Long time, no blog. I REALLY want to make it a point to start blogging again because it’s one thing that I enjoy doing for myself (and all my faithful readers of course…lolz). Anyhow, I’ve collected a smorgasbord of items to share on this beautiful Friday afternoon.
- We have two walkers on our hands now, and it is no joke! We were just talking the other day about how each stage of parenthood seems so tough when you’re in it, and then you look back, laugh, and realize how easy it was compared to the current stage. For instance, looking back I wonder what the heck I did with all my free time when there was just Elliot, but in the moment, I know I felt like I had none. Then when I had Macklin, I thought managing two kids (toddler and newborn) was the most difficult thing ever. Now, I find myself once again wondering why I thought that was so hard. I mean Macklin would stay in one place and he was a pretty content baby. Now, he is all over the place, and into everything. And Elliot tries to be helpful by holding his hand to keep him on course, but it usually ends in her pulling him to the ground because his little legs can’t keep up. I can’t wait to see what the next stage brings…
- We also have two non-sleepers on our hands. Totally, our fault, but they both have difficulty sleeping without a body next to them. We’ve tried pillows, stuffed animals, the dogs, a life sized Cinderella doll, but no. It must be a living, breathing, warm blooded human being. I’m hoping that when Macklin gets a wee bit bigger, they can become cuddle buddies and rely on each other to stay asleep. Wishful thinking? Just let me dream.
- Justin’s sister temporarily moved into our basement while she transitions jobs, and it has been the best. Seriously, I highly recommend everyone have a sister-in-law move in. We weren’t sure how things would go, but she has been a dream come true. She cooks, she plays with the kids, she folds our laundry, she brings home the occasional Steak-n-Shake milkshake. I’m not sure who will shed more tears when she moves out, me or the kids!
- I was going to do a whole post about it, but after reviewing my blogging habits, I figured I better just write about it now. I *think* Elliot is in the self-weaning process. She rarely asks to nurse and when she does, often times I can distract her with something else. I can say this now (I couldn’t a year ago), but I am so glad I stuck it out throughout my pregnancy, and tandem nursed for this last year. I know it’s not for everyone, but I truly feel like this was how our nursing relationship was supposed to go. Weaning has totally been on her terms and we are ending things on a good, non-stressful note. I used to think people who nursed their kids beyond infancy were weirdos. It wasn’t in my plans to nurse her this long, but I wouldn’t have had it any other way and I’m proud to be that type of weirdo. 😉
- We have Elliot’s first parent/teacher conferences coming up in a couple weeks. Say what?? It’s moments like these that having me wondering how time can go by so fast. It’s strange to be on the other side of things, and I’m a little anxious to see what her teachers will tell us. Of course we think she’s the smartest, kindest, funniest 3 year old around, but I realize they may see things differently. Having Elliot in school has really changed my mindset as a teacher. When I am at my wit’s end with a student, I now stop and think about how that kid is the apple of somebody’s eye just like Elliot (and Macklin) is for us. This mindset has made me look harder for the good things about each student, instead of just recognizing the things that they aren’t doing so well because I know that’s how I would want my children’s teachers to be. People have said that you become a better teacher when you become a parent, and I’m really seeing that this year.
- We are less than two months out from our Disney trip, and I can hardly contain my excitement. Last week we got our itinerary that listed all our character meals, fast passes, and appointment at the Bibbity Bobbity Boutique, and I literally get teary eyed every time I look at it. I am visualizing Elliot’s awe and amazement, and I am so excited to experience it all through her eyes. I promise a post highlighting that trip for sure (it just may be months after the fact).
- So this happened: I am cherishing the years of family costumes because I know before long the kids will not be willing participants. I already have ideas floating in my head for next year, but I guess we’ll see what Elliot wants to be and if Macklin will have an opinion by then.
- Photo dump:
That’s all she wrote. I’ll be back…soon(ish)…I hope.