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.
Life with Norton has, in some ways, gotten harder. He’s more defiant than ever. He still uses “I peed in my room!” as an excuse not to go to bed or wherever else. But things were out of control. There was a lot of yelling, temper tantrums, throwing things, tears, and hitting. Counting to three had ceased to help. Threats of spankings were the only thing that made any impact… and even that was beginning to fade. I knew I needed to figure out overcoming obstacles like these in a really big way. Our little family was in trouble. [Read more…]
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…]
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…]
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.
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…]
Sometimes 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.
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.
My babies are now two and four! Happy birthdays to my Norton and Eudora. I’m looking forward to many more.