Monthly Archives: July 2008

Hugs and Kisses

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When I put Brandon down for his nap yesterday he gave me the biggest hugs (one on each side) and several kisses.  Usually, when he goes through this routine I do one of each and then give him his dinosaur to hug and kiss some more so I can go eat my lunch and start the daily cleaning (just kidding about that last one, more like watch tv).   But I just let him hug and hug and thought about when he gets older and he won’t hug me at all, especially not long lingering hugs.  I think I am feeling like he is getting too old too fast with school starting and potty training.

My favorite hugs that he gives are right after I get him up from nap, if he is still a little sleepy I carry him into the living room and we stand in front of the mirror and hug and he will move my head a way from the mirror so he can see what he looks like when he hugs me.  He is clearly adorable, but a little vain.  Brandon will watch himself in any reflective surface.  After bath, I bundle him up in a towel  and hold him in front of the mirror and he watches to see what he looks like when he kisses mommy on the cheek.  I think it is funny how fascinating he finds himself. 

We have started playing a game recently where I pretend to be asleep and he has to wake me up with a kiss like a prince.  He can get a little excited and I have been head butted more than once, but usually he gives the best little kisses before he shoves my head back into the pillow to go back to sleep so he can do it again.  At this age kisses have magical powers…they wake up princess’ and cure boo-boos…I’m glad that I get to remember those days through Brandon. 

My 2 adorable boys.

 
My 2 adorable boys.
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Super Brandon

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Along with Brandon’s new independence has come a desire to pick out his own clothes and accessories. For example, we went to Jason’s Deli the other night wearing red crocs, his sunglasses, an animal necklace and Rescue Pack slung over his shoulder.  I tried to explain the rule of taking off the last accessory you put on, but he didn’t seem to care much.  I felt better, though, when we got there and two little boys were wearing capes. 

The other night at Wal-mart we found a Batman mask that Brandon wanted to put on, so I let him and that was it…he fell in love with the idea of having a secret identity.  He wore the mask the rest of the time in the store (I had to take another one to the counter to check out) and only took it off at home when he realized he couldn’t drink his chocolate milk with it on.   I love that he is finally entering the “shorts and boots” phase that all little boys go through.  If we don’t have embarrassing photos to black mail him with, how will we have any control when he’s a teenager?

Why you don’t leave a 2 yr old alone…

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Joe and I were on the computer and left Brandon in our room sitting on his potty and watching a cartoon.  Suddenly, he comes walking into the office with the bowl from his potty with tinkle in it.  Apparently, he was so proud of himself that he wanted to come show us.  We freaked and tried to take it away but he wanted to empty it himself and I was afraid if I fought him too much he would jerk it away and then it would have been very bad.  He managed to empty it and wash it out himself with no spilling so that was good, but it was hard to get on to him about picking up the bowl himself and still be positive about him going tinkle on the potty.  I decided to let it go and just keep a better eye on him from now on. 

We have hit the “do it Me-self” phase, big time.  I got him a pair of crocs he can put on himself because he was driving me crazy trying to put his good shoes on.  He wants to take his own pants off, but can’t, so he lets me pull them down but he has to be the one to take his feet out.  If I do one foot, we have to put them all the way back on and start again.  We worked out a compromise on putting his pants on…he pulls up the front and I do the back.   I guess being potty trained has given him a taste of independence and he likes it!

Just being adorable!

Just being adorable!

A little joke

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I was looking through my closet for something to wear, but nothing was calling out to me. So I sought my three-year-old’s opinion.

“What do you think I should change into? ” I asked

He thought a while before replying, “A butterfly.”

–Lynn Sherlock

I saw this in Reader’s Digest and thought it was cute.  Nothing much going on here, except that potty training is going really well.  Brandon went on his own to the potty twice yesterday, but we can’t put pants on him, because he can’t take them off himself yet, so he will just go.  So, we have had a lot of naked baby time in our house this week.  So far, so good.  I think we will even venture out of the house a couple of times this week for short outtings.  He still won’t go on a big potty.  We went to Joe’s softball game Friday night and I took his potty in the back of the tahoe and took him out to the car to go (like the Gosselins do).  He never did, but he tried longer than he would on the public potty.  After about an hour and a half, he had an accident, but I still think he did really good for his first time out in his big boy pants.  I’m rambling, so I’m going to stop now.

Potty Training Update

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I am too exhausted from cleaning up pee and my back hurts too bad from sitting on the edge of the tub to go into much detail at this point.  I will take the time to say that it is going much better than expected.  Brandon tinkled and pooped on the potty the first day (after several accidents) and I got very excited.  Surely this was going to be a piece of cake, right? No…apparently he was luring me into a false sense of hope.  The second day, he only went on the potty a couple of times and had a few accidents (I think he was holding it in because he also refused to drink anything most of the day). The third day went much better when I bribed him with Sprite.  He went on the potty a lot and pooped in the potty once, although he also pooped in the bath tub for the first time, too.  It was pretty much my worst nightmare come true, but I won’t dwell on that.  Today has not gone great.  He is holding it again and peed in his “big boy” underwear as soon as I put them on him and he has only gone in the potty a few times, but he is getting better as the day goes on, so I haven’t lost all hope.  The worst part was when he got a hold of a marker and colored the tub, his potty and part of the bathroom wall when I wasn’t in there.  Right now, he is taking a nap and has on his night-night underwear (pull-ups) so, I am going to take this chance to go relax and know for a couple of hours I will not be peed on!

Happy (Belated) 4th of July

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We celebrated the 4th with Stephanie, Gerrit, Sky and Noah, who came to Arkansas to see us.  It was a blast and as always we had a new adventure with Sissy!  Friday we went to a rodeo parade and saw lots of horses and “interesting” parade floats.  Then we went to eat and went to the pool that night and it was the weirdest thing…the town was almost deserted.  There was only 1 guy at the restaurant (and this was a popular place) and 2 other families at the pool, which is usually packed.  Apparently, everyone left town for the holiday and Joe and I just weren’t invited.  That’s okay, though…we had fun and it was nice to let the kids be a little loud or wild and not have to worry about it.  That night we watched fireworks from my backyard, which was quite a show, since you are allowed to shoot off fireworks within city limits here and they went on until about midnight. On Saturday, Stephanie made us go to Devil’s Den National Park to take the kids hiking…I say made, because none of us thought the kids were old enough and expected a disaster, especially since it was raining that morning.  But, we were wrong!  It was a blast and I want to start going all the time!  It was a real hike (especially carrying a 9 month old with us) but the kids had fun and only fell a few times, which with toddlers happens on flat surface too, so it might as well be on a mountain with beautiful views and fun caves to explore.  That night we were wiped out so we stayed home and cooked out and then took the kids fishing for the first time.  They liked it, but since they didn’t have hooks, it got old pretty fast and we didn’t have a fishing license so we were a little worried about the law gettin’ us.  The next morning, Sissy and fam left early and we started our first day of potty training, which I will tell more about later.  Overall, it was a great weekend and I love having my family come up here and see were I live, especially Stephanie, because every timeshe comes I discover something else fun to do (last time we went to an animal refuge and a bat cave, with strollers)!

There goes my big career…

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In last week’s post I alluded to the fact that I found a place to hang some of my paintings and sell my blankets…well, after talking to the owner a couple of times (when she was actually at the store) I got the feeling that she was kind of a nut and became less optimistic about my budding art career.  Even though it was sooner than expected, I got the call from the store last night (from the actual lease holders) to come pick up my stuff because they were closing the store.  They were very nice and said they liked my pieces but that they were closing down shop and were not planning on reopening anytime soon.  So, there you have it…for 7 days I was a professional artist.  I would love to say that this has given me new found optimism that there are opportunities out there (which I am hoping for), but a black cat passed in front of my car on the way home. I’ll let you make of that what you want.