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Look back – A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L , M, N

When Hubby is home, it seems like I have everything under control.  Sure, K is crying.  Sure, M wants to go the potty.  But I have everything under control.  It’s like I have a system.

When Hubby is at work, it’s like the girls know I’m outnumbered.

Suddenly, K has a poopy diaper and the same time that M suddenly needs to go potty for the same reasons.

Suddenly, K is feeding and M wants a glass of water, or some yogurt, or something that she needs me to get up for.

Suddenly, I get some down time to cuddle with M, and K suddenly cries with the need to be picked up.

Outnumbered.  It’s like they know…

It’s like they have a plan to just spread me as thin as I have ever been spread before..

Honestly, I can handle running four or five different lab tests at work at the same time better than figuring out how to parent these two girls…

As difficult as I make it seem, I will never, ever, ever trade it for the world.  I’m exhausted.  I’m worn out.  My mind sometimes doesn’t work properly… But I’m loving every second of it.

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It’s been a full work week (Mon-Fri) where its just been me and the two littles, M and K.

It’s not been easy.  In fact, I’m typing this up one-handed as both girls are napping, but K decided my arms were much more comfortable than any flat, soft surface I tried to lie her down on.  No worries.  Past experience has taught me that these babies only stay this little for so long and that I should make the most of every opportunity I have to hug, snuggle and cuddle with them.

So, please excuse any overlooked typos..

It’s definitely been chaotic.  I’m still trying to figure out the best way to make life run as smoothly as possible.  Hubby and I are still trying to figure out how best to juggle both girls when it comes to meal times and bedtimes.  It’s trial and error, but as long as both kids get fed and both kids sleep, I think we’ve been pretty successful.

The house is a mess most of the day.  Laundry piles up.  Diapers are everywhere.  Clothes are everywhere and we never know if they are clean or dirty.  Dishes pile in the sink.

Definitely chaos until Hubby comes home from work.

But, I’m embracing the chaos.  It’s only been three weeks since K’s been born.  It’s only been three weeks since I could actually move around.  It’s only been one week that I’ve been doing this on my own.

It’s a learning curve, and I’m definitely trying to figure things out one task at a time.

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We moved into this house in August.

Since then, I feel like M has grown so much.  She moved into this apartment a toddler, she’s now a full-fledged kid.  No joke.

Everything “baby” or “toddler” about her has been practically outgrown.  No more bottles, sippy cups, baby spoons, thumb sucking…

Where did my baby go?

She’s also so much taller than she was when we first moved in.  Talk about a serious growth spurt!

She’s a whole head and more taller than the bathroom counter.  She no longer has to tip toe to reach the top section of the shutters on the sliding door, she used to struggle to reach them when we first moved in.

Her movements are so much more controlled and just seem more “kid-like” than anything else..

Seriously, where did my baby go?

Her vocabulary and communication skills have grown so much also.  I could have a conversation with her now and we no longer have to constantly guess what she wants or needs anymore.

We’ve been able to tell her what to do more and she follows directions better and better each day.  I know she’ll be a great helper when her baby sister finally makes her arrival.  All this growth and development makes me confident that she will make a great big sister…

But I still miss my baby M.

It makes me so sentimental for the days that she would just sit on my lap, or just lie on the floor and rolling over was her only mode of transportation… It makes me miss the days when she depended on me so much more than she does now..

I know she has to grow up.  I just wish it didn’t have to happen so fast.

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I’ve been implementing timeout since M was about two and a half years old.  Luckily for me, I haven’t had to use it much..

Because it hasn’t been used much, M didn’t realize how serious a timeout is..

I usually give her a warning.  I count to three, and once I get to three, she gets a timeout.

Usually, just saying, “One!” is enough to get her to listen to me or to stop whatever bad thing she is doing.

Lately, she’s been saying, “I want timeout!”

Seriously?!

Ok, so a few days ago, she got her timeout.

I counted to three, she insisted on the timeout.  So I took her to the closest wall I could waddle to (yes, I waddle now) and I told her to stand there and face the wall.  I waddled away and she followed me.  I took her back there and told her she had to stay there and be quiet.

At first she thought it was a game.  She was all for it.

Then, after a minute, she declares, “I’m done on timeout.”

I took her back there and said, “I’m the one that tells you when you are done.”

That’s when the whining started.  She started crying, walking away and saying she was done.  I kept bringing her back there telling her she wasn’t.

Timeout wasn’t so fun after all, was it?

Once she stopped fighting it and stayed there, I gave her about 30 seconds in that place and then told her she was done.

She ran into my arms and just cried.

I felt so bad, but I knew I had to stand my ground.  I explained to her that timeout was not a game.  We also talked about why she ended up in timeout and I asked her if she wanted to be on timeout again.  This time, she said, “no.”

Lesson learned.

 

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M’s newest obsession is to play water.  She loves to just pour water from one container to another, then drink it.

I figure it’s ok if she doesn’t get the carpet or surrounding areas soaked.

We’ve had to clean a lot of her toy teacups and cups so she can play.  It’s teaching her some hand-eye coordination and it’s also teaching her control.  She has to slowly pour from cup to cup so that she won’t spill.  If she spills too excessively, I take it away.

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I know one of these days I’m going to regret allowing her to play like this… but because of my limited mobility, I have to make due with what we have.  It’s a learning experience… for the both of us!

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