The other day Leah and I were talking about things that we like.
“You know what I like the best?” I asked her.
“What?” She said eagerly.
“You!” I replied.
“Awwww, mommy!” Leah said. “You know what I like the best?”
“What?” I asked, my heart already pre-melting.
“Mana!” She answered. Oh. Well, then. At least she’s honest!
(For those who don’t know, ‘Mana’ is the name Leah has given to my mom, her grandma).
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged children, Convsersations with Leah, grandma, grandparents, honesty, humor, kids say the darndest things, Leahisms, mother, motherhood, parenthood, preschooler, the things kids say | Leave a Comment »
My mom relayed a conversation between her and Leah and I just have to share. My mom told Leah that Papa would not let her do something, and here is the response-
Leah: Oh, you should do what I do to Daddy when I want something!
Mana: What is that?
Leah: First you make your eyes realllly big, like this. She makes her eyes as big as they can go.
Mana; Like this?
Mana: How about this.
Leah: Perfect! And then you stick out your bottom lip. She demonstrates.
Mana: Okay, how is this?
Leah: Good. That should make Papa say, “Okay, you can do it!”
Posted in Family, Life, Parenting | Tagged conversations with Leah, grandma, grandparents, humor, kids say the darndest things, Leahisms, motherhood, parenthood, the things kids say | Leave a Comment »
Children are wonderful. Babies are amazing. They bring joy to those who love them whether they are quiet or colicky, easy or difficult. But having joyful children makes me incredibly lucky and brings me so much extra joy. Leah has always been such a happy little girl, and now my son is following in his big sister’s foot steps.
Last week, at the age of only 6 weeks old, CW laughed for the first time. It was completely intentional and it was not gas. I know this because, for one, he was looking right up at me. Also, he has repeated his laughter every day since. He gives me big gummy grins when I talk to him, and he also grins and laughs at Leah and Dave.
Here are some great photos of my beautiful, joyful children.
Laughing at Big Sis.
Big grins for mommy!
Happy, happy baby.
Posted in Family, Life, Parenting | Tagged baby, children, grin, infant, joy, laughter, milestone, mommy, motherhood, newborn, parenthood, parenting, siblings, smile | Leave a Comment »
Today I had to take Leah to the doctor for what I thought may be a plantar’s wart on her foot. I decided to wear Christopher in my carrier rather than drag the heavy carseat in with me. He was awake and kind of restless.
After the nurse, who also happens to be my aunt, left the room, he really started to fuss.
“Mom,” Leah hissed, “You can NOT feed him in here!”
“Why not?” I asked.
“It’s so embarrassing!” She replied.
I can’t believe I already have the ability to embarrass my daughter, at the age of four. Oh, the fun I can have with this! I figure if I can’t get my mom back for all the times she embarrassed me (like the time she started barking in a store to get me to hurry up), I can at least enjoy doing the same to my own kids!
Posted in Family, Life, Parenting | Tagged child, Convsersations with Leah, embarass, embarassmet, humor, kids say the darndest things, Leahisms, motherhood, parenthood, preschooler, the things kids say | Leave a Comment »
My mom loves to have Leah sleep over at her house, and Leah loves it, too. I am incredibly fortunate that my daughter will sleep other places because my karma should have it otherwise. When I was a kid I would not sleep anywhere else and would cry until my mom came and got me.
Several weeks ago Leah was itching for another sleepover at Mana’s, and my mom told her that she could come over when she was on February break (she’s a teacher). So Leah happily told her, “When I sleep over your house I will be so happy! I will reward you for letting me sleep over by letting you sleep over my house the next day!”
February break came and my mom had Leah over on the first Saturday of it. Leah had not forgotten her promised reward. My mom dropped her off home the following day, and went home to get things done and pack her own bag. She slept on my couch in the family room all because Leah wanted her to. If that is not a doting grandmother I don’t know what is!
Posted in Family, Life, Parenting | Tagged child, children, conversations with Leah, cute, grandma, grandparents, humor, indulge, kids say the darndest things, Leah, Leahisms, motherhood, parenthood, the things kids say | Leave a Comment »
Leah is a hinter. Instead of asking for things that she wants, she drops some not-so-subtle hints. For example, rather than asking my mom to come over and play Leah will call her and say, “Mana, I sure do miss you so, so, so, so much! And I am awfully lonely.”
Today when we were out in the car and she kept talking about how hungry she was (“I am just the hungriest kid ever! I sure wish I had something to eat.”) I knew exactly what she was up to. I ignored her hints, though. If she won’t come out and ask for something then I don’t have to say no, so sometimes I just play dumb.
As we were passing a McDonald’s, however, she took it to a new level.
“Mommy, I am eating the inside of my cheek.” she told me.
“Why would you do that?” I asked, while checking in the rearview mirror to see if she was truly chewing on her inner cheek. She was.
“That is just how hungry I am.” She responded.
At that point I figured the kid had earned herself some French fries, and into the drive-thru I pulled.
Well played, Leah. Well played.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged conversations with Leah, food, funny, hinting, humor, hunger, kids say the darndest things, Leah, Leahisms, McDonald's, motherhood, nutrition, parenthood, silly, the things kids say | Leave a Comment »
For several years Dave has been trying to get me to watch Heroes with him on Netflix. I refused, saying I had no interest, wasn’t in the mood for that type of show, etc. At one point I told him, “Look, it is never gonna happen, so just give up.”
He did, for awhile.
Two weeks ago we cancelled our cable to save some money. So, we have been watching Scrubs on Netflix. Which is awesome, but you know, you can’t watch the same show every night. So, the other day I was busy playing a game on the computer and Leah was in her room playing, and Dave just casually put on Heroes for himself to watch. I immediately knew what he was up to, but I found my attention being dragged to the screen despite myself. I kept asking him questions and soon put down the computer so I could really get engrossed in the episode.
Later that night Dave asked if I wanted to watch Scrubs like usual. I smiled sheepishly and shook my head.
Playing dumb, Dave asked, “Then what would you like to watch?”
He was going to make me say it. After four or five years he had finally used his ninja like skills to force me to watch Heroes, and I was hooked.
Since that was date night and Leah was at my mom’s house, we watched about six episodes. So, thanks honey! You were right, I love Heroes. But you can just give up right now on the Walking Dead. I truly have NO interest in zombies.
Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged argument, date, date night, Heroes, humor, husbands, marriage, Netflix, sci-fi, spouses, television, television dramas, tv, wife | Leave a Comment »