with children i feel like my life is in a constant state of flux; infinitely changing. just when you get something down to a routine it changes, their temperament changes, their health changes (teething, flu, ear infection, etc) and you have to start all over again.
we are in the throngs of the terrible 2.5's with Emerson. I seriously feel like i went to sleep one night with the most kind, sweet, gentle baby girl and woke up to a too-much-energy, defiant, lippy 2.5yr old. Some of her most recent and most memorable new sayings (read these with an authoritative demanding tone and you will get the picture!) - "No way," "No! Do it now," "but I don't want too," and the all too warm and fuzzy "Go away mummy!"
I keep reminding myself that this is normal and means that she is going through the normal development stages and is right on track for her age but it does not mean it is easy. My therapist told me about this book and so far I really like it. They have them for every age up to 14 . . . i feel like the author literally wrote the book based on Emerson because the way they are describing 2.5yr olds is absolutely spot on with Emerson's new behavior.
she also recommended this book as a way to deal with children ages 2-5 . . . she says she knows it's hard but sometimes you have to dig deep within and bite your tongue and "parent" on their level. Toddlers worlds are filled with games, fun, playing, and discovering so if you can get into that mindset it may help you avoid a few tantrums here and there. I like this idea but i must admit it can be hard, especially when Emerson is pushing my buttons, to think about being playful! But she recommended things such as - if you cant get your child to stop playing for dinner then pretend with them that you are both dinosaurs and need to hunt for your food and go on a "hunt" around your house and end up at the dinner table, or if your child won't be quiet and let the new baby sleep (ahem Emerson!) then have them pretend to be a mouse who is hiding and has to be very quiet . . . . well you get the idea.
and just because here are some random photos of our week . . .
We said goodbye to Grandma at LAX and then we had a "picnic" (aka crackers, juice, & yogurt stars) while watching the airplanes take off! Emerson loved it; the first plane she saw taking off she screamed "wow, that's cool" . . . i love it!
our sweetpea . . . 6 weeks already! where does time go? this was taken right before that mischievous pointer finger, in the top left, poked her in the eye!!!
seriously can she be any cuter and have impeccable taste??
this was insanely good! i asked Mr. Hotpants to bring me something yummy from Wholefoods and he brought me this . . . i mean i started salivating at the description "lemon cookie with honey lavender ice cream!!!!" and YES it tasted as delicious as it sounds.