Every morning before Greg leaves to work he does his round of kisses and says his “I Love You”s. Since both our boys are early risers we are normally all awake to say bye to Daddy at his 7:00am departure. On the rare occasion Nathan sleeps in, or Greg needs to leave to work early, we always have a bit of an issue on our hands if Nathan doesn’t get a kiss from his dad. Usually our mornings will sound like this:
Nathan (from his door): Mom….Mom….Mommy!!!! I’m all done sleeping now, I’m all done sleeping
Me: Hi Buggy, good morning, did you you have a good sleep?
Nathan (ignores my question): Where is Daddy? Is he home? Did he go to work? Did Daddy kiss me???? Did Daddy Kiss me???? I need my kiss from Daddy, did he kiss me?
Me: Daddy had to go to work early today but he gave me a kiss to give to you.
Nathan: That’s not good Mommy, I need my Daddy to kiss me. (Start tears now)
This is when we usually head downstairs and Nathan will search the house looking for Greg, realize he did already leave to work, and spends the rest of the morning sad until I distract him with some breakfast and a cartoon. He will still randomly throw in a “Did Daddy kiss me?” in between bites of his Cheerios, but slowly our mornings get better.
The cutest part of it all is that Greg is equally as sensitive about his kisses for Nathan. He will whisper to me when he leaves “Let Nathan know I went in his room and gave him a kiss on his head”…..or I will get a text from him at work, “Was Nathan ok this morning? Did you let him know I kissed him?”.
Well this morning was one of the rare ones that Greg left before the boys were up. He sweetly woke me up to say he was leaving, gave me a kiss, and said to tell Nathan that he had to go early but kissed him.
Of course Nathan woke up and the above conversation took place and the tears started. We hugged for awhile on the floor and I kept kissing him on the head saying that Daddy gave me extra kisses for him. He calmed down a little once I said he could help me get Shane ready, so we got his brother, changed diapers together then headed downstairs for the day.
At the bottom of our steps is a baby gate that I can step right over with Shane in my arms. Nathan gets himself over but it takes a little fancy maneuvering on his part. This morning he screamed with excitement as he kicked his leg over the top…”Mommy look, who wrote that? Is that for me? Did Daddy leave me that?”
This is what I found right at Nathan’s eye level on the baby gate.
I read it out loud to Nathan and he thought it was the coolest thing that Daddy left this message just for him. All smiles were back and Nathan looked up at me and said “I can’t wait for Daddy to get home to kiss me”.
I love my boys so incredibly much….
Daddy, I can’t wait for you to get home to kiss us either….you are the best!!! xo
Can we please get a moment of silence in honor of….a moment of silence. A rare, fleeting, millisecond of the day that you can finally hear yourself think for the first time. When you can sit down, close your eyes and take your first deep breath and let your brain catch up with your body and your body catch up with your brain.
I don’t know if it’s the time change, teething, nap schedule changes, or just this age in general, but right now I’m finding myself in the middle of a battle. Where the worlds of the 3.5 year old and the 15 month old clash head on and I just spend my entire day deflecting, protecting and reacting to their every move. By the time Greg gets home I am at a complete loss of words, energy and patience. He usually takes one look at us and the condition of our house, rolls up his sleeves and jumps right in. He has my back and I know I am so fortunate to have a husband that lets me tap out as soon as he walks in the door. For this, I am grateful.
Today was no exception to the chaos. I thought it would be a nice treat for me and the boys to eat lunch together in the warm Spring sunshine. What this looked like in my head, and how it actually came together are two completely different scenarios. Shane was clawing at my leg, begging and crying for me to cut his food up faster. Nathan was barking orders…”No, MOM I don’t want the skin on my apples. I don’t want WATER I need JUICE. This is NOT Juice! Stop making Shane’s food, I need MY food!” I’m not sure how 3 plates, 3 drinks, 1 highchair and 2 overtired kids made it out the sliding door but we finally got there. And once we did….there it was…that moment I described above. The birds were chirping, the boys were quietly eating, I got to actually chew my food sitting down, and all was right in the world again. I’m not sure when the simplest of things became so complicated, but I do know that I find these simple things to be what it’s all about.
Please don’t let these pictures fool you though. I got about five bites in before Nathan jumped up from his picnic table, knocked over his food and shouted out to the whole neighborhood that he “needed to go poop!!” Thanks kids it was fun while
all 2 minutes of it lasted.
March 1st, you were just what the doctor ordered. February was a tough month for our boys illness wise, but March greeted us with a beautiful, warm day and two healthy boys that got to enjoy it. We had an awesome weekend celebrating Greg’s birthday, great friendships, and good health. We are ready to Spring forward!
Here are a few photos from Friday’s beach day with the boys. It was so awesome to see Shane’s reaction to the beach now that he can walk. As soon as we got there both boys grabbed my hands and took off right into the ocean. We ran, we splashed, we jumped, we played, we laughed, we built castles, ate snacks (and sand…Shane ate lots and lots of sand), and most importantly we created memories that will stay with me forever.
It’s been a crazy last 2 weeks in our household. I wish I could say we were too busy having fun, but unfortunately this germ-infested winter hit our boys hard and knocked us off our feet for awhile. They both started with a mild cough and cold, and before you knew it fevers were up to 104, there was pneumonia, RSV, ear infections and too many sleepless nights and trips to Urgent Care that it hurts my heart to think about it again. I’m so happy to report that these two are back to their smiley selves again.
We are just now getting back on track and trying to resume our normal weekly routine. Of course part of this routine is Nathan heading back to school, where the only things he and his classmates willingly share are their germs. Since wrapping my boys up in bubble wrap, and keeping them in isolation isn’t an option….I’ve been looking into things I can do to try and keep them as healthy as possible.
In talking to my friend Mckenzie the other day, I came to find out we were living parallel lives just a few states apart. Her two children were sick with the identical thing my boys had and is also looking for ways to clean up her family’s diet and help boost their immune systems. She has eliminated dairy from their diets, which we have also done (not by choice, the kids have never liked milk. Since our pediatrician doesn’t push cow’s milk either this was a battle I would let them win). She has also been working hard at eliminating sugar from their diets as well. Her aunt is a nurse and recommended an awesome immunity boosting oatmeal recipe that I wanted to share that excludes both sugar and dairy. I made a huge batch this weekend and so far it’s been a great way to start our day!
You will need:
· 4 cups rolled organic oats
· 2 cups oat bran
· 1 cup sunflower seeds
· 1 cup raw unsalted nuts, chopped ( I use the almond slivers)
· 1 cup lecithin granules (if you can’t find that is ok)
· 1 cup ground flaxseeds
Mix all the ingredients together and grind well in a blender. I took this mixture and put it into a large Tupperware container to store in our pantry (this amount will last you a long time!) I spoon out about two tablespoons into a bowl. I add un-sweetened almond milk, mix well, and microwave for about 45 seconds. For sweetness I sprinkle on a little bit of cinnamon and add some sliced fruit. Bananas add the perfect amount of natural sweetness.
Mckenzie’s aunt says: “It must be eaten 4 times a week for the effects to be noticeable. People who use it regularly notice an enhanced immune response and fewer allergic reactions, as well as improved digestion. They often report increased energy and stabilized blood sugars. It also is instrumental in lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. High fiber diets have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of colon cancer.”
Since I had these items on hand and have enough oatmeal mixture made to last months, I thought I would whip up some super easy “cookies” with some of the same ingredients. If your kids aren’t quite sure of the oatmeal texture to start, I bet you could fool them with some of these:
You will need:
- Two ripe bananas – 1 cup rolled oats – 1/4 cup flaxseed - 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
Mush all the ingredients together and scoop out onto lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
Yes, I cheated a little here and added chocolate chips but these would be good without them. You could also add cinnamon and raisins for more of an oatmeal cookie flavoring.
My husband was in love with these. He described them as “Cliff bars but so much better” (and WAY better for you!). These were incredibly simple to make, and an awesome breakfast on the go! Looking forward to discovering more simple solutions to eating cleaner and healthier! Hoping the rest of this winter takes it easier on us!
*On a side note- since I last posted my results on the Advocare 24 day challenge I have lost another 5 lbs. That is 15 lbs total since the new year! The above recipes are totally approved of for those of you who are also trying this challenge (well everything but those chocolate chips ha ha). Enjoy!!