And Brennan is more mobile now. He's consistently walking, even though crawling is still faster. And he's getting into just about everything, until I walk out of the room he's in...and if he's not in my arms, he freaks out. Immediately.
Lee keeps reminding me that Bella went through this phase, and it was a lot for me to handle then. But it's hard when they both want to be on me...all of the time...
So, it's hard to write. Just since I've started writing this one post, I've gotten up to replace Brennan's current choices of toys with more appropriate ones. This takes constant strategy all day long. If he chooses one of Bella's sacred toys - like her new Jessie from Toy Story doll (which is the reward for being potty trained!) -
I have to coax it away from him before she has a meltdown, or causes him to have a meltdown by taking it from him. Because now he screams at her when she tries to take anything away from him.
I'm happy that he can stand up for himself. I'm happy that neither one of my children seem to be push-overs...at least not with each other. And honestly, it's sometimes funny when he refuses to let her take a toy from him...and he screams. It's hard not to laugh.
Lots of things going on now...Bella's using the potty with very few accidents. No more diapers for her! I'm thankful to my friend Rebecca Reine for inspiring me with the 3 day potty training method. It has worked!
Brennan is about to turn 1! That's crazy. It doesn't seem like a whole year has passed by. Since it's a busy time of the year for us and our families, we're just going to do something small at home and then have his and Bella's birthday parties together in the same day. It will a fun time of celebration!
So, school has begun. The students are back at UL, and Cafe Chi Alpha is as lively as ever - with a lot of new faces, which is really exciting. Our routines are a little out of whack, but we're trying to keep the kids on their normal schedule. I want them to be at the cafe to see new people, as well as their "friends" who love them so much. Some events are just too crazy for me to try to keep up with 2 mobile, active kids, so I will be at home. But I'm ok with that. It's taken me 3 years to feel this way, but I am definitely ok with being at home.
Every woman's role is different. I cannot compare myself to anyone else. It's amazing to me how God can make women so unique and different...our dreams, desires, goals, may be the same, but we will each have our own steps to getting there. It won't be the same way. But, what I have learned that the women in my life - those single, married, with kids, and without kids - are the most supportive, encouraging people who are helping me make sure that I am doing what I can to make my dreams come true. And I hope to bring that same encouragement to them.
After all, we are in this together.
And I must say that I am very fortunate. My husband is my biggest fan. He supports me and encourages me, which is priceless. There is no one else I'd rather be on this journey with.