Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Day in the Life - 2 Year Old Part 5

What a fun month! And I'm not just saying that because it was my birthday ;) Emmett's school had a rodeo. He had a blast, but all he wanted to do was run around with this wagon with his besties - whatever works!

My sister and her family came in town for the East Austin Urban Farm Tour and we had an epic weekend. Ben and Emmett got along SO well (they even had a slumber party both nights and slept til 7!), there was lots of time where they played together and the adults got to chill and visit - score! We hired sitters for the farm tour so the adults could play - worth it :)

My mom came in town for Easter and we had fun playing croquet (a Lehfeld family favorite!) and hanging out. She babysat so we could go out for my birthday. Fabi + Rosi was even better than I remembered (it had been 7 or 8 years), although the duo we saw afterwards on a whim was....interesting.

Our neighbors have been doing some landscaping and Emmett was OBSESSED with helping them dig. Like, anytime they were outside, he'd grab his shovel and say "I'm gonna go help Rocky and Abby!" so Luke and I would head over with him shovels in hand and help out (so the experience was hopefully net positive for them haha).

The best weekend was our Hike It Baby camping trip at Colorado Bend State Park. The weather was GORGEOUS and the site was beautiful. Emmett loved staying outside all day, sleeping in the tent, eating outside, hiking and climbing on the awesome tree at the group site. Can't wait to do it again!

 (he had a hard time adjusting to eating indoors - we ate on the picnic table a lot last week!)

Emmett has been obsessed with water (spray bottles then watering cans then the hose), so our plants have been very happy this month! His awareness of social situations has been fun to witness - he's picking up on more niceties like telling the neighbors "it's a beautiful day" or the grocery store clerk "have a good one!". He's showing some typical behaviors of a two year old, but with some gentle coaching we've had some good teaching moments. He's been sleeping well (10 1/2 - 11 hours at night, 2 ish hour naps) and has a new love of green beans! He is a total jokester who has been cracking us (and himself!) up lately. Also, he's discovered the glory of burbs. He burped the other night and said "I farted in my mouth!" - Luke and I practically peed our pants over that one.

7:03 a.m. Emmett's awake! He's calling for Daddy, but since Luke is on a work trip, I saunter in there. He's less than impressed and tell me to get back in bed and send Daddy, but when I remind him Daddy went on an airplane, but I'm happy to go downstairs and make coffee then come back, he changes his tune and asks to go downstairs with me ;) Instead of standing on his stool to stir his pumpkin dunk and help cut strawberries, he prefers to play with toys while I assemble breakfast. Not surprisingly, he also has a dirty diaper after this independent playtime, so I change him before we sit down.

7:30 a.m. Breakfast time! I forgot to snap a pic, but it was a pretty typical morning. He had pumpkin dunk with Life cereal and Cheerios with strawberries and raspberries on the side. I had almond butter and homemade strawberry jam stirred in overnight oats with berries on top. And plenty of coffee :)

7:45 a.m. It's beautiful outside and Emmett asks to go play. He wants to go "in his toes" (barefoot), but after I open the door and we realize it's kind of cold out, he asks for shoes and a jacket (!!!). We have a great time playing around the backyard, which is a nice change since he normally demands to play in the front these days - making it a challenge to dash inside to get us ready for the day. He's happy playing at the sand table, so I dash in to get dressed and pack his school lunch. We eventually make it to the front yard to play a bit more - he begged to water the flowers, but since we did it last night I got him to settle on just using his spray bottle.

9:00 a.m. He asks to go potty - yay! So we take the opportunity to get him dressed for school and say bye to Benji.

9:12 a.m. We drive to school for drop off. We arrive a few minutes early and have fun visiting with his friends in the parking lot. He's excited for school today, but also a little clingy and wants to show me a lot of toys in class and play with him. After a few minutes though he gives me a kiss and I say goodbye.

9:40 a.m. I drive to Marshall's to do some last-minute shopping for a dress for a wedding this weekend, but strike out. I do snag Luke a few additional shirts for his suit. When we were packing his suitcase we realized when he's got to wear a tie, there's really only 2 decent shirts to pair them with, so I bought him a couple more. I also found some fun sandals that should be fairly easy to dance in at the wedding, so score!

10:20 a.m. I have a few minutes, so I run to Home Depot to buy a new hose (I accidentally drove over the end of ours so we can screw the sprinkler into it...).

10:35 a.m. I head down to Far West for my first manual therapy appointment (kind of like physical therapy, but they're more hands-on). I've had chronic ankle issues for 20 years ever since I sprained my ankle as a kid and then continued to roll it playing tennis over the years. I often twinge it during Body Jam and decided I should see a doctor, who recommended I try this. I really liked Tommy who talked to me for a while, checked my ranges of motion and worked with me on lots of exercises. I came home with homework and am determined to keep it up before my next appointment.

12:30 p.m. Back home! I warm up lunch (leftover Asian chicken, steamed broccoli and rice) and snarf it down. I pull out the steam mop and clean the floors since it's been a couple weeks - oops! I was getting really good about doing it every week, but the past few weeks have been crazy. My in-laws are coming tomorrow to stay with E for the weekend while Luke and I go to the wedding, so I wanted to have the house in decent shape before they get here. I vacuum the rug too and dust some furniture. Then I sit down and organize my thoughts for a Mother's Day gift guide I'm drafting for Whole Foods Market.

1:15 p.m. I head back to Emmett's school to pick him up. He's SO excited to see me and flies into my arms when I pick him up - the BEST greeting! He had a great day at a school and has fun telling me all about it. We head back to the car and turn on some Daniel Tiger for the drive back.

1:45 p.m. Back at home, he enjoys some milk while finishing the episode of Daniel. I take the chance to finish mopping and put dishes in the dishwasher. Then we enjoy the front yard for a while, spraying flowers and playing with his toy pliers. I read some books too. We do a Google video hangout with Luke who landed in DC - E is missing him a lot.

2:30 p.m. I tell Emmett it's time for "one more thing" and then quiet time. He's pretty content playing but comes along when I tell him it's time. It takes FOREVER for him to make it upstairs, he keeps getting distracted. But he's happy to settle onto his lamb rug and we read some books while he sips a little more milk.

2:45 p.m. Nap time! I head to the backyard to spray for mosquitoes (an ongoing battle). Then I reassess my dress collection and land on one for the wedding. Now it's time to settle down to write the post for Whole Foods, which comes together nicely. I even get a chance to start this post and throw some laundry in.

4:51 p.m. Oops, I let Emmett sleep a little late (I usually grab him by 4:45) so I go up to wake him. He's in a good mood and asks to watch Daniel downstairs, and insists on bringing his iguana. We enjoy hangout time on the rug while he watches, and I sneak into the kitchen to assemble my sandwich for dinner.

5:20 p.m. I decide to mix things up, so I ask him if he wants to help me wash my car. He answers with a resounding yes, so we head outside. He has fun using the hose to spray the car, but then doesn't want to stop, so I eventually direct him to water the yard while I scrub the car down :)

6:10 p.m. Dinner time! It's nice out, so we eat at the picnic table in the backyard. He has leftover rice, peas, chicken and apple slices. I have a turkey/ham/cheese/mustard sandwich and kale salad with olive oil/honey/red wine vinegar. With a side of Becker Iconoclast cab sav ;)

6:30 p.m. We head to the garden to water the plants and check on the tomatoes, then I ask if he wants to go on a walk. He says yes as long as he can bring his watering can haha. We putter along the street while he waters people's flowers and we chat with neighbors we run into. Then he runs for a bit, and eventually has me carry him on my shoulders home.

7:15 p.m. Back home and I convince him to head upstairs, but he dilly dallies along the way and it takes a good 5 minutes to play upstairs. We play beach (piling up pillows and blankets and running back and forth to fill it with imaginary sand) then enjoy tubby time. He gets bubbles on his nose and then snorts them off and finds it hilarious. He plays contentedly for a bit so I throw some clothes in a bag for my upcoming trip that weekend. We do jammes/milk/books then brush teeth. Bedtime!

8:20 p.m. My bad, kind of a late bedtime. With the late nap and fun shenanigans, time got away from us tonight. Oh well! I normally chill out now, but I've got a lot to do, so I head downstairs to peel potatoes for mashed potatoes. Luke's parents are coming this weekend so I'm getting the house ready for them as well as myself ready to meet Luke in Houston for a wedding! He calls and we chat while I do the potatoes and bake off some snickerdoodles from dough I made earlier in the week. We hang up and I write out some ideas of things to do for the weekend and info on meals I prepared (they're total Emmett experts so I don't even have to write out instructions!). Then I sit down to watch the new Hulu show the Handmaiden's Tale and do my ankle exercises.

9:30 p.m. The show is not for me, so I head upstairs to get ready for bed and read.

10:06 p.m. Lights out!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Day in the Life - 2 Year Old Part 4

I love March in Austin. Well, I don't love the SXSW insanity that descends, but now that I don't work downtown, it's much easier to avoid. We've had a month full of FUN and sun with sassy weekend happenings, a hike-filled spring break week (Emmett didn't have school that week) and blissful normality on the weekdays. With all this fun we've been having, I'm embarrassed how many meals E has cobbled together consisting of Goldfish and applesauce pouches when we're out, but I try to just keep that to once per week (except this weekend when we managed it twice, oops!).

But this kid is all about experiences big and small. We're hardcore in the storytelling phase, so anything special that happens he tells over and over again (whether this is a tumble he takes that results in a scrape, or somehow thinking the window contractor's name is Mike - it's actually Justin - and telling how he carried a really heavy window into the house, or seeing peacocks at the park and what they sound like). The other obsession is jumping and hopping. And he does this cute little run that finishes in a quick hop - it reminds me of a character from Mario Bros.

Luke's best friend Mike and his wife Aubrey visited us for an enjoyable weekend that included some much needed babysitting time so we could go out with them sans-toddler. And, I just scored the Oregon Trail game at Target that we played while enjoying cake and champagne over naptime one day (it was Aubrey's birthday, we had to celebrate right!).

I had an awesome weekend away in Boerne to celebrate my friend Alison's upcoming nuptials and had a blast with my sister and gal pals hitting the spa, wineries and shops. Is it time to go back yet??

My mom visited for a few days during spring break and we had great time finally checking out the Austin rodeo. I kept hearing it was "cute" from friends and wasn't expecting much (especially coming from Houston), so I was pleasantly surprised with how much fun and excitement there was with a totally manageable crowd on a Saturday morning. We will TOTALLY be back (and plan more rides on the carousel for Emmett - we waited until it was time to leave to let him go once and he HOWLED the whole walk back to the car wanting to go back and do more!). We went to an epic birthday party in a park for one of E's friends that afternoon that came with adult beverages for the parents - this mama enjoyed that ;) And we capped the fun off with a crawfish boil! Phew.

Not to be outdone, the last weekend in March we took Emmett berry picking at Sweet Berry Farms in Marble Falls. Not surprisingly, he LOVED it. But, he was NOT into the bounce spot there like he has been at other places before, oh well. Our dining plans fell through and our friends' kid fell asleep immediately, so we decided to drive 45 minutes to go to Jester King Brewery for pizza, beer and more fun. It was HOPPING. Like so crazy. But we found a shady table near the fun dirt pile with shovels and trucks for kids to play in a had a great time.

 6:45 a.m. Emmett is awake and we're both shocked (well, as shocked as you can be when you're asleep). He's been sleeping in until 7:30-8 for the past month and we've been loving it, so this is less than awesome. Oh well, time to get up! He's demanding his spray bottle, so we grab that straight away (they planted flowers at school yesterday and they watered them with spray bottles. Needless to say, spray bottles are now a THING). We head downstairs to make breakfast while Luke showers. He's been really into bananas lately, but only cutting them with his butter knife, not eating them, which is moderately annoying.... But, we get breakfast prepped and sit down.

7:08 a.m. Breakfast is served! E has his normal mix of pumpkin and Greek yogurt with cereal on top (I think today is Life and Kix) and strawberries on the side. Luke and I have toast with homemade strawberry jam from berry picking, scrambled eggs and fruit. Oh, and coffee in my Beauty and the Beast mug I scored at Disneyworld!

7:30 a.m. We tidy up and take turns getting ready. Since we're up so early I jump on the chance to take a shower while the guys play soccer in the front yard (the front yard is the new back yard in our house these days - E loves playing there). He decides he wants to go on a walk, which is a nice change. We haven't been doing our morning walks due to the late wake-ups, so I'm down.

8:05 a.m. We head down the road (spray bottle in hand) toward the creek - another thing we haven't done lately. I think we only tossed oak balls maybe twice last month. We've been busy! We have a fun time on the walk and E happily spritzes neighbors' plants as we go. He gets going a little too fast and is looking behind mischievously at me instead of in front of him at the road and trips and gets a little scrape that he tells me about a lot on the walk. But the spray bottle comes in handy and we spray his scrape - all better! I end up carrying him on my shoulders the last 2 blocks so we can stay on schedule.

9:15 a.m. We head south toward the Austin Nature and Science Center. We haven't been in a few months, so we're excited to go back. This time we're planning to explore the hiking trails I didn't know were there and co-lead a Hike It Baby hike.

9:45 a.m. We pull in just in time, but I forgot to account for applying sun screen, new diaper and walking to the meeting spot, oops! Then we encounter our first problem... The trailhead is tucked back in the center, and E has his heart set on seeing the animals. We look at a few of the birds of prey exhibited near the trailhead, hoping that will pacify him, but he loses his MIND when I tell him it's time to hike. We make it through the welcome circle and I put him in the pack to have a snack and hopefully calm down, but I can tell it's a lost cause. We apologize to the group and decide to skip the hike and just play around and see the animals. He immediately calms down, pounds some applesauce and graham crackers and is himself again. Phew! I'm a little disappointed not to explore the trail, but it's a beautiful day and we're both in good spirits, so I'll take it as a win. We have fun exploring the fish/amphibian area and the animals - we go back and forth several times, before heading to the dino pit to do some digging. Our friends meet up with us there and I have fun visiting with the moms while the kids dig.

12:00 p.m. After saying bye to our friends and visiting the animals once again, we walk back to the car. We're parked by the pedestrian bridge over Town Lake, so we enjoy looking at the boats and stand up paddleboards for a while.

12:20 p.m. We get loaded back up (after having to ask a bus driver to move the bus since it's blocking us - E loved that and told that story a lot on the way home/over lunch). We give Luke a call to meet us at home for lunch.

1:00 p.m. Lunchtime! It's a smattering of leftovers - turkey and black bean crunchy tacos with avocado and cheese, fresh cooked white rice, grilled zucchini and the boys shared some grilled chicken leg meat. E also has an applesauce pouch and dried okra. He's once again in a bit of a mood (he freaked out about carrying his own plate to the table and then about me trying to help him work the applesauce up to the spout for him), but we talk him off the ledge.

1:30 p.m. We say bye to dada and head to the front yard to drink some milk and read books, then it's time to spray water again and mow the yard. He pulls the hose out for a "bump" to drive over - he's obsessed with bumps, especially speed bumps!

2:00 p.m. E was looking REALLY tired at lunch and is getting a bit testy, so I convince him to head upstairs for quiet time. We get his diaper changed, remove his shoes and set out his lamb rug and stuffed animals. He enjoys more milk while I read books to him, then say goodnight.

2:10 p.m. So last week we had a CRAZY wind storm that whipped the umbrella out of our patio table that broke the glass top. Luke is amazing and built us a picnic table that weekend in an afternoon. Total baller. I bought some stain at Home Depot yesterday so headed out to paint a coat on it. The paint guy recommended solid vs semi-trainsparent stain because it would protect the wood better from the sun. I'm not convinced I love the solid stain, but I'm thinking it'll grow on me... I enjoy a podcast while I paint - the latest Stuff You Missed in History Class.

2:55 p.m. Wow, that took longer than I thought! I take a shower then sit down to relax and work on this post. Then I clean up the kitchen from lunch and unload the dishwasher, and I enjoy a homemade strawberry muffin while appreciating my rununculas :)

4:30 p.m. Time to get dressed and put on a little makeup so I look like a human again. Then I double-check that I have our backpack all ready to go, car waters poured, E's shoes and fresh socks and put Benji in the back.

4:45 p.m. I go into Emmett's room to wake him up. He's happy to see me and snuggly - gotta love it! I change his diaper then we head downstairs. He asks for his spray bottle (again), and I let him spray a few things in the front yard. Then I ask him if he wants to get in the car and watch Daniel Tiger (the answer is ALWAYS yes - he watches Daniel either on the couch or in the car on our way somewhere every day after nap). Well, of course, the answer today is no. That takes me back, but I let him spray some more things and enjoy himself a few more minutes and ask again, but no response. Oy. So I call Luke to chat about our options. I had planned to drive down to in.gredients - a zero waste grocery store with a lovely outside hangout area with kids' toys and a playscape for a Hike It Baby happy hour. But the later E plays, the less appealing that option comes since it'll mean more traffic and less time to play before we turn around to come home. A few of Luke's coworkers mentioned happy hour at Oskar Blue's just down the road - they always have a food truck and have a fun outdoor space, so we decide to change plans and do that instead. I'm super bummed to missed my HIB pals though and text to apologize.

5:25 p.m. Emmett is on-board with the plan and we hop in the car for the 5 minute drive to the brewery. We're the first ones there so I go ahead and order us a pizza from the food truck (since E didn't have a snack I don't want him to turn hangry on us) then I go inside to order a beer. He's on the HUNT for Dad and only agrees to go inside when I tell him we're looking for him and maybe he's inside... ;)

Luke shows up right when the pizza gets there and E asks to go inside (which surprises me) so we go find a table to sit down and enjoy. Then E beelines for the couple of pinball machines they have there and I realize why he wanted to go in. He LOVES watching the pinball machine and gets to push the buttons - he's not bad, really. Well, then we can't get him AWAY from the machine and he stands on the stool pushing buttons while we sit at the table nearby enjoying our pizza and chatting with friends. After some tears, he agrees to eat a few bites of an apple then asks to go outside. There are a few other kids his age around (including some neighbors we run into) and they sit there playing together, without adults intervening, happy for about 5 minutes (which is AMAZING). He has the biggest smile on his face. Finally he wanders over to the table and sits on Luke's lap and dominates almost a whole huge slice of pizza and a few dried okra pieces. Score! We play some more.

 (It looks like he's flipping off the camera here - ha!)
7:20 p.m. Oops, we stayed a little too long (let's be honest, this happens every Friday night that we go out). But we're only 5 minutes away so we're not too off-schedule.

7:35 p.m. We're back home and we've convinced E to go upstairs, and then he loses it. He pounds his whole cup of milk (he usually only drinks it after tubby) and then is NOT into tubby. So we end up forcing a 2 minute bath just to scrub off the day's grime and then get him in diaper and jammies. Then he calms down and we read several books. Then it's time to brush teeth, run back to bed and read another book.

(This is how tubby time USUALLY looks)

8:10 p.m. Lights out! Phew, that was not the easiest day. E was having a hard time coping and had way more tantrums than usually (typically he has 1 maybe 2 in a day, today was more like 4 or 5). Sigh. I'm trying to respond with kindness and empathy and then lovingly correct. Toddlers aren't easy though! Needless to say, Luke and I both look forward to relaxing more. I considered making a drink, but honestly, more times than not I prefer happy hour instead of after bedtime for a bev, so I stick to water. We turn on The Catch to wind down.

9:15 p.m. We head upstairs to get ready for bed, then settle down to read.

10:45 p.m. Oops again, I stayed up way too late reading! That's been happening especially since he usually sleeps in, fingers crossed he does tomorrow (spoiler alert, he sleeps til 7:30, we'll take it!).