One of the best things about September is football is BACK! College Game Day mornings return and lazy Sundays watching WAY too much tv resume. There is something wonderful about a new season. All of the possibility and potential is just brimming from each player and you once again hope that your team will win it all.
Sharing our love of football with Donovan is only natural. I am usually pretty strict about the ‘no-screen-time’ rule, but football is just different. Thankfully, Doug and I made a vow (literally, before we got married) that we would root for the Seminoles as our college team and the Packers for our professional team. Many of my Bears fan family were shocked by my allegiance; however, I have found that when the Packers win, my husband is happy and so is our household 🙂
Donovan did learn many cheers and chants this season. He will eventually know the correct words to the fight song and he had to begin learning about first downs, touch downs, and cheering for his teams. We quickly learned that Donovan picks up everything we say. So, during certain moments of frustration while watching games, we had to be mindful of not using words out of anger. Inevitably, those would be the only words that he would hear and repeat.
Doug’s mom, Kathy, came for a wonderful visit. We took her to the Columbia for a nice lunch together and we visited the Aquarium. We also enjoyed a dinner and a sunset at Siesta Key with my family. Kathy is so sweet with Donovan. She is incredibly patient and good with children and she played with Donovan so much. This allowed Doug and I to finish a few house projects that we had been putting off since we hardly ever have time carved out to tackle them while watching the little man. We all loved our time with her and wish that she lived closer.
We also got to enjoy a date night, thanks to Grandma Kimmy! We were joined by our favorite third wheel, Andrew!
We loved using our zoo passes for “swap-tember” and visited the aquarium as much as we could. Donovan and Evey loved seeing all of the fish and animals that live under the sea. It is awesome to be able to share many fun outings with friends and their children, especially when they are close in age. Most importantly, they just ‘get it’ when your child is crabby or needs a break because they have been there.
Donovan is still learning to be gentle with his friends, especially poor Evey! He gets so excited to play with them that he needs to take a minute to calm down. I have loved Dr. Harvey Karp’s book, The Happiest Toddler on the Block. I recommend it to anyone with a toddler. We have been practicing many of the techniques and our favorite is just taking a few deep breaths to just restart and move forward when Donovan gets too worked up.
Other fun times from September included trips to the park, school picture day, eating out (Donovan mostly likes to eat crayons…don’t let those sweet pictures fool you), adventures to Bass Pro Shop and Top Golf (courtesy of Auntie YaYa) and of course the joys of teething.
We also shared our big news with all of our family, friends, and Facebook. It was nice to have our big secret out in the open so we no longer had to dodge certain topics or situations. We shared the news at my parent’s Labor Day BBQ since many of our family and friends were there for the celebration. As for the morning sickness and hormones, well, they were still hanging in there with full force. Luckily, I started to feel better a little further into my second trimester.
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