston is my snuggle bud. Doing the same things that Ethan likes helps keep us close – playing trains with him or going for a walk to see tractors.
What type of sports or activities do they participate in?
No sports yet, as you have to be 4 years old before getting into any here. But, he will be doing them! I’m thinking soccer (he loves to run), and basketball runs in my family (plus he likes throwing things, which could be turned into shooting).
What are some books/series your sons like to read?
He loves any books with trains/trucks, so we have a lot of those. We are also currently enjoying Little Critter books.
How do you handle violence in play? Some of this is normal “boy” behavior, but when do you feel it crosses the line? How do you guide them?
I grew up with an older sister, and we were always rough-housing. We mention clean rules (no biting, hitting, kicking). We haven’t needed to handle this a lot yet, so here’s hoping we don’t have to!
I love being a boy mom because ______
I get the best cuddles. The saying “Mama’s Boys” holds true!
Give us your best boy mom tip!
Don’t worry about getting dirty – it’s going to happen one way or another.
Weston is now almost 7 months and has turned into such a talkative ham! Ethan loves to talk to him and make him laugh – and can get very loud shouting peek-a-boo or other random words (like mustache). I can already foresee the many wrestling matches and games of who can be louder.
Both my husband, Thad, and I have an app on our phones called One Second Everyday. We take little videos everyday and the app will compile those one seconds into a huge video. I absolutely love it because we can see how big they are getting in only a few minutes. The video I attached is the one I shot a few weeks back (you get to pick which second you want). Ethan got up early and was cuddled in bed with me when he noticed Weston was awake. He got out of our bed and went straight upstairs to his little brothers’ room. Luckily, I had my phone with me and was able to record Weston’s morning greeting. This happens quite a bit, though they are a little more chatty and loud now.
Make sure to check out Sarah’s personal blog, Lawrence Fusion.
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