Monday, September 24, 2012

FYI: Amazon Associates

As you may or may not remember/know, all the links I put up to Amazon earn me referral credits when you click through and order something (it has to be nearly instantaneous, if you pause and go get a glass of water between clicking and purchasing I loose the credit).  However, I just thought I would mention that it took me just over two years to earn $10 in amazon store credit. Surely, $10 more than I would have gotten without sharing links but I'm not exactly raking it in. I thought it was funny.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Meghan is 13 months old.

Here she is, my silly toddler! Meghan is really communicating non-verbally a lot more this month. She has picked up a bunch of new signs, and does a lot of pointing and vocalizing and gesturing. She knows her mind and tries very hard to make sure you know it too. Her hair also seems to have grown a lot this month, all of a sudden it is requiring some regular attention to keep it from looking messy. The color however I can't seem to put a name to, its not blonde or fully brown, it surely isn't red..The best description I can come up with is a coppery brass. She seems to be quite curly in the back but pretty straight on top.

Sleeping: Nothing new to report here, still sleeping well at night from 7:30-~6:00. Napping is at 9/930 and 2. She has twice experimented with dropping her afternoon didn't go well. Now that Colin has been back to school, her morning nap has stretched from 40/60 minutes to 90/120 minuets. I am loving that! Second nap is shorter since it generally occurs in the stroller as we go to get her brother,

  • Tops: put it on, take it off, put it on, take it off...repeat as needed. I have had to get creative with this to allow her to play and not get too frustrated. She seems to really like empty lipstick tubes or eye pencils, but empty deodorant containers are very frustrating. She is even starting to understand screw tops.
  • Dips. Ketchup, yogurt, you name it if she can dip it she is in heaven. Give her a french fry and she will repeated dip it in ketchup and lick the ketchup off, then when it is good and soggy offer Sean or me the fry to eat for her..YUM.
  • Brushing Teeth. This girl loves her toothbrush. I've started using this adoration to get her to take her vitamins (see Dislikes)
  • Daddy. The feeling is pretty mutual, these two crazy cats are pretty gaga over each other. I am in trouble when she is old enough to manipulate...
  • Babys. Real or in doll form she, all of a sudden, has really clued into other babies in the world. 
  • Baby Signing Time. She doesn't watch it nearly as much as Colin did at this age because more often than not if the TV is on it is tuned to Colin's programming, but I try to squeeze this in. She also isn't as cranky as he was at this age so I don't need to offer her a distraction. However, she has picked up quite a few signs even without regular viewing.

She is too cool for this sticker.

  • Her vitamins. She came up anemic after her 1 year blood work was done so she is on a new iron only vitamin. Wow I though the pain killer refusal was bad! I have moved the vitamins to the bathroom and trick her into taking them when she things she is getting her toothbrush. She likes to suck the water off the toothbrush so she opens her mouth for that and in go the vits...So far she doesn't seem to mind this method. At least I haven't gotten vitamins in my eyes yet.
  • Not getting everything Colin has. She wants each and everything Colin has, which is trouble when he has his own vitamins which are still too advanced for a child without molars to handle. This works to our advantage sometimes but more often than not, Meghan eats things that Colin doens't, not the other way around.
  • The stroller cover. I have only had to use it once since we've been back to school, but she seemed to be quite unhappy about it. Not sure if it was just a mood or if it was really the rain cover.. I'll find out I guess the next time it rains.

Button nose.
New and Notable:

  • Sign Sign Sign, Baby Sign! Wow this has exploded this month, let me see if I can even remember all her signs.  Daddy, baby, leaf, tree, more, all done, water, drink, eat, mommy (not consistently), shoes, go, horse, dog, brush teeth... I think that is it. They seem to come in groups rather than one at a time. She uses a few new ones a lot for about a week and then they drop off for a while only to pick up again a few weeks later. 
  • Fork and Spoon. She insists on eating the way everyone else at the table eats. I really only have one fork she can manipulate well (it is more of a spork) so it gets washed twice a day.
  • MOO! We have been working on animal sounds as we play with an animal puzzle. She is very good at mmmmmoo, but that is the only one she is repeating right now. 
  • Body Parts. She is the best at ear, and teeth and pretty good with nose and eye...she seems to be very interested her and my eye lashes all of a sudden so I'm sure she is going to pick up that label soon.

I couldn't choose between these last two shots, so you get a bonus!

Just FYI, it is time to start the Halloween costumes, I'm going to be busy for a bit!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Random Late Summer Photos

I have a bunch of pictures that don't necessarily justify a blog post on their own, so I figured I would throw them all together into one and update you on some of our late summer adventures. These were all taken on or after Meghan's Birthday.
We went to the Bronx Zoo on Meghan's actual birthday with Grandma Mo. They have some new baby giraffes on exhibit this season, so we posed for some pictures, unfortunately the babies aren't in the photos. The green monkey, now named Keke, was a gift from Grandma from the gift shop. Think he likes it?
More pictures with the giraffes. Meghan was sleeping soundly so we didn't include her in the photos.
Colin has had great interactions with the Gorillas in the past and this trip was no different. I wasn't with him because this is a no-stroller area and Meg was sleeping. Sean said after the photo, Colin turned back around and the Gorilla was right up next to the glass in his face. Shortly after the girl next to him pushed him out of the way and Colin got upset..Sean said it wasn't clear if he got spooked by the ape, or if the little girl upset him but heck if I was nose to nose with a gorilla I might start crying too!
Meghan feeding her baby doll. The doll, stroller and bottle were all birthday presents from us. We figured we should get her some girl toys since she was stealing other kids baby doll strollers on the playground.
Now that Colin is in school, I signed Meghan up for MyGym. She is loving it, and poor Colin is super jealous. Once more Meghan is prooving to be much different than her big brother. She still takes a few minutes to warm up to the space but nothing like Colin. She goes to the teachers without much issue and she tolerates "separation time" without the slightest hesitation.
Playing in the sprinkler section of our local park. Meghan loves the water so I knew she would be a wet handful in this park. Her hat was soaking wet by this point.
We went up to visit Sean's brother and his wife at their new place near Cape Cod. We had a great dinner in Plymouth where Meg had her first taste of New England Clam Chowder...She loved it!
One day we went to the beach. The weather was perfect for hanging out, but too cold for swimming. Sean and Chris spotted a pod of common dolphins swimming just offshore as we were leaving. Great day.
The next day we went into Boston and went to the children's museum. The kids loved it, and without our NY Hall of Science membership we all got in free! What a great way to spend the day. This photo was taken right outside, the kids liked the ducks and the "pirate ship".
Listening to Jack and the beanstalk with Uncle Chris. Colin is still talking about this story, but to be honest I had no idea where it came from until Chris told me what they listened too!

Wanted a nice shot of the kids together...NAILED IT, gotta frame this one (sarcasm)... but funny anyway.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Family Resemblance

 My mom is getting pretty good with a scanner so here are Colin and I on our first day of 4 year old preschool.

Friday, September 7, 2012

First Day of School 2012

Colin is going to a new school this year. He attending 2 and 3 year old preschool at the same school but for 4 year old we choose another school, one that also has K-8, and one that Sean's grandfather went to when he was young! We started discussing this move in the middle of last year so he could start getting used to the idea. In typical first day fashion, Colin did very well. He started telling us the night before that he was "worried" about it. I kept up a constant steam of encouragement, telling him it was okay to feel nervous, but that I was confident he was going to love this school and his teacher. His teacher (we learned which teacher he had at orientation the day before the first day) came highly recommended by some neighbors of ours and that carried a lot of weight with Colin. I could see him visibly relax at the mention of both girls upstairs having and liking this teacher. On the morning of his first solo day ( a short, getting to know you day) he was mostly just excited, with only a little talk about being nervous. We took a few pictures inside, outside before heading over (a bit earlier than we needed to leave since Meghan was ready for a nap and I obviously couldn't put her down in her crib so the stroller had to do).
Big Boy! Meghan seems to think we have simply forgotten how to work the front door.
Outside, a very sunny and warm day.

We had some serious backpack drama and won't have the right bag until next week so we had to substitute with a bag of Sean's. We also don't have the right t-shirt yet, he wears a uniform at his new school but the t-shirts in his size having come in yet.

As you can see from this photo he literally ran up the stairs! This school does not allow parents to walk up to the classroom door, so Colin has to walk in the school door on his own and go up to his class room (the teachers wait at the doors). I was pretty nervous this would be an issue since I have always had to, more or less, carry him into his class room and get him settled before I could leave but we prepared him for this process ad nauseum. He was a little weepy when we first "pulled up" to the school but we had to wait about 5 minutes before the doors opened and I was able to distract him with photos and Meghan. He watched a bunch of kids go in before it was his turn and none of them were upset so when it came time for him to go he just followed the rest of them and never looked back. At pick up he was all smiles and excitement, happy to tell me all about his day and some new friends. He continues to discuss how much he likes this teacher and his class.

Hopefully next week goes as well as Day 1. I am so proud of him.