Our sweet Gideon turned 2 last Friday! It is amazing and fun to watch these little boys of mine grow up. Our first year with Gideon was, well hard! Little to no sleep = grumpy mama! But we got through it and this second year of his life has been much better!
We were very happy and excited that Grandpa and Grandma Penner were here over Gideon’s b-day. Gideon shares a b-day with his Grandpa Jonathon and it was very special that he was here. The day started off with lunch at the Olive Garden. I got a yummy seafood pasta that was extremely hot! Wow! It never bothered Faith though, which is amazing!
And can I just say thank you to my wonderful sister-in-law for making this for my boys! It has helped so much in situations were we needed to wait.
We opened presents at home after naps.
James had a hard time remembering that it was Gideon’s b-day and not his. 🙂
What makes more sense than to put cows in the fire truck?
They each got one of these. It wouldn’t have been very fun to just have one in the house. They have played with these so much in the stores before we bought them. They like to load them up with play animals and push them around!
The birthday boys:
We had two very exciting things happen in about 18 hours of each other, over Gideon’s b-day. First the night before his birthday I read to the boys and Titus took them to their room and left them there. By. themselves! Most of you know that we have had some bad sleep problems in these few short years as parents. This is due mostly to the fact that our boys can not put themselves to sleep on their own. The biggest reason this happened was because our boys were both pretty grumpy babies and I felt as a mom that I had to do whatever I could to help them not cry so much. I also have a pretty soft heart and couldn’t stand letting them cry in their cribs. In the last month we have taught James to go to sleep on his own in his own bed. It has been great! But Gideon still needed one of us to lie down with him, and it takes him at least an hour to go to sleep. It was getting so bad that neither Titus nor I wanted to put him to bed. Well on the eve of his b-day Titus put both boys in their room, closed the door and we never saw them until morning (or possibly once during the night, I can’t remember)! When we went in there both little boys were sleeping in their own beds. This, my friends, is nothing short of a miracle!! We have continued to put them to bed together. Some nights it works, some nights it doesn’t. They play back there for at least an hour, sometimes two. I don’t understand how they can play for only 5 or 10 minutes before they fight during the day, but for an hour at night with no fighting! Last night I think James went to sleep but Gideon played by himself for a while. We put them to bed at 8:15 and at 10 we could still hear Gideon. But when we went in there to check on them before going to sleep ourselves this is what we found:
I’m pretty sure Gideon crawled up next to James in James’ bed and went to sleep next to him. (and as a side note, yes they had pants on when they went to bed. I don’t know what they did with them!) All I can say is, “THANK YOU GOD!!” And I don’t know how parents of only children do it!! Having a sibling helps tremendously!
The second amazing thing that happened was that we had two people tell us how good our kids where while eating at the Olive Garden. This also has never happened to us, and we very rarely eat at sit down restaurants because our boys just are too active for them. Amazing!
In light of all this, I felt strangely sad. As happy as I am that they boys seem to be making a turn for the better with sleep, I felt sad at the same time. I told Titus, “They don’t need me anymore!” Watching your children grow up is all about being a parent and one that I try to embrace. And, we need more children, 3 isn’t enough yet!! 😀 😀