A little bit of history repeating??

I can do this, I repeat to myself again and again. I count to 10 but it doesn’t work. Why do you both have to be so strong willed like me? Haha! Karma I guess. Yes, my beautiful and cheeky, but oh so attitude filled daughters are at it again, breaking Mummy! It’s not hard some days. It’s funny how one minute they are the best of friends and then in 10 seconds flat there are tears and cries for Mummy because someone’s world has been turned upside down, usually over a toy! I’m sympathetic to a point, but I do want them to learn how to sort some things out themselves.

I don’t know what it’s like to deal with a sister thanks to growing up with an older brother, although that wasn’t always fun, my brother on the other hand may beg to differ. But I do hear it can be a mixed bag of full-on moments, throw in some cute ones (probably to lull me into a false sense of security) and then some love/hate hair-pulling scenarios followed up by being the best of friends. In other words, never a dull moment…much like now…just to keep me on my toes. I’m not silly, I know a lot of it is about getting each other in trouble, pushing the boundaries and looking for attention. I may not have grown up with a sister but even with a big brother, the same rules apply for a lot of things, especially when my brother was always trying to get me into trouble (you can’t deny it bro!).

At least I can be grateful for one thing…for now anyway. They don’t tend to gang up on me too much. Most of the taunting is aimed at each other. Somehow, I can’t see this lasting. There can be a lot of copying, usually from Miss Phoebe watching her older sister of course! But then she sure knows how to try and get her big sister in trouble. Lucky I wasn’t born yesterday and have started getting used to some of the signs, haha! The joys of raising children, they can have you smiling, crying and then screaming in the space of about 30 seconds flat. It’s the best thing I have ever done (insert sarcastic tone here). Well, in a way it is the best thing I have ever done, having children, but don’t ever quote that back to me on a bad day!

I’ve said this before but I do love that my girls will always have each other. And when they aren’t trying to get each other in trouble, they actually have somewhat of a close bond. I can only hope this continues throughout their lives. I’m still a little terrified (okay, a lot!) at the thought of having two teenage girls to deal with one day. I may have to go into hiding or take up meditation, they’re both viable options, haha! My girls are pretty good kids, when they want something. I’m kidding, they are most of the time. I think everyone just seems to catch me on the bad days, which feel like they’re becoming more often, haha! I know I’d be lost without them and to be honest they give me some pretty good material to write about as well. Now excuse me while I go deal with the latest dramatic episode in sister life, someone has probably stolen yet another pony or barbie doll or even just looked twice in the wrong direction! Ahhhhh children, gotta love it!

One step at a time

I want to do it. Can I do it? What are you doing? What’s that? Can I help? It’s all about helping mummy these days, which I love. Except when nine times out of ten it would be much quicker to do it myself. But it’s hard to say no to a very determined young lady, especially when she’s already moving furniture to get a better position to start helping. And who am I to say no?!

Miss Izzie is very much bustling with questions these days too. Who are those people? Where are they going? What is that? And a lot of these questions are often followed by why? I do my best to answer but it seems my answers aren’t always enough and the questions keep coming. It’s hard not to get frustrated and I feel a sense of compassion for what I must have put my mum through back in the day. Sometimes changing the subject or even mentioning food often works well in my favour (haha!), that is until the questions start firing again. Whyyyyyyyy???!!!

And the attitude has intensified ten fold. Who would have thought a three-year-old would have so much to say about everything, but especially when it doesn’t go her own way. Many would say she’s taking after her mother already, haha! We even played the fun copy exactly what mummy says “game” over dinner the other night. I did my best to keep a straight face but I must admit it was a bit hard not to laugh, especially when the giggles started because she knew it was annoying me. They always know!

And as always the fun doesn’t end with my eldest cheeky monkey. Her younger sister is growing fast and also making her feelings well known if she doesn’t get her own way, especially if her older sister is involved. There are plenty of squabbles over toys, hair pulling, screaming and of course tears, not always from the one you would expect either. There are still many more years of this fun to come.

But what I’m loving most about interacting with Miss Phoebe right now is her beautiful (although cheeky) smile, her infectious giggles, her bubbly chattering and most of all her kisses and cuddles, especially when she wraps her arms around my neck. In saying all that, I still think she may have a bit of a rebellious nature that could lead to some interesting times ahead. If you find me curled up in the corner, it might be too late, haha!

There are some days I wish we were past the awkward phases and other days I want them to stay little forever. Despite their argumentative moments, the girls get along really well and can often be quite cute. Or is that just to lull me into a false sense of security?! Hmmmmm……
But they do look out for each other, shower each other in hugs and kisses and are usually happy to see each other at the start of every day. It makes me smile watching their faces light up at the sight of each other! It’s moments like those that make the world okay again.

It’s funny how often we forget about the good things when we’re surrounded by the bad. But kids don’t know any different. As long as they have their favourite toy or clothes or food, they are thankfully pretty content. I find a chocolatey treat goes a long way too!

They may have turned my world upside down and inside out but life sure is pretty awesome with my girls. Just don’t ask me what I really think if it’s a day that isn’t going so well….