On the kid front, we've had some interesting bedtimes lately. When Zoe was an only child, she--for the longest time--insisted that ONLY MOMMY could put her to bed. It was frustrating, but I kind of just went along with it because I didn't feel like dealing with the tantrum that ensued any time we tried to let Daddy do it. Okay, looking back, I can admit that it probably made me feel good that she wanted ME so I obliged....When I got pregnant though, all I could think about was how that was not going to fly when the new baby came. For the past couple of months though, Nathan has been putting Zoe to bed in her room and I've been putting Owen to bed in our room and she's barely complained. Then when we started the sleep training with Owen, Nathan and I switched kids, and now that both kids are in one room, Nathan and I decided we should take turns putting them to bed. On Daddy's first night of this, Zoe threw an absolute FIT. I was at a complete loss as to what to do because, unlike when she was an only child, I have absolutely no interest in being the bedtime parent every single night, but it's a huge challenge making that a reality. It's not that I feel bad for her when she's melting down, it's that she makes it impossible to ignore her...she follows me around screaming and crying and won't lie down in her bed. So, anyway after some great advice from a friend, Nathan and I decided to go the route of not letting her get to us (which will involve Nathan physically restraining her, safely of course, in his lap while calmly reading and pretending everything is normal) and finding the humor in it all, which is why I took the following video at bedtime last night (by the way, the little twinge of guilt I feel when watching this today is attributed to the fact that we discovered today that Owen has ANOTHER double ear infection...ugh!):
In case you can't understand her, she is saying "I WANT MOMMY TO PUT ME TO BED!! I WANT MOMMY TO PUT ME TO BED!!" Ah, these little buggers keep us on our toes that is for sure. I've never had a more confusing job in my life. Of course, if it weren't for all of the entertainment they provide they would be in big, big trouble. Zoe has been into putting on shows for us lately, and she teamed up with her friend Hunter (who is another show biz at heart kid) the other day...
I don't know if you can make out anything they are saying, but my two favorite parts are in the beginning. Hunter tells Zoe they have to take a sip of water, so they do and then he says "Ready, steady GO!" So silly.
Here they are checking themselves out...
glue and bead sun catchers finally dried and are hanging in our window. I'm really happy with the way they turned out and recommend the project to children and adults of all ages. I enjoyed making mine and it was simple enough that Zoe stayed interested the whole way through and I didn't help her with hers at all.