Dec 25, 2012

Holly Jolly

Dec 20, 2012

Happy Holidays

I just finished our holiday card and letter. I think it was before Kins was born that I last sent one out*. I even included a letter! I mention it in the letter, but I was surprised to find I didn't have much of anything to really say about my accomplishments this year. It really has taken up about all I have keeping it together through Tim's busy times with work and Max's busy eating times overnight most nights. I don't usually do resolutions, but this makes one for me this year pretty obvious: I resolve to have something to say in the paragraph about myself next year!

* Oh... lol... just looked at my fridge and saw my holiday card from last year. That I did indeed send out. My intelligence has suffered dramatically this year. That's what I should've put in my letter!

Dec 16, 2012

Family Resemblance

Kin's takes after Tim big time. I thought Max looked like my side of the family, but I was really struck by how much when my Mom sent me these pictures of my brothers at 8 months. Below is a black and white comparison of Seth and Max.
 In black and white I think Max and Seth looks very similar.
 Eric and Max share the exact same coloring. I also think Max and Eric may share a closer resemblance in the eyes and face shape than Seth and Max. Above and below are both Eric.
 One more Seth below.

Dec 8, 2012

3 Years Old and interview

Kins turned three a couple of days ago. She is a petite 25 pounds, which, is actually pretty amazing for her. It's 5th percentile for weight, finally on the chart instead of waaayy below the bottom line like she had been for over a year before. I still bribe her to eat. I tried letting her feed herself for a couple of days, and she only ate half of what I can easily get her to eat bribing her. I have quit pressuring her to eat though, if she won't eat a single bite, I just try not to stress it and we're done for that meal. 

She's very easy as far as sleeping goes. At bedtime we read a few stories, and then Tim and I head out of her room. She usually complains some, always saying, "One more time!" even if we've read 5 stories. But, usually once we're out of her room she doesn't mind. She's in a twin bed now, but I do have the alcove in her room where her bed is gated off from the rest of the room. She's got some toys in her alcove, but not access to emptying out every dresser drawer in her room like before. After we leave her room, she usually sings some songs to herself, and plays with her toys for a few minutes before going to bed. She does ask to have her light left on, even though she has a night light. If I sneak in and turn it off after she's fallen asleep, she will wake up in the middle of the night saying softly, "On." If there's no response for 5 seconds, she repeats herself, slightly louder. After about 5-10 repeats, she's yelling it at the top of her lungs. For now, it works out best for everyone to leave it on all night. It doesn't seem to affect how well or how late she sleeps. 
Napping is not always so smooth. If she actually lays down and tries, she nearly always falls asleep for at least an hour, but usually two or more. She often is very resistant to trying to sleep though, and she will stay in her room for 2 hours just singing and playing with toys, finally standing by her gate and yelling for me to come get her. I'm impressed though that she will play for nearly 2 hours totally content before wanting to come out. She probably actually sleeps half the time. If she doesn't nap, she will sleep an hour or two longer overnight to make up for it, so other than being super emotional in the afternoon/early evening, it seems to work out ok either way.

She does throw her share of fits. If she doesn't get what she wants, or if we leave wherever we are and she was having fun, she screams about it, sometimes pretty persistently. I try to just totally ignore the screaming and it doesn't usually go on for too long.

I love that I can have conversations with her now. She is always cracking me up. This morning she said she was a mouse and I was a clock, and then she began trying to run up me. (Hickory dickory dock). Last night I left her downstairs and ran up to toss the laundry into the dryer. On my way out of the laundry room, I ran into the doorway, it was pretty loud. When I got downstairs she wanted to know, "What was that? (noise)". I told her I ran my shoulder into the doorway. She mumbled something that I didn't quite catch. A second later she said it a little louder, "Come here and let me kiss it better!" She did. 

She can count to 19. Not always, sometimes after about 17 she just starts back at 8. She knows what basic sounds every letter makes. I haven't worked with her on how some letters make more than one sound yet, she's just recently gotten consistent with knowing one sound for each letter. She can do sommersaults, and she likes to copy dance moves. She took her first art class, and we're enrolling for the next semester. She will be starting a 3 year old ballet/creative dance class soon. She loves story time at the library, and just recently sat with the kids instead of with mommy fir the first time.
Interview with a 3 year old Kins:
What's the first thing you like to do in the morning after you wake up? Micky Mouse! (I think these answers may be tainted by her just finishing watching a micky mouse cartoon...)
What's your favorite book?  The train story She has been loving reading this book at night. It used to always be Bear of my Heart that she wanted to read. The Goodnight Train is really fun though, it's got a lot of cute and silly things to talk about on each page.
What is your favorite color?  Green
What is your favorite toy?  My favorite Mommy!
What is your favorite food?  My jelly to eat
What is your favorite TV show?  The windmill (I don't know. Oh, now she's talking about Dora. She watched a Dora episode about Don Quixote.)
What is your favorite game? Some red shadow (I don't know)
What is your favorite animal?  My giraffe
What is your favorite song? Amarillo by Morning (Surprising choice, since we haven't sung this song for weeks)
Who is your best friend?  It's my mommy!
What is your favorite thing to do outside?  Singing amarillo by morning (Random. Would've thought she would have said jump on the trampoline, or make footprints)
What is your favorite drink? Pediasure (She asked for pediasure this morning, she hadn't had it for over a month or mentioned it)
What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Teddy bears! (She was very excited about this answer, despite never, ever, taking a teddy bear to bed with her at night. The real answer is her little bunny rabbits, and/or whatever toy she was playing with before bedtime)
What do you want to be when you grow up?  For mommy and daddy get big, for (mumble mumble mumble) and get big. For pee pee!
What is one special thing about you? Eyebrows!
How old are you? I'm three year old.
What do Mommy and Daddy do after you go to bed? Trampoline.

What do you like best about Max? I'm santa and you're a reindeer. Tim then tried prompting her, "Do you like when Max poops his pants?" She said, "No, I told you, I'm a reindeer and you're Santa!"

Dec 1, 2012

kins says

She handed Max a Christmas stocking, saying, "I'll put it on your finger!" Predictably, he grabbed it and started eating it. Kins said sweetly but firmly, "Max, if you eat that, I'm going to have to take it away." He kept eating it. She followed through on her threat.

She doesn't understand that he doesn't know how to interact yet. When he gets close to her playing with a toy, she screams, "No grabbing that!"

Upon waking up this morning she said in a very deep voice, "I'm not a Christmas tree, I'm Santa!" We've been watching Christmas videos on youtube, I guess that's where she got it. 

Tim and I call each other Mommy and Daddy around Kins, never Mom and Dad. Yet, she's decided on her own to shorten our names. She calls us Mom and Dad a lot more than Mommy and Daddy now. It makes us feel overly mature. I've even tried telling her how my name is Mommy multiple times. She's just decided that Mom is easier, and she's sticking with it.

She remembers everything. One day before her nap I told her when she woke up, we were going to gymnastics class. She had never been to gymnastics class before, or even heard the word before. But, first thing she said when she woke up was, "I want to go to gymnastics class!"

When asked if she wants to do something that she'd rather not, she will say, her voice laced with regret, "I can't."

She has a professional frown. Tim and I can't make our mouths frown the way she can. She likes to randomly pull out the frown occasionally, and she can also make her eyes water on command. It can take a minute to tell if she's actually upset or not.
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