Things are going pretty well these days. The boys are both behaving pretty well and we are all having a lot of fun together. I have noticed that they do better when we are able to get out and do things more often. When we spend too much time in the house, they get bored after a while, understandably. I am thankful that the rain seems to be letting up these days.
We are still working on not throwing things, although they have improved on this quite a bit already. Now they seem to do it more when they are angry or, if they get hurt while playing with a toy, they might throw that toy, or something like that and we have seen very few temper tantrums lately.
The other thing I am working on is teaching them to use words to ask for things, rather than the grunting or, more often than not, whining. We still have a long way to go on this one but they are picking it up. They are already saying peeeze and thank you a lot, which is great, but they are still learning to talk so we are learning as we go. They will say "peeeeeeeeze!" but I am left to wonder "peeeze what?" most of the time. They can say the word but they don't seem to think of it most of the time, meaning they can say "cookie", for instance, but they don't say "peeze cookie", they just say "peeze" and point to the cabinet where the cookies are kept. They are both very smart and quick learners though, so I'm sure it will click soon. Actually, Nick was in his high chair yesterday and said "peeze cracker", which was the first time he had put two words together. I was telling Ben how to ask for a cracker politely when this happened so Nick had a little help, but I was still impressed and pleased to see he picked it up so quickly.
And, on the mom front, I feel that I am doing a better job of being consistent and maintaining my composure these days. Maybe it is a phase but it just feels like something has "clicked" lately. It doesn't mean that I don't get annoyed at times but I just feel more calm and feel that I am handling the situations better. I am also praying more, which is the best thing I can do and I am sure this is why things are better. It feels good. I am enjoying being a mom more than ever and I am loving my boys more than ever.