May 2, 2014
Here's the deal. Life as we know it on planet Earth right now is moving fast. "Hold onto your hats", fast. Insert motherhood and a rapidly growing child into that and we're talking whirlwind.
Talulah, every day I look at you and wonder how you got to be so "big" and where all of those special moments we've had together have gone. I was present but they feel like a distant memory. I admit to a little grief that they are gone forever. You have always been such a joy.
We talk a lot about how big you are now. And with getting "big" comes more responsibility, like some of the things we have to do to take good care of our self. You have been dressing yourself for some time. I'd say since well before you turned three. Your teachers at school and now this grandmother who brings her three year old grandson to swimming lessons always comment on how impressed they are at you getting your clothes and outer gear on all by yourself. Coat trick!
While you are so much fun to spend time with you also put forth some challenging behavior to contend with. Let's say we're still learning how to contend. You have virtually boycotted naps again and it just never does any good. It wreaks havoc on the rest of the day for all of us from then on out. But you are three and you are of your own mind and much greater independence now. My old tricks no longer work and I've quickly got to come up with new ones. And so, we are addressing it from the angle of how you feel when you do or don't nap. And as a result what we do or don't get to do. What a mommy's job is and how it makes her feel she is not taking good care to her little one if they don't get what they need for good self care. And together you and I listed out ten things we need to do to take good care of ourselves. 1) go potty right away then flush and wash
2) clothes on and clothes in drawers
4) brush teeth
5) eat breaktast
6) brush hair
7) eat veggies and fruits
8) drink lots of water
Next step: reward chart for whole family…we've all got things we've got to work on in this house.
You have gotten into wearing the satin disney princess dress you inherited from Adele. You have been exposed to and taken an interest in ballet due to the gift of "Tallulah's Ballet Box and books" you received from Lori Rocklein for your birthday. Today in fact, I re-discovered a pair of ballet shoes I had bought second hand a while ago and they went on your feet instantly once you got your hands on them. Dancing followed.
Today: messing round the house. post office. costco. picnic at the park or lakeside rather as you were really wanting to feed the ducks today. we pulled up and saw white herons. so pretty.
eventually, after much anguish for both of us, you took a nap. oh, and before hand you read to me, " …"
We watched "My neighbor, Totoro" before you went to bed tonight.
I love you sweet, "Tudah"!
You are my heart, soul, my everything. You are the universe in a little but ever evolving and blooming Talulah bundle.
Life with my mom.
|First picnic of the season. A little bit chilly.|