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Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Look out dance moms of the world, here I come! Dance season is finally over for Evelyn and I have to say I’m a little sad about it. She had her recital last Friday and I was a little sad on the last group number they did. I didn’t get to see much of the show because I signed up to be a backstage volunteer. Didn’t really have plans to do that but when I was told that once the kids go backstage you can’t see them again until the show is over I had no choice. I didn’t really make friends with any of the other moms until, well, at the recital so I didn’t feel comfortable with Evelyn being gone from me that long without knowing what was going on and if she needed to go to the bathroom or if she was scared. So I sucked it up and gave up my evenings on Thursday and Friday to make sure Evelyn had a great experience. Let me tell ya, that backstage business ain’t no joke. I was sweating so bad on Thursday at rehearsal and put some miles on these feet. When signing up it was made clear that you are not to just help your child but every child. In the back of my mind I thought I would just focus on my kid and that was that. Oh no, when it came down to it I was busy changing the other girls and helping them to the bathroom and lining them up and helping them offstage and holding girls who were crying and missing their mommas. I thought, if this were Evelyn scared and needing help I would want someone to give her 100% of attention and not leave her out. I did, however, pretend to comb a girls hair because I just couldn’t share a brush with a child I had no idea who they were or where their hair has been. When she politely asked me to brush it I combed the air around her hair, patted her on the head and told her she looked beautiful. And it’s not like she needed it combed. It looked pretty hairsprayed to death to me and her mom was just hanging out in the room so I don’t feel bad about what I did. #nojudging
I tried to hang back a little and watch Evelyn as she used her social skills and not be a hovering mother that I know I am. ( And I’m NOT sorry about it!) It was cool to see her not afraid to interact with kids she didn’t know and to not be shy when one of the mothers was leading the kids in songs backstage. She totally rocked her confidence and that is so important to me for my kids. I want them to feel like they are the most important person in the room without acting like it. I don’t want snotty stuck up kids but I want them to be the opposite of me growing up. I would just freeze and be scared to do anything in case someone was looking and all of a sudden I became the center of attention. Nope, nobody look at me! And I want Evelyn and Oliver to ooze with confidence while being kind and a friend to kids like me. She’s going to be starting school in August and I can’t stress enough to her when she sees someone by themselves that she needs to go up to them and introduce herself and be a friend to them.
I haven’t decided if we are going to return to dance next year. As of right now she wants to but then she also wants to do soccer and gymnastics and I want her to try out some theater to see if that’s her thing. It’s kind of putting a little bit of pressure on me. I mean, what if she is destined to be the next best thing in the dancing world or the It girl actress. It’s just a lot to think about when exposing her to these activities. Maybe she won’t want to do any of these things? Maybe I just need to let her be little and worry about these things another day :) But I’m hanging on to all her dance stuff in case I need to put it in a museum some day ;)
Oh, and also….. Oliver is sitting up…..on his own! Oh boy, that means crawling is just around the corner and then walking and then driving and then graduating high school and then….. I better stop! :)
Hope everyone is having a wonderful week!
Thursday, May 26, 2016
Cribs, cereal, rolling over. Discuss…..
I can’t even believe the time is already here for all these changes with Oliver. Those newborn days seem forever long in the beginning and then by the time 5 months goes by it seems like you didn’t get enough time with them in their “I just want to eat, sleep and cry” phase. In just a few weeks Oliver is already going to be 6 months old. (Is it too early to plan a birthday party?) Oh wait, I guess I better plan Evelyn’s FOUR YEAR OLD party first. FOUR!!! Anyways, we have had some big changes these past couple of weeks. Two weeks ago we finally moved him out of the basinet and into his crib. It was long overdue. When he is hanging his foot over the side I think that’s a sign that he’s too big for it. I wasn’t sure how he would do overnight away from us. Okay, let me be honest, I wasn’t sure how I would do overnight with him away from us. I’m not good with change. At all. It takes me a few days to get used to new routines in my life and I was used to him being right there where I could hear every little scratch and movement. It’s what needed to be done for some time now and now that a couple of weeks has passed by everyone has adjusted well. I’m getting a little more sleep now. Just a little. And thank you to my husband who held me while I had a teeny tiny break down his first night away from us.
Another new thing going on with Oliver this week…..rolling over! I’m not sure if babies are supposed to roll from back to belly first or belly to back but he has decided to start with back to belly. He rolled over once on Mother’s Day but I didn’t see it happen. I was out of the room no longer than 5 seconds to put something away in Evelyn’s room and when I returned there he was, flopped over and holding his head high like he knew he did something special. So of course I called in Zach, flopped Oliver over and waited for the glorious moment to see it again and again. Nothing. That’s right, 16 videos later of me trying to capture the next roll and I got nothing. Well, I got 16 videos of him just lying on his back looking around. Then last week he did the same trick on my mom when she was watching him. As soon as she walked into the kitchen he made his move but never tried again. I knew it was only a matter of time before he would strike again with his little trick.
When I picked the kids up Friday from my mother-in-laws there he was, lying on the floor and giving me the show I’ve been trying to see for almost 2 weeks. And it was the most precious thing. These little milestones may not seem like much to some people but in my world it’s time to buy a cake and celebrate and text everyone you know the news and smack it right on your Instagram for everyone to see. So needless to say he has been rolling all weekend and even started rolling over while he sleeps. That first imagine on the baby monitor caught me off guard and made me do a double check on his breathing. Now, let’s move on to crawling :)
Also, this past weekend we pulled out the spoons and bowls and gave Oliver his first taste of cereal. Exciting, right? Well it is to a momma who knows this is one step closer to the end of her pumping days. Bring on the solid foods!!
New seasons are coming and I am truly grateful for this life the Lord has given me!
Have a wonderful week and go Thunder!!