I’m really starting to understand what it means to be the mom to a toddler boy. I feel like I’m constantly on guard with eyes in the back of my head. We’ve had a bit of a tough stretch lately–Jay has been sick for about a month with a constant cough, Matt was sick with a sinus infection, and I had surgery (more to come on this in a later post).

I’m also finding myself having a hard time when it comes to the tantrums and defiance. I’m definitely the pushover parent, so I’ve been doing some searching on how to best parent a spirited toddler. I came across the book Happiest Toddler on the Block by Harvey Karp. I’m about halfway through and already finding it to be really valuable. I’ve put a few things into practice in just a matter of a few days. It’s a pretty easy read too!

In other updates, Matt will be going hunting (ugh!) this weekend, so Jay and I will be on our own to stay busy. This is very unlike me, but I think I may put out some Christmas decorations this weekend. Normally, I’m an “after Thanksgiving” kind of girl, but we are projected to get 2-4″ of snow this weekend, so I think it might be the perfect weather for me to pull out some red and green bins! We have a mini loft space in our upstairs, so I’m thinking of putting a fake tree up there that overlooks the foyer. We are planning on getting a real tree for our living room that will be seen from the street.

I’m also excited for family pictures. I have put together some outfit ideas that I’m working on to create a cute theme. We are scheduled for pictures with my friend and photographer Jaime (Photos by Jaime).

Here are a few cute pics of my wild little guy.

 “Scared” of the fake dinosaur at the zoo


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