Every week I join in with Living Arrows, a blog linky run by Donna at What the Redhead Said. The name Living Arrows comes from a poem by Kahlil Gibran; “You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth”, and each Monday I share a photo of each of the girls and a bit about what we’ve been up to the previous week.
This past week saw B reach both the four week and month-old milestones. On the one hand I can’t believe that we’ve had B in our lives for a whole month already, but on the other hand it seems like forever since we were in that operating theatre having a bit of a time of things! I couldn’t use anything other than our one month milestone photograph of B this week, as I think it’s a pretty important occasion to mark. I’m still trying to decide whether her eyes will stay blue like M’s and her daddy’s, or change to brown like mine. I’m excited to watch her grow and change!
On Friday we visited Banham Zoo and M had a lovely time looking at all of the animals. We’ve asked her which animals were her favourites and she’s very clear that she liked the ‘zees’ (zebra) and the giraffes best! M is really starting to embrace being a big sister, and my heart did melt just a little bit when she checked on B in her carrycot while we were at the zoo. Too cute.
I’d be lying if it was all plain sailing, though. M has added tipping up drinks to her love of chucking things down the stairs (we live in a house with three floors so our living room is upstairs, with a flight of stairs just outside the door). Luckily we only really drink water in this house, so there’s not too much damage, but it is annoying! I’m looking to invest in a plastic bottle with a lid and straw combo so that I can stay hydrated. At the moment I’m having to put my glass out of reach to avoid the situation we had earlier in the week, where M combined her two inappropriate behaviours and threw a glass down the stairs, smashing it.
Any advice for how to deal with this behaviour is much appreciated! We’ve tried calmly explaining, distraction, being cross and acting sad, but none of them have made any real difference as she just does it again. We’re determined not to just let it go, but at the same time she seems to think it’s a game, even when we’re visibly cross. I guess this is life as a toddler parent!
Hubby is back to work this week so I’m working on trying to keep myself and the girls alive, fed and watered – that’s the main objective and if we manage anything more pleasant and enjoyable than that, then I’ll consider it a victory!