Saturday, March 26, 2011
Will lost his first tooth!!
I know it is hard to see in the picture, but one of his bottom middle teeth came out. Earlier this week he had shown me that it was loose, but I still can hardly believe that it is out.
So, since I have been home, the tooth fairy wrote a letter thanking him for letting her take his tooth and encouraging him to continue taking such good care of his teeth-- she only wants healthy white teeth. He also, of course got some money.
Unfortunately, I have to leave bright and early tomorrow to get to my sale. I wish I could be here when he wakes up. Oh well, I'm sure this is the first on many, many teeth to come.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Each of them has a few toys they keep in their crib which must be put in a special place. They each have several blankets which must be tucked in a certain order or laid in a particular place (I sometimes wonder how they don't melt at night!) Here is a break down of the drill which I must complete before my little princesses will go to sleep.
Izzie: Izzie has the biggest assortment of toys in her crib. Probably the oddest is an old wallet of mine. I got a new wallet a couple of months ago and gave my old one to the kids to use for play. Izzie took it and decided it should be in her bed with her. (Don't ask me. I have no idea.) Last time I washed their bedding, I took it out and didn't put it back. Sure enough, that night we're getting ready for bed and Izzie stands up in her bed and yells, "Where's my wallet?!?" (Yes, she got it back.) She also has a bunch of stuffed animals which must be arranged just so. She must be tucked into her purple fleece blanket "snug as a bug in a rug." Then she has a white blanket and a blue blanket laid on top of her. The final layer is a Snoopy quilt, but she doesn't know who Snoopy is, so she calls it her "doggy blanket." The animal print quilt which matches their bedding must be hung over the top of her crib.
Drew: Drew is my dude. He doesn't require all the details that the girls demand. He wants his pillow, a few blankies (but he doesn't like to be tucked in,) and his stuffed Elmo and Tiny. Then he conks out and typically sleeps on top of everything.
Yes, some nights it seems like I am jumping through dozens of hoops, but if it means that Mommy gets a full night's sleep, I'll keep jumping through them! You notice after all of the positioning and tucking, they end up completely untucked and sprawled across the bed. Sometimes I think they're just messing with me- seeing how far I will go for my desire for sleep.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I have been dreading the whole idea of potty training. I thought the kids were kind of ready, but I knew that I was not ready, so I just kept putting it off. Last week they officially turned 2 1/2 on Tuesday. That same day, one of the girls announced that she didn't want to wear a diaper-- she wanted panties! I kind of tried to ignore the panties and put her in a diaper, but she insisted. She actually started crying! I figured that I needed to "Mom up" and take the plunge. I put her in panties. Once she was wearing panties, the others wanted them as well. Heaven help me. I had four toddlers wearing big-kid bottoms. Yikes!
I'll spare you the details of an insane first morning. I had the kids' potties in the hall outside the bathroom. Well, I was running myself ragged trying to sit kids on potties while trying to keep an eye out for accidents or other mischief from the others in the family room. By evening, I had worked out a system.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
It is incredible to see how much the kids have changed since the end of last summer! My crew has always loved the swings! Our problem is that most parks don't have enough for all of the kids. We used to be able to put 2 quads in 1 toddler swing. We would sit them back to back and put their legs through the opposite holes. No way was that working anymore! I tried with Julia and Paige (the two smallest) and nearly squished them to death! The good news is, they are big enough now that they can sit and hold on on the big kid swings. Paige (always our daredevil) couldn't go high enough. I was a bit nervous with her on the big swing, so I didn't want them to go too high. She kept yelling, "Higher! Higher!" When it comes to physical things, that one is fearless! Now put her in a room with a stranger and it's a different story...
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
The family walking around the museum center last weekend
One downside to this is we do not get anywhere quickly. We only go stroller-free at places where we are going to be doing a lot of wandering. Getting everyone to move their little bitty legs in the same direction is not a particularly fast process, but we are working on it. Lots of small steps for my two year olds, but a really big leap toward growing up!
Monday, March 7, 2011
The blue Power Ranger
This area was heavily guarded by a shark (on land?),
a dinosaur and a couple Star Wars guys
My favorite was Shaggy from Scooby Doo.
Wasn't he supposed to be a scaredy-cat?
I absolutely love my little guy and his wild imagination!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
-- One day I was wearing a t-shirt with a heart on it. She said, "You have a heart on your shirt. It is because Daddy loves you!" I thought it was adorable and told her she was right. When Rod go home that night, I asked her, "What is on Mommy's shirt?" wanting him to hear what she had said earlier. She looked at my shirt and said, "Um, applesauce?" Okay, she was right, I had spilled some applesauce on my shirt. Still, it didn't need to be pointed out! Not the cute moment I was hoping for.
-- While playing the other day there was a minor collision (nothing major, just Julia and Paige bumping into each other. Happens all the time around here.) Julia burst into tears and yelled, "Paigey bopped me onto my booty!" Not sure how she learned that word, but it cracked me up.
-- The other evening when Rod came home from work everyone yelled, "Daddy!" like they usually do, but sweet Julia says, "Daddy, you look so handsome!" He did look handsome (of course) but I'm not sure what drew the comment. He was wearing the new shirt we bought him for his birthday. Maybe that was it? Anyway, it certainly put a smile on Rod's face!
-- This afternoon we went to my nephew's second birthday party. Before bed tonight, I asked the crew if they had fun at Malcolm's party. Julia replied, "Yeah! I like partying!!" Uh oh! Better keep an eye on that one in her teen years!
I love this age and listening to their language explode. It is so much fun to hear their view on this funny world. I certainly never know what these guys will say next.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Will is an old pro at finger paint
(ever notice how nearly all kids' finger painting turns into a grayish-brownish blob?)
Then that evening we gave him his cards, a few small gifts,
Unfortunately, Mommy was lazy and did not put the finger paints back in the closet (I thought I had put them high enough the quads couldn't get to them. I should know better, they can get almost anywhere.) This morning I was playing with Izzie and Julia in the family while Drew and Paige were playing in the dining room-- or so I thought.