….when I have my very own clowns to entertain me! lol
This is what you get when you ask them to pose and they got tired of me bugging and nagging them! lol Yes, Mummy tortures….
Ever since Brandon’s hair started to grow longer, people always thought I had 3 girls (this is pre-Georgina of course). And even though I dressed him up like a little boy, no one thought he was one. I was more than happy to give him a haircut long before this but Ted kept saying no because he had beautiful hair and I do not doubt that one bit. BUT with his long hair, poor fella is always sweaty and while he may just be a kid, I’m sure it must be so terrible to be sleeping like that. So finally, Mum and I decided once and for all, it had to go.
Apaprently, he looks just like me when I was his age and makes it more scary that we both had the same haircut too!! lol
Sometimes I cannot believe how fast time flies!
Today, I find out that he’s turned 2….
It’s been a rather interesting journey for us. He is an absolutely adorable and loving child and although I am his mother, I am not being bias – truly! He is generous with his hugs, sharing his toys with the girls (though he is quite possessive when it comes to the pram and a certain bashed up almost torn to pieces video box he uses as a hat) and definitely loves his sister (when he isnt being annoying or irritated by them) – very helpful too. As Ted says, he is indeed the best little man!
Happy Birthday, Brandon! May the good Lord shower you with His blessing and love always. We love you, little man – Love, Daddy, Mummy, Arianna & Kathleen-Rose!
Today, I experience the feeling of helplessness first hand. I dont think I’ve ever felt that way before and all I wanted to do was sit and cry!
This morning started off fine. We had planned to go out driving to check out some potential new homes but not half an hour after waking up, Brandon started crying and saying that his tummy was hurting. At first we thought it was just pretend but it just escalated and he didnt want to drink his Milo or eat his banana – 2 absolute fav things and just crying non-stop that he had an ouchie. It was heartbreaking coz I didnt know what to do!!
All that I had going on in my head was we had to go to the docs pronto but thank goodness one of us had our heads on right. Ted said all we had to do was comfort him and get as much fluids as we can into his and give him some dry crackers. It was not easy coz even with just water, he threw up twice. It is so hard to explain the feelings going through me, I wish I could take it away but I couldnt.
Thankfully, he managed to drink the hydrolite and have some dry crackers and with Maisy on DVD, he began to feel better and by lunch time, he was good. I cannot express how happy I was to see him eat his lunch. This followed by the rush to hospital at 2am due to this horrible barking cough and distress breathing which turned out to be croup – well, it’s a bit much on this mama. I’m just glad that it’s over as it’s been so stressful for me. I’m thankful that Ted has a more level head than I do when it comes to the kids welfare, I was a total wreck!!
Brandon’s always been an affectionate child. Actually he is the most affectionate among the 3 even though at one point KR was too. But nothing compared to Brandon. He is extremely generous with his hugs and absolutely loves to snuggle up to you.
These days I actually look forward to waking up with Brandon standing in his cot looking at me coz when I wave him over, he’d scramble out of his cot and literally jump into my arms and just stay there, snuggled up beside me. It is my favourite time of the day and I honestly would not trade it for anything!
This has only recently been happening – since he is able to climb out of his cot. Apparently timeout in his cot no longer applies as he is able to quite easily climb out. It must be a boy thing coz the girls never attempted it all. As it is, he is the most independent of the 3 and at this age (turning 2 in Octber), he is able to feed himself with a spoon quite well although the mess he creates can be quite a sight, ask for things in 2 or 3 works and even put AND pull down his own pants. To me, when I look back, this is way independent compared to the girls.
He loves talking walks and considerate. He seems to understand a whole lot more than you think and like what my MIL says, little piggies have big ears! Lol He is an absolute darling of a child and despite his horrible temper (thanks to being born in the year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar), he is still the best bubba ever! J He is certainly a funny little thing too. Heh.
I can’t believe that Brandon turns 2 in just 2 months and as for Arianna – she turns 5 next Sunday!!! How did that happen??? Lol I tells ya, time just flies when you have kids. This morning, it was only 9am when they started breakfast, by the time everything was done and kids cleaned up – it was 10am!!! O.o Just like that, 1 hour zipped by. It’s really scary sometimes.
These days Brandon is picking up words quite well. He tends to copy whatever you said and although he hasn’t stringed the words together, he fully understands what you tell him to do or if you were to ask him something.
Tonight, I was telling him, ‘Love you!’ and kept repeating it to see if he would say it and he did!!
Too cute that I had to capture it on video.
My precious darling baby boy….
This is what happens when you turn away for 5 minutes to get the sink filled up with water to wash the dishes. The kids were all engrossed with coloring that I *thought* (NEVER EVER think this when you have toddlers) that all was good. I was obviously very wrong.
I didnt know whether to be angry or laugh coz on one hand, they all have been warned that one must ONLY color on paper and no where else – as if they will listen but as a parent, we must carry out our duty and warn. On the other hand, you gotta admit that this IS a funny sight and how could you NOT laugh at this? Too cute or more like too cheeky if you ask me! Brandon……Brandon, what la you doing?? Aiyo!!
What started out as a fantastic day at Grandma’s didnt end quite nicely. Poor Brandon has so much fun at Grandmas today…as he normally does, didnt see it coming at all.
As we were walking downhill of the driveway, it is rather steep going done, he missed a step and went face first into the cement driveway with a thud! ( Poor thing didnt know what hit it I reckon but there are scratches and a big bump on his forehead! O how he cried coz he had to let the neighbourhood know about it but it was nothing a piece of plastic couldnt fix, you see? Once the dummy was in and the car got moving, he promptly fell asleep.
While he was quite happy to be asleep, we were concerned if he has a concussion or something coz you just never know with kids but praise the Lord he was his happy self after his nap. And I think has totally forgotten about the whole thing.
I honestly have to say that this is the first time such a thing has happened to us. Nothing remotely close to this has happened with the girls. It makes me wonder if this is just a boy thing – prone to falling all over the place and getting bruises as part and parcel of growing up. *sigh* Ted was asking him today as they were watching NRL if he wanted to play it when he grew up. Lemme tell you, while I love this sport, I dont know if I can take watching him get hurt as this game is the raw deal! Getting hurt is almost a sure thing…and if I couldn’t handle this small injury, I wont be able to survive the knocks you get with NRL, no way!!! So Brandon, I’m afraid you’ll just have to pick up golf up but you stay away from Tiger Woods ok?
But Brandon is not. I’ve been trying to wean Brandon off for a few weeks now but boys will be boys and they love their boobies. *sigh* Brandon is now 16 months now and still has his night feed. I have been successful at getting him to take the bottle (with FM) in the arvo but will a little Milo in it to entice him. I’m planning on reducing the Milo slowly.
The bottle doesnt work at night at all and in the morning, he is up early so I give him a quick feed and then its brekkie. The problem is him getting up between 1-2am for a feed which I am pretty sure is more of a comfort thing than hunger coz he is already on solid and solids means rice and whatever the family is having. Teatime is Milo and biscuit or fruits or yogurt so I doubt he is hungry. And then he is up early about 6-7am and if I am lucky he will fall back asleep when I stick the dummy in, else….he’ll want a feed and might/might not go back to bed in his cot.
He likes to sleep with us – cheeky monkey! One night he was SO fussy that he was in bed with us from his midnight snack till the morning! He very nearly pushed Ted out of bed and had been giving Ted a back massage the whole night. lol Poor Daddy!
To be honest, I have not tried to pump bm for him coz I dont think I have enough to pump out. Some days, I see him get frustrated when he is feeding as if there is nothing there. I wonder if I really am drying up?? Anyhoo, now that he is only on bm at night, Ted has suggested that I start looking for a job. Of course, he will stay home with the kids which I dont mind the slightest so I have contacted my agents and now, got to get my resume up todate.
I’m so going to miss my personal time but at the same time I am also excited about getting back to work. Get the license going, WOMAN!!! *b*itch slaps myself*
This is what I had the kids in today.
All 3 kids and myself were wrapped up in our winter clothes that I had to dig out coz I had already put them away. I’m just thankful that I am slow at putting them away in the garage or I’d have to go and get them! It has been a really cold/cool summer and I honestly cannot complain because I have never been a fan of the hot weather so cool is good for me.
I assume many Aussies are waiting to shoot me down coz I may well be the only person around who is truly enjoying this cool summer. At least our electric bill this quarter wont be too high!