Archive for November, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 27th, 2014 by Jen

Thankful for happy belly laughs, which will hopefully soon be returning once we’re all healthy. Also thank you to you my blog readers even though I’m about three technology fads behind (facebook, instagram…)

Ewan on the couch

Celia dancing by the pool

Josie laughing by the pool

Something’s missing…

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 by Jen

Josie's gap

Josie lost her first tooth last week! Middle bottom. She felt something weird in her mouth during lunch, went to floss it out and spit it into the sink and then came out and told me that something felt weird. I kept looking for something and realized I was looking at a bloody hole where a tooth must have been. That tooth is now down our drain, but she wrote a note for the tooth fairy and got two dollars for the first one!

Ewan at 15 months

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014 by Jen

This little boy is a huge bundle of energy and curiosity racing to get out into the world! He is climbing up, over and onto anything he can manage, including the table and all over the playground structures. He also likes to lean out over openings and call to me just to torment me on them! He loves to move, run, ride and climb. He’s getting a tiny bit more careful with running and hasn’t fallen in a few weeks too badly, one week he ran and just went splat face first into the pavement and got a big bump to go with it.

Most of his favorite games are movement games. Ride ride to boston, the nobel duke of york and just flat out dancing, spinning and rolling. He’s working on his somersault now, but it goes over to the side. We’ll sign him up for gymnastics before too much longer! He still loves music and regularly asks for it to be turned on so we can all dance together. He also loves to be swung around much to the chagrin of the folks in my grandmothers old-folks home watching me do it.

His biggest developments have been in his teeth and his language. He’s gotten all his first set of molars and now the eye teeth are coming in too! Poor us and his lack of sleeping. At least we know there is light at the end of the tunnel before too much longer and we should get a break from teething for several months once those eye teeth are in. Ewan’s receptive language has really blossomed, he understands now much better when I say what we are about to do. He runs toward the door when I talk about going out or to the park (even if he’s not wearing pants, which is most of the time). He understands some body parts, such as nose, ear and belly.

He’s turned into a big hugging machine now and will hug when asked most of the time. He gives great morning hugs and tackles Celia for some love. He also talks to us in his baby language like we’re stupid idiots who should be ashamed that we can’t understand what he is obviously saying to us with his words and pointing gestures.

When he’s inside, Ewan loves to get into whatever we’re doing. He also loves to do art. He enjoys crayons, stickers, markers (mostly taking the caps off and putting them on), playdough is a new one and paint. Every day he’s over at the art supplies asking to play and make a mess. He has mostly stopped eating crayons thankfully. He’s also started to do some wooden puzzles, but still has trouble if he has to twist a piece a lot to make it fit yet.

He’s quick and sneaky, he knows when he’s doing something he’s not supposed to do and does it very quietly and when I’m not looking. I always know I need to hunt him down when the house is suddenly too quiet. He’s always looking to keep up after Josie and Celia too, even trying the potty now (especially wants to do it at preschool) with occasional success.

He also got a haircut this month which he found to be a horrible horrible thing to have done to him. You can see the mullet was removed between the two photos below. He had tears streaming down his face for the entire time and even the balloon wasn’t enough of a good reason to stop crying until I got him out of the shop. I may try to cut his hair myself again after having gotten to see someone else do it, mostly I’d say her ‘skill’ was just doing it really fast, it’s not a super-awesome cut, but it got done!

Bath remains one of his favorite things and it’s a great spot to keep him out of trouble while getting the girls ready and the house cleaned up for the night. He’s just started to try to say some words that sound close to what they might actually be, like ‘cookie’ and ‘carrot’ were perhaps heard today! The next couple of months should bring some fabulous communication that we all look forward to! He also uses his sign language much more clearly although he doesn’t have many more words than ‘more/i want, water, eat, and all done.’

  • Size/weight: 18 months clothes
  • Favorite food: breastmilk, cheese, pasta, banana, blueberries
  • Favorite toy: ball, whatever his sister has
  • Favorite book: the foot book
  • Favorite activity: dumping things and playing outside
  • New game: playing with a baby doll
  • Sleeping: bedtime ~8:15; one short nap at 1:30; gets up 7am
  • New skill: more words and sign language
  • Teeth: 13
  • Vocalizations: tries to yell boo! imitating more sounds and lots of babbling

Ewan running at Waldo

Ewan playing croquet

Halloween 2014!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 by Jen

Josie, Ewan and Celia

Happy Halloween from our fairy, cow, and scary bumble bee! Ewan enjoyed his first Halloween where he had a clue what was going on. He was wary at first, but eventually he was charging ahead after his sisters unwilling to be left behind for anything! A few times he gave them candy from his bin, instead of the other way around. Jordi got to take them around, and Ewan had to skip every other house to be able to keep up, but he still filled up almost the whole pumpkin with candy.

Celia turns 4!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 by Jen

Two weeks ago our little Cecilia turned 4! I feel like I’ve been seeing some big changes with her recently from her diction and language to her manners and self control. Here’s what she’s been up to!

She started school at Sunshine in the beginning of September and she loves it. Every day when I ask her how school was her answer is ‘great!’ Actually that’s her answer when I ask her about most everything, how did she sleep? great! How was t-ball? great! How was dinner? err actually she has a lot of complaints about dinner lately . She’s always happy to go right into school and her teachers tell me what a great kid she is and how well it’s going. It’s a bit tiring for her, but she loves the writing center where she makes at least three notes/pictures and envelopes each day (often of a sun, or a potato lately). When the weather has been good she loves the sandbox and digging for shells and other things they hide in it. She has trouble telling me what they did at school most days beyond the very big highlights (like snack) but she’s giving me more information as time goes on.

Academically they don’t do much at school, at home now I’ve been working with her on reading and math. One of her favorites is ‘candy math’. I literally hand out candy (candy corn and pumpkins right now) and she uses it to help figure out math problems like how much is 3 plus 7. We have also been working on the vowel sounds which has been a challenge, but she’s picked up the consonants pretty well already without me working on them. There’s no rush so I keep trying to find new games to help her internalize those sounds.

One thing Celia and I like to do together is play games. She just got a great new handful of games for her birthday that we’ve been playing together. She can almost count out her spaces right on the games every time. She likes to play uno, go fish, the farming game and lots of others. She also likes to help me cook by measuring, mixing and washing fruits and vegetables.

Out of the house Celia is taking ballet lessons and just finished up a series of t-ball classes. She liked t-ball, it made her run a lot and we’ll see if she wants to do it again in the spring. She enjoys her ballet class and has been learning some grace and some of the positions. Otherwise running is a great strength of hers and she wants to do soccer when she gets the chance. Celia has also been quite the monkey at the rock climbing wall at the ymca, although now they moved the handholds and it’s a bit more challenging!

At home Celia is a huge fan of dressing up, playing pretend and reading. It’s tough keeping clothes on her and she is resisting the season change very much. She loves for Josie to read to her. She also often chooses to play lego’s during Ewan’s nap time. We also recently moved her bedtime up earlier, and let Josie’s fall later as we try to figure out how to get three kids to bed in two rooms when they have different sleep needs and habits. I think her behavior has improved remarkably since we got her to sleep earlier, and now I get some more one on one time with her right before bedtime.

  • Size/weight: Mostly 5T, just a few 4T’s
  • Favorite foods: cheese, tomatoes, pasta
  • Favorite toy: doll stroller
  • Favorite book: Fancy Nancy series
  • Favorite activity: digging and getting dirty
  • Sleeping: bedtime ~7:40; gets up about 6:30
  • New skill: go to school!
  • Teeth: holding steady with all 20
  • Literacy: working on those short-vowel sounds. She can identify them in the front of words, but it’s tricky alone or asking her to just produce them.

Celia up close!

Celia jumping with her birthday balloons