Ages and Stages

When your kids are really close in age you really do get to experience lots of different ages and stages all at the same time.

The 5-year-old is going through an independent stage.  When he doesn’t get want he wants he is not happy about it at all.  He’s really becoming his own person since he started school.  He wants to learn about EVERYTHING and is constantly asking questions!  His favorite thing to doUJU2452 these days has been playing with magnetic letters and numbers on the refrigerator and we are missing A LOT of the letters of the alphabet.

The 4-year-old is going through a regression stage.  He wants help with everything. He doesn’t want to go potty in the potty.  He’d rather wear a diaper and not worry about it.  Heaven forbid that he have to stop what he is doing to go to the bathroom.  Tell him to do something that he doesn’t want to do and he tries throw a fit.  It’s a battle of wills and Mommy and Daddy will prevail . . . no matter how exhausted or frustrated we get!  His favorite things to play with has been Die-Cast Thomas trains.  He and Eliana spend over an hour playing with trains first thing in the morning.

The 2-year-old is finding her independence.  She’s always seemed to march to her own beat.  She doesn’t have time to listen to requests from her parents.  She can be bossy.  She can be downright mean.  She goes back and forth from wanting to do things by herself and saying that she can’t do things because they are too hard for her.  She likes things done her way. Her favorite things to pretend are “family” situations.  She has a mismatched family of 1o or more dogs that range all the way from a tiny Duplo Lego dog to a big stuffed Spuds Mckenzie dog.

The 1-year-old is climbing and nothing can keep her down.  She is always on something.  All of her older siblings were at least 2-years-old before their first trips to the emergency room.  I’m so sure that she’s going to make her trip early that every time she falls I pray.  Lord, please don’t let it be emergency room worthy.  So far we’ve had a couple busted lips and bruises on the head.  Thankfully she hasn’t tried to climb out of her crib yet! “YET” being the key word in that sentence.  I’m sure she could it if she really tried! She’s fearless and that’s not necessarily a good thing.

Our little countdown has reached 90 days until baby girl joins our family.  She’s making me more uncomfortable by the day.  This is the point where it feels like the baby is pressing on all of my vital organs and it’s just not comfortable sometimes especially when a 5, 4, 2, and 1-year-old are trying to climb on me or hug me or sometimes even if they just want to snuggle.

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