The time has come when the girls need to be entertained. They’re no longer content to play quietly together, or follow each other around, or watch daddy use power tools. I need to start getting creative about planning little activities for them. Like immediately. They’re at a tough age where their old enough to enjoy coloring or playdough or fingerpaint, but they still put everything in their mouth’s (especially Dell), so I’ve been dragging my feet with these forms of entertainment.
I keep reminding myself that ‘summer is around the corner’, while looking out the window in dismay at the desolate frozen wasteland. Letting them run and play outside would be a dream come true… CAN NOT WAIT! They’ll swing, and blow bubbles, and draw with sidewalk chalk, and dig holes, and play with kittens. Mommy will recline under a tree, sip lemonade with a tiny umbrella, dressed in a tasteful bikini and floppy round hat, and huge hollywood sunglasses.
Wait, what? I’m sorry… what were we talking about?
Yes. Entertaining toddlers.
We’ve begun letting the girls watch one 30 minute cartoon a day (Little Bear), and while it only holds their attention for about 15 minutes, it really resets their cranky-ometer. And for that, I’m grateful.
They are still taking two naps a day… which is mostly wonderful. Though some days I wouldn’t mind them consolidating into one loooong nap so that we could run errands in town and have playdates, etc. but you won’t hear me complaining that my 20-month-old twins still take two naps, no-sir-ey.
You are such a hard sleeper that your sister could be crying and puking on you and mommy and daddy turning the lights on to change the sheets… and you’re still zonked. When you’re having a tantrum, we tell you to go find your blankie… and you seek it out and go lay on it and suck your thumb until you can calm down. I think you got my temper, and need to remove yourself from the situation to be able to recover from your anger. You go about an hour between going potty on the toilet, and VERY rarely have an accident. You still poop in your pull-up during naptimes every once in awhile, but I think that’s just a scheduling conflict. You love to blow bubbles with your spit, and think every car that drives by is ‘daddy’. Even when Daddy is in the same room with you. You love to have pretty things in your hair. Both you and Adelyn love to play ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ over and over. It’s so cute to see you try to figure out the best way to hold each other’s chubby hands. We mostly call you Paisley, but sometimes Pais, Sissy, Petunia, or Tunia. We love you so much and look forward to what the future holds!
You are so sweet and sensitive, yet still find creative ways to test your boundaries. You almost always obey, but not without some serious reluctance. Your form of tantrum-throwing is throwing yourself on the floor, and being a limp noodle when we pick you up. You love to help your sissy and bring her things, especially if you can tell she’s upset. Your appetite has increased in the last few weeks, but you’re still a picky eater and prefer carbs and dairy products. You’ve begun taking things away from Paisley, but I can only imagine that’s normal at this age. When you’re sad, you love to snuggle with mommy or daddy. You had your first bout with the stomach flu last week, and it was so hard to see you so sick. When you’re not sick, you love to dance and sing. You’re more likely to play quietly by yourself than your sister, and have a favorite book ‘The Precious Pearl’. If you find an article of clothing (bib, hat, shoes, etc) that you’re not wearing… you want us to put it on you. I have a feeling you’re going to love to play dress-up. We call you Dell, Delly, Della, Della Rose, Sissy, and occasionally Adelyn. We love you so much and can’t wait for what the future holds!