Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

This quote has been on my mind a lot this week; although in my mind, it goes like this; “Your kids will forgot what you said, but will always remember how you made them feel“. I try to think back to my childhood and this rings true. I do not really remember specific things that my mother said to me, but I do remember always feeling loved. On the other hand, this quote is an example of how I’d like you boys to grow into men that treat people with kindness and respect.

_CLZ0586Chandler {CHAN MAN} we got your end-of-year paperwork from your school & in there was a book about you; it was very sweet. You drew a photo of our family, which was about 10 circles and a 12 straight lines, apparently, it was our extended family! And in the book, when your teachers asked you what you wanted to be when you grow up you said, “a Dad”. Oh. my. gawd. Heart melted! I think that this really proves what a {WONDERFUL} influence your father is on you. He’s always there for you, entertaining you, teaching you and you notice! You’re growing into a great big brother, most of the time you are very sweet . . . but, every once in awhile someone, hmhmm. . . Marshall, gets poked in the eye, a finger down his throat, a smashed hand or hugged far too tight. I know, this is only the beginning in the word of brothers. Your dad warns you, “One of these days Marshall is going to be the same size or bigger than you & beat you up, so I’d be nice to him” but you cannot grasp the fact that {YOUR BABY} is going to grow into a kid. Only time will tell how your relationship with Mars will develop. I truly hope that you become the best of friends. You’ve been killing me lately with your advancing vocabulary! The other day, Marshall cried in the car for about 10 minutes (mommy couldn’t reach his pacifier while driving) and when we got to our destination you said in a sweet voice, “Marshall. It’s okay. We’re here!” then you said to me, “Gah, he is so frustrating!”. Oh dear! Later that day I told you that you couldn’t bring any toys from your playroom into the living room unless you intend to pick them up before bedtime, a few minutes later you looked miserable, I asked you what was wrong and you said, “I’m disappointed. I’m just disappointed that my trucks are not in here”. You are {TOO} funny kid!

10357129_10152208351321553_2084207645055075705_nMarshall {MARS BAR} you are a talking machine!! I have a feeling that when you start using real words that we’re going to have a hard time keeping you quiet. You converse with us all the time. Sometimes we speak words back and other times we just mimic you . . . you’re not partial to either, I really don’t think that you listen to us, instead you’re just thinking of the next thing that you are going to say. When you learn a new sound, you do it all day long! You’re also an eating machine!! You {HATED} pureed baby foods for quite awhile, so I tried all the tricks in the book & then decided to let you start on table foods. People have been doing it with babies your age for centuries, but someone wrote a book & called it “Baby Lead Weaning“. I did not read the book, just did a little reading on-line and got the grasp of what to do . . . feed you real, fresh food . . . shocker! The only difference is that everything that I give you is very large, since you have not mastered the pinch grasp, everything needs to be hand sized so you can pick it up and bring it to your mouth. You absolutely {LOVE} feeding yourself. You are not even 6 months yet & your already eating better than your brother was at 10 months old, he ate pureed baby foods for 6 months prior to starting table foods; therefore, he was not accustomed to textures of food or chewing. To this day your brother still has issues with textures of food, so we will see if this technique helps to combat that. You ate table foods for almost 2 weeks & then I tried pureed foods again because I already had some made & you did fine! Now you’re acclimated to handling different textures, you can pretty much eat anything. You’ve eaten tomatoes, avocado, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, mango, lettuce, zucchini, cauliflower, lemon and nectarine. You’ve liked all of it, but you could do without the avocado. I’m not opposed to feeding you purees, but I will not solely feed you purees . . . I {LOVE} your enthusiasm to feed yourself, I {LOVE} that you get to feel your food and really experience it for yourself! We’re both having a lot of fun!

Sleep tight little ones!


Your Mommy ❤



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