Friday, January 31, 2014

18 months

Buns! A year and a half! You are my favorite son ever. I'm surprised I haven't suffocated you with snuggles. I'm not sure if it's because you let me more than your sister did at this age or because you're a boy or because you're the baby. Whatever. I'm taking full advantage.

So other than super cuddly, what are you like at 18 months? You still have a really deep voice but you say words now! Some are pretty clear to others but some only I understand. Off the top of my head: Mommy, Daddy, doggie, plane, nudie, no, bye bye, cheese, all done, help, armie (for arm), book, Maggie (garbled), Daisy, Tessa, milk, mummy (for gummy), and Scarlett (it varies but kind of like "Carleh"). I know I'm forgetting some. You can tell me what sounds most animals make. You know what we're saying now and respond to commands. You know some body parts.

You still love water and baths. You really love reading these days. You were a little slower to get on board with books than your sister but you certainly are there now. When I take your (size 6) shoes and socks off, you giggle, giggle, giggle. You like music (especially "Shapoopie" from The Music Man) and dance to it. You adore technology. You'll watch some TV with your sister but you usually get bored and start playing with toys, which is preferable. You like to climb on things and go to the park. You LOVE walks with Maggie. You don't dislike diaper changes and getting dressed as much. But you do still hate having your nails trimmed. You don't prefer Daddy quite as much anymore--it's closer to being even.

You still want to be held a lot. You're super sweet and terribly cute. You are mostly really happy and smile and laugh a lot. But you have the red hair so you anger easily. You know, red hair and you're a TODDLER.

You're a relatively good eater. We weened you off the bottle right after your birthday. (And we got rid of the paci, too!) You primarily use sippy cups but sometimes straws. Regular cups = mess. You're on cow's milk, and we luckily had no problems there. You still love baby food squeeze packs. Other favorites: gummies, yogurt, yogurt raisins, cheese, soft meats, grapes. You're getting pretty good at utensils although you do still like to eat with your hands.

Sleep is a struggle. You're still sleeping in your crib and down to one nap a day. Apparently you go down easily at school but it's harder at home and the grandparents'. You go to sleep easier in a grown-up bed. Night time varies but usually you cry. You have some stamina, and it makes Mommy a little crazy. Sometimes you sleep through the night but sometimes you wake up and cry. We're trying to work on getting you to soothe yourself. When you wake up in the morning (too early), you usually cry until we come get you. I don't know why you don't wake up happy. I'm certainly glad that's something we outgrow prior to adulthood.

You are super mobile. You walk and run and climb. You go up and down the stairs much more easily these days.

Nothing regarding potty training. I have no idea how we're going to start that with a boy. I guess we have awhile still.

Your 18-month pediatrician's visit isn't until next week so I'll update then. You are a skinny minny, though. Way more so than your sister. I'll be interested to see your stats since the last time we went in you were sick. Update: Yes, you're a confirmed skinny minny. Height=32.5" (56.5%), Weight=24lb 6.1oz (29th%).

Goodness, Buns. I just love you so much. You're my sweetie boy. I can't believe you're halfway through the second year. Things are getting easier on me as a parent, and it's awesome to see you two interact. Y'all are the best. I'm glad I get to be your Mommy.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

three years

Chicken, last week you turned 3 years old. How did that happen? It's been a pretty good year. Mommy is finally getting the hang of parenting two children so things are less stressful around here.

What are you like? Well, you can do pretty much most things physically. Walk, run, climb stairs, climb up the "rock wall" of the playground equipment, climb onto all sorts of things, walk backwards, march, dance, jump, stand on one leg. You don't yet ride the tricycle, pump your legs while swinging, or have a good grasp on kicking balls.

You continue to grow taller. We don't have your annual doctor's appointment until next week and I'll update things then. (Update: Weight=32 lb 11.2 oz or 70th%, Height= 38" or 65th%.) Your hair is perfectly highlighted blonde (natural, of course). It still curls up at the end. You had your second haircut recently but it's still super long. It gets all ratty and tangled underneath but we've figured out how to (mostly) painlessly handle that. You like braids sometimes, ponytails, pigtails, hair clips. Still have wonderful eye lashes. You have pretty teeth and got that last one this year. You wear size 8 shoes.

Speaking of, you love shoes. But not just any shoes. You enjoy dressing up in high heels. You like your flip flops so much that it was a battle to get you out of them once the weather turned cooler. Your favorite pair of shoes are purple dress shoes. You also have some sparkly silver ones you like. I can't get you into any that I like, even though you said you'd wear them when we bought them. You also love jewelry, and you now have some beads to make your own. And you still wear dresses EVERY DAY. You just started to fit into the smallest dresses I have from when I was a little girl (that my dad's mother made for me). It makes me super happy to see you in them. You still love pink and purple. Definitely a girly girl.

You love your brother. And are mostly a Mommy's girl. You love reading, water, the iPad, more reading, going to the park, playing with dolls, your play kitchen. You mostly enjoy school. Over the summer you graduated from your old class to Pre-K 3. There was a ceremony and everything. You have gotten into princesses big time. You love watching all the movies over and over. And listening to the stories in my car. And reading about them. And watching the movies. And watching the movies some more. I think your favorite songs are probably the ones from "Beauty and the Beast" and "Little Mermaid." You saw your first movie just within the last month--"Frozen." You did great and made it almost the entire way before needing to potty. With your birthday money, you made your very first purchase--an Elsa dress-up dress. I also took you to see The Nutcracker this year. Did great there, too. I was so excited to be doing something like that with you!

You are an ok eater. You love snacks and sometimes just want to eat those. Favorites are probably gummies, yogurt raisins, cheese, and fruit.

You were done potty training about a third of the way into this year. You eventually moved into underpants at night, too (during the second half of the year). You can successfully wake up, go potty, and put yourself back to bed. It's awesome.

Your sleeping still varies. We have excellent periods and then not-so-good ones. It seems like you usually go to bed without crying but sometimes try to prolong bedtime. Lately, you have been staying in bed all night and even waking up at a reasonable hour. Knock on wood. We shoot for an 8:30 bedtime but it's usually between then and 9. You get up somewhere around 7:15. We moved you to a big girl bed within the last month (a twin bed). You handled it well. This also meant your room got a little mini makeover. I've enjoyed that part but it is bittersweet to see you getting so big.

You are super chatty. You hold full-on conversations. I was reading something the other day that said "your three-year-old may be making 4-word sentences." Um, yeeeaaaah. Four. I can't remember the last time you just said four words in a row. You're so smart. You know your ABCs and can count to who knows what. You get going and then insert "eleventeen" and suddenly you're at 20.

To celebrate your birthday proper, we continued the tradition of going to your grandparents' house for dinner, cake, and presents. You were much happier this year compared to last. Then we had your big party the next day. You wanted a pink party. Just pink. No noun to follow. It was relatively low-key and I think we all had a good time. You kids played well together without a ton of supervision. It was nice.

Overall, you're pretty awesome. You have a ton of empathy. You see how I treat your brother and you treat other people like that when they're hurt or sad. You're mostly well behaved. You did run away from me in Goodwill the other day and we had to have a come to Jesus meetin'. That was the first time you had done that. You do still pitch fits sometimes and sometimes fight with your brother. You're not perfect but I think you're pretty close considering you're three. Crazy. Happy belated birthday, Chicken. Looking forward to the next year.

Thursday, January 02, 2014

new year, new goals

Happy 2014! Last year, I wrote this to recap the previous year and lay out the goals for 2013.  Those were:
  1. Find the perfect coconut cream pie recipe.  No progress.  
  2. Finish the bulk of Baby #2s baby book.  Done!
  3. Find the perfect mac and cheese recipe. Again, no progress. Weird since these should be easier.
  4. Add to the Life List.   Added 3--and completed 1--item(s) in January.
  5. Eat lunch with someone one day a week.   Maybe about 1/3 of the time?
  6. Accomplish more on the house (kitchen and landscaping).  Kitchen mostly done and dining room done. All house trim painted (while we were on vacation--even better!).  Had foyer and front porch lights installed.  Front yard done for now plus work completed in 2 of the backyard beds.  Guest bath finished. Living room painted, started re-staining furniture, hung gallery wall, rearranged furniture. Ripped down the wallpaper in the kids' bath.  So basically blew this one out of the water.
  7. Throw really good birthday parties for the kids. Done!
  8. Run a 5k.  Done!  In early January!  And multiple times throughout the year.
  9. One fun outing a month with either the entire family or just me and one/both kid(s).  I think we did this at least 10 months (and several months had more than one).  We maybe did those other 2 months but I just didn't keep track very well.
  10. Date night/excursion at least once a month with Hubby.  We actually did this. 
  11. Make it through the Marriage to the Max podcasts as well.  We went to D&M in February and have listened to a few more podcasts. I also had brunch with half of the Hursts.  Pretty successful but still need to listen to more podcasts.
So all in all, not too shabby. Just two relatively minor goals that I made no progress on. And a couple that were partial successes. Yea for the rest! Hopefully #9 and 10 are now just part of normal life so I'll be able to keep them up. So what's the plan for this year?
  1. Seriously try to have lunch with someone once a week. But I'll consider it a success if it's about 75% of the time. I really need to try this one again for multiple reasons. (Really bad at this so far...)
  2. Eat better. This isn't the "oh, I have to lose 5 pounds thing." I don't, luckily, have issues there but I have been eating like crap since Buns was born. I guess I was trying to make up for the strict gestational diabetes diet. As he's almost 18 months old, I think I should be done making up for it. So more protein, fewer carbs, more water.
  3. To really train for the marathon relay in March. It's only 6.55 miles but I want to be faster than last year. (Check! Trained less than I wanted to but more than last year. Beat my time by 11 minutes.)
  4. I think I'd also like to try a half marathon. I don't think I'd ever be able to run the whole thing but I'm pretty sure I could drag myself over the distance. I think this will get added to the Life List.
  5. Speaking of, cross 3 things off the Life List. I won't limit myself here. (Pay off student loans, ride a gondola, ?)
  6. For the house, I'd like to get a lot of the little projects done--stain/paint the picnic table, finish staining the living room furniture, stain/reupholster the breakfast room furniture, upholster our headboard. And I'd like to finish the kids' bath. (Check!) It's in a scary state right now. Ok, and I'd like to at least make a plan for the office. (Check!) I want need a wall of built-ins but I have no idea exactly how I want things to look or how I'd like the rest of the room to play out. Except I really want a sliding barn door. Outside, I'd like to keep everything alive, move the backyard trees to the side of the house, sod the areas in the front where we no longer want beds, and start the butterfly garden in the back.
  7. Write a will. Hubby got this done last year but I didn't. Totally need to get on that.
  8. Blog more. (Sort of.) I hate that I've fallen off the wagon here. Granted, it's hard to keep all the balls up in the air but writing is good for me. And I like to keep folks posted on the goings on as it seems so hard to get together while raising tiny humans.
  9. (and 10) Some things are just personal. These two are. But I'm going to at least acknowledge that there are 2 additional goals to try to hold myself accountable.
So there. Even 10. Hopefully this year will be as good as the last goal-wise. A lot of people seem to have commented lately on how bad a year 2013 was. I don't know. Seemed ok to me. I got the hang of parenting 2 kids (well, I feel better about it anyway). We didn't really have any major personal disasters. Everyone is relatively healthy and safe. My work role changed for the better even though it is often frustrating and I currently (obviously) have zero motivation. It was really the first year since 2005 that there was no major life event. And that? Is kind of awesome.