Little day-to-day accomplishments get lost in the shuffle when you’re parenting three young kids. Recently, I realized that Jack ties his own shoes. I mean I worked with him on learning to tie last year. He tried and tried and finally got it and we were so proud. And now he has three different pairs of tie shoes that he hasn’t asked for help with in months. How did that happen?
I also realized Emmie can button, zip and snap her own clothing. This is revolutionary! One day she was whining and crying that I needed to zip her coat and suddenly a few months later, she’s self-sufficient. And god help the person who tries to assist her with these tasks to make things go a little faster in the morning. And let me tell you, little Miss Fashionista can even tie her own scarf in the latest style.
And Maeve? Maeve picks out her own clothes, gets herself completely dressed (underwear, jeans, socks, shirts and she can even do her own tights if she’s wearing a dress), brushes her own teeth, puts on her own coat and shoes and throws the biggest fit of all time if you even think about trying to help her get her fingers in her “glubs” (gloves). Last year at this time I was putting onesies over her pants when she went to bed so she wouldn’t strip naked and freeze to death. My, how far we’ve come.
When they were newborn, 2 and 4 years old, I couldn’t even fathom this day would ever come. The drudgery of boots and coats and snowpants and mittens and hats was just too much to bear. Screw it, it’s easier to stay inside all winter. But now? Everybody puts on his or her own gear and away we go. I mean, DUH, this still doesn’t happen in a timely or orderly fashion. Today Maeve screamed hysterically that “It isn’t working!” and threw herself on the ground when she tried to put her snowpants on over her boots. I gently tried to suggest maybe taking the boots off and putting the pants on first, but she screamed, “NO! I DO IT THIS WAY!” All right, crazy, go for it. You’ll still be there in April when all the snow has melted.