Thursday, July 12, 2012

Blessed

I know that I'm not the only one who has "holy moly I'm an ADULT!" moments. Throw a few "I'm a MOM?!?!" in for good measure too. I look around me and see the proof and am in awe of how blessed our family really is. One of those moments happened this afternoon after grocery shopping (which if you know me at all, you know I HATE it with a passion). Lil Man had fallen asleep in the Boba (like usual--he actually stayed awake about 3/4 of the trip, which is a long time for him!) but of course woke up when I put him in the car. I told Munchkin to be quiet so he could maybe go back to sleep, but she took it upon herself to try to get him to go back to sleep. I heard her singing "Hush little baby" to him. The most I've ever heard her sing of a song, she got pretty much the whole beginning out! He wasn't sleeping, but he also wasn't screaming, so I was happy. Munchkin, however, was not. She kept saying that he had to sleep and was making it her job to get him there! He never really did get to sleep, but she did keep him entertained.
This is what amazes me the most. I was so worried that Munchkin would have a hard time adjusting to being a big sister, that she wouldn't want to give up the only child life...but from day 1, she's been nothing but loving and inviting to Lil Man. When I have to get onto her about being gentle with him, it's usually because she's hugging and kissing him too much. Now that he's mobile, we do have instances of her getting mad that he's getting into something of hers, but more often than not, their interactions are so very loving. 
I can only hope that they continue to stay this way as they get older. I've already started telling Lil Man to remind me of all the sweet snuggles, the way only I can comfort him, and his cute 'hugs' and 'kisses' when he's a teenager! Not to mention what I'll need reminding of when Munchkin gets there...I'm guessing about 12 is when I'll really need to remember!! I already miss her falling asleep in my arms or on my chest...her "Rock me sleep, Mama" is too closely followed by "Put me bed, please". Now that I'm sufficiently off topic, I'll stop. 

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Dare I say it?

Dare I say that Munchkin is potty trained? Am I going to curse myself? So far, no! Of course this is only day-time...we'll worry about the night-time as it comes. Getting her down to only one diaper a day though? Super fabulous. I'll take it, thankyouverymuch. We're lucky that we've been able to have a big enough cloth stash for both kiddos, so I'm not buying anything extra or even really doing any extra laundry because of her. I think that has made me a little more lax about getting her trained, too. If I were having to buy sposies--whether that be diapers or pull-ups--I think I'd be a lot more insistent that she not need to use them anymore! She has 2 pair of Blueberry trainers (another awesome steal from BabySteals!) that we've been using, but the other day they were both in the wash....so she got to wear her Minnie panties to the gym and did super fabulous! Minnie's been a big part of this journey. We had 101 Dalmatian and Cinderella panties (or puppies and princess, if you're Munchkin) but she didn't love them the way she loves her Minnie Mouse ones! She's a Minnie Mouse fanatic.
One of our biggest hurdles was public. The playcenter at the gym has tiny toilets (saying that always makes me think of Despicable Me...) but even those frightened little Munchkin. She would tell us she had to go, I'd get her to a toilet and she'd back away and cry "nonononono!" until I took her away. I honestly don't know how she got over it other than she did. One day she used the tiny toilet at the gym and accepted it, but was still afraid of 'giant toilets' everywhere else. She did ok at home with her froggy potty and her princess seats for the regular toilets, but since I wasn't going to cart her princess seat everywhere, that didn't help us when we were out and about. A couple weeks ago though, we were at Moose's Tooth and I took her to the bathroom. At first, she didn't want to, but I gently forced the issue, then BAM! it worked. She sat on the giant toilet (clutching me for dear life, of course, but hey, it's further than we'd been before!) and now she hasn't shown any more fear!
I've been hesitating on getting a travel seat because I seriously don't need ANOTHER thing, let alone another bulky thing, in the diaper bag. It's a great bag if you use sposies, an ok bag for 1 kid in cloth, and an eh bag for two in cloth. Between the diapers, extra clothes, the nursing cover that I hardly use (but keep because it's been so much more than a nursing cover), Munchkin's EpiPen, snacks, diaper trash bags for when we forget the wetbag (actually, they're left over from using sposies...I keep forgetting they're in there), and oh yeah don't forget the wipes, that bag is FULL. So now, I'm saying screw the travel seat and going on with life! Woohoo! 
My favorite part of this whole process is when she goes in her potty and says "Woohoo! I did it! So proud!" Second favorite? A part I was kindly warned about by Auntie Em....my own personal cheerleader. So far I haven't had to deal with an experience in somewhere like, let's say Target, but I'm sure it's coming! However, I did get applauded at the Ped's office, but I was lucky that they're private bathrooms (thank you ADA compliant bathrooms!) so it wasn't quite so public.
Now I get to work on naps & night...then breathe until it's Lil' Man's turn. I can only hope that keeping him in cloth will help.

Friday, July 6, 2012

July's MilSpouse Fill-in



1. What’s one thing in the past month you would have changed?
Not having Mark go TDY to Hawaii for a week. While it rained the entire time he was gone. Thankfully Munchkin took it better than I ever could have expected, which is good because more TDY's are in our future.

2. What was your favorite thing that happened in June?
My birthday.

3. What did you do to celebrate Independence Day?
We went to the Anchorage parade (left a little early because Munchkin was getting tired and hungry) and later went to a friend's house. All in all, it was a pretty great day. We heard some fireworks, but definitely did not stay up late enough to see them considering that they have to wait til after 11pm for it to get to what we consider dark!

4. When you PCS, what items do you take with you and not let the movers pack (and if you do a DITY, what do you take with you and not box up) (thanks to Sespi at And You Never Did Think for inspiring this question)?
This last PCS we did a partial DITY and brought some cookware, camp chairs, Munchkin's table & chairs, clothes (obviously), our vacuum--since we didn't clear housing until after the movers had come, it was nice to have our vacuum to use right up until they came to inspect. It also came in handy while we were waiting for our HHG here. We filled a 5x8 trailer, but that's been just over a year and I can hardly remember last week.

5. What are you looking forward to in July?
Honestly, not much. Nothing very exciting going on here!