I'm liking the "four and a quarter" stage right now
Neela is so independent, funny and generally fun to be around. I'm loving all of the literacy and language, some huge improvements in social skills (and the imaginary friends playing a lesser role in new situations), and a great sense of play, imagination and joy in the world.
I am finding dealing with sibling stuff a little more challenging right now. The baby stage was a breeze for Neela, but now that Nora is very mobile and wants to play with her all the time I have to stay on my toes. At times it's wonderful and fun and they play so well together. And then there are the days where there are many screams and bruises, and me working very hard to find the balance of when to step in and when to stand-by.
We have set the girls up with a shared bedroom for sleeping, and a family/playroom for playing. They're in bunk beds, with Neela on top and doing very well up there. Nora naps on the bunk and starts the night there and I usually join her (for some reason Nora is so disrupted sleeping with Matt lately). So we're in a fun new version of a family bed right now, and it's lovely to have Neela wake up and cuddle with us in the mornings
We've always been really flexible co-sleepers with what I've called "musical beds" through the nights and months and years, but this latest variation is pretty fun.
I've been insanely busy since I started working this full-time teaching contract at the end of February. It's been a challenging experience to learn how to work from home, how to pace myself and how to set really firm boundaries about family time and work time (and the endless setting up house time). I love the way that work can re-energize me for the time that I have with the kids, but I'm struggling through learning how to deal with the work at home part and still give my family the attention that I want to. I'm hoping that I find a cape packed away in one of these boxes that gives me the power to do more in a day, I guess :P
I'm glad to hear both of your updates about the joys and struggles. I hope some more of our group "find" us again. And I'm looking forward to kristina's baby announcement any day now, too!!!