|See that sock? She decided to take her boots off while outside.|
She's sensitive like Jude, but in some cases even more extreme. I've stopped checking on her at night because just the click of the doorknob, the creak of the floorboards, and the motion of me adjusting her blanket not only wakes her up, but puts her in such a tizzy that I end up sitting up with her an extra hour just to get her back to bed. Not worth it. I settle for cracking the door and listening to her steady breathing. Because I'm a mom and I will forever check on my kids before I go to bed at night.
|Oh you know, just tuning up the lawn mower.|
|And undoing all my laundry folding efforts.|
|It's all fun and games until she realizes she's trapped behind the blinds.|
And oddly enough, she doesn't mind a bit. She hasn't cried once when I've gated her in her room. Apparently she enjoys the quiet time. Or maybe she feels safe from her brothers for once.
Last Thursday was one of our more challenging days. I put on her coat to take Jack to preschool and when we got home she didn't want to take it off. Okay, no problem. When you run off screaming and throw yourself on the floor, feet kicking and fist waving, I get the idea that you don't want to take off your coat. I'm totally okay with that. We did get it off eventually when she found out it was bath time. But when bath time was over she acted much the same way when I tried to change her clothes. She simply refused to allow me to dress her. So I decided to give her some naked time and hopefully get it out of her system. And then she brought me the coat and squealed and grunted until I helped her put it on. So she ran around the better part of Thursday morning with just a coat and nothing else.
I am enjoying her girliness though. We haven't arrived at the tea party stage yet, and she only likes to play with a doll for about 5 minutes. But she does attempt to wear my shoes, and she loves scarves. She likes to wrap mine around her. She's constantly bringing me shoes to put on her feet, and apparently regularly changes her mind about which shoes to wear.
|She loves my phone, it's the first thing she asks for in the morning. And I happily let her scroll through my emails while I try to wake up.|
One things for sure, I'm really looking forward to hearing Lia talk. She will jibber-jabber for now, and we're still very much interpreting grunts and figure pointing. She knows a little sign language. But she understands so much! And my very favorite part of right now? Saying prayers. She's the first to fold her hands at dinner each night and she'll even make the effort to lift her head off my shoulder at bedtime just so she can fold her hands again while I pray. Oh heavens, it's such a sweet way to end the day!
Julia is such a mixture of sweet and spice. There's so much more to learn about her, and I'm grateful we have a few extra months to get to know her before our next little distraction arrives!