Friday, July 29, 2016

4th of July and dates with children

Right before Ammon was born Michael and I went on a date. We didn't have time to arrange a babysitter and we couldn't really afford one that month anyway, so we put Quin in the stroller at naptime and walked to Applebees. Quin didn't fall asleep right away. We had to walk around the block several times before he was fully unconscious. Then we parked him off to the side of our table and had a really great date. He woke up right as we were finishing our meal.
We really need to go on another date soon but I'm not sure we can pull of getting both kids to sleep at the same time. 

We went to Monmouth for the Fourth of July. Ammon was only one week old but I was ready for an outing. Quin really enjoyed it. When he saw his cousins waiting to watch the parade he exclaimed: "oh my goodness! Cousins!" and "so much fun!" During the parade he loved enjoyed the trucks, horses, drums, and most of all CANDY!" He was nervous to pick it up at first, but he watched his cousins scrambling to pick it up and eventually joined in.

We went to Grandma B's house for lunch and then Heath's friend Carole's house for a barbecue. Quin enjoyed all the watermelon and chips laying around on the counters and table.

We got home pretty late that night. We could see the firework shows from several different towns near Eugene as we drove. There were lots of big fireworks going off overhead and so many people doing fireworks on the street. I took Ammon inside and unpacked from our outing while Michael carried  Quin on his shoulders and they walked around to look at fireworks.

A Bit About Ammon

Ammon is a very strong little dude! He keeps working hard on his little muscles. He can lift his head up already and loves to look around. Ammon loves looking at blinds, especially if the slats are moving. His favorite thing to look at is momma's face :) He has a very strong grip and has been working on his hair grabbing skills.

Everywhere we go people say "look at all that hair!" The only word I can think to describe his crown of dark brown hair is "magnificent." It is so soft and always poofs up on the top.

He likes to be held and doesn't tolerate being put down for very long. He's okay for a little bit if there is a face to look up at. I keep reminding myself that this is the fourth trimester and human babies really aren't ready to be born when they are. Plus I enjoy holding him :) I just get a lot less done. But he's more important than anything else I could be doing.

I put him down outside on a blanket while I was watering my plants today. He really enjoyed being outside. There was a lot for him to look at. Quin went over to him and knelt down and said "HI!" and then he started touching his nose and mouth and identifying body parts. He picked some grass and clover and put it on Ammon's tummy and then would pick each individual leaf/strand off of him. An odd way to pass the time but I was so happy Quin was interacting with Ammon. He doesn't interact with him very much when someone is holding him. So he hardly interacts with him at all! Every night before bed Quin gives momma a kiss, then Ammon on his forehead, and then daddy gets a kiss. So Ammon is part of the night time ritual :)

Quin enjoys hearing Ammon hiccup. He calls them "pickups" and likes to imitate Ammon.  Quin also thinks it's funny when Ammon cries in the car and will copy him with a flat-toned "wah. wah. wah."

When I was putting Quin down for a nap he asked if Ammon could "go night night" with him. He was pretty upset when I said no.  Lately Quin has started pretending to go to bed during sacrament meeting at church. He lays down on the floor and asks for a pillow and blanket. I give him the folded up baby carrier as a pillow and the nursing cover as a blanket. Then Quin says "night night" and lays there for several minutes. It's nice that it keeps him quiet.

I have been trying to figure out a regular schedule that will work for everyone. I really want the boys to get a bath together before bed, but Ammon seems to be asleep or needing to eat during bath time. Eventually :) They have had two baths together so far.

An important part of our schedule seems to be going to the playground in the morning. I get exercise, Quin gets to run around, and Ammon gets a nap. I pack a lunch for Quin to eat at the picnic table and then Quin falls asleep in the stroller by the time we get home. Today he was really tired so I had him eat in the stroller on the way home. He didn't make it very far with this cheese :)

As I was getting the guest bedroom ready for my parents' upcoming visit (in two weeks!!!) I left the wrapping paper in Quin's reach. He discovered that there is a really cool "brown sword" in the middle of each tube.  Quin draped the wrapping paper around him like a cape and we had a great time sword fighting with the tubes. I'm glad I let us have a happy time together instead of getting mad about it. I can buy more Christmas wrapping paper at the dollar store.

I recently had the realization that memories are all that I get to keep from this life. It's true, I'll get to be with my family forever if we make the right choices, but the only thing I get to take with me into the next life are my memories. This life is so short and I want to fill it with lots of happy memories of time together. Life is too short to get mad about wasting half a tube of wrapping paper. Every moment you live you are creating a new memory. Channel your energy into making this one a positive one. There will be difficult moments and memories you'd rather not have. Some things in life can't be controlled. Use what is in your control to make someone happy today. That's what life is all about!