Between the instances where I’m yanking out my hair and enlisting an army of friends to help me in the daily battle of life and parenting, I am so smitten by these kids. They do things that make me smile and I realize that I AM doing something right sometimes! Little bits of progress are a breath of fresh air.
I got to watch a couple sweet kids for a friend this morning for a teeny little bit and I am proud of how everyone did! Molli and the little boy (just a bit older than her) played together so nicely. I let them play in her room. I didn’t hover, I just listened and peeked in. It made me happy to hear them playing and talking. Some phrases that made me smile were:
“Uh oh, this room is a mess, what should we pick up first?”
“We’ll play with one thing, then when we are done, we will put it up and play something else.”
“When you are done with that, can I have a turn?”
“Can we go let the babies play with this for a little bit?”
You guys! There were words of cleaning up, sharing and taking turns! I can’t even tell you how happy that made me. Not only because I think these things are good and important, but because it means I’m being heard. They are listening to their parents and remembering what to do. This is greatly encouraging considering the phase we are in with Molli. She’s listening and remembering what I’ve told her and work SO hard to reinforce in her. I want her to be a kind, respectful friend and regardless of how it seems sometimes, it’s in her little brain somewhere!
And Gavin… If you don’t know Gavin, you are missing out. He is a sweet and very fun little guy. He loves being silly, and he REALLY loves his momma. He’s a momma’s boy through and through, well, unless Papa or Grammy are around. He wants to be held and tended to, always. I wasn’t sure how he would cope with a baby in the house, much less in my arms, but he rocked! He couldn’t leave her alone because he was so excited to see her. He wanted to look at, touch and tickle her. He was so gentle and didn’t even seem to mind that she was in my arms and he wasn’t. What a pleasant surprise! He also cracked me up because in his excitement he wandered around the house shouting, "Baby! Baby! Baby!" (baybeh)
It’s a happy start to this day. Let’s carry the happiness on all day!