I haven’t done a flashback friday post in forever and this week made me think of it because we have so many changes with the boys! We have been talking about doing three things…1) take away the binks/pacifiers 2) transition to toddler beds and 3) potty train. Well with Sutton having surgery at the beginning of August we wanted to wait on all three. So we decided we would wait to get rid of binks until Daddy got home from his weekend in Dallas. So, one night he was working in the garage and I just decided to take them away…it was spur of the moment but I was just over them! I talked for a few weeks prior about taking their binks and giving them to a baby because babies use binks, not big boys. So that night I simply asked if they wanted to give their binks to the babies next door and they handed them to me. Before they could second guess their decision and hid them in my pocket and diverted their attention to saying prayers and reading books. Fynn maybe whined for a few minutes but they went to sleep fine. The only bad thing is since taking them away Sutton has yet to take a nap during the day! UGH! But since then they have only mentioned them maybe one time. Mission accomplished.
Look at those CHUBBY CHEEKS!
Goal #2 – Toddler Beds
Well, yesterday we just decided to go ahead and do it. Sutton isn’t napping so we might as well. We heard horror stories of the transition for other parents so I was prepared for a long night of putting them back in bed. Nope. They went straight to sleep. Easy peasy. Now we will see how they do at nap time today but it can’t get much worse than how Sutton has been all week. The best part of toddler beds, they woke up, came downstairs and crawled in our bed and watched cartoons for a little bit….giving mommy and daddy a little more rest time. Mission accomplished.
So, next up….potty training. I think they are ready but we want to have an entire free weekend to do it and that will be happen until the end of October so for now, we will finish our love/hate relationship with diapers. I love the independence of now worrying about making potty breaks on road trips, at the grocery store, etc. But man our bank account will LOVE the day we no longer pay for diapers.
I have learned so much from being a parents and so many times I don’t do something (take away binks, etc.) because I’m afraid of change and how they will respond but I keep learning over and over that these babies of ours are not babies anymore and they are ready and capable of much more than I give them credit.
I hope goal #3 happens as smooth and easy as #1 and #2.
Until next post…
Life is truly full of changes and transitions and each time something new happens I learn to embrace it with an open mind and open heart. My husband encouraged me to start my own photography business and hearing his uplifting words made me confident to just DO IT. So I did and I was nervous about how it would go and what people would say. I would be putting my work, my personal work on display for others to truly critique. It is one thing to do it for myself but having someone trust ME to capture the moment in life they want to capture is nerve wracking. But, I took my time and built a small portfolio and then literally within weeks I had two paid sessions booked. And now, my next three months are filling fast!
We also recently decided to hire a new chiropractic assistant so I would no longer work in the clinic two afternoons each week.
I’ll still pop in and help out when the boys are in school and I have time but I need to take this time to REALLY focus on what makes me happy…being a mommy to our boys and photography.
I want to have time to really learn more and more and practice more and more and the way my life has been lately I just don’t have a lot of time.
So I will now be devoting my “free” time each week to photography and when the boys are not in preschool I will be 100% with them. I have to add that “free” time will also be spent grocery shopping, meal planning, cleaning, laundry and all the great things that come with being an adult.
We recently went to spend a morning at a local park. We had a picnic, played on the playground and then walked the entire sidewalk checking out the ducks, the trees and enjoying being outside.
The boys are now at such a FUN age. They play together so well (MOST OF THE TIME) and they will hold hands, kiss each other’s boo boos, say sorry when they hurt the other…just a fun age.
They were walking in front of me and held hands and I could barely compose myself to capture it with my camera!
Exciting things are happening and I am so thankful GOD has blessed me with such riches!
Until next post…
Yes, my boys see a camera and they know to look at it and smile.
I think I will begin documenting life once every few months in this spot with our tripod and remote.
It was fun to compare to our last picture like this taken back in March.
Until next post…
I have been procrastinating writing on here way too long!! We have just been super busy enjoying life and all the new adventures.
Sutton recovered from surgery amazingly! You would never know he had an operation. We have been getting ready for the new school year to begin, my new photography business picking up, a Stella & Dot trunk show and some networking for the chiropractic clinic.
Last weekend Daddy went to Dallas for a guys’ weekend so it was Mommy and the boys!
I have to say it was SO much fun…..for the most part.
Friday I took the boys to eat pizza for dinner. This was my first dining alone with the boys experience. They did great!
I then rewarded their great behavior with frozen yogurt, which they LOVE.
After a visit with Kiki and Pappy we went home and painted.
Usually when we paint it is at the table inside but this time I unrolled a large section of paper and taped it to the driveway. The boys crack me up! They love to paint but never do anything but dots. They literally just put the brush on the paper and blob it, then move to a blank spot. I will try to encourage them to let go and get crazy with the painting but nope.
See the dots! Haa!
After we painted it was past our bedtime but we snuck in a quick bath, which is always fun.
Then came the worst part of the weekend!
99.99999% of the time our kids go to bed SUPER easy. We say, “time to go night night” and everyone heads upstairs to brush teeth/bath/pajamas and we say prayers, give kisses, do our family kiss and lay down. Simple as that.
Well of course the night Daddy is gone Sutton decides to put up the worst fight ever. I have no clue what was wrong with him but if I wasn’t holding him he was climbing out of his bed, screaming, hysterical, shaking, sobbing….well you get the picture. This went on for 1.5 hours! I even had Daddy FaceTime to calm him down, which helped until we got off the phone. I was literally sweating and exhausted by the time he finally fell asleep.
Saturday I had plans to take them to the park in the morning and then have a picnic but it rained most of the day.
Our friends, Aubrey and Cam, came over to play and have dinner, which wore them out.
Sunday we had brunch with Kiki, Pappy, Grandpa and Aunt Kim at our favorite First Watch.
Aside from Friday night’s bedtime disaster it was such a great weekend!
Until next post…
Our boys are OBSESSED with Cars. Fynn always has Mater and Sutton McQueen. Literally, they took them to Hobby Lobby today. OBSESSED.
Until next post…