So today has just been wonderful, even with a trip to the ER. I'll explain in a bit. :-)
Honestly, this morning, I was dreading Mother's Day Out. Today was the first day for Little G, well, actually this is her 2nd year of MDO but this is the first day of the school year. Last year didn't go so well. She cried every single time and it didn't get much better. However, today, she did excellent! We pulled into the parking lot and my brain was already churning with thoughts on how I was going to wrangle both littles without a stroller. Can't use the stroller because there are about 6 steps leading up to the only door that we have to use. I got Griffin out of his car seat and took him around to Little G's car seat. I stood him up in front of me (we have a mini-van) and pinned him against the seat with my body so that he couldn't take a nose dive out of the side door. He started licking my shirt because it's all up in his face. I got Little G out of her car seat and managed to hoist her out of her seat without kicking Griffin in the brains as she landed on my hip. Then I turn Griffin around and put my arm around him, with his legs dangling, and made a mad dash up the stairs without dropping them. I can only imagine how this will go in the ice and snow. Next time, I am going to let Little G walk and just crawl up the stairs. So we got inside, and I realized that I forgot the camera, and there's absolutely no going back. I asked her if she was ready to go to school and she said, "uh uh". No. Great. lol. So I took her hand and she went easily. Her class is actually in the same room as her Sunday School class so she knew where she was headed. Griff even recognized the area because he started growling, not sure if that's good or bad. He was probably just wanting to get back to the most awesome power cords he's ever played with! But anyway, I pulled out my secret weapon, Newton Crisps in a baggie, asked her if she wanted cookies...she said, "yesssss", so I handed them over, she walked into the room and turned to close the baby gate all by herself. Victory! They told me that I had to sign her in on the clipboard hanging beside the door so I stood Griff up against the wall and tried to sign in, but her name wasn't on the sheet. I saw that Griff was starting to inch off down the hallway but I noticed that he wasn't moving fast,..there's no room to add Little G's name on the sheet, so I tried to reach over to grab Griff and the pen that was attached to the wall snapped out of my hand and rocketed to the ceiling, causing me to drop the clipboard. <sigh> About this time, a friend saw me struggle and came over to grab Griffin for me. I REALLY appreciated that. My arms were still shaking from carrying the 2 little ones in a mad dash up those stairs! LOL. Spaghetti arms. ANYWAY, I thanked her and as we were walking off, I realized that I forgot to take a picture with my phone. Amy took one with her camera and sent it to me! YAY!
Time to pick up my Little G. Okay, so the memory of my spaghetti arms caused me to call up my hubs and ask if he could meet me at the church parking lot to watch Griff so that I could run in and get our diva. Thankfully, he did... So when I made it to her classroom, there was another mom there, so I kind of stood off to the side, watched, and waited. She was being snuggled in a teacher's arms so I knew that she had been crying. Finally, her teacher was able to explain what happened. She did extremely well and was happy all day long until her teacher was reading a book and diva wanted the book. Teacher said "no", diva pitched a fit. LOL. So she had a little meltdown but they said that she had a fun day. She also did a little craft. They handed her over to me and she was so proud of her craft. When we made it outside to 'Papa', she proudly held up her craft and pointed at all of the people that she so cutely pasted all around, and smiled. It was then that I realized that she is truly communicating and has so much knowledge stored up in her little brain, just waiting to explode! I've never seen her so proud of something, and that makes me so proud of her! 'Papa' asked her if she had fun? She said, "uh uh" (no), asked if she made a pretty picture? "uh huh" (yes), asked if she went outside to play? "uh huh" (yes), and asked her if she wanted to go back? she said, "uh uh" (no). LOL. Well, I've got news for her... she's going back! I've already noticed progress!
Afterwards, the tech gave the littles a Popsicle. Little G gobbled hers down and Griffin made the most horrible faces with his. It was just too cold! He doesn't do well with cold things so I have to heat everything up for him... well, that didn't stop him from trying. He signed 'more' for about 4 bites and he called it quits. Bless his heart. We will have him loving Popsicles in no time!
Well, we made it home as Big G wrapped up her playtime at the park. I put the littles down for a nap and did my best to put a dent in some of the housework but didn't have much success. We had brinner and it was sooooo good. (breakfast+dinner=brinner) But that's about it! A long, full, happy day, despite our trip to the ER. But even with that trip to the ER, my littles were just amazing.
I'm one very happy momma! <3
Love and Hugs