At 8 1/2, the girls' milestones are not what they used to be. They've learned to roll over...to walk and talk...to ride a bike. Surely one day they'll learn to swim proficiently too (!!!), but it seems less frequent as BIG KIDS that there's a write-it-down milestone.
What happened earlier this week, though, I'm counting in that camp.
Monday night, I came home and made Hubby's belated birthday dinner, and I had just a few minutes to chill out with the girls before their bedtime. I was tired, but when A asked to play Connect 4, I thought that sounded like a great activity.
Game 1, she won. She pondered...she postured...and she won!
OK...best out of three, I offered her.
Game 2, she won again! Night over!
I've never followed a let-the-kiddos-win philosophy. Nope, we play fair and square. And my A beat me twice in a row! With actual strategy! Slightly bruised though my ego may have been, I was one proud mama!
I challenged A to a rematch on Tuesday night. I won our best out of five series, 3-1. I had to work for it, though! I was watching her consider different moves. And from my vantage point through the blue plastic grid, it was amazing to see her little mind work.
B wanted in on the action, and I suggested she play the winner of our series. I am still chuckling that she said, "I don't wanna play the winner!" HA! And -- knowing she likely wanted to play me -- does that mean she had her money on her sister to win??? Ack!!!
B pondered and postured, just as her sister had. I managed to win the best of three series 2-0, though.
Stepping back, this little exchange over the past couple of nights has been invigorating. Wowza! Bring it on, milestones!