Monday, January 26, 2009
Take a minute to read her story about the parking incident. She is flat out hysterical!!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
I have been trying to stop it with all my might. But some things are just bound to happen.... in spite of all my efforts. Yup, it is official.....
DYLAN LIKES DADDY MORE! **Sob, Sob***
From the time he was born, I reveled in the fact that he was mine, he actually liked ME! (Keep in mind that Dylan showed up right about the time that Chase started really turning me away.... or maybe he started turning me away because Dylan showed up????) Anyway, I snuggled and cuddled Dylan and thought, "At least one of my boys likes ME." I know, your mumbling to yourself, "Don't flatter yourself Lady! He was just a baby. He would like anyone who holds him all day long and feeds him." Anyhoo, Dylan has always been my little cuddle bug and I admit to hording him all to myself.
But lately.... *sniff, sniff* he beams with delight when Daddy is near and squirms to get out of my arms and right into Dave's. It is really, really sad. It's not that he doesn't like me, I know he does. It's just that when given the choice, lately he seems more apt to choose Daddy. I can't say that I totally blame him. Daddy is funner! (Sorry, my mom - the English Teacher - is going ballistic right now... that is one of her pet peeves!! Put DOWN the red pen.) Daddy is MORE fun! (Is that better Mom?) Dylan loves when Daddy holds him, he is so much taller and stronger. He flips him up in the air with ease, lets him ride on his shoulders, & walk on the ceiling (see picture below.) He gets down on the floor and wrestles and plays with them. I get it. Daddy is definitely more fun. I guess I am just having a hard time letting go. :(
The upside is.... I get to eat my dinner in peace. While I am scarfing down dinner, Dave looks at his food longingly as both boys jockey for position on his lap. Hey... is that why my waistline is growing and his is shrinking???? No fair, no fair, NO FAIR!!!
Friday, January 23, 2009
After Dylan and I finished we joined daddy and Chase. At that point he was sitting on daddy's lap and the doctor was simply looking in his mouth and feeling his tummy. You would have thought she was removing limbs. She looked up at me and said, "Does he have a flair for the dramatics?" Uhhhh - ya think???? Yup. That is Chase. Every single thing she asked him to do resulted in screeching and lots and lots of tears. And they saved the shots for the very end! Ughhh..... at least it is over or a whole year. The good news is we got glowing reports on both of them. They are literally growing like weeds - they both continue to hoover near the very top of the growth charts. I guess those few random bites of food must be doing some good after all!
McDonald's was the treat at the end. We pulled up to the drive-thru and Chase barked from the back seat, "Mommy, I want a cheeseburger, ketchup only, some apple dippers with caramel, and chocolate milk!"
"AND A BOY TOY!" Geez, do you think he has been through this routine a few times before????
A couple more things to note, since turning four means he is now officially a BIG BOY, Chase doesn't get sippy cups for his juice, only big boy cups. And, no more pull-ups! Hallelujah!!! Even at night he is wearing his undies..... and so far, so good!
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
I just want to SCREAM, "I CAN ONLY DO ONE THING AT A TIME!"
I want on a rampage last night in my kitchen. I am hoping that by cleaning the clutter in my kitchen it will help to clear the clutter in my mind. I just can't handle all the SHIT everywhere anymore. I NEED to be able to just THINK. I NEED to take back my kitchen. I am taking a STAND!!! (Just picture me standing on my island, hands on my hips with a completely crazed look in my eyes! I didn't actually do that... but that is what I felt like doing!) So, I filled 3 garbage bags full of stuff. And it felt GOOD. There is something very therapeutic about throwing stuff away. Expired boxes of Easy Mac & instant mashed potatoes, old sippy's that leak, McDonald's toys (I am ashamed of how many of those where floating around my kitchen) , Chase's artwork (not all of it, just MOST of it), endless toy parts, etc. Anyway, it is a start. A start to getting my life organized. I do feel better. Much better. Tonight I tackle the toys!!
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
So, what are the big birthday plans tomorrow???? Hmmmm.... actually NOTHING. We had a family party here on Saturday night. Then, we spent today at a giant indoor water park - his idea! It was a little chaotic there, and the water was a tad chilly, but he had a blast. So, we have been partying it up all weekend. Tomorrow will probably be a pretty low key birthday. But, seriously, FOUR. I mean FOUR!!! OKAY, I'll stop now.... I'm off to eat ANOTHER piece of birthday cake!
Thursday, January 15, 2009
The funniest is when he is holding something in his hand, say his milk sippy. His little mind doesn't process things quickly, so you can see him get a little confused and panicky. "Hmm... I know I am supposed to throw my arms up in the air... but what am I supposed to do with this?" So he usually bends down and puts it down first.
Anyway, just thought I would share!! I attached a video? Never done this before. Turn your volume down. I am holding the camera and didn't realize I was yelling into the camera.... opps!
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So, Chase went through a phase, that lasted for weeks, where he wouldn't eat anything! Only a bite or two at each meal... IF THAT! It got to a point where I surrendered. I couldn't fight this fight three times a day at EVERY meal. It is exhausting! So, the white flag went up and I threw my hands in the air and said "FINE, DON'T EAT." I limited snacks, as much as I could. It is hard when Dylan is a perpetual snacker these days. And geez, does it seem like I am eating more because he is eating less? It must be some deep down need to fill up some one's belly. If not his, then mine... ughhh...
Anyway, FINALLY, he is starting to come around. Not sure if it is because of his new obsession with cooking these days. He has started preparing most of his meals (with mom or dad's help, of course.) He can't very well turn up his nose to something he made -right? Or it could be his new "Good Boy Chart." Dave came up with the idea to make a chart with 10 different items on it for which he earns stars as he accomplishes each item. Meals are, of course, on the chart, and he seems genuinely excited about getting those stars. (We are also making progress in his overall behavior with this new tactic... YES! It has only been a week or so...... baby steps!)
So, whatever the motivation, he is finally starting to consume some actual food. Now, we just need to work on the nutritional content of that food. Again... baby steps! This leads me to wonder.... at this age, what is more important: Quality or Quantity??
Monday, January 12, 2009
We get some interesting hats to wear for Sunday's brunch. No, it wasn't an option ;)
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
A Mommy knows:
- That sleepless nights don't end with infancy
- That your hair brush (or any other item you use daily and desperately need) is NEVER where you left it. Try the laundry basket, at the bottom of the toy bin or under the bed.
- That trying to HURRY your kids along almost always backfires.
- The horror of being at a playdate and your child hits of bites another kid
- The healing powers of a nice hot shower
- That your heart can feel like it will shatter because it swells SOOO big when you get an extra special smile or hug or kiss
- The fun of seeing life through your toddler's eyes
- How to do almost anything one-handed
-That your kids will totally embarrass you the moment after a stranger has just commented on how charming they are. (I have to share this story.... my mom had all three of us kids out and an older gentleman called her over to compliment her on how sweet we were. Just as she was walking back to join us, my brother said, a little too loudly, "What did that OLD FART want?")
-Ketchup totally counts as a Veggie (SO. It makes ME feel better.)
-That leading by example is hard!
-The sinking feeling in your stomach when your child starts to "loose it" at the grocery store.
-The fine art of negotiation
-The sweet moments outweigh the bad moments even on the days when they are 1:1o.
-That although it is called a diaper bag, it usually contains everything else imaginable BUT a diaper.
-That if you have a professional photo session booked, your kid will, without fail, get a black eye the day before.
-That your baby's nap, regardless of length, always ends too soon
-LAUNDRY NEVER ENDS
-That the sound of her baby's laughter is well... I am struggling to put it into words (that don't sound totally clique') so I will just say - perfect happiness!
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
I corrected him, "No, Honey. That is a PETAL. Petals come from flowers. Feathers come from........"
"PILLOWS!" He exclaimed. Okay, I thought that was funny. He is always yanking the little pokey feather stems that are sticking out of my pillows.
"Mommy, do you know Dylan and I are NEIGHBORS?"
"Really??" I reply. "How is that?"
"Well, his door is HERE and mine is right THERE.... we live right NEXT to each other!!!"
We were looking through a Fire Truck book and he was examining all the equipment that the Fire Fighters use. He asked, "What do they use this poker for?"
"Well, It is used to prey open boards or doors or..."
"Or to dig in the grass??"
I started to laugh. "Why would a Fire Fighter dig in the grass, Chase?"
"Well, what if there was a fire under ground?"
"How would a fire start under ground?" I asked.
"Weeeeellllllllll, maybe there were some bugs down there playing with matches...." Then he erupted in laughter.
Chase missed his favorite part of a movie so he said, "Mommy, can you backwards this please?"
Sunday, January 4, 2009
Saturday, January 3, 2009
Chase: Yeah, Earth is in space and we are driving on Earth, so we are driving in space. Right?
Me: Yes, that is right. I guess I never looked at it like that.
Chase: Yes, we are driving through space on Earth. Earth is a big ball in space. We all live on Earth. The Earth is a big, big place. You know.
(I guess the task of driving around seems so much more interesting when you consider we are actually hurdling through space!!)
Chase: Mommy, look for the big, orange sign with the light on top. That is how you know you are getting close to Me'Me's house. Not that one, or that one. It is the really tall one, with the light on top. Mommy you have to turn left here!!!
Lets play eye-spy! Your really really cold.... cold... cold... COLD... COLD.... COLD.... but your getting warmer... warmer... colder... colder... warmer (This went on for about 6 minutes until we got to the street with the sign he was trying to get me to find. Then he excitedly started screaming WARMER WARMER WARMER! HOT!!!!)
*** Chase's mouth rarely stops moving when we are driving in the car. The things he comes up with, while often are bossy, still crack me up! I don't know where he gets this stuff???? He certainly is becoming a know-it-all!!*****
Friday, January 2, 2009
It has been an eventful New Year so far around here. First, I have to report that after his misery got to much to bear, we took Dylan to the Dr. on New Year's Eve. He officially caught brother's cold AND he has an ear infection AND 3 of his 4 molars are out (The last one is ripe and should be making its appearance shortly.) Poor little guy ;( So, that explains the extreme irritability and bright red cheeks. After a couple days on the antibiotics, though, he seems to be getting back to normal. Phew... it is so nice to see him happy and smiling again!
New Year's Day we hosted a fabulous brunch. (I can only say that because I didn't actually cook anything.. hee hee!) Everything was delicious and we enjoyed celebrating with family on the first day of 2009.And how else to celebrate, but with Mimosas. BTW - Nothing but the best for my family! Is that like the cheapest Champagne you can buy???? HA HA!!
Chase is busy helping MeMe by making lots of bubbles in the bowl for her.... (anything to keep him busy and out of the real action!)
And finally, Today is Dave's 35th Birthday. So, we embark on yet another day of celebrating around here. Chase and Daddy made a cake.... from a box... but a cake none the less. It was a pretty low key day. We nixed going out to dinner and just ordered pizza. Sometimes it just seems easier to stay in than take our little angels out in public :)
No laughing at our lame attempt at baking. Chase helped.. need I say more?We polished off the evening with some good ol' rough housing. Everyone... GET HIM!!! :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY DADDY!