Adventures in babysitting, and a long-time-coming night on the town!

We achieved a new plane of freedom last night—we left the kids with “sitters”. Yes, yes, Wally Ben is 3 years old, so this has been a long time coming. But, he was a notoriously angry little fellow as a baby and toddler when left with anyone other than grandparents. He cried for entire hours in the nursery at church. He would be returned to us, red-faced, doing that post-cry 3-tiered...


Four Month Sleep Regression Tips: A survivor's guide

My daughter was a good sleeper from the start—she would sleep a 7-8 hour stretch, and then I only would be up with her 2 times a night for a five-ten minute feeding, and then back to sleep for both of us. Suddenly, at 4 months old, she was awake every 2 hours or less. No long stretch. Lots of required rocking. Confounded and very tired after a few days of this, I headed to the internet for an...


The fools our kids make of us

At 6PM yesterday, I was a bad sitcom. I was wearing an “I’m not leaving the house today and I’m sweaty and 4 weeks from full term” outfit, complete with a streak of honey that I had decided not to wipe off of my shirt’s protruding belly in a moment of I’m-growing-a-human-being allowance. (If you have had a baby, you know what I mean—”I deserve a...


Potty Training Boot Camp

We did it. We didn’t want 2 little ones in diapers, so we decided now was the time to teach WV to use the potty. Whether he or we were ready or not. Before last Thursday, he didn’t know much about his own eliminations (that is the polite, gross-sounding, grownup way to say what WV now calls “peeps and poops”). He knew he hated diaper changes, and so did we. So we decided...


On the transition to the toddler bed

Wally Ben shows a lot of “big boy” traits these days—he climbs into his car seat on his own. He wants to “help” with everything—including minor tasks, like “helping” me get dressed for a work out…”Mommy, now take these socks off. Now take belly off.” Uh…not always helpful. Our big boy also (we discovered accidentally tonight) can finish the...


Lessons from Vacation Bible School

I’m helping to lead Storytime at Vacation Bible School. Today the first thing a kid said in the first group, before the rest of the kids even made it into the room: “This is boring.” Nice start to the week! In another group, I was asking the kids what we can do to Be Ready for God (the lesson of the day). Kid: Prayer. Me: Yes, prayer. Kid 2: Go to church. Me: Yes, go to church,...


More more more!

Wally Ben has started the toddler thing. No, not the tantrum toddler thing (although we’ve seen glimpses of that and this morning, I even volunteered to take a timeout with him to make it easier). I mean the repeat yourself thing. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Except for him, it’s “Mo, mo, mo.” If we read a book, and he likes it for any particular reason (like the Gingerbread Man...


Saturday Night Fever, Wally Ben Style

Yesterday when I was out, Wally and his parents knew something was wrong with Wally Ben when he sat on his grandpa’s lap for about 10 minutes and fell asleep out of the blue. He is normally so busy that lap sitting is limited to one minute max. So when they looked over and saw him snoring, it was clear he wasn’t feeling so hot. Sure enough, temp 102.3. Tylenol brought the temp down...


Wally Ben, Buttercup's worst nightmare

It’s official. Buttercup is terrified of Wally Ben. Like, really and truly, tail-between-the-legs-running-for-cover-at-the-site-of-him, perhaps one day soon pee-on-the-floor afraid. It’s a shame, too, because she had just been warming up to him and his love and hugs and close talking. She was just starting to lay there when he sidled up, put his face in hers, turned around and leaned...


A baby's first year

Last Halloween, we woke up after Wally Ben’s first night at home. (Well, I woke up again, after waking up around 3 or 4 times before morning with the little bugger.) We didn’t have a costume for our tiny lump of a thing because we hadn’t known if he’d be born before Halloween, and he was just a lump, so putting anything on him, including onesies, was a feat for us newbies....