The Unspeakable

The Unspeakable

This week and next I’m sharing some changes Chris and I have made in the past couple months to how we parent Gracie. On Tuesday, I talked about our new public time out. Today, I thought I’d share about one of the things we’re doing at home. One of the things you all kept mentioning and that I remember from Bean when he was Gracie’s age is that this period of crying and whining and temper tantrums is common in two-year-olds because they lack the communication skills to be able…

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Bean and Gracie are 22 months apart in age, which has brought us both blessings and challenges.  One of the pleasant surprises has been how great the kids get along.  We were really prepared to have jealousy issues and sharing problems, but we haven’t really dealt with those.  At almost two and three years old, we thought we had made it through the roughest part of having kids so close in age. We were wrong. Gracie, as we all know, has a very strong personality.  For a long time, though,…

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School Picture Day

School Picture Day

This past fall, the kids had school picture day.  One of the teachers suggested that we do a siblings picture, too, so I could have one of the kids together.  That sounded great, so I signed them up.  This was going to be great! Or not… So, let’s talk about this picture. a) Gracie is crying. Obviously. b) Bean has this creepy look on his face. c) Gracie is wearing her light up, hot pink shoes with her pretty little church dress. d) Bean is wearing camo shorts and Spiderman…

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Funny Boy

Funny Boy

I went into Gracie’s room the other morning because I heard her waking up. Normally, she fake cries when she wakes up until I come to get her. But on this particular morning, she wasn’t crying. She was laughing. So, I go in there to get her. It’s pitch black because it’s, like, 5:00am. I walked into the room, and before I could get my bearings, I realized there was someone sitting in Gracie’s tiny rocking chair. It was Bean. And he was wearing only his underwear. “Hi, Mom,” he…

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Potty Training by Brothers

Potty Training by Brothers

I’m not going to lie.  One of the hardest parts of being a parent are Saturday mornings.  My little elves don’t know Mondays from Saturdays, so 6:30 comes early no matter what day of the week it is.  Lately though, we’ve found a nice solution.  Chris hooked Bean’s lamp up to a flip switch so that he can turn it on for himself when he gets up.  He normally wakes up at 6:30, turns his light on, goes potty, and then heads back to his room to play.  He is…

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Fun in the November Sun

Fun in the November Sun

This past weekend, Chris painted some more on the outside of our house. He’s been doing it one side of the house at a time each weekend. It’s looking really good! Because he’s spending so much time outside by himself, the kids and I decided to set up our play area in the front yard so we could hang out with him. The kids are at this great age where they are playing so good together. Mostly because Bean is at the age here he loves bossing someone around, and…

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Toddler Gangs

Toddler Gangs

Don’t be fooled by these faces. They may look happy and playful, but they are really hardened gang members, capable of monstrous acts of rebellion. They are the smallest members of the well-known, international gang who go by the name, “Toddlers.” And their specialty? Tag-team mutiny. They are especially mutinous in the bathtubs. It starts innocently enough. One will splash once. Then the other will splash once. Then I’ll say, “No splashing.” Then they’ll giggle and stop. Then one will splash twice. Then the other will splash twice. And before…

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Babies and Their Brothers

Babies and Their Brothers

When we found out we were pregnant with Gracie, I went through a whole range of emotions. But I think the one that was the most consistently overwhelming was my anxiety about how Bean would adjust. I worried that he would resent having a sibling, or that he would think we loved him less because we had to share our love with another baby. Looking back, I see how small Bean was at the time and realize that he probably wouldn’t have cared less either way. But at the time,…

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22 Months

22 Months

My kids are 22-months apart. I always think that is so close in age, until I remember that my sister and I are only 14-months apart. Which always prompts the question, “What the hell were my parents thinking?!?!” Having a sister so close in age, I never really worried about how close in age Bean and Gracie would be. In fact, even when I was in the throws of their ages being so challenging, I didn’t realize it. It wasn’t until we got through that really hard time that I…

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Pass Me My Mom Jeans

Pass Me My Mom Jeans

It’s official, y’all. At 6:00pm tonight, I became a soccer mom. Bean is playing pre-K soccer through the YMCA league in our neighborhood. Chris and I are beyond excited. The entire reason we became parents was so we could sit on a sideline somewhere someday. Seriously. Kid sports crack me up, man. And watching your own kid play sports is even more hysterical. I mean, look at Bean Man. Check out those shin guards. They hit him about mid-thigh. And those socks? Forgetaboutit. Tonight was the first practice, so when…

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