Monday, February 25, 2013

Behold your little ones

Our Eli so stinkin' smart. He is learning how to negotiate and verbalize his feelings, which I'm not complaining about, but in some ways it's getting harder to know how to discipline him effectively. 
 Here's a few examples of what I mean:
Me: Eli, please listen.
Eli: No, Mom... you need to "wissen". Time out mom.
Me: Eli, please clean up your toys it's time to...
Eli: Mom, ____more minutes. 
Nursery teacher to Craig: What do you want us to do when Eli starts hitting other kids over toys?
Me: Climb into your carseat, bud.
Eli: No thanks. I'll drive.
Me peeping through the window on Sunday: I see 6 kids sitting and singing with the teacher in a nice circle. Where's Eli? Running circles around them.
Me: It's time for a nap. Please lay down.
Eli: Okay mom. BYE!
Me: Nuh-night bud. 
He usually sings and talks himself to sleep. This particular afternoon, he decided to jump on his bed and got a HUGE shiner as a result:

Don't get me wrong, I know these are examples that are pretty typical of a 2 year old boy. A lot of times I have to do all that I can to suppress laughter so that I'm not reenforcing behavior. But then there are days that are really, really tough. Days where I'm counting down until naptime or bedtime, and moments when I'm so frustrated it takes everything in me to keep my voice volume at "loud and firm" instead of a "scream." At times it's hard  for me to stay patient and understand that he is on a HUGE learning curve right now.

I remember that I was having an especially hard week a couple of months ago at church when we read this passage of scripture found 3 Nephi 17:21-23 when Christ is visiting the Nephites in the Americas:
"21...and he took their little children, one by one, and bblessed them, and prayed unto the Father for them.
 22 And when he had done this he wept again;
 23 And he spake unto the multitude, and said unto them: Behold your little ones."

After reading these verses we talked about seeing our children for what they can become, and seeing their true potential as sons and daughters of God.  

Since then, I have had so many little moments where I feel like I really, truly see my kids. Little things that they do show me what they someday will become. I truly Behold them. Moments when I feel under-qualified, humbled and honored to have the opportunity to raise them. Often these moments come at the most unexpected times.
Me: I love you Eli.
Eli: Oh mommy, I love you SO MUCH.
Seeing Eli comfort Owen when he cries
Without prompting, I hear the dishwasher open after breakfast or lunch, a plate being dropped into a random place inside, then the door of the dishwasher closes because Eli understands where the dishes go when he's done eating.
Overhearing him play with his cars (in his deep play voice):
Seeing him trying to microwave toys because he wants to imitate what he sees us doing
or seeing him play in the snow for the first time(last year he refused and hated it):

and my favorite:
Hearing him sing any song... but mostly I am a Child of God. "Weed(lead) me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the wayyyyyyy...."

Sunday, February 24, 2013


I feel like this has been a big month for our Owen. He is officially rolling over and can get from his belly to his back and back to belly...unless he's really frustrated or tired. In that case, he'll just stay on his belly until he gets help. He is super smiley and is quite the little ham, but once the camera comes out, he's stone-faced. At his four month appointment the doctor told us that we could start solids anytime because 1. he's big enough and 2. it might help him sleep through the night. With Eli I was very particular and didn't give him anything but formula or me until 6 mo., but we felt adventurous with Owie, so we started him on solids this month. He LOVES oatmeal! We haven't tried anything else yet, I'm not really ready to introduce him to anything else yet... maybe this next month.  He's offically done with the swaddle. I always am a little bummed to end the swaddle phase, because it shows that my babies are getting bigger. But it was getting a little ridiculous with Owen because he'd just grunt and grunt and grunt in the middle of the night until he was completely unswaddled, then he's fall back asleep. It makes nursing a little more challenging with his arms out of the swaddle, and all crazy, but overall it's been a smooth transition.

First time with Oatmeal...I think he got more on his belly than in  his belly.
Of course the one time that I DON'T have an extra outfit in the diaper bag or car,   we have a blowout. ha. I had to take a picture, because this same thing happened with Eli when he was about the same size. You'd think we'd have learned our lesson...doh .
He is getting so good with his muscle control. I went out to dinner with some friends a couple of nights ago and while I was gone, Craig gave him a bottle. He said that he held it by himself the whole time! Where is the time going?!