Doctor Appointment and missed nap

Audrey had her 18 month checkup today. It was a couple of weeks late! I thought she would get more shots today, but she’s all up to date so no “poking” (as Ethan calls it). She was 25 1/2 lbs and 31 inches. Right at the 50th percentile. Perfectly normal. She’s doing everything she should be doing and more.
The afternoon wasn’t fun. Ethan didn’t take a nap. He needed one so badly. He didn’t get an afternoon snack and he wasn’t allowed to play with us when we were outside. He had to stay buckled in the stroller. I need to find some sort of consequence that speaks to him. When we got home tonight, he ran away from Daddy when we were getting out of the car and he scratched his face on the pine tree. It’s was significant enough that it kept bleeding for a while. We laid him down early because he was so tired. Over an hour later and he still hadn’t gone to sleep. I’m so frustrated. It just makes me so angry that he wont listen and lay quietly. He’s just going to be more cranky tomorrow.

Nathan

I’m so proud of my husband!

He worked all day sanding and painting Ethan’s room! Ethan was very excited when we got home.

Doing house projects with two toddlers is impossible– especially when we are working on one of their rooms. I didn’t have anyone who would have been able to take the kids all day so we took off last night and stayed at my dad’s. He had some appointments for work, but it worked out well. I just needed a place we could all be and where the kids could get naps. It worked well. It’s just a lot of organizing and shuffling people around anytime we need to get something done.

Nathan worked really hard. We have a lot working against us in trying to get this done- time constraints (only so many hours that the kids are able to be out of the way), our location which is 30 minutes one way from the nearest Menards or Home Depot and there aren’t a lot of resources in our little town, and the fact that Nathan has never done this kind of work on his own. It’s hard, messy and tedious!

Anyway, I’m thankful for the work that got done and proud of my husband.

Outside

We played outside today! We haven’t done that in a long time. I hear we’re getting snow tomorrow so I think it will be a couple of days before it happens again.
Ethan loves playing in the sand, raking leaves and running around. He decided he was big enough to walk next to me holding my hand while I pushed Audrey in the stroller on the way to the grocery store. He’s such a big boy! I love him so much. I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but we put his lamp on a timer to turn on when it was late enough for him to get up in the morning. It’s working so well, we changed the time so it would turn on a little later! This morning was the first morning and it worked alright.
We were on our own tonight too. Nathan is doing the server upgrade for the email server at Crown. They have been working on it since 3:00 this afternoon. I really hope it works well. It will be really nice once it’s done.

Our new son

It seems that we have a new son! The Ethan that challenged us at every turn seems to have been replaced with another boy who is much quicker to listen and obey his parents!
On Saturday afternoon, he didn’t nap for Nathan at all. When Audrey woke up, Daddy let Ethan come out of his room and he gave Audrey a cookie and chocolate milk. Ethan was very disappointed to discover that his mean father was only going to give him bread and water. I guess he cried for a while. I wasn’t there for it. He still ate all the bread though!
On Sunday, he went right to sleep when we laid him down for his nap. He slept for over 3 hours! That night he also went to bed easily. Same story today. I hope it lasts. I really like it.
I scolded Ethan this evening for splashing water from the tub onto the bathroom floor and he asked me if I still loved him. He really is a sweet child. It’s wonderful to be loved by two incredible children.

World Events

I’m thinking of doing one post a week on world events. I thought I would kick this off by sharing this article.

I hadn’t given much thought to what it would mean to have the Olympics in China. Reading that article by Chuck Colson was thought-provoking.