Scenes from Easter weekend at the Grand Hotel, Point Clear, Alabama.

It’s such a magical place. Just over an hour away, but it feels like you’re a world away. Magnificent oak trees with Spanish Moss. A little candy kitchen. Beautiful flowers in full bloom. Tea time. Croquet. Hammocks.

I love this Easter tradition of ours.

The children are up waaaay early from their naps. And they’ve found some intense magical energy source that’s making act like they’re on cocaine. I actually fell asleep, hard, because I have been getting very little actual sleep at night due to a certain one year old who still wakes up screaming bloody murder at least 3 times between 11 and 5.

Emma is chasing the dog and yelling what sounds to be Vietnamese obscenities at her.

Kylie just said something about filling a bucket with water and I’m praying she’s using that over active imagination of hers.

Oh hell. I hear running water…

3.5 is hard.

Meltdown causes today include:

-Her PBJ (not toast) for breakfast was closed, not open.
-Her now open PBJ got her fingers sticky.
-Her now closed PBJ isn’t right.
-The dog is by her. She doesn’t want to pet the dog.
-Why is the dog all the way over there?
-She pinched her knuckle, and it hurt.
-Her drink isn’t right, but she doesn’t know what’s wrong with its location.
-She closed her head in the pantry. Twice.
-Her toe keeps slipping.
-Her hair is in her face, but she doesn’t want it brushed, in a barrette, or in a ponytail.
-Her pizza is sideways.
-Her pizza has rectangles, not squares.
-She broke her pizza.
-She has a paper towel, not a napkin.
-She wants to sit in that side of the chair, but she’s slipping.
-Squares are not triangles.

And we’re not even half way through lunch. Sometimes it’s infuriating, and sometimes its tough not to laugh. Cracking a smile during a meltdown makes her seven times as angry.

Last Friday she went to the Dr. because she had a terrible cough. Double ear infection. She swears her ears don’t hurt.

Do ear infections cause epic meltdowns every 40 seconds?

I’ve been working in oil pastels this week in an attempt to satiate the longing for paint. I don’t remember the last time I worked in color. I’ve been living by charcoal.

Kylie saw all of the oil sticks and gasped. She asked with such quiet desperation in her voice if she could use them, and I could hear that she expected me to tell her no. When I said she could, she ran to the table as fast as her little feet could carry her. 

She just stared, wide-eyed, at all of the colors. The she hovered her hand over the box, quickly moving her fingers against her thumb, just as I do when deciding which to pick up. She took each one, made a small mark, then went back for another color, pausing occasionally to inspect the worn wrappers or to feel the buttery texture on her fingers. 

She treated them almost reverently, completely in awe that she could share Mommy’s special supplies.

I’ve been working in oil pastels this week in an attempt to satiate the longing for paint. I don’t remember the last time I worked in color. I’ve been living by charcoal.

Kylie saw all of the oil sticks and gasped. She asked with such quiet desperation in her voice if she could use them, and I could hear that she expected me to tell her no. When I said she could, she ran to the table as fast as her little feet could carry her.

She just stared, wide-eyed, at all of the colors. The she hovered her hand over the box, quickly moving her fingers against her thumb, just as I do when deciding which to pick up. She took each one, made a small mark, then went back for another color, pausing occasionally to inspect the worn wrappers or to feel the buttery texture on her fingers.

She treated them almost reverently, completely in awe that she could share Mommy’s special supplies.

Morning Meltdowns

Crying like the world is ending;

Mom! I need you to get Emma! Get her away!

Mom! Wait! Why are you leaving!

I’m hungry!

No! I’m not ready for breakfast!

I don’t want pancakes! I need cereal!

Milk in my bowl, please.

I need my milk in a cup!

Why are you making oatmeal? I wanted pancakes!

I want to dip them in syrup! Aaaaahhh! It fell off in the syrup!

Ow! I hurt myself!
-What hurts?
I just hit my face with my hand! Ow!


All in the span of about 20 minutes. Toddlers, man. They have problems.

Object Permanence. 

See also: The weekend in which Emma discovered the permanent residence of my boobs.

So is this just a phase or will she insist on stretching my shirt and clawing her way in to try to nurse just because she can? Even if she has just nursed/eaten, she insists on trying to get to them. She usually nurses about 3 times (sometimes 2, sometimes 4) from wake up to bed time, but now she wants constant nursing. Not because she’s hungry… It only lasts 1-2 minutes at most, so I’m fairly positive it’s just because she has discovered that the boobs are ever-present under the shirt.

Help. Anyone else been here?

Object Permanence.

See also: The weekend in which Emma discovered the permanent residence of my boobs.

So is this just a phase or will she insist on stretching my shirt and clawing her way in to try to nurse just because she can? Even if she has just nursed/eaten, she insists on trying to get to them. She usually nurses about 3 times (sometimes 2, sometimes 4) from wake up to bed time, but now she wants constant nursing. Not because she’s hungry… It only lasts 1-2 minutes at most, so I’m fairly positive it’s just because she has discovered that the boobs are ever-present under the shirt.

Help. Anyone else been here?

Collaboration.

Collaboration.

Chatting with this sweet thing. Carrots and peas for her. Tea for me.

Chatting with this sweet thing. Carrots and peas for her. Tea for me.

A few weeks ago Emma discovered my belly button while nursing. She stared at it intensely, poked it, pinched it, put her toe in it, scratched it, slapped it, and tried to latch to see if food came out. Then I pulled up her shirt and said, “Look! You have one too.” She bent her head all the way down, lifted her belly and found it.

Mind. Blown.

For weeks it’s been look at mine. Find hers. She can not get over the concept of the belly button. Any time I take her clothes off she goes straight to it.

Last night I got Kylie out of the bath, and Emma’s world was again rocked when she saw that Kylie has one too.

Emma stood straight up. No assistance. It was fast. She stood so solidly. No wobbling. Just bam. Standing.

All for a belly button.

Now she’s attached to Kylie like a barnacle. She’s been playing with Kylie, but now she lays one her, hugs her, follows her like a lost puppy. It’s like she’s admitted her into our exclusive club. The one for people with belly buttons.

And she stood up.

Ditchin’ naptime to crash mommy’s free minute to herself. “What you want to be alone? Great! I’ll come too!”

Ditchin’ naptime to crash mommy’s free minute to herself. “What you want to be alone? Great! I’ll come too!”