Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Mary Poppins!

Every year since Colin was born, I have looked longingly at the Kids Night on Broadway ads and wanted to take Colin. This year was the first year I knew he would be able to sit through the whole performance. He went to "If you give a cat a cupcake" when we were in Chicago (he was just past 3) and he loved it and wasn't the least bit antsy. Then we took him to his first movie in the theater and Christmas time and he wanted to watch the credits so he was ready. Meghan however was another story. Since it was kids night on Broadway, each child's ticket is free with the purchase of an adult ticket, but in reality the tickets are half price and you have to get an even number. So we could either just take Colin and one parent, or we took both kids. Neither Sean and I were willing to sit out Colin's first Broadway show, so we just decided to go all in, figuring if Meghan got really fussy we would just alternate taking her out. I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous about it. After some discussion we ended up driving and parking in a garage. (Side note: I used, Parkingwhiz.com for the first time and it was really great, it showed us all the nearby garages and rates and let us prepay and reserve our space, turns out we got a pretty awesome deal, only paying $15 for 4 hrs when the garage listed it as $20 for two hours, even the parking attendant seemed annoyed by the deal!)


As we arrived at the theater this was the sign outside. I expected there to be more photo ops inside but there weren't. 

Before we left I tried to get some cute shots of the kids dressed up, but they weren't in the mood. Meghan wouldn't get anywhere near the couch so I asked her to give Colin a hug, and the girl practically ran over to comply. 

This was the next shot. The outfits were Christmas presents from my mom. I realized that morning that I didn't have any shoes for Nutmeg so I swung by Payless on the way to pick up Colin from school...and bought the two of us matching gold sparkly shoes.. They were fun.
Seated before the performance. We had a seat for Meg but she just sat/stood/ laid/danced on my lap the whole time. She was mostly perfect for the first act. She got pretty restless for Act II, but thankfully it was rather short. She really liked to say "bye bye" when people left the stage, and tell us when the "mama" was on stage, or point out all the "purple" in the costumes or scenery. Thankfully the people in front of us were grandparents there with their grandchildren and didn't seem overly annoyed by her outbursts.  They actually said they were surprised how well she did (which means they were probably annoyed when the realized there was a baby behind them). There was a really huge dance scene called "Step  in Time" and Meg just went to town trying to dance on my lap. There was also a scene where the kitchen basically falls apart, we could not stop her from saying "uh-oh" over and over and over again..I found it kind of amusing but I'm pretty sure Sean was horrified.
Colin was so excited to go to the show, however he was a wee bit frightened by a few scenes which has soured it a little for him. I'm pretty sure Mary Poppins flying over the theater and literally right up to us (we were sitting in the mezz on the right side) was the highlight of his night. The look on his face was worth every penny we spent. He was awestruck. 

This was a great experience for us, but at the same time, I'm not sure we will be repeating this adventure anytime soon! Way too stressful, but seriously awesome for a one of a kind family experience  In terms of the show, it wasn't my favorite, it had some great moments but there were some pretty slow sections too, made all the more painful by the stress about keeping the kids into it. 

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Meghan is 18 months old!

Hello, one and a half year old! Woa Nelly, not much baby left in my baby these days, she is a fiercely independent toddler with a solid temper but a very sweet, snugly core. And boy does this girl love her Daddy. We learned this month that her affections for her father spill over onto his brother big time. Uncle Chris was a fast favorite, preferring him to ME while he was here.  These pictures were taking on my NEW camera, in the anti-flash mode (so they might have a touch of blur since the light was going in and out of clouds outside). I'm still playing with it but I am in love...If you are curious it is a Canon Rebel T4i. I have a bunch of new pictures to post so you'll see the results pretty quickly.
Standing tall at 18 months! She is wearing a size 18 months here but it is a little tight.  

Sleeping: Pretty good this month, aside from the two weeks she insisted 4:15 was morning. We absolutely do not remove her from the crib until 5:45, but we don't let her scream her head off either. Mostly she goes in and out of sleep so we have to keep going back in to tell her it isn't morning. This past week she seems to have clued into the 5:45 time slot and has hit it on the head the last few mornings... maybe now I can push it back a bit, but Sean generally gets up around 6:00 for work so it would be difficult to convince her she can't get up when he is walking around. Napping is more or less the same sleeping 2-3 hrs starting between 10 and 11. 

Weaning: She is down to nursing twice a day, at wake up and bedtime. If we weren't going out of town this weekend she would loose am then, we'll probably wait until next weekend and I suspect the pm feeding will fall shortly thereafter.
I love her face!
Likes:

  • Daddy. She is consistent what can I say.
  • Baby Signing Time and Signing Time. She has really started to ask in for particular DVD's now instead of being content with whatever I put on. She likes a few of the regular signing times, although some don't have enough songs to hold her attention very well. However, she picks up the signs at light speed. She can get about 50% of the new signs in the first viewing.
  • Dumping toys. Ugh, Colin went through this stage too if memory serves, but at the time we only had one basket of toys, now we have 8! She particularly likes to dump the basket full of train tracks! She is actually pretty good at building her own track but there are just SO many pieces it is a pain to pick them all up, particularly for the fourth time that day. I've actually pulled out some of the non-matching sets and put them away so 1.) there are fewer pieces and 2.) she doesn't get frustrated when pieces don't fit together. Trying to convince her not to dump toys is fruitless. 
  • Food. She has really gotten a lot better at eating as she nurses less (doesn't take a genius there!). She isn't very good at sitting for long periods still but she will go to town on her dinner and put away quite a bit of food in less than 5 minutes. She is also willing to try just about anything right now which is pretty awesome. 

Dislikes:

  • Bibs. She pulls them off. end of story. very annoying.
  • Having Mommy take her away from Uncle Chris. Sorry kid, I'm the Mama. 
  • Being left. We are transitioning her back to the babysitter because I am teaching this semester  I also tried to leave her at the gym child care. She wasn't a fan. It is a work in progress.
New and Notable:
  • Words. Shes starting to progress here in a big way. The following are new words this month. No, Brubee (brother), pee pee, baby, ouch, up, me, E-I-E-I-O. Oh and she put the B in bye this month too (as opposed to aye). She attempts Grandma and Grandpa but they sound more like Mama and Papa. 
  • Speaking of grandparents, I made her a photo book for Valentines Day with our family and friends and she loves looking at it! She correctly identifies  "Sisty" (Aunt Sisty, my sister) and "JJ"  verbally  (and mommy and dada) and will sign for her Grandparents, but will only use words when pushed. She will repeat Gigi and Papa but hasn't yet pointed them out on her own, and oddly she occasionally calls Colin "Dada"... 
  • Letters and Colors. She isn't at full comprehension yet but she knows what letters are and will try to identify them. She knows B, M and E but will also use "E" for just about anything she doesn't know (but only other letters). She knows yellow and blue for sure, since she says them outright. She may know others but I haven't quizzed her recently, I'll have to work on that. 
  • Putting on her own shoes. This is not a positive development in my opinon. She has a few pairs of shoes she can put on by herself (after a 10 minute struggle during which if you attempt to help her she screams, takes the shoes and walks to another part of the house). However, there are other pairs she can not get on but thinks she should be able to so she tries very hard. When we are trying to get out the door on schedule this is extremely frustrating for all of us.
  • Potty success. She has now added pooping on the potty to her accomplishments. She made up her own sign to tell me when she has to poop and once has used it before pooping but we didn't get her there quite fast enough so she had already started. The second time we nailed it but its been a few days without a repeat performance so she might be unimpressed with that situation. She is doing very well peeing on the potty but we aren't really anywhere near underwear ready. Although I may have to switch to pull ups for convenience sake. She will indicate she has to go probably 5 times a day, sometimes out of no where, and sometimes simply because someone else is on the potty. She delivers almost every time so we are continuing to follow her lead. 
  • Temper temper. I told her she couldn't get out the do-a-dot markers this afternoon and she literally threw herself on the ground, rolled to her back and started flailing her arms and legs all while screaming and growling. I ignored her. She has started screaming a lot this month when she doesn't get her way and it is not my favorite trait. We tried time-out once after some particularly naughty behavior, but honestly I needed it more than it was useful to her as a teaching tool, so we will probably not really start that now. I can promise you her reaction to it was a lot louder and more violent than Colin's shocked and silent compliance.  
  • Teeth: her lower right canine broke the surface first, followed shortly thereafter by the lower left. Now the top two are showing through the gums as tiny dots. Mostly she hasn't been too terribly bothered, I think I've probably only had to give her pain killers a couple times in the middle of the night, but gosh, nothing like Colin's total misery for months on end. No signs of 2yr molars yet.



Monday, February 4, 2013

Fun Family Friday

Uncle JJ came into town this weekend so Sean took a day off and we took the kids to a local bounce house place called BounceU. We were thinking about going bowling but $14 per person (including Meg), it paled compared to paying $14 for Colin and nothing for anyone else! And honestly the place was pretty empty so it was a ton of fun.  Here are some pictures. Colin has been there for a birthday party one other time and loved it. Today was Meghan's first trip and she LOVED it as well.

Very excited to be at BounceU.
Meghan loved the slide! I have a ton of pics of her coming down the slides, and sometimes the adults are funnier than the children.
Watching Meghan jumping and bounce was hysterical! She can barely jump on solid ground but on the trampoline like surface she was jumping like crazy and finding it very amusing. Colin was even getting a kick out of her.


Colin shot baskets for a good ten minutes and never once made a basket (the basket was way too high for him), but he kept trying, and looked adorable doing it. 

Having fun with Daddy on the slide.
So happy! I honestly haven't seen her this excited ever! She is normally pretty mild mannered and low key.
Colin had a great time sliding too.

Even Uncle JJ got in on the action. It was a workout getting up that slide with Meg so we were pretty happy to be able to rotate so she could go as many times as she wanted.








Colin was very good the whole time, he followed the rules and listened to the coordinators. Even in the face of another child who seemed to think the rules didn't apply to him. I was very proud of his behavior.








There are a lot of pictures of her excited like this. I just love them. I had a hard time picking them!










Um guys? NO sitting! the bouncing is this-a-way.

Hey, stop chatting! I'm down here!