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The Weekly Peanut, Issue 77

The Peanut had a jam-packed week of fun and adventures, and [thank goodness] my new phone was up to the challenge of getting plenty of pictures and video to document the journey.  Hoo-rah. I'm going to integrate the Hits and Misses into a recap so I won't miss anything. 

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 68

Like a one-legged man in a butt-kicking contest, some tasks are just set up for failure from the beginning. 

We'd been planning our trip to St. Louis to visit my family for months.  Anyone who's ever had a child knows particularly in the early years, a child's bowel movements are constantly changing and unpredictable.  So last week when D's diapers loosely resembled the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust, I didn't really think anything unusual was going on.  When D woke up in the morning or came home from school a little cranky and saying "Tummy Ouchie," I just chalked it up to D's everyday drama.

The Weekly Peanut, Issue 67

I'm sitting here thinking "Sheesh why does it feel like I just wrote one of these?"

Oh yeah, because I did

I'm going to kick this off by saying, to stay at home moms: HATS OFF. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW YOU DO IT.  A 3 day weekend and I'm doing a victory dance as I drop my kid off at day care.  I love her, but I am WIPED OUT.

Friday was a big day for us: more than a year after losing my firstborn (and lots of feet-dragging on my part, I can acknowledge), we have adopted a new dog.  Ludo is a middle-aged cocker spaniel we got through a local rescue.  He is sweet, low-key, and totally unmoved by D's antics.  All the things I wanted in a dog but was starting to think wouldn't exist in one package.  He and D are becoming fast friends. D Loves to shout LUDOHHH, LUDOHHHH! EAT! (One of his fascinating quirks is that he does not scarf food, but stands over it and has to be coached to eat it.  D loves to copy me when I do this.)

The whole family took Thursday off so we could host some out-of-town family for their first trip to Magic Kingdom.  Ian and I were, of course, eager to try out our (finally arrived) Magic Bands, and I was even more eager to prove (to myself) that I could maximize a person's day at the park through O.C.D. planning, even if it was a semi-peak park day.  Any annual passholder will tell you: we don't wait in lines longer than 20 minutes. Period. Party of 5 adults and 3 kids, two under the age of 3? Challenge Accepted.

It's crazy, but it seems as if overnight this kid is having something akin to conversations with us.  I cite the following from Tuesday morning:
    Me: Alright, Peanut, go in and give Daddy kisses before we leave for school.
    [Daphne goes into our bedroom and approaches Ian's side of the bed.]
    Ian: Good Morning, Daphne! Can I have a hug?
    Daphne: Hi, Dada! [She hugs Ian]

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