The boys and I have been sick the past week and I am ready for the germs to all go away!! Jesse is mostly recovered now. A few days he actually fell asleep on the couch, we know something is wrong when he falls asleep during the day!
Leo's fever has finally gone away so he will hopefully be feeling better soon too. Yesterday I took this picture of him. I got him up from his nap early because he was coughing so much that he made himself sick. He was due for more medicine and was running a fever too. Poor little guy! He didn't look like this for too long. Soon he was up running around and playing. It takes a lot to keep my boys down.
By the way that is a double stuffed diaper for nap time. His diapers are not usually that bulky! Kinda looks like that's what has him down! :)
Here is Leo before the illness. He loves pretending to sleep.
Here's some stuff I've been making lately. I really enjoy crocheting! The large ripple blanket is for me :) It has been put on hold for quite awhile and I need to get back to it. The little yellow dishcloths were fun because it was a new pattern for me. I found them here.
This is going to be a dish towel. I bought a couple things of sock yarn, but I can't find a pattern for crochet socks that appeals to me. Socks are too complicated! I think I could do one custom without a pattern, but I would never be able to do a matching pair :)
The main thing I'm having trouble with is that all my things curl. It seems to happen mainly when I do single crochets. Is this normal? What can I do? One tip I came across recommended using a larger hook for the foundation chain so I will try that next time. I'd love some advice!
Here are my two sweet little boys. Jesse wakes up in the middle of the night every night ready to start his day. We got tired of trying to get him back to bed so when he comes into our room and asks us if he can go into the living room we say sure (I think it's cute that he always asks permission). He started his morning at 4:30 or earlier today. I'm not sure exactly when. He wakes me up at least once nearly every night, sometimes he crawls in bed with us and sometimes, rarely, he goes back to bed. Occasionally he will fall asleep in the living room. His bedtime is 8:00 and he doesn't take any naps, I don't understand why he doesn't sleep longer at night. This morning while the rest of his family was sleeping he got out some construction paper and his scissors and had some craft time. He never gets into any trouble during his unsupervised playtime thankfully!
Leo has hit the terrible twos. Lots and lots of tantrums where he throws himself to the floor crying. But in between the fits he is always happy happy :) He only gets upset if he is not allowed to do something that he wants to do. Silly kids!!
Also I wanted to say to any family who might happen to read my blog, you all are welcome to leave me comments on here too! ;)
Hi! It's been awhile again. I guess I just haven't had much to say lately! The boys are doing terrific. Leo loves the Wiggles these days. He has all the dances memorized, it's very cute! He is talking more and more all the time. He is crazy about Kelli, his speech therapist. He only gets to see her for one hour each week, but I know it is the highlight of his week :)
Leo has always liked letters a lot, he knew E and O before he knew more than a dozen words. He really likes to hear me sing the alphabet and tries to sing along. I think he knows about half of the letters now. I think it is kind of funny because when he was a baby I spent a lot of time rocking him to sleep in the rocking chair and I would always sing the alphabet over and over. There are a couple of reasons why I did this. First of all, Jesse was two at the time and when he was a baby I always sang Rock a Bye Baby and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star to him. I don't know if it was bad memories or what, but Jesse would get very upset if I sang those songs to Leo so I had to come up with something else. I honestly don't know hardly any songs and I can't sing at all. I also thought it would be helpful for Jesse to hear the ABC's over and over, so that's what I sang.
Anyway, I don't know why I'm rambling about all of this. Jesse is doing really good with his behavior lately. He rarely has tantrums and when he does it is really obvious to me how my own temper determines his and how long the tantrum lasts. I think it is so interesting how different kids all are. I was reading on a blog yesterday a big discussion/argument that a group of moms were having about discipline and following certain parenting philosophies. It seemed odd to me that you could pick a certain discipline method and think it would work for all kids if it was just followed correctly.
I think it is great that there are all these different methods out there to try when you are needing some new ideas. I just think it is very important to remember that kids are all very different and not all methods will work and not to make yourself crazy trying to make a discipline method work just because you think it should. I really thought time-outs were the best discipline technique and I definitely made myself crazy trying to make it work for Jesse. I'm glad that for the time being we have found a good way
of dealing with behavior issues and the results are clear. Things are going very nice right now, I hope the next parenting hurdle is a ways off!! :)
Okay, now that I have rambled for long enough here a some pictures of these cute little kiddos.
I guess Jesse didn't want to get a kiss back. He doesn't like "Leo slobber" hehe.
So far these two get along 90% of the time- pretty amazing I think!