I told Kate that I would follow her example and post soon, and I'm pretty sure I've promised the same to Mel more than once, not to mention Serenity, Jamie, Loribeth, et al., so here I am, just writing, not in the introspective style that I prefer and not hyperlinking any of the above names. But as self-improvement bloggers are always saying, "The perfect is the enemy of the good," or as Ivy reminds me at least twice a day, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit."
2012 was an unsettling year at the personal level, to say nothing of national and world events. The girls started preschool; D. took a new job; I turned 35 (not a fun milestone even if you aren't worried about seeing "advanced maternal age" scrawled on an obstetrics chart); I thought far, far too much about money and status; and D's parents came to the brink of divorce for not the first time, only to settle back (so it seems) into their usual state of mutual contempt, continued hoarding (MIL), and manic episodes (FIL). My in-laws are very nice individually but not together.
But it's a new year, and I'm moving forward. I'll be 36 on the 10th, but I'm feeling OK about that. I realized last year that it's time to take better care of myself, so I started running more and did my first 5k in November. I chatted with my SIL the entire time, so it was far from a personal record, but hey, I didn't have to stop or walk! Unfortunately I was sick all December due to various preschooler-borne viruses and sort of lost my mojo and some muscle tone, but I can get both back. I wouldn't mind if the 8-lb weight loss stayed around.
Also, the girls are cute cute cute! Ivy loves to write her name on everything, decorate and make crafts, make up games with her own rules, compose songs, tell jokes, and color and paint. She does not suffer from a lack of confidence in her own abilities, to put it politely. But she's very caring and introspective. She is quite conscientious and is eager to learn. She loves her stuffed animals and anything pink or princess. She idolizes big girls.
Nina continues to be a dreamy little girl; I'm fascinated by the way she sees things (as my friend Jennifer F. once said, "Nina World must be a pleasant place."). When she is especially happy, she pretends to be someone else and stays in character for hours. She likes babies. She doesn't show much interest in coloring or drawing, but she likes to throw paint around on paper, and she likes books. I know she will really enjoy reading. She also loves music; she keeps quite still and lets it wash over her. It's so lovely. Nina loves to be allowed to take pictures with the digital camera. We really need to get her her own little camera.
They are full of plans (mostly involving crepes) for a family trip to Paris, which will not be happening anytime soon. : P
The girls have been dressing up and playing pretend a lot. I had told myself and many, many others that I was NOT keen on Disney Princesses, but I eventually had to own up: I would have LOVED that shit when I was little. I just had a Madame Alexander-type Snow White doll who looked nothing like the cartoon character, so I enjoy all of the girls' detailed costumes and dolls. Also, they are really into the movie "Annie" (the one we all remember from the early 80s) and like to sing and act it out. Nina is Annie, Ivy is Molly, and I am usually cast as Miss Hannigan and get to yell a lot while they laugh and laugh. "Don't forget your grown-up drink!" Ivy reminds me.
I love having little girls.
No child is perfect, of course. Ivy needs to work on controlling her temper and not dominating her sister. Nina is inattentive at times and has had another physical therapy evaluation and will have an occupational therapy evaluation next month at her teachers' request. The physical therapist at Children's thinks it might be something like a sensory processing disorder -- only she is sensation seeking, not avoiding -- and maybe in the proprioceptive fields (posture, equilibrium, awareness of movement). But she hasn't had any attention problems at school, and Ivy hasn't flown off the handle at school, either. Also, no accidents at school!
Age 4 is not super easy all the time, but I. and N. are really blossoming in their preschool program. Awesome Babysitter Erin is doing her student teaching, so she's no longer available for weekly sitting, but I was able to add another morning of preschool. Now they go three mornings per week.
I have to fit in an errand and fold laundry before pick-up time at 11:20, so I'll wrap up this post with a picture. This was taken at a wedding in November.
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