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Adventures & Tough Days

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Well, this week is shaping up to be a real adventure! Not like one of those treasure hunting or traveling adventures but more like every day life adventure. Meaning, I’m definitely not bored haha.

First, let me start by recapping the mini heart attack I had on Tuesday watching Slovenia play Qatar in the quarterfinals of the World Championship.  It started in the 58th minute of the match and I was so nervous I had to literally go into the kitchen and calm myself down. Thanks for the stress sweat guys! Thank God, it was only two minutes because if it was any longer, I wouldn’t be here today. Slovenia won and they played so great, it was amazing to watch! After I was so hyped up on pride and adrenaline that I just couldn’t get to sleep. I’m not sure what I’m going to do watching the semi finals tomorrow but I feel like some lavender calming essential oils might come handy haha. Or wine 🙂

Second, my second and (most likely) my last child has officially entered little boyhood. He announced Monday evening, to his wildly unprepared mama, that he was in fact quitting his pacifier. The nerve! There I was, completely unaware, putting him to bed and snuggling Balthazar next to him, along with a 103 cars, and of course his paci when he suddenly goes: “Ne, duda, ne bom!” (No, paci, I don’t want it).

Ummm, excuse me? You’re saying you don’t want your pacifier anymore? But you’re only like 2 1/2 years old and I’m not ready for this. Of course, I swallowed my internal desire to put it in his mouth anyways and say: “Mama needs you to be a baby just a little bit longer, OK?”, and instead said: “OK, sure.” (because this is obviously not a big deal at all!!!!) and put it next to his pillow. You know, just in case he changed his mind during the night.

Well, the paci is still next to his pillow right now, totally ignored and he’s been sleeping and napping without it for two days. I should probably go and put it away, right?

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HE DOES THIS THING WHERE HE BLOWS UP HIS BANGS AND THEN ASKS ME TO DO IT TOO. I OBVIOUSLY CAN’T BECAUSE I DON’T HAVE BANGS, WHICH FOR SOME REASON JUST CRACKS HIM UP.

I know I should be happy that this is going so well (I am) and honestly if he’s going to announce in a few months that he’s ready to ditch diapers in the exact same cool way then I’ll be totally fine with that. But right now, I just need to wallow for a few more days and mourn the fact that my little baby is getting bigger. Ahhhh my uterus is screaming right now!

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What else, what else???

Well, here are a few photos from our day yesterday. Lev and I spent the morning playing, while waiting for Lari to finish her morning in school. We did puzzles, played with Play Doh and took Chandler for a nice walk.  It was an awesome day and a calm day, right up until we got back from the vet in the afternoon (a Chandler issue) in what I can only call “the witching hour”, because in those last few hours before bed I really thought I was going to lose it. A couple of unfortunate events,  just one too many tantrums and spilled glasses (not by accident) later and it was IT for me. I hustled them to bed right after dinner and I think they must have sensed that my limits have either already been crossed or are about to be because they were both asleep pretty quickly.

Like I said, we’re definitely not bored haha!

But later in the evening, as everything was quieting down and I was kind of going over the evening and sort of reevaluating my reactions and wishing I would have done better in keeping my cool, I came across this excerpt on Homesong’s Instagram from Parent’s Tao Te Ching (which coincidentally I just ordered myself).

“In difficult times

children may thrive on conflict

If you take the bait

the battle rages.

Instead step back,

breathe deeply,

relax,

and stay at your center.

Battle requires two parties.

One fighting alone soon tires.”

It resonated with me so deeply and it encouraged me to sort of let go and just do better. We’re all human, we all make mistakes. It’s how we deal with them that makes or breaks us.

Either way, it’s the final countdown and no matter what happens we get to see daddy in just a few days (maybe we’ll even head up to Paris, who knows!) so honestly, after a whole month of doing life without him, having him back home will be adventure enough.

Have a great rest of the week folks and wish Slovenia luck for tonight!

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