Not Jumping Ahead of Myself

I talk about my children here often, and I feel like my readers have a good perspective on who these little girls are.

My Madeline is a very smart girl.  I have written about her ability to talk, reason, and hold conversations at levels well above her not-yet 2 1/2 years of age.

Because of this, I often find myself expecting a lot of my eldest daughter.  Afterall, if she can hold conversations with me like a 3 year old, can’t she do everything else like a 3 year old?

I keep having to return back to the fact that no, she cannot.  She is only 2.

In the last few weeks Madeline has begun wetting her bed at naptime and in the evening.  Part of bed-wetting is hereditary, and it is in our family.  There is may also be an emotional or psychological component to bed-wetting, as well.

Whatever the cause, I had found myself being short with Madeline when she came to us in the night asking for a dry sheet.  We have been working with her for about a year potty-training, and she had been doing exceptionally well for a girl as young as she is.

Now, though, I have begun to doubt whether or not she was ever potty-trained at all.  My husband assures me that, yes, she had been doing exquisitely keeping dry both in the daytime and the nighttime while wearing just undies.

This bed-wetting is a new occurrence.  A new challenge for us.

It is possible that it stems from her feelings of grief and loss from the death of her grandmother, my mother-in-law, not yet 5 months ago.  Lord knows my husband and I still miss her, so why shouldn’t our little girl?

Today, readers, I am thankful for grace.  I am thankful that although I had been hard on my little girl for a few weeks and expected her to be perfect, the Holy Spirit used prayer and some great articles to change my heart.  And I am ever so grateful that my little girl is beginning to learn how to forgive.  When I explain my wrong doing and apologize for what I have done, she tells me she loves me and gives me a hug.  What a sweet picture of love and forgiveness from such a young child.

Happy Thanksgiving

Though we are not celebrating Thanksgiving today, I would like to extend a very happy Thanksgiving to all of you out in the blogosphere.

I realize I am quite behind on my Thankful November posts, but seriously, I have been keeping them in mind each day.  I just often forget to sit down and type them out to share with you all.

For Tuesday:

I am thankful for favorite, most enthusiastic, furry running buddy Bruno

100_2355He is much more active than this when we are outside.

Also, allow me to express my horror in the great amount of time it has been since I have taken a picture of this dog.   There needs to be a new one.

Yesterday I was thankful for our local Infant and Toddler Connection Program.  Because our Clara was born handicapped (their word, not mine) she is eligible for this early intervention program that helps to make sure she meets her developmental milestones and teaches me ways to help her along.  The girls and I were playing with some stacking cups and letter magnets yesterday, just dumping and putting things in cups, sorting them, and such.  Using several suggestions from our ITC worker, I helped Clara to hold a cup in her left elbow and put magnets into the cup with her right hand.  This was truly the first time I had seen her use her left arm for its own function, rather than just to help the right hand along.  It was amazing.

Finally, today I am thankful for the time I get to spend with my girls.  Without celebrating the holiday and with Daddy Beard at work, we didn’t have much on our agenda.  So we spent a great portion of our day giggling, tickling, reading books under blankets, and crafting.  I love both of those girls for their sweet, dynamic personalities.

 

Celebrations

This weekend we were able to celebrate our little Clara’s first birthday.

Seriously.  The Squish is just about 1 year old.  That blows my mind a little bit.

Family came in on Friday, then on Saturday I was so grateful to be able to have breakfast with my family, my brother, sister-in-law, nephew, sister, niece, and my mother.  Because my parents and siblings live several hours away, we don’t see each other often, and enjoying some time together, especially with all the babies, is a lot of fun.

Sunday we had a party at our house for sweet Clara.  I had a lot of help, of course, and the party was a great success.  I was so thankful that Clara seemed to enjoy seeing all our friends and family sing to her and egg her on to eat cake, which she did so only reluctantly.

On a side note, I’m also thankful that all of the toys she received were well made either wood or sturdy plastic or “rugged” board books.  My girls can be pretty rough with toys, and getting ones that will be fun and last a while is a true blessing.

Most of our family members left Sunday night, and my father left this afternoon.

And we promptly went to Walmart to retrieve a vacuum belt to repair our Bissell that broke on Sunday during party preparations.

Silly as it sounds, I’m thankful I didn’t have to go more than a few days without a working vacuum.  In our house with lots of long carpeting, it could get pretty hairy (and furry and crumby, and Cheerio-y) very quickly!

The Wrapping is Half the Gift

There are some days that you really need a little comic relief.  Sometimes life gets you down and you feel you are overwhelmed with too much to do.  Those are the days that God sends me a little giggle somewhere.

Today, we received one of Clara’s birthday presents from my sister in the mail.  I opened the box during naptime, admired the gift, and quickly put it into the spare bedroom in hiding.

I did, though, take the box it came in and put it near the trashcan in the kitchen.  When the girls woke up they found the box.  Hilarity ensued.

(Note:  I should have taken pictures to share, but I was so wrapped up in the ridiculousness of it all I forgot.)

First, Madeline climbed into the box, telling me repeatedly, “Mommy, I climb in.”

Then I asked her if she wanted to do a puppet show with her finger puppets.

Thrilled, she leaped out of the box and toppled onto the (carpeted) floor giggling.  She returned with puppets.

Our animal finger puppets talked to each other with the usual obvious names (Mr. Mouse, Mr. Frog, etc.)

Clara chewed on some puppets to join in the fun.

Then Madeline and I decided it was time to put Bean in the box.

After several failed attempts to shut the box on her not-so-enthused sister, Madeline climbed in with Clara.

Now two babies in a box, my girls sat smiling at each other and giggling.

A good 20 minutes after they had woken up from their nap, my girls had amused themselves with a cardboard box.

Awesome.

Needless to say, today I am thankful for those toys that you didn’t know could be toys.

Some Helping Hands

It’s Wednesday, but it feels like Tuesday.  Has that ever happened to you?

This weekend has flown by, and I realized today that my side of the family will be here on Friday!  Yes, two days away.

So naturally although today I was supposed to rest, I spent much of it cooking and preparing for a special first birthday party happening on Sunday.

Today, I am thankful for help, especially from my sister-in-law and her mother-in-law.  Without question they help me get things ready for the party by making decorations, chocolate lollipops, etc. without expecting anything in return.  For this craftily challenged physicist, that kind of help can be very necessary.

And to catch up a few days:

Sunday – I was thankful for our awesome babysitting team.  We have  a couple watch our girls while we meet with our church community group.  They are not much younger than us, but have to kids.  They are wonderful with our girls and our nephew, and it’s fun to watch the babies grow more comfortable and fond of them each week.  Plus I love being confident and feeling safe with who my babies are with.

Monday – I was thankful for my awesome chef’s knife.  I had a lot of food to prep and chop that day, and my chef’s knife, a birthday present from my hubby a few years ago, is amazing.  It cuts and chops easily without me having to really put too much effort into it.

Tuesday – I was thankful for some alone time with our oldest.  Beard and I took our little Madeline out to dinner and a movie while her baby sister stayed with my sister-in-law.  I know she had been missing one-on-one time with us for quite some time, so this was a great chance to show her an extra bit of love.

Oh, and not to mention we were thankful for $0.99 kids meals at Applebee’s on Tuesdays.

Such a Big Girl

Today, readers, I don’t have much to say, but what I do have to say is from the heart.  I am thankful for my sweet firstborn.

2012-06-12 16.09.18She is one cool kid.  My husband and I have had the pleasure of watching this sweet, mild-mannered baby grow into a smart, caring 2 year old.  She is intelligent, witty, and yet genuinely shows concern for others.  And she is such a big help to me.  Today, while getting her sister dried and dressed out of the bath, she taught her cousin how to put away the bath toys.

She brightens up every room she walks in, and her loving, caring spirit bless those around her.  I pray this little girl learns to use these gifts for the Lord.