Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Mr. Independent

Lately Walt has really been exercising his right of independence.  He's always been a pretty awesome independent player. He'll sit with his toys for what I think is a decent amount of time for a toddler before he comes looking for company or getting into something he shouldn't. 

It is also no secret that he's quite particular about his food.  But, we've recently discovered that Walt loves using utensils!  We experiment with a spoon (harmless) on occasion, but the other day Walt was desperate to use my fork.  Check it out:

I was surprised at how skilled he was!  He definitely needs help stabbing the food, but after that he's got the idea.  This new-found skill has also proved really helpful in trying new foods. I can't say he's shoveling green beans in his mouth with a fork, but the novelty of the utensil is distracting him from the the otherwise ickiness of foods he doesn't care for. Read: I can get him to take two bites of something he hates rather than one :)

Here's the Munkaman eating some yogurt with his spoon:

Monday, February 20, 2012

A Day in the Life of a SAHM

Today I kept Walt at home with me because his school was closed.  It was a fun excuse to play hooky with my favorite little guy and spend a day as a stay-at-home mom (SAHM). I saw this term with nothing but pure adoration.  Like many women, I am torn between working and staying at home. After long and circular conversations with my friends it's pretty much confirmed that there is just no "right" answer here.  Both are extremely tough and each have their own amazing rewards.

So, for this day, I immediately called up my friend Stori and Walt's bestie, Reese, to see if they wanted to have a play date. Before I had Walt, I had lovely visions of play dates where the mom's get together, maybe sip some white wine, eat grapes and hummus, and let the children quietly play while they catch up on gossip.  Perhaps I watch too much television? Here's a summary of our play date which was lunch at the Cheesecake Factory and some playtime at the mall play area:

  • Set Walt up in the high chair
  • Set Reese up in the high chair
  • Scatter lots of cheerios, puffs, graham crackers across the entire table
  • Smile and say hi to Stori 
  • Remove the knife from Reese's hand
  • Pick up Walt's sippy cup from the floor
  • Order food (and wine) 
  • Ask Stori what's new
  • Bust out round two of food snacks, scattering equally for elongated entertainment 
  • Pull 20 goldfish out of Walt's mouth to avoid choking disaster
  • Give Reese a spoon
You get the idea.  Stori and I miraculously were able to have a conversation, but I'm not sure we ever looked at each other. Stori spent at least half of lunch under the table retrieving food items (and another good portion under the table NEXT to us).  

When we ventured to the play area I almost lost my mind. It was packed (Presidents Day) and the kids range from about 7 months to 7 years. That means little babies are prime targets for trampling. Luckily, Walt could care less and had a really good time. I broke a sweat and was totally exhausted!

I also had my hands so full I took two pics, so I had to steal the rest from Stori.

About to enter the play area. Reese is telling Walt he has no idea what he's about to see!

The sweet love birds sharing a puzzle

Saying goodbye. Both were exhausted... so were the kids :) 

I don't get to do it enough, but I love the times I get to spend with my friends and their kids. It's truly magical memories!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day

It was Walt's second Valentine's Day and he's much more thoughtful this time around. Walt and I scrambled to put a Valentine together for Dad and it's pretty evident. Here's the end product:

I keep seeing all these precious finger paint projects on Pinterest. I thought, what a cute (and cheap) way to say "I love you".  I didn't realize "messy" would play so heavily into this.  All the smears and finger prints are Walt's attempt to pick up the paper while trying to get an imprint of his hand. This really just wasn't a well thought out craft on mom's part.

Walt got me some pretty daisies and chocolates.  Chris surprised me on Feb. 15th (I had class on Feb 14th and who wants to eat a prix fix menu anyways?) and he took me to see Beauty and the Beast. It was fun because it was during the week, there was no one there, and we just enjoyed each others' company. I also don't know the last time Chris and I saw a movie in the theater together?? I think we saw Bridesmaids last summer? It was certainly a happy heart day!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Chicken Nugget Diet Does Good

Pulled some pics off my iPhone as of late and noticed a trend: my baby has an adorably cute tummy.  Of course I exaggerate when I say ALL Walt eats is chicken nuggets. But definitely a go-to staple for us are the bite-sized breaded cluckers that Walt eats at least four five six times a week
Proud boy. He's always been a drooler, but these molars are killing us. His shirts get soaked then we end up like this by the end of the day. Classy :)

Walt's playing a favorite game on the couch: Get Under The Blanket. His other favorite is: Hurl Yourself Onto the Blanket

Dad and Walt lying on his bedroom floor looking at animal flashcards. Just let it hang out there, buddy!