23 Months Old PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 24 January 2013 16:28

Micaiah has this new habit of begging to get in my bed right after he wakes up. It just started this week, and I am pretty sure this is his way of weening. (He has been nursing once a day for several months now, slowly weening himself.) Around Christmas, things were crazy busy and he went a couple days without nursing. We both just kinda forgot. And you know what? Those couple days were AWFUL. He was irritable and sooooo clingy. I was on edge and could not function because he was crying at me to hold him constantly. Then Daniel pointed out that he had not nursed. I nursed him that night, and he was back to his normal happy self. He was clearly not ready to ween. He felt "off" and no matter how much of my time was spent with him I could tell he felt a loss of connection between us during those two days.

But this week he has (on his own) just stopped asking to nurse, and instead he has started asking to lie in my bed with me. We will snuggle and talk a little bit. He will ask if my hair is wet from the shower and then tell me that he had another dream about waffles. Sometimes he even asks to watch a veggie tales video on my phone. But we mainly just snuggle. Then after he gets his snuggling fix, he sits up and asks to go see Rye-Rye. :)

These few moments each day are so special to me. In less than two weeks my baby will be two years old. He has always been my snuggly baby, but the older he gets the busier he gets. Which means less snuggle time for Mama. He will run up to me and hug me and give me kisses dozens of times during the day, but then he is running off as quickly as he came. So, I am obviously loving this time together and will continue to just soak it all in for as long as I can.

Oh, how I love this sweet baby!

 
Top Three PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 December 2012 14:12

Merry Christmas, everyone! 

Yeah, I know. I'm a few days late. But we are ridiculously busy during Christmas with extended family stuff, so I am going to cut myself some slack, ok? Ok. 

We had such a good Christmas! My grandma came in from out of town and we spent several evenings over at my parents house soaking up time with her and the fam. We also got to see both sets of families on Christmas day AND even had a couple hours of downtime somewhere in there! Down time is a major "win" when you have both sets of family in town! Usually we are running around like crazy trying to fit everyone in, but having two hours to crash at our house ON Christmas day is virtually unheard of. Needless to say, it was welcomed with open arms! We were very thankful for all of the fun family time we got to share with everyone!

And now the sad part of de-decorating and getting the house back in order has come. Boo. But even though all the Christmas decorations are put away, the boys are still busy playing with and enjoying their loot from us/their grandparents! It was clear right off the bat which gifts were going to be the favorites. And these favorites are totally blog worthy. So that is what today's post is going to be about! I am going to show you the top three gifts both of my children received this year for Christmas. You know, just in case you have a child with a birthday coming up, or something to think about for next year for Christmas. :)

First up we have Micaiah.

1) This child enjoys simple toys. Battery operated toys provide short lived entertainment for him (and most children, if we are all honest) so we try to stick with basic, classic toys. Wooden toys, books, puzzles, finger puppets... stuff like that. So it was no surprise to me when Micaiah became completely attached to this wooden car ramp!

You can purchase this from Toys R Us and from Amazon.com (other places too, I am sure. These are the two I am sure of though.) and not only is it cute, it is ridiculously fun to play with. The cars flip from level to level and sometimes skip each other on their way down. Not knowing which car is going to "win" makes it more fun for two competitive boys!

 

2) His second favorite would be his Lego Duplo set.

This is his very first set of legos and he is OBSESSED. We got him a large set and his Uncle Greg bought him a small set that goes along with it quite nicely! His imaginative play is downright adorable. "Come on, guys! Tiger, eat? Better? Alright, dis way, guys!" and "Mama, play? Mama tiger. Here. Window. Fall." He LOVES them so, so much. You can pretty much guarantee more of these sets will be going on his birthday list!


3) And last but not least, Micaiah's other favorite gift would have to be Good Night Moon.

We realized a while back that we didn't own this book and vowed to buy it for Micaiah for Christmas. Sure enough, this is his new favorite book! We read it every night before bed and several, several times during the day. And he wants everyone in the room during this story. Last night he went around the whole house collecting us for "Dood Night Moon". It was so cute. "Mama, come? Rye-Rye, come? Read?" He loves it. And we love that he loves it!

 

Now, for Zachariah's favorites!

1) Hands down, his favorite gift would be the Moon In My Room.

This is pretty much the COOLEST thing ever. It's a 3D moon that mounts on the wall and is controlled by a remote. With the click of a button the moon changes phases. So.stinkin.cool. Z uses it as his nightlight and it even has a self timer that turns it off after a certain amount of time! (Not sure how long, but it's long enough for Z to fall asleep!) After the second night of having this up in his room he looked at me and said, "Ok, now I want an Earth in my room! Do you think they make those?" :)

The Moon In My Room was bought at Toys R Us. I haven't seen it anywhere else, but I wasn't really looking anywhere else either. So it may be out there in other stores too!

 

2) Second on his list of favs is the Star Wars Science Jedi Telescope. Can you tell that he is in a science phase right now? ;)

This telescope has ten different images from Star Wars that are back lit and VERY easy to see. (Other things like this require you to be looking towards a light source. I was glad to see Z could enjoy this from anywhere in the house!) What makes this super fun is that Yoda is available at the touch of a button to explain more about the image you are viewing. Z loves that. He will often come up to me and say, "Mom! Do you know what this planet is?" I will say no and he will excitedly say something like "Well, Yoda is about to tell you!" He loves it. Anything that teaches him more about Star Wars gets two thumbs up from this five year old!

 

3) And the third favorite gift is his remote control car. He asked for a remote control Lightning McQueen for Christmas, but those suck. They are not made to last and I don't want to waste our money on overpriced junk. So I researched remote control cars and found one that was PERFECT for him. He just didn't know it yet. :)

This, my friends, is a remote control Killer Whale. I am convinced that it is the best remote control car out there, at least for Z's age range. Not only does it look cool, it drives over thick carpet, rocks and dirt and can even drive underwater! That's right. It's made to drive into puddles, ponds and pools. How awesome is that?! Lightning McQueen definitely can't do that. Z loves this thing. I was a little worried that when he opened it I would have to convince him that it would be better than the one he asked for, but he immediately thought this was the coolest car on earth so I didn't have to say a thing!

As you can imagine, these three gifts come HIGHLY recommended by the kids and adults in this house. And now that I have shared about our favorites I would love to hear about your kids favorite gift(s)!

Hope you all have a happy and safe New Years!

 
Fight Club PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2012 12:19

Preface: I love my kids. I am thankful for my kids. And despite the frustrations, I am very glad I get to stay at home with them every day to play, snuggle and teach these sweet little boys.

That being said, they are about to make me turn in my letter of resignation and check myself into a mental hospital or something.

Not really. But they have been arguing and fighting a lot lately. So much so, that I am considering just locking them in their separate rooms all day so I don't have to deal with the yelling, arguing, toy throwing and whatnot.

Just kidding. I'm not actually considering locking them in their room. Though I would be lying if I said that the idea didn't sound downright heavenly!

But seriously. They have been arguing like crazy recently! I guess we have officially hit that stage where the little sibling is now annoying and constantly in the way, and the big brother is bossy and controlling and won't give the little brother everything he wants all the time. Which results in lots of fighting. They can't seem to play ANYTHING together for more than a couple minutes without yelling and fighting over something. Which makes me yell at them to stop yelling, and then we all end up in a gosh awful mood. Earlier this morning I actually sent them to their rooms (which made them both yell, scream and cry) until they had calmed down and could come out with a better attitude. It worked well enough, I guess. Zachariah even apologized to Micaiah for fighting with him and they have been playing decently since then. So that's a plus! But it would be nice if I could nip it in the bud before it got to the point of them yelling and screaming at each other constantly.

So here is my question to you parents of multiple children...

What do you do to keep the arguing at bay? I know it isn't completely avoidable, but what do you do to "nip it in the bud" before it gets bad? Or once it gets bad what do you do to get everyone calm and acting civilized again? The sending them to their room thing worked this time, but it's not guaranteed to work again, so I would love some other ideas/advice to help me keep my sanity! ;)

 
All About Z PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 11:54

It has been a very long time since I have had a Zachariah post, so the other day I decided to snap some pictures and do a little interview with him. :) Enjoy!

 

Q: How old are you?

A: Five!

Q: What is your favorite thing about being five?

A: Going to Disney World! It was just SO fun.

 

Q: What is your favorite thing about school?

A: Let's see ... Singing about the seven wonders of the ancient world! Hey Mom, I really want a dog. Can you please get one for me for Christmas?

Q: No. Moving on. What is something that you don't like about school?

Z: You playing that timeline video with the hand motions. It just makes me kinda nervous.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: Science, cause there are so many funny science names and stuff. Like nucleus, cytoplasm, vacuole, mitochondria and golgi bodies.

Q: What do you want to be when you grow up?

A: For Halloween???

Q: No, silly. What do you want to DO when you grow up?

A: That is a good question. Um... I want to be a veterinarian! To take care of animals when they are sick, and I will come to their house and they will tell me if they are sick or not sick! I don't know if a cat would like that ...


 

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: Um, my airplane book, because I love airplanes.

Q: Favorite movie?

A: Rio.

Q: Favorite tv show?

A: Charlie Brown thanksgiving. It is just SO funny!

 

Q: What is your favorite food/meal?

A: Hamburgers. The ones that you make, not from a restaurant. Pancakes, waffles, and rice. And corn. And cookies! And lemon bars. Is this a alot?

Q: What is your least favorite food/meal?

A: What does least favorite mean?  Me: Something you don't like. Z: Ohhhhh. Fish. Broccoli. Carrots. Cauliflower. That should be all!

 

Q: What do you like to do when we aren't doing school?

A: Playing outside. Swinging, and doing lots of other things outside.

Q: What is your favorite game?

A: Trouble and Sorry. I really like it when you can walk the pieces around the board.


 

Q: Who is your best friend?

A: Emma, Jack, Gracie. And Miah.

 

 

 
Outtake PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2012 16:29

This past weekend we took my camera and tripod to an open-ish area and attempted to get a family picture for our 2012 Christmas card.

If anyone was wondering, the self timer button is not a good substitute for a photographer. I will never do this again. It was one of the most miserable experiences and I honestly don't think we ended up with a picture for our Christmas cards. (I'm going to see if I can salvage one, but I'm not holding my breath.) Last year we hired a photographer, and we will be hiring one again next year. I learned my lesson.

During the whole fiasco Zachariah asked if he could take one of the pictures. Because this was just meant to appease my five year old I didn't adjust any settings on the camera, so we are back lit, horribly positioned and Z has a gosh awful fake smile.  But seeing Micaiah in this picture made me laugh.out.loud.

 

You see, while I was showing Z which button to press, Micaiah ran over and kept saying, "Me? Me? Me?". We were in a hurry and I wanted to get this gosh awful picture taking experience behind us, so I just said something along the lines of, "No, not right now. Let's go sit down so Zachariah can take the picture, ok?" Apparently I hurt his feelings and he was NOT afraid to show it.

I keeping going back and forth between laughing my head off and melting into a giant puddle. What a pitiful little baby!!!

Anyway, just had to share. It made me laugh. :) Hope everyone is having a good start to their week!

 
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