Alice is sooooo different to Maisie and Talia that sometimes I think she may have been switched at the hospital, although that is impossible, because she never left my sight in the short time we were in there.
I have never felt this way before – the feeling of being so frustrated but being so in love at the same time.
I never knew what my brother in law was talking about when he said I had it easy with the first two… NOW Jarrod, I now know what you were talking about 🙂
Today I sat in my bible study group and listened to our Growth Works DVD about idle moments that we have every day that we could be doing so much more with.
Spending the day thinking about it further, I realised I do have many idle moments throughout the day that I could be using better – like reading, writing, talking and just being with God.
Changes need to be made, I know it wont happen overnight, but it will happen.
He will order my days from now on.
When I look back at the time when we were encouraging Maisie to start to toilet train, I remember wishing that she would just click it on overnight and then we would be done.
I remember hearing about kids who just decided on their own that they wanted to go to the toilet and there was no need for pull ups, pottys, cloth knickers, star charts and the promise of treats – snakes, lolly pops, freddos – the list goes on.
I remember reading books and websites about how to and when to and what to do and what not to do and how not to do it.
I remember fighting the fact that she wanted to wear knickers, but clearly wasnt ready to, but wasnt going to go back to nappies to save us spending most of our days cleaning up after her.
I remember cleaning puddles upon puddles of wee and the grossness of number 2s done in Dora knickers.
Now, I will remember that Miss Tally at just 2 years and 1 month is one of those kids that just clicked it on and has been in knickers all week and hasnt had any accidents AT ALL. I will also remember that this had nothing to do with US as parents, that she just decided to do it ALL BY HERSELF. No need for pottys or pull ups or star charts. I will remember this and what an awesome experience the past week has been – even if she goes backwards, she has been an absolute champ.
When we moved into Mums house, Tally started up a turtle game in the bath. She has a Dadda turtle, a Mamma turtle and a Bubba turtle. They play games the whole time she is in the bath. It gets quite confusing when she starts calling out “Dadda Dadda Dadda” and Cade will answer “yes Tal” and she will call “Dadda Dadda Dadda” and then you realise she is “in the game” calling out to the Dadda turtle. She doesnt really like to share them, as you can see from the second photo which is when I asked her if I could play with the turtles…
When you have started packing the boxes, remember to number each of them and have a master list of what each box contains. This is very helpful when you are unpacking and you need the kids cups and not the high school year books.