Big Sister Behavior.

30 07 2012

And I am a Big Sister. To Lili. And now, Little C is a big sister to G-man….

So… I’ve tried every time I see Little C lately, to help her be a good big sister. It’s hard. So hard.

Mommy loves you, but she has to re-direct most of her attention to your sibling, boy or girl. And those small little sisters or brothers? They need a lot of attention. If you’re three at the time, or five as I was.  It’s really hard to be a good big sibling, with only two of you. I know this. I lived it.

So, The Nana fed me some info that C wasn’t being so nice at bedtime.

I told The Nana I would withhold the Big Sister Date. It’s really a big deal for Little C and I. It’s an EVENT! But Nana said withholding stuff didn’t work.

So, I sent Lili a message. If Little C continued her behavior, I would cancel our  Big Sister Date. It’s our day, to go eat lunch out, go the playground, spin stories and have a blast… I honestly did NOT want to cancel it, but if she continued biting and hitting? I would be a bad Aunt to let this go.

I would cancel our date. Not only our date, but A BIG SURPRISE I had for C.

Turns out, Lili told Little C about this message.

The response was not what I wanted. I talked to Lili today… She said when she told Little C, she cried and thought I didn’t love her anymore. Lili told her there was nothing she could do, ever, that would make me not love her. (that is 100% true) But that I wanted her to be a better Big Sister…

It makes me sad that Little C thought I wouldn’t love her. She is the human I love most on the planet. I told her so, earlier tonight.  And she told me she was a good girl all day today!

I can’t wait to see her face, running to me, in the Ft. L airport on Wednesday afternoon. It will be the best feeling ever, to hug her. And then to hug her brother. My tough guy, G-man. Or my monkey. Good grief, that boy is going to test my endurance it seems.

And then to hug my sister.

And my girl, Little C and I, we will have our date… because she is a good girl. A very good little lady.

Then, I will give them my surprise. It’s not someone in person. It’s just me and someone who really wants to tell G-man happy 1st birthday!

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Mother/Son X Games 2011

15 05 2011

Earlier this year, I was contacted by PghRugbyRef. He wanted to know if I would participate in the Mother/Son X Games with his son, D, as D’s mom passed away. I was so honored that he thought to ask me, that I immediately said yes.

Not only was I really touched by the invitation, D and I go WAY back. When he was an infant, he was the first baby I held. And back when he was a toddler, I’d go to rugby games that PghRugbyRef was refereeing, and I’d watch D. D and I used to play with this huge yellow ball that had a smiley face on it. I don’t have a photo of the ball, or D and I kicking it around. (That kinda makes me sad.)

But, YES! Of course I would help out my buddy!

Today was the Mother/Son X Games. I was so excited!

We checked in, got our “team tags” and went off to play some games. Here is my recap of the games we played. If you are friends with me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ll see tagged pictures of me from PghRugbyRef.

  • Tug O’ War – we had to wait for a few more moms and sons for this one. I think we were 5 vs 5. I was the anchor at the end in the loop of the rope. The moms won the first one, we let the kids win the 2nd and on the third? I stepped out of the loop, and when I said “banana,” all the moms dropped the rope and let the kids fall backwards. Hahahahahaha!! So much fun!
  • Pumpkin Seed Contest – for this one, we grabbed a handful of “pumpkin” seeds (D and I agreed that they tasted more like sunflower seeds, but whatever) and had to stand near targets stuck to the ground and spit the seeds, one by one, onto the target. D beat me 1,500 to 900.
  • Outdoor Relay Race – well, this involved more action than I expected. We had to weave around a few cones, go across a balance beam, hop with two feet through 4 hoola-hoops, do 5 rotations with a hoola hoop, do two rounds on the dizzy bat… and then do everything back again to the start. Poor D fell on the balance beam. I thought I was going to, and stepped off of it a few times. (Cheater, I know, but I was wearing new running shoes that seem to have zero traction!)
  • Nature Trail Challenge – for this one, we were given a quiz to take with us. Things like how long is the Great Wall of China, what Pirate last won MVP and when, what we’d do with a million dollars (D? Buy flat screen tv’s. Me? Vacations.) There were also various activities on the trail. We were joined for this one by PghRugbyRef and D’s 4 year old brother, Q. And Q took part in a few of the games. So much fun! Stack metal nuts using a chopstick, try to bounce ping pong balls into a bowl on your partner’s head, tie different knots, (the knots? they were fun!!!!) and the killer? One partner holds a string and the other tries to hang five regular nails on the string. We failed bad at this one.  But it was a really great nature trail, and all the games were fun!
  • Water Balloons – your classic water balloon toss. Q joined us for this one as well. We did awful. Mostly because my tosses were terrible! (Sorry, D!)
  • Minute To Win it Games – this one was great! The games:
    • A Bit Dicey – balance 5 dice (die?) on a popsicle stick held in your mouth. We did this twice. We succeeded the first time, but had issues the second time.
    • Breakfast Scramble – reassemble pieces of the front of a breakfast cereal box that has been cut into even pieces.  We didn’t do so well on this one. Boo.
    • Nose Dive – D did this one. Put petroleum jelly on your nose, pick up cotton balls on a plate, and drop them on a 2nd plate. He did great!!!!
    • Office Maximus – knock over 3 reams of paper, using a ball made of random rubber bands. You got three tries. We both won this one. And Q was there to pick up the random rubber bands that ended up spraying about (thanks, Q, you were quite the helpful little brother today!)
    • Maybe Bottoms Up? I don’t know. We had to wear nylons on our waist, with a tennis ball in one of the legs, and knock over pop cans. (Guaranteed to be embarrassing pics for this one!)
    • Can’t remember… we had to kneel on sliders (little boards with handles and on 4 wheels) and weave in and out of a 5-6 cone course, and back again. We also did this one twice. D won the first round. I won the second. By seconds.
  • Snowball Fight! – for this one, the moms were on one side, the kids on the other. You had to grab a small whiffle ball from the mom basket, run to the kids basket, drop the ball in… Lather, rinse, repeat. Kids did the same from their basket… The moms won! Woo! (I have no idea how we won, but I was grabbing and sprinting and trying to watch the boys at the same time… I’m dizzy trying to remember it!)
  • Then we went onto Creation Station. And we did this one twice as well. The idea is you pick a card from the container. It has 4 pictures. You pick from a container of Lego’s and make your selected item… D and I both got each of our selections, each time. We even went back after visiting Minute to Win It Again.
  • Smarties Game – this was a mini Minute to Win it game… Bowl of Smarties. A straw. Remove the smarties to the napkin with the straw. I lost.

I had SO MUCH FUN today. Even the running (hello, as D pointed out, I play rugby, I should be fine… I nearly died after the Snowball Fight sprints!)

But really, it was more fun than I can remember having lately.

D is a great, fun kid. I love him. I always have, to be honest.

And Q? Good grief is he a hilarious little one. Hysterical! He’s a good little boy.

When I was leaving, he shouted to me, “Was nice to see you!” “Hope to see you again soon or at next year’s Mom/Sons X Games!” He’s a character, that one.

PghRugbyRef, I am honored that you asked me to be there for your son. You have no idea. I was so proud to be with D today.

I had the best time with the boys (both of them!) I love your boys so much! They are both such wonderful kids.

You are a wonderful father, A. I’m impressed, not that I haven’t been the whole time, but today was excellent.

If you need me next year? I will be there.  Also, like Q said, I need to come see your boys more. Really.

Thank you. SO much.

I was so HONORED to be asked. It was a day I will never forget.





Training the Army.

22 08 2010

I think I’ve mentioned here that I am accumulating a very small person Army. Right?

And I watched two members of my Army this past Saturday. It was, in one word, awesome. Both kids were super-duper good. Not kidding. I mentioned bath time to J, and he was READY! And I asked A if she’d like to sit downstairs and play or come with us, and she was happy to play.

J was awesome for his bath, although I ended up 20% wet from splashing (Aunt Claire is still unsure of how full to make the tub to bathe a small person.) But it was fun to lean in and splash with J, too.

We put on our jammies, and rocked a bit while watching TV, and J was obviously ready for bed. I helped him in, and he was out like a light. Such a sweetie pie, that one.

Then I helped A into her jammies, and we watched Cinderella III.

I’m a super, duper original Cinderella fan. It’s my favorite Disney movie. Ever.

But this one was good. Cute, even!

We had snacks, earlier with J, and after. Baby Goldfish snacks. Goodness, they are tasty!! Less salty than the bigger ones. Nom. Nom. Nom. And A and I shared some mini Chips Ahoy! cookies too.

A, later, even said “Claire, you’re the best!” Obviously, this is a very smart 4 year old, in my opinion, of course. (Like I didn’t know that when Burghbaby said, “A requested the ‘girl with the pony tail.’)

I also got yelled at, by A, when I took my hair out of the clip I had it in, intending to put it into said pony tail. She said, “Why is your hair not in the pony tail?” She was worried!!!

I had to assure her, that I was just resetting said pony tail… Who am I to disappoint a kiddo with my pony tail.

(Note to self: Never cut your hair so short you will not be again known as the “girl with the pony tail”)

It was a great evening. And I did get to hang out with some of my good adult friends for a while too. And I do love my kiddos. I would watch either of them again in a hot second.

And, J learned my name. I think. Or at least close to it…. I win!

But in reality? I wasn’t training my Army. My Army is training me. To be the bestest Aunt on the planet each time I see Little C. I love my kiddos here in the ‘Burgh. And I’ll babysit for any of them, when I can. But really, in the end, all it does is make me a better person and a better Aunt.

The reality and truthfulness of kids? Is maybe more refreshing than the pool on a hot day, and their love is true and they love to learn through playing. And they are so real and in the moment that it is sometimes scary… This all makes me happy. And happy to help. And learn to be the best Aunt ever. (aka not just a spoiling Aunt, but a smarty pants, too!)

Little C, I will see you soon! And we will have a great time with The Nana and The GrandPa, especially thanks to my little Army.

Thanks, Army. I love you all. Truly. You’re good kiddos. 🙂

Love,

Aunt Claire





Island? Not so much…

11 08 2010

Sometimes, the number of “Friends” I have on Facebook, or people who follow me or I follow on Twitter catches my eye. (I know some people hate those number things, but I notice it, offhand, sometimes.)

And I pause for a moment…

Do I REALLY know that many people? How in the world do I know that many people?

Do that many people really care what I have to say or how I feel? Really, some of them don’t. But a lot of them do….

Wow. Just WOW.

The number of people who said they’d pray for or send NE and Lili good thoughts for his surgery? Stunning.

The number of happy birthday wishes I received on Saturday? Unbelievable.

The ladies I know who trust me to look after their kids? (Including today, when @TwinMamaTeb let me take her baby lady in the big kids pool? One of the best times, EVER! Her kids? Rock. She’s lucky I didn’t try to take them home… Her boy did try to NOT. LET. GO. Also, heart melt.) And the other times people have done that? I’m honored by it. Really.

I know, I sound all mushy and feely and whatever.

I’ve always been the girl who takes care of herself. (thank you, rugby. I can tackle when I have to!) I’ll walk/drive anywhere on my own. I’m not afraid of much at all…

Singledom? Sucks.

And, not having a job is the worst thing ever.

Plus, my family isn’t here. And I miss them so much. No, SO ASKDFL(IEWOP;DCN MUCH. I sort of always felt like my own little island here in Pittsburgh. All by myself.

I was kinda okay with that. For years. Many, many years…

But when I see my friends, and after Saturday night and then remember all of those prayers and birthday wishes? My heart soars! And I realize how blessed I am to have another “family” here in Pittsburgh.

I am truly grateful for the people I know here in Pittsburgh. And as such, you should click on the link below, so that Cookie Monster can tell you what I want to tell you all.

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=615192661828

Howdy doo!

Me love you.





School and all over the place…

16 05 2010

Good grief I have a LOT of stuff and school coming up.

  • First, I start my Biology class on Tuesday. Excited? Yes. Terrorfied? Absolutely. Again, Lili, expect 30 zillion or so phone calls. I’m sorry. I love you. And I love your kid even more. That makes it okay, right? Right?! (Also her MORE CHEESE! pic made four of my friends laugh like crazy tonight and exclaim that she is, indeed, adorable. I know we knew this, but still. MORE CHEESE! aka Death by Cute. Just Sayin’)
  • Second, I will be attending Beer School on Tuesday night. One of my favorite people, Uncle Crappy, is the co-host… I originally wanted to go, but tickets sold out by the time I managed to store up enough $$. But then my super-friend, Calipanthergrl, realized she had to go to some exotic location for work and wouldn’t be back in time… and she asked if I would accompany her boyfriend, Mr. HowIMetYourRugger, in her absence. Willing to do anything for such a good friend, I agreed. (I was entirely sober and well aware of what I was doing at the time, just FYI.)

This is nearly insane for three reasons: 1) it’s HowIMetYourRugger… I’m sure he’ll find a way to nearly embarrass me with what he wears, but also make me laugh my butt off. (I’m sorry, CPG. Sometimes [only sometimes,] it’s kinda funny…) 2) It’s beer. We all know that I’m really picky with beer. Very. Gotta avoid those heartburn issues. (Speaking of beer, has anyone found my one and only beer love Southern Tier Mokah on tap anywhere? MUST. FIND.) And 3) Speaking of heartburn, I’ve just spent about 3 days down & out because I chanced the heartburn and drank Lemonade. Lemonade I have a love-hate relationship. I love it. It tries to kill me. (I’ll post about the Lemonade love-hate thing soon. Promise.)

So beer school should be, at the very least, interesting.And hopefully not painful for me…

  • Third, I have a busy weekend coming up. I can’t tell you what I’m doing on Friday or Saturday, yet. It’s not related to anything I’ve talked about here yet, but I will, soon.
  • And fourth, on Sunday! We March for Babies! I am SO EXCITED that I will get to see Teaspoon! I haven’t seen him, in person, in a year! A YEAR! (Also, I’m kinda scared. He’s too cute in pictures. He’s going to be even more cute in person. I. Might. Die.) And I get to see so many more kiddo friends that I’ve gained over the past year. It might be the best day ever. Many thanks to The Nana for donating to my walk. We’ve talked about how awesome The Nana is. (Yeah, I need to update that to recent stuff, I know.)

In other news:

Did I mention The Nana and The GrandPa bought Little C a wagon for her birthday? I don’t have pics, but according to reports from The Nana AND Lili, Little C LOVES it, and it’s got convertible seats so it can be used for transporting Little C and her many toddler friends, and for transporting stuff. Good call, The Nana and The GrandPa.

Big thanks to KellsBells for saying she knows what’s going on w/ me by reading this blog. I love you dearly, KB.

Also, how do I set up this blog to be readable via email when I post? UC? I’m looking at you since you have that option… I need to do that because one of my other fave ppl mentioned it’s blocked at work, and I’d like to set that up for them… She’s entirely worth whatever work I have to do to make it happen.

Lastly, donate to the March for Babies, won’t you? If you’re a rugger and read this, think of all the new adorable little folk, and the a little older toddler/kids we know… Our baby friends are AMAZING! But, imagine if they needed the March of Dimes… I was inspired by Maddie‘s story (she has a sister now, Yay!) We want all our rugger babies HEALTHY, right??? DO IT. DO IT, NOW. Just a buck, even!!! Just do it.





Happy Mothers Day!

9 05 2010

Happy Mother’s Day to all of my mom friends out there. I hope you have a great day!

And most especially, Happy Mother’s Day to Lili and The Nana. I love you.





March for Babies!

5 05 2010

The Aunt-In-Training is at it again! I’m walking in the March for Babies again this year!

And this year it’s even more important to me, given all of the babies I know that have been born in the past year! My Little C, Teaspoon, Mr. Blue Eyes, MW, and a new rugger baby that was just born a few days ago! Plus all the little nieces and nephews that have come into my friends’ lives over the past year. Plus a whole slew of friends who are pregnant (it’s apparently in the water! Stay away!)

This time it’s a Sunday, which means I don’t have to miss any rugby or any of the walk! Hooray!

I can’t wait to see all of my friends – adult and kiddos too! (Note to Spoon & his lovely wife: I hope to see my Teaspoon and get to hang out with him a bit, just FYI!)

Please consider donating to help the cause. You can do so by clicking on the icon below.

I thank you for your donation in advance. Just think of all the little babies you’re helping!! Doesn’t that make you happy!? (If you’re confused, the answer is YES, helping the babies makes everyone happy!)