My exhaustion, my I am just surviving right now attitude, and the amount of time I've had the TV and iPad on. It's definitely been more than normal, or---more than life pre-Lucy. I thank God everyday for the use of those distractions. I'm not going to go and diss on them because Em has some awesome educational iPad apps that we both love, and same with some of the cute shows and movies she watches.
There's something to be said about managing that time wisely. I wanted and needed to be better. It's been a few weeks, now. My kid is smart, funny and bright---but I've noticed she's lacked major interest in her toys over the last few months and they were getting a little stagnant.
So the other night, Declan, Emeline and I went through her toybox, organized toys, separated her flashcards (which had become a huge pile of MESS), found all the lost puzzle pieces, put away the 1 year old toys (for now), and noticed where we had gaps of things and made a mental list for things we think she'd really like for later.
The good news is, I think seeing her stuff all laid out got her re-interested again. So we're making greater efforts to play more throughout the day. And I think it's sweet when she says, "'mon (c'mon) Mommy, let's play!" She's always been awesome at independent play, and that definitely comes in handy--but, there is something to be said for getting on the floor with your kids.
I'm working on getting better at this part. Especially with this new juggling act of an additional kid to take care of.
I know it's important to make Emeline still feel special by doing big girl things that only she can do. Her flashcards and puzzles are some of those things. Spending some time with her doing those simple things yesterday just made me wanna squeeze her guts, because she's so stinking silly, and very thoughtful, and very strategic, adorable---and, well, I'm just proud of this kid.
|after I took this photo, I promptly changed that full diaper.|
In case you were wondering, it was No Pants Thursday around here, yesterday. And yes she's still in diapers, pleeeease, I've got plenty going on right now and potty training isn't one of those things, yet. :)
Have a wonderful, fun-filled weekend, friends.
(name puzzle is from http://www.catalogfavorites.com/, a gift from Declan's parents to Eme at Christmas!)