it's getting easier. They can brush their own teeth, get their own drink, entertain each other, do puzzles without my help, and ride bikes like champs. We are sleeping through the night, and I no longer feel like it is impossible to wash the dishes, read a book, or drink a hot cup of coffee.
Tomorrow is Ramona's last day of preschool, and in a few months Miles will be turning four. Our days of me holding their hands while they toddle through the splash park are over, and next year Ramona will be away from me more time then I can wrap my head around.
What I want to remember about this phase...
-how Andy goes into their rooms when we head upstairs at the end of the day, and tucks each of them back in before coming to bed.
-how Miles transitions from his squeaky three year old voice to a deep manly voice, and says things like "mom, I'm about to blow your mind," and "thanks, mom" like he is a teenager.
-how we have transitioned to chapter books at bedtime and I get to share all the stories I loved so much as a kid with them now. This year we have read the first two Harry Potter Books, Charlotte's Web, Pippi Longstocking, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Doctor Dolittle.
-how they fight. I don't have memories of knock out/drag out fighting my sisters, so I want to remember the biting, hair pulling, screaming battles these two share. I will try and not sugar coat for them when they are parents...it is no joke.
-how easily they forgive. From biting to giggling in seconds.
-how much they LOVE musical soundtracks. They got to make their stage debut in Scecina's Tarzan, and we haven't stopped listening to the music ever since. They loved preforming and I feel like this shared love ties our hearts together even more tightly. They also currently love Hamilton, Newsies, and Annie. Miles remember lyrics like nobody's business, and Ramona can hold those long notes like it's her job.
-how they eat. Miles is surviving on peanut butter (that he helps make, but God forbid he tries a peanut before grinding), cheese, and fruit, while Ramona will try anything we send her way. With Andy and I not eating meat, and me moving into a vegan diet, we are experimenting with food, and she is a willing participant.
-how they both got a hit off a pitch, instead of the tee, during our last Pirates game.
-how Ramona loves to climb trees, and has started going down the firemen's pole at the park.
-how smart they are. I didn't realize the depth of conversation I would have with a 5 and 3 year old.
Even on days like today, when I feel like they are whiny and argumentative, if I pause and think about a year ago, it still feels like it is getting easier. Will this trend continue?....who knows.