I took a few pictures this morning and, when I uploaded them to my laptop, I had a surprise. My husband had taken a few pictures one evening, while he was playing with the boys and I was taking a break in the other room. I thought this was especially cute, with the boys "reading" their Reader's Digest and Ben wearing the snow boots.
I have not seen any temper tantrums from Nick for a while now, which is wonderful. However, now it is Ben's turn. I think he learned a lot from watching Nick:). He can throw quite a fit these days and anything and everything seems to set him off. I have been making him sit on the little stool, rather than standing him in the corner but I may have start using the corner if I don't start seeing some improvement soon. The stool is nicer because I can still spend time with the other child. With the corner, I still have to stand nearby and make sure they stay there and the other child kind of gets ignored. I am hoping he will come around without having to use the corner but we'll see.
Yesterday Ben fell down and busted his bottom lip so he has a fat lip today that looks very sore.
One thing I started doing a few weeks ago that the boys love is to keep a couple of sippy cups full of ice water on the kitchen island, next to their little learning tower. They get so excited when they see me preparing their ice water and they climb up on their tower many times a day and drink their water. They see me drinking water all day, so they like to drink their water too. These sippy cups are insulated so they stay colder longer and I refresh them a few times a day. They have never been that interested in juice so they really only drink milk (with meals) and water throughout the day. I am glad they like to drink water. I am hoping it will help keep their teeth a little cleaner. Currently we only brush their teeth before bedtime but I really need to start brushing them at least in the mornings too. I read that having them drink water after meals/snacks is a good practice, if they do not brush after every meal/snack, so at least we're doing that.
Both boys have now learned how to take off their bibs, which I find very annoying because they do so before they are finished eating. I am trying to teach them that if they take off their bib they are all done eating but I can't do that if they really haven't eaten much yet. If they have eaten enough to get them through until the next snack time, I don't mind doing it but then I am not being consistent so it doesn't really work. I am thinking about getting out some large safety pins or maybe some superglue:).
N has been trying to learn to wink. It's quite funny to watch him try.
I have not been getting as much done around the house these days but we have clean clothes to wear, I have been getting more rest and I have been spending a lot of time with the boys, so I guess we're doing ok.
I have been so slow in getting around on some days that I even end up waiting until the boys nap at 11:00 to even get cleaned up and dressed. Today was one of those days and I almost had a big "uh oh", as I got locked out of the house this morning. I went into the garage to look for the two smallest cups that go with our stacking cups. We have not seen them since Ben took them with him in the car one day. I decided to go back into the house to get a flashlight and found that the boys had locked me out while they were playing with the door. I kept telling them to open the door, while trying to turn the knob, and eventually they finally got it open, thank goodness. I let out a big "whew!" on that one. I could just picture myself, shelping around to the neighbors house trying to find someone home, wearing my husbands huge house shoes and looking as if I just crawled out of bed, while the boys were alone and crying in the house. Needless to say, I learned a big lesson and will always take keys with me in the future.
The boys both like to try to put Mr. Potato Head's glasses on. Here is Ben in action.