Dose of Daddy & Bath Time

DoseofDaddyI actually really enjoy bath time with the kiddo.  I almost never have a meltdown or behavioral problems when he’s taking a bath, plus I get a handful of minutes to either be playful with him or just next to him and catch my breath from my crazy day. But, Daddy on the other hand, is not much of a fan of bath time so I am almost always on bath duty.  Occasionally I do need Hubs to step in and and take care of it.  And when he does I just never know what I’ll find them getting in to.  This time, Daddy needed to multitask and I walked into the bathroom to find a sweet little cherub face giggling at me from over the curtain rod.  I love my boys.  I love them individually and I love them together.  It really doesn’t get much better.

 

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Dose of Daddy

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Daddy gets the job of dressing the kiddo during the work week.  I try to lay out his clothes but that doesn’t always happen.  And when it doesn’t happen, I pick my kid up to see him wearing something like the picture below.

 

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The Mommy Struggle

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This weekend was jam packed with Halloween fun and now I am drowning in laundry.  And I HATE.  I mean HATE laundry.  It is never ending and let me tell you…out of all the advice and warning I received while pregnant with Zeke, no Mama ever warned me about all the laundry that comes along with these little humans.  They are so tiny, how do they have some much laundry?  Anyhow, I was catching up on the laundry last night and my sweet, curious Little wanted to “help” me.  I was so far behind on housework, and as a working Mommy, I never have enough time and tend to do things on super sonic mode.  I just wanted to get it done quickly.  When Little wants to help out it brings my productivity to a screeching halt. So, I had a choice.  Do it quickly myself or take advantage of this teaching moment and invest in his future.  In that moment, I chose my son.  This time.  I don’t always choose him and lets be real mommies…It’s okay to choose housework sometimes. I mean, the groceries don’t shop themselves after all.

So, I could feel the clock ticking away while I watched my eager toddler pull items one by one out of the wash and put them in the dryer.  Each time closing and opening the dryer door, which I found both incredibly endearing and incredibly irritating at the same time. (Such is motherhood!). 5 minutes or so later he had the dryer full and I picked him up to press the start button (his favorite part).  With the chime of the dryer starting he gave himself a proud round of applause.  We celebrated his accomplishment together and then moved on to folding (and unfolding and refolding and so on!).  It took me about 4 times as long to finish one load but what he was learning in both skill and attitude was worth so much more than the time.  So what if you get to work the next day before you realize your helpful child left a smeared, slobbery hand print on the back of your clean work pants?  Because that totally happened to me today.  But it was a reminder that my number one job is and will always be raising my child.  It’s the biggest investment you can ever make.

 

The Mommy Struggle is real.  Hang in there!

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Halloween 2015

Well friend, Halloween has come and gone.  It’s a little sad but we had such a great weekend.  We had the worst rain storm but even with the rain we managed to enjoy the holiday.  Every year I end up with two costumes.  It’s never intended but its never a surprise.  One for work and one for Halloween night.  This year has been a little off since my boss has been gone on medical leave for about 6 weeks so I didn’t expect him to suggest we come in costume.  I think he was throwing me a bone because he knows Halloween is my favorite!  So, Thursday night at about 8pm, I threw together an office appropriate Wednesday Addams costume.  I used eye liner and gave myself a widows peak as well as eye shadow to give me Wednesday’s dark eye circles.  (As a mommy though, I didn’t really need to try too hard on those dark circles!! I’ve pretty much been sleeped deprived for the last year and a half) Then I hollowed out my cheeks a bit and gave myself a cat eye like mama Morticia.  There just so happened to be a Trunk or Treat just down the street from us Friday night so I grabbed myself the cutest little Pubert Addams I’ve ever seen and we did a practice run.  (Pubert is the best last minute baby costume! Draw on some dark eye brows and a mustache.  Part their hair down the middle and put them in a gray sleeper. Done. And quite adorable too!) Despite the rain, he enjoyed himself   Once he realized what Trick or Treating was all about, he just ate it up.  Literally…

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And then it was a bath for dirty, sticky Pubert Addams.

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Now on to Halloween night and Zeke’s Stay Puft Marshmallow Man!  Check him out!

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Oh.My.Gawd. I just wanted to eat him up all night.  The best part was that he absolutely LOVED it!  I’m not sure if he loved the costume, the attention or the candy more.  All I know was he had a ton of fun and of course so did Mommy and Daddy!  Speaking of Mommy and Daddy…You can’t have a Stay Puft Marshmallow Man without expecting the Ghostbusters to show up.

I sewed his costume from scratch and with no pattern.  It was a risk but it totally worked out.  I took the basic concept from Hammer & Thread and altered it to work for the Mashmallow body.  I sewed the sailor bib and red tie real quick to finish the body.  I knew there wasn’t much of a chance that Zeke would keep anything other than a beanie on his head so I crocheted up a simple white beanie and sailor cap. It worked perfectly.  The original plan was to also stuff the legs on arms but, I wanted him to be functional as well so we ended up skipping that and I think that was the right call.  We completed the whole look with a basic long sleeve white onesie and white pants.  This family costume was a total hit!  We were even stopped for pictures.  We felt like quite the celebrities 🙂

Grandma and Papa got to hang out with the puffy marshmallow too.

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Seriously, this kid loved hamming it up in his Halloween costume. I sure hope he loves Halloween as much as his Dad and I do.  If not, he’s in for a long, bumpy childhood!

 

 

 

Zeke LOVED trick or treating. I’m pretty sure he would’ve gone all night had I let him.

How did your Halloween turn out?  I’d love to see your costumes!!

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Dose of Daddy

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Friday night I met with the women from our church for a Ladies night.  About 1 hour after I left Zeke with Daddy, I received the following picture text.

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2 hours a month Mommy gets to meet with her friends for a Ladies Night.  2 hours a month Zeke goes to Toys ‘R’ us.  Coincidence?  I think not!  Ugh…Dad’s always get to be the fun ones!  Go ahead, buy his love.

No, I’m not bitter. Why do you ask?

 

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