If you have a chatty child, you know the glorious sound of silence, and the simultaneous feelings of gratefulness and dread that accompany the aforementioned silence.
My sweet toddler talks and sings all.the.time.
She wakes up singing, says "good morning momma" and never looks back.
She goes all morning until 1:00 pm, and she crashes.
She wakes up a few hours later rearing to go until 7:30 pm.
I love her, and I love her ability to express herself. I love her sweet singing voice. But it is EXHAUSTING. [and this coming from an extrovert. I should mention she apparently comes by it honestly, according to my mother who says I was quite the same as a little tyke. shocker.]
When it is silent, my first instinct is gratefulness. Praise Jesus, I can hear the sound of my own thoughts. I often have an ear open to hear her run off to whatever it is that captured her attention (books, baby doll, blocks, crayons, stickers, whatever), and so I just relish in the quiet.
Sometimes though, I don't know what she's doing. And here-in lies the simultaneous gratefulness and dread.
If I check on my extroverted toddler, she will, upon seeing me immediately go back to talking to me nonstop for the next 3 hours. So, maybe I should just leave her be and enjoy the next 3 minutes. Alone time is good for everyone. But I think there's a sharpie in that room somewhere? Better go take a peek and hope the floor boards don't creak on my way over. I'm sure I can sneak a peak without her seeing me Nah. I'm sure she's in her room playing angelically with books. Books, it's definitely books.
Makeup. She came into the kitchen after I had decided she was probably fine but before I finally went to go check on her. And she squealed with proud delight, "Addie have makeup just like mama."
This picture doesn't do it justice - her face was covered in concealer.
Guess it's her perfect shade.
After I went and screwed all the caps back on, explained that she may not play with the makeup, and moved the bag out of reach, I said to Ben "I didn't even know she could unscrew tops."
And Ben said, "oh, I did! I saw her doing it yesterday for the first time. It occurred to me to mention it but I forgot." #marriagewithlittles