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Holiday Thoughts May 31, 2010

Posted by Tori in Moms, Pregnancy.
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It’s exhausting raising two girls and growing another little one right now. The girls are growing, finding themselves and exploring. The little one is testing boundaries as fast as she can. She’s my little billy goat, always climbing and trying to reach everything, though we trying to tuck it all safely away. She has a fierce independent streak that reminds me a wee bit of her mama.

The older one has grown so much these last few weeks. I swear I turn around and she’s another foot taller and twice as bright as before. She’s very articulate, very loving and very dramatic. Her heart is pure gold.

I’ve spent a fair bit of time lecturing on the importance of treating sisters well. I want to emphasize to them now how important they are to each other. They are fundamentally different, I can already see that, but they do love each other very much. Sometimes they need a little reminding of that. It’s important to me that they learn how to work together now and not clash all of the time.

This little one that is growing inside me is getting bigger and more active all the time. I’m a little nervous about having a boy. It will be a different experience for sure. He has two fierce, fiery big sisters to grow up with. But he seems strong and I imagine that he will hold his own just fine.

As I get to celebrate a holiday and spend an extra day with my kiddos, I can’t help but be grateful for my family.

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Toddled April 10, 2008

Posted by Tori in Moms, Time Management, Toddlers.
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Lately, I’ve been toddled. You know, that insane feeling where your toddler leaves you frazzled and raw at the end of the day?

I think Piper is going through some sort of developmental spurt because she’s been driving us batty. She’s extra fussy and into everything, acting like a wild child. Not to mention that our routine has shot the crapper in a variety of ways.

For starters:

  1. It seems like I get home later and later every day. I don’t know why, but it doesn’t matter what I do, dinner’s never ready until 8:00. I don’t really get to spend time with my daughter or my husband.
  2. My husband’s cousin and her husband live next door to us, and they visit almost every day. Which I don’t mind that much, but it makes it hard it hard to get a consistent routine together and get my daughter in quiet, non-stimulating environment to get ready to go to sleep.
  3. She’s usually so wound up, she ends up going to our bed and not her own. It’s the only way to get her to quiet down and fall asleep. Not to mention that I want to go to bed at a decent hour, as I have to get up early and I tend to get home late.

Our situation has been less than desirable lately, and I’m trying to think of ways to make this better. I’d like to get my husband more involved in some of the evening activities. We’re going to have to sit down and plan everything out. Piper needs a better and more solid routine. I hope we can figure something out soon because we all need to get ourselves in order.