|good ole BOX-O-PACKING-PEANUTS! Good distraction, horrible to clean-up!|
This week Hazel has decided to be the "babysitter". She sings "Jesus Loves Me" to the babies when they cry, she teaches them how to play with her favorite puzzle, she follows them around (which I think is annoying Heidi) and she insists that I go away (SCORE).
My favorite Hazel moment occurred the other night while she and I were cuddling on the couch watching the Olympics. I called her "my baby" which she adamantly DENIED. I sweetly explained, "but, I grew you in my belly" to which she replied, "NO! GOD grew me!". Wow... speechless mother moment... I did not teach her that (Thanks Sunday School Teacher, Susie!).
As for Heidi, my oh my! For fleeting moments of each day, I panic knowing that any day now, she will stop being a baby. She still has the Goodyear Tire thighs, the chubby cheeks, the finger sucking, the snuggling, the nonverbal way of explicitly stating her demands, but soon... she will cease to be a baby.
I spend my days removing Heidi from every tall object in the house. Why oh why did I breed with a rock climber? It is unbelievable. If a chair is not tight against the table, she is triumphantly on TOP of the table. Yesterday while canning blueberry jelly and had a counter full of boiling hot pans, she repeatedly climbed onto the counter! No matter how low I made her tower platform, she was able to raise her foot ABOVE head height, hook it on the counter and pull herself up. It was a very long, hot 20-minute boil.
The past few nights, she's been waking up around 3am and gently INSISTING that I cuddle her in my bed. It's uncanny. However, I can't sleep with her in my bed, so once she falls asleep, I TRY to return her to her crib... she wins every time. And she doesn't just want to spoon, she uses her monkey feet to grab my waist and pull it closer. How can something so annoying be so delightful?
Both girls have been caught quietly "reading" to themselves. They also like to put themselves in a room, close the door, and GIGGLE. I need spy cameras to find out what's going on, but I love it!
Oh, there's still lots of tantrums (mostly over candy) and pushing and food on the floor, but it's still a very good life.