I finally have my voice back!!!! Sort of. Homeopathics are amazing if you take the right one. Euphrasia cleared up Gabriel's painful, burning pinkeye and mercurius cleared up my sore (understatement!) throat. Anyway, just trying to keep up with the thread here.What do you enjoy most about your toddler right now?
His voice. The way he asks for things politely and sing-songy, especially when he asks for his vitamins, his cuddly personality and the way he greets me in the morning (all hugs and smiles, sometimes whining for a banana or cereal or a muffin).What is the most challenging thing about this age/stage for you?
Having the patience and mental creativity to deal with his headstrong ideas.Does your kiddo still nurse? How "well" does he/she eat?
No we stopped because it was causing such severe sleep deprivation for me I thought I was going crazy. He's all meat, eggs, and dairy. He'll eat grains and veggies too, and all around I think he's a pretty good eater, but if there's no meat he freaks out.How is sleep now?
Beautimous. He falls asleep easily by just walking him around for a few minutes then stays asleep all night most nights. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, he usually comes across the hall and crawls in bed with us. My favorite nights are the ones when the boys fall asleep, arms draped over each other.What are your toddler's favourite activities? Favourite things?
Sometimes it is hard to tell because he's always following his older brother. He loves turning the lights on and off (so is constantly asking for me to pick him up so he can reach the switches). He loves keys, especially keychains that have our car keys (and the remote lock buttons). He loves vacum cleaners and spray bottles. And painting on huge rolls of paper on the floor. He loves Mater, Lightening McQueen, firetrucks, Bob the Builder characters, wrestling with daddy and Willem, yarn monsters, marnerstins (willem's made up word that explains whatever), cheese, plain yogurt, and bananas.If you could go back one year and give yourself advice, what would you say? Back two years?
Two years? To give dh have time alone with Gabriel (maybe switch off who did bedtime routine with Willem when Gabriel was an infant), to not always have to be the one with the baby. I feel I sort of inhibited their bonding because I was always with Gabriel and would hand Willem off to dh when he came home. I also should have gotten a double stroller a LONG time ago (like before baby #2 was born). And spent more time outside. And allowed myself to meet other moms, even if they mothered differently than myself.
Thanksgiving is so soon! Gabriel's birthday is in a week and I have not done ANY prep yet! I went out shopping today and was so lost. Couldn't find anything on my list of possible birthday presents. We plan on celebrating as a family, at home, with chocolate zucchini cake! I want to do ballons and streamers and have him wear a birthday hat. Maybe we'll all go out to the plate painting shop after cake and make a birthday plate for him. Dh thinks he might be a bit young for that so maybe we'll paint a Christmas ornament with each of the boys.
Then for Thanksgiving, we're going up to my parents and will see my brother and his wife and three kids. Chris and I decided we're going to cook the majority of Thanksgiving dinner because after living with my parents for those two months in the beginning of the year we know my mom's cooking all to well - everything sort of thrown together at last minute, bland, overcooked and blah. Of course it's too late to reserve an all natural turkey
:. So my next two weeks are going to be pretty full!