I guess I just mean that it's no longer "acceptable" for me to carry him into a grocery store without shoes on, knowing he's going to take them off in the cart anyways. Or for him to melt down in the middle of the mall. Or to watch a DVD and eat food from home at a restaurant so he doesn't scream bloody murder. All these little things that are tolerated for parents with toddlers are things that more and more invite a frown or concerned looks from "well-meaning" outsiders. I feel their stares on my back and I want to blurt out - HEY! We're good parents! We know this is a shitty parenting technique! But it is the only thing getting us through this hour, this day, this week of crazy. Cut us some slack?
He's not a baby anymore, right, I know. We're making it possible for him to enjoy this outing, or this event that is probably more stressful than it is fun for us. And he might look like a "big kid"... but yeah... I guess he's still my baby.
Speaking of family outings, Easter this year was really special. We spent time with both our extended families and had our annual beer-tasting. I even got my life together enough to make the boys Easter baskets with all their favorite things in them. I am not a particularly religious person, so we don't do church and dress-up - but the boys got cleaned up for the family dinners and had brand new outfits for their first Easter as brothers.
|Baskets and Sunday outfits|
I'm so proud of both boys for being well-behaved and freakin' adorable all weekend.
This weekend coming up is our annual Day Out With Thomas - it will be Little Man's third and Vegas' first!! I've seen Thomas the Tank Engine "live" more often than I've seen any of my favorite bands or Broadway musicals. Sigh. Parenthood is awesome kids, everyone should do it.
|Gotta catch this guy when you can...|
Back to the grind - chicken nuggets don't microwave themselves ya know!