Today we went to the park. Hannah has a friend named Shepherd who loves her very much. When Hannah left the playground area and was on the sidewalk near the parking lot I ran to bring her back but Shepherd ran ahead and said "Hannah no! Cars are dangerous!" Good to know her friend is looking out for her...and good to know that SOMEDAY the "cars are dangerous" thing sinks in their brain (Shep is 3).
Hannah had three accidents today. She was completely potty trained and I don't know if it has been a power struggle for control but she has decided to stop being potty trained. It is frustrating. Today as I was spilling my woes to my friends Hannah dropped her pants at the park because she had wet herself. We were all laughing at the irony. Hannah didn't want to leave the park but obviously we had to leave immediately and go home to change. We walked to the park so she had to sit in her potty for 20 minutes or so. I don't know how to reach her. Alicia Dobbins said that she chooses not to pick battles with things that you can't make humans do. You can't MAKE a kid eat. You can't MAKE a kid sleep. You can't MAKE a kid go to the bathroom, but if they don't do these things they have physical consequences. If you don't eat, you are hungry etc. I just need to keep praying and keep being consistent and hope that what I am teaching Hannah about obedience eventually sinks in and that she is a responsible, happy adult.
This quote helped me out today though: "A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?" From Lynn G. Robbins talk What Manner of Men Ought Ye to Be.
Hannah did take a three hour nap which was incredible. Then she woke up and we made Turkey crafts.
Meanwhile, while Hannah napped, Paige and I spent some much needed cuddle time together. I feel like she is growing up too quickly. I've been saying she is 8 weeks for three weeks until I realized that she was 11. Time is marching on too quickly with her it seems.
No matter what, I love my daughters.