Healthy kids = happy house?

My middle child turned 4 last month. Despite her advance in years, her behavior has been less than exemplary lately. However, she was still wearing pull ups at night, and decided herself that she wants to sleep in panties now and that is going very well! So I am pleased with her making that choice herself and cooperating when we wake her up for bathroom breaks in the middle of the night. Also, you probably haven’t heard the story about her swallowing a quarter, but she did. Back in Sept or Oct, she had pocketed a quarter she found in the sandbox at the park and then later that night came to me teary eyed with her hands on her throat saying the quarter was stuck in her throat. Since she was able to talk and tell me what happened (when I asked for details, she said she was holding the quarter between her lips and it “walked” down her throat and got stuck) I knew it wasn’t a life threatening situation and was relatively calm about it. Eventually we had her stomach x-rayed to make sure there was nothing left behind, and the quarter appears to have left the system, so that is good news too.
Nahtay, who isn’t quite 2 yet, has a tremendous vocabulary and appears to be picking up on numbers and the alphabet without much coaching so that is impressive. He is also one sly dog when it comes to behavioral matters. He’s been spitting as an act of protest so I’ve been putting him in the corner on time out (I have to physically sit there with him as he doesn’t stay there by himself – not sure how effective it is, certainly not efficient!) and then he has to apologize after his time out. Now when I say he will have to go on time out if he is spitting, he automatically apologizes without being told to – although he continues to spit.
To wrap things up, all of the kids seem to be in good health and reasonably good spirits which is something to be thankful for!

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