Thursday, November 20, 2014

Benny-isms

Daddy got home shortly before 9:00 pm and dropped him off in his pack-n-play. He protested, started crying, then yelled clearly across the house "Daddy, you come back here!".

I was folding up the cuffs of his too long shirt this morning. He was drinking milk and trying to watch Ruby & Max. "No thank you Mama, no thank you".

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two and half years old

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You like to push buttons on everything. The remote control, the garage door, the lights, my keyfobs, and especially the automatic trunk closing button on the Flex. You ask to push the button from your carseat, from the store, from everywhere.

TV is your favorite (oops). You like all the Nick Jr shows. Peppa Pig is your favorite.

You like to dance. I put on music often and we just all dance. I'm trying to find a dance class for you at the right date and time.

Watermelon is waning as your favorite food. I think it is now cut up grapes.

You still won't drink from a straw but WILL drink a juice box.

Drooling is still a big problem for you.

I can't get you to sit on the potty or stand by the potty or go near the potty without a big tantrum. You HATE the potty.

You like to climb all over me when I am sitting on the couch trying to do something. You launch yourself off the table onto my lap like a superhero.

You know most numbers, some colors and many letters.

You love to eat ice cream now!!!!! Finally.

I've started you in gymnastics - Mommy & Me. you tantrumed through the first class but last week you liked everything except summersaults.

You call Victoria "Toria". If she is in trouble for something, he will repeat our words to her in a scolding voice. So, so funny.

Mama, is used as a noun, verb, adjective, etc.

THe pack n play is where you sleep. After a tough week of putting you back in the big boy bed multiple times a night, Daddy put it up. You can stay here until you are six for all the hassle it was. I've accepted it and moved on.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

School Update

The fall has flown by. V is liking school She never says that she doesn't want to go. I think she really likes the mental stimulation of learning all the new things. P drops her off at before school care for 20-30 minutes and she is at after-school care for approximately 1.5 hours. It for a pretty long day for her and you can tell when she gets home. She is very, very tired and mainly wants to veg out in front of the TV. Also, she has been so, so hungry. She also asked me to make her lunch everyday, but I much prefer that she eat hot lunch, since it forces her to expand her horizons and eat new foods. Plus, I have so little time in the evenings, it is much easier for her to buy food. On Tuesday she has music, on Wednesday PE, on Thursday is art, on Friday is library.

Her behvavior in school continues to be good. At home, it remains challenging. I've learned a few ways to deal with the frequent tantrums and meltdowns. They are usually (75%) food related and involve unhealthy snacks.

Benny continues to do well. He is still sleeping the pack n play at night. (Hey, I like sleep). He can hit the baseball off the tee like a boss and dribble the soccer ball. He too, continues to have some massive tantrums, but he is two. They usually occur when you take something away from him. He can count and knows some letters. He is in more of a pre-school program now and seems to be really happy. Just don't try to make him sit on the potty. At all.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Out of the mouth of babes this weekend:

V, talking to P’s 92 year old Grandma, at her house: “what’s your name again? “cause I don’t really remember”.

Benny, when I opened his car door, “Gracias”. (he likes Dora the Explorer)

When I pulled in the driveway last night and hit the garage door button, “Mama! Mama! Push that button. Daddy, no push the button. No Daddy”.

I was unpacking the suitcase and he ran over to get his swimsuit, “Let’s go swimming mama”. Funnily enough, he cried for the first 10 minutes in the pool.

Ice cream came with his kid’s meal. He usually refuses ice cream and makes a face because it is so cold. I put a small bite in his mouth and he made a face. I reached over for a bite, “ and he shoved me away with his hand. "Mine mama! No mama, no bite!”. Then he proceeded to eat the entire thing “Yum”.

V, “I thought we were staying here for two more days”. Me: “ yes, Saturday and Sunday”. V: “no, two REAL days”.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

V turned six in mid- August. Last year, I was getting everything ready and set for Kindergarten when she turned five. At that time, it was a bit of a surprise that her Pre-K/Preschool teacher didn't feel she was ready for Kindergarten. She recommended keeping her back to gain more experience with things like writing, maturity, adn reading. Plus, all of the other children going into Kindergarten at that time were older, almost an entire year older than her. Which at this age, makes a difference. It was a bit of a difficult decision, (not to mention expensive), but we did keep in pre-K for an extra year. Now, I'm glad about that. I have seen several differences in her, and being older and more confident makes the transition to all day kindergarten easier.

She is going to the local public school, right down the road from daycare. It is quite highly ranked, and in my opinion, a huge building. Her first day was a half day - I had to take off from work - which involved parent orientation and a great deal of paperwork. She didn't cry or fuss at all (I spent the first day of kindergarten crying next to the teacher's desk, I remember it vividly).

The first week was tough people. There are 27 kids in her class and NO AIDE. I repeat, no AIDE. Apparently there was a funding problem with the district. I find this unacceptable. She came home exhausted and starving. It was difficult for me to drop off two different places (Dad was out of town).

But hopefully week 2 is easier on me!