Sesame Street Live – The Morning After

Norton had a fantastic time at Sesame Street Live last Wednesday.  He was so engrossed in the show that he really didn’t need any of the swag that I’d gotten him.  He had some popcorn and apple juice to enjoy during the show, and that was pretty much all he needed.  After the show, he was so exhausted that all he had to say when we got in the drive way was “night” and “bed.”

The husband and I decided that we’d go ahead and put everything out the next morning before Norton got up.  While he was changing Norton and getting him ready to face the day, I was putting out Norton’s souvenirs.  It was a good call.  The last time I saw him this excited to come into the living room was on Christmas morning when he saw his Let’s Rock Elmo toy and accessories set up under the tree just waiting for him to play.

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Promoting Toddler Independence with a Skip Hop Backpack

Norton modeling his Skip Hop Elephant backpack

Having two kids in diapers can mean carrying a lot of stuff, even if you pack light.  When I was just carrying stuff for one kid, I generally used a super tiny diaper bag, like a Petunia Pickle Bottom Cake Clutch or a Jolly Jumper diaper bag that was about the size of one of those backpack purses that were popular in the ‘90’s.  That was with just one.

With two?  Well, between carrying clothes and burp cloths for Eudora (because that kid can puke a lot… I’ve gone through two cloth diaper burp cloths in one feeding from the baby barf), diapers, bottles, a sippy cup for Norton, some toys to keep Norton entertained (usually his bus or something else, plus maybe a ball if we’re going to the park), I’m carrying a huge diaper bag.  And maybe another bag at the same time.

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Enjoying Sesame Street Live

When I first learned about Sesame Street Live months ago, I searched furiously to find a show in our area.  When I did that first search, I found that the closest one listed was in Kelowna, six hours away.  Ouch.  I knew that Norton would love to see Elmo in person, but I also knew that six hours in one direction was quite a haul for seeing a kid’s concert.  I was disappointed, but I kept hoping that Sesame Street Live would show up in Prince George.  (But I wasn’t going to hold my breath.)

I saw a Facebook post from one of my former supervisors about early tickets on the day the info was released.  I went nuts, called the husband, and told him we had to take Norton.  I got three tickets within minutes of the tickets being announced.

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Wordless Wednesday – The Elmo Edition

In honor of our trip to see Sesame Street Live tonight, this week’s Wordless Wednesday is a Norton and Elmo duet. 🙂

Norton checking out Elmo Rocks on Christmas Day

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Baby Exersaucer FAIL

Norton loved our baby exersaucer.  I got it when he was around three months old… maybe a little bit older than Eudora.  Being the planner that I am, I’d kept our baby exersaucer after Norton outgrew it.  We were going to have another baby at some point, so there was no point in buying the same toys twice.

Well, I finally pulled it out for Eudora.  I figured she was big enough to play with it; she wasn’t too far from Norton’s age when I bought it for him.  After carefully cleaning every nook and cranny of our exersaucer and making sure that every speck of dust was gone, the husband and I were ready to put Eudora in the new toy.

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Infant Behavior – Don’t Ever Let Me Go

I’m not new at being a mom.  Not by any stretch of the imagination.  Between two nephews, two nieces, and two boys of my own, I’d seen lots of infant behavior… but I can still be surprised.  One thing that I’m learning is that Eudora’s infant behavior can be so completely different from her brothers and cousins.  Sure, Norton was a pretty happy baby, but he was fairly independent.  No cuddles for him, and only his Daddy could comfort him when he was hurt.  Andy was also pretty happy, but from birth, he was all about his Papa.  I love my boys, and my boys love me, but I’ve never had that feeling of being number one.

With Eudora, I’m finding things to be so incredibly different.

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Postpartum Workout and Two Roads Diverged

The view of Shane Lake along the trail

For all of the things that I grumble about when it comes to living in Prince George, BC (the crappy shopping being the biggest one), there’s one thing that I do love about this place: it really is beautiful.  This is a city that actually has urban forests.  Since forestry is a huge industry here, this isn’t a city that’s completely divorced from nature.  Plus, summers are pretty mild here… so that means I’ve got a lot of options for a postpartum workout.  I could get my postpartum workout done by going swimming in one of the many lakes, or by going for a swim in one of the gentler areas of the river.  Or I could go for one of my favorite ways of taking in the beauty of British Columbia and getting a good postpartum workout done: go for a hike.

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Wordless Wednesday – The Faces of Eudora

One of the most amazing things about being a mommy is seeing the faces and expressions that our little ones make.  I’ve been a little light on posting pictures of Eudora, so here’s my girl. 🙂

What?

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Toddler Bedtime Progression

The other night after I got back from taking the kids and the dog for a little hike in the woods, the husband took care of toddler bedtime.  (I’ve been pretty fortunate… he’s always done the kids’ bedtime routines.)  In our household, toddler bedtime isn’t a cause for fighting, tears, or anything else.  In fact, it’s gotten so darned easy that it’s amazing.

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A Boy and His Pillow – Wordless Wednesday

A toddler transition object (or lovey) is not uncommon.  I had a blanket.  So did Andy.  The husband had a teddy bear.  But Norton?  Well, he’s got a pillow.  Or, more to the point, he has Pillow.  Pillow goes most places with him.  He seems infinitely more fearless when he’s carrying his best friend Pillow.  Sometimes, Pillow is his sidekick when he goes out to take over the world (or at least the park).

A boy and his pillow, bravely marching off to explore the world.

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