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Picking out a Christmas Tree

Skye loved picking out a Christmas Tree the other day. He kept on running around yelling Trees at the top of his lungs. I think that we picked a pretty good one. I’ll post a few pictures later. I made a ton of garland over the weekend and I’m still spray gluing and dumping gold and silver glitter on it. I even made a tree skirt that came out really nice. 

I am pretty excited for Christmas this year, especially now that Skye is a bit older. It’s definitely more fun watching him get excited and bewildered with everything that is going on around him. I hope that he has a magical childhood with tons of great family memories.

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Sick Week

Well we got hit by the sick bug hard this past week. First Skye had a really high fever. I think that his second year molars are coming in and Zach got hit with a really horrible migraine. The two of them ended up in bed together for the day.

Is this not the cutest picture ever? I came home from running errands and found the two of them tangled up together asleep. My heart pretty much melted into a lovey dovey mess.

Friday night Skye and I were at the playground by our building with a friend and her daughter when Skye fell down a few concrete stairs face first. I managed to catch him by his waste, but his face still smacked the stair and he jammed his poor little hand and arm. So off to the ER we went to make sure his arm wasn’t broken. Thank goodness its not, but Skye is pretty scarred by the ER visit. I swear he was having flashbacks of being a preemie and spending the first month of his life in the hospital.

The kid does look pretty cute with a shiner.

Now, we’re all sick with a head cold. I feel like we just can’t catch a break. Lets hope that it passes quickly and we’ll all be on the mend soon.

A New Canvas

So Skye’s love of painting and coloring has taken on a whole new canvas. Himself!  He now loves to draw all over his body (including his scalp) and frequently comes up to me holding a marker asking me to draw on his face. 

Painting

I’ve written a few times about how much I love painting with Skye. I like showing him new techniques that I think sometimes he really gets. I say sometimes because the kid still tries to drink the paint water no matter how many times I tell him not to. Recently he was painting his table instead of the water-color paper so I showed him how to press the paper onto the painting and do a transfer. He thought that was hysterical and actually made a few great (I think) pieces. During another painting session he would take his painting and immerse it into a bowl of water and swoosh it around. The end result is a really muted, washed out, dreamy looking painting.

I usually take Skye’s shirt off when we paint or I will put one of my aprons on him. A few weeks ago Fab.com was having a flash sale on Keith Haring art smocks for $5 and I ordered him one. They’re not on sale anymore at Fab, but I did find them on the Bumkins website along with a ton of other cool designs. They’re easy to wipe down and throw into the wash too.

Red Suspenders

My mom just sent Skye some red suspenders. He loves them and so do I! 

Boys Summertime Wardrobe

I had so much fun putting together some cute boy outfits a few months ago that I thought I would try it out again. I love dressing Skye. I think its definitely one of my favorite things about being a mom. I can tell that Skye is kind of getting into clothes too because every morning after I dress him he walks over to the mirror and checks himself out. The other day I picked a pair of shoes for him and he came back with another pair and motioned for me to change the ones that I picked. He also loves accessories and didn’t bat an eye today when I put a blue bandana around his neck and he ran over with the sweetest smile to show Zach.

Living in Southern California we almost have two climates. Its usually pretty warm in the daytime and then the temperature drops at night. So I like to mix up his clothes and really be able to work warmer and cooler things together. I love layering and I’m definitely not afraid of a little color.

You can find these clothes at Zara, Sweet William, Old Navy, Toms, Winter Water Factory, Endless.com, H&MVolcom

The wee one

Skye’s second birthday is coming up in a month! We decided that for his birthday we’re going to build him a rock pit in the back yard so he can dig and fill up all of his buckets and trucks with rocks. We also want to get him one present that he could unwrap. Nothing too elaborate, but its so hard to make a decision when there are so many awesome kids toys out there. I’m kind of leaning towards the kiddie pool/ball pit (remember when I bought 100 balls off of Amazon last year for $10) or the white cardboard playhouse that he can color or paint on. Skye is really into mimicking us lately so the pots and pans or the dust pan and broom might be fun too. Good thing we have another month to figure it out.

I would also like to start some kind of birthday tradition where Skye will donate some of his older toys that he’s grown out of to another child who would love them as much as he did. So either we’ll donate to the thrift store or to an organization. There are a lot of homeless families here in San Diego. In fact there is a school in our neighborhood called The Monarch School that caters towards homeless students K-12. Skye doesn’t realize it yet, but he’s very fortunate and I want him to grow up wanting to give and to help others. Zach is always saying that I give all of our money away and my answer is that even though we don’t have as much as some people we have so much more than a lot of other people. There is always a way to help.  This is a way of thinking that I would hope to pass onto Skye.

Pop-Up Pool and Ball Pit

Ikea Mini Kitchen

Cardboard Playhouse

Tea Set

Pots and Pans

Wooden Drum

Dustpan and Broom

Swedish Glockenspiel

via Cutie kid stuff.

New York

Our New York trip has been pretty fun. We both got really sick two days after we got here and its been raining a lot. So we’ve been cooped up, but have still managed to get out some. This trip has been so different for me. Usually I am all over the city, but this time I have barely left Brooklyn. Well we did get some amazing Szechuan in Queens our first night.

My sister lives in this really industrial neighborhood in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her tiny block is jam packed with amazing graffiti. Landlords here get fined if they don’t paint over tags or graffiti on their buildings. So my brother in law got his landlord to section off areas of his buildings and gave space to graffiti artists to do as they pleased. The result is really spectacular. Probably the most famous piece is done by our friend Shepard Fairey. Skye has been having such a blast posing in front of all the paintings. Seriously its like a free art museum in this random Williamsburg neighborhood.

Terrible Two’s

Today was a difficult day with Skye. I’m lucky that these days are so far and few between, but I’m wondering if this is the start of the Terrible Two’s?

I’m partly trying to wean Skye from breastfeeding. Hopefully, by his second birthday he will be off the boob. Today he tried nursing for the millionth time and it wasn’t even 10 am yet. I told him no and that boobies went night night ( I can’t believe I talk like this sometimes) and he got so angry that he started to pick up all his trains and throw them on the ground and then he took my favorite book (Handcrafted Modern) and threw that on the the ground. He then threw himself onto the ground and started to hit his head. I just stood there in utter disbelief. Obviously the kid needed a moment. I on the other hand could have used a cocktail or at least another cup of coffee.

I know some kids fits last for a while and luckily his only lasted for a few minutes before I was able to distract him with something. I love that he needs me so much for comfort, but it is also very debilitating for me at the same time. Skye likes to comfort nurse which means he likes to use me as a pacifier and he wants to use me wherever we go. Seriously at this stage in the game the whole world has seen my boobs. There is no shame in my game anymore. I wish he would take a pacifier, but somewhere around his first birthday he started to refuse it and latched onto me for all of his comfort.

I actually called the La Leche League a few weeks ago to see if they could give me some advice about stopping, but I have yet to hear from anyone. They probably heard my message and deleted it because I want to stop breastfeeding not embrace it until he goes off to college (I’m joking).

I am hoping that Skye’s tantrum today isn’t the start of more to come. My little guy has always been so chill. I also know that this is just a moment in time and its not forever, but any advice on how to handle outbursts like this are more than welcome. I guess I’m just going to have to go with the flow and let him get his frustration out. Obviously he is having overwhelming feelings that he has no clue how to express and I know that has to be so difficult for him. I guess we’ll just have to ride it out and see what happens. Hopefully, not the Terrible Two’s.

Talking

Skye has been blowing up talking lately. A lot of it is baby talk, but within the last week he’s added five new words to his list. So now he has been saying:

  • Mama
  • Papa
  • Hello
  • Yes
  • No
  • This
  • Water
  • Gordon
  • James
  • Henry
  • Lyla (his bff)
  • 1,2,3
  • More
  • Tons of animal noises (did you know that birds growl and grunt? Yeah, me either)

Look at this chocolate chip cookie face! I could just lick him!

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