We are realizing the importance of one-on-one time with each of the kids. When you have three of them, it’s necessary, but you have to work at it. We don’t do it as often as I would like. Another one of those things you know you need to do, and try to do it, but it’s so difficult to fit everything in. It really makes a difference in their behavior, especially Ryley and Grace. Ethan’s a little young for it to have an affect, but we’re still trying to get it in place.
Grace and I had a Girls’ Day Out with two other moms on Saturday afternoon. She looked so sweet in her little outfit she’d picked out to go to the movies and shopping!!!! We went to see “The Perfect Man.” It was really cute and I’d recommend it, definitely! Grace was great the entire time, and really paid attention to the movie. Her favorite part was the end when Hillary Duff came out in her red prom dress. As I was watching this movie about mothers and daughters and other relationships, it really brought tears to my eyes. You dream about having children one day, then you work on having children, get pregnant, and give birth to this precious little, tiny being. Then they grow up. I can hardly imagine the day when Grace walks down the stairs in her prom dress, has her first boyfriend, and struggles with all the teenage dramas, and then one day realizes that her mom is a person too, who has made mistakes and regrets them, struggles over every decision and how to be the best parent, and loves her children so much it hurts.
She’s just growing up so fast. She’ll be four in just a couple of months. Seems like yesterday she was just moving around inside of me. She’s not my preemie, but if Ryley hadn’t come when he did, I wouldn’t have Grace, and she is just as much a miracle and blessing as he is.
It was fun to have a girls’ day with Grace. I look forward to all the “girl” things we’ll get to do together. I’m her mom, but I also want to be her shopping/make-up/movie/spa day buddy with her too.