Wednesday, September 17, 2014

He Slept Through the Night!

I know this little guy looks cute and all but don't let him fool you. Up until this week he had not given his mother more than 6 hours of sleep at a time. Whew! Trying to keep up with two boys and a crazy fur child (aka our dog) without a solid night of sleep can be super draining. 

So, despite teething and running a fever this little guy has given two nights in a row of at least 8 hours of sleep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Last night he slept 10 hours straight! Yeah!!!!!

I am hoping that this is not due to his sickness but to the fact that he is now sleeping in a crib instead of a bassinet. I began to wonder if he was waking up because he was uncomfortable in the bassinet. I will have to come back to this topic in a few days and document how this sleeping through the night thing is going! For right now I am one happy Mama! 

Have Patience!

Every parent loves when illness hits their families! Ok, or not! J was down from Thursday to Sunday and M got the same thing Tuesday and it is Wednesday. Along with being trapped in your house comes cranky kids and mothers. J has been especially grumpy today. He has multiple punishments even though we are doing fun activities like watching Mighty Machines (his all time favorite show) and playing with bubbles in the front yard (oh, he did spill almost a whole new container).

The main struggle I am having is that he wants everything his way. Or he wants what I have. This morning he wanted the plate that I had my toast on. He didn't want another plate just like it, he wanted my plate. Oh, then he wanted a piece of my toast. He wants my chair, toast, lunch, bubble wand. Anything that is mine he wants. ARG!!!!! I am guessing this normal behavior for a two year old but boy oh boy is about to drive me nuts! This afternoon he went to naptime without any lunch because he was just all over the place. He would request one thing and then another and then another and eventually he just got up from the table to play which in our house means you are done. So the next step in our day is naptime and so I helped him into his bed.

Do anyone else's kids exhibit this type of behavior or is mine the only one? Any parenting insights would be greatly appreciated! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

A Week of Firsts for J and M

This week marked a number of firsts for M. His first tooth broke through on the bottom right side. Let's just say that he is much more high maintenance then his brother. It would be super nice if he would just get all of his teeth at once so we can get the runny nose and fussiness over with but I am guessing I won't get my wish. Another first is he pulled himself from sitting to standing position. M is one determined little dude! He desperately wants to go and do whatever his brother does. I would not be surprised if M is crawling in the next couple of weeks and walking by eight or nine months.  

I put M in J's crib and they had a great time talking to George and Charlie! 

J was actually thrilled to share his bed! He thought this was fun!

We bought a watermelon at Costco and I needed to cut it up. I decided to J help me since he seems to enjoy helping me in the kitchen. I gave him a table knife and he went to town. I put a container for him to fill and one for me. He didn't get the concept of cutting the melon and saving it for later. He nicely cut his piece and ate the whole thing. I ended up filling up both containers with only half of the huge watermelon. We ended up giving the other half to our neighbor. This ended up with a shower for J and lots of laughter!

This is turning into a super long post but I could not leave these photos out. I had this brilliant but not so brilliant idea to make a pan of jello for J to play in. This was extremely messy and red was probably not the best color choice but J was extremely thrilled and M had a great time eating and watching him. The funniest part is that J never knew he could eat the Jello so he played almost an hour without once taking a bite. Overall it was a fun activity with a super cheap box of jello. 

Rules for Mommy and Daddy!

The last couple of weeks have been rather busy. It seems to be a pattern that is developing in our lives. M is changing and J is becoming more and more verbal. Tonight we sat down for supper and Aaron and I were both up and down between making hot tea to drink, finishing the cookies I was baking, and getting the few last items for dinner. All of a sudden J said something about waiting until everyone is done. He kept making comments about to Mommy and Daddy about waiting until everyone is done. Aaron and I realized that J was turning our house rules on us. It is a meal rule (for right now) that J sits at the table everyone is all done eating. We want to foster dinner time as a time to sit and touch base as a family and recently J has had very little interest in sitting with us. We came up with this little guideline to help set some boundaries. Aaron and I realized that J was taking that rule and applying it to his parents who were up from the table numerous times before everyone was done. Thanks J for reminding us that our dinner time is important family time and not the best time to finish up projects. :-) 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The last couple of weeks!

J has really been into finding tools and working hard at "fixing." We have been digging up our front flower garden so J has been helping there. He has spent most of his time playing in the large dirt piles created by this project. We realized that encouraging him to play in the flower bed was probably not the best idea as that will not be allowed once it is planted but it also saved us from investing in a sandbox for this year. :-) 

Train engineer work with Grandpa Great's hat! 

This is J's favorite way to spend his time. Hanging with Daddy fixing things!
J found a putty knife which he was using to "fix" the cabinet door. I didn't have heart to tell him that it didn't need fixing! 

I found these this morning on our piano bench. I think he found my stash of stamps. Thankfully there were only 3 left. 

Guess who has decided to now flip both directions, walk along the couch and try and crawl all in the last couple of weeks? Yeah! M is on the move so watch out J. He is coming for your favorite toy!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Who Knew?

This morning I was trying to get a few things cleaned around the house. I have had big case of paper towels sitting in the toy room for over a week waiting to be put away so I decided to get Josiah to help me. I showed him the spot in the closest to place them and he went to work while I finished sweeping the carpets. As I was finishing up I found him pulling the rolls from the closest and using them to build. Brilliant! The cardboard stacking blocks are ridiculously expensive and only serve one purpose. Paper towels stack and can also be used to for soaking and wiping purposes. J was having so much fun that he forgot to run to the bathroom. All of the pictures I took show proof of our accident. I am sure J will love these photos come high school graduation time! :-) 
We were listening to music and J wanted to drum so he set up a drum set. Again what could be a better toy than those wonderful paper towel rolls! J put together a 10 "drum" set and was thrilled with himself. I gave him a couple of wooden spoons to use as drum sticks. We cranked up the music and had a short jam session. These are the moments that I am learning to cherish. (Don't worry. Lunch time was followed up by an epic nap time meltdown so J is a normal two year old!)  
J was pretty thrilled with the new set up!

Drum, drum, drum!

M was generally thrilled with so much entertainment!

PS Those paper towels that have been out for a week or longer are still not put away. Oh well I guess they will be put away at some point. 

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Hold on Tight: Sleeping Is Quite the Ride!

I put M down for the night and went to get around for bed. When I came back this is what I found. He had a super tight grip on the side of the bassinet. I thought his hand and arm would probably fall asleep so I moved it but I could barely contain my laughter. I guess we all probably look pretty funny sleeping but this was great!