Saturday, August 29, 2009

Falling in Love with Two

Yes, the Twos can be terrible, but in between the tantrums, I am really falling more in love with the Nugget each day.  Some examples of awesome-ness.

-We play this game where I roll him in a blanket, call him a burrito, and pretend to eat him up.  We've been doing this for about a year now, ever since he was big enough for rough and tumble play.  Now he asks for the game by bringing me a blanket and saying "num-num-num".

-We both like to laugh maniacally.  We take turns like a couple of mad scientists.  My favorite part is when we get right in each other's faces and laugh our heads off.  Yes, sometimes we play this in public.  

-The Nugget has finally mastered several finger rhymes, you know, like "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes", "5 Little Monkeys", "The Itsy-Bitsy Spider", and several other lesser known ones that we picked up at library story times and Kindermusik.  There is just nothing greater than the Nugget proudly "washing out" the spider after 2 years of just watching slack-jawed.  

-Totally on his own, he started unstacking our wooden coasters and lining them up on the floor, end-to-end.  He straightens them out so they make a perfectly straight path, then cues parental applause.  What he's doing or why he's doing it, we don't know, but it is really cute (maybe a little OCD) and very interesting that he's come up with his own unique way to play.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Top 10 - Two Years

While I try not to compare the Nugget to his peers, noticing personality differences are inevitable.  While I wouldn't say that the Nugget is any easier or any harder to parent than another 2 year old, what I can say with confidence is that he lives life with INTENSITY.  He experiences every emotion on the highest setting, which for Mommy and Daddy is both a blessing and a curse.  

Let's just say that if a young couple were to observe us over the course of an hour, we can easily swing from being the BEST BIRTH CONTROL EVER (cue screaming red-faced boy taking wild swings at us) to being the COVER OF A PARENTING MAGAZINE (cue angelic smiling boy proffering hugs and peace on earth).

Top 10 Assaults on the Nugget's Dignity that are met with Fierce Resistance
10.  Rinsing hair
9.  Washing face
8. Trimming hair
7.  Removing pajama top
6.  Buckling seatbelts ("I do it!")
5.  Putting on hoods or hats
4.  Serving the "wrong" type of cereal
3.  Giving Doggie a treat without offering the same treat to the Nugget (note that Doggie treats are stinky salmon pellets)
2.  Serving the Nugget most forms of meat:  he is a vegetarian who makes exceptions for Chik-fil-A nuggets and extra-crispy bacon, neither of which are healthy enough to serve him on a daily basis.  Hmm, maybe I should let him have the salmon pellets...
1.  Putting on music without consulting him regarding the selection

Top 10 Things that Make the Nugget Beam with Unadulterated Joy
10.  Playing with trains - Santa is looking for a used train table for Christmas.
9.  Driving the car.  He gets to sit in the driver's seat for a minute upon arrival at home (after the car has been turned off of course).  He very seriously checks the mirrors, adjusts the temperature dials, wipers, and turn signals. 
8.  Picking his own spoon out of the drawer at breakfast time
7.  Pouring liquids
6.  Singing the alphabet song
5.  Playing at parks
4.  Chasing buh-flies (butterflies)
3.  Buckling himself into his highchair
2.  Zipping his own jacket
1.  Meeting new doggies

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Summer Vacation

Our summer vacation was jam-packed full of family, friends, and fun.  We logged many hours in the rental car, and it took the Nugget a full week to recover from the jet lag, but it was definitely worth it. 

We'd like to thank our friends and family for being patient with us as we tried to work around toddler naptime and bedtime and tried to fit too much fun into too few hours.  Our sincere apologies to those we missed and those who felt we didn't spend enough time with them - we are still learning, and we'll get it figured out soon.  

Thursday, August 6, 2009


Dear Nugget,

Every so often, Daddy and I look at you and marvel, "Look at that boy!  Wasn't he just a baby yesterday and now he's this running, talking, thoughtful person with his own ideas, opinions, and interests!"  It's really truly amazing to witness you growing before our eyes.

Sometimes it takes fresh eyes to really notice zillions of subtle changes that have built up to a giant change.  Today at our playdate (we've been MIA for nearly a month while we travelled twice, were chosen then not-chosen for adoption, had your Tummy Mummy visit, and then had Daddy out of town), my friends A & K noticed that you have really burst out of your shell.  Last month, you were still quite clingy to me and needed a good amount of time to warm up to your little friends, spending most of the time content to munch crackers from the safety and comfort of my lap.  

The other day, we walked up to the playground, you spotted your buddies, and away you went, climbing, laughing, running, playing with wild abandon.  You barely touched your lunch or even the sweet treats, squirming down from the table, begging, "Pway, pway, pway!"  

And so you pwayed the morning away - happy, dirty, free.

I love you,

Tricks of the Trade

Back to School Shopping Guide

I have to share with you one of my very favorite websites.  Cool Mom Picks was founded by real moms who were looking for great new kids' products for their own children.  While they do have advertisers on their site, the products that they "pick" are purely from their own great experience, they are not paid to pick items.  The moms who make the picks do their research, and most are some combination of eco-friendly, fair trade, handmade, and/or produced by small businesses.  Most of all, they are committed to choosing safer products, whether that means lead-free, HFCS-free, etc.  A few of the items are pie-in-the-sky spendy, like what you would buy for your kids if you were say, Angelina Jolie, but many are affordable or even economical for us regular peoples.  CMP pointed me towards many favorite items that the Nugget uses on a daily basis as well as great gift ideas for his friends.  They also usually have some fabulous coupon codes!

Anyway, since I LOVE school supplies, I thought this would be a great opportunity to share my personal shoppers with you.  Happy shopping!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Sunday Snaps

Our dog is named after a plant
The plant grows in our yard
He calls the plant, "Doggie".

Snug in his jammas
We kissed his plump cheeks
He said, "Night-night".

He didn't want a pony ride
He cried on the boat
He wanted only to watch the cloggers dance.

Sweaty from playing outside
He came in with pink cheeks
Saw dinner waiting and said, "Num-num."

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Paging my identity - please meet me at customer service.

Dear Nugget,

I think it's a normal tendency for children to assume that their mom's life simply revolves around them.  I know my life has grown to include you in most every way, the way a plant grows towards the light, my habits and thoughts are reformed to you.

However, I think it's important that we both remember that I am my own person.  Being your Mommy is just one (incredible) part of my life and self.  When asked what I like to do in my spare time, I sometimes respond, "What spare time?" or "I can't remember!"  

Let me share a little about myself - partly for you to know your chauffeur/dishwasher/personal assistant better, but also to remind myself of who I am on days when I feel that you are absorbing me completely.  Maybe I'll make it a habit and come up with some me-lists a few times a year!

10.  I love to read.  I can read very quickly, though I've never really timed myself.  I love many kinds of books, but the books I read as a child continue to be my favorites.  A Cricket in Times Square, Anne of Green Gables, Bunnicula, the Little House series, and of course Charlotte's Web.

9.  I dream of organization but I'm pretty messy.  The Container Store might be my version of heaven on earth, yet as I type this, my desk is covered in candy wrappers, stickers, post-it flags, a calculator, tissues, pens, and a baggie of dead batteries.  Sigh.

8.  A former supervisor called me the most efficient person on the planet.  I work really hard, pay attention to details, and I can finish jobs (especially repetitive tasks) really quickly.

7.  I am very sentimental, but not a packrat.  I can't throw out photos, but most other things can go right in the bin.

6.  I can see arguments from many different angles, and I like to understand how different people are motivated.  In a way that makes me insightful and empathetic.  In another way, it makes me incredibly wishy-washy.

5.  I like crafts of all kinds, but I don't have much patience.  I like small projects I can start and finish quickly.  Finishing is the key!

4.  I need to make plans and lists.  I lose most of my lists, and I know many plans can fall through at the drop of a hat, but I crave knowing what will happen next.

3.  Though I can't sing, I really love music, many kinds of music.  If I could choose a talent, it would be singing and dancing.  I especially love attending children's dance recitals and high school musicals, even if I don't know any of the kids personally.  

2.  I prefer quality over quantity in just about every way.

1.  I love those cold outdoor showers at beach houses.  They're designed only for rinsing away sand before entering the house, but if I lived in a warm enough climate, I'd love to build one and take all my showers out there.  With a privacy wall of course!