February 13, 2016

This morning

What this morning has been like:

Wake up at 5AM to feed the baby. Lay him down in the crib next to my side of the bed where he coughs hard enough to spit up all over himself . Pull him next to me on his side and go back to sleep.

Wake up at 715 and slide out of bed – leaving the baby to sleep a little longer. Alan leaves for work, so we get started with the day.

James already has a poopy diaper, so I change him.

Zoey needs to poop, so I go walk her.

Start reading potty training book that Mallory gave me – which is really great and reminds me that I’m not actually ready to start potty training yet. Insert guilt and anxiety here.

Thomas wakes up. Feed him. While trying to burp, he has a coughing fit (still trying to work out the last bit of mucous from having a cold) and throws up epically all over me.

Start a bath for Thomas.

Strip off my barf-covered top, and bathe the baby.

Get him bundled in a towel, walk across the house to grab the diaper cream, and he has another coughing fit. and throws up even MORE epically all over himself and me – this time soaking my pajama bottoms.

Strip off the remainder of my pajamas, start another bath for Thomas, wipe myself off and get him cleaned off again.

Get Thomas out of the bath, successfully dressed and secured in his bouncer.

Collect the wet, dirty laundry from the bathroom. Collect the dirty sheets and blankets from the bedroom (when we realized Zoey had an accident on the bed last night). Pile everything in front of the washer and have a mini-panic attack about the sheer volume of laundry that has suddenly appeared.

James asks for breakfast. Make oatmeal for him and me.

While making oatmeal, realize that the trash can is full. Bag up trash, set it by front door and put new bag in the trashcan.

Actually sit and eat my oatmeal.

Thomas starts fussing. Needs to be fed, then go down for a nap. While doing this, realize that James needs another change.

Once Thomas laid down, get James changed again. Start another movie for James to watch WITH NO SHAME.

Collect dishes from around the house. Get load of dishes in dishwasher and start the dishwasher.

Move loads of laundry.

Decide to write everything down that’s happened this morning as a reminder to my future self – the self that wants to berate me for “not doing anything” or “not contributing”.

I’m a badass. Whether it’s me or Alan who had stayed home - this series of events would have been the same. We’re all badasses. And it’s another reminder that NO FREAKING WONDER it takes me/us 3x longer to do things than I initially anticipate.

Now – this badass has just realized she’s done the last 2 hours’ worth of chores/events completely unclothed. There just hasn’t been a second to find clothes… which means this is a great time to go take a shower.

Thank goodness.

February 10, 2016

Toddler Art-Themed Birthday Party

Oh my gosh. I had to laugh, because this afternoon Alan & I decided on a theme for James’ upcoming 3rd birthday party… and I realized I never blogged about his 2nd birthday party! Ack!

I guess it’s never too late… at least he’s still technically 2! ;) 

When starting to plan his birthday party, I knew I wanted something super kid friendly with lots of hands-on interactive play. I’d never thrown a birthday party for a toddler before, and we skipped a “first birthday” altogether. I was a little nervous about figuring it all out, before I realized – this was just another day for him, where some friends would come play. He wouldn’t give a hoot about matching napkins or fancy decorations or whatever else might stress me out. He would want to play!

I decided to make it a short afternoon party that would play well with all the kiddo’s nap schedules, and settled on an “art” theme since James and I had been doing so much painting leading up to his birthday. Pinterest was helpful when it came to deciding on some of the activities or games we would play, and I created the invitation by using watercolor paints on watercolor paper and scanning it. I added the text in Photoshop on my computer and LOVED the way it turned out. 

My friend Claire was incredibly kind and let us host the party at her house on her back porch. (Thanks, Claire!) This gave us plenty of room to move around and less stress if some of the art materials dripped or splattered. I decorated with simple streamers and banners from the dollar store, and hung a patterned tablecloth on the wall to act as a photo backdrop. 

The main event was the painting! I caught a deal at Michael’s on small canvases – the perfect size for little hands, and a great take-home item for the attendees. Each kid picked a smock, and we got to work. Some of the kiddos used brushes, some used fingers… and everyone had a great time mixing the colors together and creating. 

We also had some fun games to play with – a “bowling” game using tin cans and a tennis ball (the kids loved stacking them up and knocking them down with the ball!), huge punch balloons (none survived), and bubbles. 

Simple, easy, and fun.

We had simple kid friendly snacks, like Cuties oranges, goldfish crackers, freeze dried fruit, cheese, and meat. 

And for “cake”, I made some simple, healthy cupcakes with white frosting. In keeping with the art theme, I gave each kiddo a variety of sprinkles on a palette and let them decorate their own cupcake! So much fun, and another chance for the kiddos to be involved.

All in all, a great day celebrating our sweet, cheerful, silly, smart, brave, kind, darling boy.