I've decided to give up some things in an effort to make my life easier.
1. I am not going to make Abby baby food. I forced myself to do it with the other two and still gave them jars anyway. I'm sorry Abby, but I'd rather take that time to actually spend some time with all of you guys - since you're growing up at lightning speed.
2. Only one level of my house will be clean at a time. That's just the way it will have to be. It is virtually impossible to have both levels clean at once. When I was pregnant I cursed the stairs and vowed that the next house we live in will be only one story. Now, I'm glad that if I'm freaking out about how messy one level is, I can just move to the other one.
3. What to expect. Abby is damn near 6 months old. She doesn't roll over yet, she only kind of sits up, and she's just starting to really want to eat food. But, she's incredibly animated, talks a lot, focuses on anything and everything, and already has a great sense of humor. She's very close to rolling over, but I don't give her many opportunities and when she's laying down she's mostly interested in eating her feet. Most of the time she's held, carried, or put into something (highchair, exersaucer, bumbo, etc). The reason I don't put her down much is Exhibit A and Exhibit B.
|Exhibit A and Exhibit B|
If I do put her down I have to stay right next to her the entire time, or risk her being trampled or something thrown on her. And honestly at this point, the less mobile she is, the better. See messy house problem (including small toys laying around) above.
- Emily has pretty much potty trained herself! On Friday (the 20th), she took her diaper off in the morning and hasn't looked back. I was terrified at how shockingly simple it was. I actually haven't posted because of this - I was afraid it was too good to be true and I'd jinx it if I wrote about it. But nope, 9 days later she is still going strong and we don't even have to ask her that much anymore. She comes to us and tells us when she has to pee! And she goes through the night. Which is interesting because Olivia still wears pull-ups to bed. I used to have a problem with that, but I don't anymore. Perhaps she has a tiny bladder or something. The doctor even told me that there are kids 7 and 8 years old who still wear pull ups to bed. I'm done worrying about it. Yay for only one kid in diapers! But, there is a slight glich in all of this. She has yet to poop on the potty. I haven't put her back in diapers or pull ups or anything because I don't want to go down that road, but any advice on how to make that happen would be awesome!
- Olivia has been "reading." She memorized one of her books and shocked the crap out of me when I was about to start reading it and she started "reading" it instead! I was so incredibly proud of her. I'll admit that I didn't expect that to be such a big deal. But it was, and is! I think that's one of the first steps towards reading, so I am so excited for her!
- Abby has really "woken up" lately. She's so involved and interested and into everything. She's become very grabby and deliberate in her movements. She LOVES to bounce in the exersaucer/bouncer thing. She gets herself going and jumps and laughs and has a great time. She's also very chatty and is itching to play with her sisters. If you're holding her and they are playing nearby, she'll almost jump out of your arms to get closer to them. I'm so curious about what the dynamics of their relationships will be. Right now Emily and Olivia are super close. Both of them enjoy talking to Abby, but Emily is a little more into holding her and checking on her right now. But Abby seems to focus in on Olivia a bit more. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
- And although I'd like to forget - all 3 girls and myself had strep throat. We didn't even know it. I had Emily into the doctor because she was having really high fevers, but her test came back negative. So two days later I had Olivia and Abby in for well checks and the doctor thought their throats were red, swabbed them, and they came back positive! Apparently Abby's was the worst...which is so sad because she gave absolutely no indication that she didn't feel well. Anyway, they were given the all clear 24 hours after antibiotics and now that is behind us.