Saturday, January 24, 2009

A Bit of Comfort...

Today is a day to be marked on the calendar; and fortunately it will be because I am sharing it with the blogosphere!

Nicholas sought me out for comfort today for the first time ever. Usually what happens is Nick starts crying somwewhere in the house, and it is up to us to hunt him down and console him. It has been this way since he was born. He never came to us when he was hurt or upset.

Tonight, my baby boy needed reassurance and he came to me for it. Something so simple; but yet a monumental breakthrough. I was in the kitchen and Nick was in the living room. Something did not go his way, and he got upset. The sliding door to the kitchen opened, and my little man walked through and put his head on my shoulder, still crying. I enveloped him in my arms and talked softly to him. A few minutes of cuddles later, he was satisfied and back on his way. Tonight, we moved another mountain in this struggle.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Hakuna Matata!!

We have had quite an eventful week. Our friend "K" is in town visiting and taking care of some last minute things before moving to Texas. I took Michael with me to pick her up from the airport on Tuesday evening. The boys took to her immediately. We brought her back to the house and got her settled in Nick's little work room for the time being. Nick and Michael have loved having an extra person around to play with. She is so good with the boys. We hated to have her leave us, but people tend to move on with their lives as they need to. The boys have accompanied Mike her hither and yon as she runs errands. Yesterday they had to take her car to the dealership for some minor repairs, and as they were talking to the service guy, Nick managed to get behind the counter and turn off all the lights. Everyone else had a look of confusion on their face, Mike and "K" realized in a few seconds and shouted "Nick!". We get those looks quite often-and it is the same result, we know who the culprit is. He can be "very,very sneaky!!"

I had to get them new toothbrushes,because throwing them in the toilet is a sure fire way to get new ones....or rather, Nick throwing them in the toilet. Along with the new toothbrushes, I also bought locks for our toilets and installed them immediately. No worries. I got two of them that sing a tune as you brush. Nick's sings "Hakuna Matata" from "The Lion King". At first he was not sure what to make of this, but now he loves it and laughs the entire time he is brushing!!

"K" brought the boys a big bag of souvenirs from Thailand, and Nick has taken to one of the T-shirts she brought. He was carrying it around most of the morning on Wed. Mike asked him if he wanted the shirt on. Nick said "Shirt on." Well, when Mike put the shirt on him, he realized he could not carry it around anymore and then exclaimed "Nooooo! Shirt OFF!" Poor K was also getting barraged with Nick wanting her to "FIX IT" when one of his toys was not lighting up. The poor girl was clueless as Nick shoved his rhino flashlight at her; until it was explained that all she had to do was turn it on and he would be happy. Nick has surprised us with taking this change rather well. We had to take the top bunk down in order for her to have a bed to sleep in, and he has adjusted with little problems. Change has always been easier for him when he is at his own house. There are a lot of "knowns" around here...and it is the "unknowns" in the rest of the world that are unsettling to him. It was an experience schlepping this kid across the country and staying at a different hotel every night ;)

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The List..

My list of things to do today somehow keeps growing. Just as it does on most weekends.
Our morning routine on the weekends goes something like this: I wake up(sometime after the boys do of course) and sneak into the shower while no one appears to be "needy" of anything. I get dressed and venture out into the abiss of the livingroom; which by now has all the pillows on the floor, maybe some clothing,and of course toys. I give Nick a sippy cup and that will usually last him until I get the dishes done and make breakfast.
Breakfast is two waffles with syrup. If we are out of waffles, then our day is already off to a bad start. Nick loves waffles. Pancakes are a suitable substitute, but anything else is met with uncertainty and whininess. I also fix breakfast for Michael. Sometimes he wants waffles too, sometimes cereal, sometimes just bacon will do.
Then we hang around the house for a couple of hours. I am trying to catch up on laundry-so the washer is usually running all weekend. Depending on the weather, I take one of the boys on any errands I might have just to spend a little time with each of them.
Today I need to do a few things. More laundry. Go to the grocery store. Go to Safeway-they have bigger containers of Rice Milk, and lunch size containers. Clean our bedroom, clean the toilets, and straighten up the house a little. I might take little Mr Sunshine with me, he likes to go places and seems to have fun no matter how mundane the task is.