Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pretty Hair...

I have a BUNCH to catch up on, but am putting this on now anyway. Yes, it's a bit of gross story, but I also want to remember the twin's shenanigans. ;) 

Yesterday Ty had gone to the bathroom and came out with his underwear and shorts around his ankles. I was talking to him/lecturing about how we need to complete the whole process like pull up pants, flush, wash hands, etc. before coming out of the bathroom. We brought the step stool into the loo so he could finish doing what he do and the girls had already sneaked in. Lila had Aunt Julia's comb in the toilet water--WHICH HAD NOT BEEN FLUSHED! SO gross. She got a time out because we've gone over not playing in the toilet with her before.

While poor Lolly was on timeout in the laundry room, I see Avery who, at the time, looked innocent. I then notice her hair was a little wet. I saw Ty coming Avery's hair earlier so I asked, "Ty did you use water to comb Avey's hair?"
Ty: No.
Me: You sure? Just the dry comb?
Ty: Yes. (Pretty sure he was telling the truth...)
Me: Avery, do you have pretty hair?
A: [Nods head real big!]
Me: Did you comb your hair with this comb?
A: Ya!
Me: Did you dip it in the toilet?
A: YA!

Nasty! I was a little too grossed out at that point to put Avery on timeout after I'd taken Lila off. These girls are way worse than Ty every was when it comes to a)doing gross stuff b)making messes and c)getting into stuff! With a partner in crime, though, I guess I really can't blame them.  Pee-pee hair or not, they're still pretty cute. :)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ah, Parenting.

Ty was just crying at the top of the stairs for more water in his water bottle instead of going to bed.  It started out as a loud whisper to get our attention (he knows we're down here...), and I "shushed" up to him to go to bed; he'd had enough to drink at dinner time, we didn't want him to pee in his bed, and he would be fine.  He eventually escalated into sobbing "Mommy! Daddy! I need your help!" Finally, I went up to him at the top of the stairs.  With tears and snot streaming down his face, he managed to get out, "I'"  :( I don't think it was about the water anymore.  He needed a big hug.  We snuggled for a bit before going into his room.  I brought Baby Coleman (a plastic doll that Lila got for Christmas from my grandparents, to whom Ty has given a name and become "Daddy Ty-Ty") up for Ty to bring in bed with him.  As I was laying him down, I realized his pants were wet--he already had peed out!  He told me, though, "I need help to go to sleep."  Again, sad and sweet.  I changed his pants and diaper, then went and got a special surprise.  Close to 2 months ago, we bought a Ninja Turtle CD player for him with the intention of giving to him for Christmas.  I kinda changed my mind about it, though, and it was still sitting in our garage.  After I obtained the Children's Primary Songbook CD set, Russell and I went up to Ty's room.  He had tucked Coleman (I don't know where he got that name...for a baby girl, no less) under the blanket with him and was laying quietly, still awake.  Russell and I explained to him that we were giving him the CD player because he is now in Primary* as a "Sunbean," so we wanted him to listen to the Primary songs in his room at night.  Russell also added we were giving it to him because we love him, which is true.  We put in the first CD and cuddled around our little boy as "I Am a Child of God" played:

I am a child of God and He has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home with parents, kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way.  
Teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday.

I am a child of God and so my needs are great.
Help me to understand His words before it grows too late.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way.  
Teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday. 

I am a child of God.  Rich blessing are in store.
If I but learn to do His will, I'll live with Him once more.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me, help me find the way.  
Teach me all that I must do to live with Him someday.

Not only do the lyrics of the song remind us that that we are children of our Heavenly Father, but that as parents, we have a special responsibility and privilege. I'm grateful that I did eventually go up and help Ty instead of just letting him cry it out, because it turned into a sweet experience, probably for both of us. I need reminders like tonight so that I can be a better, more patient parent.  Sometimes I feel bad for Ty when I get mad at him for being whiny/loud/tackling his sisters (no, I don't feel bad for that last one...) when really all he needs is some acknowledgement and playtime with me.  Maybe someday Russell and I will figure this parent thing out.  That'll probably be when we're with Ty's kids. ;)

*Ty now gets to go to the Sunbeams Primary Sunday School class instead of Nursery because it's the start of the new year when he'll be turning 4. Less like daycare, more like Sunday school!  I'm excited for him.  So far, he likes it and we have reports from his teachers that he's a good singer.  (Yes!)