Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Life will never be the same again, so they say....

Yes, look who's walking now....Garrett! I have to say I'm surprised he started walking at 11 months, as Cole and Bella didn't walk until they were about 13-14 months old. But Garrett is a mama's boy whole-heartedly and I guess he figured he had better become upright if he wanted to stay attached to my side at all times. If he really wants to keep up with me, he grabs onto my pants leg and walks along with me (well, actually it's more like me dragging him along with me but he happily follows). Landon hasn't figured out the whole walking thing yet but it's just a matter of time. He leans forward and then falls, forgetting that he has to actually move his legs at the same time in order to walk. It's actually quite comical to watch (how mean is that??)

Everyone says once a baby walks, that life will never be the same again and I suppose that's true in many ways and I often think people actually mean that in a negative way. But for me, my children being mobile has always been a good thing. It's meant I didn't have to carry 2 extremely heavy children up the stairs and down the stairs at the same time, it's meant not having to park all the way out in the freakin boondocks when I go somewhere with the kids just so I can park by the shopping cart collecter thingie, it's meant less whining because the kids can finally go where they want...and let's get real honest here...it's meant FREEDOM for me as well! I guess maybe I'm in the minority here when I say that a mobile child for me was easier than a non-mobile child. Although there were times that Cole and Bella would run in opposite directions and I would have to quickly decide which child was in the most danger of being hurt or kidnapped (usually it was Cole...figures). And then there was the time I decided that getting them harnesses was a good idea (this is also when I started to think that my attitude about a child finally being able to walk was clearly nothing other than pure insanity...that, or severe sleep deprivation). So I went out and got them 2 of those backpack type harnesses...the kind that look like cute cuddly teddy bears that were actually backpacks with harnesses attached, as if I'm trying to fool my children into believing that this is actually a really cool idea..."here, look at this adorable teddy bear backpack you get to wear...oh and it comes with this really cool leash-type thingie that Mommy gets to hold to keep you from running away like a wild animal". The kids quickly figured out that they could only walk about 3-4 feet in front of me before I yanked them back towards me, yelling "stay with Mommy". Then the backpacks weren't cool anymore and then suddenly one day I couldn't find the "leashes" that attach to the backpack. Hmmmm, any ideas what happened? I'll say one thing...never even underestimate how smart your children are. I used to be one of those people who would see a parent out in public with their child on a leash and think "OMG, I would never do that, it seems so degrading to the child"...that was obviously before I had children, and twins at that. I do a lot of things now that I said I'd never do as a parent...and I'll just say another thing...never be so quick to judge another parent until you've walked a mile in their shoes.

So the fun has begun again...and I'm liking the fact that Garrett can now walk. I'm suspecting I'll enjoy when Landon learns to walk too....I'm not sure how that will sit with me when I'm out alone with all 4 kids and they all decide to take off in separate directions (east, west, south and north). I'll cross that bridge sooner or later...perhaps I can get Garrett and Landon to wear the "really cool" backpacks. Until Cole and Bella enlighten them on the real reason why I have them wearing the backpacks.

I'm also happy to write that Cole and Bella are now potty-trained...whew! I can't remember the last time they had an accident. And I don't have to sit there and nag them "do you have to use the potty? are you sure? are you really sure? do you wanna at least try? are you sure? are you really sure? can you just try for 10 seconds? please??". Nope...now they announce "I need to pee" or "I need to poop" and off they go running to the bathroom, usually followed by the other child who will sit there and watch. I think Cole and Bella believe everyone needs company while going to the bathroom...it's a time for you to sit there and do your business but still socialize at the same time. For instance, the other night I had the gall to lock the bathroom door behind me so I could pee in privacy and Bella knocked on the door and asked "Mommy, what are you doing?" and I said "going pee"...and she said "but you locked the door" and I said "I know, I'd like some privacy" and she asked "why?".... yeah, why would I want privacy when the most important conversations are held in the bathroom?? So she stood outside the door asking me "what's for dinner? did you wash my snowman jammies?"....these are things she simply had to know and I guess it couldn't wait another minute until I was out of the bathroom and face-to-face with her.

Well, so that's the latest....Garrett is walking (and he has 2 new teeth to boot), Landon is trying to figure out how to walk, and Cole and Bella are now potty trained. I think that's a pretty good update....

1 comment:

twinsX2 said...

How funny! You are so witty and I can't help but smile and shake my head in complete understanding when I read your blog!

Abby & Parker - my older set - also hang out together in the potty. They usually pull up the clothes hamper and flip through books or magazines and tell each other stories.

I agree with you on walking. Although they can get into more & faster - they can keep themselves entertained and be just a tad more independant. Let's face it - with 2 the same age, they have to be able to do more for themselves than singles!

Anyway, thanks for the smiles - I can always use them!

I figure that if the children are alive when my husband gets home at the end of the day, I've done my job.

----Roseanne Barr



 
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