Saturday, April 30, 2011

Painting

Bergen saw me doing some touch up painting in the house and he wanted to help! After using a clean roller on half the house (ok not really half, but a lot) I got brave and did painting with him. The activity didn't last much more that 10-15 minutes, but it was a good 10-15 minutes. He liked hanging them on the fridge when we were done and was excited to show daddy when he got home.



Bergen's New Bed

The one last safe place...was no longer safe :) Bergen came running down the hall one morning saying "hi dadda!" And then Travis and I figured out neither one of us got him out of bed, which could only mean one thing. The next morning the same thing happened, sure enough he climbed out of bed himself.

As you can imagine, getting him to stay in bed to go to sleep became quite the ordeal. Travis had the thought that if he could get back in bed after he was done pounding on the door, he would eventually fall asleep, right?! I figured he was right, but I wasn't sure I wanted to make that change just yet. I mean come on! That's a big growing up step!

Well, while I was in the shower one morning right before taking Travis to work, Travis switched Bergen's crib to a bed...and then left :) Yes it was so nice of him to do that for me, but I couldn't help thinking about getting to do this transition all on my own, assuming it was going to be a huge fight. Night #1 took an hour and a half. 30 minutes of it was me sitting in the hallway holding his door closed since he can of course open doors. I had avoided using them up until this point, but day #2 I went to the store and picked up a child safety door knob cover. We put it on together and I told him he wouldn't be able to open his door. We talked about how he would have to stay in his room, crawl back in bed, and go to sleep (I'm sure he understood every word I said...just like usual, right?!). I also made a big deal about how cool his bed was! Surprisingly enough night #2 took about 5 minutes and without any tears. I was SHOCKED (in a good way of course)! And from then on out it's been great.
It's been getting better, but at first I would frequently peek in on him and find something like this. Luckily it didn't seem to interrupt his sleeping, nor did my putting him back in bed :)
It's been three weeks in his new bed now. Sure there are still moments that he wants a little extra attention or snuggles at night, but I am so grateful that at the end of the day there's one thing I can count on. That Bergen will go to bed without much trouble. My absolute favorite nights are the ones where he blows me kisses while laying on his bed and says "love you" as I turn out the light and leave the room. Or are my favorite nights the ones where he wraps his arm around my neck as I lay next to him and he quickly falls asleep as I sing primary songs? That's a tough one! I love them both. Great endings to any day!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Joy Rides

This just happened! I did not know about it! I did not endorse it! Don't think we are crazy! (Even if we really are)

Bergen loves the motorcycles and has been climbing onto them by himself for quite some time. Recently Travis got another bike to sit on for a while and later sell. Well I was getting ready one morning and heard the bike running...and then I heard it drive away...hmmm I thought, Bergen was out there. I wonder who's watching him. So I went outside to check and this is what I found...
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He sat so well and was loving it! It wasn't until the ride was over that I saw this makeshift seatbelt. Well, no helmet but at least he was strapped on. Way to get creative daddy!
Alright fine! You can think it, we're crazy!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Let's Go Fly a Kite

It was one of those days where Bergen was going crazy inside. Finally Travis had the idea to pull the kite out. Brilliant! Bergen was as happy as could be to be outside and playing with the kite. It didn't take long for him to get the idea down either.
Waiting so patiently.
Ready to lift off.
Holding the string.
Flying so high.
Success!

Wheelbarrow Rides

It's the time of year to start spending some time working in the yard. Bergen was a very good helper moving dirt from the front yard to the backyard. I'm pretty sure his favorite part was riding in the wheelbarrow...of which he could get in all by himself!

Pancake Time

Getting to just mix the batter is not enough anymore. Bergen wants to flip the food. He actually does pretty well. We help him get the spatula under the food, and then he flips it over himself. It's pretty cute and he's so proud of himself! The hardest part of the activity is convincing him to let the food cook long enough before it's time to flip it over.
(March 7)