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12/52:  We headed out to the Indiana State Fair to check out the animals and eat some fried food. We headed out on a uncharacteristically chilly evening. The animals were a big hit for Archer. She loved having them nuzzle her hand for food.

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12/52:  Yay for another post with me in it. I couldn’t resist taking a picture of the Little Man and I. I absolutely love this picture 🙂

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12/52:  Poor little lady looks terrified here as she clings to her daddy on the tractor/hay ride.  She really did love the ride.

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11/52:  Little Miss waiting on her daddy at the airport. I was surprised and pleased that she waited so nicely as his plane landed and he walked off the escalator.  She was so happy to see her daddy.

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11/52:  Little Man enjoying a good nap in his car seat.  He really does love to be on the move.

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11/52:  Daddy coming home after being away for two weeks for drill. It was great to get him back.

 

FYI:  I knew that eventually life would catch up with me and that I would get behind on my weekly photos. So here come the posts to catch up!

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Compare and Contrast

When I wrote about parenting “styles” I also had in mind of how as we as individuals compare and contrast everything. From different outfits to the weather and everything in between. But when I became a teacher I noticed that kids were compared more than anything else. Everything felt like a competition and there was always an undercurrent of winning because losing was definitely was out of the question.

So when I became a mother I knew that “evil” was out there lurking in our hearts and minds telling us to one up a person or to see where our child is measuring up with the pack. Of course not taking into account the fact that no two people are alike in their growth, we are all zebras.  But that didn’t stop me from wondering what that other child was up to or reading my shelf of development books to see what my kid should be doing or subscribing to different websites that send a weekly/monthly email about what my kid should be doing.  It all seems a bit overwhelming. Not to mention there are several different APPS out there that can bring it straight to your phone and allow you to track their progress.

I would read and check and sometimes push encourage my child to be moving in the direction of the next milestone and then I would begin to worry when I didn’t see it happening when it “should”. I was a closet basket case… to the outside world I had a great child and I would really emphasize on all her accomplishments and try to steer clear of what she couldn’t do. I would come home and encourage and talk to the Hubs about what we could do to get her to learn something quicker and now so that she wouldn’t be behind.

I was beginning without my knowing to wish away her childhood to not let her just be and be in the moment because I wanted more from her…

True but sad story and now with the Little Man I think back to what Archer was doing at his age and I have started to catch myself comparing them and so I knew I needed to write it down. The only way I was going to get myself to realize what I was doing was to write it so that myself and others could see my faults. It has really been weighing heavily on my mind since July and now that I have really thought of it (and with the knowledge of knowing this is our last kid) I have settled in my thoughts to know he will grow and do and accomplish in his own time. Plus the same thing goes for her. There is still time to step back and just let her be. Let her enjoy her childhood, explore on her own terms and to show me who she is without me interfering.

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a day to remember :)

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The Lil Man of the day.  Griffin was baptized July 27, 2013 after the 5:30 pm mass.  It was a great evening at St. John the Evangelist and we even had some background music as we shared a dinner in the courtyard (courtesy of NUVO on Georgia). WARNING: this post is picture heavy.

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Griffin with his godparents my brother Dominick and his girlfriend Kristen.DSC_0038 DSC_0039 DSC_0040 DSC_0041 DSC_0043 DSC_0044

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And finally some shots of us with his grandparents and some family pictures.DSC_0058 DSC_0061 DSC_0064All in all it was a beautiful evening with family. The kids were starving and getting cranky, the music was blaring, and it was chilly for a July evening. 🙂

a day to remember :)

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10/52:  yay I got into a shot for once! We are at the Cultured Swirl enjoy a little frozen yogurt and our last afternoon together as a family for two weeks. They have these great swings!

 

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10/52:  This picture is a bit grainy and if truth be told he has a wet diaper but I just love it because I can see the start of his chubbiness! He is growing like a weed and gaining about a pound a week it seems.

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10/52:  The Hubs is out of town this week for his two-week drill for the Navy.  It has been a long week and now going into the second with me alone with the kids.  Not to mention that we had to celebrate his birthday through Skype.

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