Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"No go home mommy, go vanna's berfday party."
"It's not time for her party yet- not for 11 more days."
"NO ELEVEN MORE DAYS. WE GO NOW MOMMY."
"We can't go now, they aren't ready yet."
"NO MOMMY. I wanna go vanna's party now. No wait, NOW!"
And the tantrums continued. We got home and I pulled down the calendar and tried to explain. Didn't work. Then we used the words "11 more sleeps" and I think, just maybe, he got it! Or maybe tomorrow he'll wake up and the tears will start again. So many tears when you are 2 going on 3.
And so it begins. Ethan's budding social life takes a big step. I think, in fact, it is now more exciting than mine. Maybe I'll meet some nice moms at the party? I do have to go with him, right? And I do have to go pick out a present. What do little girls this age love? She's a cute girl. OK, I lie. She screams when her mom puts her in the car and she reminds me a lot of a character from Tales of a 4th Grade Nothing. But, she invited Ethan to her party and for that- I love her!
PS - Lucas had an absolutely fabulous day - but has already woken up MANY, MANY times tonight.... Manipulation? Teething? Nightmares? How does one know?
Monday, March 30, 2009
Brian joined us when he got off of work. He took Lucas down the slide for the very first time.
We had a very healthy dinner. I took an old favorite, Swedish Meatballs and Rice, and healthed it up a bit - lowfat milk, ground turkey, brown rice... Not a big hit... The boys just glared at me... though Ethan did end up eating all his "chicken nuggets" (the turkey meatballs) so he could have a biscuit after dinner. Where do you find the balance between healthy and yummy to a 2 year old? And when does he learn that it's not okay to announce to us, "I DON"T LIKE IT." Makes my heart warm....
Sunday, March 29, 2009
"Ethan, why do you think Lucas was crying?"
"He saw my tiger."
"Your tiger? You have a tiger? Where is your tiger?"
"My tiger, my friend. My tiger at the airport. He come to see me."
"You have a tiger at the airport? Where did he come from?"
"He came from the green."
"From the green? Who is he going to see next? Is he going to see Upa?"
"No, Upa have another one tiger. Upa tiger his friend another one."
"And Lucas saw your tiger, was he scared?"
"Yeah, he ROOOOOAAAARRR!"
And that was the end of the conversation... Ethan stuffs his face with spaghetti.
Ethan discovered that Lucas adores him and ate it up! He read to him, sang songs, tickled, and played. It was so much fun to see. I HATE his babytalk voice though. His pitch goes up three octaves and he slurs all his words together. I'm assuming he's imitating me.... great....
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Lucas is a total fusser. He is just miserable- only up for about an hour at a time before he has to go back down because he is so tired. He did eat a lot more today- though not normal- so maybe we're on the upswing? It's hard to see him in pain and not be able to do anything about it - poor guy!
And by the way... Ethan and I colored today- we colored and colored and colored. We kept the TV off all day and had a great time doing everything else. A good lesson for mommy....
Friday, March 27, 2009
"Ethan, what makes a mommy a good mommy?"
"Einsteins!" (we are currently downloading an episode from Itunes he fell in love with at my parents).
"What else? What do you like mommy to do?"
"Color me." (he leaves out the word with... he doesn't actually mean color him, although he'd probably love it...)
"Cut yours hairs. Snap, snap, snap."
"You want to cut my hair?"
"Yep, snap, snap, snap......" and off he went in search of scissors... note to self, hide all real scissors...
As to the best advice I've gotten (besides from the two year old)... It's the same advice I got as a teacher- You can't be perfect. You can do your best, work really hard, make the world a better place, but you CAN'T be perfect. And you can't get down on yourself when you're not. Learn to laugh at yourself and you'll be a much happier mommy. Like when you realize you just drove to a baseball game an hour from home with no bottle, no formula, no brain, apparently. You can lose your mind, or you can laugh. I choose laughing!
I try to teach my students this every year too. Don't take yourself so seriously. You're going to screw up, you're going to fall down. Laugh it off and keep moving....
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Mommy loved making Ethan run down the mall corridors, trying to get out some of the crazy energy that boy has pent up. We went over to Uma's school and Lucas giggled and smiled and entertained all the kiddos. Ethan threw a gigantic fit when we couldn't find Mickey's clubhouse on line. The 6th graders loved that- they could really identify. I finally found it and mom's kiddos wrote their rough drafts with Mickey singing in the background. Then Ethan got invited over to the science class to watch a movie about cows pooping and collecting methane gas.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I love you Brian- thanks for being such an amazing Daddy and husband. I miss you. I'm so grateful that you're there. You better be there!
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
And the biggest news of all - LUCAS FINALLY ROLLED OVER!!!! My mom "scaffolded" (an education word for helping/cheating) him until he figured it out. The video is the first time he actually did it. You'll have to excuse us screaming in the background- we were excited. Sad that Daddy wasn't here, but happy that Nana and Uma and Upa were. He rolled five or six times and then decided NO MORE OF THAT. But, I'm sure once he gets some sleep, he'll be all over it. How exciting! This place IS magical!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Liam slept and slept. Lucas jumped and jumped. Ethan talked and talked. We all survived and it wasn't so bad.
And then we got to see our Nana. Lucas just LOVED sitting in her lap and trying to jump off. The boy loves to jump. He won't roll still. But he oh so loves to jump. He and Ethan both loved visiting. Ethan was intrigued by the fish tank (keep in mind he took the photo...)
And then we went back to "The Park" (my parents' house) and played and giggled and then, finally at 6 pm, I put them to bed. It's always a guessing game as to when I should put them down. I mean, at home, they are in bed by 7 just about every night and sleep pretty darn well for the next 12 hours. So do I try and adjust them to the 1 hour time change? Do I try to keep them up late in hopes that they'll sleep in (though they never do)? Tonight, my own exhaustion made the decision for me- that and Lucas yawning. So Uma (my mom) took care of the bedtime stories and the boys went down pretty darn well. At 6 pm. Should I feel guilty?
Friday, March 20, 2009
And my little man laughing... Ethan loved laughing at the McConnel's dog, Ripley when he was a baby too... funny!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We were all ready to go tonight and Ethan disappeared. We figured out he was going potty, so left him alone. Stupid. When Brian got in there, he had once again covered himself in the bath soap- gross! So, he got a bath and we were late. And he loved every second.
Tomorrow is my last day until Spring Break! Hallelujah! We had a great (well, not exactly stellar) Science Fair today and I'm ready!
Brian: Ethan, go tell Todd "You smell bad."
Ethan (pointing finger at Todd): I smell bad!
I kind of wish he wouldn't grow up.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tonight was Skate Night again, at the RollerDrome. Ethan had a blast at the limbo, made lots of friends, and was an absolute star in the "under Kindergarten" race - He won! Of course, the other kid was sobbing for his mommy and dropped out, but still, Ethan won!
And look - he can do it all by himself! He wouldn't let me hold his hand hardly at all and even did some skating with a few of my students. Too fun!
Monday, March 16, 2009
Good thing, because he (Lucas) has an ear infection. Of course, the mommy guilt takes over at this point, because how did I not pick up on it? I know, I know, if there's no fever and he's not that fussy, how are you to know, but still... the guilt is there. Ethan did NOT have pink eye, just his cold gunking up through his eye- totally disgusting!
Both boys loved their day with Daddy and were almost good as new by dinnertime. I'm praying for a good night sleep for ALL of us.
We (the little guys and me) fly to WA on Saturday. So tonight, when I put Ethan to bed, I told him that we would be going to see Uma and Upa in 5 sleeps.
"Yep, in 5 sleeps, we'll go in an airplane to see Uma and Upa."
"Ok, that'll be fun."
His new favorite words are "fun" and "cool". It makes me laugh because those are the two words I banish from my students' writing- so generic. Yet, I love it when Ethan says such big-boy phrases like that. Not nearly as much as I love it when he makes up words for things, but those are getting fewer and farther between. My little boy is growing up!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Ethan was nice enough to show Lucas up close...
Lucas and Addie played a bit, but mostly just ate and slept- so no pictures of them there... It was fun.. The only big problem was when we went to leave. Both boys had a major meltdown (way after normal nap time) and Ethan went so far as to kick all of Payton's cars out of line (a toddler's nightmare) as he left. Then they both crashed in the car so Brian and I got coffees and drove around and around to let them sleep. A fun day :)
Saturday, March 14, 2009
I do realize if you've never been to my house, that this may seem silly and you may think, it's still pretty messy- well, just be glad you don't have to see the before!
I'm holding a very cranky Lucas... Pinkeye and who knows what else- he's a mess!
And thanks Jess for your help!