My Son

I don't even know how to start this post.  Just cut to the chase?  I have a son! We are expecting an "active" and "feisty" little boy this spring, and I can't wait to see if those descriptors from the doctors are accurate.

Leading up to our ultrasound at Ultrasona (SO awesome! I would totally recommend this place), it seemed that most of the people around me were thinking "boy". In the beginning, I felt like I was having a second daughter and kind of pictured myself with two girls. Maybe because that is all I know?  But as it got closer, I kept saying "him" and was really just waiting for the technician to tell us we had a little man in there.

And yep, after showing us his beautiful spine, sweet hands and face, she confirmed it. Larkyn will have a little brother (or "Bay Brudder").

I think he looks like Matt already:)
And since a gender reveal party isn't really the route we were going, at least I got to shower my coworkers with a little treat this morning. And now we have a toddler who is a Hugs junkie.

So there you have it. I have been glued to my screens, scouring Pinterest for the perfect nursery (I'm thinking gray/aqua with orange fox accents) and Nameberry for the perfect name. That one will be our secret for the next 21 weeks! 

Officially Two and a Half!

What a difference a month makes!  I feel like I say this all the time, but every month brings new challenges as well as new amazing skills--we take the bitter with the sweet, right?
Always looking up, noticing things that none of us see...this was a rogue balloon. We went to get one for her and she immediately let it go so she could watch it fly away.
New phrases:  When I go in to get her out of bed, she says "I had sweet dreams!" I love it. She also answers our questions now, which is different and funny. She answers "YA" or "No. I don't" instead of just repeating what we say. She also randomly says "I feel sick" in the car, which worries me a little.

New obstacles:  Wanting to go to the garage and basement every time mommy or daddy goes in/down. The next step is a door latch to keep her from her two new favorite places (neither are "finished" in any sense of the word. Also, using the word "MINE" all the time and at the craziest moments (ie: when no one is threatening to take anything from her).

New loves:  Pumpkins!  She's also more interested in Nick Jr. (Dora, Max & Ruby, and Blue's Clues) than Sprout. Wahhh, our sweet baby shows are taking a backseat to Dora's crazy eyes!  She would do art all day, which is nice, except I am running out of ideas. Please share your art ideas that don't require massive amounts of space/supplies.

Larkyn has definitely shown her hard-headed side (which I will admit, she 100% gets from me), and we came thisclose to leaving music class this week because she wouldn't sit down with her rhythm sticks and that is like...a big deal. BUT, when she sings her ABCs or joins me in singing "You are my sunshine" as I put her to sleep, I forget all about those things. She doesn't have much longer as the only child, so I am trying to make it special...

Boy or Girl: Just for fun

People around me are starting to submit their guesses. All I ask is that no one use the word "hope". As in "I hope it is a girl/boy". Because then I know what you hoped for and I know that when it is the opposite, you will be disappointed and it'll just be awkward. Ohhhkay?

There are a ton of old wives tales out there and prediction "methods". Here is what they say about the 18ish week old baby currently enjoying Talenti chocolate peanut butter cup gelato we just inhaled. That's right, we. He/she made me do it....

Chinese Gender Chart:  Girl
Heart rate always above 140: Girl
Craving sweet (girl)/salty (boy): Both! When I have one, I have to go find the other
Lack of Morning sickness: Boy
Lovely return of skin blemishes: Girl (but hello, I'm off birth control, so wouldn't it be there anyway?)
Cold feet (boy)/normal feet: Girl
Conclusiveness of baby name: Boy (meaning we have solidly picked a boy name and have no idea for a girl.
Mom's intuition: Boy
Lack of headaches: Girl

With Larkyn, every single one of these predictions was the same except that I 100% felt that I was having a girl and that we only had a girl name on our list. This time around, it is the opposite. I don't 100% feel like it is a boy, but I'm leaning that way.

Any guesses out there? And if you are a mama, any strong feelings about your own child's gender?


Recovering from The UA Fall Fest at our nearby park. It was the perfect picture-taking weather for once!  Larkyn loved the corn, of course, as well as the band playing and the bouncy houses. Mama discovered fresh kettle corn and inhaled it. What have I been missing all these years?

Excited about finding out Baby O2's gender next Sunday at Ultrasona! Watch Instagram that day for the breaking news.

Annoyed with the dogs. What's new? People, don't ever get 2 dogs. It is never a good idea. Ever.

Planning Thanksgiving. I love Fall like everyone else in Blogland, but my season?  My time to morph into a nostalgic Martha Stewart? Thanksgiving through December 25th. On the 26th, it's all over. Anyway, the whole family is coming to our house this year and a dessert table is happening.

Locally loving Jax Treehouse. I need to write a full review sometime. Who doesn't love shopping locally? The small store is FULL of quality brands like Livie & Luca, Ugg, Tsukihoshi, Umi, and tons of others. I love that Joel, the owner, is able to look at Larkyn's feet and immediately tell me what will/will not work. No wasting time with him! The sweetest part of yesterday's visit was turning in my frequent buyer card for $50 off (a free pair of Tsukihoshis!) Oh, and also these...
Ragg slippers that princess is in LOVE with! They are so soft and comfy for chilly wood floors.

Next week, expect a full rundown on what life will be like with a sister or a mister!!

When parenting gets tough

Disclaimer: This is not intended to be a whiny post. This is a "Hey, I'm right there with ya, and if you can identify with me, let me know you are out there!" post...

For a long time, Larkyn has been able to charm adults and is oh-so-friendly to them. She becomes BFFs with every cashier she meets and she says "hi!" when we go through the drive through. Those moments are the ones when a parent's heart grows a little bigger and it is easy to forget the moments when your child's behavior is less than perfect.

She has been in childcare since she was 4 months old, enjoys the kids there, and loves playing with her own cousins. However, this summer, I started to notice that everything was not sunshine and sparkles in my sweet girl's social life.

Statue of Larkyn from wikipedia
Over at friend's houses, at playgrounds, at music class, I am now a little more on-guard when anyone approaches her to share a toy or to be in the same area she is in. Why?  Oh, they might end up with the stiff arm, will usually hear "NO! Nockins!" to defend her area, and maybe if they are really unlucky, they will be bitten.

Yes...we got our first report of her biting yesterday. Her sitter said "Can you tell mommy what happened today?" and I immediately got excited and thought she pooped in the potty (you know, our life goal). When I didn't get an answer, I asked "was it good or was it bad?"  "Not good." I looked at the other kids and saw a bite mark on her friend's arm. Yep.

I almost wish the story went that she and the other child were fighting over something or maybe he hit her first. But, no. Her sitter told her "no" to something and Larkyn turned around and bit the first thing she saw. Nice.
Family Christmas card from
Since I live in and breathe early childhood development and psychology each day, I was crushed. Being on the other side (a parent instead of teacher), I see how they must feel when they hear about their child hurting someone else or acting out in general. We want our children to be nice.

I want her to be nice.

I can teach her letters, words, how to count, words to a song, but I cannot MAKE her friendly towards other kids. I model, I have little tolerance for the behaviors and redirect her, we have talks and consequences when she acts this way.  I know she is 2 1/2 and there is that little thing called the "terrible twos".  I just wish it didn't involve other parents warning their kids to stay away from mine because they are afraid theirs will end up sacked or like a Twilight character.

What do we do? Is this something they all go through?  Will a sibling help or make this worse?
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