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Celebrations

We have a lot to celebrate in our household in the upcoming month and there is a lot of preparation involved and I am feeling a lot overwhelmed. At any rate, Baby Magoo is set to have his baptism. I am so proud of him and am really looking forward to his special day. I know it is not so special for a lot of people in our family, sadly – although I know they will come to support us. I plan on making the day super special for my little guy though, because he deserves it!

The day of Baby Magoo’s baptism, we also plan on celebrating Little Magoo’s second birthday. Granted, his birthday was already in March and Mr. Magoo and I did celebrate it alone with him, we still wanted him to have his special day too. With the chaos of adjusting to life as a family of four (Baby Magoo was only 2 months old at the time) and the fact that is was still nice and cold out – the thought of cramming 30-40 people into our small home, without the option of going outside, was just not so appealing…so we opted to hold off the celebration.

I’ve got a lot of ideas in store for this celebration, from cupcakes to decorations to favors. So far, we have sent off the invites.

We decided to go with a little safari type theme, mainly elephants – since they are good luck with their trunks turned up and hold a special meaning since my grandmother used to collect little elephants. There is a lot of good associated with them.

Hopefully I will be able to get everything done that I have in mind and be able to post the details of the day at some point.

So proud of my two littles and I love them so much.

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My Little Magoo

Now that it is night and things have settled and the house is quite, it gives me a moment’s peace to reflect…and so I began to think about my day with Little Magoo. He amazes me. He amazes me in every single way. Although he is still not talking in full sentences, he has been adding more and more vocabulary by the day and the things he can do are just incredible.

I watch him with his little brother – he runs to hug and kiss him in the morning, helps me get him up from a nap (grabbing his step stool from the bathroom along the way, so he can peek over the top of the crib), and asks to help wipe him during a diaper change. He is such a loving little boy…it fills my heart.

Tonight while reading Little Magoo “Love is a Special Way of Feeling” by Joan Walsh Anglund – the story ended by saying “Love is a happy feeling that stays inside your heart for the rest of your life.” He looked at me and immediately pointed to his chest. How? How did he know what his heart was? His soul, his every fiber of his core? Who taught him that? Simply amazing. I was in awe.

I love that little boy.

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The past few days here in New England have been sweltering – summer sweltering heat in the 90’s, in MAY. Unreal. Tuesday we dragged out the kiddie pool, ran to the dollar store and bought some little pool toys and a foam noodle, so that I could make a toddler friendly sprinkler (super easy by the way, I used half a noodle)…and sat and splashed in the water from the sides of the pool on the deck. I sat in my chair with my feet in the water, soaking Little Magoo with a water squirter, he in turn enjoyed pouring water on my legs…we drank from the sold hose water, laughed, ate goldfish crackers and dodged hornets. It was a good day.

Yesterday however, the house became extremely hot – there was no keeping it cool any longer and we are certainly not ready for summer here in the slightest. Baby Magoo’s room was reading at 91 degrees at the end of the day. Poor Baby. The day started with me filling the pool again, but sadly Little Magoo decided to toss a toy at me so he lost the one thing he was looking forward too. Even I was bummed. But we stayed in, out of the even hotter outside and had ice cream and blew bubbles and had Grandma and Grandpa stop for a visit – it was a nice day. Although I had all intentions of taking some photos of Little Magoo splashing around yesterday, it didn’t happen.

Then everything cooled down with a couple of thunderstorms last night – this morning the windows are open wide as I have my hot cup of coffee and the cool air seeps in. Glorious perfection of a morning after dragging through some pretty unbearable heat last night.

Speaking of photos, I haven’t been feeling too up to par on my photography. I hate photography funks – does anyone else get those? Anyways, good thing is, Little Magoo and I are working on something top secret for Daddy, so maybe that will help out a bit.

Signing off! Over and out!

– Mrs. Magoo

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Sometimes it seems like life happens overnight. You go to bed waiting for the next day to begin and when it does, it seems like life has progressed so much in such a short amount of time.

Last Friday, the trees outside my home still had little red buds clinging to the branches. Then as if overnight, green everywhere. That lush lime green, birds singing and a new season sprung forth.

My nights are still full of sleeplessness – waking up to nurse Baby Magoo or comfort Little Magoo from the occasional bad dream. Baby Magoo is a pro now at flipping onto his belly – getting back…well not so much. But needless to say, he no longer sleeps beside me in our bed. I miss his little cuddles, me moving him from my body so he had room to breathe and him inching his way back to my breast in his swaddle to smell me and sweetly falling back asleep.

Now nursing sessions are composed of me trying to keep Baby Magoo from rolling away from me and trying to fall back asleep next to him for a nightly cat nap ans his free arm wildly hits me in the face or pinches my skin in his tiny fingers. Slowly the treasured days of having him nestled under my chin at the hospital are fading as I watch his personality slowly emerge. Still a cuddle bug. I love that. This weekend we hope to look at cribs for him and I put up the wall decals in his room. Mr. Magoo said to me the other day, “I like those decals, they look good and make me really smile.” It was nice to hear…ugh, my babies are growing, growing, growing.

Little Magoo has seemed to blossom overnight too. Using a cup without a lid at dinner time – and now sitting on the big toilet before bedtime. I can’t believe that has begun. He had been pulling at his diaper for quite a while and pointing to the toilet. He gets the concept of that is where business is to be done – but with a new baby in the mix it wasn’t going to happen so soon. Since he has been leaking through his overnight diapers, I thought we could get the concept in his head before bed. No rush though, he will do it when he is ready…seemingly overnight I am sure.

He is such a big boy now and I am so proud of him – nothing beats the random hug and kiss from a toddler, filled with such intensity…and he’s funny. Really, Little Magoo has such a great sense of humor and I love it. He makes me laugh on a daily basis…and he plays so well too – with other children, with me and Mr. Magoo – his imagination blooming more and more every day. The wonder in the world of toddlerhood.

Before I know it, the boys will be playing together in the yard, smashing cars together and having races – splashing in tub together and giggling at the dinner table – so much to look forward to…but I hope it doesn’t happen overnight. I still want to soak it in.

Life is good. Crazy, exhausting good.

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Photo Tag

I was recently tagged by Mama V. over at Adventures of a Mom – so here goes…although I don’t think I will be tagging any friends…since I do not have many.

The rules are simple;
1) Go to your photo files, select the 8Th photo folder.

2) Select the 8Th photo in that folder.

3) Post that photo along with the story behind it

4) Then challenge 8 blogging friends to do the same!

I’ve actually posted this photo before – just Little Magoo looking at a baby toy…look at him studying that thing…

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Yard Work

Today we attempted to do a little yard work outside – trying to pick up all the branches and sticks in our yard. We have been neglectful of our lawn this year…while everyone else in the neighborhood has been diligently taking advantage of the warm New England days to make sure their lawns are in pristine condition, Mr. Magoo has been busy working, doing school work, running errands…and well, I’ve been busy doing laundry, dishes, changing diapers, giving baths, making meals, dealing with nursing sessions. And so our lawn, in turn, is suffering.

While Baby Magoo napped, Little Magoo and I headed outside. It was promising, picking up all the branches that had fallen during the massive windstorm we had – it lasted for a little bit…until Little Magoo discovered the dandelions.

I showed him how to blow on them…figuring our lawn couldn’t get any worse than it was…

He did really well with getting the seeds off of the dandelions.

He was certainly very excited about it all…

…until his mouth got just a little too close…

Dandelion FAIL.

Poor Little Magoo. Yard work isn’t his thing. Especially the weed pulling.

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One and Two

As I nursed Baby Magoo this morning for a nap, I got to thinking about how differently I treated Baby Magoo…

With Little Magoo, I was so incredibly overwhelmed about becoming a first time parent – I was determined never to let him cry, determined to go word for word by my sleep training book – schedule, not co-sleep – you name it. And now there is Baby Magoo…and I am so much more relaxed with him. When I see he is tired, I put him to bed…I let him cry if I know he is tired and needs a nap…it’s like night and day with me and I am so much happier as a mother and quickly have learned how to “go with the flow” with our second..not an easy thing to do for someone who is generally uptight. I’m very proud of myself for that.

With Baby Magoo I was quick to learn that no book out there matters – no parenting book, sleep training book – nothing that is sold on the shelf will help you get through this as a parent. Even bringing Baby Magoo home, I had many people ask me “Is Little Magoo jealous?” Sure his jealousy shows through every now and then when he wants more time with me – but over all, he loves his little brother – this new invader of his territory. He randomly gives him hugs and kisses which Baby Magoo grins wildly at – “shares” his toys with Baby Magoo – you name it – he loves that little boy. And did I have to provoke any of it? Nope, not a single bit – granted I know the days of “He took my toy!!” are coming, but for now I’ll soak this up.

I think the best advice I got by far, was from the pediatrician at the hospital. He came to check on Baby Magoo and said: “Does he have any siblings at home?”

“Yes, a brother, who will be two soon.”

“For now, don’t worry about sibling rivalry – that will come later,” he said “Just be full of love. Show your son how to love and be loved and the love will just grow – don’t even worry about jealousy.”

Best.Advice.Ever.

Really, it was – I thought it was one of the kindest things a pediatrician had ever said to me – and it is so true – the love just grows and grows. It is amazing.

I see the curiosity in Baby Magoo’s eyes as he watches his big brother run around the room. The anticipation in Little Magoo, as he looks forward to showing his little brother things.

I am so glad they have each other. Love is a powerful thing.

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