This week has been HARD. Transitioning toddler twins down to one nap from two is by far the hardest parenting journey we’ve been on. Even worse than a newborn Lynley spitting up everything, EVERYWHERE, 24/7. That stuff could be cleaned, but I am at a loss on how to make the water works and whining stop times two!
Have you seen this collection of hilarious photos floating around the web by Reasons My Son is Crying? It’s a dozen pictures or so that parents have posted of their kids crying and captioned with the reason why. Kids are finicky, little things aren’t they!?! I was inspired to photograph some of Lynley and Corbin’s tantrums…
1. I told Corbin that it was time to eat, and we were having chocolate chips waffles for breakfast.
2. Derrick told Lynley that she could not bite his toes.
4. I told Lynley that frogs say, “ribbit, ribbit.”
A combination of teething, being overtired and just being one, has put my little sweethearts in terrible moods. But amid all of the tears and tantrums, there have been moments that made me smile. Today, I choose to focus on them instead of constantly whining myself!
Here are five things that made me smile this week:
1. Lynley combined two American Sign Language gestures to say, “more, please.” She has consistently been signing more for a few months and just recently picked up please. I always say “more, please” at the dinner table, but one or the other sign is fine with with me. I was shocked when she did both in the correct order. Way to go little miss!
2. Corbin giggles when I sneeze, and has started saying “a-choo,” which sounds more like “a-boo, a-boo.” It always makes me smile when he laughs at me.
3. Seeing Lynley crawl on all fours exclaiming “woooooffff.”
4. Watching Corbin giving his sister kisses and hearing him say “sis, sis” every time he sees her.
5. Watching my children play outside and getting so excited when Jeep, our dog, catches the tennis ball and brings it back to Daddy to throw again.
I can list many more moments that made me smile, and it’s so easy to just focus on the things that wear us down sometimes. Parenting is exhausting. There is no question about that. It’s hard, and it sucks sometimes. But, the majority of the time, there is no greater joy in this world than to have a tiny face look up and purse his/her lips for a kiss. Those are the moments that melt my heart, and I am making it a goal to think about them instead of focusing on all the ways my toddlers drove me nuts this week!