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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Communication is key

Recently, Gibson has started asking for the things that he wants instead of shrieking at me and making me follow him all over the world to stare at kitchen cabinets.

We're all VERY happy about this development.  VERY VERY HAPPY.

Because with his burgeoning communication skills comes a happier toddler.  HE'S HAPPY.

...most of the time.  I mean, he's still Gibson.

Anyway.  Gibson and I have the following conversation roughly 27 times between 7:00 and 4:00 every day:

Gibson: Need more!
Me: More what?
Gibson: More!  Need more!  PLEEEEEEEASE!
Me: Okay, buddy, what do you need more of?
Gibson: More!  Snack!  Need snack!
Me: I can get you a snack!
Gibson: CRACKER!  NEED CRACKER!  PLEEEEEASE!

And then I get him crackers, and all is right with the world.

Crackers can solve pretty much all of the world's problems, as it turns out.  Except sometimes he doesn't *really* want crackers, and he gives two-thirds of them to Ellie.  Then we have this conversation:

Me: Gibson, if you keep giving Ellie your crackers they'll be all gone.  And you're not getting any more.  No more crackers, okay?
Gibson: KAY!
Me: You eat your crackers, okay?
Gibson: KAY!  *Eats one cracker, and then keeps giving crackers to Ellie*
Me: Alright, but you aren't getting any more crackers when those are all gone.
Gibson: *feeds Ellie the last cracker* NEED MORE!  CRACKER!  PLEASE!  NEED MORE!
Me: No, you're all done.  You gave Ellie your crackers, so you're all done.
Gibson: PLEASE!  PLEASE!  NEED MORE!  NEED MORE!  CRACKERRRRRR!!
Me: Nope, you're all done.
Gibson: *tantrum*


So...communication doesn't always work in toddlerland.  Oh well.

But yesterday he was freaking out about something, and he was able to express what he needed to me!  It was wonderful.

Gibson: *freaking out* CAR! CAR! CAR!
Me: What's wrong, buddy?
Gibson: NEED MORE!
Me: More what?
Gibson: HELP!  NEED HELP!  PLEASE!
Me: What do you need help with?
Gibson: CAR!  HELP!  PLEASE!  *points behind the tv stand*

It turns out that he has eagle eyes, and was able to see a tiny car in the far corner behind the tv stand.  Because he asked so nicely, I got it for him.  Except in order to get him the car, I had to move the tv and then try not to impale my humongous belly on the corner of the tv stand while I leaned over to get it.  It was a very precarious situation.

I succeeded, in case you wondered.  No belly impaling happened at all.  And Gibson said "Thank you!" when I handed him his car...without being prompted.  He's so polite.  Sometimes.

My favorite new thing that Gibson does when we have conversations is answer questions with "Sure!" instead of yeah or no.  Last night we were at Danny's band concert and had this conversation:

Gibson: Need more!  Need snack!  Cracker!
Me: You can have a snack, but maybe not crackers.  Do you want a banana?
Gibson: SURE!

It's really stinking adorable.  And it's a nice change from hearing "NO!" as the answer to every single question I ask him.

So yeah, I would say that we're all pretty pleased with the arrival of communication skills.  Now if we could just teach Ellie to tell us when she needed to go outside instead of barking her fool head off, we would obviously be the happiest family in the world!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Me and my sinus infection

I have, yet again, failed at blogging regularly.

But I have a reason this time!  I've been sick for approximately five thousand years.

Not an exaggeration.

Also I just tried to spell exaggeration like this: exxageration.


So now you know that I'm not lying about being sick.  I would NEVER do that in good health!

Anyway, I have the sinus infection that never quits.  I mean, perseverance is a good quality.  Unless you're a sinus infection.

Our days have been filled with snot, headaches, and lots of Netflix.  YAY.

Also, Danny has worked most nights this week, which means that my adult interaction was pretty much limited to Wednesday.  Which means that I'm dangerously close to speaking in a dialect only understandable by toddlers.

I'M SO READY TO BE COMPLETELY BETTER.  RIGHT NOW.

Did you know that it's really hard to sleep when you can't breathe?  Because it is.  I'm so tired.

Also I spent Thanksgiving in the dark in my bed watching Gilmore Girls while both of our families had jolly good fun in my living room.  Gibson was adorable...or so I heard.

It was a sad Thanksgiving.

My extended absence from blogging means that I have approximately one million things I want to write about!  I thought about doing the longest random information post of all time, but I'm pretty sure that would overwhelm all of us.  So I'll just tell you a couple of things.

I've been trying to get Gibson to say his name.  It usually goes like this:

Me: Say "Gib"
Him: Dih!
Me: Say "son"
Him: NO!
Me: Say "Gib"
Him: Dih!
Me: Say "son"
Him: NO!
Me: Say "Gibson"
Him: DEE DEE!

...he calls himself "DeeDee."  It's adorable.

Also he can count to 10!  Usually he forgets seven, and two and three sound the same.  And sometimes he gets really excited and just says "TEN!  TEN!  TEN!  TEN!"  But still.  So adorable.

Colors are a new obsession in our house.  Almost everything is orange.  Sometimes he can identify blue and pink, but mostly everything is orange.

Gibson is currently wearing footie pajamas and a seersucker blazer.  I told him it was his fancy jacket, and now he knows how to say fancy!  Except he says it "Sancy."  <3

Danny and I are now "Da" and "Ma."  Also, Gibson still won't say "I love you."  I'm pretty sure he thinks it means goodbye...because whenever I tell him that I love him, he says "BYE!"

He knows so many letters.  Letters are ALWAYS GOOD AND FUN!  I made him a poster with all of the letters on it, and he wants to point at the letters ALL THE TIME.

Gibson has started asking for things nicely (ish) instead of screaming at me!  HOORAY!  Although sometimes he still screams at me, but I refuse to get him what he wants until he asks for it...I know he has the words to ask for milk, a snack, water, and help, which are the things he usually needs.  It was hard at first, because he cried a lot, but now he asks more often than not!

...this is a seriously great development.  He screams less, and I follow him around the house aimlessly less.  WIN WIN!

Okay, that's enough of that.  I'll return sometime soon (or maybe a month from now, who knows) and tell you even more fun things about my life!

TA TA FOR NOW!
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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hem and haw

My morning so far:

Gibson tugs on my hand.

Me: Gibson, what do you need?
Gibson: *whining and tugging*
Me: Okay, fine.

He leads me to the kitchen and stands near a cabinet.

Me: Okay, what do you need in here?
Gibson: Ummmmmm.
Me: Do you need water?
Gibson: Water? Ummm. Uhhhhhh. Mmmmmm.  Mo (no).
Me: Okay, do you need milk?
Gibson: Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm.  Uhhhhhhmmmmmm. Mo.
Me: Would you like cereal?
Gibson: Hmmmmm.  Mmmmmmmm.  Ummmm.  Mo.
Me: Well, what do you need, buddy?

Gibson then stares at me for thirty seconds.  And runs back to the living room, happy as a clam.

...and then we repeat it three minutes later.

Again and again and again.

I mean, I'm glad he's thinking about what he wants and not just accepting the first terrible snack or drink I give him.  But my hips would appreciate not being made to run around the house like a turkey* with its head cut off.

*I figured saying turkey instead of chicken would be festive, considering how close Thanksgiving is.  I'm a festive person, alright?
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Monday, November 17, 2014

Christmas key!

So, we decided to put up our Christmas tree last night!

And for all of you who are like, "BUT WHAT ABOUT THANKSGIVING, ERIN???  YOU CAN'T DECORATE FOR CHRISTMAS YET!!!!!!!"

...get over it.

I mean that in the nicest way possible, of course.  KISSES!

Anyway.  We decided to put up our Christmas tree.  Last year Gibson wasn't super interested in the tree, so I was really interested in how he would react to it.

And it turns out that he LOVES IT.  He loved it from the moment he saw the branches make their way up the stairs.  He loves to touch it and point at it and yell "KEY GO!" when he sees it.

"Key" obviously means tree.  I don't know what the "go" part means.  He's weird.

But Gibson's favorite thing about the tree is that it's covered in balls.  He points at the tree and says "Key go!  A ball!  A ball!  A BALL!  A BAALLLLLLL!"

...and then he removes ornaments from the tree and runs around with them, yelling, "A BALL!  A BALL!  KEY GO!"

Except we don't want him to run around with the ornaments, so we've had quite a few tantrums about having to put the balls back on the tree.

Last night he was holding one of my favorite ornaments, and whacked it on something.  And it broke, of course.  We had this conversation:

Gibson: *screaming because his pretty ball broke*
Me: Uh oh, buddy!  It's broken!
Gibson: *screaming*
Me: It's sad that it broke, isn't it?  I'm sorry that it broke, but sometimes things break.
Gibson: Sowwy.  *sniffle sniffle*
Me: Yeah, I know you're sorry.  It's sad when things break, isn't it?
Gibson: I sad.  I sad.  A ball.  I sad.  ...BEADS!

...and then he was playing happily with his bead maze.


WHO IS THIS CHILD?

I was floored that he didn't scream for longer than a minute or two.  Usually things like that incite a tantrum unlike anything you've ever, ever heard.  Also, he has never told me that he was sad before.

Apparently having a Christmas tree in the living room is causing Gibson to grow up and not scream for hours on end when things don't go his way!

...if that's not a great reason to decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving, I don't know what is!
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Friday, November 14, 2014

This kiss, this kiss!

Once upon a time, Gibson was all about kissing his mommy.  He would lean in to kiss me every time I was within a foot of his face.  Which is a lot.  Because his face is SO CUTE and I can't even stand being farther than 12 inches from it!

But at some point he decided kisses were NO GOOD!  And he stopped completely.  It made me sad.

Luckily he can't keep me from kissing those sweet cheeks!  MUAH!

Recently, he decided that kisses were okay with him again.  Except, instead of kissing me with his mouth, he would plant his forehead on my mouth as hard as possible and push his head into my mouth for thirty seconds.

...toddlers are weird.  But hey, if he's showing affection, I'll take it!

And then he decided that forehead kisses were NO GOOD!  So when I asked for a kiss, he would make me kiss whatever he was holding.  Usually it was a car.  Sometimes a cup of water.

In case you wondered, it's the funniest thing in the ENTIRE WORLD when your mommy kisses the inanimate object in your hand!  HAHAHAHAHA!

So that's what we've been dealing with lately.  No kisses at all for his mommy.  It's sad.

But this morning, Danny kissed me goodbye before he left for work.  And Gibson saw it and ran over to me with his lips puckered and KISSED ME WITH HIS MOUTH!


I WAS SO HAPPY!

...still am, in fact.  Even though he keeps screaming at me for no reason.  I WILL NOT FORGET THAT KISS!
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Friday, November 7, 2014

I love tubes.

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So, I mentioned at some point that Gibson was getting tubes put in his ears.  He did that last Thursday!

And I would just like to officially declare that I LOVE TUBES.


Love.  So.  Much.

Before his tube surgery, Gibson spent a seriously huge portion of his day crying.  And watching tv, because that was literally the only thing I could do to keep him from screaming a lot of the time.  I felt awful because I couldn't handle doing activities with him...he would be happy for a few minutes and then start screaming his head off for an hour.

The past few months have been super hard.  Which is part of the reason that I haven't been blogging much (besides the fact that I'm hormonal and exhausted).  Screaming toddlers and loud children's television shows do not make for a good writing environment.  Or good material about which to write.

But the past week has been INCREDIBLE.  I mean, he still has toddler tantrums, and he's still a turdbucket.  A lot of the time.

But he's also HAPPY a lot of the time.

Do you even understand how weird it is for me to have a mostly happy kid?  He was happy sometimes before (especially when Danny was around!), but most of our days were spent being sad or mad.  The happy lasted for very short periods of time.

And now happy takes up most of our day!  We have stopped watching so much tv (thank goodness), we sing songs and run around, he plays quietly BY HIMSELF while I get things done...it's incredible.

Just a few minutes ago, I pooped and he was happy to play and run around without the tv on.  WHO EVEN IS THIS CHILD???

And right at this very second, he is playing with a bead maze (that was intended as a Christmas present...oops) while I blog.  He's not tugging on my hand or screaming in my face or terrorizing the dog.  He's content.  WOAH.

Needless to say, tubes obviously worked for us.  We have far fewer mood swings, and Gibson is obviously not in pain anymore.  YAY TUBES!!

Also he tore up a roll of toilet paper all over the living room this morning while I was cleaning the kitchen.  But that's okay.  He was happy while he was doing it.  And then he helped me put the toilet paper in a trash bag...as slowly as possible.  It would have been at least 57 times faster for me to do it myself.  Oh well.  At least he helped instead of screaming at me!  Progress!!
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Monday, November 3, 2014

Alphabet boy

When Gibson really loves something, he LOVES it.  A lot.  Hard.

...like his daddy and Ellie.  And not me.


And he is currently kissing his athlete's foot spray.  But will he kiss me???  NO.


...don't worry.  I'm over it.  Kind of.

No more sad GIFs, okay?  OKAY!

Anyway.  He recently LOVES the alphabet.  Like, a lot.  I'm not entirely sure why he loves it, but he really does.

For a few weeks, he has been pointing to the letters of the word "Welcome" on our welcome mat.  He waits for me to identify each letter, and then repeats what I say.

And then we were watching Jimmy Fallon, and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter, of course!) was rapping "Alphabet Aerobics."  (Click the link to watch the video...it's amazing!)  In the background, Jimmy was holding up signs with each letter on it.  Gibson starting pointing excitedly at the screen yelling "OH!  OH!  OH!"

We couldn't figure out what he was doing...but then we realized that he was pointing out the letters.  And you don't even understand how excited he was.  He was the MOST excited.

...and also he thinks every letter is O.  Every once in awhile he sees an E.  But mostly he just thinks everything is O.  If we tell him what a letter is, he will repeat it back to us.  But then the next letter is O again.

So now he points out letters everywhere we go.  He's a toddler obsessed.  Books are no longer about the pictures or stories...they're about letters.  Going to the store means identifying the letters on every product we see.  And wearing a shirt with letters is just asking to be poked in the chest a million times while Gibson says "OH! OH! EEEEEE!"

I'm hoping this means that Gibson will be super into reading.  Or maybe he'll be an English teacher!

...or maybe he's 20 months old and just really likes the alphabet and it means nothing.  Who knows?
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Friday, October 31, 2014

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner Giveaway!


So, you have probably figured out by now that my life is a mess.

...but it's a happy mess full of cute toddlers.  Toddlers that follow me around saying "CHEESE!  CHEESE!  CHEESE!" while I'm trying to take photos for this blog post.

My messy toddler. He won't let me wipe his face.

Anything that helps me organize my life is a good thing in my book.  So when Sue Hooley contacted me about reviewing and doing a giveaway of her Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner, I was so excited!  I had seen her planner featured on a blog at some point before Gibson was born, and remember being interested in it then...so trying it out now was a no-brainer!


Sue's planner is broken down by the year, months, and weeks.  It's a great way to write things down quickly and then add more detail later.

Even Gibson loves it!

The year section has mini calendars for 2015 and 2016, as well as spots to write down dates to remember for each month in those years.  I also love that she includes lined pages for notes...I'm always needing to scribble things down quickly!


The month section has larger calendars for each month, as well as a section on the left of the calendar for notes for that month.


The week section is my favorite, though!  Each two-page spread includes spots to write down tasks/appointments/reminders for each day of the week.  There is also a box in each day where you can write down your menu for that day; so handy for meal planning!  There is a tasks list at the top of the page, and a different Bible verse is featured each week.


Behind the calendar sections of the planner are tasks, projects, info, and shopping sections.  The tasks and projects sections are places to write lists and information about whatever you want!  The info section has places to write down peoples' phone numbers and addresses (SO handy to keep important numbers in one place!), and the shopping section has perforated shopping lists so that you can write down what you need and take it with you without having to take your entire planner.

Tasks

Projects

Info

Shopping

And in the very back of the planner there are pockets.  I like to keep doctor appointment cards back there...I'm always losing them!


I absolutely love that the Homemaker's Friend planner breaks everything down so well...it works so well for me!  If you think this planner could work well for you, too, you can buy one HERE!  Sue has graciously offered $1 off to my readers, so use that link to get your planner for $12.99.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cray.

Hey!  Remember me?

I haven't been around much.  Would you like to know why?

Because life is CRAZY.

...I typed "cray" on accident, but I don't like that word.  So I changed it to "crazy."


Gibson has been sick.  Constantly.  Literally.  He has had ear infections like crazy, hand foot and mouth disease, and now he has some sort of nasty cold with a lovely cough.

And when Gibson is sick, he's truly awful.  I mean, he's really sweet and cute sometimes, but the smallest things set him off and he screams and shrieks and flails and it's horrible.  Netflix has been our friend for the last month or so.

So my life has been nuts.  Also cray.  So let me update you on some things that are going on, okay?

Gibson is getting tubes put in on Thursday!  Praise the Lord!  I'm hoping that this will be the start to a happier, healthier Gibson.

The baby inside of me is moving a lot, and is super healthy!  I think it's a girl.  I could be wrong.

The baby inside of me is also causing me to never sleep, at all.  Because of peeing.  And also nightmares.  And also hunger.  I'm tired.  So tired.

Gibson has been waking up at 5:30 or earlier most days this week.  Daylight savings is Saturday.  Which means that on Sunday, he'll wake up at 4:30 if we can't get him to start sleeping later.

...no thank you.  I hate daylight savings.

I ordered a Gro Clock this morning to hopefully help with the early waking.  But it's coming from the UK, so it won't be here before this weekend.  And I didn't especially want to pay crazy amounts of money to get it here faster.  Oh well.

We had the air conditioning on yesterday.  And it's almost Halloween.  WHAT IS THIS WEATHER?

Speaking of Halloween, we're being scrooges and doing nothing this year.  No costume for Gibson (although he might be a lumberjack, because we found a cute flannel shirt!), no trick-or-treating, no decorations.  It just seems like too much work, and Gibson wouldn't even like it.  And he won't get to eat candy because: A) I'm mean, and B) He doesn't eat anything that isn't pancakes or crackers.

In that vein, Gibson's pickiness is at an all-time high.  He consistently eats oatmeal, pancakes, crackers, Kix cereal, and not much else.  Sometimes he eats french toast or pizza.  Mealtime is frustrating.

Gibson gets hurt a lot these days.  He currently has a large bruise on his cheek (falling down the stairs), a cut on his forehead (tripping into a wall), and an owie on his lip (running into my knee mouth first).

Also he has athlete's foot.  Fun.

In the past week Gibson and I have gone to the doctor's office three times to see his pediatrician, a podiatrist, and the ENT.  And he was a DREAM at all of those offices...I've learned that having a big bag of Kix and his stroller is a massive help.  He didn't even cry at the ENT's office.  AT ALL.  Even when they looked in his ears!

Gibson has so many new words!  Recent words include heart, star, kitty (he LOVES Hello Kitty), Woody (Toy Story), bottle, soap, egg (he was playing with eggshells!  Fun!), cereal, house, show, and rock.  Also he tries to jump (by bending his knees and then straightening) and follows lots of directions!

Also he plays pretend!  Yesterday he pretended to put something in Danny's hand, then picked it back up.  He pretends to pour milk when there's an empty carton, pretends to feed us by shoving a spoon down our throats (gag), and pretends to drink things out of empty cups.

And he draws things!  He loves to draw Danny and Ellie and then point and tell me about them.  He also draws hearts and stars, and identifies them when I draw them.  But his favorite is when I draw Hello Kitty...he yells "KITTY!  KITTY!" and then draws on her face and tells me about it.

Gibson is apparently getting taller, and can now reach things on the counter in the kitchen.  Which is how he got eggshells to play with.  Oops!

There are lovely crayon drawings all over our house.  Gibson is usually pretty good about coloring on his paper, but sometimes he feels the need to express his creativity on the wall by the front door and we don't catch him.  Oh well.  It's nothing a magic eraser or paint can't fix!

Ummmm.  I think that's it.  Who knows.  Gibson changes on a near daily basis...it's hard for me to even keep up with him!

Please forgive me for being gone so much...I can't promise that I'll be around a lot, but know that I think of you all daily!

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Bedtime bliss

For the past month or so, putting Gibson to bed at night and for his naps has been the BEST.

No sarcasm.  It has literally been the best.

At some point, he learned to run to his room and put himself in bed when I say, "Gibson, are you ready for bed?"

I TAUGHT HIM THAT.


For a long time, he would run to his room, get in bed, put his blanket on himself, and wait for me to put his pillow on top of him.  Then he got a kiss and said "BYE!"  And that was that.  He went to sleep.

But recently, he will shake his head no when I ask when he's ready for bed.  And then he finds a random object to take with him.

It's SO weird sometimes.

The first couple of times he grabbed his water and headed to bed.  That's normal.  And he likes sleeping with his big green ball and a truck in his bed, so he grabbed those a couple of times.

But for the past few days, he grabs the strangest things!  On Saturday he got his toothbrush to take to bed.  And yesterday he picked up an empty egg carton to take with him for his nap.

...an empty egg carton?  Really?

But the weirdness doesn't stop at his random objects.  After he's in bed, Gibson will roll around and kick the wall.  And then he gets out of bed to go get things from around his room to bring to his bed.  Sometimes he will take a pair of pants out of the dresser to snuggle, or get a stuffed animal.  Once he brought a canvas storage cube to his bed.  Weirdo.

Once he's ready to actually sleep, Gibson moves everything away from him and puts his pillow on his belly.  And then he sleeps under his pillow all night.  Blankets are OBVIOUSLY for losers!

Also, when I look at him in the baby monitor, he looks like he has a pillow for a body, with just a head and little feet sticking out.  SO CUTE.  But sometimes when he gets the pillow on his face I have to go pull it off, because that's dangerous, of course!

If you want your kids' bedtime to be just like Gibson's, go ahead and bring them over!  He'll teach them his ways.  And maybe he'll give them his empty egg carton to play with...he's a very generous toddler.
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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Happy anniversary!

Hey guess what!

I've been married for FOUR YEARS today.  That's practically half my life!

*Not really.  Because then I would be 8 years old, and that might be a problem.

So, in the spirit of celebrating my spouse, I'm going to tell you a lot of things about him that will make you SO JEALOUS that he isn't your husband!  Ha!

1.  He's CUTE.

Enough said.

2.  He changes poopy diapers.  Honestly, he has probably changed more diapers over the course of Gibson's life than I have.  In fact, he changed ELEVEN diapers filled with meconium the day Gibson was born, since I couldn't get out of bed.

3.  He goes grocery shopping with Gibson so I can have some quiet when I've had a bad day.  I don't know if you have ever gone shopping with Gibson, but it's NOT FUN.

4.  He doesn't mind when my legs are hairy.  Thank goodness, because shaving is for losers, and I'm NOT a loser.

5.  He plays every instrument in the world.

6.  He's a GREAT teacher.  I can't wait for him to teach Gibson how to play every instrument in the world!

7.  He never smells bad, even after he cuts the grass.  Except he smells like grass, but no body odor, at least!

8.  Sometimes he smells bad when he farts, but he farts less than I do, so that's good.

9.  He's a SUPER FAST pooper.  Like, if there was a pooping olympics he would win.

10.  He likes dressing up for work, and will wear pretty much any shirt and tie combo I get him!  Even pink and purple!  And he looks good in them, so there you go.

11.  He takes care of Gibson in the morning while he gets ready for work and I stay in bed.  Best.  Ever.

12.  He watches Gilmore Girls and Grey's Anatomy with me.  And likes them.  A LOT.  Don't tell him I told you that, though.

13.  He does a lot of cleaning around the house, especially when I'm pregnant.  Also when I'm not pregnant.  Also he cooks sometimes.

I know you're all jealous that I get to spend the rest of my life with this amazing man.  And you SHOULD BE!  HA!

Happy anniversary, Danny!  I love you!!
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Monday, October 13, 2014

For the love of ball!

Gibson has loved a lot of things in his short life.  Some were short-lived loves (poor Marco the monkey!), but there are a few things that I'm pretty sure Gibson will love FOREVER.  Like Ellie, Daddy (duh), Pentatonix, cars, and especially balls.


Get your giggling out now, because I'm going to say the word "balls" a lot in this blog post.  GROW UP.

ANYWAY.  Now that we're past that bit of immaturity.  Gibson has an intense fascination with balls.  He loves throwing them, bouncing them, kicking them (ish), being hit in the face with them...if it has to do with balls, he loves it.

If you were wondering where every ball in the world is, you should take Gibson with you on your trips.  Because he will GLADLY tell you.  If there's a ball on tv, he runs over to me and makes me look, saying "BAW!  BAWWWW!!!"  The intro to Signing Time has a basketball, a baseball, and a football.  GIBSON LOVES THE OPENING TO SIGNING TIME.  More than ANYTHING ELSE.

Every circle is a "BAW!"  He loves to draw them..."BAW BAW BAWWWW!"  And actually, he does a pretty good job making a circle-ish shape when he draws a ball!  Like a smashed ball, I guess.  Or a really flat pancake.

This weekend Gibson learned what color one of his two favorite balls is!  He has a green ball and a blue ball that cost probably a dollar, and they're his FAVORITE toys right now.  Even though he has so many other toys that cost WAY MORE than a dollar.  Of course.  Anyway, I asked where his blue ball was, and he said, "Boo baw" and went to find it!!!!  So smart.  Also adorable.  Like, so adorable.

But he won't say green ball.  We're working on it.

Last Wednesday Gibson and I had a truly horrific day.  I cried a lot.  Gibson screamed a lot.  It was probably the worst day we've had since the newborn colic days...except now he weighs almost 30 pounds, so holding him while he screams is a lot more dangerous for me.  In any case, it was bad.  So when Danny got home he scooped Gibson up and took him to the car to go for a drive (God bless that man).  Gibson saw his green ball in the garage, and it made him SO HAPPY.  And apparently he yelled for his "BAW!" the entire time they were in Walmart.


It's good to know that a ball can make him happy when his mommy can't!  *sob sob*

Oh!  Also, he truly does like being hit in the face with his bouncy balls.  Danny bounces them off his forehead and it's THE FUNNIEST THING IN THE WORLD, according to Gibson.  Don't worry, it's safe.  And we don't throw baseballs at his head.  That would just be bad parenting.
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*sob sob sob*
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sorry!

Baby #2 is perfectly healthy and very cute!

Baby #1 has hand foot and mouth disease (for possibly the second time in a month) and an ear infection.

Can you guess which one I love best right now?

Just kidding.  I love them both.  One is just trying my patience a lot more than the other.  He is also demanding that I hold him for the majority of the day, which means that blogging and other things (cleaning, showering, brushing my teeth) have fallen by the wayside.

So, I'm sorry that I haven't been around!  I'm sure that you've been pining for me...thanks for that!

If you would like to contract hand foot and mouth disease and also get screamed at a lot, feel free to come visit us!  Except I bet you don't want either of those things.  Darn.  What kind of friend are you, anyway?

Okay, that's all.  I'm going to go snuggle my wild-haired sicky.  And thank God several times that Baby #2 is still inside me where he/she cannot scream at me.
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Friday, October 3, 2014

No rest for the pregnant

So.  Pregnant sleep SUCKS.

It sucked last time, too, I just didn't have a fun blog on which to complain about it.

But for real, sleep is the worst these days.  These are the three sleep scenarios that have been plaguing me since this baby entered my uterus.

SCENARIO #1 (the least nefarious)
I go to bed exhausted.  I fall asleep fairly quickly, and sleep until 5:30.  I then wake up to pee, and never fall back asleep.  Which is sad, but not the worst thing in the world.

SCENARIO #2
I go to bed exhausted.  I fall asleep fairly quickly, and then I startle myself awake at 2:30 because I have a scary ghost dream (or a dream about yoga pants zombies, of course).  I take a minute to settle myself down, go to the bathroom, and then flop back into bed.  And then I'm awake for two hours because my brain won't shut up, and I end up watching The Office until I finally fall asleep at 4:30.

SCENARIO #3 (THE WORST)
I go to bed exhausted.  I lay there for an hour without falling asleep.  I realize that I'm hungry, so I get up and eat a snack.  Except on the way to the kitchen, I have the sudden urge to poop.  So I poop for thirty minutes (I have the slowest bowels ever), and then I get a snack.  While I'm eating my snack I watch tv and become WIDE AWAKE.  After my snack I realize that I'm nauseated, and start moaning to myself about how I hate being awake and nauseated.  I decide that maybe I'm nauseated because I need to eat more, so I eat yet another snack.  It works!  But now I'm even MORE wide awake.  So I go to the bathroom and then try and settle myself on the couch to try and sleep.  An hour later, I am still awake, and getting angry about it.  Finally, at 2:00 in the morning, I fall asleep.  I sleep badly because I'm on the couch.  At 6:00 I wake up and go to the bed.  Then I hear Gibson crying.  Oh good.  Danny goes to get Gibson and brings him to the bed to watch cartoons while he showers.  I lay there awake, cursing poor little Gibson.  When Danny gets out of the shower and is dressed, he takes Gibson to the living room and I start to fall asleep.  Then Gibson decides he misses me and runs into the bedroom shouting "MOM!  MOM!!  MOOOOOMMMM!  UP UP UP!"  And then he slams the door shut and begins to scream because he didn't want to be trapped in my room with me.  And then I wake up.  Very grumpy.

Would you like to know which scenario happened last night?  I'll give you a hint: I'm very grumpy today.
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Patriotic Pregnancy

It turns out that I'm a super patriotic person when I'm pregnant.

...not that I'm un-patriotic when I'm not with child.  But I don't normally cry over Fourth of July parades.

I am currently (and have been for 30 minutes) listening to the national anthem on Youtube.  Over and over.  Crying.  Thinking about teaching Gibson how to put his hand on his heart, except I know that he'll just shoo me away.

I obviously need to teach him how to be patriotic.  He doesn't care about my Youtube videos at all.

Unless they're videos of Frozen or Pentatonix, that is.  He LOVES those things.

So anyway.  I'm going to keep listening to the national anthem and being weepy, okay?  You all go on being normal.

And listen to this if you want to hear the best rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" in the world.  Also Bill Gaither has trash bags for pants, I'm pretty sure.  Where do you even find a suit that shiny???  I WANT ONE.


God bless America!
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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Gibson and the bra

You guys are going to get really sick of hearing about Gibson's new words and skills pretty soon.  But until he stops learning so quickly, I'm going to tell you about them anyway!  Ha!

Because for real, this kid learns at least one new word every day.  Sometimes more.  I'll tell you about my favorites!

My favorite new word is "ready"  Gibson and I were in Wal-Mart and I asked if he was ready to go home.  He yelled, "REH-EY! REH-EY!"  And now he tells me that he's ready whenever I ask if he's ready for something!  So cute.

Gibson has also learned about "outside."  He likes to point out the window and say, "Ah-SIDE!"  When Danny takes Ellie to go potty outside Gibson stands at the window and yells "DADDY!  Ah-SIDE!"  And the other day he wanted to go outside and SAID A SENTENCE!  "Ah-side, daddy?"

In case you were wondering, we couldn't take him "ah-side" at the time, because he was on antibiotics and couldn't be in the sun too much.  Poor kid!  We're always depriving him of fun things.

Sometimes Gibson will watch a show once and pick something up from it like he did with "Dora."  This morning he was watching Jake and the Neverland Pirates (adorable) and I could hear him yelling "GO!  GO!"  I asked Danny what he was saying, and apparently he has figured out what the gold dubloons are and was yelling about them.

Gibson has learned a few new body parts!  He can now point at his eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hair, legs, feet, tummy, and bellybutton.  And sometimes his bottom.  And he says the word when he points at it!  My favorite is nose...he's always really angry about his nose for some reason, and points at it and yells "BOW!  BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!" at us.  Weirdo.

Also he points at my belly when I ask where the baby is!


Recently I've been teaching Gibson more about colors.  He can usually differentiate between red and blue, especially after I've shown them to him.  He says "Weh" for red and "Buuuuue" for blue.  Yesterday I taught him about yellow, and now he says "Wellow" for every color.  Except blue is "Bellow."

We've also been learning about animals!  When I go to the bathroom, Gibson has decided that he DESPERATELY NEEDS to sit on my lap.  So we look at animal pictures on my phone!  Gibson has learned about birds (berrrrr), lions, zebras (zeeee), and fish (shhhhh).  And he can roar like a lion, which is adorable.

Yesterday was a super horrible day for little Gibson (he has hand, foot, and mouth disease and maybe still an ear infection), so I was trying to find ways to keep him from screaming.  So we played the hot and cold game!  I put a blanket on my shoulders and said, "Gibson, I'm so warm!  Ahhhhh!"  Gibson then took the blanket off of me (like I knew he would), and I started shivering and said "Brrrr!  I'm cold!  Mommy is cold!"  And then he brought me the blanket and we did it all over again.  And again.  And again.  So now he can say "cold!"  Also it's VERY FUNNY when mommy is cold, in case you wondered.

One time we bought Gibson some big wooden beads and a rope on which to thread them, because obviously he would love it!  ...well, he didn't.  But recently he did decide to looooove one of the beads.  He throws it around and yells "BEE!  BEE!"  He bounces it off his drum, rolls it down the hallway, tries to eat it...it's adorable.  Kind of.

The word "shoe" is probably Gibson's favorite thing to say right now.  We went to the shoe section at Wal-Mart recently, and it was like heaven for him!  He was pointing at everything yelling "SHOE!  SHOE!  SHOOOOOOE!"  When we left he said goodbye to the shoes.

Also he has started saying "Ellie" correctly!  For a long time he said "Ehhhhhh."  And then he stopped that and just started calling her "dog."  But now he yells "ELLL-EEEEE!"  It's SO CUTE.  And he started saying "daddy" correctly, too!  He used to say it right, and then started saying "Dah-eee."  But now he runs around the house searching for Danny all day saying "DADDY!  DADDY!"

And now for the most embarrassing (to me) word.  I was getting dressed one morning, and Gibson came into my room.  He was pointing at things around me and I was naming them, and then he pointed to my bra.  So I told him what it was.  He took it off the bed and said "Bra!  HAT!" and put it on his head.


Now he yells "BRA! BRA! BRA!" over and over randomly when he sees one.  I was just trying to identify things for him!  I didn't know he would pick up on that word!!  So if you hear him say something that sounds like "bra," just ignore him.  Sorry about that.
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Public tantrums/My genius idea

We've been dealing with tantrums from Gibson for a LONG time.  Because he likes to be sad sometimes.

But until recently, all of the tantrums have pretty much happened at home.  Which is completely fine with me!  In public he always seemed SO happy.

Unfortunately, that lucky streak seems to have ended.  SAD.  On Saturday he threw approximately fifty seven tantrums in front of other people.  In public.  Where people are judgmental.


We went to a town nearby because at the mall there were animals that we could see for free.  So we saw monkeys and llamas and a panther (a VERY FAT panther) and a baby tiger and ponies and donkeys and goats.  Gibson thought it was the BEST.

...but we were so so stupid and didn't bring the stroller.  So Danny carried Gibson, which was fine for .112 seconds.  And then he wanted to walk.

The problem is that Gibson doesn't walk with us nicely.  His idea of walking is walking WHEREVER HE WANTS and NEVER HOLDING HANDS and NEVER GOING WHERE MOMMY AND DADDY WANT HIM TO GO.  If we try to hold his hand, he sits down and screams.  And if we try to get him to not climb the fence into the panther cage, he flails around and screams.

And don't even think about picking him back up!  Because he'll throw his melon head into your forehead, thus giving you both concussions.  And then he'll throw his melon head backwards and almost fall out of your arms onto the concrete.  And then he'll wave his melon head around in circles and kick his feet and be generally awful.

And people will STARE.  And JUDGE.  And WHISPER.  And smugly look at their semi-well-behaved children like, "At least MY kids aren't acting like THAT one.  What terrible parents!  Haha!"

We also went out to eat at Steak N Shake, because Danny loves it more than he loves me.  Gibson, unfortunately, has not learned to love Steak N Shake yet.  And he threw many tantrums while we were there.

Most of the tantrums happened because he purposefully threw his tiny crayons on the floor.  He would color really fervently, then throw the crayon, look at it, and start shrieking as loudly as possible.

...it turns out that people in a restaurant stare and judge even more than people at a free exotic animal exhibit.  Fun.  Luckily some super nice people sat behind us and thought Gibson was the cutest even when he was screaming, so that was good.  Also the man looked like my dad, so Gibson kept staring at him creepily.

On our way home, I was trying to think of a way to keep Gibson occupied in public.  AND I THOUGHT OF SUCH A GOOD WAY!

So on Sunday we went to Walmart before church to get the materials to make a clipboard with crayons attached.  Because that way Gibson can color without throwing his crayons on the ground!  And coloring almost always makes him happy.

We bought a clipboard that opens so we can keep extra paper in there.  And we bought the humongous Crayola crayons, because I didn't want him to break them.  Also Crayola is OBVIOUSLY the best choice when it comes to crayons.  Duh.

I tied some yarn to the end of the crayons and used duct tape to secure it SUPER well.  And then I tied them to the clip part of the clipboard.  I only used two crayons...if I had used more they would have gotten all tangled up!

Then we used my GENIUS invention at church.  AND GUESS WHAT!  He was so quiet and nice for so long!  I even took a picture!


So.  You should all make a clipboard with crayons attached.  It will help, maybe.  I'm kind of excited to take it to a restaurant and hopefully not have to pick crayons up off the floor for the entirety of our meal!  Also I bet it will help at doctor's appointments and stores and things!




It's even great at home!  Gibson is currently coloring like a fool!

So anyway.  Hopefully now he won't throw as many tantrums, and we won't get all the nasty judgey looks!

...except he was coloring and then he started tantrumming just now.  Dang it.  Maybe it's not a genius idea after all.
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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Heavenly Head Wraps GIVEAWAY!

Did you guys know that I have a sister?

WELL I DO!  And she's cute and nice and she makes beautiful head wraps!

...which I'll be giving away today!  HOORAY!  You guys are lucky that my family is so talented.

Amy started Heavenly Head Wraps this year, and her products are so cute!  She makes stretchy head wraps in two styles: tie wraps and the original.


She has also started selling head scarves, which are woven (non-stretchy) fabric that can be tied several ways.  Here's a picture of her modeling a head scarf!


The head scarf can be tied at the back of your head, on top of your head, on the side...however you want!  She makes it look pretty cute, right?

I have several head wraps from Amy, and I love them!  My head is super big, so I had her make a custom size for me.  It turns out that her adult-sized head wraps, while perfect for normal adults, do not fit my melon head.

...it's no wonder Gibson's head is well over the 100th percentile for his age!  We're just a bunch of melon heads.

Amy buys super cute fabric for her head wraps...there are so many that I love!  It's always hard for me to choose which ones to get.  Also, one time I helped her choose some fabric, so you KNOW it's fashionable!  ;)  <Winky face.

One of you lucky readers from the United States will win a $25 store credit to Heavenly Head Wraps!  And ALL of you lucky readers (from the United States) can get 10% off through October 16, 2014 by using the code Spoonful10.

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