Thursday, September 20, 2012

Lola and Daddy

I call her Lolly. Levi calls her Bay or Bea (her words for baby). Luke calls her Lowies or Lala. Daddy calls her Beautiful Girl.

Whatever the nick-name, she’s adored.

I haven’t had much time to post this week, what with full days of lessons, and all. In the absence of anything fabulous or riveting to show for or say about this week, I thought I’d post pictures of Lola playing ball with Daddy at a family BBQ after we returned home from the Renaissance Faire a couple weekends ago. Because it’s always about Lola, you know.

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Speaking of Lola, it’s a good thing she’s so cute. This school year is going to be challenging. Brutal, even. I’m telling you, this is not the kid who sits quietly on a blanket playing with toys. She doesn’t sit for anything. Not stickers. Not playdough. Not snacks. Not nothin’.

She just figured out that she can take off all her clothes…and her diaper (which she does all. the. time.).

My sanity-saver, the playpen? Yep. Just figured out that she can climb out. Oh. My. Word. It was only a matter of time (one day) that she would also try to climb out of her crib…and succeed. That was, of course, right after I put her in there for screaming and pulling us all off the couch when I sat down to read aloud to the boys. As if it wasn’t hard enough impossible to read aloud to the boys as it was.

Speaking of screaming while we are trying to do something productive…we were singing our memory work songs and she was yelling ‘no’ at the top of her lungs. As soon as we stopped, she starting singing ‘happy birthday.’ Likes the limelight, that one does.

My hair will be white by the end of the year—if I have any left. Training an independent, determined, opinionated, fearless, almost 2-year-old while trying to get anything else accomplished is not fun. Not fun at all.

But isn’t she cute?

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8 comments:

Terri H said...

Oh some of this is SO familiar to me and my two-next-week boy. I am terrified of the climbing from cribs and pack and plays, which is why I haven't used them to confine him in months. I taught him to stay in the living room with us while we read, but that doesn't keep him from yelling at the top of his lungs...

Danielle said...

I was laughing while reading this post because it sounds like my attempts at homeschooling my two kindergarteners with my two year old. She WILL NOT go play by her self or even beside us. She wants to do everything we're doing. And she LOVES the CC timeline song and gets so excited when I put it on! :)

Tsh @ Simple Mom said...

Looking back, I'd say this is one of the main culprits of our homeschool challenges last year. Finn was 14 months to 2 years....

Christie said...

I've got one of those #4 kids. He turns two next week. Everything you said is familiar to me (and my older three kids).

I *think* a three-year-old should be easier next year, if I remember from my last 3-year-old (now 6).

Anonymous said...

You do have your hands full Heidi!!!!I wish I could help you but then she probably wouldn't come to me anyway. Unless she is better about that than when you were here in July. Grandpa says to say hi from him also. Grandma

Kelly said...

This is exactly, every-word-literally, how I feel about my 2 year old boy. He's been climbing out of his play pen for almost a year, loves to climb high areas and jump off them, and can open the front door and *leave the house*. I'm telling you, this kid smells weakness! But thank the good Lord he's cute - sometimes I think that's the only reason he's still alive...:)

The Prudent Homemaker said...

Ha ha! I KNEW there was a reason you got so much more school in than I do! Now, just add 3 more children in there (as Winter, my oldest, is just 2 weeks older than Levi) and no wonder I'm not getting all that wonderful schoolwork done that you do!

I have 4 old enough for school right now, but in March, we'll add a 5th one to the roster, as she'll turn 5.

Right now, mine are 10, 9, 7 1/2, 6, 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 5 months.

I love what you're doing with school. You're always an inspiration.

Does Lola like to paint? Washable watercolors might work for part of school time.

Brandy

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing about Lola and the impossible task of schooling the other kids while dealing with a two year old. This week I was at my wits end ready to throw in the towel homeschooling all together. Someone shared your post and I don't feel quite so alone anymore. Beth Roberson