Nov 22, 2013
This is not exactly the most recommended method of handling your child but when you've exhausted all other reasonable options, sometimes reverse psychology works (at least in part).
Read More of YOU'RE MESSING UP CREATION, DADDY!
Aurora was refusing to stay in her room and was at the point where she thought being returned to her room (or any interaction with a person) was a game and was giggling maniacally while racing off around the house (endangering sick Quinn's sleep). We're trying to teach her to stay in her room at night rather than locking the door but she is extremely resistant to obeying no matter the consequences of disobeying (we've always had a hard time finding consequences that actually motivate her to obey; this story is yet another reminder of that).
Nov 14, 2013
I haven't been blogging much at all for the past 6 months. The kids are taking up more time and attention (I thought they needed more attention when they were babies!) and, most importantly, more energy. But mainly I've been pouring myself into trying to figure out Aurora.
Read More of Confessions of a Worn-Out Mommy
I haven't talked much about our struggles with Aurora here on the blog. I've tried to keep most things here about the happy, fun memories mixed in with some of the less-appealing stuff that might help others (like Quinn's food issues and sleep issues). If you're friends with me on Facebook, you've gotten more glimpses of our struggles to parent our sweet girl.
Sep 11, 2013
Read More of Quinn is TWO!!
I've slacked off on blogging a bit but I can't miss a birthday post! We celebrated Quinn's birthday yesterday because Wil won't be able to be home much today.
It's hard to believe that this tiny little mister
is a big boy now!
Jul 27, 2013
We have discovered that Aurora remembers things better if we tell her to do things in a numbered list. So we say: "One, go get your shoes. Two, put them on. Three, go get your water bottle." Normally she has trouble with doing these sorts of tasks because she gets distracted--usually before even completing the first part of the command. However, with numbering the required steps, she seems to remember she has three things to do and can generally get farther in the list. Well, I just had a hilarious (to me) conversation with Aurora that tells me she seems to like the numbered lists.
Read More of One, two, FIVE!
Jul 25, 2013
I just had an interesting conversation with Aurora that I want to write down to remember. I'm sure we'll be having more of these as she gets older.
Read More of Spiritual Conversations with a 4 Year Old
Previously, she had asked where God lives and so I had explained a little bit about there being a spiritual world where God and heaven are and that we'll go live with Him there eventually.
Jul 5, 2013
Quinn still nurses several times a day. This evening as I was putting him down for bedtime, he asked to nurse. As soon as his lips touched my skin, he jerked back and exclaimed, "Too haw!! TOOOOO HAAAAAW!" (too hot). Then he nursed normally.
Read More of Tooooo Haaaww!
I switched him to the other side and once again, he jerked back and exclaimed, "Too haw!" Then he added: "Is soo haw!" and started blowing on me, as though to cool me off. He kept repeating, "Is so haw!" and blowing on me until I finally convinced him that I was supposed to feel a little bit warm!
Jun 10, 2013
Quinn was investigating the laundry room to see if he could get outside (he couldn't, because the door was locked) when he came running in to get me, upset and whimpering. He pulled me to the backdoor and when I looked out, I saw a rather confused looking pigeon with some feathers missing.
Read More of Poor Birdy
Jun 9, 2013
We were at a birthday party tonight and while wandering around, Aurora was drawn to the cake. Then she decided to grab it--not just touch it, but actually grab it with both hands and try to sink her hands into it! What??? Thankfully, she jerked back from it when she realized it was covered in frosting (a texture she doesn't particularly like) so she only left hand impressions in the icing without actually ruining the cake.
Read More of Aurora and the cake
May 29, 2013
Read More of Silly Kids Stories :)
May 25, 2013
Summer is finally getting here! It's been a strange spring here in Tennessee but the weather is finally warming up and the and I have been loving playing outside all day long. :) So one warm morning earlier this week, I squirted some baby wash into the kiddie pool and filled it up. Hours of fun ensued. Water+bubbles=awesome!
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May 17, 2013
Aurora has recently become aware that there are many different kinds of fabrics. Since she's currently obsessed with princesses, she likes to talk about their clothes and what they're made of and things like that. I think she's going to loooove sewing when she gets older. But recently, she's been very curious about what people around her are wearing and we saw this firsthand this morning...
Read More of Aurora Loves Fabrics
May 16, 2013
We have noticed that, of course, Quinn is more likely to imitate something when Aurora says or does it than he will do with us. Most of the time this is not the greatest things, but sometimes it works out well.
Read More of What a Sweet Big Sister!
This morning as breakfast was wrapping up, Aurora and Quinn were waiting to have some pieces of mango. Aurora decided to wipe her face with her pjs (!!) and I came out to find both kids happily wiping their faces with whatever part of their clothing they could pull up.
May 13, 2013
I know you aren't supposed to compare your kids, but sometimes the differences between our two amaze me. This is one of those things...
Read More of Actions have Consequences
We were eating breakfast and Aurora finished her breakfast and got some fruit. Quinn, who had 3-4 more bites of his food left, pushed his bowl away and said, "Ah dum!" (all done). He was ready for fruit, too!
May 3, 2013
Read More of Pillow Racing!
Our silly kiddos have such fun playing together. This pillow racing game cracked me up.
Apr 28, 2013
Aurora was sitting and staring into space at the dinner table, her pancakes untouched in front of her...
Read More of Princesses and Pancakes
Wil (goofily): Aurora, what 'cha thinking about?
Aurora: I'm not telling you!
W: Is it about rainbows?
Regina: Is it about unicorns?
W: Is it about flowers?
Apr 26, 2013
Read More of Aurora's Secret Garden
Yesterday while in the car, Aurora started telling us about her secret garden that no one else is allowed in. It was so much fun to hear in such detail about her pretend world. She rarely tells us this much about anything special to her.
Apr 15, 2013
Read More of Some Short Stories
Apr 13, 2013
A while back I suggested that Aurora start thinking of gift ideas for Wil for Fathers' day. Here was tonight's idea...
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Aurora: I have a Fathers' Day idea!
Me: Ok! What is your idea?
A: A book!
Me: A book is an excellent idea! What kind of book do you think daddy would like?
Apr 6, 2013
Yesterday was supposed to be a log day. I totally forgot to do it and it's probably just as well. Last night was awful. Quinn has had a tummy bug of some sort and his teeth keep bothering him off and on. I wouldn't believe that they're STILL bothering him, but the fact that he'll suddenly start drooling like a fountain and start grabbing at his teeth (the last two that are coming in) and then settle down when we give him teething gel is enough to convince me. I can't believe that we still aren't past this! It's been 4 months...this is crazy.
Read More of The No-Cry Sleep Solution Log: Day 180--Troubleshooting
Mar 27, 2013
In a perfect world, this sleep log would have been like 60 days long and then we'd be done. But thanks to teething and moving, here we are at day 170. We've made a lot of progress, really, and I think sleeping through the night consistently is just over the hill of those last two canine teeth. Right now, that's my only goal: get this kid to sleep so I can get some sleep!
Read More of The No-Cry Sleep Solution Log: Day 170--Surprise! Transition out of the Crib