Maximus + Valentines Day


A 2-year old isn’t the best craft partner. Or at least my 2-year old isn’t. As long as I manage my expectations, craft time can usually go pretty well. Maximus is really into painting, coloring, writing, cutting, and gluing. I’m sure that’s consistent with most other 2-year olds. We backed off for a while because he got bored with coloring books. He wanted to use a pencil and write, but was extremely frustrated that he couldn’t drawl circles or write letters. I asked Twitter if it was normal for a 2-year to throw a fit because he couldn’t write his name. I got a lot of laughs, but it wasn’t fun for us! So, we distracted for a few weeks because a tantrum really ruins the fun of writing.

We eased our way back with his Valentines Day gift. We gave him construction paper, his own scissors, glue sticks, and paint. He’s loving all of it and we spend almost every day playing with something from his gift. Bryan and I have gotten really good at cutting out hearts. 🙂

Maximus seems to be a little better with his writing capabilities {or lack of} and wants us to write names for him. I think he’s ok with it because he can recognize the letters of his name and has a good time telling us what they are. {This has only amplified since we hung up his name in his room.}

This was the first year he gave Valentines to his friends at daycare. I got him Mickey Mouse Clubhouse valentines because there’s not much that he loves more than Mickey Mouse. We spent an afternoon putting on heart stickers for his friends. He also made a Valentine for Bryan. He told me to write Daddy and then Maximus and Quinten. Then, he covered the names with hearts. He picks up the Valentine every few days and tells me exactly what is under the hearts. 🙂

I went back-and-forth about what to include with the Valentines. During the daytime, I decided the cards were enough because he’s only two and I didn’t want him eating a lot of candy so why send any with him? Well, the night before when I was up at 2 am I decided that we should send something. I grabbed fruit snacks from the panty and put them in a bag for Bryan. It’s a good thing I did, because he came home with so much stuff. There are only seven kids at daycare, two of them under one. Boy did he get a lot of candy! Too bad for him, we ate it while he was sleeping. 🙂

Did you do anything for your baby or toddler? 


Fun Mommy

I’m more like “same routine mommy.” We do the same things and play with the same toys and do the same activities.

I’m ok with it. I think Maximus is ok with it. We don’t do new, exciting things, but I pay attention to him. We do puzzles, he makes hot chocolate (pretend), we read books, we color, we sing songs, we cut up paper and then glue it down, we paint, and we snuggle and watch Mickey Mouse.

My maternity leave is almost up and the weather hasn’t been that bad and Quinten can survive more than two hours between feedings, sometimes. So I’ve taken Maximus to Tot Town a few times. It’s an open gym for toddlers. He LOVES it! He runs from toy to toy, turning back to look at me and say, “on mommy. On!”

I may not normally take him on new adventures, but right now he’s having a lot of fun with mommy!






Our Minneapolis fun

Our trip to Minneapolis was quick, but we tried to pack in some fun.

We went to the Guthrie Center to look out over the river. I stayed on the steps, but everyone else looked out over the ledges including these two little guys. Maximus appears to be of the age of no fear. Good for him, but no I’m sitting right here bud.










It was very warm in Minneapolis. Warmer than in Iowa, which isn’t typical. Maximus, like a  typical toddler, was up and down the steps. It was a little nerve-wracking for his parents, but he enjoyed himself.






































It was a lot of “monkey see, monkey do” for Maximus. Everything his cousin did, he wanted to do.









But, no time for posed pictures. At least when others were trying to take pictures he didn’t say, “no cheese!” and turn away. But, I didn’t get any smile pictures or really anything that involved looked at me.









He didn’t especially like Bryan following him around, but he dealt with it a little. The steps are a little too steep for a 2-year old, but Maximus seemed to think he was fine. Here he is enjoying an apple.










Isn’t the toddler life grand? No worries, except where to take the next perfect bite {bike as Maximus likes to say} of his apple. Don’t worry, Bryan is cropped out of the picture! 🙂










We headed back inside to catch a break from the sun. Next up was a creepy area that had a glass portion to the floor where you could look down many stories. Maximus didn’t even know he was running over it. Again, I sat on the bench and chose not to look out the window or stand on the glass.










A daddy and his boy touring the facilities. There isn’t much that I love more than these two.










Again not noticing that this glass looks really far down. The boys are inspecting some really cool spiders. ICK! This boy mom stuff is going to be hard!

We had a great time visiting with family during our quick trip to Minneapolis. We enjoyed the chef’s delicious meals and Maximus enjoyed playing with his cousin and all his toys! And, I’m thankful that my phone takes good enough pictures to substitute for the camera since we already had a lot of stuff with us and didn’t want to take one more thing!