A Trio of Victories

Usually I use my blog to vent about the stresses and annoyances that pop up in my life. Today I want to tout a few positives that have happened during the past couple of weeks.

First, my sons have started eating dinner. I don’t know what has happened to them and I doubt it will last long, but for the past seven or eight days they have not only finished their food, but they have finished it fast. They are probably going through growth spurts (cross your fingers), and it may be a fluke deal, but I’ll take it while I can.

Second, there were no fits while grocery shopping on our last trip. This is a major feat. I don’t know how we navigated all the way through Wal-Mart without any pinching or hitting but we did. Although I do have to admit that our visit wasn’t without incident.

The boys were so good while shopping I actually let them out of the cart while I was checking out. That’s when my 5-year-old crawled under the cart and laid on the metal rack above the wheels.

He got stuck.

Panic struck as we both tried to push and pull his little knees from out of the bars. I am sure if I had been watching my struggle from a distance I would have been busting up laughing. A lady waiting behind me in line had a little baby boy in a car seat riding in her cart. I had to fight the urge to tell her, “just you wait,” as I picked my oldest up off the ground.

It was crazy.

Last, Captain Hook has stayed away a few days this week. Sure, my three-year-old has dressed as something else instead – cowboy, army man, Santa- but at least we have been able to give our sword, hook, wig, hat, red jacket and more a break.

I am positive I will still be seen around town with a mini Hook in tow on occasion, but I don’t think I have to worry about my son actually believing he is Hook anymore. He is beginning to broaden his horizons.

I want to know what’s going on with you. What good things have happened to you lately? I’d love to hear about your parenting victories.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jo
    Dec 01, 2011 @ 21:18:58

    Sydnee just hugged me and told me thank you….that is REALLY big 🙂

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  2. Rebecca
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:04:46

    I haven’t screamed at my kids for 2 whole days! And, yesterday, Xander was sitting on my lap, and my family was visiting. My sister told him she wanted to hold. Normally he’d jump off my lap as fast as he can to sit with his aunt, but he just shook his head and held me tighter! That just made everything worth it!!!

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    • Natalie
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 09:11:11

      I am impressed Rebecca. Not yelling at your kids is a major motherhood accomplishment. When extended family is around my kids normally want to go to them too. That’s cool he wanted you!!

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  3. Jaclyn
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:27:59

    We are trying to teach Charley to go to sleep on her own and to take a bottle more often, we are making progress every day. : ) I am quite certain that Ethan will not be faking sick again – after me insisting on a torturous day Wednesday of no computer, taking naps (at least the attempts) and other such things that you do (and gratefully so) when you’re REALLY sick. He later admitted he was faking it and got a very unpleasant consequence. He said he just wanted to stay home to keep me company….ya right! This was just his way of trying to melt my heart. What he really wanted to do all day was win a hard level on his computer game. Too bad his consequence was no computer. : ) I put new books in my book shelf for my kids to read, Christmas ones. Yeah! But as for me accomplishing anything else in my house…well…better luck next week??

    Congratulations on your victories! Those are some pretty great ones! Hopefully they will continue. (But don’t hold your breath just in case.)

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    • Natalie
      Dec 03, 2011 @ 09:15:50

      Oh, getting a child to go to sleep on their own is so hard! It’s so easy and fun to cuddle them to sleep. Good job with that! As for Ethan, he is a pretty smart dude. Way to stay firm and keep him from his computer.

      And, there is always another week for more accomplishments 🙂

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