(and Self-directed Potty Training?)
Don’t let the title alarm you or fool you into thinking I dislike attachment parenting. Sometime I wish is was easier like when I am in the middle of researching a topic for a blog post and my 2 yr. old stirs briefly from his nap. I wait a few seconds, since I am the only one home, to see if he needs comforted or nursed back to sleep. He seems a little fitful so I choose to lie next to him and nurse him back to sleep. He sleeps in our bed and that is where he naps. Once he is comfortable and “out” I sneak back to the livingroom where the laptop is sitting waiting for me.
I was torn as to how long I could cuddle my 2 yr. old while this blog post was be built into my head. I did not want any part of it to be forgotten before I could write it. I am not about to “abandon” my child for the sake of blogging hence the title Attachment Parenting Can be Tough. Some days I have to put a lot of things ahead of what I want to do. Some would just call that parenthood or motherhood. I think you have to make the conscious effort to care for your children before your needs in order to be successful. Sometimes this can lead to frustration and exhaustion, but in the long run you will have sweet voices and smiling faces that give you lots of hugs and kisses.
The last few months have been difficult as far as parenting goes. I have school age children who want to stay up late and sleep in even though it is summer! These same school age children still sneak into mom and dad’s bed at night. Although we have a king sized bed, it is not enough room for 5 people. This makes mom and dad cranky when we are kneed or elbowed in the back or groin! I have had nights of lots of nursing which I think must be some more molars coming in? (this makes for a cranky/drained mom who wakes up hungry.) I still think it’s a little crazy that my almost 27 month old still nurses, but HE IS THE BABY, and he does eat “real” food! I am just not ready to MAKE HIM QUIT nursing. Should’ve taken the booby away before the paci but hindsight is 20-20.
And this BABY has decided to work on potty training himself after picking out “Elmo’s Potty Time” video at the library. He watched that thing at least 2 times a day for the 2 weeks we had it. We all laughed when he went around the house saying, “wee, wee, woo, woo” or “pee, pee, poo, poo”. We sing songs and read books and just try to laugh or make a big deal about him sitting on the potty. No M&M’s, no bribery, just plain old-fashioned verbal praise has done wonders. Is he close to being totally potty trained? No way, but he does alert us at least once a day when he needs to sit on the potty. He does both on the potty and that my friend is a great accomplishment for an almost 27 month old boy!
I cannot believe that Princess has only 1 more day of being 7 years old! Our sweet middle child. Our only girl who has taken on a little mommy role to her brothers. She is organized, creative, sometimes bossy, but has a great heart. She appears shy at first, but really is not. She was born a leader to do great things. She loves ballet and learning new things. Math comes easy for her. She likes to read but has been busy watching Angelina Ballerina dvd’s while singing and performing the ballet moves!
You know the ones that you MUST buy for your children ‘cause you love them and you want them to have an awesome year! Not required necessarily, but a little something special or extra ‘cause you now they will need it Maybe it is an item on the “school supply” list that really isn’t requested enough of (like glue sticks or report folders) and you ALWAYS run out and have to pay FULL Price (gasp) in the middle of the year.
Does anyone else over stock on school supplies for Christmas stocking stuffer? How about Operation Christmas Child? What about .25 or .50 flipflops on clearance? Those make great items for shoe boxes at Christmas time since lots of countries receiving them are in hot climates.
Our MUST HAVES:
Lots and lots of glue sticks for lapbooks and TOT SCHOOL Tons of notebooks– spiral or composition BLANK journals/ Sketch pads– anything you can create comics on Colored pencils-crayons are NOT allowed in our cars. We prefer twistables! Mechanical pencils– mostly for mom and dad for college 3-ring binders– never can have enough of these in 1”, 2” or 3” Index cards– blank or lined New socks and underwear-hopefully on sale and with a coupon or special deal! New shoes– my oldest has holes in his soles of both pairs he has been wearing all summer long. Now to scour clearance racks to find new ones! Foam core board or Science Tri-fold board– just in case we need it for Homeschool Art Display or for stop motion videos or some other creative project. Those guys are way too expensive to buy after sales are over unless one sneaks into a clearance isle somewhere, lol.
What are your must have school supplies? I would love to hear what unusual things your family needs or thinks of?
July 2, 2012
Okay, I know everyone would say that about their own kids, BUT today my kids demonstrated just how awesome they are. I left them outside while Lil’ Red was splashing in the crab and sliding down the make shift water slide that Princess Dynamo made. I left Eldest in charge of keeping everyone safe.
I ran inside to print out the Blog planner I had just read about on Money Saving Mom. I couldn’t do it on my Nextbook so off to the desktop. I was just getting ready to print off a section when Eldest came in saying that Lil’Red wanted to come in. I said I would be out as soon as I put extra paper in the printer and set up the pages I wanted to start with. (I just couldn’t bring myself to print all 63 pages. I’m a strict budgetor and we need to conserve ink for homeschool.) I added paper to printer and then heard Princess Dynamo and Lil’ Red inside!
All was good. Lil’ Red was stripped down and Princess was getting him ready to be diapered and dressed on the crib. Eldest was providing the needed backup- he went and got his sis a fresh change of clothes since she was busy with the baby!
WOW, now that is awesome. I started to help fasten the diaper and was gently scooted out of the way by Princess. I was given the opportunity to run water clothes outside to dry in this 95 degree heat wave, lol.
I am still listening to my printer print the blog planner as I finish this. Well, until I typed the last sentence that is. Now the printer is finished. Kids all dry and it’s time to think about dinner and future blog posts.