It's been a while since I wrote an update on the kids so I thought I would do one today.
As I write this, Anna is about to turn 4 and Will is 2 years and 4 months old. With only 20 months between them, they are great playmates and we can leave them their own device for an extended period of time, as long as we are nearby. Those two make up the silliest games, put on music shows, play school & library, and set up their own stores and sell things to customers (husband and me). They are imaginative, happy, and playful. They enjoy each other's company and are excited to see each other when reunited after a couple of hours separation.
However, like all siblings, they fight. But what used to be loud verbal disagreements now turned into physical fights (pushing, wrestling, kicking, hitting) -- although this is more on Will because he is a more physically communicative person and, well, a boy. This typically ends with Anna in tears and me removing Will from the situation. I hope as Will gets older and learns to communicate more effectively, the physical cat fights will become less frequent. But honestly, after their fights, they are BFFs again in less than two minutes.
The first 18 months of Will's life is already a blur to me. I seriously don't remember how we made it -- to have two kids on two different schedules -- because now we have it SO good. They kids go to sleep + wake up at the same time, eat the same food, sleep in the same room, bath together, watch TV together. Except for Anna's school and Will's music class, I don't think they do anything else separately on their own. Motherhood, from this perspective, is a walk in the park.
Dropping Anna off at preschool and then taking Will to music class.
Will remains to be an easy-going fella and his terrible two's really hasn't been too terrible. Sure the guy sometimes will flat out not listen to authority now that he has discovered his own little self, but it's nothing that we lose sleep over (except for maybe this one time). He's affectionate, loud, and a daredevil. He jumps, rough-houses, and does kung-fu kicks, but he is kind and caring and gentle. He says stuff like, "Baba, I love Mama so much." Yes, my heart melted.
I have been wanting to share this picture for a while - it was taken on hubs' birthday in January.
Anna has been attending school for over a year now. I don't know how much has she learned academically, but personality-wise, she has really come out of her shell and is becoming a confident young lady. She still has a difficult time with separation, but as soon as she's inside the classroom, she's fine. Her teacher says Anna loves art projects, takes her school jobs seriously, and plays well with other kids.
At home, Anna is loud, bold, and a bit bossy. When her grandparents come visit, I hear her giving out instructions and telling them exactly how to play a game she just made up. She leads, takes charge, and has so much fun. She has definitely come a long way in that regard, considering that for the first 2 years of her life, she had the most terrible stranger anxiety and didn't want anything to do with anybody outside of her immediate family. I will write a more complete 4 year old update on Anna soon.
I will end this long post with this precious picture of my kiddos. It was a night of solo parenting and after I washed both kids, I told them to stay upstairs while I hop in the shower. All was quiet and I didn't even rush through my alone time. After I came out and went to check on them, I found this - both kids on the bed, with Anna reading Will a book. No fighting, no crazy shenanigans, just two kids being angels. I was glad to have my phone nearby.