So I survived graduate school. Trying to survive being a wife, mom, and chemistry professor. I know I'm still a chemistry nerd that sometimes teeters too close to the stress. What better way to deal than to blog?
1. Start running the water. The sound will send the boys running (and crawling) into the bathroom. As the 2-yr-old says, "It's BATHTIIIMMME!!!"
2. Get the 2-yr-old in the tub first while the baby is trying to climb up your leg yelling (because he wants in the tub NOW!)
3. Bathe the 2-yr-old first. This is important to do BEFORE you put the baby in the tub. Otherwise, the baby likes to crawl and go swimming in the tub while you are preoccupied washing the 2-yr-old's hair.
4. Bathe the 2-yr-old as QUICKLY as you can with the baby climbing on your back and pulling up on the tub.
5. Strip that baby down and put him in the water! Ah, he's content for the moment.
6. Wrestle baby while you attempt to wash him. Try to keep the splashes from the 2-yr-old away from baby's face.
7. Give up protecting baby's face. He doesn't mind the splashes and yells at his brother when he stops playing with him.
8. Wash that sweet potato gunk off baby's eyebrows.
9. Let the brothers play together.
10. What what were you thinking? Baby won't leave his brother alone - he's climbing up on him and pulling his hair.
11. Continue to let them play together in the tub. They DO enjoy their bathtimes together so much.
12. Okay, take baby out. After his tenth attempt to stand up in the tub and giving Mama a heart attack when he falls in the water, baby's turn in the tub is over!
13. Get baby dressed on the floor while the water drains. The 2-yr-old won't get out of the tub unless ALL the water is gone!
14. Get the 2-yr-old out of the tub and get him dressed for bed.
15. Remind yourself its almost bedtime so you can shower and cool off yourself soon!
(Said as Case is straddling Liam while he crawls - thankfully he only has sat on Liam once. We then had a conversation about how baby is too little for someone to ride or sit on him.)
"I _____ baby." (insert kick, hit, slap, push, etc.)
(To Casen's credit, he always asks first and hasn't actually done any of those things to him. Just testing the boundaries. At least he asks.)
"Oh no Baby!"
(Said as Liam reaches for Casen's train tracks.)
"Baby is cold - I get blankets!"
"No, no Baby!"
(Said as Liam is reaching for items off-limits (cords, etc.))
"Mama, no, no Baby!"
"I make milk."
(Followed by a wicked laugh as he stands by the breast pump.)
"Only Mamas make milk."
"I make choo choo."
(Out of anything - blocks, other toys, etc.)
(Said when Liam is fussy and needs a nap.)
"I can't do it."
(Said with a great Oklahoman accent.)
And my personal favorite:
"I heard that."
(Said at the perfect times. Like when my dad was mocking him, and Case came around the corner and says without missing a beat, "I heard that." Or the other time when someone made a bodily function, Case while "reading" his train paper says without looking up, "I heard that.")
Liam is now an avid crawler. Usually, his crawl involves his back left leg having a hitch. He won't put that knee down but crawls with his left foot and right knee. Its quite funny!
He's also started pulling up to his knees. Crazy! Wednesday, I went in to check on him during his "naptime", and he had pulled up in his crib. We had to drop the crib that night as a result (thanks Dad and Josh!). Liam is so proud of himself when he does things like this. I'm excited for him, but I'm also thinking, You can't start pulling up yet!
Last week Liam started having meats along with his veggies. He likes chicken, turkey most of the time, and NO to ham! We'll try ham again later. It still amazes me how different the boys are from one another. Case never liked baby food or cereal, and really didn't start eating table food well until he was weaned at 13 months. Liam is another story. That kid can eat! He grunts and yells when you don't feed him fast enough - especially if its sweet potatoes!