Riley Chat.

by katelin on November 14, 2017


Lately, Riley has been turning up the cute factor. Especially when it comes to his future baby brother.

If you follow me on Twitter then you’ve been privy to some of Riley’s funny anecdotes, but I figured here would be the perfect place to share some of them as well, so here goes.

Baby Bannan
*with his hand on my stomach* Mommy, my baby is playing with cars.

*pointing to a Bumbo chair that a friend dropped off* Mommy, my brother is going to sit in that and play trains.

*dropped a pillow off the couch* Baby, pick up the pillow.

Mommy, can my brother come to the park with me?

Me: Riley, what should we name your brother?
Riley: RILEY!
Me: You sure? Any other names you like?
Riley: Thomas. My baby likes trains.

Dream speak (I did a whole post about it recently, but I’ve got another gem to add):
Mommy! I need to go to story time. I need to play with the trains at the library!

Mix & Match
Mommy, I need to run and jump. And throw donuts.

*getting into a toy car at school* Mommy, I’m going golfing. See you later.

*any time a commercial comes on TV* OH, NOT AGAIN.

*Matt and Riley were headed out to the park, while I stayed home* Mommy, you stay here with my toys, okay? 

I made daddy a picture, he’s going to love it.


Guys, this kid’s imagination is cracking me up lately and I love it. I love seeing his little brain work and his sense of humor start to shine through. I also love to see his sweet side, especially with the baby (he asks to kiss my stomach every day).

I honestly can’t wait to hear what he’s going to come up with next.


happy tuesday!

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Roaring Halloween Nights.

by katelin on November 2, 2017

UntitledGuys, Halloween with a toddler is no joke.

Actually, scratch that, it’s a huge joke. It’s negotiation. And it’s reassuring your kid that everything out there is “NOT REAL.” And it’s candy bribery. And it’s eating all your kids’ candy when they’re asleep. And it’s wearing matching costumes because you can and because you not so secretly LOVE IT.

Last Saturday we went to my cousin’s Halloween party and Riley REFUSED to wear his costume. Like I had to negotiate like crazy to get just one good family picture. And it wasn’t even that great. It was hilarious though. It was in true form of my moody child.
UntitledAdmittedly I got kind of envious seeing all my friends get cute family pics throughout the weekend while I had a child who screamed his way into his costume (a costume HE PICKED OUT BY THE WAY). But alas, I got to be comfy in a full on lion onesie all night and he managed to hang and play and have a good time.

When actual Halloween rolled around on Tuesday we initially encountered a similar dilemma. Riley didn’t want to wear his costume. Alas, when I told him his friends would be dressed up and that he could get treats, he reluctantly put it on. And when I told him he could “roar” he was sold.

And when I wanted to get him to wear the hood part for just ONE GOOD PICTURE, I let him have a sucker. Because I’m a sucker. And I was desperate for a cute lion picture.

And SPOILER, it worked.RoarSo basically, what I learned is that if I want to put my kid in a ridiculous costume I need to do it when they’re too young to have an opinion. I also learned that I will always be up for matching/coordinating costumes and god I hope my kids are too.

So, there’s that. Toddler Halloween in a nutshell.


And how was your Halloween? Any toddler drama? Candy drama?


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