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You and Me / October 2016

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YOU (THURS)

  • Talking all of the time now.
  • The CUTEST run. (Neck scrunched down into your shoulders, arms swinging wide and feet high!)
  • Love helping me cook and bake in the kitchen.
  • Fell asleep in the sling the other day while I was power-washing air conditioner units. (Haha, hashtag winterizing)
  • “NO Wyatt, NO!”
  • Just absolutely loving to read. Nighttime favorite is ‘Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site’
  • Enjoying shapes puzzles
  • Obsessed with flashlights
  • Adores Pappy’s old metal tractor + trailer toy
  • Want to wear your yellow rain boots day + night, inside or out
  • They way you want me to whisper in your ear at night while rocking you to sleep, “Wyatt’s going nye-nye, daddy’s going nye-nye, mommy’s going nye-nye, mammie’s going nye-nye…”
  • And the way you just grunt after I conclude our bedtime prayer with “Amen”, haha!
  • The way you continue to lean into me upon meeting someone new.  Might must be the best feeling in the world. :)
  • Very reserved in new situations.  Extremely loud and hilarious in familiar settings.
  • The way you ask to be “baby” after bath. :) You love to be wrapped up in a big towel and cuddled for a long time.

YOU (WYATT)

  • Repeating EVERYTHING. Even scolding your toys and telling them to play nice. Haha.
  • You’re going to be my rule follower, for sure. If I set your sippy down on the couch you are quick to remind me that it doesn’t go on the couch… it goes on the end table.
  • BUT. Oh my word are you ever testing boundaries.  Testing boundaries like you wouldn’t believe!
  • Going to be an excellent leader: confident, forward and persistent.
  • Not afraid to make you’re own fun — extremely innovative and vivid imagination.
  • The BEST little helper. Seriously the best. Everything from vacuuming and dusting, to scrubbing down doors to splitting/loading/unloading firewood. Favorite? Leaf blowing ;) (However seriously dislike picking up your toys….)
  • Also loving your (blue) rain boots — and putting them on and off all on your own. :)
  • Over the weekend I was having a particularly rough time with being overwhelmed. You caught me crying in the kitchen, relieving some emotion, and you said to me, “Mommy, why are you crying?” I told you, “I’m just a little overwhelmed, but I think all I really need is a Wyatt hug.” You said, “Oh, sure mommy!” You threw your arms around me and then while you had your them wrapped tight around my neck said, ” Mommy, I’m just really proud of you.” :)
  • I think this may the most challenging period of parenthood for me yet. The highs and lows are definitely taking me for a ride and somedays the typical three year old testing boundaries scene feels a whole lot more like deliberate disobedience… And am I totally screwing this all up?
  • But oh my goodness if I don’t just have the best three year old around.

ME

  • Digging deeper on this whole I keep wanting more clothes thing.
  • Slowing my words and deepening my breaths.
  • Considering starting yoga again…
  • Drinking two lattes a day now…
  • Scared and excited by dreams and plans that God has laid heavy on my heart.
  • Feeling like I’m getting more done than ever… but falling behind more than ever as well. (How is that at all possible?)
  • Needing more sleep, date nights, coffee — and wanting less TV, noise and clutter.
  • Praying for the determination to start blogging more regularly.

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Mary Beth
    November 7, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Hi. The best thing I did re. the “always wanting more clothes” thing was to go cold-turkey, with almost no pre-planning, and commit to no new clothes, shoes, or bags for one year. I’m on month five now and I feel great, I feel freed of so much baggage, and I’m enjoying my existing wardrobe much much more than before. I highly recommend it!

    • Reply
      Laura Blanton
      November 7, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Mary Beth! Funny you should mention that… Because I just personally committed myself to not adding any new clothes/shoes for 6 months this morning! And now to all of the interwebs… haha. Oops…

      I’ve done this once before (about 2 1/2 years ago) and I remember feeling mostly great. Certainly better than I did with the ever looming closet purchase hanging over my head! I’m going to share more about my current closet affairs on Wednesday — would love to hear more of your thoughts!

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