I just try to be better than I was yesterday, or last week.
Maybe I am just a nurturer at heart (started babysitting at age 11) and I enjoy giving hugs and compliments. Now that I am an active part in this small family, I am finding so many ways to help.
(beating cabin fever with new costumes)
Last week I bought some granola. The next day it was gone! It turns out that Jesse LOVES granola yet rarely buys it because it is expensive. So I looked up a recipe and went to Costco. I've made two batches in five days! I like mine on top of plain Greek yogurt. Jesse even likes it for dessert! I made one recipe with honey and one with maple syrup. Both are excellent.
Braeden usually brings his lunch to school. Dad usually would pack PBJ, carrots and a bottle of water. Mom would pack 8,315 little containers of tidbits but they only get about 25 minutes for lunch. I asked him what he would like for lunch ... and he ate it all. So each night I tell him what we have. He is mostly vegetarian so I make sure he picks a protein ... hard boiled egg, protein bar, string cheese, yogurt ... then as many fruits and veggies as he thinks he will eat. Of course, he's only had 5 days of school since Dec 14 ....
(this is what he does on his days off .... )
I may as well confess. I even give Bosko (the 65 lb dog) a bite of my toast or sandwich as a treat. Not from the table (although he still begs)(fun to sit under Mr. 2.5) Each night I get the coffee pot ready to turn itself on. Once a week I've been making cookies. We watch a family movie once a week.
I'm competing with myself to be a better woman and grandmother. Mr. 2.5 is a strong willed child and Kate turned me onto 20 minute podcasts by an author who has learned from Magda Gerber. I have learned SO much about how to better deal with him. Respectful parenting and how best to cope with a high needs toddler. Today Mr. 6 went to school and Dadda went on a cleaning spree. I had Mr. 2.5 to myself six hours and all Janet Lansbury's advice worked!
(Chillin out in the laundry basket)
For now, the competition is not too stiff. Just me, myself and I!