Today has been such a fun day. It is super cold here (oh no, 55 degrees!), and the girls and I have been inside most of the day. We had bagels for breakfast, made oatmeal cookies together for lunch, and are still contemplating dinner after a snack of cinnamon toast and Gatorade. I got caught up doing Mom things like vacuuming, wiping things, loads of laundry and dusting, when Grace pops the question: "So what are we gonna do today, huh Mom?"
I was taken aback since it was already 2:30 p.m. Like, hm, didn't all that tickling and playing monster and me yelling at you guys to stop fighting count as "things we are doing today"? I guess not... so I decided we'd put the crib up. Can you tell I'm SO EXCITED for this new baby? I honestly can't wait to bundle that little bug of a baby tightly in a blanket, nuzzle her head and lay her warm, sleeping, newborn baby body into her crib. CAN'T WAIT. Anyway, the girls 'helped' me put together the crib. I gave them the task of wiping down the wood of all the milk Ruby spilled on it every night for the last couple of years. They held their work attention span fairly well.
Then came time to "grab a couple of things to put in the crib for the new baby". I swear, I could put everything in quotes today because what I said was NOT what I got! They had almost their entire room full of toys up for possible donation to the new baby. Ruby ran around for the first few minutes of the undertaking, with no direction, throwing blankets around like a total nut. After some organization by Grace and some himming and hawing, they decided only a few choice pieces made the cut: an Easter Bunny Rabbit, a Koala bear, and a ball that is painted with Sponge Bob's Face. The ball, I was told by Grace, "Is for when like, the baby, wants to like maybe (she gets into the crib to demonstrate), throw the ball as fast as she can to see how far it will go". I could definitely picture the soft-spined, wobbly-headed little newborn doing just that.
As I write this, I just heard Grace downstairs slightly disgusted with the disarray that is Ruby's life, and of course never doing what she's told by her older sister. As a last effort to control her, Grace desperately quotes a line from a Nickelodeon cartoon, "Ruby, Ruby! What's gonna work??? TEAMWORK!!"