Thursday, February 12, 2009

ain't no mountain high enough

more like...ain't no surface high enough. Phoebe, Phoebe, it would seem that you have graduated to big kid climbing school. in the last week, i have found you on the clothes dresser, in the top bunk (easy for you), and on the art table stool which is by the way taller than you are. i'm sitting at the desk, paying bills and doing paper work and next thing i know you are there. one moment you are playing nicely under the table, which is also higher than your head, and then you are perched atop the high stool. i had to help you down and then watch you to see how you managed to scale it. turns out that you step on the baseboard heat and then after doing a belly flop on the stool, you worm your way to your knees. well done, but not very steady for my liking. i may have to start hiding the stool.

we had to put a lock on the outside of the guest room in order to keep you girls from making all sorts of messes with the paper work, art supplies and games we have there. most, if not all, require supervision, sometimes with V and i can't expect V to supervise when it is okay for her to play with it. it will be so much nicer to have everyone at a safe age for these activities. won't be too much longer...

we've been making valentine's cards for Vivi's classmates. i have to say that those silly boxed cards are seeming very attractive to me at the moment. V was going gang-busters for the first 10 or so then she jumped to making cards for her neighborhood friends. she and Beatrice both did well making those. then we went back to the classmates and i lost her. she didn't want to sign her name (she signs it "viv", but with her whole name she writes her "e" upside down and maybe forgets an "n") ...couldn't even decide who the cards would be for. she fell asleep today, which is rare for her. hopefully we can get a few more cards done before dinner. i may have to step in and just start writing names on cards and have her put stickers on them.

it is a rare moment in the house where i have three girls sleeping. (unfortunately even at night) i probably should be trying to clean and get the house ready for Grandma Liz since she will be here for a visit tomorrow. instead i'm goofing off and having a cup of tea.... one that i don't have to reheat over and over. yesterday i forgot about it so much that i had it reheated 5 times before i finished my cup. this all makes up for the fact that i average 6 hours of interrupted sleep a night. B is the worse. she will come to my bedside sometimes 3 times a night. each time i take her back to bed, settle her fairly quickly, and then try to fall back asleep. last night, Phoebe was also fussy. so i had a moment of settling her as well.

Phoebe, you are such a girl these days. no baby, anymore. you ask for things. saying "peease". saying "tankqou". it's so cute, and a bit sad. we still have plenty of days where you want me to carry you around and cuddle but it won't be long before you are just like Viv. writing your name on cards and helping yourself to all sorts of activities that i usually help with. i will then do a little dance and then look for ways to entertain myself.