Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Addison...The Babysitter!

Addison had the day off from school a couple of Friday's ago and rather than go to gymnastics camp for the day she decided to stay home with me so she could help watch Dylan.  Ohh my goodness she was beyond excited when I gave her the choice, without even flinching she was like "I want to watch Dylan".  I love seeing that excitement in her eyes, she LOVES babies so much and does beyond amazing with them.  As soon as Beth got to our house Addison was all up in Dylan's face and making little baby noises...even though he was sleeping.  She obviously doesn't understand the concept of "you should never wake a sleeping baby", but luckily he started waking up once he got to our house.  As soon as I got him out of his car seat she was like "ok, give him to me".  Deep down inside I was thinking "no I want to hold him", but I mean she did give up her fun day doing gymnastics so I forked him over.  She was AMAZING!  She helped feed him, she held him and even laid down with him to watch Netflix while he happily slept on her.  It was just too cute!  I absolutely love her age and more importantly how she's so in love with younger kids.  I think she's going to be a natural when it's time to babysit...when can she start babysitting Brody?  HAHAHA!     
("Can we get him out")
("Time to Eat")
("Can I watch Netflix while I hold him?")
(Addison needed a break after holding him for so long)

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

3 Years of Brody Life!

Mr. Brody Thomas was born 3 years ago & a week (I'm a little late with this post).  This little guy came into the world extremely fast (once I hit that 10cm point) and gave us about an hour of where life stood still due to him having some breathing issues.  After that hour was up he was cleared to be perfect and fine, he was put in my arms and immediately began looking for some food.  John and I looked at each other and knew he was going to be a fighter and pretty much do things on his own terms.  Ever since that day he has lived up to exactly what we thought.  Thank God for Addison because she has taught him how to be the most caring and loving little boy and then with that toughness we endured the day he was born he has for sure stuck to doing things his way.  I feel extremely blessed that I was given 2 healthy babies and the bonus (I think) was to have a girl and boy.  We knew we were done after 2 so to have one of each, who wouldn't be excited!  
I knew I had my work cut out for me since I was now a stay at home mom, Addison was at a daycare from 6 weeks until she was 2.  With that being said I didn't have to go through the first 2 years on my own trying to figure out schedules during the day, when to take the bottle away, help with getting rid of that darn binki, sticking to my guns with napping.  All of this was so new to me and holy moly was it hard.  This is why I have to say that the last 3 years have truly tested me in every way possible.  I love my little guy so very much and the bond we have is slightly different than with Addi (both good and bad).  When they say that no child is ever the same they really do mean it.  Addi's my make everyone happy, I'll do what you want me to do while Brody is kind of like "screw you I want something and I want it now".  I tell people all the time how Brody seriously emotionally abuses me (joking of course).  Everyone thinks I'm crazy since he's the sweetest little boy when we leave the house, but when we're home he runs the show and I'm simply there to make him happy and not cry.  I mean don't get me wrong, I know I'm the boss and in real life he needs to listen to me, but its so hard when all you want is 10 minutes of peace and quite so I give in and let him have his binki and let him use my ipad even though I would really like to use it myself.  I'm a choose your battles type of mom and I find him winning most of them.  The last 3 years have been the hardest time in my life, but I wouldn't change a moment.  Brody is now going to school 3 times a week and the teachers have nothing but amazing things to say.  He goes all day without his binki and even takes naps.  I'm not perfect and I make a lot of mistakes, but obviously when he's out in the "real world" he's doing great which to me says I did a good job.  We're still working on teaching him who's in charge at home (I mean Addi's been in time out like 3 times her whole life and I can't even tell you how much Brody's been there), but to know he "gets it" when he's at school or with other adults tells me he knows what he's doing and he just knows how to push mommy's buttons.  Everything to me is a work in progress and while I do things a little slower than most people, I just want my little guy to be happy and keep as much of my sanity intact as possible.  Life is getting easier as the kids get older.  Time truly has flown by these past 3 years.  My handsome little guy knows how to test the limits, but he's such a little lover who normally just wants to cuddle with his mommy so how can you be mad at that?