Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
He was also pretty into the body art yesterday.
P.P.S. Check out my new widget tickers on the side. I love a good countdown.
P.P.P.S. Spencer slept in his room again last night (until 5:20 when he joined me after Michael got up for work). He napped in his room today too. Wow.
Sunday, September 26, 2010
So anyway. He said he wanted to sleep in his own room. We said sure. Then we made spagetti for dinner. Some of the noodles ended up on Spencer's head.And then! Bedtime! Spencer pretended to sleep for the photo op.Then I snuck in, around 11 pm, for the real sleeping photo op.This lasted until 4:45 am when he "woke up" whining. Then whining turned to crying. Of course I rushed in. He was completely asleep but was still crying. He only stopped when I touched him. So, from 5:00 on this is how we slept (yes, we have matching sleep t-shirts) (yes, I am faking sleep here but Spencer was genuinely asleep).After we woke up (at 9:45!!) Spencer said he wanted to sleep in our room tonight. My mom has a great theory that if you let kids be just as clingy as they need to be and don't force them to do anything they're not ready for they will grow up to be trusting and independent. Of course you encourage and guide, but forcing is not the same. Until I was about 18 I thought my mom was pretty much wrong about anything and everything. Now, age 31, I think my mom is pretty brilliant and right about a number of things. At one point my mom and dad had Nathan on a mattress on one side of their bed, me on a mattress on the other side of their bed and Nick in between them in bed. We were all in our own rooms by kindergarten and I think we grew up to be pretty normal, functioning, independent people. Michael and I are just going to continue letting Spencer pace himself and know that someday he'll sleep in his own room. And until then, he's actually pretty darn cuddly.
8:30 PM Update- Spencer went to bed in his own room. It was a very last minute decision on his part. You could almost see him debating it in his mind. It's the beginning of some very mature thinking on his part.
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Three weekends ago we were in Pinetop. Two weekends ago I went to a funeral on Friday night, drove to Tucson for a bridal shower on Saturday, came right back and had Spencer's birthday party on Sunday. We were really looking forward to a relaxing, stay at home weekend for a change. Didn't really happen.
On Friday night we went to a birthday party at Kathy's house. (She is our friend Brendan's sister) Spencer delighted in eating this cupcake cone. We also found ourselves quite the little mother's helper in Miss Brittany. We just sat around all night eating and drinking and being merry and let Brittany chase Spencer. It was a win-win-win.
Sorry. No pictures. It's that lazy thing again- I didn't take any.
After brunch/lunch/swimming/mad oven door skills we went and met about 87 people for frozen yogurt and splash pad time. A bunch of ladies I used to work with (and people they worked with after I left) are getting together for monthly meetings of fun and gossip. This was the meeting for September. Families were included this time. I'm hosting pumpkin carving for October. Again, my apologies to Lauren for stealing your planning.
Sunday, September 19, 2010
My cousin Taylor is an international traveller. She did an exchange program in Scotland during high school and an exchange program in Hungary during college. She recently moved to Scotland to attend graduate school at the University of Edinburgh. Taylor loves Thanksgiving, but has missed quite a few of them in the last couple of years because of her international schooling. She asked my Aunt Jan and Uncle John (the Thanksgiving gurus/hosts in our family) to hold an early Thanksgiving before she shipped off to the land of haggis.
How could it not feel like Thanksgiving with these golden beauties?I even got the typical "my dad carving the turkey" shot.Nick and Taylor are the most international of all my family members. They are both, in fact, out of the country while I write this. Taylor is in her flat in Edinburgh (recovering from a ferret bite to her face) and Nick is on his ship in route to the Dominican Republic. I am in route to work tomorrow and not living in a flat, which makes me the most boring cousin in this picture. My Aunt Jan even set the table like Thanksgiving.OK. On to the peanut butter part of this post. My contribution to the dress rehearsal Thanksgiving was dessert. I was originally going to make a pumpkin cheesecake, but we're living through the great pumpkin shortage of 2010 (google it- I'm serious. It's a real thing) so I had to rethink my plans.
I brought a platter of chocolate dipped delights, a caramel apple cheesecake, and a chocolate peanut butter cake.
Look at this bad boy. Although Spencer has never developed any food allergies, he does have other allergies, eczema and asthma, so we've been pretty serious about the recommended schedule and age for introducing highly allergenic foods. This was one week before his 3rd birthday, so we thought it was close enough for his 1st intro to peanut butter.
He devoured that cake.Then we kind of forgot to give him his second dose of peanut butter. (When food allergies develop they happen on subsequent exposures to a food. The second time you eat something you have an allergy to, you will react. The third time will be even worse, etc, etc.). So, last week I gave Spencer a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch. He kind of loved it.And no hives. No itching. No runny nose. No watery eyes. He's had more peanut butter since then with no reaction. I think we're safe. Phew! One less thing to worry about. Now I just have to sneak some shrimp/lobster/crab into something he's eating to make sure he's not allergic to shellfish. We'll deal with clams, oysters and mussels later- like in the oyster stuffing that will be at the REAL, non dress rehearsal Thanksgiving.
Are you so impressed that I pulled both topics back together again in the end?
Thursday, September 16, 2010
Pete provided the kid party favors
The party was awesome though. Not as awesome as when you go down that first dip into Pirates of the Caribbean and definitely not as awesome as when you get into the graveyard in the Haunted Mansion and you get to rock out to Grim Grinning Ghosts. But still- awesome.
Thanks to all of you- you know who you are- for making it a great day.