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Stuff We Do Between Naps

2014 December 12
by Becky

How the heck do we only have one week before Christmas week?? Holy Moly the errands are taking their toll. It’s slow going with baby boy in tow, frequently needing a snack and diaper change. But we are just about ready for the big day. Well, two big days for us since we’re doing a Christmas morning here and with Stu’s family in California.

Honestly it’s hard to leave the house at all when I could just curl up with this dude.


He’s such a good boy, it almost makes the Mom guilt worse as I constantly have to wake up my sleepy baby for pickups and drop offs, errands, playdates. I never EVER woke Ethan from a nap at this age, but I’ve heard this is the woe of child number two. Finn really doesn’t seem to mind much. As long as food is near by, he’s good. He only gets upset if he has to wait at a super hungry moment but calms down very quickly.

And, since I’m pretty sure it will never happen again and I need to document it for when I get around to doing his baby book in four years (can’t wait to share Ethans! It’s finally done), he slept 8 hours straight last night. EIGHT HOURS!! I woke up to check the monitor at 2:30, 3:30, and finally at 4:30 he was making enough squeaky noises that I figured he was ready enough—I certainly was. Wide awake and wearing a completely soaked diaper (looks like we’ll be adjusting our nighttime inserts), he calmly ate and went back to sleep till 8.

We were shocked. Stu must have asked four times, “So he didn’t wake up at all?!” Trust me, he didn’t. It felt fantastic.


Holiday projects, another guilty subject. Typically Ethan and I would be hitting every event, making lots of holiday themed things, and baking up a storm but this year…it’s been slow. I don’t want any baked goods in my house in an effort to someday feel like myself and fit into my clothes again, but I saw a picture of rice crispy treats shaped like Christmas trees and thought it’d be easy since we had the stuff on hand.

Mediocre is all I think of when I see the result, I followed no instructions and we ended up with very soft and kinda-green final product, but Ethan had a blast shaping and cutting the “Rice Christmas Trees”.


His favorite part was eating while working.

Speaking of eating, turning four is making Ethan an eating machine. He’s constantly starving, and not in his typically “I need a snack” kind of way, more in an “I’M STARVING!!!” kind of way. He wakes up hungry and comes home from school ravenous. He’s plowing through most meals at a rate I haven’t seen in ages. This week he’s eaten huge bowls of oatmeal, yogurt, orange juice or green smoothie, and fruit for most breakfasts. It’s a nice break from the usual “hour of begging him to eat” nonsense. He’s growing.

EthanClaireCakeClimbing one of the STL 250th Anniversary cakes at Schlafly

After many weeks apart, Ethan and Claire got a morning together. Little Fishes Swim School is doing “Daily Deals” for $15 and, since we are not currently enrolled, we stopped by for a quick morning swim class. It was great. Moms and babies hung in the play area while the big kids splashed in what can only be described as a huge hot tub before we made the poor judgement call of taking all four kids to lunch. We somehow made it through unscathed and these two had a blast together as usual. Nothing like trying to catch up with your girlfriend while the four year olds are being super silly, the one year old is screaming, and the baby is nursing.

Super relaxing. 


We finally made it over to the new Rooster on South Grand for some brunch last weekend. Heaven. The window boards (leftovers from Ferguson protesting) were mostly down and light was streaming through the two walls of glass. The food was delicious, coffee incredible, kids menu superb, and service perfect. The decor is just enough to be stylish while still comfortable and the family-style seating very inviting. There’s a community feel throughout the whole place, perfect for our neighborhood. Dave Bailey knows how to please a crowd—and makes it look SO easy! We’ll be back…often.

And our Santa picture arrived…


Like my pirate squint? And Finn’s crooked head? And the way Santa’s glasses sit so he appears to be missing an eye?

This was the best Santa shot we got this year due to Ethan’s new habit of absolutely refusing to a) look happy and b) LOOK AT THE CAMERA!! I didn’t even order the one of just the kids…there were depressing. I’m all about unposed shots but OMG it’s impossible to get this kid to give us a normal looking face in pictures these days. It’s usually a faked smile, a grimace really, with dead-looking eyes…not great. This one was OK.

Picture aside, I’m still so proud of Ethan for practicing what he’d say to Santa and then delivering the line perfectly. That conversation, the one I knew he was looking forward to this year, was what counts. Now “Santa” just needs to get in gear on that Lego table “he” has absolutely no energy to make.

PS, in an effort to get a blog post done in this century, I edited all my photos (taken on my iPhone because I’m too lazy to haul around the big camera) in Afterlight. I forgot how much I love that app.  

One Response
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    December 13, 2014

    I miss those boys!! We were just talking last weekend about Finn sleeping through the night. He must have heard us!!

    The Santa picture is adorable along with Ethan sipping his water at Rooster.
    Enjoy your Christmas next weekend in St. Louis.

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