Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Best Buddies

We are on the tail-end of our trip with the Reed Family at our house. We have had such a good time, and there is no doubt that our kiddos truly love each other. Harrison isn't too keen on sharing with Em still, but he loves her more than he can express in words. He wakes up super-early to see Emerson in the morning (which I am obviously not-so-thrilled about). But he is always wanting her to be wherever he is. It is too cute. We are thinking that this picture may be in their rehearsal dinner slide show one day. What do you think?
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Great Grandma and Grandpa Stephens

On our Tour de Upstate SC 2010, we stopped by Adam's grandparents house to hang out with them for a while. Harrison was literally in hog-heaven with the tractors. The poor kid was going full-steam ahead without a nap. He loved getting to spend time with his great grandparents. And he obviously loved getting to spend time with Louis too. Louis took him all over the place on the tractor. Every time we asked Harrison if he was having a good time, he asked for more. Thankfully, Louis was ready to grant that request. Unfortunately, I failed to get a picture of Louis and Harrison on the tractor. Sorry.
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Clemson Triathlon

On Friday, we packed up the car and headed to the upstate on our Tour de Upstate SC 2010. Our original reason for going was to see Adam compete in his first Sprint Triathlon. We headed to Clemson and got to hang out around Adam's Alma mater, which was fun for all of us. On Saturday morning, Harrison and I got up to go cheer on his daddy. We had the greatest time. Harrison rang his Chick-fil-A cow bell for approximately 2 hours, hoping to give a little boost to all of the participants. Believe it or not, when Adam came by, he was so enamoured with his dad that he forgot to ring it. Harrison had such a fun time watching...especially the bike portion. I have a feeling this was the first of many races that we will be attending. Adam did a phenomenal job and we can't wait to cheer him on again.
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mothering a Two-Year Old

I'm so thankful for baby steps. The Lord knew what he was doing when he gave us little kiddos that only sleep, eat, and poop for the beginning of their lives. I'm convinced that if we were given 2 year-olds out the gate, that there may be fewer kids out there. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE this stage. We have so much fun. But Harrison is either running or sleeping. And I am just straight-up exhausted at the end of the day. As I celebrate my 3rd mother's day, I thought I would tell everyone what I have been learning about parenting a two-year old:
1. Don't give choices that have "no" as an answer. Inevitably, if "no" is in the menu of options for Harrison, he is going to choose it. No matter what. "Harrison, what do you want for breakfast?" "Nope," is an answer in his mind. So, now, I have to rephrase, "Harrison, do you want yogurt, eggs, or cereal?" For now that does the trick.
2. Don't give him choices about things that could create a problem later. For about two days, I was letting him pick the cup he would like milk in out of the drawer. Innocently, I thought there was no harm in that. When the day approached that the cups he wanted were unavailable, he got a little bent out of shape. Before I knew it, he was on the floor in tears because he wanted his Lightening McQueen cup. So, I noted, no more choices. He gets what I give him in this arena.
3. The answer to "Did you stinky?" is always no; even if the real answer is yes.
4. Two year-olds copy everything you say and do. Enough said.
5. Plan for a big boy bed transition. We made the transition when we moved into our new house and it has been relatively smooth. I have bed rails on the bed. Some how he managed to get wedged between the bed rails and the bed the first couple of nights. He has totally fallen out of bed. I had sleepless nights for the first two weeks while I worried about his demise in the bed. He turned out to be fine. And I know this doesn't work for every child, but I read somewhere that if you tell your child (as you are putting them to bed) to stay in bed until mom or dad comes to get you in the morning, it should work. I was skeptical. I thought that was silly. I am here to say that it has worked thus far. There have been times when I have tried to leave him that he has wanted to get out of bed, but I just remind him that he has to stay there until I come back. Please say some prayers that he continues to be obedient in this. I have a hunch this won't last too much longer.

Above are some pictures that Adam took of us today playing outside. In the second picture, I was trying to get H to squat next to me, but he had a difficult time following instructions. We got a good laugh about it.
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Daddy's Yard Boy

Our new house is proving to have some time-absorbing upkeep. Most of which seems like it is the yard. I told Adam that I thought we should hire a yard person. You know, I'm all for creating jobs in this weak economy. The good news is, Adam loves doing yard work. However, it takes up so much time on the weekends. So, whenever Harrison can join in and help for some good daddy-son bonding, H jumps at the opportunity. The unfortunate part for Harrison is that in a couple of years, Daddy is going to require Harrison to help and I'm sure it won't seem like as much fun then.
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