Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
This week my mom maintained her title (and brought my sister along as runner-up :) sending not only Valentine's Day packages, but Birthday goodies too! And when I say goodies I mean goodies! Mom, thank you for remembering not only the big things, but the little things too! As I sit here watching my new Everybody Loves Raymond season, and my American Idol Best and the Worst DVD savoring my gummy peach and grapefruit candies and drinking my Starbucks coffee (hey why wait, you might as well enjoy it all together!) I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a family that loves me dearly and knows me well enough to know what will bring a smile to my face across the miles :) I also have to say a huge thank you to my Dad, who through his countless hours of work, continues to support my mom's habit :) and through his words always continues to affirm me. You three are a treasure of a family, and I am and always will be blessed to be your daughter, sister, and friend!
Every night Gary spends bathtime with Nathan and then passes him off to me for the dirty work of putting him to sleep :) Usually he drinks his milk while we sing songs and say prayers (which I have to get better at remembering to do!!) and as the songs continue on, his little eyes get heavy and we rock in the rocking chair until he's down for the count.
But tonight after songs and lots of rocking my little man was still pretty wiggly, so I said good-night, received a very wet and slobbery Nathan kiss and put him in his bed. As I leaned down to kiss him good-night one last time, thinking I would rub his back for a little while, or continue on with our night-night songs, my precious baby looked up at me with sleepy eyes and says... chau (aka in English, see you later mom... what did you think? that I was going to say that he said I love you mommy? One day :)
So needless to say I took my leave. And as I sit here listening over the monitor to my big boy rolling around in his bed, putting himself to sleep, I have to think to myself, how did he grow up so fast? Where did the time go?
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Friday, February 16, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Well, a few months ago when i posted about needing children's medicines I had no idea that so many friends and loved ones would come to our rescue! I think I could open up a small pharmacy if I needed to :) and that is a wonderful feeling as a mommy to know that we have what we need to take care of Nathan!
So I started brain storming in my mind of a way to post to our blog thanking everyone who sent packages... and I thought... I'll post a big smily picture of Nathan saying, "this is the face of a child who knows there is plenty of Tylenol in the closet for owies, booboos, and new teeth coming in!" I thought it would be fun. I thought it would be a good way to say thank you... I thought it would be easy. But what I didn't remember is our kiddos did not sign the cooperation clause upon birth, there is nothing in Nathan's contract as my son that says, when mommy has a vision I will do what I can to make it happen! :) So last week when I sat down to capture the perfect smily picture of my precious son... this is what happened.
Okay, so there is one picture that has a slight resemblance of a smile. And you now can be assured that my son has all 10 fingers and a mouth full of teeth. But alas, no smily picture that I was hoping for.
So it appears my words will have to suffice... I want to say a HUGE thank you to all who have sent packages to us! You filled them not only with medicine with Nathan, but goodies for mommy and daddy too, taco soup seasoning (and yum it was good!), chapstick (always a winner), eye drops, TUMS (huge winner :), candy, magazines to read (I had no idea that Guideposts was a good read... but it really is!), lotions, tea bags and so much more. There were toys for Nathan (which by the way we're having a hard time sharing... which means he LOVES them!) and gummy fruit flavored snacks that Nathan is putting his "please" and "more" signing to VERY good use to request (which by the way are a great great great padding to packages that have a few empty spaces to fill!).
We have felt so loved and cared for over the past few months with every trip to the post office. We have received packages from old friends, new friends (who knew there are actually people out there reading this thing :) and old friends that we haven't had a chance to talk to in years. Please know that this is our way of saying thank you with all our hearts, not only for the goodies, but for showing us how much we are cared about and prayed over by you and your families! God bless you all!
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Me and Lucy LOVE to get dirty :)
That's a Lucy kiss.
This is the pouring dirt part I told you about...
This picture is from this morning. See yesterday I took an amazing nap (almost four hours) and so I fooled Mommy into thinking I had made the two nap a day - to - one nap a day switch. But at 10:30 this morning when I started whining, carrying around my milk, and holding onto her legs, I thought I had made myself clear... I'm TIRED mommy. But apparently I need to work harder on the talking thing, which by the way Mommy's a speech therapist... I mean you think she'd understand me :) But she didn't quite get it and so I had to and curl up in the recliner until she carried me upstairs to my bed. She'll learn one of these days :)
Man I sure am cute when I'm asleep :)
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Nathan woke up super early this morning and so was ready for a nap as I hit the whining, fussing wall of mommy toleration. So as we're rocking and he's finishing his milk I make the move to the shoulder for burping maneuver and he won't put his head on my shoulder. Now usually this is a short little "game" that he and I play, him lifting his head up to smile at me and me saying "lay down Nathan" and usually he minds. But today he decided to use his favorite word instead... NO! This word works wonders for him when he's out back with Lucy our puppy and she's jumping on him, or playing to rough. He walks his little squatty body around the back yard swishing his finger at her and saying "No, No, No!" Super cute, today... NOT so super cute! So we started off the morning with a spanking for telling mommy NO which is totally not allowed!
What you have to know at this point is that Nathan is super funny when he realizes he's in trouble. I guess I have the mommy... "You did not just do that" look down pretty well, because when he sees it cross my face, he grins really big and starts this sweet little nervous laugh, kind of a "if I smile real big and giggle real cute, maybe it'll get me out of trouble" act. So needless to say, disciplining gets harder and harder by the minute for me as I try to be serious amidst the cuteness.
Nathan's second "spanking" (and by spanking I mean small swat on the leg, so no worries that we've taken to seriously spanking a less than two year old) came at the point in the day where he thought it would be a good idea to spank mommy after she told him no for something or other. Yeah... well you can just imagine how well that went over with the mommy. Enter "spanking" number two. But again, with the big smile and little nervous giggle.
I am only imagining that this will get harder and harder to do as the years go on and his personality/sense of humor continue to develop. Lord help me!!!... to be the mommy that I need to be for Nathan, and the strength to know when I need to leave the room for a second, not out of anger... but to hide my smile and laughter at how precious he really is, when he's supposed to be in big trouble :) As usual, I welcome suggestions from fellow mommies in toddler, or post toddler land! :) May God bless us all!