Oh man, the holidays could not have come fast enough for us! We are so glad to be at home with my family, relaxing and having all hands on deck with our little guy. Because despite how awesome he is and how much we love him, all day everyday at this stage gets really hard! I've realized lately that I'm not very good about sharing the bad and the not so great parts of our motherhood, which might make people think I have my shit together (and I don't). So I thought I'd be a little honest with our Christmas photos this year. Because this is seriously how it went trying to take pictures of a toddler, and while I prefer to share and only remember the good- this one was so chaotic it makes me giggle. These were taken after a rough go at nap time, but I had put them off until literally the last possible day in the last two hours of day light before we left for our Christmas vacation...
After a few attempts to get Emmet to sit or stand in front of the wreath, I have put only one of his boots on... he must now try to get the other one on by himself...and Moose decided the blanket looked comfortable.
I eventually gave in and put on his other boot, hoping that maybe he was ready to sit still... I was wrong.
Emmet heard the TV in the other room, and left to go see what Moana and Maui were up to. Moose stayed to model.
Emmet has now wandered back in. I assume that the song they were singing ended and that he remembered Moose and I were alive, so he came to check on us. I think Moose, in this moment, might have realized that he really loves his little boy.
Emmet spots his first favorite lamp to turn on and off that he has neglected for awhile from across the room...
...Emmet leaves to clamber up on the bed and play with the switch and Moose glances over with his best "should you really be letting your child play with that" look
I have now given up hope on this photoshoot, but I have decided to give bribery a shot and I give Emmet a pile of cheerios to eat and hold still... it works for a little bit.
No longer interested in the cheerios, he tries to run away again, and I realize that in order for all of this to be worth it I need at least one good photo. So I place him back in the scene. He is not pleased...
...and then I remember the small basket of Dot and Co Pacifiers for when little brother arrives that Emmet has been desperately trying to play with, so I decide to get bribery one last go. It works! He is pleased and so am I, and I even got some smiles.
Merry Christmas to you all! and Happy Holidays!
Emmet and I run orders over to and pick up supplies from the post office so often that the ladies who work there know his name. They love it when he comes in to see them! We walk over just about every single day, and every time we go out the back door, without fail, he runs over and climbs in and out of his cozy coupe before we leave. When the weather is nice enough, when we get back home I open the door and let moose out to play. They chase each other around the yard and Emmet giggles his butt off. Eventually Emmet gets bored though and climbs back into his cozy coupe 20 more times. Meanwhile I stand in the doorway with a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a second to myself watching my boys have fun together in the backyard. It is one of my favorite parts of the day.
You guys, where are the weeks going? I feel like I'm all caught up on one thing and I realize that I am WEEKs behind on others. I guess that is how it goes though, right? We'll figure it out eventually though (maybe).
I've been so focused on my shop lately that I've started to develop some WAHM guilt and by that I mean the guilt is very real. I feel so awful leaving Emmet to play by himself while I work away, but sometimes you just have to get something done right? That is what I am going to tell myself.
Emmet has been getting more and more adorable by the day. Sure, he has his difficult moments, and some days those moments are hours of the day. But most of the time he is cracking me up and making me fall a little bit more in love with him. We go on daily walks to the post office. He runs along behind me in his little winter boots and adorable hat our friend Erin made him. He goes out of his way to walk through piles of leaves or to kick gravel or stand on manhole and drain covers.
He has been practicing eating with plates, bowls, and silverware. It usually ends up all over him, but he is slowly getting better! Today though, Emmet was pulling on his avanchy suction plate to try to pick it up when all of the sudden it popped off of his tray and his macaroni flew in the air and landed all over his head and highchair. It was HILARIOUS. His yogurt and apple sauce usually end up all over him too, but we shrug it off and change his clothes A LOT. It is fun to watch him learn.
He reads to himself all of the time and always asks me to read books to him. His favorites right now are "Dada" by Jimmy Fallon and "Ten Apples Up on Top" by Dr. Seuss. The other night he even sat completely still for the entire "Of Thee I Sing" by Barack Obama and my heart melted. My pregnancy hormones got the best of me as we sat there and snuggled and read together. It made me very happy.
This kid has been cracking us up lately. Sure he has his tough moments, but most of the time he is doing something absolutely hysterical. These photos represent my current favorite two things that he does; wearing baskets on his head and doing most activities with his eyes closed. The basket thing started a few weeks ago, he went through a phase where everything went on his head and it slowly transformed into being mostly this basket. He puts his head all of the way in and then runs around the house throwing toys and giggling. When there isn't a basket on his head he is doing regular activities (giggling) with his eyes squeezed shut. Like walking, dancing on the couch, and eating. Last week we made some pies with friends and he sat and ate an entire bowl of peppernuts all with his eyes closed. He makes for great entertainment at parties.
You guys, parenting is hard. It's wonderful, but it's hard. I feel like I'm constantly trying to figure this little guy out and can never tell how to entertain him, what to feed him, what toys to get him, how to play with him etc. but we are trying to figure that out! I've been talking with friends and testing out new ideas and slowly but surely I think I'm figuring out how to entertain him (I don't know that I'll ever figure out the whole feeding thing. He is the weirdest picky eater.) Of course as soon as I figure it out though he'll be ready for new things. The adventure of parenthood.
Emmet has been loving playing with this little plastic animals lately. He dumps them out of the basket and fills it back up over and over. So as I walked around my floors covered in plastic animals and I started to think... "how could we make this educational and a game so that I don't go completely crazy?" And I decided it would be super fun to make a sorting game! I won't like to you and say that Emmet gets it yet. It is still probably a little out there for an 18 month old. But we are starting to talk about and play with animals and I figured we can work together on this one. Instead of sorting the animals in these photos, being his first time seeing this new game/toy, he played with the berry baskets. The ever so classic give a child a toy and they play with the box scenario.
This game is super easy to make though AND it comes with a free printable of illustrations by yours truly! Enjoy!