Welcome to the Roe household blog. We're attempting to post 365 days of pictures in a Roe. Cork and I have been married since 2002 and welcomed identical daughters in August of 2009 after a struggle with infertility. Our girls were definitely worth the wait and I say they were destined to be here because they were conceived on my birthday, due on my sister's birthday and born on my grandma's birthday. What are the chances of that! We welcomed our third daughter in June of 2012. We all fell in love with her right away. She has two amazing older sisters who love to watch over her.
Because the kids trick or treated yesterday and had done so many other Halloween related things lately, we didn't even bother to do anything for Halloween today. The girls and I had a busy morning and then just played at home this afternoon. This morning, we met their friend Lily at a library for a half hour of singing kid songs. Lily has a baby sister Lexi. Arya and Eiley played Baby Lexi this afternoon and took turns laying in the cradle.
Our city does Trick or Treat the Sunday before Halloween. This was the fourth time Arya and Eiley wore their outfits and the first time we got pictures. They have orange fake hair to wear and their wings are a little destroyed. They weren't into wearing the hair today. They had a great time trick or treating and so many houses gave them handfuls of candy. They only went to about 10 houses and came home with way more candy than they'll need. I'm sure Cork and I will help them with it.
Eiley wanted to wear her summer sun hat, so of course we let her. She cracked me up peering over the candy bowl once she got home.
We still aren't actively potty training around here, but Arya really loves to use the potty. I was trying to gather the kids up this morning to get them showered and dressed so we could get out the door. Arya ran upstairs while I chased Eiley down. By the time I grabbed Eiley and went upstairs, Arya was sitting on the potty all by herself. Pretty impressive. She'd taken her pajamas and diaper off and climbed on up there. She's only ever used a small seat that sets into a toilet, she's never sat on just a regular toilet seat. She's so tiny that she could easily fall in. I was impressed at her balancing skills.
I wasn't so impressed with her timeline. She'd apparently po.oped in her diaper before shedding it and then climbed into the toilet. The joys of parenthood! I had to clean poop off of her, the floor, the wall and the toilet.
Isn't this the sweetest face? You'd never know by looking at her that she has huge outbursts. I let her throw a fit for at least 30 minutes today. I had and still have no idea what set her off. One second she was fine and the next she threw herself on the kitchen floor and just went ballistic. I asked if she was hungry, tired and everything else I could think of. She kept screaming "mama" but didn't want me to pick her up or hug her. After trying everything, I decided to just tell her that I was going to ignore her as long as she kept screaming. Of course she just kept going. I checked on her a couple times and then eventually moved her to her room. I told her that she could come downstairs when she calmed down. In the end, I went back upstairs and asked her if she was done. She stopped screaming, said "yes", came downstairs and was fine the rest of the day. This is the type of thing Eiley is doing almost daily right now. I was talking to a neighbor about it who also has a strong willed child. She gave me a book to read and said the tactics in it work for about 85% of strong willed kids. I'm willing to try anything right now because we have to stop her from trying to run the household. It's not fare to any of us if she is allowed to continue like this daily. So I'll start reading the book soon and hope that it works just as well for me as it did my neighbors.
This is sort of a random observation, but I do find it interesting that Eiley is very strong willed, but I would say that Arya is dominant right now. She will nicely walk up to Eiley and with a smile take anything that Eiley has that she wants. It's frustrating because she does it so sweetly and acts like she's done nothing wrong while Eiley is throwing a fit about whatever was taken from her before I could intervene. If you didn't see it happen, you'd think that Arya was completely innocent.
The kids decided today was a good day to ride their tricycles. They did a really good job figuring out how to pedal. It was the first time either of them has really even tried to pedal. While I froze my butt off, I pushed them up a little hill and chased them down. They decided it was a good time to run into each other and off the sidewalk into the grass. I was cracking up at their antics and then saw that the mailman was watching them and laughing too.
Auntie Andrea watched the girls recently and their cousin decided to wear a blanket as a princess gown. I can't remember if it was a week or two ago that she watched them. Today, the girls both took their clothes off and asked me to wrap them in their blankets.
Eiley was throwing a fit in the car this weekend. Arya's little voice piped up from the back as she said "nuf I-E" as in enough Eiley. LOL. Guess that's something I say a little too often when Eiley is throwing one of her typical fits.
The kids were learning about healthy food choices in school today. During art time, they got to glue pictures of healthy foods onto a sheet of paper. They were also discussing the letter P this week. We got home from class and were talking about what they'd learned.
V: Did you talk about healthy foods at school today?
A: Yeah, popuhl.
And of course I cracked up. Popuhl is popsicle. Their teachers brought in popsicles for the kids and they each got one at the end of class while they discussed the letter P. I think it's hilarious that after all the healthy food talk, they gave the kids popsicles and that's what Arya got out of class this week.
The kids learned how to slide down the stairs on their behinds today. It kept them occupied long enough for me to fold a load of laundry.
I made cake pops this week for a party we're going to. I don't know if the kids or I are bigger fans.
I had to take a picture of Eiley's outfit today. She has a cute jumper on, but she took the straps off and it slid down. So, now her outfit makes her looks like she's a child from a polygamist family.
We took a little bike ride today and our 2 exhausted girls finally slept. I knew they wouldn't sleep long, but feared they wouldn't sleep at all if I moved them into the house. Instead, we sat outside in our driveway for the 25 minutes they slept.
The girls have not slept well for the past week. Last night was no exception, but at least now Cork is home and can help. I had a couple nights when at least one or the other was up every hour. Not fun! Last night they were up almost every 90 minutes. There is no teething going on, so I'm not sure why they aren't sleeping. They still aren't napping, so our wakeful nights lead to cranky sleepy days. Eiley was so tired tonight that she was falling asleep at the table. She would fall asleep, wake up, sort of laugh, and then take another bite of corn bread. Nut! And as usual, it ended in a bit of a fit.
I don't know what compelled them to start this, but once they started they did not want to stop. We had to keep telling them to leave their arms in the arm wholes of their shirts. They both had onesies on today, so they couldn't pull the shirt over their head. Maybe that's why they started this.
They are just too quick for me. I switched laundry from the washer to the dryer and they took the childproof lock off the cabinet, grabbed paper towel and decorated the room with it. Notice the rest of their path of destruction? That was already there, but it didn't take them long to achieve that either.
My children seem to think they are bag ladies. The back of their strollers always look like this.
We started these Halloween decorations yesterday and finished them today. The kids love them and keep asking to see them. I'd love to take credit for them, but got the idea online.
I've thought about getting rid of the girls' pacifiers in the past, but it just never seemed to be the right now. They will only use a 0-6 month size and I recently noticed that they suck on it all night long instead of just to fall asleep like they used to. I also noticed that their teeth are starting to shift, so just over a week ago I decided that it's time.
I started to cut the tip off of the pacifiers and have been taking another cut on them every day or two. I barely take any off, but it's adding up. The day I started, I also rounded up all the pacifiers in the house, washed them in the dishwasher and then hid them when the kids weren't around. I chose 2 pacifiers to cut and they just happened to be each kid's favorite one. There was no turning back! By some miracle, we've had no objections so far. It's been great. I'll continue to cut away at the pacifiers and hopefully over the next few weeks they will be completely weened in a pain free (for me) way.
Eiley and I had this conversation today:
E: Mema Bepa night (she wants to see mema and bepa tonight)
V: Oh, Mema and Bepa are gone. We can't see them tonight.
E: Mema Bepa mahmow. (meaning she wanted to see them tomorrow)
This is the first time she's used words to designate time and when she wanted to do something. It was also the first time she's used the word mahmow (tomorrow). Arya has been saying "night" for tonight for a few days now and I think Eiley picked that up from her. I think it's fun to watch what they each learn from the other.
Today, Cork saw that the girls put a sticker on the glass of our entertainment until. I can't remember exactly what he asked me, but it was implied that I had seen them do it. Um, No! If I had seen them sticking a sticker on the glass, I would have stopped them before it was stuck. I took this picture later, and of course as soon as I tried to take the picture, Eiley tried to take the sticker off.