Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cute Stuff

Cute stuff the kids have done lately:

Mr. Bug and I do this thing where I sing one line of a song and he sings the next one.  It’s one of his favorite games.  Squeaker now cracks up watching his brother sing and dance.

Squeaker likes to play with Mr. Bugs hair when they’re both nursing at the same time.  This makes Mr. Bug laugh.

The Patriots Fan has taught Mr. Bug to say “NFL.  National Football League!  Patriots!  Tom Brady!”  Mr. Bug now does this almost every time he sees the NFL logo.  I should try to catch it on camera.

Squeaker is at that stage where his hands and/or feet can entertain him for quite some time.  He holds one or the other in front his face and coos at them as though he expects them to respond.

Mr. Bug spends most of nap time reciting his favorite books, or trying to read them.  Perhaps he would actually nap if I removed his bookshelf from the room, but I don’t have the heart.

I made the mistake of putting a teaspoon of vanilla creamer in Mr. Bugs milk one day.  Now all he wants to drink is ” ‘nilla milk.”

When asking for something, Mr. Bug now has both sides of the conversation himself.  “Want milk?  OK, want milk.  Say milk please.  Please Milk!”  Perhaps he thinks if he says it all himself, I can’t say no.

Squeaker laughs and coos as soon as he sees his daddy come in the door.  No matter how upset or tired he is before hand, seeing daddy cheers him up.  I’m a little jealous actually.  Mr. Bug is more of a mamma’s boy though, so I guess it’s fair.

Mr.  Bug is into a “this looks that” stage.  He’ll turn a number three sideways and say “Three look like W!”  He’ll put two triangles together and say “Triangles look like square!”  He goes around the house turning things upside down or sideways to see what else they look like.

Pop Pop listens to a lot of music.  Now, whenever he’s near his computer, Mr. Bug climbs up on his lap and demands “Music, music!”

Pop Pop also is into walking and uses a step counter.  When it is cold and/or raining out he walks back and forth in the hall to get his steps in.  Mr. Bug runs back and forth after him, clearly under the impression that it is some sort of game.

Squeaker entertains himself with the sound of his own voice.  Sometimes this is annoying, especially when he squawks loudly at a restaurant.  At home however, its rather adorable.

Mr. Bug is learning about football from his uncle.  He now picks up his toy football, hands it too me and says “Down set!  Down set! Set Set Hike!”  When he says hike I’m supposed to throw the ball down the hallway.  If I do not he gets very upset.  This usually results in a good half hour of us playing, what is essentially, fetch.

That’s all for now.






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One of those days…

I’m having one of those days where I really don’t fee like being a mom.  Both kids are sick.  So am I.  Squeaker cries if I put him down for more than 5 seconds.  Mr. Bug is throwing a tantrum over every little thing.  Neither one of  them napped well.  I’ve had one or both little ones on top of me constantly for most of the day.  I’ve hardly eaten since trying to eat with kids in my lap is an invitation for a huge mess that I really don’t have the energy to clean up.  The house is a disaster zone anyway though.

Captain Caveman is home now, so I’m finally getting a much needed respite.  I’ll sit down and eat dinner once bedtime for Mr. Bug is over with.  Hopefully the night time cold medicine will knock him out.  I wonder if I’ll get any sleep tonight.

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My Smart Boy

I’m going to go into bragging mommy mode.  My little Mr. Bug, who will be 2 at the end of this month, is learning to read!  Since he was about a year old he’s been obsessed with letters.  We got him Fridge Phonics last year and he spent hours with that thing.  He would bring me each letter and stand there till I told him what it was.  Then he’d put it in the little barn and listen to the song.  Over and over he would do this.  We bought more stuff with the alphabet in or on it to encourage him.  We also started watching Super Why on PBS which he really loved.  He could say the alphabet and recognized all the letters on sight by about 15 months.  He knew the difference between upper and lower case letters by 18 months, and could tell you the sound each letter makes.  This year for Christmas we got him Word Builder, which is like the next step from the Fridge Phonics.  He was putting small words together before we got it but he loves this toy just as much as the earlier one.  We also got Slide, See, & Say flashcards.  He sits on my lap sounding them out (with frequent help by me), and asking for    ” ‘nother word” each time he finishes one.  So my not even 2 year old is learning to read.  I never would have thought to teach a child this young to read, but he loves it so much, how can I not encourage it.  He also recognizes all his numerical characters, and can count to 20.  No math yet, but with this kid, who knows.  My son is incredibly smart for his age, and I am proud.  Though to be fair, he still has no idea how to use a spoon.

::disclaimer::  I have not been paid or compensated by any of the above companies in any way.  I only included links because I thought other moms would like to check out the toys.  I do not credit the above brands with teaching my son phonics, I only credit them with facilitating his interest, and giving me tools to use to help him learn.

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New Years Resolution

My new years resolution is to do a better job at cultivating/maintaining friendships.  I love and hate Facebook.  It gives me a bit of a window into my friends lives, but encourages me to be passive about those friendships.  You feel like you’re keeping up with what is going on in their life, but really, you only have a surface view, and your friendship becomes very superficial.  And yes, I know none of this is new news.  Ironically, my first step towards fixing this issue was to send messages to friends I hadn’t talked to in some time.  I don’t know if this was the best way to go about renewing friendships or not, but it seemed like the easiest way to get a hold of everyone.  Most of them live too far away to hang out with regularly anymore, so really, the options are Facebook message, or phone call.  I’d love to get to the point where I’m talking with my friends on the phone regularly, but minutes cost money and Facebook is free.  So I’ll do the best I can with what I’ve got.  Hopefully much of this will be resolved if I get to move back to my hometown later this year.  I much prefer personal interaction to phone or message communication.  I felt really awkward sending messages to some of my old friends.  I have no idea how this gesture will be received.  But I don’t really know how to make it less awkward, so I hope we can all just push past it and reconnect.  I’m just as shy and awkward in person, so at least the messages remain true to my character.  And would it really be any less weird if I called you on the phone or showed up at your door instead of sending a message?  If anything, I think it would be even more awkward.  Here’s hoping I can actually follow through on this resolution.  I think it is a worthy one.


P.S.  If you happen to be reading this, know me, and I haven’t gotten a hold of you yet, it’s nothing personal.  I’m just absent minded.  Feel free to message me instead.

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Ah the holidays.  They used to be such a fun relaxing time.  We started with a trip to SC for Christmas to visit Captain Cavemans family.  Mr. Bug got sick on the way down.  Cue in lots of clothing changes.  The next day Captain Caveman got sick.  Then Squeaker.  So here I am, taking care of three sick people, and waiting for it to strike me.  About 5 days later everyone was better.  I, thankfully, never got sick.  Not sure how I escaped that one.  The rest of the trip was good, except trying to fit all the extra stuff in the car for the trip back.  The day after we get home, my mom and other two brothers arrive for New Years.  The house is packed, and by this point, I’m already tired of people.  It was fun having the whole family together, but tiring.  Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have a long hot soak in the tub while my hubby watches the kids.

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