Tuesday was the perfect day. Well, ok, not really. There were still arguments between Lily and Emma, I still had to use my "I'm being serious!" Mom Voice, and I still didn't finish an entire cup of coffee before it got cold. But it was fantastic anyway.
I think most of my friends may have been in the same boat as we were and got to experience the first really gorgeous springy days this week. And to celebrate, we have had the windows open, laundry hanging on the clothes line, went to the park after naptime on Tuesday and got Chinese for dinner. Happy hearts, happy tummies.
The girls and I went to the park to enjoy the 70° and sunshine and we definitely weren't the only ones with this brilliant idea. Turn the screens and devices off, it's been a long winter! T-shirts and tennis shoes it was, and after I got Kaylee in a front pack, Lily and Emma were off. After she found out she could go down the "big spinny" slide solo, that was enough to keep Lily occupied: she'd run up the steps and wait patiently in line for her turn and then repeat. She was confused why other kids would get to the top and just stop, so I got to explain the importance of waiting in line and saying "excuse me." Emma just really walked around, playing here and there but really just exploring. Kaylee and I got lots of comments, including "look at that hair!" about 3000 times and one nice lady asked if all three were mine, followed by, "where did that dark hair come from?" Do people who ask things like that really want me to explain genetics or are they just surprised and talking out loud?
After the park, we had to run to the store for milk, and I wish I'd been able to get a picture of us, because we were awesome. The store we went to had one of those awesome shopping carts my girls love, and was a race car. Instead of making either walk after all the playing, we opted for that where they could both ride. And since I only needed one thing, I didn't put Kaylee in a front pack and just hauled the infant carrier in. Which didn't fit in the cart. So I ended up pushing the cart with one hand and carrying a baby seat hooked over my elbow. We were so cool, but everyone was happy, so it was worth it.
And then a quick stop for Chinese before heading home! Somewhere early in his college career, Jesse decided gorgeous spring days warranted Chinese take out, so that was his dinner request last night.
It was a fun day. And the girls went to bed early after baths and slept great, including Kaylee.
Overall, everyone is doing great. All three girls and I have had and are still fighting through colds, to varying degrees. Mine may be developing into allergies a bit. Emma also had her first experience with a minor UTI, which was absolute misery until we realized what was going on, but after a quick round of antibiotics, she's back in action. We also have been working on potty training her, which is more of an adventure than with Lily. No surprise. When Lily was really ready, she potty trained in a weekend. We of course didn't know what we were doing and had been trying for several months, but when she was ready, it was easy. Emma seems to have caught on much quicker, but doesn't let me know when she has to go. Instead, her method seems to be starting to go in diaper or panties, realizing what's going on, ripping the diaper off and running for the bathroom. And really, we have a hard time keeping her diapered now since she's learned how to take them off..which may have either entertained or horrified Uncle Joel and Aunt Kimmy on their visit this past weekend, I'm not really sure.
And one more quick Emma story that just happened: we have an Aquadoodle mat that we bought Lily for her 2nd birthday. Lily wanted to play with it this morning, so we got it all set up. Emma wanted her own little tub of water, but figuring she'd make a mess, I said no and that she could share with Lily. Little goober went and got her own container and dipped it in Zeke's water bowl to take care of that problem. Clever girl.
Kaylee is continuing to be my easiest baby. She's awake a lot more now, but is content to sit in the bouncy chair or swing. A typical night has been up twice, but the other night, she was in bed around 730 and I didn't hear a peep out of her until 5ish. I'm a huge, huge fan of that, and I'd have enjoyed it so much more if I'd gone to bed at my normal time and not late haha
*disclaimer, "late" for me is 11..*
Lily is doing great. She's such a big girl and that just blows me away. When did that happen? Before we had Kaylee, Lily had been having Quiet Room Time in that room while Emma would nap in their shared room and Jesse and I were a little nervous about how we'd handle QRT with napping going on elsewhere. Part of the draw and importance of Lily having QRT is that I get quiet time, too, and any mom will know this benefit. Turns out, since we've actually been successful in making sure Kaylee can sleep through noise- epic failure with this attempt the first two times- Lily can have QRT in Kaylee's room while Kaylee sleeps. This.is. awesome. Mostly because everyone is in quiet time of some sort, but Lily loves to help with Kaylee. I went in to check on Kaylee when she was crying yesterday, and Lily had climbed up on the side of the crib and was trying to calm Kaylee down and give her pacifier back. Absolute cutest. She has such a sweet and caring heart. That can pitch an absolute tantrum in a split second..ah, toddlers.
I guess that's mostly it. We went to visit Grandma and Grandpa Hildebrand the other weekend, and as it was our first longer venture, and overnight out with Kaylee and as a family of 5, I'd say it was a success. Plus, it was fun for us all and relaxing. I even got to take a nap at one point, what??!
Needless to say, we're all looking forward to the warmer weather and sunshine. The girls may need more naps, to their disappointment, but letting them play outside and expend energy and coming in smelling like the great outdoors is fantastic and worth the effort it takes to do anything with three little girls.