Friday, June 18, 2021

Currently: June 2021

Whew, June is already half over! The days are long but the months and years feel short, especially in this stage of life with 2 young kids. Here is what is currently going on in our world.

Reading: The same non-fiction books as I was last week (The Positive Enneagram and How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen) and I just started 'Good Company' by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney which is another book from the Modern Mrs. Darcy summer reading guide. I'm finding that I don't love reading multiple books at the same time so will avoid it going forward. But I wanted to get the book club book read well before the deadline (I don't like feeling like I'm cutting it close) and the Little Kids Will Listen book is a library book so I needed to get it back within the 3 week lending period. 

Loving: Will's stage. He's so smiley, happy and easy-going. Stranger danger has set in, which is developmentally typical. So he does not want to be held by anyone besides mom and dad. He does fine at daycare and is super happy there, but when we have family and friends over, he will no longer let them hold him without him screaming. :( 

Feeling: tired. Paul has started to wake up occasionally - I think he's hitting the stage where he starts to have vivid bad dreams. It's tough to get him back in his crib/back to sleep when he wakes. Add in the baby waking and some nights can be really rough. Will's naps can be short and unpredictable so I'm usually not able to nap on the weekend either so I just feel tired all the time right now! I remind myself that this is a stage and I won't feel like this forever, but it's tough when you are in the middle of it!

Anticipating: visiting my parents next weekend at the lake and seeing my 98yo grandma for the first time in almost 2 years!! We usually see her at the lake in the summer but that couldn't happen last year due to covid. I'm excited to introduce her to Will, plus Paul has changed SO MUCH since she last saw him! It will be great to get some time with my parents and the weather looks like it will be great! My dad got a fishing rod for Paul so we'll try fishing and see what he thinks. There are tons of fish by my parents dock. He usually feeds them crackers so we'll see what he thinks of catching them! My parents are super hands on with the boys so I know they'll give us a break to lay down during the day, etc. 

Struggling: with toddler emotions. Oof 3 is a tough age. 2 was much much easier so I'm not sure why it's referred to as the 'terrible 2s' as all my friends say 3 is worse than 2. 

Grateful: that we've been able to see more family and friends in the last month or so! That is what I missed most of all during the pandemic!

Working: out pretty consistently for the first time since when I got pregnant with Paul! I try to run 2-3 times/week - those runs are still run/walk intervals but I'm gradually increasing the amount of time I run. And then I do 2-3 21 day fix workouts. I like that they are 30 minutes long so easy to fit into the day. 

Listening: to podcasts as usual. I've also converted Paul into a Brandi Carlile fan! She is my all-time favorite artist so I'm glad he likes her music, too. His favorite song is "Hold Out Your Hand" from her latest album. It has some clapping section so that is why he likes it.

Watching: Top Chef on my own and season 7 of Alone with Phil. 

that our weather wouldn't be quite as intensely hot! We've had a lot of 90+ degree days with high humidity. I know this is the norm for many parts of the country, but our winters are so horrible so we look forward to summer days. And many days have been too hot/humid to have our kids outside. Hopefully things normalize soon!

Bonus Paul and Will Photos:

He's pretty much always smiling!

Working on tummy time. He is really trying to crawl but has a ways to go before that will happen!

First day of swimming lessons. This was as close as he got to the water unfortunately. He spent most of the lesson sitting by me or next to the pool. His teacher said this is normal, especially after a long gap in lessons. Hopefully he is willing to participate soon.

What are you loving, anticipating and grateful for?


Jeanie said...

I'm so glad you will be able to spend time with your grandma. The older we get, the more tenuous that waiting period is! I'm glad she was able to stay well during Covid time. (I'm with you on reading multiple books at once -- I don't enjoy it. Have a terrific weekend, Lisa. I hope you can get a little rest.

katielookingforward said...

Hooray for seeing your grandma! What a blessing! And I agree, I do not read 2 books at the same time well.

Stephany said...

What a joy to be able to visit with your 98-year-old grandma! I'm so glad she's here to see your kiddos. <3

I'm someone that does better reading more books at once (especially if I'm reading a heavy book - I need to be able to set it down for something lighter!), but I know it's not for everyone. Glad you've figured that out!

I am currently loving homemade nachos, anticipating my cousin's wedding this weekend, and grateful for my flexible work schedule. :)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

Have a good visit!

Grateful Kae said...

I can read two books at the same time, max. But one must usually be non-fiction and one fiction. I tend to have my non-fiction be one I almost "study" (like to read sitting at a table, with a notebook nearby) and then I enjoy having another lighter one just in my purse to read out somewhere or before bed, etc.

Wow about your 98 year old grandma!! That's so cool!! She will be so thrilled to see you all.

And we are continuing on the crazy weather train here, too. Now it's been downright chilly this week, with temps in the low 60's. After the 90+ temps, it feels COLD. I think it's supposed to be nice next week. I hope so, because Ethan goes to camp next week (traditional outdoor summer camp, with lake activities, etc...). Fingers crossed the temps of 75-80 and sunny will hold....

Anne said...

Hope you had a wonderful lake visit! And sorry that you are dealing with a three-nager. The threes really are more developmentally challenging than the 2's. Not sure how that came to be thought of as the "difficult" stage, to be honest!

And yay for Brandi Carlisle! One of my favorites too. I am loving "The Joke".

San said...

So happy to hear you'll be spending time with family at the lake! Sounds wonderful. So many of my fellow Germans are traveling home this summer, but I am not ready, so I'll have to live vicariously through everyone who's getting away and seeing family.

I am glad you've been finding a way to get back into an exercise routine!