Tuesday, January 10, 2012

New year, New post

HAPPY 2012!

What a year it's been...so far. For some reason my child had been switched back into a 'newborn.' No really. This whole waking up at 3 am every night is getting out of hand. I had to do tough love with him (like a newborn) and make him go back to sleep in his own bed. He's been getting into bed with me this past week, but I've realized I can't let it happen anymore...I'm hoping with enough 'tough love' he'll stop waking up at 3 am like a newborn wakes up at 3 am just because yo ualways put the paci back in their mouth. I guess we'll see tonight...

On to the good stuff.
Went to a place called Little Monkey Bizness last week (2 weeks off from work, hooray) and he surely did enjoy himself...

Pretty sweet jump shot. Not bias or anything
(okay, maybe a LITTLE bias)

Hiding from the camera, little stinker


Little chef

Crawling on a caterpillar!

Needless to say he had an awesome time and it allowed a post! Hooray!


 Post script; Enjoy this little tid-bit...
10 things you should never tell your kid
(Some of these are honestly DUHs)
Well clicky here

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

10 ways NOT to raise your toddler

You're welcome and enjoy. (Click Here)

There are some things that this editor for parenting and mother says that I think about and question myself about.

Why do I do some of these things? Face it mothers, we all do one of these things and don't know why. Mine would definitely be "Why did you do that?" and this is how it normally goes.

Me: B why did you do that?
B: Because I wanted to.

That does not get us anywhere and then I proceed to be upset and angry about his answer rather than what he actually did to deserve to be in trouble. He secretly turns the tables that way.

Or the ever ending of telling your toddler what to do. My lines are
Put your shoes on.
Clean up your toys
Don't act like that.

The most popular one I do is what my husband tells me not to do...
Don't do it ladies...that's how I started to get a picky eater. I nipped that one in the butt recently though.

No handbook to raising a toddler.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Monkey see, Monkey do.

I don't like it!

I've decided that Monkey see, Monkey do is only cute when you teach your child something fun to say or do. Not when they pick up other kids actions while getting in trouble.

That's not calming down.

Well maybe you shouldn't do something that you're not supposed to.

That's never a good thing to say to mommy.

Fine, then go to your room and scream and cry.

Enough said.

Those are just a few of the sayings he's picked up from an older child. What do you even do about it? Stern warnings don't work. Yelling doesn't work. Time outs don't work. Taking away treats don't work. I mean, come on! He's gone 3 years of his life not acting like this and now he decides to.

This feeling of losing my grip on punishing is annoying. Listening has gone out the window at times. I try to explain to him that I don't like it and that it's not polite and that he should act like (insert name here) because he just gets introuble all of the time. But none of that even works!

What'sa mother to do, eh? (Canadian speak...Degrassi is on, what?) Bah-humbug. If there were only a button to just make it stop, ya know? Not sure that's even possible...the stopping, not the button. I assume only time will tell (unless assuming will just make an ass out of you and me. Bahaha that's funny).

On the better side...his eating habits are fabulous.
New foods:
Turkey Wrap
Fish Sticks
Mini Hot Dogs (Pigs in a blanket, anyone?)
Green beans (only once...blah)

In all honesty the whole "You have to try it before you say you don't like it" is amazing. Or as my friend says "You need to take a No Thank You Bite." Hilarious. And all I can say is that almost every NEW thing he eats he says... "Mmmm!! That's yummy!" I totally had to play up the fish sticks though.. (disgusting in my eyes). It's okay though, he doesn't know that!

He only looks innocent.
Deep down he acts like a crazy person.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

It's been a while.

This month has been full of literal ridiculessness.

My son's intelligence has spiked up a little bit. I mean a lot of bit. I think it's safe to say he secretly eavsdrops on conversations I have with people while talking to adults. He asks about things that I talk about with friends later on in the day. It's kind of hilarious.

He's also more observant. Such as this conversation:

B: Mommy. Rake the leaves back into a pile!
M: B, I;m talking, you do it, you're better at it.
B: But I'm not a giiirl!

I'm pretty sure the reasoning behind that is he sees I'm doing all this raking so only girls can rake, obviously. Let's put two and two together now. What kid understands that kind of stuff? Maybe many do and I'm just crazy. On the other hand, it's prbably a good thing that he thinks girls do a lot of work, huh? Then that way he won't think girls are weak! AhHa! I just put two and two together myself. Like mother like son...? Is that a saying?

Negotians are an all around conversation in and of itself also these days. Take for instance, how he wanted to play baseball in the house so I explained to him we couldn't and that we could putt the ball into a box instead...here is how he tried to change my mind...

B: Mommy...how bout we do this...
M: Okay, what is it?
B: I stand here, you stand over there and throw the ball to me and I hit it into the box.

Um...really? Is that baseball or is that baseball? Eventually it turned into him yelling  NOOOO!! Like it was the end of the world so I sat him in timeout. Oh man, the time outs these days! A least 3 a week now. I know, I know..that's good compared to others. Still bad to go from none to that.

Speaking of compared to others, when you're thinking you're having a bad day, do me a favor and watch SUPERNANNY and then tell me how you feel. There are days or weeks where I want to boot my child out the window but then I watch that show and realize he is an angel baby! Man did I get lucky.

Eating cakebatter on his 3rd birthday this past June!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Hospital visit

Fastest visit ever!

Saturday we ended up taking B to the hospital at night. Turns out he had a double ear infection! Wait, should I back up?

Block party was Saturday and although he was feeling pretty yuck, he still enjoyed himself. Playing in bouncy castle, running around, had a doughnut. By 6pm though, without warning, he just turned. It was crazy. So upset, screaming for no reason. Turns out his ears were killing him. Gave him tylenol then he passed out for an hour and ahalf. Woke up and was screaming.

Back to the hospital visit. Double ear infection but now all is better!


Went to the gym yesterday with him and this is a conversation him and a caretaker had:

Caretaker: Now what was with all that?
B: Whaaaat??
C: All that crying for mommy? You love it here!!
B: [bursts out laughing]

You would think after being cuddled and loved on for a week straight (because he was sick) that he would be okay today. B was a terror! I have never heard so much yelling in my life. Although, he's playing the "I'm sick" card a whole lot when it's convenient for him. For example:

Me: You need to share your trucks with Z. That's why we brought them.
B: Nooo. It's gonna make me sick if I do!

Like really? If it were that easy to get sick, would I force you to be sharing your toys all of the time? I tell ya. Some things that come out of his mouth to benefit himself is crazy. Again:

Me: Z if you would like some Mac and Cheese I made, you're welcome too.
Z: Ok. Can I have some?
B: Nooo. It's for me.
M: B, there is enough for both of you, you won't eat the whole box.
B: Oh yes I will!

Needless to say, Z ended up having a bowl of Mac and Cheese and Benjamin was delighted to let him have some.

He also had longest time out ever today too: FIVE MINUTES. Now in toddlerism, that is about five years. Ugh. I mean come on. If your child is yelling at you all day long for no reason AND when you pick him up to put him in time out head butts you, I think you would do it too. Not sure if the head butting was on purpose or on accident (I went with on purpose because well....he was screaming bloody murder).Did I mention that I was working (my babysitting job) all day? So his tantrums weren't helping. Weren't even at our own house.

Ugh. Bed time couldn't have come soon enough. 7:30pm and he was in bed...INSTANTLY!

Tantrum photo from the pool this summer.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

36 hours.

This probably isn't healthy.

Spenind 24 hours away from B is a nightmare. Spending more than 24 hours away from B is a bigger nightmare. Spending a total of (by Thursday night) 58 hours is the biggest nightmare ever.

He got really sick Tuesday morning so the hubby and I met halfway between here and where he lives for work and I dropped B with him. Last night was brutal. Tonight is a little more bearable. By tomorrow night when he gets home I will be at the point where I want him in my bed. Thankfully, I was able to work these past two days while my husband has him. I know he's in safe hands and is being taken care of, but it's the motherly instinct that kicks in whenever I'm away from him or he's away. It's that list. I fear something will happen to him and I'm not there to help him or comfort him.

I'll tell you this. I do thank the Lord that, being young parents, we have stayed together unlike so many young couples out there. Don't know what I would do if we had to do a custody thing. I love both my boys.

On the upside of being away from him, I have been able to speak to him on the phone and we have had some fun conversations! Specifically one that went on tonight.

His favorite thing ever to do is push the END button when we're done talking on the phone with his dad and of course in the end he also like pushing the button whe nhe's on the phone with him. After we hung up the first time they called me back immediately:

Me: Hello?
B: *crying* I didn't get to push the button
Me: Oh okay buddy. Goodnight, I love you.
B: Goodnight...lahve you. (how he says love)
Husband: Did you push the button?
B: Yeah
H: Okay. You have to go poop?
B: Yeah
H: Okay. We're almost home
Me: Uh...push the button buddy!
B&H: Hysterical laughing.

Oh my word. It was so good to hear him laughing so much. The last time I saw him he looked miserable because he hadn't eaten in about 24 hours and was throwig up all morning. I'm so happy he's healthy again.

Although, it's the second Viral Infection of the stomach he had in 2 months. Scares me, but I guess if it happens again in 2 months, I'll have to be really concerned and talk to the doctor about it.


Did this on his own last winter.
He likes his things in order.
Gets OCD about it almost.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Simply Sweet

I lay in bed listening to my son snore softly and can't help but want to cuddle him up.

Started my second week of work! B seems to be enjoying it. Today was the greatest day in a 3 year olds eyes ever. (Although it was great for me as well!) Seems as if spring and fall switched places and it's now raining all the time. Since it was so yucky out today we did some amazing things in the house...

Wait for it...


Granted, half way through they both got up and played for 20 minutes, but they enjoyed themselves! We didn't have all the fixin's though. No popcorn. That was a bummer. The baby slept for 2 hours though which gave them uninterrupted viewing time as well. It was a fabulous time. I'm also trying to remember my funny conversations with them, but it's so hard when two 3 year olds talk to all day in hysterically funny ways! Need to find motherhood-y things to write about!

Note to self: Get pen and paper and write them down!

My child gets languages mixed up. At least, when he talks in his sleep, he sounds like he's speaking Tagalog (which is the language for Filipino's which is what my husband is). Makes me wonder if he secretly knows the language since my husband and his grandparents have spoken it in front of him since the day he was born(even in womb! TMI?).

He's feeling a little under the weather right now which isn't a good sign for my week ahead. Fevers for no reason and just all around tired. Last night he woke up in hysterics with a fever of 102 and tonight he woke up (after an hour of sleeping) in hysterics in a cold sweat and a temp of 96.9. Hopefully his fever broke.He crawled into my bed after I calmed him down and passed out within 2 seconds of his head hitting the pillow. I'm going to call the doctor tomorrow morning and try to make an appointment for Wednesday morning before work or go to the take care clinic tomorrow morning at Walgreens before work. Who knows the reasonings for this all.

Ears are red which happens to me when I get tired.
Fevers for no reason which happens to me when I get tired.
Complains about his head hurting, which happens to me when I'm overly tired.

Although, it could mean he has a sinus problem and that's not good for my son if they are anything like mine. So I think my call as of right now is to go to take care clinic in the morning!

Off to snoring land as well.

Sick in Louisiana last year. November 2010