"You are smart. You are strong. You are brave"
These three things we've said on repeat like it was 2012 listening to "Call Me Maybe". You're welcome. Give it a couple days (weeks), maybe you'll move on to another song.
By the time the song is over you can repeat every word backward and forward- whether you want to be able to or not.
Luckily, the words seem to have stuck and our 18 month old even points to his head, muscles, and heart respectively. I hope this has a lasting effect on both of them, and next one on her way.
I want to remember things through this phase. While we don't take printed photos the way our parents did when we were young, we have other avenues available. Here I give to you, the "Peanut" series. We have called Aiden "Peanut" since she looked simply that on her first ultrasound. She still answers to it. While I have no intention of this being a drawn-out soliloquy of my parenting adventures, I am constantly learning and recognizing that there are so many ways to raise good humans. If I can share some of my light-bulb moments and have you respond in kind, by all means can't we all use the community and help? I know I can.