Yesterday was the best day. No whining from Ingrid, no screaming from either of us. And you know why? Because I played with her, read her books, we went for a walk and played at the park. I gave her what she needed. I have been forgetting her needs lately, and I feel really bad.
I was just thinking of how everyone always told me she was such a good baby, and now people always comment on how sweet and laid back Otis is. My reply to that is that I give him what he needs. I hold him if he wants to be held, I feed him when he's hungry. Just meeting his needs makes him happy the rest of the time. And then I realized I don't do that with Ingrid.
I tell her it's not time to eat yet, I say just wait a minute when she asks me to read her a book, I have a million things on my mind instead of focusing on her. And when I don't focus on her, she starts acting up. Whining, crying, wetting her pants. And then I get mad, and I yell at her, and then I feel bad and hug her. And really, wouldn't it be easier just to pay attention to her in the first place?
So yesterday I did laundry only when I could make it downstairs, I cleaned up only when she was occupied with something, I read her the stupid Clifford books she loves so much, and she was in the best mood. Sometimes it's so easy to forget the simple things that make our lives easier. I feel silly for even having to remember this: Pay attention to your kid. Duh. But life has gotten in the way lately and I need to regroup and remember to live with my kids, not just have them at my side while I go about my way.
This weekend we will be at the cottage with my family. I am so excited because it will be fun for all! Tons of play time! And hopefully less whining and screaming.