We spent the weekend in New Hampshire with our koumbadi, Stacey and Theo. It was lovely to have four grown-ups to to the three girls. One adult for each child and one adult for the stuff. It worked beautifully.
And then we came home. Stacey and Theo were back to their lives, Matthew was back to work and school, and I was once again outnumbered. Today is day two of adjusting back to the norm. Yesterday was not super awesome. The day included a shattered 9×13 glass baking dish, a hard to wake toddler who fell asleep in the middle of the living room while life happened all around her, and a non-napping baby who had been held for four days straight. I vacuumed the same room three times. Once to clean it, the second time to clean up the millions of granules of salt that Adeline scattered ALLLL over, and the third time to clean up the glass dish mess. Score.
Today I was determined to have a better day. Unfortunately, Beatrice did not get the memo and was up a billion times before 7am. Luckily, Matthew is the absolute best co-parent ever and had coffee made by the time he left for class, excused me from grocery shopping with the trio this morning, and then went grocery shopping after dinner so I didn’t have to stress about it.
In any case, these things happened today:
As I was putting awayy a book about Holy Friday that Adeline had been reading, Katherine asked for it. I told her that it was a book that I wanted to read with her (so she wouldn’t destroy it) and I didn’t wish to read it right now.
K: “Please, mama, please?! The book with Jesus with no shirt on?!”
Me: “No, sweetie, I need to put it away.”
K: “But that’s my God!”
She got the book.
Her retelling of the book was, “Jesus took off his shirt, then he got very sad, and then he died.”
Adeline spent about thirty minutes walking around the house making a list of things that are made of paper. This kept her busy for a whopping thirty minutes, which is like a second vacation for me. Girl would spend every minute of the day talking if no one made her stop. This was her own initiative and I was super grateful for it.
As Matthew was leaving for lunch today, he looked over and saw K pulling on the curtains, wrapping them around her head like they were a head covering.
Matthew: “Katherine, get out of the curtains, please!”
K: “Papa, I being Mary!”
M: “Mary, get out of the curtains!”
K: “I not Mary, I Kiki!”
Adeline chose Jan van Os to learn more about. We’ve cut out most of our curriculum for home schooling and are just flying by the seat of our pants. Our original tactic was not working for Adeline and so we are now leaning toward life skills and the arts. We’re enjoying it. In any case, we’re looking forward to learning about his life, still lifes, and making our own still lifes.
Adeline and Katherine put their own laundry away as I folded it. This is going to be a new tradition.
Katherine had NO accidents today. Panties all day!
I actually kept up on the dishes.
I’m almost caught up on the laundry.
Beatrice did not nap…again.
It’s 10:15pm, my house is a complete disaster but no one was hurt, all needs have been met up to this moment, and this home is Q-U-I-E-T. A much better day than yesterday.
Thank goodness Friday’s over! This is how our day went.
The day was redeemed by free roadside assistance from Geico, a super fast experience at the tire place, and Adeline getting to go sledding with her papa and some dear friends.
Katherine’s newest phrase is “Vewy, vewy, vewy…” As in:
And, my personal favoite:
“I vewy, vewy, vewy love you!”
Today you are six months old.
You are a sweet, friendly baby. I often am stopped in stores or other places to be told that’s you are smiling and making eyes at everyone in the room. You especially love your sisters and you reward their silliness with guttural laughs and huge smiles. Your love for your papa is ridiculously adorable. You know already that he is the fun one!
You started crawling at around 5 1/2 months and started sitting up on your own right after, you are quick and can get anywhere you want to go. You make goofy faces, like oatmeal, bananas, and sweet potatoes, and enjoy tickles and zurbers. You are a hoot.
You are not a great sleeper yet, but let’s not talk about that. (You actually woke up wailing when I wrote that sentence!)
The adjustment to having three babies has been harder than I expected, but I am so grateful for healthy, beautiful you. I love who you are and am anxious to see who you will become.
All of my love,
Halloween isn’t really a big thing in our house, but dressing up definitely is. So Adeline chooses her own costume and for her sisters until they can speak for themselves. She has a big thing for The Magic School bus this year. She chose to be Ms. Frizzle, Katherine was Dorothy Ann (D.A.), and Beatrice was the dearest class pet ever, Liz the Lizard.
I sort of lucked out when Adeline chose D.A. and Liz for the littles…okay, at first she wanted Katherine to be the school bus. Katherine’s costume is simply a purple turtle neck and a pleated skirt. Add some pigtails and ta-da, she’s D.A. for $6. Beatrice’s Liz costume was an $8 eBay find, though I’m not sure if i’s supposed to be a dinosaur or a dragon or what. It made an awesome Liz costume!
But the Friz was a little tougher. There are no dresses commercially made that Ms. Frizzle would ever wear! So, we found a cheap thrift store dress and we (I) embellished it Adeline originally wanted a dress with body parts all over it, but I was happier with the weather idea. A little fleece and felt later, the dress looked great. We bought some clip on earrings from the craft store and made clouds and lighting bolts out of fleece and hot clued them on. Her shoes got umbrellas, one of which was lost in the first ten minutes she had them on. We sprayed her hair orange and she was Ms. Frizzle.
Girly was stoked. We had a great night!