Thursday, April 25, 2013

Reasons my 3-year-old might be freaking out

A friend sent me this article a couple weeks ago 46 reasons My 3 year old might be freaking out , and I was dying.  On the floor, crying and laughing at the same time; but mostly, just so happy to know that all toddlers have these kinds of meltdowns at one point or another (or multiple points AND another). 

So I knew that I had to make my own list based on my experiences with Niall.  The things that set these little guys off is too funny...

Reasons my 3-year-old might be freaking out:

1) I put his milk in the wrong sippy cup
2) I said "you're welcome" after he said "thank you"
3) His pull-up has a submarine on it
4) I sang along to the song on his TV show
5) Brendan looked at him
6) I'm making him wear "hard pants" but he wanted to wear "soft pants"
7) The Thomas toothpaste tastes different than the Elmo kind
8) Brendan tried to share a toy with him
9) Only dad can read him stories
10) Only mom can put his socks on
11) Blowing your nose is "mean"
12) I gave him his dinner before putting his drink on the table
13) The dump truck's dump feature is in the wrong position
14) I picked the wrong melody on his white noise machine
15) I thought he was talking to me but he was actually talking to his imaginary friends
16) I bought the wrong "flavor" of hand soap
17) The bath water is "too medium"
18) I'm not allowed to have the same favorite color as him
19) The door was open instead of shut
20) I put a toy away in the wrong basket

Love being the mom of a 3 year old :)

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Flashback Friday: Planes

When they say the whole "blink and you miss it" thing with kids-- whoever "they" are-- they weren't kidding. It's hard to believe that this was 2 years ago, almost to the day,  when I was at this airplane museum with Niall.  He would have been about 16 months-- just a month older than Brendan is now. 

But Brendan was not even remotely in the picture yet, and I couldn't even tell you what milestones Niall had hit by this point- was he talking, climbing, running, jumping? Why is it so hard for me to remember everything when I only had one kid at the time?

I look at these pictures and I feel like I don't even know that little boy.  Niall is growing up so fast and it all somehow became a blur.  Could this possibly be the same guy on that same pavement with those same planes?


With this guy alongside him!?

Somehow, the airplane museum seems a lot cooler when you have a very dedicated wing-man next to you.  I think Niall may have liked this trip even better than that first one 2 years ago.

One thing is for sure: some things never change.  This airplane in baby Niall's hands...

definitely did not stick around for 2 years-- it probably didn't even make it 2 months.  Luckily, he completely forgot about it.  So when I let Niall pick out a new one this time, wouldn't you know, out of a dozen or so different options, he picked the very same plane; same color and all...

Not sure which one is Maverick and which one is Iceman...

But either way, these boys make flying look good.

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Blossoms or Bust

It was almost a bust.  One of my favorite times of year-- first, because there are usually a solid 10 days when I can open my windows all day AND go outside at 3 pm without immediately retreating back into the house for fear of melting or setting on fire...

But mainly because we live in the one place in the country (unless someone was lying to me) where you get to bear witness to the famous cherry blossom trees in bloom.  It is truly a sight to see and we do it every year, no matter what.  The thing is, there are only 4 or 5 days to catch them in full peak-- any time before or after and you'll miss it, so I become somewhat of a cherry blossom stalker every March/April. 

This year, mother nature played tricks on us by giving us a couple 85-90 degree days at the very end of March and then getting cold again.  The peak date got pushed forward, then pushed back and then the couple times I thought I had it timed right, it rained.  After all the nasty tricks and almost giving up, we finally got to see them.  And it was totally worth it:

The boys may have been a little young to appreciate hundreds of beautiful pink trees hanging over their heads, but that's ok.  They enjoyed the park nearby, so I guess everybody wins.  

Not bad for a Thursday morning adventure.

 Happy Spring!

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Friday, April 5, 2013

Things I never thought I'd say

Before I had kids, I had this skewed vision of the conversations that mothers have with their small children.  It was very cute and innocent (and completely naive) of me, looking back now, but very far off from reality, none-the-less.

I dreamed of cuddling my crying baby, whispering a lullaby into his little ears, and the tears would immediately stop while he simultaneously fell asleep in my arms.  I imagined that as my child grew to be a toddler, I might say things like "No, no, sweetie, we don't do that" and he would run up to me saying, "I sorry mommy!" and give me a big hug and we would run off into a field of flowers jumping and laughing and singing. 

But as we all know, that's just not how it goes.  And not just when it comes to crying and tantrums.  A lot of the conversations I have with Niall, and even Brendan, are just so incredibly strange, I never in a million years could have imagined that these would be things I would be saying to my child.

So here they are, the 10 things I never thought I'd say to my child:

10) Just wait a minute, Niall.  You can have a turn with the machete when Quinn is finished.
9) If you put your pants on, I'll let you watch a show.
 8) Niall, will you grab me that razor?  Brendan likes to hold it while I change his diaper.
7) I'm going to have a panic attack if you don't stop dipping your hand in the toilet water!!
6) You can't wear a rain boot on one foot and a sneaker on the other-- well, actually, that's kind of cute.  Let's just go...
5) Score!!! This one's not diarrhea!!
4) No, Niall, that's not called a fuckle-sword, it's a screwdriver.
3) Just wipe your snot on your sleeve-- not the couch
2) Go fetch Brendan!  (literally, I throw a ball across the room and he brings it back and drops it at my feet.)
1) You can only put your hands down your pants at home-- please don't do that in public

And yes, I have actually said every one of these things-- most, on multiple occasions.

Happy Friday :)

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bunnies and Baskets

The easter bunny was good to us this year-- a little too good.  I'm not sure that I want to continue letting Niall have a piece of candy after every breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack until we run out.... because, honestly, that could take a couple months. 

Which is why I've decided to be so kind as to step in and help with all that chocolate overload.  I'm pretty selfless like that :)

I was especially excited this year because Niall is at the age where he really gets it.  And, of course, we have a new participant in the festivities this year, which makes everything that much better...

The easter bunny must have known that my little guys were ready for the challenge, so he decided to shake things up a bit and hide the easter basket.  Scavenger style...

Little clues tucked into eggs along the way, but not tricky enough for my big boy...

The whole Easter basket thing was mainly Niall's show, but he was nice enough to let Brendan watch...

...from a safe distance:

And, after assessing what was not really worth his time, he decided to share the boring stuff with Brendan (sidewalk chalk, stuffed animals, empty eggs, bubbles, anything not candy...)

Don't worry, Brendan got his way in the end (we'll keep in on the DL from big bro)...

As if that wasn't enough excitement, we topped off the day with an easter egg hunt after church:

 Brendan got a little help-- even from Niall.

But let's just say, Niall won.

All in all, though, not a bad day for this guy either. 

Hope you had a happy Easter!

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