…It’s true. Even though Hampton is almost 3 now, our little nickname for our first two kids when they are acting like crazy people is “two under two.” The last few days, we have been going non-stop. I have officially hit “I’m about to have a baby and haven’t done anything to prepare” mode, and it happened to hit me about the same time that my kids outgrew all of their shoes, planning for Hampton’s birthday and a million other little things we have going on this week. Adding to our crazy, I have been due for an iPhone upgrade for 2 months now, but because our nearest Apple store keeps running out of phones, it took me until yesterday to actually get mine. We have been checking in every day to see if they had the gold iPhone, and they finally got it in the store, which meant a very last minute trip to Birmingham.
Lately, Hampton and Sophie have been very possessive with their snacks. A few weeks ago, Hampton taught Sophie how to say “mine” and now it has become kind of a game with them. Not always a pleasant game. Sometimes they are playing and laughing over it, but other times they are really starting to fight over their precious snacks. They sneak each other’s when they run out, “mine, mine, mine.” I guess it’s a pretty normal sibling thing, but it is kind of funny hearing it from a two and one-year old. Toddler snack time is serious, folks.
The other day, I asked my followers on Instagram What their best potty training tips were and boy did they deliver! Some of it I had heard before, but a lot of it was new to me. Potty training can be so hard and frustrating, but one thing I have learned from others is that every child is different and learns at the own pace and in very different ways.
Just like Sophie’s shirt says, “Pumpkin Spice Makes Mama Nice.” When I came across this little tee, I fell in love with it! Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks, or even just the creamer sure do change a bad day around! This past weekend, my kids were very sick. Today, they are finally feeling better and acting more like themselves. Fist pump! We have had many sleepless nights these last few months, so I have been living off of coffee. Yes, even while pregnant. I know, I know, but I have been drinking a ton of water to offset the caffeine.
Sophie’s Tee: c/o Peachy Life Apparel
Potty training Hamp has been a huge struggle. He has good days and bad days, but he is still far from being completely potty trained. With our third baby coming in 7 (or less) weeks, I am feeling a lot of pressure to get him potty trained so that we don’t have three in diapers. He will be 3 in late October, so I feel like we should really be farther along than we are and it has been extremely frustrating for both of us.
Happy August, everyone! This year seems to be flying by. In just 3 short months, we will be moving into our new house and welcoming our baby boy into the world! It is hard to believe that we are so close. We have lots of exciting things happening this month. Hampton starts his preschool program, my birthday is next week, and we are going on our last summer vacation! Lots of fun to be had! This summer has been a really HOT one in Alabama. If you live in or have traveled to the deep south before, you know it is also very humid. Sweat + frizzy hair? Not a great mix. After taking the kids to the park last week, we have hardly been able to play outside. The playground equipment was too hot to play on so we weren’t able to do much and had to leave right after arriving there. This past weekend, we did a lot of cleaning and caught up on some laundry to prepare to Ryan’s travels this month. We spent most of our time inside.
We have a big holiday weekend coming up and all of our family is coming to town. We have plans to eat a big breakfast at my grandmother’s house, go to the 4th of July parade and then head back to my parent’s house to swim and cookout later that afternoon before everyone has to head back home. It is going to be a busy but fun weekend! If you’re like me, you are already thinking of how your toddler seems to know when it is a special day and decides not to nap, pitch fits, etc. Mine do it every Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I swear, they just know. I like to prepare ahead as much as I can for these big days to try and avoid as many toddler disasters as possible.
Okay, so Hampton is two now, but these tips held true before his birthday. I plan on incorporating them again once our baby boy is born in November(ish). Running errands with two young children – regardless of their age can be trying. We’ve all experienced toddler tantrums out in public probably more than we have smooth and successful errand runs, am I right? Is that just me? Okay…
My son was so easy to transition from formula and a bottle. One day I put milk in his bottle and he acted like he didn’t even notice. The next week I put it in a sippy cup and again, he acted like he didn’t notice. I was shocked because so many people had warned me of the ordeal that was transitioning from bottle to sippy cup and from formula or breast milk to milk. Going through it again now with Sophie is completely different. She yells and crys until she gets her bottle every night. She will not go to sleep unless she gets it and she refuses to drink it if it’s regular milk. She has been a lot tougher to break of these habits. She does great with a sippy, but when it comes for bedtime, she wants that bottle.
I have two toddlers (a two year old and one year old) and they are both still in diapers/pull-ups. I have tried to not carry a diaper bag around with me, but with two young-ins, it’s just not realistic yet. I have a hard time fitting my things – along with diapers, wipes, creams, medicines, toys, sippy cups, etc. into an oversized purse. My toddler’s diaper bag is also a backpack, so it is a lot easier to carry it around with me.