Remember when Miles said " Up" here? Well, Maxwell apparently said it this weekend to Peter... twice. I was not in the room either time. A little sad to miss this milestone. Maxwell has been saying Dadadadada for a while now, but does it count for his first word? I think Up is his official first word, but I wasn't there to witness it so is it official if mom doesn't hear? In other first news, Maxwell started clapping today. He did it at lunch and we think it was his signal to give him more food, although anything he does is his signal to put more food in his mouth, more commonly something like a squawk. He also was raising his hands above his head at dinner tonight. Another signal? Yesterday we were in the car driving and Miles said, "It hurts my feelings when Maxwell stands in his crib." Well, thank you Miles for using your words to describe why you keep asking that Maxwell not sleep in your room, but your room is now Maxwell's room so get use to it. As of last Monday, Maxwell and Miles are sleeping in the same room. Through the night. Waking at 6:30am. Again through the night! There is a bit of getting Maxwell to fall asleep in his new crib (he's been shacking it up in mom and dad's room pack n play style for the past 8 1/2 months). He likes to stand. He does not know how to sit from a standing position. The first day he let go and fell back hitting his head on the opposite side of the crib. Tonight we explained again to Miles that Maxwell would eventually learn to not stand in his crib or at least sit down and go to sleep without Maxwell crying for us to come lay him down. The important part is we got our room back and uninterrupted sleep cycle back. Thank you Jesus. That's all for baby news. Good night Internet and my boys until the morning!
Doing: Just finished Jillian's ab workout. I recently made the switch to minimalist shoes, think Born to Run style aka barefoot running and my calves, ankles and feet have taken a beating as I made the switch. Apparently there is a learning curve for this running style and your muscles need to get adjusted. Hence the workout DVD. Loving: Frozen cookie dough. I happened upon a great cookie dough recipe that makes perfectly soft cookies and I learned from my wise sister to freeze the cookie dough in balls and use as needed. Well summer means no oven use because I hate to have appliances fight one another (A/C takes on the oven and the heat from the oven wins) so I just don't bake much. Enter frozen cookie dough, a perfect little dessert. Reading: I read And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini who also wrote Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns. I would highly recommend this book. Gripping. Heartbreaking. Convicting. Redeeming. Numerous stories and voices are weaved together into a wonderful book. I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. And throughout the book, Hosseini quietly asks the reader, "Who are you? Which character do you identify with?" Read it. Also reading The Sun Also RIses by Ernest Hemmingway. RIght now I'm thinking, Ernest get over yourself, but I will wait to make final judgement to the end. Watching: Nothing. Summer has become an unintentional no tv zone. We have been busy looking at houses online in the evenings and with no new episodes of Modern Family and the end of the Office. I suspect that will change with football season starting up, Broncos and Peyton all the way! Stressing about: Wishing we had a house, but enjoy our time in this house, in our neighborhood, with our neighbors. I'm really going to miss my neighbors and our weekly dinners on Thursday nights. Thinking about: Buying a Scamp trailer. Husband not so much. Don't mind me if I take a quick road trip to CA or MN to pick up a trailer. Looking forward to: Savoring these last few days of summer. Why is it when everyone else is going back to school, I feel like my summer is over too? Miles is not signed up for preschool at this point. Maybe next year when he is 4 or maybe not. We will see. I will try to get a few more trips to the pool before they close for the season. Making me happy: My 2 boys sleeping in the same room... soundly... no crying... until 6:40am. You guys that's almost 11 hours straight with 2 boys ages 3 yrs and 8 mos sleeping in the same room! We got our bedroom back. I'm so happy!
Each stage in life is different socially. When I was in my twenties and single, I was available to do anything anytime and so I tried to go and do everything. That was a fun time in life as I got to travel and try lots of new things, go to concerts and eat at nice restaurants.
Enter husband 4 years ago today. Enter son 20 months ago. Scene: just say no.
And action or rather no action. Instead Calm. Quiet. Restful. Intentional. Meaningful.
This might be a little abrupt and antisocial, but really it's a desire to have a quiet and simple family life. I don't want to spend every weekend rushing around to activities and meals out and birthday parties. I like my weekends at home, reading, playing with Miles, walking to the park.
But I think it is a fine line because I want to see my friends and family. When do I say yes to an event or activity for our family? Often I feel guilt not going. Is that when I should say no? When the guilt is urging me to go? Should I go to every single one of Miles' friends birthday parties?
I'm an introvert and my husband is becoming one as the years go on, so do we just cede to natural tendency? I don't know.
I don't think kiddie birthday parties are intrinsically evil or bad, I just don't like attending them. So help me out friends, what do you think? What makes it onto your calendar?