Last night after work I took the girls outside. We grabbed a blanket and my Yoga book and we had a stretching session. I'm amazed at the flexibility of my daughters. I was also amazed that Rose was interested in trying this out. Of course we had to eat Cheerios while we were yoga-ing, but they both took an interest and did some of the moves along with me.
My girls are quickly leaving the really little kid stuff behind. They will happily tell me some shows are too "baby" for them (Emma more than Rose) and they both understand the philosophy of passing on your too small clothes, so they can graduate into more new (to them) clothes. I don't really know when I noticed this stuff starting to happen, but it's in full flow now.
My favourite thing that is happening now is their ability to reason. There are many less "tantrums" as they've started flexing their reasoning muscles. We can (usually) calmly discuss sharing and taking turns, as well as if we watch movie A now we can watch movie B next time. This doesn't always end well, but we're getting there.
Along with reasoning is the knowledge that 'it is time to sleep when I'm tired.' Emma took a very long time to learn this skill. Rose is further along at a younger age, and actually goes and lays down for a nap if she's tired in the afternoon. We've gotten away from naps with her, but sometimes she'll just take one and not even tell anyone!
Last week my parents had the girls for 4 days at their place. Usually getting them there entails tears and fits and all that (even though they always have a good time), but not this time. Genuine excitement and full knowledge they were going to be there for a few days in a row. My mom told me that before they were brought back home they both - separately - went to her and told her they would miss her and asked for snuggles. How sweet, right? Then they were super affectionate with me when they got back, which I totally missed while they were away.
The real excitement for me was also last night. Emma watched her Murdoch Mysteries while I read Rose a story upstairs. When it ended she went up to brush her teeth and I looked for another Murdoch. The only one I found was the one she had just watched, so I put on Jeopardy! until she returned and gave me input on what she wanted to watch. Well guess what? She wanted to watch Jeopardy with me!! I don't think I've really watched it since Emma was born. And I could see her looking at (reading?) the words. She thought it was great! Let's hope she keeps her interest in it, so I can test my knowledge on any and all things another night soon.
Stay tuned for more random thoughts from me. Toodles!