Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy 2013, Panties, and Operation Peace Out Pacis

Happy New Year! What a year 2012 has been. We watched our mini-toddlers transform into little girls right before our eyes, welcomed our beautiful son, and lived to tell the tale. It's interesting to me that as I get older (I know, the ripe ole age of 29), I can really start to see the bigger picture. My list of resolutions gets smaller and smaller (how many of these really pan out, anyways?) and have to do more with living in the moment and appreciating the small things as opposed to losing 15 pounds and reading 50 books this year (although Lord knows I should perhaps give both of these a good shot).

So what exactly is on my list of resolutions this year? While I haven't given this much thought yet, I can tell you these are the "Big 3" on Sophie and Campbell's list:

1. Get rid of our pacis
2. Potty Train
3. Move into big girl beds

As I speak, the girls are going on 20 minutes of off and on screaming for their pacis. Sophie has given in and (I think) finally fallen asleep. Campbell will rest every few minutes, then stand in protest and yell for her "yellow paci." Given that Campbell is so agreeable and my sweet little rule follower, I pretty much feel like the meanest mom on the planet right now for taking her beloved paci away. She so looks forward to this little treat during naps/bedtime. However, in the spirit of the new year, I thought I might have more will power than other days to get this task crossed off the resolution list. Stay strong, Stephanie, stay strong.

We kicked off 2013 with our dear friends, the Coys and their triplet daughters: Avery, Camdyn, and Emily. It's always a crazy fun time with this family. And by "kicked off", I mean they left before 8:30, and Kyle and I were in bed by 10...

Sophie and Avery (I think-sorry Steph, I'm still working on telling them apart...) eating their cupcakes. If you ask one of my girls what any one of their names are, they always say "Avery" anyways... 
Sophie kept tickling her. ;)

Girl madness! And Campbell decided she needed to try on one of their cute hoodies.

We are still dabbling with the panties/potty training. Although the past two mornings, Campbell has taken off her diaper and gone to tinkle in the potty by herself, then refused to put a diaper back on, pretty much forcing me to let her wear panties. She has only had one accident both mornings. Sophie tinkles in the potty a great deal less than Campbell, and is 100% OK with diapers. I'm hoping some candy bribery will help her to overcome this since this weekend we plan on "going hard core" with both of them. I've said from the beginning that I would hard core potty train when one or both of the girls pretty much begged for it, so I guess we are at that junction. I can practically smell our sweet future with only one child in diapers (hopefully). And the fact that I cannot get over how stinkin' adorable their little bottoms look in panties should be extra motivation, as well. :)

Hopefully the last time we will ever have to look at these. 

While moving into big girl beds is on our list, I'm quite alright with holding off on these until closer to 2 1/2. They love their cribs, so I'd hate to mess up a good thing. Plus, I'm terrified of the thought of them having free range to play, wrestle, kill each other at any time during the night. While I have never been in a huge hurry to move them into a big bed, I was relieved to recently hear a sleeping expert say that kids aren't cognitively ready to understand the concept of an open bed until 2 1/2-3. I'm sure the fact that on top of actually staying in bed, they also have to understand that they can't have a party with their sister adds to the need for us to wait on this one. 

So there's a few of our resolutions to reach this year. I'm thinking a spa day will be in order for this mom after I successfully rid our house of pink pacis and diapers. 

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2013!


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