I had an idea to document a typical day in your lives through pictures. Not because our days are earth-shatteringly exciting, but because they are magical in their own way for two little babes learning about the big world around them. Also, because one day I'm sure I'll think back and try to remember what it was we actually did all day :)
So here we go...
7:30 Sullivan, you start to talk to yourself in your crib. Dada usually gets you up and brings you to me. You get breakfast in momma's bed every morning and we wait for brother to wake up.
|Good morning, sunshine!|
|Geez...do I ever Windex my mirror?? Toddler smudges.|
After breakfast you decided you wanted to watch one of the two shows you're allowed each day. Your (our) New Years Resolution is to watch less TV :) You started becoming a Nick Jr addict. You were driving your father and I nuts with the emotional breakdowns you had when we told you "no" to watching a show. So now we've explained to you that you get TWO shows per day. You can pick when and what show, but once you've seen two the TV is turned off and we turn music on instead. It's been a gradual detox process for you :)
|Dancing to the "Fresh Beat Band" intro. You know all the words and shout out each characters name when they come on screen.|
Then Max and Momma get to spend a little one on one time together. One of your favorite things is washing dishes. When its time to do dishes you'd think I just told you I was taking you to the coolest waterpark in all the land. As soon as you hear me open the dish washer and turn on the water you run in the kitchen yelling "Dishes, momma pwease, DISHES!!"
|Unfortunately you "helping" with the dishes always results in a bigger mess.|
Max you play really well by yourself in the playroom when Momma's attention has turned to baby brother.
|Max likes to use Sullivan's blue blanket as the "ocean" for his ship. His little hamster got to be the captain this time.|
|Anything and everything round gets put in the basketball goal.|
|"Hi Bo! Let's hold hands!"|
|Max and Mary Jane have bonded over their love of Yo Gabba Gabba.|
11:30 we're back home for lunch. You're always SO excited for lunch. Even though you generally have at least 2 snacks between breakfast and lunch you act starving. Dada comes home to eat with you and feed Sullivan a bottle.
|So happy to see the Dad.|
|Following lunch a simultaneous diaper blow-out and projectile vomit episode required a full strip down.|
Once Max is tucked in, I lay Sullivan in his own crib. I am very aware of how lucky I am to have two kids that love sleeping. Max, you sleep from 12-3 and Sullivan, you are a solid 12-2:30. I use those hours to catch up on whatever I'm most behind on that day. Or maybe I nap too ;)
This is also the time when I might (or might not) take inventory of the ever growing pile of laundry that steadily collects at the top of the basement stairs throughout the day. You boys go through multiple outfits a day. Bibs, burp cloths, etc. Which is why you appear naked in these pictures more often than not.
Sullivan, you had ANOTHER blow out after naptime. This time you were much less easy going about the mess in your pants.
|Brother holding your hand to try and make it better.|
|"Shhh, baby. Pat-pat tummy. Is ok Van."|
|Max can always make it all better. Sullivan even when you're upset it never lasts for more than a few seconds.|
Sully, I have to admit you spend a lot of time chilling in laundry baskets. There's always one laying around and when I need to put you down somewhere quickly it's usually the closest safe/comfortable place I can put you. You don't seem to mind.
Neither does Max! He loves to push you around in a laundry basket while making car-car sounds. He pretends he's driving.
|"Uh...beep, beep mom."|
|Cottage cheese with cherry tomatoes, animal crackers and your "Green Machine" juice. You refuse to eat any green vegetable so this is my sneaky way of getting spinach/broccoli/kale/wheat grass into your system.|
The rest of the day is spent playing and navigating a tantrum or two.
|So sad. Max needed a little cool off time.|
Later we eat dinner together. Usually around 6pm. This day, Sullivan, you got to try sweet peas for the first time! You're so loving eating real food.
|Peas for Sullivan, Chicken-Artichoke Lasagna for the rest of us!|
|Max gets to sit in a big boy chair in the dining room now that brother joins us at the table in the highchair.|
And after dinner we do baths. Max, you think it's your job to "wash baby". It is the cutest thing to watch and you list all the places you need to wash as you go..."ears...cheeks...toes...tummy". And you're so gentle. Seeing you take this responsibility so seriously cracks us up.
Max, you get to pick out two books to read. You almost agonize over the decision which is really funny to witness. Usually you can't decide on just two so we let you put the runners up in bed with you.
|You will pick up a book, examine the front and back, maybe flip through a couple pages and put it back on the shelf. Then pick up another and do the same thing. I end up having to give you a time limit because this can seriously go on for-ever.|
Tucking the two of you into your rooms, turning down the lights and starting your music gives me the biggest feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day. Our days naturally ebb and flow between the highs of learning something new and the lows of 2 year old power struggles. But they're our days. And when the sun sets the day is done. I might not have earned a dime or done anything that people will be talking about years from now, but I feel successful.
You boys laid your heads down knowing you were loved. Full bellied and feeling secure that your momma and dada would do anything for you. And if I can do that every day until you're grown up then I think my life's work will be something to be proud of. Even after you're grown up (past the point of your naked butts being cute) I hope you still go to bed knowing that a) you are loved and b) your momma and dada would do anything for you. Forever and ever.
My whole heart,