|Brinley doing football drills at Utah State after|
a team scrimmage
We had a breakthrough! I was thinking about how Brinley is quite obedient. When I put her down for her nap, I told her she wasn't allowed to cry when I put her in her bed for nap. She said, "No crying?" and I replied, "That's right--no crying." She replied, "Okay." And she didn't! I did the same routine, just added "no crying" to it and it has stopped the crying. It is so fabulous!
Eating is good, though she is eating smaller amounts.
She has always been adventurous in her eating. One day, I made salsa using ingredients from our garden. I let her try it. She took one bite and said, "Nope. Sorry," and she pushed her bowl to me. Then I took the bowl and she said, "Don't like it." So funny!
Playtime has been really good. The older children started school during this time. I thought she would be devastated to lose them. She loved having them around during the summer months and loved to play with them. She hasn't really batted an eye, though. I take her on a walk each morning and we go with other moms in the neighborhood, so she sees several children then. Then she does some independent playtime. Then she gets done with that and it is about time for McKenna to come home from Kindergarten, so it hasn't been to lonely for her. She has been flexible about it.
A big event for us during this time period was a funeral. My husband's grandpa passed away. People often wonder if they should bring children to a funeral. I think it depends on how close you were to the deceased and the culture of where you are. For us, family members bring kids. There is always a nursery available for young children, but not everyone uses it. I don't feel comfortable bringing young kids to a funeral of a person who went to my church, so I try to find someone to watch my kids in those instances. For family, however, kids are there.
Brinley went to the nursery. We kept the older three with us. Brinley got upset at some point and the nursery workers brought her to us, so I took her out in the hall. I fully expected her to be fine in the nursery, so I had nothing to entertain her. I got her calmed down and took her back in the service, but it was a bit trickier since I had nothing. If I had it to do over again, I would have kept her diaper bag with me instead of in the vehicle. Also, I would bring snacks. My husband's grandfather left strict instructions to end at one hour, but that didn't happen, so lunch happened quite late.
It went fine, but it would have been smoother if I had prepared better for circumstances that I felt sure wouldn't happen. Better safe than sorry, right? Especially on an occasion like this.
Most of this time was the older schedule, so I will stick with that.
8:15 AM--Wake up/Breakfast
8:45 AM--Get ready
9:00 AM--Walk/Bike ride
9:30 AM--Outside Time
11:00 AM--Independent Playtime
12:30 PM--Learning Activity
1:00 PM--Free Play
5:00 PM--Free Playtime
6:00 PM--Family Time
7:30 PM--Get Ready for Bed
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