Thursday, September 8, 2016

It's been a week and I think we can officially say that Hamish and the Manimal are roommates.

This plan has always been in our minds. The Manimal's nursery is small and has no closet; Hamish's room is large and has plenty of space. But over the past few weeks Hamish has begged each night to let the Manimal sleep with her. We tried a few times and it just didn't work. Someone was kicking. Someone was stealing covers or bed friends. Every time the Manimal would call us crying an hour later wanting to go to his own bed.

We had slightly better luck when we traveled and it made sense for them to share a bed, but even then we would make an emergency pallet and someone ended up there.

Last week, sort of on a whim, Kyle dismantled the Manimal's bed and moved it into Hamish's room while the rest of us were reading stories. When we took them upstairs to show them, they were absolutely giddy. Bedtime that first night was an extremely prolonged affair with lots of giggling and roaming around the room. In this room there are lamps the Manimal can reach, and toys, and books. He was drunk on his freedom. Hamish was drunk on an audience.

Since then we've had better and worse nights but we haven't had to separate them. In fact, two nights after we made the move, I collected the Manimal one afternoon after nap. Hamish was still snoozing so I shut the bedroom door to take the Manimal downstairs to play. He promptly lost it. "My own room!" he wailed. "My own room!" I assured him over and over that it was still his room, I was just letting Sissy sleep.

This Saturday was the highlight of the week. Hamish knows she can get up when her clock say 7:00. The Manimal has a lamp on a timer (also set to 7), and he knows he can get up when his light comes on. I woke up with a start at 8:15, surprised to still be in bed. I went to check on them and they were sitting together in the rocking chair reading books. Lovely.

Monday, August 29, 2016

I somehow forgot to his publish on this earlier. But here's your (my/our) final monthly infographic. Sniff.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hooray for two years of our Manimal!!! We love him so.

We kicked off his birthday the day before at Mimi & Grumpa's house. We'd had a full week of running around from Alabama to Tennessee to Massachusetts to South Carolina, and were so happy to be back together on the Manimal's birthday eve to celebrate with cupcakes and Kyle's family. The Manimal loves: cake, candles, and party hats, so he was thrilled.



We drove home that night and spent his birthday week at home opening presents from various friends and family as they arrived.



The child now also really loves presents.

Saturday I had booked a picnic pavilion for a party at the creek, but it rained all day on Friday, so we canceled it. The water would have been way too high to enjoy. We were hoping for something more like this:



As I texted cancellation messages to all of our friends on Friday afternoon, one responded and suggested meeting at Donut Den instead. I didn't really want to go to Donut Den on Saturday morning (super busy time!) so Kyle went and got 2 dozen donuts and several friends stopped by throughout the day to wish the birthday boy a happy day. It was actually the perfect celebration for us.



On Sunday--a full week after his actual birthday--we had lunch with the Rosses and the Wagners and the birthday boy FINALLY got an actual birthday cake.



Hooray for our precious little man. You are a party that goes on and on!!