Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Whinies

Having an eighteen month old is challenging in more ways than one. The latest frustration is Tadhg learning to talk. He has been whining soooo much! He knows some sign language, but he's just not always so good at using it. I can totally understand how as parents we could easily "train" our children to whine. You can usually tell what it is they want, so you just hand it over so you can get some peace and quiet. Well you've just conditioned your little one to WHINE! Once I had this realization I was on a mission to not give in to the whining. I have to say it has been working. I am encouraging him to use signs, or his "words". Most of the time he is using signs or even a word or two. He has started shouting when he sees something that interests him which makes for very interesting trips to the store. I'm sure you can hear him scream at the other end from where we are. And, funniest thing about his first words is that he won't use small everyday words like : eat, drink, please, milk, etc. He has been saying the following, and I kid you not; lawnmower, yellow, vacuum. I mean, come on! I'm proud and everything but the everyday words would help with the whinies!!
I have this feeling I should be afraid of what I wish for. Soon he is just going to start talking, big words and little and I won't know what to do with him!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Too Long!!

Ohhhhh, it's been too long! We are finally in the house and getting into a normal routine. We have internet after weeks of being disconnected (which explains my hiatus). Our weekends pretty much consist of trying to hang pictures, or get the house together while working around naps and a toddler! We are getting there, though, slowly but surely. We plan to have a little housewarming/holiday gathering in early December. I'm looking forward to it because when we're ready for that it means the house is finally in order!
It has been interesting to get the house unpacked with my little guy running around wanting attention just because we are trying to get stuff done. It's amazing the things you take for granted sans kidos! I am also trying to master the art of getting dinner on the table with a toddler. I have found that having an arsenal of stuff in the freezer, using my best friend the crock pot, and cooking a big meal on Sunday so I can use the leftovers later has really helped me maintain my sanity. So is the life of a mommy!
I better get going because naptime will soon be over!