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Growing up is hard to do

The boys are getting older. They are growing up. It is fun to see all the changes happening, but also makes me sad at the same time. My babies aren’t quite babies anymore.

Peanut

Peanut is trying out new words. He says “Thank you” quite frequently and just this morning tried out “You’re welcome”.  He says “uh, oh” and “here you go”. He says “what” and the infamous “No”.

He had me help him say “belly button” this morning too. So cute. He says “mama” and “dada” of course.

He doesn’t say dog or cat, but he says “chicken” . He is obsessed with them.

He runs. Is working on jumping. Spins in circles. Climbs on everything. The climbing is rough. Nothing is sacred. 😉

And of course he wants to do everything his big brother does.

He is so silly. And perpetually dirty these days.

 

Munchkin

Being 3.5 is a very hard age. No longer a toddler, but not quite a preschooler. Kind of like being a pre-teen.

He has so many words, but doesn’t always know how to use them.

He knows all his shapes and colors. He can sing his ABC’s almost perfectly. He is recognizing his numbers.

He wants to do everything himself. Which is great, but not always feasible.

And of course he wants to do everything his little brother does.

Wait.

What?

Yes. Oh the digressions. We have to remind him that he is a big boy and does in fact know how to do certain things. Like getting dressed and using the potty. Or telling us he needs something. He will resort to pointing and saying “uh uh uh”. We remind him to use his words because he does have them.

Yes, he is officially using the potty full time! He has a few accidents here and there, but I am so very proud of him. 🙂

He wants to be just like us grown ups too. He wants to sit in the front seat of the car. He wants to mow the lawn, He wants to wash the dishes and vacuum. We let him help out where we can.

See what I mean though. He is stuck in that in-between area.

Making faces

Chili on a rainy day

Happy Saturday!

It is a dreary day here in Mississippi. Cloudy, rainy, but I am still in a pretty chipper mood. The kiddos are in mostly good moods too. The laundry is mostly caught up and the house is, well, mostly clean. With 2 littles, 2 cats, 3 dogs(oh yeah, did I mention we took in another. . . ) and a husband with boots that track everything into the house, it is never all the way clean. I take what I can get.

Today I thought I would share this great chili recipe with you. It is healthy, delicious and frugal. I found it on Keeper of the Home‘s blog(well, she guest posted on The Nourishing Gourmet’s blog about it). I have made it the last 3 weeks and it is a hit with everyone except for Munchkin. He of course won’t even try it.  We eat it by the bowl with sour cream and shredded cheese or make nachos with it. However you choose to eat it, it is tasty and filling.

There is also a cornbread recipe in the post. I find it delish, but no one else in the house likes cornbread 😦

Peanut enjoying his chili

Enjoy!

 

Computer games : Saving our sanity

I know I may get crap for this, but we have started letting Munchkin play computer games before bed.

Life with Munchkin is not easy. He is a “sparkler”. Go, go, go. All. Day. Long. Our days are loud, intense and energy filled. He could run a marathon and still be rearing to go for another few hours. He is very stubborn. He knows what he wants and it is very hard to distract him if it is not something he should have or can have at the moment. He also in a throwing phase right now. So annoying. He has lost quite a few toys recently because he was throwing them and wouldn’t stop. *sigh*

The end of the day is the worst. It starts after dinner. He is out of control. I know it is because he is getting tired and winding down would mean he has to acknowledge the tiredness. Munchkin has always hated sleep though. Since the day he joined us. He fights it with everything he has. We’ve tried every possible thing we can come up with to make sleep an easier thing for him.

Bedtime has been all over the place. Super early, no bedtime and everything in between. We finally settled on bedtime being sometime between 9 and 10 pm.  Before that, we were spending between 1 and 2 hours trying to get him to fall asleep. Now it takes less than a 1/2 hour(most nights). We watch for the subtle signs that he is finally giving in to the sleepiness and then get him ready for bed. Hubby handles Munchkin’s bedtime. I used to, but somewhere along the line, he refused to go to sleep for me.

Anyway, back to the computer games.

I have this app on my phone called Zoodles. It is a great app. I can load kid apps that are on my phone into the program and it has lots of kid friendly videos. It has a drawing feature and stories that it reads to them as well. Really fantastic. Great for grocery shopping or keeping him busy in the car or when I need a few moments to get something done around the house.

I discovered last week, that this app is also available to use on the computer. It links up to videos and online games from Nick Jr, Sprout, etc. It blocks the kiddos from getting into the rest of the computer, it blocks ads. You can set limits on time, what sites they can get to, what characters they are exposed to, etc. Again, I’ll say it, Fantastic app.

We’ve started letting Munchkin play the games when I bring Peanut to bed.

He LOVES being able to use the computer. He LOVES being in control of what games he wants to play and what videos he wants to watch. WE love that he stays completely focused. He is quiet and relaxed. I know they say no TV or computers, etc for an hour or two before bed for better sleep, but he does so much better being able to play these games. He even turns it off fairly easily(for a 3 yr old) if we give enough time to prepare. I start telling him about 10 minutes before we need him to turn  it off and get ready for bed.

We don’t just leave him to it. We are nearby and talk to him about the games and what he is learning (the majority of the games are educational). Sometimes he asks for help figuring out how to play a new game. He likes to take turns playing as well. So we aren’t using it as a babysitter. It is just nice to have our evenings a little bit quieter.

What things do you do to help your kiddos wind down at night?

Munchkin’s Potty Learning Journey

I am pleased to report that Munchkin is mostly potty learned during the day now. It has been a really long, slow journey. (I really use “journey” a lot, but that is what parenting is, right?).

I had bought one of those plastic frog potty chairs sometime between a year and a year and a half. Just to have it around in case he wanted to try to use the potty. He liked following me into the bathroom, of course what baby/toddler doesn’t. It’s obviously a very happening place. :p He would get all up in my personal space to investigate what was happening when I sat on the toilet.  I miss the days of being able to use the bathroom without an audience.

He started showing an interest at 18 months. We were keeping the potty in the bathroom for him and he would sit on it (fully clothed) while I sat on the toilet. We made a point to sit him on it right before we got him in the bath and when we took him out. I’d say “Let’s go potty” and make a “sssss” noise. He’d laugh, I’d laugh and then he would get up without doing anything. It was a little while before he actually did do anything on it. When he finally did, I was very excited and so was he.

I decided to bring the potty out to the living room and started letting him run around the house with a naked butt. We would sit him on the potty frequently, but of course he would never go when we sat him on it. He had to do it on his terms. He did great as long as he wasn’t wearing any pants. We’d try putting training pants or big boy underwear on him and he would just pee in them. Eventually he would lose interest and want to wear diapers again. We just followed his lead.

This back and forth went on for a year and a half. Then about a week before Christmas (and just before he turned 3), he decided he wanted to use the potty again. I decided this time that I was going to put him underwear and see what happened. The first day was rough. We kept reminding him to use the potty and he did a few times. There were quite a few wardrobe changes though. We left him in underwear for nap time and he woke up dry. We did put him in a diaper at bedtime though. He is still a pretty heavy night-time wetter.

The second day was better than the first. We went through about half the wardrobe changes as the previous day. Still dry at nap time, but a diaper to bed.

Day three was fantastic! Not a single change of clothes was needed! Yay for Munchkin and yay for us!

He has continued to do well over the past 6 or so weeks. He still has days where he accidents, but that is to be expected. He gets caught up playing and doesn’t want to stop. It is cute though because he will jump up and yell “Potty!” and then go running into the bathroom. Sometimes he wants help, sometimes not. Oh, and he uses the “big potty”. We keep the little potty in the car now. It has come in very handy.

My baby is growing up. It’s crazy to see him standing up at the toilet and peeing because he has to be a big boy. He actually told me last week that he wasn’t a baby, Peanut is the baby. I call Munchkin “Babe” or “Baby” all the time (affectionately of course). I made a sad face and we had a conversation about it. I told him even if I couldn’t call him “Baby” he would in fact, always be my baby. He thought about it and then decided it would be alright if I continued to call him “Baby”. I made sure to tell him thank you and of course gave him a big hug.

Still on the pottying theme, a few nights ago he randomly decided to remove his pants and diaper while he was in bed. He woke up completely dry. It’s weird because he normally soaks his diaper overnight. This was the only night it happened, but I’m taking it as a sign of things to come.

Moving, again

Today we will begin cleaning our new place of residence. We are staying in the same town. Moving our stuff will be much easier this time. Yay. I am happy about it. Like I have said, I do love my in-laws, but living with other people is so difficult. Especially living with parents. I have felt like I was 16 again. So it will be nice to have our own space again.

On a different note, an update on the puppies. They have been staying on the property. They get closed in my father in-law’s shop at various times during the day and overnight. Sawyer still wants to chase them away, so they can’t all be outside at the same time. The little black one is a ball of nervous energy. Munchkin got a little too rambunctious with him and got scratched in the face. Very superficial, thank goodness. It really scared my mother in-law. I wasn’t outside at the time. I was trying to relax for a moment because I had a headache. I didn’t have coffee today. . .  Everybody is okay though. It wasn’t really anyone’s fault. The black one is just still unsure of himself and needs some guidance. Munchkin is a toddler, so his listening skills aren’t up to par yet. Things just happen sometimes.

It’s Thursday

So glad it’s Thursday! Grey’s Anatomy is on tonight. Yay! Love that show.

Last night was a much better night for the boys. Munchkin slept until 9 this morning. Peanut was up a little before 8. Insomnia dug it’s claws into me though. I will definitely be napping with Peanut today.

Awake, still. . .

I  was going to go to bed at a reasonable time tonight. I really was. I had plans of crawling into bed at 1:30. A whole hour and a half earlier than I have been these last few weeks. It seems that Peanut honed in on this though and deemed it unacceptable. I have been trying for almost 2 hours to get him back to sleep, but as you can see, I was unsuccessful.

He went to sleep great tonight at about 9. I was able to watch my shows that I DVR’d tonight. In case you are interested, they were Glee ( I am a total Gleek), New Girl (Love Zooey Deschanel) and Parenthood (great show). I was able to eat a brownie and piece of pie-I know, go ahead, I’m a cow. . . Oh yeah and I was feeling like I didn’t have enough vegetables today, so I ate an entire bag of peas. I  never said I was normal.

Then I was going to sit down to have a cup of tea and watch a couple of episodes of an anime I am watching. I know. I am total geek, but I have loved anime since I was 15 and discovered Sailor Moon. That’s 15 years of anime watching.

Anyway, I went to peak at the boys before I sat down again because I heard Munchkin crash into the wall a few times. He is a pretty restless sleeper, so this is not uncommon. I got him settled and turned to check on Peanut.

Peanut has just entered the sleep crawling phase. . . When I turned around to look at him, he was crawling himself up the pillows.

*sigh*

I got him back in his spot and laid down next to him to nurse him back to sleep. I then proceeded to stay in bed with him for almost 2 hours. I finally gave up and just brought him out to the living room with me. We’ll try again in a bit.

Munchkin just crawled out of the bedroom. . . He woke up while I was in there because his water had leaked all over the bed. I got rid of the wet top sheet, laid a towel down and covered him back up. Apparently going back to sleep was not in the cards for him either. He crawled out of the room because that is his way of avoiding detection by Hubby. It is quite humorous. He gets on his belly and army crawls across the floor and slowly opens the door just enough to sneak out. Silly child.

Maybe in an hour we will all be able to go back to bed. Meanwhile we will watch some Gullah Gullah  Island on Nick Jr and I will drink my now cold tea.

Ah, the joys of motherhood. 🙂

On a silly note, while I was lying in bed with Peanut, Munchkin was talking in his sleep a little. All of sudden I hear “snake, sssss” lol. We were doing animal sounds before bed tonight.

Today he was using his signs a lot too. Even though he is talking well, I still encourage him to use them. It is good to have a second language and sign language counts. It will also help with communicating with Peanut while he finds his words. Just a few minutes ago, Munchkin was playing with his fishing puzzle and whipped out the sign for “help“. He hasn’t used that one in a while.

Enjoying the evening

I am sitting out on the porch right now enjoying the remnants of a thunderstorm. It had been warm, muggy and partly cloudy all day. There was a very nice breeze. I was waiting for this storm to hit. I love thunderstorms. I love the rumbling thunder and big flashes of lightning that make my heart jump. The sound of the rain and the wind blowing through the leaves is so soothing. The sounds all balance each other out. A symphony performed by mother nature, complete with a light show.

Ahh. It’s nice to be able to relax a little tonight. Peanut has woken up twice already, so hopefully he will stay sleeping long enough for me to be able to enjoy the evening for a bit. Hubby is getting Munchkin to sleep now and may very well fall asleep himself. He was pretty tired this evening. My plan is to be asleep before 3am. I have gotten myself on a really bad schedule. It all stemmed from all of us being sick with an awful cold/flu virus. Sore throat, fever, achey-even our skin hurt, stuffiness, coughing . . . No fun at all. It was rather annoying having to be up at all hours of the night because the kiddos couldn’t sleep. I’ll never understand that. When I am sick, I just want to stay in bed and sleep the sick away. Kids are the exact opposite. We just have lingering stuffiness and coughing now, but definitely feeling much, much better.

The last 4 or 5 days I have been taking a walk, with at least Peanut, down the street. I have been walking down the street equiped with dog food and dog cookies because someone decided it would be a great place to leave a couple of dogs. They are rather cute. One is a black shepherdy looking boy and the other is a terrier mix, also a boy. I figure the are somewhere between 6 and 12 months. They won’t let us get too close yet. They are holding out hope waiting for whoever left them, to return. So, I bring food, hoping they will trust me enough to follow me back home so we can figure out what to do with them. We don’t want them to get hit by a car or attacked by some wild animal. Poor things must be extra nervous tonight with the storms. At least they have each other.

Munchkin’s vocabulary has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few weeks. He cracks us up. I need to start writing it down so that I can share. My brain has been swiss cheese due to  the lack of sleep, so I can’t remember the hilarious things he says. . . sigh. He does song requests. Tonight it was Twinkle Little Star, except I thought he had said chicken salald at first. lol He tells us to be careful and yells I love yous at random people. He is really funny. I promise I will share the hilarious things he says.

Peanut has been belly crawling for a few weeks now. He has gotten quite good at it. He really doesn’t want to crawl though. He wants to be walking. He tries his darndest to pull himself up on whoever or whatever is near by. His favorite is to pull himself to standing while in the bathtub at night. This is not my favorite. . .  He does lots of talking. Lots of dadadadada. Today he finally said mamamama though! Yay! He loves food. He will eat anything. We don’t do baby food or cereal. He eats some of whatever we are eating. We did this with Munchkin too. Works out great and you save a ton of money 🙂 He is still breastfeeding like a champ. He is already starting to wiggle himself into strange positions while nursing. It is hilarious, but at the same time rather uncomfortable for my poor breasts.

I will leave you with some pics that I took tonight. Munchkin wasn’t really feeling photogenic, but Peanut was all for it.

Munchkin’s first professional haircut

Today I went with K and the kiddos to get my haircut. When I sat down to get my hair washed Munchkin came running over to see what was going on. He was very intrigued and at first tried to help. Then he decided he wanted to get his hair washed too. He climbed up in the chair at the sink next to me and got himself in the position and waited. It was very cute. I figured, sure, why not. I told the woman he could a hair cut too. He loved the whole experienced and was so good for it.

Here are some pics. They were taken with K’s Blackberry, so they aren’t the best quality, but still cute.