We used to barricade the babes in the worst way. We had our reasons...we knew that they were only surrounded by approved things, knew where they were at all times, knew they would not get on the stairs, etc. It was a safe, controlled environment - that they were outgrowing.
Frankly, so was I. I felt confined to a small space most of the day. If I went into the kitchen they stood at the ottoman (barricade that way) and leaned as far as they could to see me, and cried. If I went upstairs, there was always a little part of me that wondered if they could/had escaped and were doing scary things. It was time to break the chains!
We have a very open floor plan downstairs and most of the spaces were too big for a regular gate. Dan improvised! He set up the "pen" to block the entryway from both sides of the loop. NOW, the babes have full reign of the living room, kitchen, dining room, and hall. They are so excited! Already, Lauren is walking more, and Kate is being more adventurous!
Yes, it means there will be more toys throughout my house. It means that there was more to baby-proof, and there will be a learning period for us all as we figure out things that are just too big of a temptation. But, we're FREE!!!
I peed on a plastic stick and it showed a + instead of a -.
The plus side of that is we're very much in baby mode and really, what's one more.
Another plus side is that we love a challenge.
Plus: I don't have to waste any money on fancy tummy oils or lotions - the girls ruined me.
+: May 23rd is one of my favorite days (because I'm self-centered like that and it's my birthday) and I like that as a due date.
Plus side: we'll get a new car! I've never loved the Edge. (Slight negative - I think I'm headed straight for a minivan!)
Plus: supposedly girls are easier to potty train than boys and maybe I won't have three in diapers for long!
+: I talked my OB into a sneak peak ultrasound next week to double/triple confirm that there's only one occupant. (Pray it up, peeps! I might lose my "+"-ive-ness!!!)
Plus: God is faithful in teaching lessons. Someday I'll learn that the best laid plans....
Another plus: we had left over names that no one has snatched up!
Funny plus: I like that my mom and dad will have 5 new grandkids, from only 2 kids (plus spouses!) in 26 months!! It seems mathematically impossible, I like that.
Super Plus: who wouldn't want another one of these???
The Positive Momma
P.S. If you are learning this for the first time, and feel that you are a good enough friend that you should have been told in a more personal manner...you are probably most certainly right. I apologize. There are just not enough quiet hours in the day (at least not enough that I can keep my eyes open). From here on out, count on learning all the important details of our lives in mass communication...it probably won't be getting any better any time soon. xoxx
Dan just "came clean" while the girls were "coming clean" in the bathtub.
He was home with them today while I was at work. He was talking to my dad on the phone when he heard the giggles of little girls who were getting away with something. He peeked. Yip, they had escaped the barricades of the living room, and were out exploring. They were just in the other part of the living room when he came back into the kitchen to finish his chat. THEN, he heard the splat/pitter/patter of little hands and knees on the tile floor in the entryway. He started wrapping up the conversation, and...to hear him tell it...a few seconds later went to check on the girls.
This is what he found:
This means that Lu had conquered 12 steps, and Kate is on number 10! I DIE!!!!
Can you believe that our tiny babies are eleven months old!!? I surely cannot. In the midst of each day, some parts drag on, some stages seem to last forever, some nights are so long they seem to be weeks...but, at this end of eleven months, it feels like the blink of an eye.
The girls have changed so much. They communicate more, they move more, they whine, they belly laugh. They reach up for us and give the "grabby hands" sign when they want up. They jabber, a lot. They giggle, and laugh. They steal toys from each other and whine.
Lauren is taking a few steps now...I think her record is six. And Kate walks as long as she can hold on to something. They push each other on their Princess Mobile. They play hide and seek in the curtains...and behind anything they can peek around.
They play so well in the bath. When we lay Kate back to wet her hair, Lauren bee-lines over and blows "raspberries" on her belly. They both giggle so much. Occasionally, Lauren gets too excited and forgets to aim and "raspberries" right into the tub of water. This makes Kate laugh, not Lauren so much.
They still love to be out and about. Whether it's just out for a walk, or shopping, or the zoo. They just love other people, new scenery.
They're still great eaters. Shredded cheese, pasta, all fruit, and most any vegetable or meat gets devoured, or at least spends a little time in their mouths.
We have so much fun! Dan and I say to each other at least 5 nights a week after we conquer bedtime - "They're just so BIG!"