January 3, 2011

Happy 2011

As I look back at last year's posts, I am whisked back in time. The girls are growing so fast and there were so many changes, both physically and personality wise, in the first year that I have a hard time recalling just how different they were.   This Saturday, they will be 15 months old.  (holy shit!)

We are back to our normal routine, and I find myself really struggling with my mom and MIL and the way they take care of the girls.... It's like today is the first day ever that they have watched them!  A couple examples, in bullet form:
  • The girls play with their bottles sometimes.  (shocker.) The second they take it out of their mouth, both mom's take it away and start to offer solid food instead of offering the bottle again.
  • Maddie has become picky about the food she eats and has decided that all she wants is mac and cheese... Well, this mommy isn't having it!  I got one of those divider plates and mix up the bites so that she doesn't know what's coming next.  It works-and it's not rocket science, although to the mom's you would think so. 
  • If the girls don't go to sleep with in, say, a half hour after being put down for a nap it's because they have probably pooed their pants.  I have told the mom's this time and time again, but no.  Let's let them sit in it and delay the nap or skip it all together for that matter!
  • I guarantee the girls are thirsty after their nap, yet I have to tell the moms time and time again to offer them some water.
These are some of the big hitters, although the whole list of annoyances is long and distinguished.  I don't pay the mom's so, I just deal with it.  But I wonder alot of the time, "why are they here? It goes smoother if I just do it."

Anywhoser, a couple of things that bring a smile to my face, again in bulleted format (what can I say, I love bullets)
  • Mickie is a biter.  It's actually not funny because she bit Maddie the other day hard enough to draw blood and leave a nasty bruise.  Obviously, it is not done on purpose and I know she doesn't know that it hurts.  I will not scold her if I come into the picture after it has happened.  I have caught her in the act a time or two and corrected her.  She hasn't done it since.  My mom told me to bite her back.... Anyone?  (No joke-as I typed that sentence, Mickie bit Maddie again!  Although, mom didn't bite her back... why not??!  I told Mickie that it hurt Maddie, showing her the sign for hurt.)  Anyone know how to kick this biting habit?
  • Mickie loves to cuddle. Anytime I am holding her, especially around strangers, she lays her head on my shoulder.  (Come to think about it, she's been doing that since Santa... It must have scarred her! haha.)  I love to cuddle with her.
  • Maddie has the sweetest voice.  She is always "talking" and I love to hear her.  She has such a gentle personality.  
  • Maddie gives all of her cheerios to her sister when she is not hungry anymore.  So cute.  Mickie is a little cheerio monger, so she gladly accepts!
  • Maddie thinks her sister is very funny.  Mickie shakes her head back and forth when I ask her if she is being silly. Maddie laughs until she can't breathe. 
  • Mickie took 5 steps the other day.  Then she did it again yesterday.  :)
  • Maddie loves to walk holding onto my index fingers.  I think she is waiting for Mickie to do it first, then she'll have a go at it.

Last Year: 2010 ... Already?




strongblonde said...

um...those girls are adorable! (but you already knew that!!)

my dad told me to bite my daughter, too. um. no. i'm not biting my kid. there are other ways to deal with it. they bite because they are frustrated or upset or something and can't express their feelings. poor little things.

the "Moms" situation is hard. you don't want to upset the free help, but you want them to do what YOU want them to do since they are YOUR kids and everything. it's tough. good luck with that one :)


Lost in Space said...

Love their little purple dresses! How sweet are they?!

Seeing as I have no children and live 16 and 25 hours from my MIL and mother, I've got nothing to offer but hugs. (-; Hang in there, my dear!

What IF? said...

Hi there, there's an excerpt of your blogpost from yesterday on my Google Reader, but I can't find or access the post itself on the reader or on your blog. I'd love to catch up.

Crazy nights here - 4 nights in a row that nobody has slept. Blegh. Hope you, and M&M are doing good. LOVE the pics you posted of them in the cute purple dresses. Such little girly girls now!


Amanda said...

I saw your post about you dad's business. I'm very sorry for you and the families that work for you all. I hope that everyone is able to transition as smoothly as possible. Everyone says that the economy is getting better but it doesn't feel like it much lately.