Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Cierra at 10 Months

Cierra will be 11 months old in just 2 days so I really need to sneak in this update.
She has grown up so much this past month it makes my heart hurt a little. Right around the 10 month mark I had to concede that the little blue toddler bath was just too small for her and she graduated to the big bathtub to her utter delight! She loves her bath and the big kid bath toys.
She found her balance this month. She stands up and can carefully lower herself back down when she gets unstable. She can walk/run when holding onto my hands and can almost walk when only holding one hand.
She mimics how the twins play tickle with me by rolling around on my bed and shrieking as I prepare to tickle her. 
It's suddenly clear to me that she understands a LOT! I say, "not in the mouth" and she will hesitate before either popping it into her mouth even faster or looking at it again and deciding I'm right.
I say, "no touching" and she generally listens! Or strongly protests.
And her baby babble is starting to actually seem like real words and in fact I clearly hear the following on a regular basis now: Mama, Dadad, Aah (for Up). Today I heard 'Maah' for More. I'm certain!
She has now formed opinions on a lot of things and intends to be heard. When I take a toy away or remove her from somewhere that is unsafe, she really lets me know. She doesn't stay mad for too long but she certainly gets her point across with a verbal protest and the biggest pouty lip you ever saw.
She is little miss sociable at church wanting to stand on the pew facing the people behind and watch the other kids and give smiles to whoever will pay attention. And she is so confident when alone. I can leave her in the nursery without a second thought. She happily watches the other kids, the louder it is, the more she watches, completely unphased by the noise.
She can play catch! She actually tries to throw a ball to me and is so happy when it comes back to her again and again. (She just gets worried when it's Sam's turn and is impatient for it to come back to her.)
She loves handing things to people and loves grabbing fistfuls of hair and giving it a good hard pull..... Not Rachel's idea of fun!!
Sam loves to tickle her and Rachel loves to make her happy by playing peekaboo and making the most annoying sounds to entertain her in the car. And Cierra adores them both.... as long as she doesn't have to share me too much. ha ha
Yeah, she's Mommy's girl and wants the other two to know it! When I get down on the floor to play with the twins and either of them gets too close to me, like in my lap for a hug or snuggle or rolling around getting tickles, Cierra pushes in between us making it very clear that physically I belong to her... sure I can talk and laugh and help them and our schedule can revolve around theirs needs as much as hers but apparently my body is her domain. I quote, "Mah Mam!" :)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Best Days

I keep thinking these are the best days of my life. Not the easiest.... not by a long shot! But the best in terms of fulfillment, fun, emotional contentment, purpose. 
Life is hectic and loud and often it's like trying to herd cats or lizards or monkeys. And that's ok because they are my monkeys.
And because I know I will forget, here is a typical Monday in my house right now.
12:35 am baby wakes me, pat her back, put her back down.
4:45 feed baby and get back to sleep.
5:30 baby wakes, comfort her and put her back in crib.
6:00 baby wakes, feed her, wake up her daddy And hand off. Back to bed!
8:00 Andrew gives baby back, feed Cierra, get up and have breakfast while kids play and daddy gets ready for work. Get kids dressed and coiffed. :)
9:00 kids watch tv while I get Cierra to sleep, then shower, get kids snack, unload dishwasher, reload dishwasher 
10:00 Cierra up, feed her snack and get the kids out of the house to get groceries
12:00 home for lunch, feed feed feed....  kids clean up toys to earn TV time, baby crawls around uncleaning what the kids clean, climbs over their cushion forts from the morning.
1:00 put baby down for nap while kids watch tv, clean kitchen, finish putting groceries away, eat cookies and rest for a few minutes. Aaaaah!! 
2:00 Cierra up, get kids outside for fresh air either park or playdate or time digging in the garden
4ish get home give kids pre-dinner veggies to tide them over, get dinner going or just play till Daddy comes home
5ish dinner and clean up and play time
6:00 start getting Cierra ready for bed
6:30 baby down 
7:00 snack for kids, bath, stories, teeth brushing, songs, 
7:30 lights out with multip-le interruptions or quiet play until....
8ish all three kids asleep 
CRASH on the couch!

Good, hectic days full of lots of physical effort but I love it.