Monday, March 4, 2013

All the good stuff

Thank you so much for all your comments and emails on my last post. It's so easy to get caught up in the hard behavior.  I find it happening more than I like these days.  Then we have a great weekend (minimal fighting on all fronts), and I feel bad for focusing on the hard stuff.  It isn't all hard, but the hard can be really hard.

So, today I'm going to focus on the good stuff.  The hilarious, smart and awesome girlie that Claire is.

Yesterday was beautiful.  Mid-60s and perfect park weather.  After nap we loaded the girls up in the stroller and walked to the park.  When we got there there were a few kids there, and one a set of girls, one older and one younger than Claire.  They started playing on the slide together, and I was so proud of Claire.  The first couple of times up the stairs to the slide Darren went with her.  At first helping, then just spotting.  By the third or fourth time she was going all by herself.  Up all the stairs using the railing, and down the slide all on her own!  While she's been able to do this for quite a while she always gets a bit overwhelmed, and I was proud of her independence today.

Claire is working hard on speaking and will at least try to say any word you ask her to.  She's learned that her words have power, and she's willing to use them.  Her newest thing is "bye".  Not goodbye because you are leaving, but "bye" because she wants you to leave.  (Usually after you've asked her to do something she doesn't want to.)  If you've really made her mad she'll tell you "bye", then sign to put your coat on and go in the car.  Not just leave me alone, but leave the house!

Claire is such a daddy's girl.  No matter what is going on, as long as he is near by, she will at least attempt what is being asked of her.  Including getting close to the super scary calves.  This was a set of twins that were just a few days old.  We did a similar photo shoot when Claire was about Bridget's age, and Claire loved the calves.  Not so much this time.  But at least Dad and uncle Russell were there to protect her!


  1. Don't feel bad, girl sometimes you have to let it rip. This is what we women do that keeps us sane. I have one girlfriend I will call when I think my head is going to explode and I just rant for as long as it takes to get it out. Once we calm down then yes, we can focus on the good things. I think that "bye" thing of Claire's is hilarious! Hahaha

  2. Such fun. I had to smile when you talked about Claire wanting you to leave. I wish I could talk like that sometime "I don't want you here right now so just leave. Not only the room but the house". Such a spunky attitude. I love it. I'm sure it can get frustration for you at times though.
    The hard times do seem to try and take over but you do what you just did this weekend and try to focus just on the good times. Thats all any of us can do.

  3. That's so awesome that she climbed those stairs alone, she looked mighty proud when she was up there on the slide. I love how she tells you bye, lol...That's too cute.
    I wonder if Russell will ever learn to like the calves. We have so many orphans this year that he could bottle feed, but he is to terrified. Looks like Bridget is fine with the calves :)

  4. Yay for Claire's independence and great day at the park. The photos are adorable Melissa.

  5. My bear cub doesn't speak much and none at all before she turned three, but she knows a lot of sign. When the therapists came and she would get tired, she would sign bye and thank you and then hide her head.


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