With three small children, our house is the opposite of quiet. The screaming, yelling and “NO MY TURN”s vibrate the house from dawn until dusk. Occasionally, there is silence, which is followed by the realization that something really bad is going on or is about to happen.
For each kid, silence means something different.
Landon is 10 months and quiet means that he is eating something he shouldn’t. Like a roly-poly, paper, socks, crayons, shoes or any leftovers from the previous meal that survived the hospital-grade floor scrubbing that occurs after each meal. The silence is short lived and soon will be replaced with hacking and choking, then giggling.
Adalyn is just a couple months past her two year birthday and her quiet time is filled with coloring on things that she is not supposed to. Like couches, wood floors, walls, tables, windows, laundry, toilets, dishwashers and 10-month old brothers. She will act so sorry and apologetic when you catch her, then will go right back to her non-paper coloring canvas the second your back is turned.
Ben is four years old and isn’t nearly as sneaky as his siblings. When he’s doing something wrong, he puts forth no effort to hide it. During his potty training years, it was a different story and his silence was very predictable. We got into a habit of telling him to go poop any time he had been quiet for more than 30 seconds.
Adalyn (2 years old) was reading a book on the couch when Landon (10 months) came up and started to paw the pages. She promptly pushed him down, which I responded to by putting her in time out.
After time out, we talked about how it is not nice to push people and that she needed to apologize to her baby brother, to which she obliged.
Five minutes later, she was back up on the couch reading her books when Landon came up and started pawing at the pages again. In the sweetest, pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top voice she looked up and asked “I push Landon down now please?”
We got our first real snow today in several years. Right around 10″ with a little bit still more on the way. I’ve heard the roads are a mess. We stayed put all day. Adalyn celebrated by jumping off the couch.
It’s been nice enough to take all the kids to the park in the afternoons lately. I’m bound and determined to get Ben on video the first time he goes all the way across the monkey bars at our local park. Previous attempts here, here and here.
Today was the same result, but with a bonus underwear shot.
Adalyn is so intentional in everything she does. She has a really high level of concentration (especially in comparison to Ben) and it is fun to watch her really get into something. Here she is moving elephants from shelf to shelf. Not exactly appealing to the masses, but hey, it’s my blog and I get to post 4 minute videos of my adorable daughter.