Surprise Visitors

A week or so ago my mom called me to tell me she was going to be sending out our Christmas gifts and they would arrive on Wednesday the 27th. 

I was looking forward to it simply because I like getting mail. And presents from my mom and dad are always exciting. 

Turns out, it was my mom and two of my brothers coming to visit me that was the real surprise! 

They are here for a week! I am sooo excited! 

My house is kind of chaotic right now, and blogging is tough! 

I will post soon though!

Love, Hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

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Semi-Wordless Wednesday

We are going to be getting into the spirit of Christmas soon. I am excited. Today it is rainy and gross out, the joys of the East Coast I guess. I wish it were snowing instead of raining. But, here are my rays of sunshine, always sure to brighten up my day with their randomness! 

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The watermark is still on the picture because I stole it from Facebook. I haven’t made it out to get my disc from my photographer yet!

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Night One: Sans Soother

Yesterday I cut all Nick’s soothers. (Pacifiers, binkys, whatever you want to call them) Hubs and I decided a little while back that it was time to wean him and I looked online to find some gentle approaches to weaning. 

The first thing we tried was changing his soother to a smaller soother then he was used to. Thinking about it now it was ridiculous. I spent money on new soothers in a hope to get him to stop taking one. Needless to say, it didn’t work. He took to the new one no problem. It was a little weird for him at first but he got the hang of it. 

We decided that the only way we were going to get it away from him was to actually be mean and take it. I didn’t want them to just disappear, I could see him tearing the house apart to try and find it and losing his mind over it. Which is where the decision to cut it came in. Nick wouldn’t be able to suck on them and we could explain to him that they were ‘broken’ and needed to go into the garbage. So, here’s what happened. 

I cut them, and put them on the table where he would find them. When he found them broken he was devastated. He walked around the house holding them. Saying ‘Oh no. Broken. Help me. Oh no.’ Alex decided he could fix them and the two of them disappeared into the playroom to fix them. After Alex declared them ‘broken too much to make better’ Nick brought them to me. I explained that they are broken and we should throw them in the garbage now. 

Alex was holding one of the soothers and Nick was holding the other two. Alex marched right over to the garbage and threw the one he had in. Turning to Nick, he told Nick to come throw his out too. So Nick did. Then they applauded. We cheered to Nick being a big boy. And Alex asked for him and Nick to have some pudding. So I let them. 

When it came to bedtime, I have to admit I was scared. But, Nick whined a little and when Hubs went up and talked to him about how they were broken and in the garbage and Nick was a big boy now he settled right down and went to sleep. 

He woke up four times last night asking for his soother. Each time we explained that they were in the garbage because they were broken and he was a big boy now and he went right back to sleep. 

It wasn’t anywhere near as bad as I thought it would be. I am so proud of my little boy. I hope it stays this easy on him and continues proving to Hubs and I that we made the right choice with taking them away now! 

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Sunshine on a Rainy Day

When Alex was coming up on two years old (about a year ago) everyone warned me about the terrible twos. ‘Get ready’ they would say ‘twos are the worst’ they would say. Well they weren’t. My mostly angelic one year old, turned into a pretty awesome two year old. ‘just wait,’ they said ‘threes are even worse’ Well. After all the hoopla about him turning two I tuned them all out. Alex was above that, he wasn’t going to hit those stereotypical milestones. 

WHY WAS I SO STUPID?!? 

Alex is almost three, and this week has been hell. Seriously. Sure he still has his cute sweet moments. But. Oh. My. Goodness. 

And on top of that, Nick is coming onto two the way everyone told me Alex would. My house is a circus, and not one of those little cute ones. 

The hitting, the kicking, the yelling, temper tantrums, fighting, ignoring me when I talk, talking back. The list goes on. 

Yesterday Alex lost his mind at Nick because Nick didn’t want to play Ring Around the Rosie with him. Then, they screamed at each other because they both had the train the other wanted. 

But then this morning, I came online to read a bit while the kids played and I realized that none of that mattered. I read these two posts: ‘Validation‘ written by Broken Condoms; a hilarious Mom to two little ones pretty close in age and ‘Mommy didn’t poop sweetie….‘ written by How to Ruin a Toddler’s Day; another hilarious Mom to one little one who recently went through a tough time. If you are having a rough Mommy day (or a daddy day, or anyone looking after little one day), I strongly recommend that you do read one or both of those posts. 

I needed both of these posts this morning to remind me that yes, things get tough. They are hard. Sometimes you want to give up. But, they are amazing little beings that you are shaping and helping grow. And it’s all worth it for those sweet amazing moments. Like hearing Alex tell his brother that he is his best friend. And hearing Nick reply with ‘Alex’ and giving him a hug. Those are the moments I live for. Those moments make the bad days and weeks worth it. 

Love, hugs and more to come later
Lynn

There’s No Buddy Like a Brother

Alex: ‘Nick! You’re a hero! You got the car from under the couch’ 
Nick: ‘Alex. No’
Alex: ‘No? How come?’
Nick: *shakes head*
Alex: ‘Oh Nick. You’re a super power. You save the day.’
Nick: *giggles*

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I seriously love listening to the boys talk and play together.

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn

Memories

For some reason the Christmas season always leads me to reflect on the last year. Even with the hustle and bustle of getting things ready for Alex’s birthday, and Christmas I can’t help but take time to look back.

I can’t help but look back on the Christmas traditions I grew up with, and, as the kids get older get some of those same traditions (or slightly modified traditions) in place.
One of those traditions is getting to open a present on Christmas Eve. Who doesn’t like to get to open just one present before Christmas morning! I loved this as a child, I think it builds excitement for the ‘big day’ Hubs and I agreed that Christmas Eve the kids would get to open one gift. It’s going to be the same every year, a pair of pj’s, a DVD, and hot chocolate. It gives us something fun to do together as a family. I am looking forward to it.
Another is the advent calender. My parents always got us the ones with the little piece of chocolate in each of the little windows. I loved it and planned on doing the same with my kids. But, in the age of Pinterest, there are so many ideas out there! I know a lot of people that are doing the 24 days of books, and while I like the idea, my kids already have thirty bazillion books and we read all the time together. Instead, I decided to do 23 (Dec 1 is Alex’s birthday party so we are going to start on the 2nd) days of family activities. From baking cookies, to Christmas stickers, to visiting Santa, to putting up our tree. There is something fun for us to do every day up to Christmas.
Family is so important. And I don’t want the kids to become trapped in the ‘what did you get for Christmas’ cycle and think it’s all about what you get.

On another note. I am totally obsessing with the fact my baby is going to be 3 in a little over a month. How did that even happen?!? Zoey is going to be 6 months old tomorrow. Nick is going to be 2 in four months.

Honestly, it feels like I just found out I was pregnant with Alex. And now here I am, almost 3 years into this parenting thing and still going strong! My kids are happy, smart, loved, loving, and healthy. (granted, Nick and Zoey have colds right now)

I am looking forward to the next month or so. I can’t wait to jump into Christmas with the kids and see the wonderment and excitement in their faces when they see the tree, the lights, the movies and shows, the crafts, Santa, and the presents under the tree.

Being a parent gives a whole new perspective to the simplest things 🙂

Love, hugs and more to come later!
Lynn