We leave the gifts that are supposed to be from Santa unopened and it's usually the bigger stuff or the things that are for both of them. Then we wrap the rest of the gifts and put on the tag "from mommy and daddy".
We have a 3 year old and a 19 month old and this year we wrapped their presents in different colored wrapping paper (one color for each boy) so it would be easier to tell who got what. We also tried to make sure they had the same amount of gifts to open. It may not matter so much this year, but definitely in the years to come it will!View Thread
Carter picked out Spiderman for this year. He was a monkey when he was 3 months old, then a dinosaur the following year and last year Superman. DS2 (he's almost 18 months) fits into the Superman costume so I will have 2 super heroes to trick or treat with!!View Thread
My mom bought Carter a 3 disc set of dvds called Cedarmont Kids Sing Along (or something like that) and he absolutely loves it! Any time he is in his toy room he asks me to turn his "songs" on. It's a dvd of a bunch of little kids singing classic church songs. He also loves Mickey Mouse Club House and any kind of movie with a dog or animal in it (i.e. Lassie, Benji, etc).
I thought about taking him to see a movie in the theater sometime, but I wasn't sure if he was ready or not. I think it would be a fun bonding time b/c I wouldn't bring his little brother Mason with us (he's 16 months). How do you know if they're ready for the theater?View Thread
Well I thought it was happening in the mornings, but this morning I had to wake him up to go with me and he had already wet the bed so I guess it is happening in the middle of the night. Do you guys think I should go back to letting him sleep with pull ups on? Or should I just keep cleaning up after him every time?View Thread
DS1 has been potty trained for a long while now. He was actually pretty easy to train and never really had any accidents. He still slept in a pullup until about a month ago. He was doing okay without it but recently he has been wetting the bed every night. Well actually, I don't think he is doing it at night. I think he is doing it in the mornings. I take his younger brother to daycare at 6:30 in the morning when I leave for work and SO takes DS1 around 9:30 when he leaves for work. I think what is happening is that DS1 wakes up before my SO and he won't go to the bathroom by himself. He has no trouble going to the bathroom by himself during the day (we have the seat that goes on top of the toilet and a stool to climb up on). I think SO has kind of trained him to stay in his room until he gets up and gets him (mainly because our bedrooms are upstairs). How do we teach him that it's okay for him to go to the bathroom by himself in the mornings?View Thread
We haven't done swim lessons yet but we did do the parent/child class this past January. Carter loved it! He had this swim jacket he wore at the beginning of the classes and he called it his "backpack". It was cute!
But I don't reccomend going to classes in the middle of winter. Even though we tried to dry his hair completely after each class he still ended up sick and with a terrible ear infection! He had to miss his last 2 classes View Thread
I don't know what it was, but I haven't had anymore issues out of him since Thursday night. I try to be very firm with him at bedtime and make sure to keep our routine the same. Lately when he yells for me as I am leaving the room I just close the door and pretend I didn't hear him. Sometimes he will cry for a few minutes, but it has been working.View Thread
DS has always been a easy-going kid. He listens pretty well and is usually pretty good. Here lately though he has been very whiny and clingy. And he has started talking back. If I tell him to do something he has started saying "I don't have to" or "You're not my boss".
At the beginning of the week his younger brother starting getting sick with an ear infection and woke up in the middle of the night. DS1 woke up about an hour after that. I thought he had a bad dream or maybe he was getting sick too. I had him checked out when I took DS2 to the Dr and there was nothing wrong with him. Well now he has woke up crying every single night this week between 1 and 4. Sometimes he will say he is thirsty and other times he just wants me in there. I will rub his back for a minute and then he says he has to pee. So I take him to the bathroom and then I rub his back for a little more and tell him goodnight and walk out of the room. Sometimes he will cry for me to come back.
I have to get up for work at 6 am every morning and I can't keep doing this! I am exhausted! We have been having a little trouble at bedtime too lately. He has a routine. His daddy will get his pj's on and sit in there with him while I get DS2 to sleep (I just sing him a song and lay him in his crib and he's good to go) and then I will read with DS1 and sing a couple of songs. His daddy then leaves and we sing one more song and say our prayers while I rub his back. Then we do hugs and say goodnight. That's usually when I leave the room, but here lately he will try to keep me in his room. He will want the light left on or he will want another song. I try to be firm with him and when I leave he always ends up crying. I used to come back in there and he would end up crying again. But I have found if I just let him cry it out the first time then he is asleep within 10-15 min.
I don't know why he has changed all of a sudden. It's not his brother waking him up. DS2 pretty much only woke up in the middle of the night the first 2 nights and DS1 didn't wake up til an hour or so later. I don't know what to do with him. He is drving me crazy!View Thread
Yesterday was my oldest son's 3rd birthday. We had his party in Mickey Mouse and everything went smoothly. My In-Laws made a clubhouse out of cardboard boxes and put Mickey Mouse pictures all over it. It turned out really nice and was a huge hit with all of the kids there. We also had a station where the kids could make a Mickey Mouse candy necklace.
We had it at one of parks here in town. The weather was perfect. It was hot but it was next to a small lake/pond and we got the breeze coming off of the water. We cooked out and everyone had a great time. He got lots of gifts (like he really needed anymore) and was so sweet thanking everybody each time.
It was a blast, but I am glad it's over! I am exhausted!View Thread