Yup, I am still here. Normally, I would have done several blog posts about holiday decorating but this year was different. I LOVE Christmas and twinkling lights and Christmas villages and snow and cut out cookies and holiday music and holiday decorating and Elf on a Shelf. And I did most of all that this year.
But I felt like I was just rushing through all of it to get to something even better. Meeting my daughter. It can't come soon enough. I truly cannot wait. But I have to wait.
So in the meantime, some pics and vids from Christmas 2013. Our last as a trio...
Yes, there was a lot of Poppy but he was too fun not to include all his shenanigans.
Hope you all had a very Merry and Blessed Christmas.
Tonight was Sully's school/daycare Christmas program. It was his first year actually participating and it was adorable. I have some crappy video of it on my iPhone and may try to get it on the blog but it was not the best angle or quality. You may just have to take my word that it was so stinking cute. After the little story and a few songs, Santa made his way into the room. I was shocked to see my tiny son had run up to him and was first in line to sit on his lap. It kills me just thinking about it! Mr Fearless.
Yes, his nose is red since he was one of the many Rudolphs in the program;)
Santa, "What would you like for Christmas?"
Sully, "A dinosaur toy" (this kind of threw me for a loop since he already has a dinosaur but I guess he wants another one)
When the hubs asked him what he asked for from Santa, Sully was sure to tell him a dinosaur toy.....and a dragon. I don't remember him asking for the dragon but now he has convinced himself that he has so I guess I will be going shopping this weekend.
Afterward, he needed to look outside for the reindeer and sleigh but all we could find was the tracks. He claims to have seen "lots of Rudolphs" in the sky on our way home. Gotta love it:)
In other holiday news, here is what Poppy has been up to....
More acrobatics. He is such a show-off.
Then he started a countdown to Christmas.
And had to have Santa read him Twas the Night Before Christmas.
Then he had a staring contest with Birdface. At least I think that is what is going on here. But I can't be sure.
Then he decided to show up Sully with how fast he can fill up a jar with felt balls. I guess I owe him a trip to Dollar General.
BTW, the jar filler for behavior modification seems to be working most of the time. Not 100% because the kid is 3 and he has his moments but he really does "get it" and tries to model good behaviors so he can fill up his jar.
But then we found Poppy in the dinosaur's mouth this morning. I guess the dinosaur did not think that he deserved all those balls that were in his jar. Or he just likes Elf.
The 3's have come in like a lion and are going no where fast. I was really hoping that Poppy could help us out a bit here, but no such luck. In order to save what sanity I have left, I was desperate to cut down the amount of whining, tantrums and negotiating I was doing on a daily basis. Near the end of a particular trying day, I texted my friend Kaiti that I was just not sure how much more 3 year old drama I could handle. She responded with solutions, which I wasn't expecting. I was just expecting some fellow mom camaradarie, like "yeah, damn kids are ruling our lives!!" But actual solutions are much better!
One of the solutions was to try "Bucket Fillers." I had never heard of this so naturally, she had to explain it to me. The basic concept is that you fill a bucket (or other container) with objects (balls, papers with compliments, rocks, whatever) when the child exhibits a behavior that is favorable. Conversely, you remove an object when the child exhibits an unfavorable behavior. When the "bucket" is full, the child gets a reward. I had nothing to lose, so we are on day 3 of this.
Here is our bucket (small mason jar) and filler (felt balls).
Why did I decide on a jar with felt balls? Because I already had them and we needed to start this IMMEDIATELY!!
So far he has a few balls in his jar from peeing on the potty, having a good day at Grandma's house today and listening to his parents. A few more were added tonight after a very nice dinner helper effort and easy bedtime routine without crying.
We are trying to get this first jar filled up fairly quickly to get him his reward as to give him more incentive to keep filling up the jar. His reward is going to the Dollar General (his favorite place ever) and picking out a toy. The toy can even be above the $5 shelf!! Exciting!!!
This was right after you transformed from a slimy blueberry to a real life baby. You were you from the moment I met you. I knew I would have my hands full. I secretly hoped I would be able to wrangle you into the perfectly behaved child that I always envisioned for myself but it was obvious you had other plans.
From the beginning, you knew exactly what you wanted and what you didn't want and no amount of coercion from me was ever going to change your mind. And you have only grown more you as the days pass.
I have learned much about love, compromise and even letting go in the 3 years you have been here. And I will continue to learn so much from you every day. I look forward to it. Even though sometimes I am not sure how much more 3 year old bravado I can honestly handle.
Currently, you are obsessed with super heroes, NOT potty training, drinking from big boy cups only, your Mama, marshmallows, saying something is "my favorite _____ ever", talking about what Santa will bring you, mini corn dogs, hugging babies, dancing, your cousins, Little Einsteins and your new Batman PJs. You talk non-stop and sometimes I have to tune you out. Whenever I try to get a video of your talking, you stop...so Sully.
I wish my tiny Batman the happiest 3rd birthday ever! I wish you many, many more happy and healthy birthdays. I wish for you to continue to be you and be the person you were meant to be. I wish you new experiences and confidence and laughter. I love you more than I ever thought was possible.
Finally, it was here. The little Mister's Batman Birthday (Birfday, according to him). We have been talking about it for weeks (ok months). Anticipating the event and feeling like it was never going to happen, but then it did.
Sully's Auntie Gina really came through in the cake department. It looked EXACTLY like the Pinterest pic I showed her and it was made from scratch! Amazing!
I made the Batman masks. Sully loved them:)
Little batman admiring his cake.
For the food, we had a "toddler buffet." Mini corn dogs, chicken nuggets, homemade mac and cheese and fruit. My Grandma was not impressed but I think everyone else was satisfied.
Papa Don and Cousin Harlie.
And here is were the pics get weird. No matter how much I tried, the lighting was not sufficient for no flash so I had to breakdown and turn on the flash.
After the present opening, this may have been the highlight of his "Batman Birfday." After celebrating and singing "Happy Birthday" to Daddy and Mommy this month, he FINALLY had his turn and he enjoyed every second:)
And for an extra treat, all of us had a little Sully spit on our cake.
Check out the Batman creeper in the background.
Our last birthday pic as a family of 3! Gets me all teared up and verklempt. Bittersweet.
So glad my little Super Hero enjoyed his special day.