For instance, even though Ella has never been much of a tantrum thrower before now, she has suddenly at 3 years old found her fit pitching groove. I guess it is a combination of excess sugary treats and a sleep deficit (as a result of all the extra Daddy time she's getting). I fear it could also be a result of anxiety because she knows that something big is going down. She knows Scott is getting ready to go to Iraq, but she doesn't understand how long he'll be gone. She knows it is far, far away, but really has no concept of how far. So, just like the rest of us, I assume she is more than a little anxious and perhaps that is why the behavior change?!? At any rate, I feel like we've been given a little reprieve because after a tantrum a day for almost a week, she hasn't had one for the last two days.... hooray!
Ella's mini-me, Sarah has started with a lovely new behavior of late, too. She channels the very essence of Ella and demands things "RIGHT NOW!!". Unfortunately for her, we are working very hard to break her of this habit by never, ever giving in to her, um, requests.
Sweet Maggie is really using her words and conveying thoughts..... on almost every subject imaginable these days. She still loves to swim at Mimi's and wears her hair right in her eyes about half of the time. Shaggy Maggie is our little pet name for her at present.
Kate still has the most adorable little, can play all by by myself attitude. When she's feeling like interacting her favorite activity is to steal whatever she determines is of most value from one of her sisters. In fact, when Sarah sees Kate coming her way she starts saying, "Swiper, No swiping! Swiper, No swiping!" Kate thoroughly enjoys the attention, both good and bad, that she receives from this her favorite activity.
Overall, though, the gang is still a very happy group. Notice the attire, or lack thereof, in this last picture. Kate- no clothes, Maggie- hand bag, one inside out sock and one shoe on the wrong foot, Sarah- no pants, and clearly Ella dressed herself!
I'm sorry for the delay in posting, but I'll probably wait until the end of the week to post again. I want to spend all the time I can with Scott before he gets gone.
Oh, and perhaps I'll do a contest for a big baby item soon.... I've had a company contact me about offering a free prize for me to give away. Could be fun?!?