Oct 27, 2013

Videos

Kins is not a huge follower. She enjoys her dance class, but she doesn't feel much pressure to follow along. This video has a few other videos added in, videos from Sept-Oct. My favorite moment of Kins dancing is at about 3 minutes 50 seconds. Where she launches accusations at a girl who is doing the dance correctly. 

Oct 23, 2013

Bedtime Stories

Kins can be resistant to going to sleep. When she has called me up more than once or twice for various things that she does not actually need, obviously just trying to buy time, I start telling her if she yells again then she is going to lose some certain privilege. A couple nights ago she was yelling down, and I was ignoring her, since she'd been at it for awhile. I heard her gate fall over. I put a gate in her doorway, because otherwise she won't stay in her room. I went up to tell her she had lost the option to watch any cartoons the next day, and had to start laughing at the sight before me. There she was, buck naked, desperately trying to put the gate back in place, saying things like, "ok, let's just put this right here." As soon as she caught sight of me coming, she darted off and jumped into bed, thinking perhaps I would never know. Turned out, she had peed perhaps a half teaspoon's worth of pee in her diaper and had tried to change it herself, but she can't usually get diapers on quite right on her own. Then, she had accidentally knocked the gate down while she was leaning over it hollering at me.

That night, she had a terrible night. She woke up scared, and would not go back to sleep for over an hour. She claimed her room was scary, but could  not identify anything specific that was scary. The next night, I thought we would try letting her sleep in Big Mac's room. She said she wanted to and she wouldn't be scared if she was in his room. I set up a little bed for her in his room. We discussed how she couldn't talk to him or bother him. We snuck in after he fell asleep and went to her bed, and first thing, she forgot to whisper and said in an outraged tone, "but he isn't in here!" She thought they were going to sleep in the same bed. She said she still wanted to sleep in his room despite this disastrous discovery. Right after I left, I could see on the monitor that she was standing next to his crib. Chattering, singing, and passing toys back and forth to him, since he was wide awake by then. I thought it was new and exciting, so I'd just let it wear off some and see how it went. Not two minutes later, she starts saying, in a very whiny voice, "Mama! This is a little bit boring! I want to go back to my room!" Failure. However, apparently the terrible boredom she experienced in Big Mac's room made her realize that her room was great. She didn't complain about being in there and didn't wake up scared.

Oct 15, 2013

Making me smile

Big Mac's newest habit of agreeing with suggestions by saying, "Okay!" Will you go throw this away? "Okay!" Go get in the stroller or go get your shoes on, a sure fire way to get him to say it.

Running for the first time in a week since being sick and feeling surprisingly good the whole time.

The way Big Mac always ends up climbing into the stroller, ready to go, sometime in the afternoon after his nap. He gets bored and upset if I try to get in a full work out on the elliptical at home, but in the stroller, I rarely hear a complaint from him.

Watching Cubby run around tidying up the living room for me when I asked her to help me get ready to vacuum. It's the first time she has ever kept at it long enough to really be helpful.

Tim suggesting that Big Mac give me a hug this morning, and having Big Mac run to me and give me not only a hug, but a big puckered up kiss too.

Tim working reasonable hours and getting weekends off!

The Messenger by Markus Zusak. The Harry Bosch series; at first I had a hard time getting into these books. They didn't grab me right away like the Lincoln Lawyer series did, but Harry is really growing on me. I'm torn between wanting to slap the character in Picture Perfect by Jodi Picoult and still really enjoying the book. I always think about the topics Jodi Picoult writes about. She is good at showing you the other side of issues.

Oct 6, 2013

Big Mac 1.5 Years

I just read through Cubby's 18 month post, and the differences between her at that age and Big Mac now are hilarious. In my 18 month post I say how she has just learned to stand up without using furniture to pull herself up on. Big Mac was able to do this very shortly after he learned to walk, at a year. But, she knew many books by name at his age, and she had been able to do a simple puzzle for a couple of months by this age. He thinks puzzles are a supreme waste of time, and likes to use the puzzle pieces as tambourines rather than sit and think about where to put them.

He has just recently started to like the idea of being read to. He will bring a book over and sit in my lap, but, he gets bored after 30 seconds and wanders off or tries to steal the book and flip through it at a faster speed. Reading to him and Cubby together doesn't work since he steals the book before we finish one page. He does sit and flip through books on his own for a few minutes at a time. His favorite book is a little one about cars. He just loves to point out cars. In books, real cars, toys, in pictures. His favorite toys are toy cars.

I would guess he knows somewhere around 200 words now, maybe more. He puts words together some, like night night Kins, bye bye scarecrow (a favorite thing to visit on walks), hi Sadie.

He loves to play with kids, wrestling or chasing mostly. He hates being left behind, will chase you saying, "wait! wait!" He wants to do everything that Kins does. He did his first somersault copying her. He fake sleeps the same funny way she does. She wants to dress up, he wants to dress up:

 Just everything she does he wants to do... and everything she has he wants to have of course. He isn't bad about sharing for his age though. He loves putting on his shoes. He brings me shoes all the time, usually different shoes for each foot, demanding that I help him put them on. It's because shoes mean going outside, his favorite thing.

He weighs almost 23 pounds and he is 31 inches tall. He is about 18th percentile for height. And he is about 12th percentile for weight on the cdc charts. A side note, the cdc clearly states that it's charts should not be used in pediatrician's offices for kids under age 2, but both ped offices we have used still use cdc charts for my kids. Kind of strange.

Sleeping is the best it has ever been and I really hope he keeps doing this well. For over a month he would wake up at 6 and would not go back to sleep. That still happens, but now it's occasionally and not every morning, and when it does happen now, he will almost always play happily in his crib until at least 7. He seems to be waking between 7-7:30 more often, which is when he would always wake before the month of 6 am wake ups.  He is regularly waking just once a night now too, which is huge for us. He goes to bed about 8:30. He takes a 1.5-2.5 hour nap. We have really hit a stride, both overnight and with naps and I'm very happy with it. It seems like this whole past year, I've always been trying some new scheme to get him to wake less often, and none of it ever worked. What finally worked, it seems, is him getting older. Well. I hope the days of waking more than once a night are in the past anyway.

He's a fairly well mannered boy. When we go to play times at the library he never is the one stealing toys from other kids, and he even sometimes shares them willingly when kids try to steal from him. When he feels like he's really got a cool toy though, he does not allow other kids to take it, he will yank it right back. He has developed a rather unfavorable habit of yanking on younger kids clothing or even their skin. When they cry and he is reprimanded, he looks helplessly at me and explains, "baby, baby." I don't know why he feels this is an acceptable excuse, but he seems to feel he is completely innocent of the accusations.

He and Kins play together more and more. It is one of my favorite things to see them making up games together and playing nicely.


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