I hear it all day long. The answer to every question! No means no, no means yes, and no means maybe but the answer is “No”. “No” describes my life with a two year old.
Would you like to eat? “No”.
Let’s go potty. “No”.
It is time for bed. “No”.
Which shirt would you like to wear? “No”.
Would you like to say hi to Grandma? “No”.
Would you like to go visit Nanny? “No”.
I have developed a habit of asking my son questions and giving him options continuously so he feels like he has control over his little life. I’ve read it often in parenting toddler books, articles, etc so it has become a habit I’ve made. Now that the answer to every question has turned into ‘no’, my desire to ask questions has turned into a desire to advise what our next move will be. Alas, my habit continues so the expected response will be “No” and despite public opinion, I know I’m still in charge.
I am aware that despite his “No” with conviction, there is a strong possibility that it may in fact mean, “Okay, Mommy.”
Out and about during my regular outings with my one and two year old, we are known to pick up a toasted blueberry bagel with strawberry cream cheese and/or a toasted sesame bagel with herb and garlic cream cheese at our favourite coffee shop. I justify the bagel as part of their diets for their need for fat and calcium accompanied by the filling bagel.
I have shared with you in the post My Mommy CleaningThrill the Dyson’s hold on me. A few weeks ago, we were using the vacuum for an extensive cleaning project and the release to allow the handle to go down didn’t seem to be holding so the front of the vacuum would just fall down ifI lifted it up at all. I got down and tried to figure out what was happening and I moved a switch and a screw fell out so the spring fell off. It lined right up with the ball so I’d have to disassemble everything to attempt this repair! How frustrating, my vacuum is just over a year old!’ Continue reading →
Do you ever have one of those days when you’ve accomplished so much that you check to see what time it is because you’re sure it must be 4:00 by now, only to find out it is only 1:30? I had one of those days today. It was wonderful.
My big boy is now two and a half and has recently developed an early morning wake up habit. Each morning I wake up to whispers of a two year old standing in the doorway or our room, somewhere between 5:00am and 6:00am. His sweet morning smiles are truly irresistable. We are trying to figure out what the best routine is for this new adjustment. He has blackout blinds in his room but he can see the early morning light shine through the edges so why wouldn’t he get out of bed the first time he wakes up? I have placed a chair outside his door for him to turn on his light and play in his room, prior to mommy getting up each morning. The chair has to wait outside his door or he’d never go to bed at night. This morning he had moved a kitchen chair up to the counter and had taken a half a loaf of raisin bed for his breakfast.
The best part about getting up early is that it gives you more time to get things done. Today, I mowed and watered the lawn, spent plenty of time weeding, picked up a new rain barrel, took the bottles to the bottle depot, washed the kitchen floor, washed mirrors, windows, filled the tires on both strollers, cleaned / vacuumed the car, vacuumed the house, dusted the living room, oh yes, caring for my two little boys. I was most productive during nap time. If only everyday felt this good.
I expressed recently in Life With a Toddler… Is A Rollercoaster how my two year old toddler mealtimes were chaotic. At the time I wrote this post, I was at the highest point of tension with meals. We experienced various forms of expression during grace, he’d rather discuss all of the other things he would rather be eating than what I’ve prepared. Flying food was almost inevitable. A short few days later, I changed my attitude. I stopped fighting.
We all want to make sure our child has the opportunity that we feel we missed – Right!? Neither daddy or myself can swim, we can both float but with limited abilities so to us, we want to ensure our children enjoy the water and are able to swim. To help bring the comfort level in the water up, I have been taking my boys to the pool a couple of times a week for the last several months.
Wow! Thank you so much forhisgloryandpraise for your kind words and nomination for the Versatile Blogger Award. I was away for so long and am so blessed to receive this acknowledgement by you today. Please take a few minutes to read forhisgloryandpraise, she is a stay at home mom, homeschooling mom and a Christian Blogger, she has great messages to inspire, share and encourage you to think, including her testimony shared in Church-Hardened. Continue reading →
I went in to visit my last employer and I was invited to play in an outdoor soccer league this summer. Hmmm… Something to consider, I suppose. I would think about it, chat with my wonderful partner, and check it out.
I went for the first practice of the season to see if I would have the skills to be on the team and consider whether I should join. I left home, only thinking of myself. It was a feeling I hadn’t had since I was single many years ago. Back then, I was taking dance lessons, working full time and part time and taking College courses on the side. Free time was rare and if anyone asked me to do something and I had the time free, I would say yes only because I didn’t know how to say no. Continue reading →
I was blessed to enjoy a weekend visit from my mom recently. I have a great mom. My husband even insists that she doesn’t fall into the mother-in-law stereotype. She simply loves and supports us and keeps the advice for when it is requested. I consider myself to be like my mom in many ways so my husband will be blessed by her legacy. Continue reading →