Monday, November 11, 2013

Family home evening

Two blog posts in one day?!

Tonight for family home evening we decided to have a lesson on being nice to Daisy since Calvin has been mean to Daisy on several occasions over the past few weeks.

We started out the lesson by talking about what a family is and why we should be nice to our family. Then we talked about how Calvin feels when kids are nice to him at the playground. He told us he is happy when kids play tag and when his friend James plays pirates with him.

Then we reminded him of a time when some kids at the playground were being mean and weren't sharing any of the trucks in the sand box. As Evan reminded him about that experience, Calvin started sniffing his nose and his face turned to a frown. Before we knew it, he was crying just from thinking about that experience! Evan and I had to hold back our laughter, but it really was quite funny. Luckily, we were able to distract him and remind him how he felt when others were nice and the tears dried right up.

Then we talked about how Daisy feels when Calvin is nice or mean to her. Next, Evan and I did a role play so we could demonstrate which things are nice and which things are mean to do to Daisy. I think that may have been a mistake because when Evan annoyingly shoved a blanket in my face while I was pretending to be Daisy, Calvin busted up laughing and begged us to show more mean things.

Maybe next time, we'll skip role-playing the mean things. We have a lot to learn as parents. Haha.

Daisy at 9 months

Daisy is a girl who knows what she wants and works hard to make sure she gets it.

For example:

She learned to roll over before she was four months old by trying it out one day and then practicing it at least a hundred more times that day.

When I put her in her bed on her back, she always immediately rolls to her stomach as fast as she can, tucks her arms under her, and sticks her bum in the air. Every single time.

In the bath tub she LOVES laying on her back. If we try to sit her up or stand her up to wash her, she arches her back until we let her lay down again.

The past few weeks she has been waking up twice a night and I've just been feeding her to get her to go back to sleep. Last night I decided I'd had enough so we checked her diaper, gave her some pain killer for the teething pain, offered her a sippy cup of water, and put her back in bed. I thought she'd cry for 5 minutes and go back to sleep, but that girl knows what she wants! And she didn't want to go back to sleep without nursing. After about half an hour of listening to her sob (and hoping that our neighbors wouldn't hate us), I finally gave in and fed her, after which she went right back to sleep.

But despite the fact that she drives us nuts by not sleeping through the night, we love our sweet little girl. She is crawling, walking along furniture, and saying mama and baba. She loves playing with Calvin too, which is fun to watch. And as always, she is great at smiling.