You know that “middle child” syndrome they talk about–always wanting attention, trying to find your identity, that sort of thing? Well, I have a classic Middle Child on my hands. (Oldest Child and Youngest Child also fit their prospective molds. I’ll have to read more on birth order one of these days.)
Anyway, Ava said to me the other day, “I love being sick and having boo-boos!”
“Why?” I asked. “Because you like attention?”
“No, because I like it when people talk to me and give me hugs–and not Livi and Nina!”
Um, I think that means she likes attention. Every single night before bed, she becomes afflicted with some ailment or another–bellyache, sore throat, sore finger, bad back… It’s almost laughable–when I’m not feeling completely fed up with it.
Her latest thing? Her birthday. The day after Nina’s birthday, she announced, “My birthday is next! My birthday is next!” And she doesn’t want me to call her Ava anymore–“Call me Birthday Girl.” She told the kids at church yesterday that it’s her birthday. My birthday is in October, Gabe’s is November, Livi’s is December, Nina’s is January.
Ava’s birthday is June 20th. It is 163 days away. She’s already making plans. She even made signs about her birthday and is taping them up around the house. This is going to be the longest 5 months of my life.
In other news, Nina’s mobility/curiosity/fascination with the stairs is going to be the death of me. I think I mentioned that our house is a 4-level, and there are stairs everywhere–and it’s very difficult to put a gate in many of the places we need one. Livi and Ava are wonderful about keeping her entertained, but I can’t abuse them all the time. Four-year-olds have other things to do besides babysit (like plan birthday parties).
I’m also a little stressed about finding people to watch the girls when I do book-related things or try to go on a date with my husband. Our parents don’t live that close, and most of the people I know here have 2 or 3 kids of their own. And babysitting my kids in my home would be a nightmare for someone who isn’t skilled at climbing over gates without falling down the stairs… I’m giving this burden to God, because I can’t think of any great solutions on my own.
Is That All He Thinks About? is supposed to be released today, but it’s not on Amazon yet, I don’t think. You can buy it directly from me or from www.taviano.com/marla
Hopefully, most of you got your free copies in the mail (except for the Calvary people–there are 11 of you, and I’m thinking of waiting until Courtney comes for a visit and giving them to her to distribute.) 🙂 Thanks for the kind comments so far–I like hearing that you enjoyed the book or that it was a real encouragement to you.
Wishing you many Monday Blessings!