I've been wanting to post for several days, but our internet has been very spotty at home, and I was just never able to get it done. I've been off work several days lately, and really, I've enjoyed spending time with my family and being extremely lazy after the girls go to bed. My Kindle has seen a lot of use lately, as I am very absorbed in Pride and Prejudice (free on Kindle!). Somehow I missed out on this one in school. It's much better than some of the other classics we read (for example- The House of Seven Gables). What is your favorite classic book? Least favorite?
Jeremy and I both turned 28 in the last couple of weeks. We are pretty low-key birthday people, but we did do our favorite form of celebration--EAT! We grilled with our families on Jeremy's birthday, then went to Red Lobster this weekend with my best friend for our birthdays. Jeremy went to a class for work last week and got to be home at night, so at least I got to see him on my birthday. We are more than ready for him to move to a day-shift position.
Last year around this time I wrote this post, describing our lives at the time. I went back and read it to see how far we've come in a year, and whew! Can I just say I'm so glad to be where we are now, as opposed to where we were then? It's fun looking back at those pictures of my tiny, sweet babies and remembering how they loved to snuggle on my chest as we all three napped on the couch. But then I can't help remembering the emotions and the stress and the exhaustion of those days, and I'm just thankful to be in the fun stage we're in now.
These little girls turned 14 months old last week, and they are growing and changing every day. They are constantly in action, so my monthly photos may get worse and worse as it gets harder to entice them to sit still for thirty seconds.
The big news this week is that Mackenzie is taking steps on her own! Yep, before long I will have two official walkers. (Lord, help us.) Addison is taking steps too, but they are more like lunges because she hasn't really mastered the concept of balancing in a standing position yet. She is getting there, though, and I have a feeling they will both be walking by 15 months.
We had our first biting incident a couple of weeks ago. Addison leaned over in the bathtub to give Mackenzie "love" by kissing her on the arm. Mackenzie's eyes got very big and she started wailing. Addison sat up, and we saw a little round imprint on Mackenzie's upper arm. And so it begins...
The only other incident was a bitten finger this weekend. I sat Addison in the chair and said "No" very sternly. I made her sit there for about a minute or so, and she seemed to understand that she was not allowed to get down.
Any tips on disciplining one-year-olds? I always take their arm and look them in the eye when I say "no", but sometimes we need something that makes a little more impact. I have swatted a hand once or twice, but since one of the main discipline problems is going to be them hitting each other, I don't want to rely on that method. How do you make a one-year-old understand that it's okay for Mama to swat your hand, but it's not okay to do it to your sister? Oh, this parenting stuff...there just aren't any easy answers.