Our little Drew Bear is 3 weeks old today and Avery turns 2!
We’re all adjusting to our new family size pretty well for the most part. The girls are more emotional than usual and that has created a bunch of extra drama around here. Sharing is at an all time low, temper tantrums are at an all time high, and I keep telling myself these things go in cycles!
Soon all will be better and I’ll be patting myself on the back thinking it has something to do with my awesome parenting skills.
Week one was too easy. Drew was a little bit jaundiced and that apparently made him extra sleepy. He honestly just ate and slept that first week which allowed me to get a lot done and feel really hopeful about this 3 ring circus I’m in charge of ;)
The past couple of weeks have been more challenging. I’m really grateful Andy is on break from school until next week because he has been an absolute gem.
Taking care of the girls and the house almost exclusively. Running to the store, checking things off my to-do list and being just overall awesome.
Netflix has also been really helpful.
I’ve mentioned before how much I love Netflix and now, more than ever, it’s a life saver!
I’m not a proponent of sitting kids in front of the TV for hours on end, but sometimes you just need to catch a break after a full day of fighting and protesting and whining and general ornery-ness.
No that’s not a word, but it should be!
A couple of 22 minute shows can make a world of difference when I have to nurse Drew one more time before making dinner. Or when I can’t keep my eyes open even though it’s 8am and the day is in motion.
She really loves Super Why and has gotten really good at singing the alphabet thanks to the catchy jingles on that show. I even hear her talking about the characters when she’s playing. Princess Pea and Alphabet Pig come up in conversations regularly :)
She’s at such a fun age right now and her vocabulary is exploding. I’m SUCH a sucker for her sweet little voice and I’m especially weak when she looks up at me with her big brown eyes and whispers the name of a movie she wants to watch.
“Watch Snow White?” “Movie?”
“Watch Frozen?” ” Peas!!!” (Please)
I often say no because I believe it’s really important for little ones to use their imaginations to really play, but sometimes I just can’t resist that sweet face and quiet whisper.
A feature length film is a special treat, and she’s starting to know that so she’ll follow up with…
“Watch Jake?” “Watch Super Why?”
Thank you Netflix for offering fun and educational shows I can feel good about :)
Just before Christmas, Grace and I had a girls movie night and stayed up late watching White Christmas on Netflix.
I knew she’d love the singing and dancing and I was right! We cuddled on the couch with mugs of eggnog, plates of Christmas cookies, and, of course, baby brother. We “oohed” and “ahhed” over each dance number and pretty costume. I answered 101 questions about the plot and story line and we made such a special memory together.
I’m already looking forward to doing it again next year :)
Netflix has been excitedly promoting a new show called All Hail King Julian….a fun spinoff of the movie Madagascar.
There’s even an episode featuring a New Year’s Eve countdown for kids. No need to wait up till midnight (as if!) since King Julian can count down to the new year at any time you decide to start the episode :)
I’m pretty sure this show is targeted for kids ages 7 and up, so I’m not sure we’ll be tuning in tomorrow night, but I know the girls will be plenty happy watching one of their other Netflix favorites.
Andy and I have been binge watching episodes of House almost every night.
We like to look at it as 2 parts entertainment and 1 part learning for Dr. Gould. I love listening to Andy predict the diagnosis and I know how much he loves to get it right!
I also love spending quiet time with him at the end of our very busy days. This show has been a big hit for both of us and I’m glad we’ve got something to tide us over till The Walking Dead comes back on!
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team and will be sharing monthly tips and stories about how my family uses Netflix on a regular basis. As a member of the Stream Team I was provided with welcome kit including a voucher to apply towards my Netflix account. I was not otherwise compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.