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January 22, 2010

So yesterday the Little Guy

turned 23 months old.  Wow.  To think of all that has happened in the past two years, and realize that I still can't believe I have a toddler, and I really need to get moving on the birthday planning.

Yes, he is still growing and changing (primarily in that  increased vocabulary arena), but for the most part we are simply on an even keel of enjoying toddler-hood.  One of his newer words (and my personal favorite) is hudge.  It actually means hug, as in "Nighttime Squeeze Hug", a tradition Cait started when she was a toddler.  It is the way they close each Skype call with Pete, and is very sweet.

When Nicholas says the phrase, it is more like "Frissalis hudge", which may not sound logical, but I love hearing as I know he won't say it much longer.  I can't say we worry about much with him, other than the fact that we forgot how darn fast they grow, and sometimes I wish we could just slow things down a tad.

With regard to the aforementioned birthday party, I am at a loss.  Not sure what to do (that won't get rained out) nor how crazy to go.  In fact, I only have one idea, and that's for the cake.  Even worse?  I am basically stealing the idea (granted, I was given permission), so I think I am actually in the red when it comes to the amount of work I have done thus far. Considering I am still trying to get thank you notes out from Christmas... 

On the other hand, we seem to have fallen into a good routine on the home-front.  I am the only one being a cranky-pants (at the moment), and I am extremely grateful for that.  The house has been surprisingly peaceful this past week.  We went out to dinner last Friday night (I know, what AM I thinking) and not only was the dinner calm and indigestion-free, but the girls sat next to each other and didn't fight.

This is amazing.  We had nearly given up on the eating out (and I mean at all) because Cait and Kelsey have been going through a bit of a stage (for about two years now), that includes a lot of:

"I don't want to sit next to her!"

"She chews with her mouth open!"

"She talks while she chews!"

"Mom, she's singing again, and it's giving me a bad headache!"

"Mom, she's touching me!"

Not that it's any better at home, but at least we can spread out if need be.  Plus, we have the advantage of not ruining other diners' dinners.  Don't think any amount of  "You are so lucky to have a sibling to fight with!" did any good.  It's no use trying to explain, and frankly, they just don't seem to care.

I don't know if it was my idea: a fun dinner out, followed by early to bed for Nicholas, and a girlie movie for us...or if things just started to fall into place.  Dinner was almost blissful.  We went home, Nicholas fell asleep in my lap, and we had an enjoyable movie night.

They also began to realize, at least this week, how much they have missed having Pete around.  Somehow it seems that has actually prevented them from fighting, almost as if they are uniting in their misery.  Cait doesn't sing as much in the car, and Kelsey doesn't yell at her.  Kelsey sings in the car, and Cait doesn't give Kelsey grief.  Both of them seem to love and adore Nicholas more than ever, and have temporarily stopped being annoyed at him when he enters their rooms.  Though, to be quite honest, Cait's is so neat and organized, it would be hard for him to get into anything.  I didn't have that same ability to control my clutter at that age, so I am immensely impressed and proud.

IMG_1432Now this truce of sorts has only been going on for a week, but I think if I play my cards right (much wailing and gnashing of the teeth, if necessary) perhaps it can hold out for a bit longer.  I have tentatively scheduled  dinner out tomorrow night to be followed by another fun movie (fingers crossed the chick flick of choice has been returned to Blockbuster...), and hope that will help.  And maybe, just maybe, we can do a bit of birthday party planning on Saturday...

Here is a picture of the happy trio after several rounds of Ring Around the Rosie with Nicholas. They actually desired to pose together in birth order.  Wonders never cease!


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Restrain yourself from going CRAZY! you have a lot going on ... and you have PLENTY more parties in your future to go crazy on!! Cut yerself some slack!

I know, I know! I am really hoping for good weather so we can do some sort of outside park party...simple and yet, oodles of fun for the kiddos.

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