Saturday, August 29, 2009

Daddy's kids

Today Edward had so much energy this morning that he was being kind of wild and hollering. My husband started playing with Edward, blowing on his belly and giving him lots of kisses making Edward laugh and squeal with delight. He was so happy to have his daddy's attention that he kept running up to my husband and demanding kisses but not really giving any and snuggling for brief moments. Edward also tried to bounce on him and use him as a jungle gym by crawling all over him.

After a little while, the kids were playing and my husband and I were snuggling on the couch. Edward usually gets jealous and tries to push my husband away so he can snuggle with me but today he pushed his daddy away so he could snuggle and vie for his daddy's attention! That was a first, but a nice change.

Then Ruth wanted in on some of all that attention. She was trying to tickle her daddy and then when Edward would run off for a moment she scrambled on her daddy, gave him some kisses, a big hug and just generally wanting some of his attention. This is a rare moment for my daughter as she is not a very affectionate child with anyone. It was such a joy to see Ruth do this of her own free will.

Without a doubt, it was a wonderful morning filled with love and laughter. These are the moments we treasure.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

What's new

Let's start with Ruth. I would venture to say she is potty trained. She poops and pees in the potty and always tells someone when she has to go. Ruth did have one accident but that was because I couldn't get her to the toilet fast enough. I know it's bound to happen. All that is left is night time potty use. I have read that night time potty training takes a long time, sometimes years. I know I should limit her liquid intake at night after dinner but that seems to be when she is most thirsty... We will get around to it. For now I am just super happy that Ruth is only wearing a diaper to bed and I am already saving money. Ruth is pretty much big enough that she doesn't need a nap but occasionally she ops for one. She does fine either way.

Edward is babbling constantly. He tries to say 'thank you', 'Spongebob Squarepants', and 'i love you', and I'm pretty sure he tries to say 'all done' when he is finished with his meal. It's so exciting to hear him say words. I hope when he is at daycare with the older kids his speech picks up even more. On another note, Edward has discovered that he can push the plastic slide across the room and under the window and look out. Also, my husband an I have seem to 'fixed' his late nights. We give him some melatonin between 8 pm and 830 pm and he hasnt been up past 10 pm! I would put him to bed no later than 10 and stand by the door and put him back to bed if he got up. Now if he has a tantrum because I put him in bed he still stays in bed. Those tantrums are getting fewer and farther between. For the last month I'd say, Edward has been going to bed and falling asleep between 9 pm and 930 pm. This is so great since I start school tomorrow and I will be needing some down time to read and do homework.

I can hardly believe how much my children have grown and changed over the summer. It has been nice to spend so much time with them but I have to admit I am thrilled to be going back to school. I am not cut out to be a stay at home mom. Maybe next summer they will be big enough to spend a week at the grandparents house or do a couple of weekends so my husband and I can have us time. With Edward being more cooperative at bed time I am feeling more confident and less worried about leaving him with others. Until next time!