This is how Nathan has been spending his time recently.
He has figured out how to put his Geo Trax together all by himself and I have figured out that if he is naked he usually doesn't have an accident. He runs into the bathroom by himself and does his business (even #2!), tells me and asks me for a mini-marshmallow. When I put pants on him it only takes a few minutes before I'm peeling the wet underwear off of him. I feel it's a good start.
I got out of the habit of wearing my wedding ring when my fingers swelled a little toward the end of Claire's pregnancy. When I couldn't find it off hand, I didn't get too worried because I knew it was in the house, I just hadn't looked hard enough yet. But then when I did look hard and then harder and then even when my mom and dad came over to help me find it and it was still missing, I came to the conclusion that I may never see it again. That made me really sad. It was an heirloom and very unique. I soon wrote this as a Facebook post:
Ode to My Wedding Ring: Oh how I miss you, your unique beauty, your sparkle, your symbolism. How I long to have you back again. A replacement will always be just that, a way to fill the empty place where you used to be. Come back to me please. I promise to never take you for granted again.
Thanks to the generosity of my mother and aunts, I was given my grandma's ring. It is simple but still meaningful and very low maintenance, I don't have to take it off all the time in fear of hurting it. For Valentine's Day we had it resized and shined up.
Yes, that is a leaf rake. I rake everything to the center and then have the kids pick up an item and ask themselves, "Where does this go?" It goes so much faster than picking up one thing here or there and having them get distracted. My mom adds the threat, "Whatever is left in the pile, goes in the garbage!"
Notice the little purple baby ball. No I did not rake her up, but Audrey kept moving her around reminding me not to.
Audrey's tooth finally fell out and the Tooth Fairy brought her the promised Zhu-Zhu Pet (actually it is a Furry Fenzy, same thing right?). So today we made it a tutu, a sleeping bag and a sling carrier (like a purse for Audrey to carry it around in). Now Nathan really wants one, so I said when he makes it all day without getting his underwear wet we will go buy him one. Day 3 and I have cleaned up more poop and pee than I care to. I think he's just not ready yet, but we'll keep trying.
I have been wanting and looking for a new entertainment center for a very long time. Our tv was too wide for the stand and looked silly and our shelves were just cheap and didn't hide anything. When I saw just what I was looking for last week on KSL, I ran up to South Jordan to buy them.
The skinny shelves on the sides hide all the DVDs and diapers, the kids books and large toys are in the lower cabinets and most of our books will be on the black shelves which we moved to our bedroom. Now I just need help "decorating" the new shelves.
Of course Curtis didn't feel we needed anything new at all, but he was still willing to help me move everything around. I think he likes how it looks now.
In one week I... change 56 diapers make 13 meals wash 26 pots say "Nathan, leave her alone!" 4809 times do 4 loads of laundry spend 29 hours holding a beautiful baby load and unload the dishwasher 5 times pick up 103 train tracks get 27 hours of sleep spend 18 hours breastfeeding have 10 night time feedings kiss Curtis at least 40 times cut 80 fingernails and toenails (at least I should) clean up 11 cups of spilled milk or water get kids dressed 84 times sweep the floor 6 times check Facebook 16 times start 3 different projects finish 1 kiss 23 boo-boos drink 35 glasses of water go to the store at least 2 times have a list of 41 things I should do, but don't eat 1,647 calories too many watch Toy Story 1, 2 or 3 or Cars 8 times wipe 163 messy/snotty faces ...just to name a few. No wonder why I'm tired.
And yet I know I am not out of the ordinary, so many moms do so much more.
FYI, I was interrupted 24 times before I finished this blog entry and 78% of it was written with one hand.