Things I am loving right now:
1. The way that William comes into bed with me in the wee hours of the morning, nurses, and then snuggles up and falls asleep on my chest. The best feeling in all the world. Sometimes I just lay there and savor it...often I am tempted to leave him there, but I know that I won't get back to sleep and that he won't sleep very long there...so I tiptoe him back to his bed, then dive back under my warm covers where we both sleep a couple more hours.
2. After almost ten months, William is finally on an awesome nap schedule!! Usually he will take two, two hour long naps ever day! It is amazing! I know that just because I wrote this, tomorrow he will be back to his 20 minute stints. Ha.
3. I love the way William is becoming so interactive! He loves to play "pass", sing songs, and to laugh at anything.
4. I love watching my three children play together. The other day I watched them play house, and the girls included Willy in it, bringing him all around, telling him what to do...and he loved it.
5. Finding Maria quietly reading a book. Love my little bookworm.
6. Felicity's hugs and kisses. Nothing like it.
7. The fact that when Felicity goes for her 'quiet time' she brings eight puzzles with her and does them all.
Things that are driving me crazy right now:1. I am not sure whether this one should go in the "hate" or "love" category, but I am putting it here because it is so dang annoying. Maria is in this funny phase where she finds it necessary to tell me absolutely everything, and this includes everything that goes on in her head. On the one hand that is great because there are no secrets from Mommy, and I know that very soon I will be dying to know what is going on her head and she no longer will tell me. On the other hand, all day long I hear things like "Mommy, I shouldn't have said that in my head!" or "Ah, I shouldn't do that!" or "Mommy I touched the wall" (?!) or "Mommy in my head I said poop". When I tell her to stop, she says, "But Mommy, I want you to know everything!" Precious, I guess.
2. Maria is also obsessed with not lying. Which again, is great. I know I can always trust this girl. But this obsession leads to her answering "maybe" to most questions, just so she can make sure she's not lying. If I ask her if she liked something, if she's not absolutely sure that she loved it 100%, she says "maybe". Or if she's recounting what happened at her swimming lessons, she'll say "then the teacher asked 'what's your favourite colour?', well actually I think she said something sort of like that, maybe not exactly like that..." because she is afraid if she doesn't say word for word what the person said, she is lying. I've tried to tell her that its ok, but it hasn't quite stuck. What a funny kid!
3.Felicity, in some ways, is her father's daughter. You can call her 100 times, and she will not hear you. Literally she doesn't hear, not because she has a hearing problem, but because she tunes everything out, except for what she is focusing on. You can tell her 50 times to get her boots on, and sometimes she will hear you, but will file it away in her head as something to be done after she is done what she is doing. There is no way to get her to put her boots on before she is done, except by yelling at her, and picking her up and putting her boots on forcefully. Then she cries. There is no getting Felicity to hurry up, everything must be done in her own super slow time. I try try try to be patient with her and allow enough time to do things her way some of the time but a lot of the time we just don't have the time or I just don't have the patience to wait for her. I am hoping this is something she will outgrow soon.
4. How the girls have a phobia of playing the basement where all their toys are, because a cat sometimes comes along and looks in the window. Horror of horrors.
5. William is obviously the perfect child.
6. The girl's inability to eat meals without being insanely silly will always drive me nuts.
7. Good thing the good things outweigh the bad!