Thursday, April 1, 2010

A Moment of Triumph

Last night was crazy. Well, the entire last month has been crazy, actually. But last night especially, Maddox was really digging deep to find that nerve. You know, the one that makes you want to put your head in the freezer and slam the door shut. He wouldn't go down for his afternoon nap (which we might be forcing at this point, but I'm not ready to surrender yet), so by 6:30 he was slightly (ha) over the edge. Well, instead of putting my head in the freezer (I decided that wouldn't be good for anyone), I took a deep breath, collected myself, and decided to be proactive! That's right, I did not collapse on the couch in exhausted submission, as I often do. Instead, I grabbed the blocks, a box and some freezer paper, and set up camp in the middle of the living room. Now, a month ago Maddox would have dumped out the bucket of blocks and started chucking them across the room, but it seems he's gained some maturity! He sat down and actually started BUILDING! I know, I couldn't believe it either. That lasted a whole ten minutes before he chucked a block at my head and we were done with that activity. Then I took the box top and covered it in freezer paper (which is quickly becoming my new favorite thing; look for a post about it soon)and we had a coloring table! About another ten minutes of sitting still and coloring, before the crayons went in the mouth and the little artist was done. I was beside myself that somehow we had managed to have TWENTY WHOLE MINUTES of calm, quiet, wind-down time with no yelling, kicking, biting, or head-butting! I put Maddox to bed with an audible sigh of relief and overwhelming sense of accomplishment. More adventures tomorrow!


  1. He looks like Matt in that first picture...

  2. He looks SO much like Matt, except cuter! ha ha ha. You are such a great Mommy. Keep up the good work and stay away from the freezer. All these moments will be gone before you know it and he'll be going into college. You wait and see if I'm not correct! xoxox Robin

  3. I think he's looking more like Matt every day. Robin, I'm trying to soak up every moment because I know it will be done before I know it!


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