Thursday, July 24, 2014

three and a half

Oh, little girl. I can't believe time just keeps flying by. You're 3 1/2. As we're planning your brother's birthday party, you tell me that you want a princess party yourself. That is not at all shocking but we'll see what happens over the next six months. I'm also excited because there is a very high probability of a new baby being born today and he'll be exactly 3 1/2 years younger than you. I can't wait for him to get here!

What to say about you? You're a pretty awesome kid. You're so smart and verbal. And very, very chatty. You have such empathy and are really kind to the younger kids. You're going to make a great momma one day since you mother your brother. Sometimes too much but we're working on that. You're really well-behaved and people seem to enjoy you. You do whine more than I'd like and pitch a few fits but those are way down. You are still not the most athletic but you're really enjoying the pool these days. The other day you used the floaty but kicked yourself back and forth down the length of the pool several times. I was tired trying to keep up with you. You're also doing swimming lessons at the Y again and hopefully we'll get you into some year-long ones after that.

You're doing great in school. I had a meeting with your teacher to go over your skills tests. You really love books and you participate well in class. You can do really simple math and have a huge vocabulary. And are super inquisitive. Sometimes to my dismay. You're doing really well with everything except for your handwriting. We hadn't been working with you on that enough, and I think it's particularly hard since you're left handed. But we started focusing on it more and Grandma has been a big help. You've really improved in a short time. You'll change classes in August--Pre-K 4. Holy moly. But I guess you have 2 years until Kindergarten proper. I think you already know more than I did when I started school. Times, they are a changin'.

You're really a girl now. You've thinned out quite a bit and have had a growth spurt recently I think. You're finally into size 9 shoes. You mostly wear size 4 clothes. It's the length that's the limiting factor. Your hair is super long--down to your waist. People can't believe we have, in fact, cut it. You need a haircut now, though. I think you're slightly less blonde and won't be surprised if you have brown hair as an adult. Although, I'll probably still think of you as blonde.

As I alluded to, you love all things princesses (Frozen, especially). And anything girly. Although! You came to me the other day and declared that you like pants again. Crazy. After almost a year and a half of NEVER wearing them, you can now sometimes be found in pants--long or short. You like fancy hair styles which is super fun for me. I've found some pretty impressive things on Pinterest. I'd say you still like pink the best followed by purple. You and your brother also have an interest in dinosaurs and alligators and "nature walks." You do enjoy watching movies, going to the park, walking Maggie, playing dress-up. I think I'm your favorite but I may be just eeking out your brother. You two are good friends. You even sleep together--heads at opposite ends of your twin bed. We may need to make some adjustments to that.

Speaking of sleeping, you are at a stage where going to bed or going down for naps (which you still take--yea!) is pretty easy. Bedtime is usually between 8:30 and 9. You mostly sleep through the night but wake up altogether too early. You had one weird incident of sleep walking. You had made it halfway down the stairs so I'm glad that didn't end poorly.

I think we're finally at an age where I have no pottying updates. You use it. The end. Wee!

You eat ok. You love sweets--candy, cookies, cupcakes, icing, ice cream. Chocolate milk and juice are your preferred beverages but we limit them. Still love fruit, yogurt, cheese. Also really enjoy corn on the cob which is kind of fun to watch.

I'm even busier than normal these days but I'll try to add some pictures to this soon. I love you, Chicken. You're a good egg. Haha. Ha. Um, yeah. This won't be the last time I embarrass you. Looking forward to doing that for many years to come.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

sibling love

My kids get along pretty well. She looks out for him, and he's sometimes helpful. They're really interacting a lot more these days as he's a legitimate toddler and no longer a baby.

On the weekends, they have started napping together. First, let me say that this is awesome because they nap AT THE SAME TIME. When he was still taking two naps, he'd wake up as she was going down and she'd wake up as he was going down again. Now? Family nap time! Or we sometimes are productive. Whatever. But now they nap at the same time, in the same room. He sleeps in his toddler bed and she has a pallet on his floor. Works out well. Sure, they're chatty sometimes before they fall asleep but not too bad.

I found out that when they nap at the grandparents' he will usually wake up first. He gets out of his bed and goes into the room she sleeps in and crawls up on the bed. Yesterday he was sick but she was not. She went to school and he went to the grandparents'. He still went through his same routine and was calling for her. Aww.

Well, last night we put them to bed. I was brushing my teeth and heard her yelling, "Mommy! Mommy!" I went down the hall and noticed her door was open. I expected her to say that I needed to close it after she hadn't. Nope. She's sitting up in her bed and he's sitting up in her bed facing her. "Miles is in my room." Um, yeah.

I tried to get him back into his room. He would just lay there and say, "Bye, Mommy" and wave. I was unsuccessful. I ended up pulling his mattress into her room and he slept there. Went right to sleep after I put him on it.

Now, I do a lot of things wrong but last night? Made me feel like I've got this parenting thing down. Love seeing them love each other.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

life list: ride a gondola

Hubby had a work meeting in Vegas this week and we decided to capitalize on that. We went out on Saturday for a few days of kid-free leisure. We stayed at the Encore, which was just as nice as the Wynn. There was some napping, some tv watching, some reading by the pool. We also stuffed ourselves with good food and wandered around the strip. Went to the wax museum. Saw David Spade--Kevin Farley was one of his opening acts. All three guys were quite funny. And saw the phenomenal Elton John. So, so good.

And we squeezed in a gondola ride at the Venetian. Yea! We had a real Italian scoot us around and sing lovely songs to us. It appears I'm on a Life List roll. Who would have thought?

Monday, March 24, 2014

life list: pay off student loans

Y'all. I'm studen loan free. I could have paid them off awhile ago but the interst is so low my financially-brained husband convinced me to let them linger. But they got low enough that I thought, "That's it. I'm paying them off this year." Weee! And it's well before I start paying for college for the next generation.

Next up? The house. Just kidding.

Monday, February 10, 2014

empathy

One thing I never really expected out of this whole motherhood gig is how my amount of empathy would increase exponentially. It's crazy. Someone gets bad medical news? I immediately think of her kids. And how she must be feeling (also probably thinking about her kids). And I think of my kids and how much the whole situation just sucks. I cry at Olympics commercials. When that girl coasts over to her mom and hugs her? And they put their foreheads together? Gah. And I go to school plays and see those kids up there? And I'm just so. freakin'. proud. And I don't know a single one of them. But they're amazing and they're someone's kid and I think what they're doing is just awesome. Everyone is suddenly just a person. Who was once a baby. Who still is someone's baby. I hope people look at my kids that way. Honestly, we should look at everyone like this--it lets you cut people more slack and be happier for them and realize that we're all just people who have come a long way but still have a ways to go.