on cloud b

When Eddie was smaller and before we had Netflix, he was very into every commercial that had an “order now” at the end of it.

“I want that!” was frequently heard around our house. When he started earning quarters for the extra chores he does around the house, he even stated that he was saving for one of those Stuff It things that you can supposedly clean up your whole room with and it will look like a fluffy animal when you’re done.

Right.

But the thing he was obsessed with the most was this blue turtle that lit up and played music. He wanted that thing so badly, but he already had a humidifier that had a little light “show” and we weren’t going to just buy him a new thing.

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Then, just a month or so ago cloud b, the makers of the turtle that Eddie had wanted years ago, contacted me about trying out one of their products for our nursery.  Of COURSE I chose the Tranquil Turtle. I knew Eddie would probably be too old, but he might remember how he wanted it.

When the package arrived, Eddie did not let me down. He took it out of the box and exclaimed, “MOM! Remember how I always wanted one of these?? Is this for the new baby??”

I told him yes, but that we should probably try it out for the new baby and would he like to have it in his room to see how it works. I wanted to give him first dibs since he was so in love with it.

“Nah. I’m too big for it and I already have a night light. Maybe Charlie would like to try it out.”

Tranquil Turtle aqua_PKG

Eddie sure does know his brother.

When Charlie got home from daycare that day, the boys took the new turtle into the dark bathroom and played with the lights that make it look like the entire room is underwater. They were mesmerized.

That night we put the turtle in Charlie’s room (the current nursery), and turned it on. After books, he said what he always says, “I lay in my bed, you sit here (the rocking chair).” While he shuffled around getting comfy in his crib, I rocked and waited like I always do. After he settled in, I left the room.

The lovely thing about the Tranquil Turtle is that it turns itself off after 24 minutes.

The horrible thing about the Tranquil Turtle is that it turns itself off after 24 minutes.

I had just settled onto the couch with a pile of jelly bellies and a book, when Charlie started crying.  What the heck? He never cried out after putting him to bed.  When I walked in he was lying there pointing at the turtle, which had turned itself off.

“MINE TUTTLE IS BROKEN!”

So I turned it back on, and that was that. He went to sleep.

Every night, if it turns off before he falls asleep he will let us know.  If he wakes up early in the morning and can’t fall back to sleep, he will walk into our room holding his turtle.

To say he loves it is a bit of an understatement. In fact, when he moves out of the nursery and the baby moves in, I’m not sure he’ll be able to give up the turtle so easily…if at all.

The good thing is cloud b has lots of other great nursery options, so we may be doing some shopping before March.

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post. Cloud b sent me the Tranquil Turtle to try out, but the opinions here are all my own. Well, and Eddie and Charlie’s.

even more changes

I’ve mentioned that there is a THING that has been really blocking my writing lately as well as making life, well, a bit difficult for me lately.

We’ve known about this THING since July 5:

2014-07-05 12.17.11

Because of my history of miscarriage, we kept it quiet from most people other than family and very very close friends until August 1st when we saw this:

2014-08-01 15.37.32-1At 8 weeks, healthy as can be with a heartbeat of 177.

And then we were still quiet because I wanted to tell my new principal before he found out via the social media grapevine.

But now he knows.

And so do you.

12.5 weeks and healthy, although the first trimester was full of nausea and vomit and exhaustion (I am sure that explains some of my cancelled plans, facebook statuses, and lameness over the past couple months).

Due March 13 (yes, Charlie’s birthday), 2015.

 

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