He's very fond of hammers, screwdrivers and drills. He has a tape measure he adores.
Another auntie is getting him an umbrella. We've got him a backpack. He'll be thrilled!
Our 3.5 y/o has refused to use his balance bike for a year and a half now...he MUCH prefers a tricycle and gets pretty upset if we suggest trying the balance bike. That said, the two year old present (actually got it for Christmas, so 20ish months) that has gotten the most mileage is our playmobil 123 (the toddler line) farm house with people/animals. It serves double duty as a doll house but our very much into animals guy loves that it is a farm (with horses and carts for the must have wheels folks).
Oops, just realized I posted from my wife's computer...this is wishin'&hopin' :)
Hey all! Boy, I haven't been on this forum in a long while! Not since right after Amadora was born. She is doing well, and motherhood is truly a joy and a blessing. I already have been a mom to our older girls since they were 6 and 11 (they are 11 and 15 now) but this is a new experience mothering a baby. I love breastfeeding, and think I will try for at least two years. We'll see, but that's what I'm thinking. Amadora is 3 months old now, and she is smiling and laughing, grabbing toys, standing while holding onto our hands, and going "Ppppbbbbbtttttthhh" a lot! Haha. Our older girls are doing wonderfully with her! They are helpful even when she's fussing now. Our 15 yr old goes "Raaar!" back and forth with her. Our 11 yr old reads her a lot of stories. I recently went back to work, but I feel really fortunate that my job is all crammed into the end of the week. I work 4pm-8am on Thursdays and Fridays, and the rest of the week I am home with her. My partner brings baby to me to nurse once in the evening. She is almost always with one of us, occasionally with her grandma for an hour or two. I'll post some pictures :) And spend some time reading and trying to catch up with you all. Cute pics I saw, while scrolling through!
Aw, thanks Granite! Happy to log on here :) Yes, the change in our 15 yr old's attitude has been profound. Our relationship is a lot better, too. So grateful for that. She is more comfortable interacting with me, she doesn't get annoyed with my general presence, and she is hanging out with us in the living room more often and more willingly. I'm so glad it was such a positive change for her! She even calls the baby her sister. I couldn't have asked for more!
We found out we couldn't quite get the loan we needed to buy a house. We did find a really nice place to rent. Smaller house, but much bigger yard. And a MUCH friendlier neighborhood! I love our neighbors. It's wonderful.
Now we are dealing with crap from our previous landlords--they are taking us to court over $8,000 (in addition to the $1695 deposit) which is really really ridiculous. But we saw a lawyer in the modest means program who thinks we can win. It's been sooooo stressful, I am really having to practice mindfulness as best as I can and loving-kindness because my first reaction is to spin out on it and to wish bad things on those landlords! Ugh. But I'm trying to be calm about it and just do the best that we can. Their charges honestly are completely ridiculous, and there are a number of things we could sue them for, but I just want to be done with it and for them to be out of our lives.
BUT, we are in a much better place now, and our neighbors are friendly and non-judgmental. Our next-door neighbor is a psychic, and has gatherings on all the full moons and new moons! So I'm doing my best to focus on all I have to be grateful for (SO MUCH). :)
Is everyone still in the right places? Does anyone need to be moved?
New parents with babies
Parents of little kids aged 1-4
Parents of big kids aged 5-12
Parents of teens aged 13-19
cocobird-I'm so glad things are going so well with you, with the baby and with the whole family! And I'm glad you moved to a nice new place. Amadora is so cute! I hope being back at work is going well.
queermomma! I don't think we have "met" before. DW goes by Momma. I like that spelling.
I am getting ready to take a trip back East to visit family and attend my high school reunion. I am flying alone with the babe. I think I am as ready as I will ever be, but I am anxious about the flight and sad to be away from DS's Momma. She is busy at work and can't take more time now after taking family leave. The week after I get back I am going back to work. I am not really looking forward to that either. I like my job, and I know DS will be very well cared for, but I worry about how baby and I will stay in sync when we are separated so much. He grows and changes so fast and learns new things all the time. I am sad to miss those moments. Here is a fun picture that I will need to print to hang at my desk.