For those of you that only come to my blog for my children… You know who you are. ;)
My girls have had a complete turn-around in behavior lately. Sophia has turned into this wonderfully sweet little girl. She’s acting like a baby so much less. She’s throwing fits less. She’s back-talking less. She’s playing by herself and with her sister very well. I’ve seen her talk to Abby, consider her needs, and try to help. I’ve been brought messages like “Abby told me she pooped.” I’ve seen her get her feelings hurt because of Abby’s attitude. I’ve seen her feel love when Abby says “sorry” to her. I’ve seen her choose to do the right thing (share, apologize, hug, etc.) all by herself. I’ve seen her offer to help me and actually help me. I’ve seen how much it means to her for me to let her help me. I’ve seen her persevere in learning to read and ride a tricycle. I’ve seen her broken heart when a friend chose to play with others instead of her. I’ve seen her memorize bible verses and sing new songs that I didn’t teach her. I’ve seen her love her daddy more than anyone in the whole world.
Now Abby. She is now a toddler! If she wasn’t already…. She’s just started playing by herself and is finally “into” something. She’s super into babies and wants to do everything with babies. She now must take one (firmly gripped with a bottle in hand) EVERYWHERE we go. Feed the baby, change the baby, put the baby in night-night. All by herself, without direction from me. I have heard this child use new words every day and communicate full ideas using up to 4 word sentences. I’ve seen she and her older sister play by themselves for an hour actually talking to each other like best friends. Here’s a story for you. I told Abby if she hit sister one more time, she would go to time-out. She walked away and sulked. Then, she came back less than a minute later, looked right at Sophia and said, “Sorry,” clear as day. Unbelievable. Unbelievable what she’s learned just from watching. I never would have dreamed of asking her to say “sorry.” I would’ve thought she was too young for it. What a nice surprise. She’s since said “sorry” a handful of times.
The excitement that fills my heart to move on to this new bigger girls’ stage! OH! I can’t explain what it’s like to witness these girls growing up. The girls that they are becoming warms my heart like no other feeling in the world. I guess, you know, if you’re a parent, too.