If we never matured from toddlerhood, we’d be a hot mess. That’s the conclusion I’ve come to after being home with my babies for almost a month.
I’m not going to lie, it hasn’t been easy. Kids are something else. They whine, cry, get super sensitive over the smallest things, stalk you and just plain wild out. There have been days that I’ve looked at my babies and thought, “are you for real right now?” They have really been putting my skills to the test. I think I am passing with flying colors. My husband things so too. Thanks, boo!
I didn’t know if I could really do this. I wasn’t sure I could change my whole life. I don’t know if this change is temporary or permanent. What I did know is that I had to give it a try. I think what has helped us is having a schedule. I have tried to keep them on a routine because I know how important that is. I also know they could freak out if we didn’t have some sort of routine in place. When my son is at school, my daughter and I have story time or an activity somewhere in the city. There are days when it is as simple as hitting the park or an indoor playground. Being home with them has also forced me to be more organized and intentional. Having a plan for our day makes things run so much more smoothly.
Right now, I’m trying to convince my daughter that naps are a great thing. My plan has been to get things done when she sleeps. I guess I didn’t share this plan with her. She’d wake up ever 2o minutes or so. Now she’s getting better at actually getting some sleep. Let’s hope this carries over into the night. She’s been fighting the sleep at night too.
Here are a few things I’ve learned over this last month:
- No matter how big the tantrum, meltdown or crankfest – it will pass and they will be cute, sweet babies again
- Having a plan is awesome and makes the day go by smoother
- There are lots of free things to do in the Los Angeles area
- Watching my kids learn, grow and thrive first-hand is awesome