everyone in my family is so UNIQUE! i was told that after you have your second baby you will realize that you still don’t know anything. well, i didn’t find THAT to be true per se, but as each of my children have grown, i have totally noticed that i have to figure out how to best get through to each child.
for dane, right now, it’s food. food is magic! as long as his tummy is full (and no diaper rash), he’s a pretty happy kid. i NEVER thought i would say that (even just 2 months ago!). he has definitely changed.
brin: oh, brin. she is our daredevil and nothing you can say will stop her! she is going to do it her way, now, and there is no way you can say otherwise without a GIGANTIC fit. we have these multiple times a day. she is even getting so smart that when we don’t actually say the word no, she knows that is what we mean and then, WATCH OUT! other people look at us and say, “is she having a bad day?” we have to shake our heads and say, “nope. this is really how she deals with things.” we have been trying to get her to use her words and have been rewarding those efforts, but we are in for the long haul with her. once she gets past this difficult time in her own life, she is going to be so happy! however, at the same time, she is still our one and only cuddlebug. and i LOVE that about her!
brin is on top of a little table at the top of our stairs trying to reach all the japanese beetles on our window! yeah, this picture makes me sweat everytime i look at it.
maya: isn’t she cute?
textbook firstborn. however, she is so incredibly sensitive that i don’t know how to handle all her tears. i don’t think she is a crybaby YET, but goodness, unless we give her tools to handle her tears, i can’t see a very promising future in that area of her life. she is a tad bit bossy (firstborn, remember?). okay right now she is pretty bossy, but at the same time, she is incredibly fun to play with. we played school outside this morning and she helped keep dane from falling out of the tree house (not that he came close, she just stood guard at one door and i stood guard at the other all the while, brin was insisting that we both lay down and go to sleep!). also, she is a negotiator. that is something else i would like to discourage until she learns to obey us the first time. as she gets older and learns appropriate ways to negotiate, sure, i will be all for that, but right now, it frustrates me to have to explain myself EVERY time i ask her to do something. and i don’t think i’m frustrated just because i’m annoyed. i think i’m frustrated because she NEEDS to obey the first time. what if it was something that was incredibly dangerous like she was going to back out into a busy street? at that point, negotiation is NOT an option.