Morgan did an excellent job at his Christmas program last weekend–he had been singing his Christmas carols to me for several weeks and it was so cute to see him and his little friends dressed up for the occasion and singing on stage. If you look closely you can see his skinnykidz belt! I have to be grateful to Laurie for helping to create this modern miracle for little ones that don’t have to ability to deal with a belt and potty training at the same time but still need to hold up their pants!
We decorated our tree over the weekend, and I was struck with how much my two kiddos love each other. Leighton has just recently learned to roll back and forth and we had her on the carpet under the tree lights. Morgan laid down next to her and imitated her roll, making her laugh and flap her chubby sweet baby arms. She then proceeded to mimic her big brother and they were both collapsing in giggles.
I cry a lot these days from the sweetness…not sure if it’s hormones or as Jeremy says “You’re just crazy”. These two love each other so much! Morgan has given over his high chair, his baby toys, and his heart to his baby sister. He spoons baby food into her mouth and speaks in a special voice just for her. Morgan delights in her laughter and kisses her all of the time. She is always reaching for him–pulling his hair, holding his hand, patting him. Sometimes I even catch them holding hands in the stroller.
In the first weeks that our girl was home, I despaired as Morgan divided his property from hers and fussed about “That MINE” if I tried to hand something down from his belongings. Now, he will search his room for something that might make her smile. The other day he wanted Leighton to play with him in his “big boy room” so I put her bouncy seat on the floor next to his book shelf. Morgan proceeded to put on a 30 minute show that included story time, songs, and ended with him holding one Sesame Street puppet on each hand (Elmo and Grover) and dancing in front of her while she laughed. Leighton is her older brother’s biggest fan….as it should be.
With this peacefulness has come other benefits as well. Morgan has regained his stride in potty training and we’ve gone nearly 2 weeks without an incident. We are using a bucket of plastic dinosaurs to motivate him to poop and it is working out great! He can hold a dinosaur and play with it on the potty and then if he goes successfully he gets to keep it. If not, it goes back into the bucket until next time.
And this little bug is growing far to fast for me lately. Not only is she rolling over, she is now eating fruits, veggies, and cereal and trying out her brother’s high chair. Now if she would only consistently sleep through the night….I might be ok!