Monthly Archives: July 2014

Three Months Changes a Person

Today is 2.0’s three month birthday (is that a thing?), and I have to say, the past three months have changed team Gwinn. For starters, Captain Laser Pants has taken on more home- related tasks, like bathing mini Gwinn and occasionally doing the dishes after the kids are asleep. Mini Gwinn has adjusted to the big brother role, and I think it has helped him come out of his shell with new people (just a little). If someone new asks, he tells them his baby brother’s name, and he usually says “hi” and “bye”, which he never used to do. 2.0 is sleeping in six, sometimes seven, hour stretches at night. He’s also been rolling from stomach to back for about five weeks now. He coos and talks so much more than mini Gwinn did at this age. But, unlike his big bro, he is super sensitive to noise. Mini Gwinn used to sleep right through vacuuming, barking dogs, etc. The new one is startled by the slightest noise (like a bottle falling over on the counter). So much for the stereotypical ” easy” second child.

And me? I’m still chunky. And I’ve managed to strain both my wrists from carrying around a nearly 15 lb. baby. And I feel like I’ve been pushed to the breaking point of sanity between these two boys. They manage to take turns crying, or even worse, both have poops at the same time or want to eat at the same time. Between mini Gwinn sneezing directly into my mouth and 2.0 simultaneously pooping and puking on me, I’ve been covered in someone else’s bodily fluids way too much lately. It’s tiring and humbling to change lounge clothes five times a day.

But in the midst of it all, we are coming out of the fog and slowly returning to reality. While both boys slept I was able to dig up one of the two garden boxes in our front yard. I bought geraniums and torenias to plant next to our apricot candy rose bush. CLP and I are looking at what video games we’ll start playing together soon. Life is finding its rhythm.

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Normal Shmormal

“New normal” is a phrase that irritates me. Isn’t “new normal” just “different”? Eventually it becomes ” normal”, but… I dunno. I’m just not a fan.

It feels like life is starting to have rhythm again. 2.0 is growing every day, and he seems like he’s feeling so much better than he did a month ago. Yesterday we were away from the house for three hours without a single meltdown, diaper explosion, or hangry tantrum (hangry= hungry + angry). The littlest is even starting to nurse again. Life doesn’t feel normal, but it doesn’t feel completely crazy anymore, either.

Last Summer I had grandiose plans for starting home school preschool for mini Gwinn. A full year later, it’s actually happening. After looking over lesson plans I devised a year ago, a revamp needed to occur. We started two weeks ago with a tenuous “lesson” on plants. We’ve been growing tomatoes, sunflowers, carrots and grass. The cool thing is that with unit lesson plans, we cover the gamut of preschool skills across the whole of the unit theme. While planting seeds, we counted, talked about size differentiation, and placement as we buried the seeds in the potting soil. Now that they’re all growing, we talk about how weather helps plants grow, colors, tastes, and virtues like patience (of which a two year old has precious little). It’s been a good test for us both to see how future lesson units will go.

So the next lesson unit we are working on is the ocean. I’m excited for this one is because it includes a field trip, tons of crafts, and lots of opportunities for learning without pushing for a “sit down education”. I’ll put up pictures, etc of what we’re doing (if I remember).

The next goal I have for myself: lose 30 lbs. Oy vey.


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