If You Give a Niko a Sippy Cup

This adorable little monster pictured below can make a bigger mess in 2 minutes than a tornado. I spent most of the night cleaning and organizing and trying to get ready for school next week. I was trying to gather up all the sippy cups from the nooks and crannies of the house to wash them. Of course when he saw the sippy cups he assumed he was getting something to drink so I had to give him juice, milk, and water, none of which he actually wanted. Then, while I was trying to put the 2,000 cups into the dishwasher Niko was trying to put himself into the dishwasher. After the dishes, we tried laundry. I assumed this was something he could help with and not make a mess of, because what's more fun to a one-year old than throwing clothes into the washing machine. Well, taking the clean clothes out of the dryer and throwing them on the floor of course. Then the trouble really came when it was time for his blankie to go into the washing machine. It was much overdue and the green rag had been all over Disneyland yesterday. Niko thought the blankie was plenty clean and did NOT need washing.

Here is a picture of the little angel after I finally wrangled him into his new jammies from the Diaz's.


No Pants

It was so warm out today that we played outside for most of the day. Can't wait for summer!

You've Got a Friend in Me

Niko's really starting to like Toy Story and he always watches it while he holds Buzz and Woody. Today, Kai was over and they both sat on the floor watching the movie and playing with the characters. (Or chewing on them in Kai's case.) Kai looked extra cute with Woody's hat on.

5 Minute Valentine's Day

Today was a very, very long day to say the least. I worked from 11am-7:30pm and spent the entire day away from my little man. For the very little time that we spent together before I went to work, Niko put his toothbrush down the heater and ran around the house with my makeup as I was trying to get ready. Typical morning rushing before work. I should have realized he was in need of some attention and just sat down and read him a story or something. Bad mommy. =(

Niko went to his Nino's house for the whole day and had a fun day playing outside and doing fun things without me. I couldn't help but feel guilty the entire day about how I wasn't spending Valentine's Day with him. (Like he knows the difference from any other Sunday that I work.) He's always so well taken care of when he's there that he doesn't even notice I'm gone until I come back in the door. I'm the one who has separation anxiety and issues from being away from him too long. It's heartbreaking to spend the entire day without his cute little face.

Now that I've done my share of whining, there was a consolation prize at the end of my eternal day. I got back to Daniel's house to a huge hug and kiss from Niko and some form of him handing me a bouquet of roses. He was beyond tired and the last thing he wanted was to be forced to hand me roses, but I got them nonetheless and the thought was enough to make up for my awful 9-hour day. It was the best 5 minutes of Valentine's Day I could ask for.

Here are my roses:


Happy 15 Months Niko!

Well, I took an 8-month hiatus but it's time to start posting again! The days are going by far too quickly and Niko's doing hilarious things by the minute that have to be recorded somewhere. We have a crazy schedule coming up starting on the 22nd. Niko and I both have our first day of school on Monday, February 22nd. I'll be continuing at PCC with Microbiology, Physiology, and Medical Terminology (Eek!), and Niko will be starting at the PCC Child Development Center. He will be going every weekday from 7:30am-12pm. Also starting that week is my new job at the PCC Student Health Center. I'll be working on Thursdays and Fridays and I can't wait! It's going to be a great experience for me and I'll learn a lot that will hopefully prepare me for a future career in nursing.

All I can think about lately is how little time I'm going to be spending with Niko compared to the endless days we've had at home together. He's a very resilient little guy and will make the adjustment perfectly, but I on the other hand will be the mom that is staring through the day care window sobbing after I leave him. I can't help but feel guilty that I have to leave him every day, but my schedule is so packed with school and work that hopefully the semester goes by quickly.

Here's the little prince trying out car seats in Toys 'R Us a couple days ago. He really liked that one a lot. We got an even fancier one with built-in cupholders. I call it his throne. He's 15 months old today. He's a little person now with such an attitude. :)