Last year at this time…

I went back a year ago to see what I was blogging about which was not all that exciting by the way but thought it was interesting..

I was reporting that we were having issues with Ryan staying in his bed at night because he kept coming down the hall at all hours of the night.  I was at my wits end trying to figure out how to bribe him to stay put so I could attempt a full night of sleep.  At this time, Reese was only 6 months old and WOW how she has changed……

Its funny how we go through phases with kids and wonder—WILL IT EVER END and we pick up a new one every so often.  Even as adults we go through these phases.. being stressed, fed up, bored, on a complete happy high or something depending on the world around us.


Current ‘phases’ of the Johanson Family

Me:  I am just riding the pregnancy wave.  I never really thought that the summer was that big of a deal and part of me still doesn’t because I think I’d be complaining about the heat no matter what—but it just sucks right now.  I am not looking for sympathy or anything, I’m just explaining _my_ phase…. I think I’m in that in-between stage in my pregnancy where nothing really fits right… a Medium is maybe a tad too snug and a large is maybe a tad too tent-like and I just feel like the ugliest thing walking.  I know its temporary and the results are worth it- but just looking at myself, I do not think I make for a very attractive pregnant girl. 


Erik:  Currently on a week break from school before his next class starts and then stress builds again as he tackles his full-time job, full time Dad role, Full time student and monthly Army responsibilities.  He handles it all pretty well though. 


Ryan:  We are in a whiny stage.  Everything is a melt down.  Bless his heart.. I know it is just a phase, but Lord Help him.  My latest example of this melt down behavior followed by whining goes as follows:
Ryan- I need a tissue.
Me or Erik- grab one (they are within arms reach)
Ryan- I can’t!
Me or Erik- why can’t you?  They are RIGHT THERE!

whinyFor some reason everything he could possibly do on his own--- is a response of I CAN’T!  Where did he learn this?  I wish I could say this when people asked me to do things and then throw myself on the floor.  I bet people would respond well… don’t ya think?
I always enjoy pretending what it would be like if I did the things my children did as an adult… you know it gets funny when you do that.

Reese:  Reese is cruising all over the place.. she is climbing stairs and making a lot of fun noises.  She’s still in awe of her brother and watches everything he does and over all is super happy, despite the fact that she has more teeth than the average baby her age and seems to be in a constant teething phase.  Unfortunately this phase has led to biting and leaving behind marks on her friends at school which breaks my heart because I know she doesn’t intend to hurt people… so we are trying new techniques which mainly are different verbiage other that my shrieking noise when she latches onto my shoulder.. apparently noises make her laugh when clearly its not a laughing matter. 

Should be interesting to see where we are a year from now.  By then, I’ll have a 4 1/2 yr old son, a 2 year old daughter and a 10 month old baby girl… Erik will be 3/4th’s done with school…. Should be interesting!! Wonder what I’ll be doin’?

Have a great weekend!!

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Dazee Dreamer said...

Next time Ryan throws a fit like that, do exactly the same thing he is doing. I did that when my kids were little. It shocks the crap out of them.

Gauger Family said...

OMG Gracie is doing the exact same thing! 3 1/2 year olds, uhh? She whines about getting water, her toys, or anything that's close to her but she just wants us to do it. I hope it's a phase!!
You are precious! Enjoy this time and don't worry about clothes. I bet it's hard having to get dressed up for work every day though :)

Brittney said...

hahaha next time my child is driving me nuts im going to picture myself doing whatever he is doing in a crowded public place like Hell mart just so I wont blow up and Ill laugh!

Anonymous said...

Wow... I am soo in the whiney stage! Ryan and I could SOO be buddies right now.

Have a FAB weekend, girlie.-- and you are beautiful!

Stephy said...

Oh whiney kids are so much fun....Not! Hehe. Good luck with that =)

Krista said...

Oh girl, you know it's just the weather! That's what we blame everything on, right?! lol!

It's tough to see the light at the end of the tunnel when tantrums and the heat block our view. I'd give the tantrum throwing back thing a try at least once and see what happens. Maybe it'll shock him to stop.

Reesey-poo isn't meaning to hurt anyone. Biting down feels good whether your teething or not. If it didn't we wouldn't want to eat food, ya know? I'm willing to bet her friends don't hold any sort of grudge against her about it. ;)

Who's that other cute baby in that picture, btw? I think I love her...whoever she is! ;)

Anonymous said...

Ugh. The whiny phase. I'm sorry. That's a tough one. I did a whole lot of zoning out and ignoring until that one passed. I do NOT have the patience to handle that kind of attitude!

I think it's so neat how you're able to look back and use your blog to jog your memory of what all was happening a year ago. That's exactly why I blog. I need to have that recorded b/c I sure as hell am NOT going to be able to remember it all! :o)

Judging by the picture you posted a few posts back, I think you make a BEAUTIFUL pregnant chick! :o)

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

You are such a cute pregnant lady! Though, I know it can be hard to feel that way.

My husband was in school full-time and working full-time while I was having my second child. That was a tough phase. I'm thankful he didn't have army duties on top over everything else.

And, we just got over a biting phase.. good luck...she's such a sweet little biter though. :)

Impulsive Addict said...

I'm not enjoying Emma's screaming and melting down phase too much right now although I love her to pieces regardless. I'm glad that some phases pass quickly.

Next summer, you will be one busy momma! Your hands will be full but blessed! So happy for you!