Sunday night, I did something I don’t usually do. I hung a dress for Rose to wear in the morning on the outside of her closet. I figured at the very least maybe someone would bring the dress downstairs so I wouldn’t have to walk upstairs after the girls woke up.
Well, Lily did me one better. After she woke up and got herself dressed (She always picks out her own clothes and dresses herself before she comes downstairs. It’s awesome.), Lily got her little sister dressed too. She took off Rose’s blue nightgown and pulled on her new blue dress. I was happy to see Rose come downstairs dressed. Half my morning work was done.
Shortly after Rose came downstairs, I asked her to get me a diaper so I could change her. She said no and was very adamant about it. I didn’t really care much and left the situation alone. I figured I could change her after breakfast.
Another hour of parental neglect (and breakfast and playing) later and we were getting ready to leave the house. I realized I STILL hadn’t changed Rose’s diaper. I went to do it to discover a miracle: Rose was already wearing a daytime diaper. She wears Huggies Overnites at night and Pampers Cruisers during the day. That’s how I know she had been changed.
“LILY! DID YOU CHANGE ROSE’S DIAPER ALL BY YOURSELF?!” I shouted with glee.
“Yes! I went to put a dress on Rose, but she said she wanted a new diaper. She took off her Winnie the Pooh diaper and so I put a Sesame Street diaper on her instead!”
The diaper was crumpled and folded over a bit in the back and not quite tight enough in the front, but it was on well enough that it hadn’t leaked even though it was already wet.
It was absolutely amazing. I was SO proud of Lily. She’s only 4.5 years old, but it’s almost like having a mother’s helper around to have something like this happen!
I know this is how Mrs. Duggar does it, but she actually trains her kids to take care of each other. This happened all on its own!
I wonder what I can get Lily to do when the new baby comes? Will I need to be here at all?