Monday, October 22, 2012

My Mother Says I Should Blog More

Yes, my mother says I should blog more.  Thing is, I come here and writer's block sets in almost instantly.  I want to tell you how awesome my kid is, but that gets old to read, I know.

I want to tell you parenthood is hard, but as far as the audience of this blog goes, you either know that first-hand or don't want to hear it, because you'd give anything to experience it.

I know.

I'd like to write about how there are people I love who are fighting tough health battles.  But I don't want to be a downer.

I'd love to write about my five-year plan, but quite frankly, there are people in my 'real life' who feel entitled to chime in rather forcefully on major decisions.  People who can't seem to stand the idea that I might do something that isn't in their best interest, regardless of what's in mine or my family's.  And I don't feel like listening to it.

I love this blog and I want to spend more time here, but I don't know how sometimes.

So, help me make my mother happy.  What should I write about??

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Family Stuff

There's something pretty amazing and pretty huge happening in our extended family - well, more specifically, in hubby's family.  It's really wonderful stuff and as much as I HATE it when people leave me hanging with a teaser and no details, that's what I have to do for now.  Suffice it to say it's a big, sensitive issue and it's not my decision when to share, it's hubby's.  Hopefully he'll be ready soon, but whenever he is, you'll be the first to know.

In other news, Aidan has just moved up to a new classroom at daycare and - WOW! - holy brain explosion!!  He's been stringing multiple words together more often, identifying shapes, and all sorts of really nifty stuff.  We're going through a bit of a sleep difficulty phase - and yes, I say WE because when he's not sleeping no one's sleeping - but I know it'll pass.  His little brain is absorbing so much, so fast, that sometimes it can't chill out at night for him to go to sleep.  We'll get through it.

He is also such a crackup these days.  He loves animal sounds.  Last night, Aidan was in his highchair having dinner and I was sitting with him at the table eating mine too.  Hubby had just come in from clearing the snow from the driveway.  (Yes, it's already here!)  I playfully said to hubby as he walked by me and pretended to bump into me, "hey now, no horseplay!"  Well, I had NO idea that Aidan was paying attention at all, but just a fraction of a second after I said that, he started doing his best 'neigh!' sound repeatedly and proudly proclaimed, "horse!"  I thought I would fall off my chair.  I swear, the things they pick up on when you don't think they're paying attention are just mind-boggling.  

He's also learned that he can control people's emotions and actions, to a degree.  He's figured out how to make people laugh when he wants to.  He knows that if someone is sad, a hug will fix it, and he's very good about doling those out when he feels they're warranted.  It's so sweet.  He has actual friends at school now, and when one of them shows up in the classroom, especially one adorable little one named Lyla, he hollers her name and runs to her.  Last month, we saw him tackle-hug little Lily, like something out of a movie.  It was the cutest thing I've ever seen, until they fell down and both cried.  But still.  Super cute.

Of course, along with this realization about controlling people's emotions, he's come to understand that he can also make Mom and Dad upset.  He still occasionally hits when he gets mad.  We're working on it.  It's hard.  It'll be nice when his speech catches up with his emotions and he can say "hey, I'm angry" instead of slapping me on the arm.

There are so many things I want to post about, and so few opportunities to do it.  I'm still looking for that iPhone app that will just pull the information from my head and post it to Blogger.  Any ideas?