My sweeties are about 1 1/2 now and suddenly have these smart, amazing minds of their own. Which of course is a fabulous thing… or is it?! They would rather walk than be in their stroller, they want to do things for themselves (ie when taking a drink from Mommy’s cup, they want to hold it –>disaster!), climb on everything, and just plain be independent. It’s helpful at times, but quite difficult at others. Having TWO small children with this new found “mind of her own” sends each in the opposite direction. I have found myself lately, asking for more help than ever. Like in public places- to strangers. (Not endangering my kids of course) Ha! I mean, if they’re going to stare and think and/or ask :HOW does she do it?!, then they might as well get a taste for it- right?! So I took Reese and Riley with me to the mall the other day. I had only two stores to stop into, then lunch at the food court (why do I love that junky food so much??). It sounded totally doable. The girls were doing pretty good in the stroller with snacks being thrown at them every two minutes. Once it was lunch time, the started really getting antsy. Screaming-Lovely. Trying to get out of the buckles- Great. Waiting impatiently for our food. I strolled around hunting for highchairs. Ever notice finding ONE is a breeze, but more? Not so much. When I finally found them, I got all set up- you know how long that takes with two hungry 1 1/2 year olds! I took them out of the stroller, put them into the highchairs, cleaned the highchairs, stuck down their placemats, and began to get out their food. It was THEN that I realized that they didn’t give me the fruit. Reese and Riley put themselves on the ‘fruit only’ diet at times. Some days= eat anything, some days= fruit only. So I HAD to have the fruit! I had noticed 3 men finishing their lunch watching us in a bit in awe. Men don’t multitask well- do they? hee hee. I thought about loading Reese and Riley back into the stroller, the work it would entail, the possibility of losing my highchairs and decided I would just ask one of those men if they’d go get my fruit- ha! They were so nice and one of them (who was a daddy of one 6 month old) went and got it for me! SO nice. I surprised myself for asking, and I guess it was out of selfishness:), BUT people really are nice most of the time: can’t hurt to ask if it’ll make your life with multiples a bit easier!
So I have to ask: those of you with walkers, do you use harnesses (animal backpacks sound nicer!) when out and about? I’ve always thought it was strange until recently- having two little ladies heading in opposite directions! What do you think??
Amy is a SAHM to Reese Abigail and Riley Grace, 17 1/2 monthers. The girls latest activity of choice is screaming at the top of their lungs blood curdling screams at each other… then laughing. What’s with that?! Mommy and Daddy don’t this it’s so funny… Read more about their adventures at: http://lovestarbucksalatte.blogspot.com.