|Newborn Joci ... all sweet and innocent despite her midnight trysts.|
Let's take it a step further and add "potty training a 22-month-old" to that elixir. So now we have a pee-pee practicing, furniture scaling, high-pitched screaming, nap fighting almost 2-year-old to keep my mind off any future babies. For instance, in the time it took to type these last few sentences, Jocelyn has screamed over and over again to wear her "'Rella" skirt, dumped the dog's food into his water dish, turned on the oven, requested a snack, and asked to go pee-pee twice.
|Double the trouble ... starting at 5:50am every morning!|
|Yes, she absolutely climbed up here all on her own!|
|We're here so often, it only seemed natural to document it!|
Actually, I was headed to the checkout line at Target last week and glanced down at my cart and had to smile at its contents: one kiddie potty, a pack of little girl panties, a pack of pull-ups, a huge bundle of paper towels, and a bag of Kit-Kat bites (for bribery, of course!). I wonder if the cashier knew what I was up to?!?
Sooo yeah, it's slow going. But at least it's going. And her little voice is just too cute--"Pee pee, Mama!" "I did it!" "Tweat! Tweat, Mama!" (because she's already figured out that by simply tacking on "Mama" to the end of her sentences, she's suddenly more persuasive.) And "Help, Mama! Help me!" which is usually yelled from her perch on top of the bathroom sink, or Daddy's desk, or her dresser, or Lia's bunkbed ... nothing is off limits to this girl!
|She's figured out how to get in the swing all by herself!|
|I was trying to read while getting a tan and she wouldn't leave me alone ... so I asked her to dance for me.|
|She did not want her picture taken!|
|That face has GUILTY written all over it!|
So yeah, while I'm grateful to see my girls getting along so well, I was kinda hoping for more of playing dress-up (not with MY clothes and jewelry), reading books together (not dumping them off the bookshelf), and playing in their pretend kitchen (not crawling up onto the "real kitchen" counters, opening the cabinet, and dumping out half my spices.)
But, as I like to remind myself, the advantage of having "so many" kids is that I can look to my older ones for encouragement that "this doesn't last forever!" (Although that works two ways!) Jack and Jude used to have a thing for emptying the game closet too (as well as peeing all over the house, climbing the furniture, and dumping books.) And look at them now! Such calm, collected boys ... ha! Perhaps I'm taking it too far, but I look forward to someday having my girls, as well as my boys, fighting over who gets to scrub out the toilet (don't ask my why it's such an enviable chore!), actually being an asset in the kitchen, and discovering a newfound respect for books, games, and toys. Someday.
|Mother's Day 2015--Jon was working but this mama got all four kids ready for church EARLY!|
Speaking of Jon working on Mother's Day, this is our FINAL week of nights and 12-hour shifts. Hallelujah! We had an early celebration at the beach on Memorial Day. It's become a tradition in our little family to make the 2-hour drive to Fenwick Island during summer holidays. The weather was perfect, although the water quite frigid! The kids got lots of sand time and this mama got to work on her "bridesmaid dress" tan.
|You can't see it too well, but she's got bright red ice cream dye running all down her arm and leg ... and it didn't wash off for several days!|
|This is Lil' Sis desperately trying to escape from a picture with the big sibs.|
|And this is the picture I finally got of Jack smiling ... only because he finds himself hilarious.|