Thursday, August 30, 2012

Bonding + Discipline = Ugghhh

For all of the soon to be parents out there, I have to share this thought.  If you think you know what to expect when becoming instant parents, you are probably wrong :)  Sara and I had a good idea what to expect, we were close, but we had no idea how truly challenging parenthood can be.   Especially when that parenthood begins in a hotel and not at home.  The last three days have been the most challenging by far.  Why you ask?  Well, the first 6-8 days are bonding days, this phase seemed very natural for Sara and I, not to say easy, just natural.  During bonding, there is very little discipline, so it is easier to "get along" with the kids.  After bonding, starts the bonding + discipline phase.  Here the kids start to be told things they don't want to hear, like no!  Be prepared for crying, lots of crying, very loud crying, screaming, hitting (kids hitting us, not the other way around :)), and did I mention very loud crying.  We have learned a lot in the last three days.  We have also made lots of progress.  We finally got Angie to say "I'm sorry for misbehaving" (Porque me porte mal).  Cristian is a little to young to understand right from wrong, and is often in playful mode, so there is some work needed with him (especially since he is sooo cute).  Speaking of Cristian, we do want to celebrate a wonderful nights sleep last night without him having any nightmares.  With a little Milo, small playtime, a fan, and a night lite for him in case he woke up, the night went much smoother.

1 comment:

  1. I'm so happy reading all your Blogs! Congrats! Enjoy every second! choose your battles wisely :)
    I just can't wait to see you guys!!!
    Try to get some rest so you can not get really sick. Los quiero mucho!
    btw Armando wants to talk to you. He is so happy now that he is a gringo :)
    Well, It is 4 am.. I don't know why I/m not able to sleep tonight. Luv you guys!!!! enjoy!!!
    Los quiero muchooooooooooooooooooooooo!!! :)
    Dios los bendiga!