MrsKatie - "relax" - that's so the mantra of everyone but SO NOT the reality of ANY of this!!! wicky - I hope DW's surgery goes without issue today!! Good luck!! I love that Miriam is being a little chatty monkey now! this is such a fun stage. Though let me warn you - there are some CHALLENGES up ahead! WHEW! I felt this morning like i'm literally saying 'no' ALL. THE. TIME. Or "stop" or "we don't do that" or whatever needs to be said to stop the insanity at the moment. It's gotten to the point where, when we get to the 'children' page of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, the kids go 'no biting, children!' Yeah - they've heard that a bit. :doh: miki - wow, so tired so late in the game! I'm trying to remember if I was around then but I don't think so. But this is your 2nd AND you have a toddler! When is your next scan? Hang in there - only a few weeks left!! I can't believe that!! I hope Kai is feeling better!! 106! that's so scary! just the flu? I was thinking this weekend, as much as I was loving the idea of maybe a 3rd surprise baby, with how the boys are right now, I can't imagine trying to tame another toddler in my life! of course, I'd do it!! But man - it would be close to 3 yrs from NOW and well...that's a lot to think about. That said, I did get my IUD out at the end of Dec. To be clear - we are NOT trying for another! I have no eggs and we're old. But I didn't feel great on it and figured I was on it for no real reason since I have DOR. I feel SO much better with it out - no swamp face, I've lost a couple lbs, I have more energy, less headaches. Yuck - I'm good with ever being on contraception again! The boys are adjusting to the 2's room - I don't think it's actually that much different, though there are less kids and only one teacher, which is good for them, I'm sure. They had so many graduate up to the 2's at the same time, they had to open another room so they got that one. I like their teacher too, so far. And we are keeping their last teacher as one of our babysitters, so she'll still get time with them every now and then. But the boys still eat at the same time, nap at the same time for the same length, etc. So not much has changed except probably the curriculum. They are really starting to learn their numbers and have counted up to almost 10 by themselves a couple of times! Letters are still being worked on but Timothy knows when to say 'P' when I'm doing the song! Speaking of songs, they are starting to sing along with some now! Ring Around the Rosie is popular b/c you get to fall down at the end , they now say 'Wheels On Bus' for the song, rather than just 'Bus'. They are really stringing together words to make sentences, which only makes the grunting/whining that much more annoying to hear b/c you KNOW they can say words! I think Timothy is trying to incorporate 'is' or 'isn't' which just sounds like he's stuttering 'isisisisis', but I think it's cute that he's trying to roll that verb in rather than just saying nouns or adjectives! Smart bugger! Tantrums are a big thing, especially with Timothy. But I remember what you said Miki - he just FEELS bigger! Malcolm doesn't really throw tantrums but when he's mad, he still has to toss everything in his wake. Then he feels better. We are working on not throwing food on the floor again. The sound of food hitting the floor literally jumps from my calm nerve STRAIGHT to my last one and I almost lose it. And making him pick it up and throw it away doesn't seem to be much punishment b/c he loves to go around and collect things anyway. :doh: What else is going on...oh, Timothy is getting his 2y molars and they are affecting him something fierce. Paired with the bitter cold, his cheeks, chin and nose are all chapped and I have to wrestle and pin him down to get anything on them to help him out. They are all red and look so irritated. He had been struggling last week and we just thought it was the new room, but then he started tugging his ears and kept running a low-grade fever. So I brought him to the Dr on Thurs and he was perfectly healthy, mind a bit of nose congestion. Finally on Saturday afternoon, after a ton of meltdowns in the morning, we finally gave him some Motrin in case it was his teeth. Brand new child within 20 mins!! That stuff is magical! He was playing around the house, all smiles and laughter. DH felt so guilty b/c he was clinging to him all morning and was just SO horribly fussy. We both felt so bad that we got him the medicine so late. But at least now we know what's going on. He teethed so long ago, I had forgotten how sensitive he was to it! Food is still a challenge but I've gotten off my own back. My big thing is making sure the boys have enough veggies. They've calmed on fruits for now but that's fine. And we are finding new and creative products to get veggies into them, plus the tried and true pouches. Even if they come directly home and have a banana, some apple chips, an English Muffin and then decline dinner, they've had plenty and most of it was healthy and filling, so I'm good. If they then want to have some of my fish or rice or whatever, they can have it. anyway - that's our life right now! day in and day out - a fun little circus that I wouldn't trade for the world!