Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Little Miss Independent
Having Katie grow and get better at communicating is amazing, and so different from my first two kids. I think the difference is that her older siblings are so much more responsible and capable than they were before she was born. It is odd, slipping into this new phase of parenthood with older children. I'm finding I really like having kids old enough to take on more responsibilities, like cleaning their bedrooms, bathing themselves, getting dressed, reading books, walking to school, playing outside or at a friend's house, etc. Having these bigger kids puts Katie in a unique position, though, and consequently puts me in a unique position as her mother. She's still a toddler, and I often overestimate (or underestimate!) how much she can do. She certainly keeps me on my toes! It is incredible to see my sweet children growing and changing every day, and how our family evolves to fit their needs. But it's also tricky, because just as we find a routine that works, someone grows up a little more and things need to be adjusted for them. It's certainly an interesting ride!