1. Father's Day
Guys, I picked THE BEST guy to have babies with. He gets a serious A+ on the parenting report card. He has never shied away from any responsibility (except clipping nails- somehow we've been at this parenting thing for 6 1/2 years and he has yet to clip a fingernail), and he's just as great at the fun stuff. You know what part of the day our kids LIVE for? The fifteen minutes of playtime with Daddy just before bed. They would give up just about anything in order to ensure they get that time. And even though some days he's tired from a long and stressful day at the office, he always musters up the energy to play the monster that chases the little ones around and finds them in their hiding spots. The giant belly laughs that come out of the kiddos during this time melts me.
Can we take a minute to process this? The nugget is in first grade. FIRST GRADE. And he didn't even want me to walk him into class on the first day. He was so ready to go back to school. As a first grader, he is getting a bedtime extension, allowing him an extra 30 minutes to read to himself before lights out. And he has told us that since he's now in first grade, he'll be able to read chapter books all by himself (he can totally already do this, he just lacks a little confidence). He got off the bus that first day excited to show me his agenda and get to work on his homework. (Seriously- he has an agenda. Next thing you know he'll be carrying a briefcase.) The first few days of first grade have been a success.
3. The Pacifier
I decided to take it away. I think that may be the last tiny remnant of baby life my littlest lady had left, and I took it away. Her little front teeth are really starting to suffer the consequences of the "fire," as she called it. The pediatrician told me six months ago that her time was up, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. Until now. Even though the damage is probably already done, I don't want to prolong her years in orthodontia just because I'm desperate to hang onto the baby years. Which I totally am. If you need me, you can find me curled up in the fetal position over there in the corner, sobbing.