Things the Girls Do

4 May

Things are getting entirely too serious and maudlin around here. So let’s talk about my cute kids for a change. 🙂

Rosalyn is…well, she’s definitely two! Frankly, she’s a pain in the ass, and into everything. The other day she was flinging the fridge open, taking ONE strawberry, closing the door, and running off to eat her spoils. This escalated into grabbing one for each hand, which then created the age old problem of two hands, one mouth. (Vivian rarely went near the fridge-what gives with this kid?)

I know! Let's raid the fridge!

She’s cute, and does she know it! She’s totally going to be one of those girls who gets away with everything since all she needs to do is flutter her eyelashes. It’s hard to stay mad at her, which is funny, considering that she’s bloody infuriating. She has three blankets who have kinda taken their place in her heart, moving Teddy down the list. They are

  1. Elmo Bankie.
  2. Princess Bankie (which is actually Vivian’s)
  3. Bankie.

She actually sits like this too... 

They are all soft and fluffy and warm. We’ve started calling her Linus.

                                                                                                      

She kinda talking in sentences-namely “Go with you!” when I get ready for work, “want more yogie!” when she wants more yogurt (which is all the time it seems) and “See Mommy! Mommy Up!” constantly. Sitting down with her doesn’t work. She very specifically wants me to pick her up. She’s messy and curious and has that devilish glint in her eye and is absolutely adorable. I love that kid more than I ever thought I would.

Vivian is suddenly a big girl, so grown up it makes me want to cry. She’s been dry through the night for a week, so we consider this a done thing, barring a few accidents here and there. She recognized her Uncle on the phone the other day, which surprised him, but not us. She’s incredibly mature and precocious for her age. Unlike her sister, we’ve never treated her like a baby. Which frustrated her sometimes. We expect a lot from her.

Yesterday she yelled at Ros “You’re not the boss of me! Daddy is the boss of me!”. She told her Poppi that her Daddy was “a whiner” and that he should grow up. I don’t find the mouthing off all that attractive, but I know that most of it is an effort to find her independence from us. She’s still disciplined, but I don’t take it personal.

Occasionally she loses her mind, and the whining gets out of hand, and she gets mad cause I get VERY annoyed and lost all sympathy for her when the whining starts. Then she kinda looks like

grmup.jpg

 and is told to go to her room to do that, since no one wants to hear it. She’s dealing with a brain, and emotions, which move to fast for her, so I take this with a grain of salt as well. She’s also a drama queen when she gets a scrape or a cut. You’d think someone cut off her arm!She’s my girl though. She’s cool and smart and fun to hang out with. She’s open to new things, but knows what she doesn’t like. I remind her constantly that she can do what she wants-if she doesn’t want to share, or hug, or whatever, she doesn’t have to within reason. She still has to share with her sister, no matter how irritating she is.

She has this weird obsession with bugs of all things. The weirder the better. Her aunt is terrified of bugs, specifically spiders, so if she visits this summer, she won’t appreciate Vivian’s ever growing collection.

More than anything, they are good kids. Awesome kids really. We’re lucky.

I was walking through a graveyard on my way home the other day, and I realized-I’m so lucky! Staring at all the old graves of children, of mothers, both dying so young, I thought about how much worse our lives could be. How small our problems really are.

How much I love my daughters.

4 Responses to “Things the Girls Do”

  1. radicalmama May 4, 2007 at 5:18 pm #

    Hey have you visited ann adams today? Carol passed away last night.

  2. thordora May 4, 2007 at 5:36 pm #

    that’s so sad. Poor Ann.

  3. bine May 5, 2007 at 4:12 am #

    i know several constellations like yours where the older child is quite mild and tends to get pushed around by a younger, very willful and active sibling. my guess would be (since i’ve seen a couple of them grow up already) that it’s goanna be good for both of them in later life. viv will learn how to deal with pushy people and to get what she wants for herself in turn. ros will certainly grow into a strong and successful woman, but i guess you’re in for a lot more trouble in her teenager years.
    they really sound like a pair of amazing girls. i’m glad you’re counting yourself lucky, even if it’s hard sometimes.

  4. Bromac May 5, 2007 at 1:00 pm #

    I love those moments. Every leaf is a brighter green, the wind is blowing at just the right speed, the sun on your face and you realize: i am so fucking lucky.

    I love hearing about their unique personalities.

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