- traveling through Europe from Rome to Bruge by train alone
- traveling from Rome to Bosnia with a friend by train during a war
- driving from Dallas to my hometown for 6 1/2 hours straight alone
But now, as a mother, I worry. I worry a lot. This photo explains the cause of a lot of my worrying of late....
|He can't EVER sit still!!!!|
- undo latches
- open doors
- run very fast
- manipulate the IPad and make purchases
- unscrew lids
- climb out of his crib
- hide extremely well
- escape from the house very stealthily
He thinks it's all a game. He loves to be chased, found, brought back home, talk to strangers, and give his mother a heart attack! Just yesterday I thanked one of my neighbors for returning him to the house THREE times in one morning. I explained how he loves to play and drive us crazy. She agreed to keep her eyes on him and be a part of the team....we'll call that Team Nick!
Did I mention that he's also a screamer and very physical. He's a hair puller, a pusher, a rammer, and a stomper. At Dodge Nature Center last Friday, he wanted our guide to hand him a chicken so badly that he screamed incessantly, "Give me a CHICKEN! Give me a CHICKEN! I want a CHICKEN!!!!" Needless to say I had to remove him from the situation, and I certainly did not agree to his holding a chick. That wouldn't have worked. at. all!
I knew 2012 would be a challenge with our 2 year old. I knew that I would gain a few more gray hairs, a bit of an ulcer, and many sleepless nights. I knew that I would have moments in the day when I would fear a frantic doorbell ringing or a knock from someone returning my son. I knew I would have moments in the day when I would wonder if the phone would ring and it would be CPS ready to schedule an in-home visit because someone in the neighborhood "was concerned." These are the reasons I'm a bit scatter-brained these days and forget to blog about the beautiful and momentous occasions like these....
Birthday Lunch and Maine Lobster Field Trip
|A Red Lobster Birthday lunch to celebrate Molly's, Jane's, and Grandma Carol's|
May birthdays because Molly is studying the state of Maine....you know....Maine Lobster.
Jane's 4th Birthday Bash
|Jane's Disney Princess cake. Monica made the cake, I iced it and|
printed that image on an icing sheet. The 2 year old attacked it and
ate 2 fistfuls of cake before the party!!! Sheesh!
|Swimming in the hotel pool where her godparents were staying|
for the weekend while in town
|Jane and her Godmother, Cousin Alice|
|Eating cake in the hotel room on the floor with her Godfather, Cousin Chuck|
End of the Year Violin Performance
|Jane's been wearing either a tiara, a dancing dress, or some shade of pink all week.|
|Waiting and playing Chess|
|Yes, there were all of 3 students in Monica's class. She's actually glad it's over.|
I shouldn't even write what I'm about to because I don't get many comments as it is, but in case you'd like to comment and tell me how gentle and well-mannered your 2 year old is, how he/she will sit and color and never leave your side, or how that's just the way 2 year olds are; just don't. I know all of those things. I just needed to document this bit of my life because that crazy little boy you saw in the first picture, is going to grow up to be a wonderful young man that will be my companion when everyone else is gone. He and I will go out to lunch together and visit Daddy at his work together and probably be so bored of the quiet in the house. He's my baby...he'll always be my baby!