Wordless Wednesday – Fall Colors

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Models are my own little ones, Norton and Eudora.  Location: the beautiful, scenic Rainbow Park in Prince George, BC.  Shirts by The Children’s Place.  Jeans by Old Navy.  Diaper by Ella Bella Bum.

Sometimes There’s Some Good (An Update)

I’ve been amazed at the amount of support that I’ve gotten (and helpful suggestions!) after writing about how there are times that I just feel so very defeated when dealing with my son.  Thank you.  I appreciate it.  A lot.

The last couple of days have had some improvements.  Yes, there are still a lot of times that he is completely, utterly exhausting and infuriating… but there are times that I think I’m making some progress. [Read more…]

Beaten Down to Exhaustion

I spent the majority of July in Radio Silence.  I didn’t do much posting.  There was a very simple reason for that, and that reason still exists.  I’m exhausted.  I feel beaten down and depressed.

Life with Norton is wearing me down.  For a while, I was able to make jokes about how we were getting into the Stockholm Syndrome portion of parenting a difficult child: I’d begun to sympathize and bond with my captor.  We’re slipping out of that wonderful ability to tolerate his nonsense.  I’d rather spend my days in bed hiding, avoiding my son. [Read more…]

Siblings at Play – Wordless Wednesday

I’ve always said that the best parts of living in Prince George are the urban forests and the abundance of playgrounds.  Norton and Eudora are enjoying this one.

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Easter Funday – Mostly Wordless Wednesday

Easter Funday - Cloth Diaper Addicts

Since we have some lawn (even if it’s still brown), we took the kids outside to chase after bubbles! Eudora is clutching a striped sock monkey, while Norton is running around with a bottle of bubbles.

 

Easter Funday

Norton is discovering chocolate at Grandma and Grumpy’s house.

 

Easter Funday

Eudora is wearing her new Easter dress to Grandma and Grumpy’s house! (And she found a lost pink sock monkey… so she’s in heaven.)

Early Reading Progresses!

From the time I was pregnant with Norton, I was hoping to instill a love of books and learning. I just knew that we had to promote early reading as best as possible.

But there was a bit of a stumbling block with that. Sure, I went to school to teach… but I wanted to teach high school, not elementary school. And I definitely did not want to teach early childhood education. After chatting with Heather of The Parenting Patch, I went with learning sight words as the first step of early reading. [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Blueberry Trainers

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Blueberry TrainersSometimes the Daily Cute Fluffy Bum post can be subtitled “weird things my children do.”  In this particular photo taken a few months back… Norton found the marshmallows for making Rice Krispy Snowmen in the pantry.  He found some stuck together and put them on his chest… and proudly proclaimed, “Wook, Mommy!  I chicken!”  He then proceeded to do a funny chicken walk whilst flapping his wings to demonstrate.  He did all of this while modeling a pair of Blueberry Giraffe trainers in a size medium.

Where to find Blueberry Trainers: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US)

Finger Painting Leaves the Bucket List

Last week, I figured out all of the fun stuff that I was hoping to do with my kids this spring.  One of the big ones was that I wanted to work on my own avoidance of things that make messes… and I wanted to let the kids loose on finger painting. [Read more…]

Birthday Party! #WordlessWednesday

The weekend before last, we had a double birthday party for my littles.  Norton was turning four and Eudora was turning two.  Since the littles are only eight days apart, they’re still at the age where a joint birthday party makes the most sense.

Norton's Balloon (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Norton loved his balloon from Grandma and Grumpy!

Eudora Balloon

Eudora is showing off her own balloon and her pretty party dress!

Lightning McQueen Cake

That’s one gorgeous Lightning McQueen cake! Norton loved it.
We hired a local WAHM baker to do the cakes this year so that Daddy could enjoy the weekend instead of spend it decorating cakes. It was WELL worth it!

Elmo Cake

Eudora had a “Melmo” cake. She was so happy to see it!

Norton's Cake

Norton was so quick to blow out his candles (and he blew all four of them out!) that we didn’t even finish singing Happy Birthday. In spite of holding the fork, he didn’t get to eat the whole thing.

Eudora was so cute blowing out her candles!  She only blew out one, but she got the idea.  That's pretty awesome.

Eudora was so cute blowing out her candles! She only blew out one, but she got the idea. That’s pretty awesome.

My babies are now two and four!  Happy birthdays to my Norton and Eudora.  I’m looking forward to many more.

 

Best Friends in the Making

When Eudora was born, I wasn’t sure that Norton and Eudora would ever have a great relationship.  Norton mainly ignored her for the first few months.  Then he just got annoyed with her most of the time.  I had days when I didn’t get much of anything accomplished but keeping the kids alive… and considering how much time I spent refereeing those two, it was a pretty big accomplishment.  I had zero hope for them becoming friends… let alone becoming best friends.

Now?  The wow factor of kids getting along hasn’t lost its magic.  There’s still plenty of fighting, but now that they are both verbal, it’s gotten much better.  Sometimes Norton will lead Eudora off to play by saying “Come on, my friend Kiki!”  She’ll take his hand and they’ll run off to his room to play trains.  The two will often play quietly for hours, with the occasionally happy shriek as they share.  Sometimes he’ll get mad at her for disconnecting a couple of pieces or because she played with Old Puffer Pete, his favorite Chuggington engine.  Still, though, it’s usually something resolved in a few minutes.  After all, even best friends can fight.

Of course, there are drawbacks to this newly developed best friends phenomenon: now instead of spending the time working to keep them from killing each other, they are ganging up on me.  They’ll climb the kitchen counters together.  Norton will open the baby gate to go downstairs (where I DON’T want them to go) and encourage Eudora to join him.  I will, however, gladly take the two getting along over mutual assaults any day.

When I see things like this?  I really, truly appreciate it and hope my babies grow up to stay best friends.

Best Friends in the Making (Cloth Diaper Addicts)

Did you run into a rough patch with your littles getting along in the beginning?  Did they also become best friends?