Wednesday, April 25, 2012

What a zoo-inkydink

I think there may be a biological clock ticking away somewhere inside of me-- no, not the one that tells you it's time to have more kids...  the other one; the one that tells you it's time to hit the zoo.

Obviously, spring is a great time to go, but what I found when I was looking back through my photos from when Niall was a baby was beyond a coincidence.  I'm seriously freaked out.

April 19, 2010

April 19, 2012

I had absolutely no idea that I had picked the exact same day, 2 years apart, to bring both of my babies to the zoo for their first times.  And I probably couldn't have picked a better day on both years.  I like my zoo trips cool and breezy as opposed to the summer trips where I pant like a dog and drip with sweat the entire time.

The only difference this time around was that I stopped trying to position the stroller perfectly in front of each cage so that I could get pictures with both the babies and the animals together.  As you can see, the only one I attempted this time involved a kid with food hanging out of his mouth and a sleeping baby who couldn't have cared less.  Then my common sense kicked in and I decided to stop wasting my time.

So the photo shoots this time were mostly minus the kiddos...

I also decided, this time, not to take Brendan out of the stroller so that he could "see" the cool animals.  It's pretty hilarious to me that I even did that with Niall at 5 months old.  Brendan took a nice little snooze 'n stroll while Niall appreciated the zoo life (since he actually had the mental and visual capacity to do so).   

 I'd say that this time was slightly more engaging than the last...

 But I'm sure we'll be back again soon :)

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Saturday, April 21, 2012

Spring Fever

Spring has sprung, and where I would usually be jumping for joy this time each year, I'm having a bit of a love-hate relationship with this crazy season of rebirth.

I've been beyond blessed that I have never suffered from the dreaded "A" word, but poor Niall has pollen fever beyond belief. It's hard to watch.

This poor kid can't even walk from the front step to the car without his entire face becoming covered in gooey snot.  He lets out more sneezes in a day than words, and he sounds like an 87 year old man with sleep apnea when he goes down each night.

He is so sick of having his face wiped, that he screams "NO BOOGIES!!!" whenever he sees me coming with the tissue and sprints the other direction.  I can't even wipe food off of his face anymore without a fit.  So sometimes I just don't (Shh, our little secret).

But we don't give up.  Not in this family.  We chug down that allergy medicine and spend the whole morning outside, just about every day.  As much as those plants try to bring Niall down, he has nothing but love for them.  Kill em with kindness, that's his motto.  He is a nature boy- always has been and always will be...

The other predicament of spring: thermostat guilt

If I didn't feel extreme guilt for destroying the environment and wasting a boat load of money, I would have the heat on from 4am-9am each morning and the AC on from 10am-5pm.  But since I'm so PC, we are bundling in some serious sweats for breakfast time and stripping down in the afternoon these days.

The good news... pretty flowers, fresh fruits and veggies, and perfect weather.  I'm excited to work on my garden this weekend, hit up the farmers market, and try out some new recipes.  What are you doing to celebrate the season?

Enjoy your weekend!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Things That Make Me Happy

I've finally gotten a little better about taking pictures-- although my camera has become this dusty heap at the bottom of my diaper bag, I've become quite the sly fox with the smart phone shots. It's the only way I can capture a moment fast enough with these little guys on the move. So the quality of the pix are probably not as great as I'd like, but it's better than not having any, right?

I've been looking back through my photos from the last 2 weeks and trying to find the common thread to tell a story on this blog... but there is only one thing that comes to mind as I look at each and every one of these pictures: things that make me happy.

There's really no story to tell this week; just a compilation of photos that make me smile for a boat load of different reasons. I hope they do the same for you...

the pride of mastering tummy time
Niall's idea of what a smile is supposed to look like :)
a big brother taking care of his little brother
sneaking off to climb a tree in the middle of a parade
exploring by the dock
kisses for baby bro
a log cabin in the middle of the forest...
...and a "tea party" setup made from tree stumps
Mr. Owl McCullough, as Niall calls him
Daddy bonding time
3D movie with a best buddy
and wearing the glasses the next day just because it's cool

What made you happy this week?  Link up below:

Mrs Stephanie T

Have a great week :)

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

No more nappy

As I'm sitting here at my refuge-- I mean, computer desk-- all I can hear from upstairs is loud thuds, banging on walls and some kind of screaming/singing about climbing and Kermit the frog.  I knew this day would come.  The day of no more napping.  The day of infamy.

It's been almost a week now, which is how I know that it's official.  I thought that maybe the change of scenery over the Easter weekend might be enough to shake things up and get back to normal once we got home, but something tells me that nap time is definitely over.  And I'm nowhere near ready to accept it.

The culprit?


The toddler bed.

It's actually a really good thing, for the most part.  Niall has had this toddler bed set up in his room since he started climbing out of his crib 6 months ago.  But when we tried out the big boy bed, he had this sudden shift of miraculous obedience and decided that he wanted to stay in his crib. Never tried to climb out again after that (so bizarre!).

We were obviously fine with that because we wouldn't have to worry about him getting out of bed and trying to leave the room... but time has started ticking for Brendan to move into that room and that crib.  So I put a date in my head of May 1.  I wanted to get Niall used to the idea, so I've been saying things like "Hey, do you want to move into your new bed soon?" or "Wow, those train sheets are so cool-- much cooler than the crib sheets."  But he had no interest.


Last week, I said "Hey Niall, do you want Brendan to move into your room with you?"  He immediately replied with a booming "Yeah!!!" 

Well, the very next day, Niall told us he wanted to sleep in his bed and hasn't turned back since.  Matt and I cringed that first night, just waiting for Niall to leave his bed and come running to the door, but he never did! 

So I really can't complain; it's just the nap that has been affected.  He gets right out of bed and runs around his room-- which I'm actually fine with, as long as he's not begging to come out...  but that usually comes full throttle after about 30 minutes.

I do have a safety gate up at the door, so at least he can't get out, but he sure can put on a good crying show.  I told him today that if he didn't want to take a nap, he could have "quiet reading time" in his room.  I'm just not sure if I can expect a 2 year old to spend 2 hours entertaining himself in his room... or if I can even trust him in there.

But I NEED those 2 hours!  There's so much I have to get done during that little chunk of time and I just don't think I can do it with him awake. Checking emails, making appointments, going through the never-ending mail pile, writing a blog a few times each week, cleaning, doing laundry, checking the bank statement, and chipping away at the ongoing to-do list. It would take at least 3 times longer if he were "helping" me, which is what he always wants to do.

The bottom line is that, with babies and toddlers, as soon as you get used to things being a certain way, they're gonna go and change on you.  You constantly need to adapt, and somehow, you always find a way to make it work.  Unfortunately, I think my way of making this work out is that the laundry, cleaning and to-do list are just going to be "indefinitely suspended" a lot more often than I would like.

Oh hey wait, look what I just found:

Ok, so it's not technically a nap in the bed, but I'll take what I can get.  Better go get some work done while I have a chance!

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