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?

Tipping the Scales

There are mornings that start out smoothly, only to culminate in a day that was a complete cluster.  Sometimes, though, things can go differently.  A day that can seem like a total write-off has one bright moment that tips the scales on a no good, rotten day to at least okay.  We had one of those days.

I woke up that morning with Norton coming down the stairs into my bed.  He woke us up by being angry and screaming at us for something.  Ugh.  Not a good start.  The day only progressed from there. [Read more…]

Kids Getting Along Is Magical

I’m amazed.  Today, Norton and Eudora are playing rather well together.  They’re mostly playing in his room… and I haven’t had to get up to intervene.  I realized that it was going to be a nice moment of kids getting along when Eudora ran out of Norton’s room.  She wasn’t running out crying.  He wasn’t chasing after her yelling angrily because she took off with one of his toys. [Read more…]

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – FuzziBunz

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - FuzziBunz (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Check out this little throwback photo of my Norton!  He’s wearing an original FuzziBunz one size diaper in a light blue.  You can’t get this color or this particular style of FuzziBunz anymore, but you can still find the updated versions!

Where to buy FuzziBunz Elite: Cozy Bums (Canada), Diaper Junction (US/Canada), Lagoon Baby (Canada), Kissed by the Moon (US/Canada), Kelly’s Closet (US), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada), Cloth Diaper Addicts Amazon Shoppe (US)

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Bumkins AIO

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Bumkins AIO (Cloth Diaper Addicts)I do sometimes miss the days of Norton wearing cloth diapers….  In this pic, he’s showing off his Canadian style with a funny warm hat with ear flaps!  On his bum, he’s sporting a Bumkins all-in-one diaper in the owls print.

Where to buy Bumkins: Nicki’s Diapers (US/Can)

My Dogs Growl at My Kids – And That’s Okay

I have a confession.  Some will say that this makes me both a terrible pet owner and a terrible parent.  Both of my dogs growl at my kids from time to time.  I don’t reprimand the dogs for growling at the kids.  I’m more inclined to reprimand the kids when the dogs growl. [Read more…]

Snow Day! (Wordful Wednesday)

I tried to be wordless. However, it’s just not going to happen. This winter has been pretty weird. We’ve gotten massive dumps of snow (around two feet), followed by a warm spell that allows the heaps of snow to turn into ice, then rain to make the conditions even worse… and right after the mess is all cleaned up, we get another massive snow dump. While I was shoveling, I took the kids out to play so that they can get some of their energy out. [Read more…]

When a Helpful Preschooler Isn’t

Sometimes, Norton can annoy me.  Sometimes when he annoys me, it’s because he’s trying so hard to be a helpful preschooler… and it just doesn’t work.  That realization is crucial to my ongoing attempts at being a better mom.  Like the most recent “helpful preschooler” incident…

This morning I posted my first Train Track Tuesday post in a while.  I just hadn’t been able to sit down and really build a nice layout that we can have fun with.  Usually, it’s either because Norton’s room isn’t clean enough for me to want to be in there and build or because Eudora is “helping” by being The Destroyer of Worlds.  (Read: Eudora is knocking things over and making it impossible to build.) [Read more…]

Train Track Tuesday

Train Track Tuesday - Cloth Diaper Addicts

It’s been a while since I’ve done Train Track Tuesday.  The reasons why are for another post, but now that it’s done, you can see that Norton and Eudora are having a great time playing together!  Our trains are a mixture of elements, but all of them are the wooden track that work together so well.

Elements used (aff. links):

Chuggington Wooden Railway Double-Decker Roundhouse
Chuggington Wooden Railway Koko & Hodge’s Clock Tower Set
Thomas Wooden Railway Flynn & Water Tower Figure 8 Railroad Track Set 21 Piece
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Round About Station
Thomas And Friends Wooden Railway – Early Engineers Busy Day on Sodor Set
Orbrium Toys Large Wooden Train Tunnel for Wooden Railway Fits Thomas Brio Chuggington Melissa Doug Imaginarium

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum – Best Bottom Trainers #Christmas

Daily Cute Fluffy Bum - Best Bottom Trainers (Cloth Diaper Addicts)Today’s cute fluffy bum is my Norton!  He’s not actually wearing fluff, but graduated fluff (or training pants).  These perfectly festive green underwear are Best Bottom trainers!

Where to buy Best Bottom cloth training pants: Cozy Bums Diapers (Canada), Nicki’s Diapers (US/Canada)