Ginger is giving us a run for our money! Seriously, the "Two's" are here...bigtime! Her newest thing is that she doesn't want to wear any clothes or shoes. Ever.
She is in the midst of potty training (her choice) and well, it could be going a lot better. It is messy, and that is all I am going to say about that. ;-)
Every day, I take Paprika to school with Ginger and baby Violet in tow. It's quite a production to get everyone out the door, find parking, and get Paprika to her classroom on time.
Well, it wouldn't be so hard except that Ginger is just about as uncooperative as a person can be. On Tuesday (first day back after Winter Break), Ginger had such a fit about the whole thing. She looked at me and said, "I don't want to wear clothes. I don't want to wear a jacket. I don't want to wear a diaper, or a pull-up, or big girl panties. I don't want to wear shoes. Don't talk to me about it! Don't say a word!"
I went back and forth, and back and forth trying to get her dressed. It was a comedy of errors. I would get Ginger dressed, then the baby would start crying, so I would take care of the baby. Then, I would turn around and Ginger would be totally nake.d and running away from me.
So, what do you think happened? Time ran out and I had to get Paprika to school. I loaded Ginger into the van buck nake.d and just drove her to school like that. I threw her clothes in the van and planned on getting her dressed once we got to school. Well, we got there and she was still having an enormous meltdown, and the baby was crying, and I knew there was just no way I could get them out of the van and walk Paprika to school. I was sitting there with the van door open in the middle of the street, head in hands. Thankfully, a sweet mom from Paprika's school walked by. She was on her way to pick up her girls, so she walked Paprika the rest of the way...
Needless to say, it has been a bit of a whirlwind for me now that Mr. M is back at work. He is working on a movie outside of LA, and so I am here, you know, holding down the fort with these kids on my own. Oh boy. It's been a little tricky, but I am finding my way. Mostly, I am just trying to stay super organized and not sweat the small stuff. That's a good lesson in itself. Ha!
One of my biggest obstacles is that I have a super hard time accepting help from anyone - I am one of those people who wants to do it all myself, and never ask for help ever. But for the first time in my life, I am starting to see the need to get help here and there for little things...baby steps. I am also learning to let go a bit more - if the house looks like a hurricane went through it, or the shelves are dusty, or the laundry gets piled up...oh well. Not the end of the world, right? Kids are only little once.
Back to my story...today Ginger threw the same fit when we went to pick Paprika up at school. So, I just made sure she had a diaper on and took her to school nake.d. Then when we got there, I stuck her in the stroller and we rolled up to Paprika's class just like that- no shoes, no shirt, nothin'. When all the moms saw Ginger, they were laughing (hopefully laughing with me, not at me)! Anyone who has ever had a feisty two and half year old gets it. At least that is what I am telling myself!