Call me Queen Bee!
In June, Allison started saying"mama!" It's just nonsense syllables with no connection to me, but Tyler's first were "da da da" so it's nice to have my turn too. I don't really count first words until it's clear they know what they're saying, like when Tyler pointed to the bananas at Albertsons and said "nanana" or when he dropped something and said "uh oh."
Tyler started making some enormous strides in his potty training. One time he climbed out of the bathtub to make a poopy on the potty and didn't say a word to us until it was done.
He really likes puzzles. We picked up this Elmo one in a bag at the Relief Society swap meet. It took awhile to put together since we didn't have a clue what it was.
Oh the cute!
I changed her out of her swimsuit and put her in the swings for the very first time. She loved it! She was constantly smiling and giggling, especially when Tyler pushed her. These pictures can't even come close to capturing the essence of her joy!
Tyler had some trouble with nap fighting in June. He'd just have too much fun playing to bother with sleeping. Sometimes he'd fight it for over two hours. He missed it a couple times too, but it never went well. He'd crash around 7:30 then wake up 3 hours later convinced he'd just had a nap.
We started putting Allison to bed on her tummy because she'd sleep so much better that way, even before she could roll form back to tummy on her own. Daddy was especially good at soothing her down.
She is so stinking adorable! She's also incredibly cute in church these days sitting up and playing with her toys. She doesn't crawl yet so I don't have to watch her too closely, but I still do because she's just so cute!
All tuckered out after Willis Tucker park! We found a little Allison sized spout for her to play with there, but ran into the problem again of kids stepping on the spouts and shooting it in her face. She still had lots of fun, though, and got very, very soaked. I changed her into a warmer outfit and she was asleep within minutes of being put back in the car.
We also tried Dragon Park, which has a few Allison appropriate spouts. The older kids just flock around and watch her play with the water.
I love how I can just sit her up and she'll play with wood chips without fear that they're going to end up in her mouth. I'm sure this phase won't last long...
Silver lake on a warm cloudy day was awesome! I love these pictures of Tyler playing in the water with the ominous clouds behind him. The weather didn't start this way when we left the house!
Pump it Up with Tyler and Allie was a bit challenging. She really didn't care for it much, and was only mildly entertained by the balls and foam blocks. After being pretty much non stop fussy, Allison discovered their fun house mirrors and was all smiles from there on out.
"I look so silly!"
How I found the kids after leaving them home with daddy while I worked the day before Father's Day. This is Tyler sitting on his little chair in the recliner watching youtubekids videos on the computer. Oscar kept himself busy working on projects while it rained.
Rain! I love when it downpours like this while I'm inside the house. You wouldn't know it from all these pictures in the sun I've been posting, but June was incredibly gray and rainy. I guess that's what we get after having a crazy hot and sunny spring. Too bad the splash parks weren't open then.
Getting home from an outing and needing to get both kids properly fed, potty used/diaper changed, and down for nap before they miss their ideal sleep windows is always very challenging for me. Allison is eating mostly solids now but can't feed herself anything yet and screams when I get up from the chair, so trying to also get food prepared for Tyler and deal with whatever he's feeling finicky about is not my favorite part of the day. Oscar used to come home for lunch and help me out with it, but now that his call center has been relocated further away until November, it's all been on me. Not having to deal with that is blissful! I bring baby food to the school with me and feed Allison while Tyler eats a much more nutritious meal than he would get at home (I would likely pick something quick and more processed to make for him so I can get back to feeding Allison). Tyler also eats his fruits and vegetables at the school, which doesn't always happen at home. Sometimes I'll cut up an apple or open a can of pears only to have him decide he hates those fruits that week, and then all of it goes to waste. If he's finicky at the school, no big deal. Only a few pieces don't get eaten and he can eat the apples or peaches or other fruit they have available. It also gets us out of the house (we typically walk there with the stroller or swing by after visiting a park or the library), and coming home tired and full increases the chance that he gets a good nap.
In my case I feel the program helps me be a better, more responsible parent. I support it because it relieves a lot of stress from me, ensures my kid gets a well balanced meal, and reduces our amount of food wasted. By dinner Oscar is home and one of us can cook while the other entertains the kids, so we're more able to avoid those issues. Stopping for fast food has similar perks of relieving stress and saving me time, but the entrees for kids are generally much less healthy and typically don't give Tyler a bar of fruits and veggies to choose from. Even if there is a healthy option he likes, he's not going to want it when he knows that junk food is available there. It makes an enormous difference when healthy choices are the only choices.
After so much rain and cloudy skies, it was nice enough to take the kids out in the double stroller. We walked down to the school (which Tyler likes calling "the lunch house") while the kids played with dandelions on the way. It was warm enough that the kids didn't need jackets but not hot enough to make me sweat. While there Tyler ate a good lunch and even shoveled green beans into his mouth. I asked him "who are you and what have you done with my child?" (9 times out of 10 Tyler will turn down green beans, so I only offer them to him if we're already eating them). I also met and got to know a new mom friend named Tonya. She waved to me and I waved back since from a distance she looked like my friend Mikail. Once I got closer she apologized and said she'd thought I was someone else, and I laughed saying I'd done the same thing. On the way back Allison played with Tyler's orange peels, and during our walk Tyler excitedly pointed out 4 airplanes, 2 dump trucks, a school bus, a cement mixer, and a fire truck. What a fun outing! It really is the little things...
Tyler and the other nursery kids all wore daddy hats for Father's Day. We practiced the "Daddy's Homecoming" song for several weeks so he could sing it with the Primary kids. He didn't sing at all, but he stood up there with a big smile and was well behaved. When they were done he ran down excitedly saying "I sang to daddy! I sang in church!
This is Allison's little dance. She does this especially when she's happy and excited. Before she could sit up she'd rock and bounce side to side while being held or in the jumparoo, then once she could sit it turned into this cute little bobble head
Sitting with her kitty. He sticks around even when she's pulling on him. He doesn't like it, but he just can't be bothered to move.
Bath time! This boy could play with shaving cream all day long!