Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Chandler {CHAN} you are growing like a weed. Outgrowing all of clothes faster than I’d like to buy them. You are working on your sight words, and doing awesome! You told me that you want to learn how to read this summer, before you start Kindergarten, so we have started working on that. It seems as though you are barely going to preschool these days . . . I used to be pretty set on you going all of your scheduled days, then I realized that this is the last year, for 13 years, that you are going to have the easy option to skip school and go do fun things! So, I’ve loosened up and you’ve only been going one to two days a week now.

You are doing an awesome job taking care of your dog, Romeo. It’s amazing how much your relationship with him has turned around, he now respects you and listens to you like you are his owner, instead of his kid. You feed him, water him, and take him out. He lays in your bed until you fall asleep at night and he waits for you to wake up in the morning before he gets out of his bed.

Marshall {MARS} I cannot believe how much you’ve matured lately, especially in the past week! You’re now 25 months old, you’re potty trained (for 3 weeks now), you told me that you didn’t need your binkie anymore and handed it to me before bed last night, you are speaking so clearly, speaking in sentences, you learned your ABCs, and you are killing it on your educational games on your tablet.

You’ve finally learned “fear”. Things have been frightening you lately and it came as a shock to your brother, whom assumed you were fearless, and always made you lead the way into a dark room or scary situation. You’ve been frightened to tears several times this past week, and to be honest, I love consoling you afterwards. It’s been awhile since you’ve stood still long enough for me to hug on you. You are always on the go. Jumping, running, climbing, eating, and just overall busy . .  all. the. time.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

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Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Chandler {CHAN} you’re really something . . . funny, independent, strong-willed, and determined. I don’t want to squelter your strong-willed mind, but at the same time I have to parent you, you have to be respectful, you have to be kind, you have to grow to be a caring and honest man. God gave us you to lead you, raise you and shape you into the person that you’re meant to be. At this point in time, I’d say we go through a power struggle on a daily basis and sometimes more than one. We’re all learning everyday! Your dad & I are learning that now is the time, although it probably should’ve been sooner, that we need to be really consistent in our parenting. We need to implement rewards and repercussions and stick to them.

11705434_10153116521561553_6083899514733047599_oYou’ve been saying really funny things lately . . . things that wouldn’t really be funny if an adult said them, but they’re hilarious when your little 4-year-old self says them. The other day your daddy said to you, “You’re really funny, huh, Chandler?” You said, “Mm, I don’t know. A lot of people seem to think so”. We laughed so hard, which proved your point. You’re just figuring out how to verbally express yourself more, it’s keeping us laughing and keeping us on our toes.

Marshall {MARS} you’re getting faster, wilder, and more talkative everyday! Our lives are so different this summer than they were last summer. This summer you are running, talking, yelling, eating everything and exploring on your own. You are obsessed with balls, particular bouncy balls and golf balls. You love “wah-wah” (water), “bahs” (clif bars), “Tanler” your “uh-bah” (brother), “ella”s (elephants), and “an-mols” (animals). You can say well over 30 words and you’ve started grouping 2-3 words together to tell us something, everyone’s favorite around here seems to be when you say, “hot poop”!

You’re pretty fearless! You’ll climb anything, jump off anything, and somehow you manage to not get hurt. You’ve always had this fantastical way about you . . . you could take the nastiest fall or do the scariest looking thing (like riding a 360 bike backwards down an inclined driveway), but you manage to come away unscathed. You’re amazing at catching yourself when you fall which always protects your face, it’s usually unfortunate for your knees, but a few scraps and bruises are your badge of honor for all your reckless stunts you perform.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Chandler {CHAN} you’re getting so old. You’re going to be five this summer, {FIVE}! You’ve recently taken an interest in soccer . . . when the weather is warm you could play with me until bedtime. If you’re still interested later this summer, then I think we will sign you up for a fall team. We’re not pushing any sports onto you though, because we feel like it needs to be your choice. Otherwise, you are not going to have any fun and that’s really what it’s all about. Having fun & doing something that you like to do. We’re perfectly content with just playing soccer at home . . .

#52weeks - week 16Academically, you are doing awesome! You have a whole year before you are off to Kindergarten and I’m totally okay with that. I like that you’ll be one of the oldest. I’m hoping that since you are a natural “teacher” that you’ll enjoy being able to help out your classmates. Your preschool teacher said that you gravitate to the children that need more assistance. But, she also said that you’re . . . sneaky! Something that we already knew & have known for quite sometime. In one particular instance, she said that it was clean-up time and everyone was cleaning up the puzzles, when you sat on some of the pieces and just watched your friends look all over for them. I just nodded, and said, “Yeah. He’s been doing stuff like that to his friends since he could walk.” You’ve never really done sneaky stuff at home, just at school. Maybe it’s your own social experiment, I’m not sure. But, your father said that he did stuff like that all the time growing up . . . total Dennis the Menace type stuff. Luckily, your dad knows how to handle it, so I just let him take over in this area.

Marshall {MARS} where do I even start? You’re wild . . . so wild, but we’re all having so much fun watching you grow and explore. You started climbing. You’re a pretty confident climber too! Today you tried to climb the quilt ladder in the family room. You have very little fear. In your mind this is how I imagine things go, “Go down the slide head first, why not! Looks like a good time” You can kick and throw. You are obsessed with sports balls and your big brother. You eat constantly. If you’re not sleeping, you’re eating. You’re a great sleeper. You absolutely {LOVE} being outside, you cannot get enough of it. When you get tired, you start swinging your arms back & forth while walking around the house just looking for things to mess up . . . like tipping over furniture, throwing dirt out of mommy’s plants, or dumping out your sippy cup. Honey badger don’t care!  It’s been a lot of fun for me to have one cautious kid & one dare-devil kid. Definitely more fun than if I had two risk taking children.  1891327_10152860352716553_293699044740026449_o

You started to speak a lot, saying real words and some made up ones. Your brother thinks it is really neat that you two can communicate more. Although, mommy & daddy do not think it’s very “neat” when you two try to yell over one another, which happens at least once a day. You both think that the other is the funniest person you know. Which I think is divine! I really hope that you two have a wonderful relationship growing up.

You both love camping! We recently got back from a trip to Smoky Mountain National Park. The 11 hour drive was a little brutal for mom & dad, but you two did great. I’m so excited about all of the places that we’ll go camping this year and in the years to come.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Chandler {CHANCE} you’re becoming more and more like your father everyday! Almost a mini me. A couple of weeks ago, you did something (I cannot remember what), but I told you to stop, you tried to reason with me & before I could even respond, you mimicked me & said exactly what I was about to say . . . I laughed so hard! Your father does that to me all the time, he always knows what I am going to say after his silly comments.ChanandMars-Morning-Snack

Unfortunately, you’ve been “acting out” a lot lately. We know why. Every time you get an ear infection you behavior is terrible. You went to the ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat specialist) yesterday for a consolation to get tube placed back into your ears. You had your first tube placement surgery when you were 2 years old. They fell out when you were about 3, then 6 months later your horrible ear infections started back up. You had about 6 ear infections in 2014, one that lasted for 3 months and turned into a scary middle ear infection. This time you are getting tubes placed & an adenoidectomy. Your surgery is scheduled for late this month & I’m going to be a nervous wreck, but I’ll be strong for you. I do not want you to be scared at all!

Marshall {MARSUPIAL} you started walking! I’m trying to savor every last bit of your babyhood, since you’re now a twoddler. It’s so surreal to “walk” around the house with you . . . it seems like you’ve been a baby forever & this is your transition into a toddler. It makes me a little weepy eyed, but at the same time I’m ready for you to gain your independence. You have quite the personality & your very loud! It seems that you try to “scream” over your brother when he is talking. You point, mainly at food that you want. You eat, like, a lot!! You’re constantly eating, but you don’t like milk, we’ve tried every which way to give it to you and you just flat out don’t like it. Your favorite food is definitely scrambled eggs, you are your brother can share and eat 7 eggs in one sitting! We introduced you to the potty about 2 weeks ago & you’ve used it at least 6 times since then. Today, you went into the bathroom and started pulling on your clothes, to tell me that you wanted to use your potty. I know, it seems crazy . . . you’re only 13 months, but we introduced your brother at this age & he was potty-trained at 2 years and 4 months old. So, we’re doing it again, with you!

Unfortunately, you’ve been sick too! For the past 7 days you’ve had an ear infection. I was just started to think that the antibiotics were not curing you, you were still so clingy & crabby, but then I felt that you had some teeth coming through your gums. Double whammy! You’re so sleepy & barely eating. The other night you went to bed at 4:00 PM & didn’t wake up till 6:00 AM . . . that’s so unlike you. It’s been a rough couple of weeks around here. The new norm is that Daddy or I have to carry you around every moment that you’re awake. My wrist hurts & my arms are tired, but I’ll carry you till you are well baby.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Chan to Mars Blog - Chan & Mars playing Chandler {CHAN MAN} you started your second year of pre-school! You have a new classroom, with new “friends”. The other day we let you go to school late & you were really really upset, because that meant that you did not get to play with, in your words, “my real friends” in the multipurpose room before class. That was a rough drop-off for both you & Daddy. Mommy came to visit you at school the day before your 4th birthday, I brought cupcakes and we had a party, you had so much fun. You really impressed me with your kindness to your classmates and your listening abilities while at school. You really do strive in structured environments, and I hope that continues all throughout your eduction!

You are having a lot of fun playing with your brother now that he is mobile, but you are also having a hard time with all of the stuff that he can now get into and the attention that he is getting with each of his new accomplishments. You love crawling around the house with him because it makes him laugh and you love making people laugh!!

Marshall {MARSTONE} you are officially on-the-move . . . which means the whole family is on-the-move keeping up with you. We’ve installed 3 baby gates, put rubber bands around door knobs, locks on cabinets, moved small toys to high locations, rearranged the living room furniture to contain you, and lowered your crib mattress. Like I said, we are really “trying” to keep up with you. You started crawling 2-3 days after you turned 8 months old, within a week of crawling you thought that you could do everything . . . and you pretty much could . . . Now, you are pulling-up to stand then standing without holding onto things, taking steps away from whatever it was that you pulled-up on (not good steps, but steps nonetheless), walking along furniture, climbing up your foam wedges, and walking with mommy & daddy’s hands. Another thing that happened when you turned 8 months old was that you started sleeping through the night . . . consistently, 12 hours every night! That lasted for 2 weeks & then your first tooth started to break through your gums and you had a hard time sleeping, but we’re getting back on track now, and your sleeping 10 hours, but within the next week we hope to be back up to 12 hours of sleep . . . you’re much happier when you get more sleep. Of course, by then, you’ll probably be getting your 2nd tooth & it’ll interrupt your sleep again. That’s just how it goes. C’est la vie.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

Things have been kind of loud & crazy around here lately . . . lots of energy on everyone’s part except for Mommy & Daddy who are sleep deprived parent zombies that try to fall asleep while reading bedtime stories. See below that your nicknames have been altered for this edition of nighttime notes and let me tell you, these names are quite appropriate . . .

Nathan's 31st Birthday PartyChandler {CHANIGANS} your shenanigans are at a all-time high, hence the new nickname! You’re constantly keeping your dad & I laughing and sometimes we have to give each other a look like, “Is this really happening?” You’re smart . . . sometimes too smart.

You’ve started fighting with your brother. I had no idea this was going to start so soon! I thought that I had at least a year before that began. You DO NOT want to {SHARE} your toys for fear that Mars will eat them! Occasionally, you will give him one & he will eat it. But, I made a game out of it . . . Marshall is the “mechanic” and he “fixes” all of your trucks for you. You bring the trucks to us, Marshall looks them over, flips them around, chews on the wheels & then hands it back to you (um, ok, throws it) while I do the commentary. You love it & it’s a great way to get you both playing with the same toys at the same time, without fighting.

You’re going through a “I want Daddy and ONLY Daddy!” phase and heaven forbid I try to help you do anything when Daddy is around. You told your grandma, “I’m Daddy’s baby & Marshall is Mommy’s baby. But . . . I’m Mommy’s baby when Daddy’s not here.” Daddy is required, ahem, demanded to put you to bed every night.

Marshall {MARSUPIAL} you love being attached to mommy’s hip! You’re personality is really starting to show . . . and in Daddy’s words, “you like danger”. You like when your brother growls in your face, rolls you around on the floor, and when Daddy throws you up in the air. You’ve started walking in you walker over to cabinet doors and opening them, so I had to do some quick baby proofing with rubber bands. You’re so close to crawling too! You’ve started a slight version of an army crawl; when you are on a hard surface you can scoot yourself around well enough to get whatever toy you’re trying to get . . . then, once you’ve spent all your {MIGHT} trying to get that toy & your brother rips it out of your hand you are completely devastated! Don’t worry, Mommy & Daddy have had a talk with Chan about it. We explained to him that you just want to feel the toys and that you wont play with them long, he then began to share them with you because then it was like a little game to see how long one particular toy would hold your attention.

You’re still not sleeping through the night! You had us fooled when you were 2 months old and you slept a solid 8 hours for 5 days straight. Then, you hit a monster of a growth spurt & you haven’t slept longer then 6 hours at a time since. Every night, I think, maybe this is the night . . . the night that I will get a solid 8 hours of sleep. I know the time is coming soon . . . we will push through and rejoice when the day comes.

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

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!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

photo-1-(1)Chandler {CHAN MAN} I feel like you are adjusting to the fact that you are not an only child anymore. I barely remember what it was like without your brother here, so I am sure that you are feeling the same way. Last night, before bed, I asked you if you remembered what it was like before Marshall was born and you said, “When he was in your tummy? Then I went to school and then Marshall popped out of your tummy” and we talked about coming to visit the hospital and what it was like to meet Marshall. Our talks before bed are rare these days due to Marshall’s feeding schedule, Daddy normally has to put you to bed, but I cherish the talks and bed time stories that I do get. Some other things that I cherish are the days that we do not have to go to work or school, how you collect rocks & sticks on our walks, and how you find “beans” everywhere . . . you call the little round balls from pellet guns “beans” and you honestly do find them everywhere, I do not even know how that is possible!?! You’re growing so fast and you’re a wonderful big brother.

Marshall {MARS BAR} I cannot believe that you are already almost 5 months old! You still manage to leave me thinking “I wish I could read this baby’s mind” on a daily basis. I’ve been working really hard to get you into some sort of schedule, just so I know when you might be hungry, wet, tired or bored . . . before it was all just a crapshoot & I tried all of the above every time you cried. We’re doing a little better each day. You are also nearing the end of a mental development which left you clingy, crying, refusing food, extremely fussy, crying, not sleeping longer than 2 hours at a time throughout the night, not taking any day naps, crying . . . and did I mention you cried a lot! This mental development is predicted to be completed in 3 days, so we’re going to celebrate on Friday night if that is indeed the case!

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars

Nighttime {NOTES}

To my boys:

I have {A LOT} less ‘down-time’ these days. We have a lot of changes in the past four months, new baby, me staying home all day, everyday, and now I’m going back to work part-time. We’ve had a lot of adjustment periods and this is going to be another one of them.

Chandler {CHAN MAN} you’re getting so mature, so fast. You’ve starting taken interest in getting yourself dressed, because like most 3 years olds you want to do {EVERYTHING} all by yourself. Your birthday is still several months away, but you’ve already decided that you want to have a {CAMPING} themed party which I am super stoked to deliver on for you! Your 4th birthday . . . WOW . . . four years sure does go by quick and I didn’t really realize how old you were until your baby brother came into our lives. You’re imagination has really grown a lot in the past month. You tell a lot of stories, make up stories with your toys & you are awesome at it . . . you narrative is really impressive! I love to see your imagination blossom, I think that you may take in interest in writing when you’re older.

10174808_10152102719396553_1641583257_nMarshall {MARS BAR} you are {TOTALLY} a momma’s boy right now! However, you quite like your dad & your GeeGee too. GeeGee says that you throw fits for her while I’m working & then she feels like you smirk at her when I finally come to “save you”, ha! You have been waking up once a night again, I just don’t think that you are getting enough to eat before bed since you stop your binge drinking phase (when you nursed for 2 hours before bed every night), so you wake up about 4-5 hours after I put you to bed to eat. You still do not nap during the day, every once in awhile you will make an exception & take a 2-3 hour nap, but it’s pretty rare. You {LOVE} to be held, rocked & talked to . . . you definitely let us know when we are not doing one of these things for you by turning bright red and belting out a massive baby cry! However, you’ve started to chuckle and it is so {DARN} cute; I am still waiting for a full giggle!

Sleep tight little ones!

Love,

Your Mommy ❤

Moon-Man---Chan-to-Mars