October 29, 2015

This Post Based on Actual Events

Me - "Hi there, Henry Baby!  Can you smile?"
Me-  "Hi there, Charlie Baby!  Can you smile?"
Charlie - "I am NOT a baby."
Sorry to offend you, little guy.

October 3, 2015

If You're a Parent and You Know It, Clap Your Hands

As surely as auto-correct will make you look like a blabbering idiot on Facebook, parenthood is bound to have its ups and downs.  Here are some tricks I've learned to stay semi-sane.  (Awesome changed to 'Aerosmith'?  Medicine to 'for a boy'?  Really, auto-correct?  Really??)
1.  If you call it oatmeal, they will all turn up their noses in disgust.  If you call it goat-meal and make up a story about how much this baby goat loves it, they will eat it happily and request it for breakfast.  "Can I have some goatmeal please?"
2.  If your kids don't seem to be drinking enough water, fill up your cup about halfway and ask if anyone wants a drink.  They all will want to, because it's YOUR cup.  The first kid will guzzle it all up because they want to get more than the other kids.  Fill it up halfway again.  The same thing will happen to the second kid.  Fill it up halfway again.  The third kid will also guzzle it up, because they will feel they have to get as much as the other kids.  Think in your mind, "I got you, you greedy little piggies.  I got you."
3.  When the kids are fighting, threaten them with this, "Ok, fine.  I guess you can't play together anymore."  They will discover their undying sibling love and beg you to reconsider.
4.  If you want them to wake up from a nap, go lie down to take one for yourself.
5.  If they ask where meat, eggs, cheese, milk, etc comes from, and you tell them the truth...they will not believe you.  No matter how much you try to teach them, they do not believe you.  The correct answer will always be, "from the store."
6.  In August, it is acceptable to them when you say, "Wow, that would be fun.  Let's remember to ask Santa for that for Christmas."  In January, it is acceptable to say, "Wow, that would be fun.  Let's remember that for your birthday in a couple months."  They have no concept of time....and that is awesome.
7.  If you want their help cleaning something, tell them they can't do it.  Want the windows cleaned?  Tell them it's a special job that you have to do.  The next time when you ask them to do it?  It will be like Christmas arrived early.  The same applies to sweeping, mopping, feeding the baby, etc.  Someday they will say I manipulated them.  And I will laugh my maniacal little laugh and nod. 

Strapping 5 Month Old

We LOVE having Henry around.  Not only is he cute, but he is so happy and funny.  He is a true joy to spend time with, and we loooove him.
He loves to smile, sit up, be held, eat, talk, and has decided that anything and everything tastes GOOD and must get in his mouth immediately.
For instance, his toes.  This picture was taken kind of accidently.  Charlie asked what Henry was doing and I said biting his toes.  I tried to get one of him watching Henry, but instead captured a shot of Charlie BITING HIS TOE.  You might not be able to tell, but this was the moment Hank started screaming at the top of his lungs and big bro C was so confused.  Why was he upset when he was doing the exact same thing?  Good grief.
He was really interested in the warning label on the side of the Bumbo seat.  He tries to pick up words and pictures from books, etc.  We all find that pretty adorable.  He finds it slightly frustrating.
This picture cracks me up.  I got down on his level to get a picture of him lying down, and he spotted the camera.  He can't crawl yet, but does an amazing job getting around anyway.  He will either roll or he will point his little toes and launch himself forward.  He did that over and over trying to reach me, making this face the whole time.  He actually did succeed in getting to the camera.  I felt kind of bad not letting him touch it.  He worked so hard.  :)
These pictures remind me of his big bro Charlie when he was about 6 months old - http://firstcomeslove-jacobs.blogspot.com/2013/08/attack.html
Henry also loves his little walker (we have no stairs, so it's safe), grabbing my cheeks and giving me kisses, reading books, and playing with his brothers and sisters. 
 He loves being outside, seeing his daddy come home from work, listening to music, and being tickled.  Basically, he is so super sweet and wonderful.  I love having my Henry boy around.  He makes my life better, and makes me want to be better.