Having a toddler.
Those alone are enough to make a person pull their hair out with stress.
With everything going on right now, I’m at full speed ahead all day. I work hard. Very hard. I always have but doing so with the weight of selling a house and then moving on my shoulders, it makes it feel unachievable.
But there is nowhere to go but forward. There’s no one here to pick up the slack if I fail to do these things. So do them I will! Sometimes with a bad mood. But at least they’re getting done.
This post is super long because it’s like more than a week’s worth of pictures and stories!
My children mostly play and have a good time. Oblivious to the changes that are going to be coming so soon and the intense pressure their mother is feeling.
As it should be.
I took the littler two to the library storytime one day while the older girls were at school. It was the first time I only brought kids who were the appropriate ages for storytime in 5 years! My older girls were always well behaved at storytime so it never bothered me, but it was cool to focus on the little kids alone. This is now their season of life with mommy and it feels good to shift the early part of the day’s attention to them alone.
This was also the first time that Ember hung out in the castle to play with her big brother. She mastered climbing up and down the stairs without help and giggled and ran and acted like a big girl.
And it was cute. It made me feel happy and peaceful 🙂
And she heard me call up to her from below and she realized she could peek through the openings and see me below and the giggles then were world stoppingly cute.
Later she discovered new found treasures and fun in the computer area.
She typed away, toddler speaking to herself the whole time.
Payson spent the whole time building giant towers in the castle. That kid loves blocks.
And though I tried occasionally to steer her back towards the baby areas she was pretty set on spending the remainder of the time messing with the keyboards.
Oh baby, you have the rest of your life to devote to an internet addiction. Can’t we go play with the toy food and puzzles??
Eventually I did manage to lead her back to the under 5 area and she and Payson had a lot of fun playing together there. They are so, so good together. Actually there was another three year old boy there who Payson was having the best time with and we found out as the boy was leaving that his name was Payson, too!!
So after nearly two hours at the library (which felt way too long to me but not nearly enough to the kids) we returned our books from a previous trip. And then we went home.
Back at home Ember has been doing lots of climbing.
It isn’t fun cooking and cleaning with a baby on my hip. But such is life raising a toddler.
She is awfully cute. That really helps 🙂
The moving sale had been going on for quite a while and we’d sold most of the stuff so Allan and the kids started working on the yard.
Brooklyn posed with her sunglasses.
This picture makes me smile because of our neighbors in the background. They stood talking in our driveway for quite a while. It was fun.
Since it was hot that day and they’d done such a good job in the yard they got popsicles.
One morning Ember was clinging to her sippy cup and her lovey so I snapped some pictures. She sleeps with these two things every night.
The cutest. She really is.
And then she wanted milk so I breastfed her and took a hundred pictures. I’m not sharing the boob shots, for your guys’ sake 🙂
These few are cute but I really, really treasure the boob shots. lol
I don’t know how much longer she’ll nurse for, maybe a year, maybe a month… so I’m enjoying it while it lasts.
One night this week we were clearing out the kids room (for showing our house) and moving their beds around and stuff. Payson was excited that we took the larger bedrail off his bed and that his room is all boy stuff now. (Sierra was sharing a room with him and some of her stuff was in there)
All four kids hung out in Brooklyn’s room while Allan moved things around.
This is attempt number four or five with putting the older girls in a room together. Each attempt before has resulted with a lot of negativity! The girls stay up talking all night. No really. ALL night. Like, 2am, 3am, 4am… pass by with the girls not even quieting :S
So far with this time they’ve had a few GREAT nights where they went right to sleep and they had one TERRIBLE night where they even turned on the light and were up bouncing off the walls and squealing and crap.
We’re sticking it out this time, though. We’re planning on moving into a smaller house (I HATE big houses) and they’ll NEED to share a room.
I moved both beds in Ember’s room around.
I used to sleep on that twin with her but it wasn’t working well. She kept climbing out of it and there wasn’t room enough for both of us with how much she moves and rolls around all night.
Now the bed is closer to the floor (we moved the metal frame into a different room) so she can climb off easily and the beds pushed together provide just enough space for me to be able to roll away from her a bit but without her feeling like she’s sleeping totally alone. I’m slowly transitioning her to sleeping alone on those beds. I nurse her to sleep and then I get up and leave. So far it’s going ok. She wakes up after not very long and I end up sleeping with her most of the night but as long as she’s waking up on that bed alone every night she’ll start getting used to the idea of it being her bed and me not being there. Hopefully 😉
I think I mentioned this on facebook. Ember’s favorite thing in the world right now is to put little toys into a baby wipes container and then dump them out and do it again. And again and again…
I LOVE this new obsession of hers!! I even sit and play with her a LOT because it’s SO cute! Her lower lip pokes out when there’s a bigger, oddly shaped toy that needs to be manuevered in and she has to concentrate… aah, everything she does is cute!!
I have about a million homeschool items/kits/crap to sell on ebay and it’s really overwhelming. This stuff picture is just the BJU stuff I bought last year.
These were the pictures I took for ebay and I accidentally uploaded them to photobucket as well and figured, eh- post them… it is a HUGEHUGE part of my life right now, selling stuff to move.
Valentine’s Day. Before school…
Wanted to get a group shot for love day.
And I got a winner! I was surprised to have caught such natural expressions from everyone. Ember wasn’t screaming so I consider that a win! (She loathes being in close proximity to her siblings)
That day, while the girls were at school…
This little toy used to be a favorite of Ember’s until the big kids broke the handle off 🙁
Payson is still really into superheros. His favorite is spiderman.
I downloaded a bunch of spiderman songs onto my ipod. He was thrilled about that! The kid really, really loves music!!
Payson and I were having such a good time and I was laughing SO much at him and then he’d laugh, too. Ember thought it was SO fun.
The word of the week in this house, pertaining to Ember, would have to be “climb!”
She is up on everything these days.
And I’ve been wearing my nursing necklaces a lot and she LOVES them.
I mentioned climbing, right?
I move the bench away from the table to prevent her scaling it and… she tries to climb onto the window ledge. Of course. Climb.
Payson and Ember both love going to pick the big girls up from school. Payson always asks them, “Did you have a good day at school?” SO CUTE.
This tree is just outside the door that leads to the third grade classrooms. We wait by it for Brooklyn to come out. The kids all call it “our” tree. Which cracks me up because clearly it isn’t and yet in their mind it so is.
I thought they were all just so gosh darn cute I’d take a few group pictures for no reason.
I don’t know when this was, fairly recently, I walked into this room and Ember was quietly sitting in this storage box with all of her toys.
Brooklyn was assigned her very first report in school last week. They had to do a report on penguins! Brooklyn and I spent four hours researching, printing pictures, putting together her presentation board and writing the report! It was a good time doing that with her. She did an amazing job on it! I was really proud of her when she was writing the report part! Maybe I’ll post her report on here sometime. I’m too lazy to go get it right now. haha