The Girls are experiencing the beach. Our place is covered in sand & sunblock.
E (30 months) – She’s been enjoying all of her time @ the beach this summer. She loves to get in the water & let the waves lap around her. When she’s in the surf, she tries to pull away from her parents. She also enjoys going to the kiddie pool; she gets to see other children, which is a thrill. Whenever she sees another little girl, she shouts “Sistah!”
One habit that she’s developed is trying to eat breakfast cereal with her hands. She loves Raisin Bran & it’s the biggest mess when she tries to eat the soggy flakes with her hands.
Her Dad spends a lot of time trying to correct her behavior. You wonder what percentage of parenting is saying “No.” Then you wonder how you became Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace.
As any parent will tell you, kids pick up on much more than you would think. The other day, when E was tired and needed to sleep, I said that her “little batteries were run down.” Later, when she was tired, she said, “Need new batteries.”
C (17 months) – She’s also enjoying all of the beach time. Unlike her big sister, C is the quiet child and likes to sit in the shade and play with the sand. Of course, she does use her beach shovel as a spoon so that she can eat the sand.
She’s definitely striving for independence. She hates it if her parents don’t allow her to use her spoon. We’ve tried to avoid confrontations by giving her a spoon with which she tries to eat; then, we take a 2nd spoon so that we can make sure that some food ends up in her mouth.
Another interest is her hair. It’s gotten pretty long, but she won’t accept any sort of bow or hair accessory that would keep the hair from her eyes. She’s happy with her “Beatle cut” – that keeps her eyes covered in hair. Also, she likes to try to comb her hair – using a spoon. We end up cleaning a lot of food out of her hair after she combs it into her locks.