Taking care of Elsie has been really easy. A lot easier than what it was like caring for newborn Amelia. This makes sense. I've done baby before. There are some challenges here and there as we discover the differences in personality and preferences between our two children. But overall, it's been a breeze! Truly.
While we have done baby before... we have not done toddler. Each day is new with Amelia. I feel just as clueless today as I did when I first held her in the nursery when she was just six hours old. We're just baffled by all the newness of having a two year old who is almost three who wants to be sixteen.
After realizing that Amelia just wanted more of us, Danny and I started being more intentional about our one-on-one time with her. It could be anything from reading together on the couch for an hour while Elsie would sleep or getting to hang out with Daddy while I went on an errand with Elsie. Our goal is to eventually do consistent dates with our children.
|Elsie asleep meant big group hugs with Mama and Daddy. ♥|
|books, coffee, and lemon loaf. a perfect date.|
This isn't consistent for me but in moments of Amelia's misbehavior, I really try to stop and ask myself, "How much of this is straight up defiance? And how much of this is her trying to tell me, 'I need you, Mama!'" Often times, I get irritated, discipline her, and move on. Discipline is important and necessary! But maybe I just need to put aside my agenda and tend to her soul more often.
Do your children act out more often when you've had less focused time with them? If that's the case, how do they act that let's you know to slow down? What are some fun things you've done to re-connect with your kiddos?