Who is that adorable little child in that photo up there?! Because that was not the baby I had last night. Y'all, I'm straight up wanting to pull a Kitty by breaking out the tequila and getting down to business! #daydrinking (Just kidding. Maybe.) The littlest Flynn was a straight up demon child last night. Toby came home from school and accidentally woke Linden up from his second nap. Everything from there just went doooowwwwnnnhill. We have an exceptionally happy child. There's no doubt about that. He's constantly smiling and laughing and causing a ruckus. But when he wants to ~*Break Bad, he does just that! That child screamed and kicked and threw a tantrum like you wouldn't believe. We tried a bath, we tried a ball pit, a tunnel, a snack, Tylenol (for teething), and holding him. Eventually we just tried to go outside and let him run crazy. Apparently that did the job. Well, that and learning to climb on top of his water table. (HELP!) Afterward we came inside and he fed himself a boatload of homemade meatballs using a fork. And just like that, my heart melted. I realized that he really is this tiny precious little human and he has emotions like the rest of us. I was so flustered and frustrated during his meltdown that I forgot to remind myself that he's just learning to navigate his feelings (because hello! He can't really communicate!) When I saw him learn how to put a meatball on a fork I almost teared up because I wanted to sort of bottle up that moment, you know? I'm really into all of that sentimental stuff. I know, crying over meatballs, KB?! I can't help it.
You may have seen me mention our Mabelcloth in Linden's First Birthday post, but there it is in all it's glory! We tried running with Mabel Mabel's suggestion of putting his handprint on it, but have you ever tried getting a 12 month old to lay his hand flat?!?!? It was everything we could do to keep him from eating the paint haha! It's certainly not perfect, but I'll remember wrestling him for it and him grabbing the paintbrush, etc. I get teary-eyed looking at the little signatures and messages. I'm such a sentimental person, so I'll never apologize for having a million and seven ways to immortalize moments like this (Hence why my Instagram is overflowing with family photos - #sorrynotsorry!)
This specific tablecloth actually covers years 1-10 on it, so you can have a little keepsake from all of those fun, festive parties. (Apparently you can actually buy an additional 1 to sew on so you can make it for 2-11, or something similar, too. Never too late!) Here's a really perfect example of what you'll end up with over time!
Despite knowing it happened, I won't really remember the tantrums and the missed naps. I'll remember that smiling face looking up and reaching out for "uppies" and that tiny little hand that fits so perfectly in mine. Cue the crying. Why does it have to go so fast?!
Here's your chance to win a Mabelcloth of your own, too! (Or give it as a baby shower gift - I swear you to they'll freaking love it. So many emotions!) And if you want to go ahead and snag your own, just use the code charminglife for $20 off!
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Good luck, y'all! I'm going to go snuggle my sweeties.