Their sweet faces, innocent smiles, pleading eyes, sweet smelling hair: they are the girls in my life, the rulers of our domain, the queens of this castle. How did I go from alpha mom to throwing up my arms and letting the little beastys roam free?
#1 was sweet, responsible, willing to lend a helping hand where ever it was needed. Now that summer vacation is underway, she's restless, moody and complains 24/7. Do 8 year olds get pre-PMS?
#2. I could write a book about. Every time I turn around she is painting her nails, braiding her hair or parading around her flower girl dress eating dry cereal. Where does she even get the nail polish? I've never bought it for her, I don't even have any of my own for Pete's sake. Did she make a trade in the pre-school black market? "Hey Peyton, you know where I can score some good Bratz nail polish? I'm willing to give up some Strawberry Shortcake stickers, and a naked Polly Pocket." In 2 weeks she will have $2,500 worth of dental work
done. The girl brushes her teeth 3+ times a day, eats as much as a bird, but needs 4 caps, a pulpotomy (kid root canal) 7 fillings and 1 extractions.
#3. She's always hungry. She climbs up on the back of the couch and tries to go out the window. She's learned how to take the child safety locks off the cupboards, and how to scramble under the baby gate. She can eat an entire bunch of banana's and 1/2 stick of butter before I even now she's missing. She has STOPPED napping. She eats rocks, dirt, dog food and grass. She's cuter than heck.
#4. Is silently watching them all ~ her 6 month old brain strategically placing all their tricks and antics into her mind for future reference. She may look innocent, but she's taking it all in, pretending to be obsessed with my breasts, all the while watching to see where the scissors and Oreos's are kept, how to flush hair curlers down the toilet, the proper way to empty mommy's purse and wallet all over the living room floor and above all, where the back door is to crawl out of this crazy house.