Lessons Learned & Top Posts

Another week full of life lessons has come and gone. Here are some of the things I learned this week.
  • When you use the last of the shampoo and condition, replace it right away. By the time you take another shower in 2 or 3 days (of course I shower daily....sometimes), you'll forget until you're already in the shower and soaking wet. You'll then be forced to use your husband's Suave for Men shampoo. You'll smell like a dude the rest of the day. A clean dude, but a dude nonetheless.
  • Write down your favorite recipes. If you don't, you'll never find them again. You'll forget which website you found the recipe on or your computer will mysteriously delete all of your bookmarks (this has happened to me, although not this week). Then you'll be stuck choosing some random recipe that won't turn out as well. And you'll be disappointed.
  • When your husband says, "The baby has been falling asleep easily at bedtime lately" right before he leaves for an evening out with friends, give him a swift kick where the sun doesn't shine. He'll deserve it. Because as soon as he walks out the door for a night of fun and freedom with friends, the baby will suddenly decide that it's the perfect night to NOT go to bed easily. She'll scream. She'll cry. She'll flip herself over and get her arm stuck in the side of the crib. You'll have to go in her room multiple times pulling every trick in the book to get her to fall asleep. And you'll have to leave your 3 year old unattended in the living room. Which brings us to our next lesson of the week...
  • Never leave your 3 year old unattended in the living room. This one doesn't really need any explanation. Because anyone in their right mind who has spent any time with a 3 year old knows it's never a good idea to leave them alone in a room full of electronics and fun couches on which to jump.
  • When your 3 year old yells, "Don't worry, Mommy. I'm just practicing my pillow fights" it really means "Hey, Mommy. I'm having a blast beating everything in the living room with this pillow while I jump up and down on the couch, which I know I'm not supposed to do, but you're stuck with the baby so what are you going to do about it?"
  • Nothing is more infuriating than a 3 year old laughing at you while you're yelling at him for being naughty (see previous lesson), particularly when you've already had a pull-your-hair-out-of-your-head day with the kids.
  • Bedtime stinks!
And now on to the top posts of the week, as decided by me!

What Every Single Conversation is Like Around Here: I can definitely relate to this. Kids have a way of stalling, particularly when you really have to be somewhere on time. I blame the kid for us always being late.

Christy got an adorable hair cut. I think we can all relate to that brand new look feeling. And I'm so glad that Christy is back to blogging after a short break. I missed your posts, Christy!

MckMama has a great post on toddler tantrums, complete with video. It is absolutely hilarious!

Jessi and her family are enjoying the sunny weather in Texas. And I'm jealous. So I have to revisit her post about the weather to make myself feel better about the snow that just won't stop here in Iowa!

There were lots of other great posts this week but Little One has figured out how to roll/scoot herself across the floor and is pulling on a cord she shouldn't be messing with (don't worry it's not plugged in). Big One is doing a semi-tackle/wrestling move to stop her so I think it is time to intervene. Especially because Big One, "told her 10 times not to do that. It's not a toy." Gee... do you think he's heard that a few times from me?

Happy Sunday!


Christy said...

You are so sweet Shelley! I loved your lessons learned too. I'll keep them in mind as Fiona grows up. And that is so neat that your little one has learned to motor herself - I know you'll think I'm crazy, but I can't wait until Fiona can begin moving around on her own! I just love watching her roll over, and over, and over... :-)

Ethan, Zach, and Emma's Mom said...

I hope my computer never deletes my bookmarks--I'd be completely lost! Glad Little One got to sleep last night! (And I'm sure you were the prettiest "dude" on the block.)

jen@odbt said...

Too funny. 3 year olds are trouble with a capital T but they sure do make us laugh :) That was a fun link to the kids conversation. I swear I have at least 3 of those kinds of conversations a day here.

Jessi said...

Shelley, as always, your "life lessons" sure do make me laugh out loud...particularly the lesson involving you smelling like a dude! Hilarious! But like you said, at least you're a clean dude. I'm lucky to get in a shower most days. ;-)

I soooo can identify with your bedtime struggles (uh, I mean, routine)....I think both kids would avoid sleeping all together if I let them. UGH!

And just so that you're not too jealous, it's only been in the high 70s today. *wink* But if it does help, the ugly green monster will be visiting me this summer when I hear about your lovely mid-70 days in the midst of my 100 degree nights.

Happy2bme said...

Loved the lessons learned. Very creative :o)

Melody said...

I would have to also say that if you have to leave a three year old in the room alone while you dash off to the other room please make sure there are no writing utensils within reach.