Tuesday, August 28, 2007

A Boy's Blessing

This was originally posted on Blog Mamas on August 18th, 2007.

One evening many months back, when Jeep was younger and more often waking multiple times a night, in a sleep-deprived haze I thumbed through a book of devotions and found a prayer that I have prayed with my son every night since:

Dear God, shelter us under your wings of love. Grant us a peaceful night and a restful sleep.

After the above phrases, I rattle off a list of "God blesses" starting with Daddy, Mama and Jeep. After the three of us, the nightly list would vary widely from every grandparent, aunt, uncle and cousin, to all of Jeep's classmates and the neighborhood pets. A couple of months ago, Jeeper surprised me by interupting me after the word "sleep" and reciting "God bess Daddy, God bess Mama and God bess Jeepee." So sweet. He has been in charge of the "God blesses" ever since! It has been fun to observe nightly who he selects to bless. Daddy and I almost always make the list, but beyond that it may include that day's favorite teacher, one of his stuffed animals or a neighborhood pal.

Last weekend, a good friend was visiting from Oregon and she was sitting on the living room floor with me and Jeep when I told him it was time for his nap. He sunk into my arms and began chanting "God bess Daddy..." I laughed because we don't usually say prayers for naptime but it was funny that he related it to being about to get into bed. Then he said, "God bess Mama," and paused before he pointed to my girlfriend and pronounced, "God bess dat one."

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Happy Hill, Golf Guys & Bubble Bub

A few days ago we took a four day road trip vacation with Jeeper's Grandma and Grandpa. I learned a few things, good and bad, about car travels with a toddler. Next time we take Jeep on vacation I plan to be a little more careful about coordinating travel and naptime, for example. But I had to share these three highlights of the long weekend:

After Jeep started getting restless at a restaurant, he and Daddy wandered outside and found a little hill and Jeeper went crazy rolling down. I couldn't believe how many times he would roll down and then pop back up, run up the hill and do it again. He laughed and laughed. Such a typical childlike thing to do. Who hasn't rolled down a hill? It was a rite of passage -- a very fun one!

Daddy, Grandpa and Bub played a little putting course the next morning and the Jeeper held on through 12 holes. He concentrated really hard, was super sweaty after they finished and kept repeating his dad's coaching for days: "Back, through!" It was amazing to see him play so hard with the big guys.

Our boy, bubbles and a beautiful view.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Rock Star

We've were hit hard with the January flu bugs at our house. I got up one day after a morning of throwing up and sleeping to find my hubby sitting in my floral "mama-chair" glider holding a sleeping Jeeper who had been incredibly fussy without his mama around. Daddy had been holding and rocking Jeep for over two hours because it was the only way the little guy would sleep. It melted my heart and filled me with gratitude for a spouse who is such loving father.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Seeing Red

Jeeper tripped on the floor yesterday (admit it, you've done that before too), fell right on his face and got a bloody nose. I was in the shower so his daddy did the comforting and clean up. Fortunately he was fine a few moments later but I was a little traumatized since this was his first truly bloody "ouch." I imagine there will be more in the future since he's an active and energetic little boy. However, first bloodshed feels like some kind of mothering milestone.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

A Dream Come True

I have great news to report: The sippy cup of my dreams exists!!! The Nalgene Grip-N-Gulp (NGG) is everything that I had hoped and imagined a few months ago. I love the description of the bottle on the company's official website:

"We’ve taken on Everest. Now we’re ready for toddlers! Nalgene containers have stood up to some of the worlds most extreme conditions. Small potatoes compared to small children. The new Nalgene Grip'n Gulp™ is tough enough to survive being thrown from a moving minivan, spill proof enough to compel parents to blame the rug stains on the dog, and odor proof enough to allow leftover milk to go undetected under the couch for months. Most importantly, its a great way for little kids to reach new heights."

The first time I spotted the NGG it was in the cupholder of an SUV parked at Jeeper's school. A few weeks later we were brunching with friends and they gave one to Jeep to use for slurping his apple juice. I made an admiring comment and they told us we could take it home (it was no longer needed since their youngest is a very mature six year old who is so over sippy cups). After my brief but delightful experience with this hand-me-down version, which proved to be all that Nalgene advertises, I ordered one for practically every toddler I know. I recommend you do the same. (The best price I found was the SALE price at http://www.campbound.com/.) Happy sipping!

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

77 Names

Angel Cakes
Baby Bug
Baby Cakes
Big Boy
Buster Brown
Cute Heart
Cutest Heart
Daddy's Boy
Dear One
Diddle Diddle Dumplin'
Farmer John
Frere Jacques
Honey Bunch
Jaguar Prince
Jo Pat
John Patrick
Johnny P
Jota Pe
Juan Patricio
Little Buddy
Little Bugger
Little Fella
Little Guy
Little Man
Little One
Little Sweetie
Love Bug
Love Bunch
Love Munch
Mama's Boy
My Son John
Pride ‘O Me Loins
Snuggle Bug
Sweet Angel
Sweet Boy
Sweet Cheeks
Sweet Heart
Sweet Pea
Sweetest Angel
Sweetest Boy
Sweetest Heart
Sweetest Pea
Sweetie Pie