The girls are entering a time in their toddlerhood that makes me dread writing them a letter each month.
‘This month you learned how to say ‘blue’ and YOU’RE A TINY TERRORIST!’
Honestly, they can be SO super sweet, but moments later be in the midst of a full-blown tantrum. I just stare at them blankly, waiting for them to be done. Sometimes I wonder if this is truly a part of their development, or if I’ve completely failed at motherhood. Has my parenting style caused them to be defiant?
Wait… what IS my parenting style?
It’s really not as bad as I’m making it right now… I guess it’s just been a rough couple days. Group hug?
I think all our attitudes will improve once we can go outside and frolic around in the grass and be free as a bird instead of cooped up in this house everyday. Can I get an amen?
In case you’re new… Paisley is on left and Adelyn on right.
You’re kind of a melancholy gal… and while you rarely have a tantrum, you often push the limits to see how far you can get…all with a sly smile on your face. And when you get in trouble, you cry an ugly cry for a good long time and need some serious snuggles to recover from the trauma. You play really well by yourself when Paisley is sleeping, but when the two of you are together, you like to take toys away from her. On the flip side, when Paisley is sad or hurt, your eyes well up with tears and your bottom lip begins to tremble, and you bring Paisley her blankie or sippy cup. Whenever the furnace comes on, you drop whatever you’re doing, grab your blankie, and head over to the heat register. You sit there quietly for the duration of the furnace cycle, and then you resume whatever activity you were doing before. You bring us a book to read, and only let us get through one page before you’re off to find another book for us to read… and then REPEAT. You love to make your noise-making toys play music and then dance. Your dance of choice is holding one arm up in the air and spinning in a circle. For some reason, we have lots of nicknames for you. Sometimes it’s whatever pops into our head. Lately I’ve been calling you Della Doodle, or just plain Doodle. You’re very independent, but love to snuggle first thing in the morning… my favorite time of day. You’re such a sweet girl and we love you so much!
You have more energy than you could possibly know what to do with. You’re constantly climbing things and throwing yourself face-first off the couch. You’re a rough player, and almost never get hurt enough to cry. You love to have pretties in your hair, and you love playing with my hair… which I love too! When you’re happy, you’re the most jubilant chipper little thing… but when you’re mad, it’s UGLY. Every tantrum is epic. You love to wash your hands and put lotion on your cheeks and chap stick on your lips. You refuse to wear pants that are loose around the ankles, and will scream and pull on the pant legs for hours. You only like leggings and skinny jeans. I don’t think it’s a fashion preference, I think you just don’t like how it feels. You always want your sleeves rolled up too. You’re very ticklish, even on your gums when you’re having your teeth brushed. You love your blankie, and affectionately call it ‘B’. It comforts you whenever you’re sad, hurt, or mad. You only suck your thumb when you have your blankie, and you strategically weave your index finger through a hole in the blankie and then rub it against your nose while you’re sucking your thumb. You LOVE to go outside, and ask to go out at least 17 times a minute. Your vocabulary grows everyday, and you’ll try to repeat any word. You’re a fun, wild girl… and we love you so much!