One of these days I’ll get this post up on an actual Monday – I’ll do my best.
Saturday morning B and I had pegged as Sheffield’s first visit to Waffle House. As an Atlantan, I love Waffle House up and down – every single thing about it. And since S is as big an aficionado of breakfast food as I am – I’m not sure why we didn’t think of this idea sooner. So he ate his entire waffle and even a little bit of sausage. AND he was even on his best behavior.
After breakfast, boogs and I ran errands until nap time. We spent the rest of the afternoon playing and reading. It was super hot, so we didn’t really spend that much time outside .
Sunday morning S and I hit up the playground, and got there so early that we were the only people there. It didn’t last too long – but we were only there about an hour since it was so damn hot.
When we got home, we turned the sprinklers on and cooled off from playing all morning.
After naps, we all got into the pool and then headed up to Bluff Park Ice Cream Shoppe for some ice cream. S loves it there – and they even give away free baby cones.
We ended the weekend by buying colorful pillows and some new pans at Home Goods — ahhh, the exciting life of parents on the weekend.
It was an amazing weekend – just one where boogs was in a good mood the whole time, nothing went wrong – and it just made me long for another weekend. Why can’t we have more of those and less weekdays?
**on a side note, I’ve left my feelings about Charlottesville out of my blog. I try to keep this a feel good space (even when I have things to vent about) – even though I fully believe that we must keep resisting the BS that seems to surround us daily. Love trumps hate. Love trumps hate. Love trumps hate.
So here we go again. Try number 2 to rid ourselves of this pacifier. To be honest, I’m almost kind of sad to do it, because it does, in fact mean that my little honey is growing up. I’m going to miss seeing that wubba nub hanging from his mouth. I’m also going to miss having a surefire way to keep him quiet in public. Oh well, here we go:
Tuesday night – August 8th: B is putting the boogs to bed since I am working out. We had gotten his papiz out of his crib to wash them. B forgot to put it back in his room. I get home and see it laying on the table, and am all whaaaaat is happening – did he ask for it? B says nope. And then he sleeps during the night.
Wednesday morning car ride – August 9th: I made sure to have a few distractions in the car so he wouldn’t ask for it – there was a magazine and a mini-stuffed Max from Secret Life of Pets. It worked for a little – he did ask for it a few times, but I just told him papiz was all gone.
Wednesday afternoon car ride – August 9th: This sucked. He cried for his papiz as soon as he got in the car. I ignored it for the most part and he calmed down before we pulled into the driveway. Holla – first day car rides OVER.
Wednesday night – August 9th: B said he asked for it once, but just told him it was gone, and that was that. No waking up in the middle of the night — WHOA.
Thursday morning car ride – August 10th: HE DIDN’T ASK FOR IT ONCE Y’ALL!!! Have we kicked the papiz? Are we done? Only time will tell….
Thursday afternoon car ride – August 10th: B picked him up from daycare today – S had wanted to bring his backpack home with him, and that’s where they keep his papiz at school. I had written them a note in the morning to try not to let him use it during nap time (but was ok if he was being persistent with it) – but didn’t ask if they were able to not during the day. Anyway – he found the papiz in his backpack, and B had to take it from him. I’m not sure of what ensued because of that – but B didn’t give in.
Thursday night – August 10th: No papiz use in sight – no waking up. If we haven’t completely kicked the car usage, we have definitely kicked night time use — WAHOO!
Friday morning car ride – August 11th: Didn’t ask for it once – sang his ABCs in the car and was in a really good mood. What is happening? This is such a change from the last time we tried to do this! Could the doctor actually have been right when she said that most kids just give it up on their own? WHY IS HE GROWING UP SO FAST?!?!?!
Friday afternoon car ride – August 11th: Nope, didn’t even ask for it.
Friday night – August 11th: Nope, didn’t even ask for it.
Weekend August 12-13th: He asked for it once while we were at Home Goods, but we told him that “papiz is all gone,” and he seemed to just go with it.
So I’m going to call it – we are done with the pacifier. Holy crap – we are done with the pacifier.
And it was way less painful this time – It seems like he was just ready for it. I honestly can’t believe how easy it was this time around. We had zero waking up in the middle of the nights – zero tantrums – zero hives.
He’s so grown up, y’all. Excuse me while I go cry in the corner.
I know I haven’t had a post with any real substance in awhile, but I really like to use this as sort of my scrapbook anyway, because it’s way easier for me to do this than to actually scrapbook.
So our doctor wanted Sheffield to go to the dentist before his two year appointment, so like the great mom I am, I got this scheduled about two weeks before his second birthday. I technically still followed the rules, so parenting win.
Anyway, I had to go this appointment alone, because B was at a client’s, and I was super nervous about it – S can sometimes be kind of a butt, so I was a bundle of anxiety. However, when we got to the office, we were pretty much the only ones there! And they had a giant train set, and Finding Dory and horses to climb on! Such a fun waiting room that he kept himself occupied until we got called back.
When we did get called back, S was so intrigued by the pretty dental hygienist that he didn’t even try to be fussy. And then he got to brush his teeth, and play with the fun mirror and light. The dentist came over, and he was so sweet with Sheffield. He got his teeth swabbed with some fluoride, and the doc poked around in there. AND didn’t even scold us for still being on the paci. The hygienist even took S to pick out a toy from the toy chest (he picked a ball, of course) while I talked with the dentist.
If y’all need a dentist in the Vestavia Hills area, I highly highly recommend Vestavia Hills Pediatric Dentistry. They were so sweet with both me (it’s like they could read I was nervous as all get-out) and Sheffield.
This month was weird for me and books. I have two YA, 3 non fiction and two fiction. I ‘m normally not a huge fan of non-fiction so three in a month is strange for me. Anyway, the only one I truly loved was Beartown so I’m hoping for a much better reading month in August.
Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon / I loved this book. I love any book that can make you feel the excitement of a first kiss or being touched for the first time by someone you love. It was such a sweet story, and I loved all the dialogue, whether between text or emails. YA books normally make me all giddy and this one was no exception. My favorite quote (so much so that I screenshot the page that it was on so I wouldn’t forget) – “Sometimes you do things for the right reasons and sometimes for the wrong ones and sometimes it’s impossible to tell the difference.”.
A Mother’s Reckoning : Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy – Sue Klebold // I don’t know what to say on this one. I never thought of the perspective from the mother of one of the Columbine shooters – I only thought of it from the scared kid in school perspective. To be honest, I know she loves her kid – it’d be hard not to even after that, but it just seems like she never really fully accepts his part in it, and she seems way too obsessed with how everything looks from the outside. I would skip this one – it might just piss you off like it did me.
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times – Carolina De Robertis // A book of letters written to past, present and future people about the time of Trump. Everyone knows how much I don’t like the guy, but to quote from the book, “The president-elect of the United States in the year 2017 is not going to be what ends human life.” I really loved the letters from parents to their children warning them to not buy into the hateful rhetoric and to believe more in hope and possibility.
Bear Town – Fredrik Backman // This book has been on my library waiting list FOREVER, and when I finally got off it for this book, I tore through it like a mad man. You guys have said such said things about this author and this book, and none of you were lying. Every character (and there were quite a few) was interesting and relevant to the story – and I loved how it centered around one main topic – hockey. I love love loved it.
Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy // I loved this for so many reasons. I never quite fit in in high school (SHOCKER, I KNOW!), and was a little overweight – but I felt like I always had my little crew – and they brought out the best in me. I was even the sidekick to the prettier best friend who always had boyfriends. I never got my Bo in high school, though, but I loved that Dumplin’ got hers. This was just an all-around feel good book, and after the seriousness of the ones I’ve read this month, it came at just the right time.
Talking as Fast as I Can – Lauren Graham // I love Gilmore Girls. I used to watch it every day while I was in college – it was the only thing I wanted to watch when I was sick in the hospital for a few months; to the point that it drove my best friend at the time crazy whenever she came to visit me. I loved getting to learn more about her, and I especially loved the section where she wrote about her days on set of the reboot. If you love Gilmore Girls and Lauren Graham, then this book is for you. If you don’t like either of those things, then you might want to skip this one.
Into the Water – Paula Hawkins // Meh. I liked this one ok. I think the story could have been told just as well from half of the characters in this book. I will say that I couldn’t call the ending, and since I’d read her popular book a while ago, I couldn’t really compare it to that. It passed the time just fine, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to recommend it.