Sunday, July 14, 2013

The 3's

I honestly should go back and look through my old posts for when Maggie was about to turn 3.  Why?  Because I want to see how I survived the last time I had to live through this phase.  What phase is that you ask?  The one where Abbie:

  • Doesn't listen
  • Cries at EVERYTHING
  • Whines on a constant basis
  • Throws constant temper tantrums over the Littlest. Possible. Thing.
  • Is generally a big PILL
  • Tries to "cute" her way out of things but only after she has ticked everyone off so badly that we are all past the point of no return.
  • Cries at EVERYTHING (oh did I already mention that one? I guess one mention doesn't do it justice).

Maybe I was so wrapped up in having a newborn when Maggie was this age that I blocked it all out but honestly - THIS SUCKS!!!  We are finally to the age where we can really go out and all enjoy something (the zoo, the fair etc.) only to have Abbie ruin the afternoon with a 30 minute scream fest.

I should be happy that so far, in most instances, she has waited until we were at home before losing it (well except for that trip to the bike store where I had to carry her down Main Street of my oh so small town as she screamed at the top of her lungs).  I should be happy that she is well behaved at school (for the most part) but again - this phase SUCKS!

After numerous screaming fits in her room, Abbie is starting to realize that time out is not over until she can calm her little self down.  Oh the screaming fits still last a LONG time, but the 30 minute fits are starting to taper down to 15 minutes so we do have progress!

She is sweet and cuddly and loving when she wants to be and I just love those times.  I don't know where my even tempered child went but she has been replaced by a child who wakes up crying because I didn't magically KNOW I was supposed to get her from her room.

This too shall pass, I know. I only hope it passes quickly.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Today you are 6

I cannot believe that today you, my Maggie Hannah, are 6 years old.  This last year was filled with a new school, new friends and teachers as well as learning so many new things!  You learned how to read and write!  You learned so many different sports in gym class.  You learned how to tie your shoes!!!

In the last year you have really come into your own.  It is so sweet to see how much you love your sister and how you try to comfort her when she is upset over something.  You both love wearing the same outfits and you even asked to have your hair cut just like hers so that you both could be "twins".

This year you have grown so much that we can really see the person you will become.  Your sense of humor, your ability to take a joke, how sensitive you are as well as how empathetic you can be.  We love you Maggie and can hardly wait to see what the next year has in store for you!

Your "Birth" day
1 Year Old
2 Years old
3 Years old
4 Years old
5 Years old
6 Years old

Friday, July 5, 2013

Abbie's Independence Day

Abbie marked Independence Day with her first real step towards being FREE from diapers!  Yes, after MONTHS on end of weekend potty training boot camp, Abbie asked to go poo poo on the potty!  After a lengthy amount of sitting, trying to get comfortable, banning me from the bathroom and then honest to goodness trying??  SHE WENT!

Some day I am going to write a post on how truly opposite the girls are IN EVERY WAY and potty training will be one of those things.  Maggie was so easy that I barely remember any of it other than that first weekend of boot camp.  Abbie has taken so long that I can't remember a time we weren't actively working with her.

(this picture was taken in APRIL!!!!)

We are almost free from diapers!  YEAH!!!!!

Good job baby girl!
And I hope I didn't jinx myself for today, but I am sure I did!

edited to add - I DID NOT JINX MYSELF!  Success 2 days in a row!!!

Thursday, July 4, 2013


These 2 little firecrackers were up WAY TOO EARLY this morning.  We have already had to avert about 3 temper tantrums, ate breakfast, gotten dressed AND had a quick photo shoot in the back yard.  I will look back on these pictures someday (or even tomorrow) and forget about the fits and the too early wake up call and just smile.

Happy 4th of July from the cutest firecrackers on the block!

And a special THANK YOU to all the service men and women who allow us to enjoy the freedom we celebrate today!!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Abbie's big girl bed!

Someone got her big girl bed today!  Yes she is almost 3, but she LOVED her crib and slept so well that there was never any reason to get her out.  The main reason she got her bed now?  It is getting a little harder to get her in and out of the crib seeing as she is the size of a 4 year old!

No more babies in this house!

All big girls around here! (well except for the girl pictured above when she decides that pooping in her pants is MUCH easier than going in the potty! But that is a whole other story!)

Congratulations Abbie!