Thursday, March 28, 2013

Meghan is 19 months

I'm late. Again. Lets not dwell on the negative. The pictures were on time. I almost didn't take them because her hair was in quite a state but I decided it was accurate for her at this age so I went with it. I feel like I got hit in the face with 18 months, her new favorite word is "no". Colin never really went through a "no" phase so this is all new for us. She definitely knows her mind, if she is tired she wants to go down for a nap she says "hand" and takes my hand and pulls me into her room where she grabs onto the crib and says "up".  She skips books at nap time most days simply because she has no patience. Oh, and if you say no to her, you better mean it, because she will fight you for it.

She had a doctors appointment about a week before her 19th monthiversary so these are her current stats.
Height: 33 inches (82nd %ile)
Weight: 23lbs 6oz (34th %ile)
Head Circumference: 18.1 inches (31st %ile)

Sleeping:
Pretty much the same as it has been. She goes down around 7:30 and gets up around 6:30.  Naps are 2ish hours from about 11-1. I can't claim we did everything right with these kids but one place we definitely got right was getting them in bed by 7:30 every night. It allows for a few hours of personal time before we need hit the hay and it really is essential to my personal well being.



Weaning: Done and done. End of story. She stopped completely for good on March 7th. I had a PTA meeting that took me away at bedtime, and the next night I went to the gym and then both Saturday and Sunday we were traveling so she went to sleep in the car. I can't say she never looked back, she defiantly took a good two weeks to stop asking but she never got too upset when I said no. It was time, no regrets.

attitude!
Likes:
  • Brubee (aka Colin). All of a sudden this month she has taken a liking to Colin. They are playing together now more and more and making up these little games and giggling like maniacs. The other night in the tub they both had pitchers and Meg was pouring her water into Colins pitcher, except that Colin would quick dump his pitcher before Megs water would get into it.. I left them in the tub longer than I should have because they were having such a great time with each other I didn't want it to end. 
  • The cats. Her word for "kitty" sounds more like "baby" but thankfully she still signs cat when she says it so we know what she is talking about. Both cats seem to enjoy or at least tolerate her affections.
  • Rosie and the Paci. She seems to get getting more and more attached to these items. She will now pull them out of the crib and walk around the house with them when she is cranky. I thought I would pull the paci at 18 months but want to wait until she is done at the babysitter so maybe in May. My current plan is to poke holes in them so they loose suction but she still physically has them and just tell her they are broken. We'll see how that goes... I hope it allows her to "reject" them, rather than have her feel like we are keeping them from her. 
  • Brushing her teeth. She brushes her teeth probably 4 times a day, sometimes with toothpaste sometimes without. But this is usually how I get her hair done. She basically stands in the same spot long enough to get something accomplished
  • Braids. For one reason or another she really likes when I put a braid in her hair (basically on the top of her head to keep her "bangs" back), I think she likes to pick it up and look at it in the mirror.
  • Lollipops. aka "bee-bop" thank you barber, and pediatrician and big brother our little lady is a big fan of the bee-bop and will request one at the oddest times (bathtime, 7am, playing on the playgroud). Fortunately this is one "no" she takes pretty well. 
Happy girl with crazy hair.
Dislikes:

  • Bibs. nothing new hear. I give up.
  • Sitting in her own chair for anything other than dinner. I don't get this one. She climbs in at dinner time without an issue but for breakfast or lunch she will loose her mind about 60% of the time if you try to put her in her chair. I guess she figures if other chairs are open they are for her. She rarely falls from a chair (unlike her big brother who falls daily) so I tend to go with it. Like I said, don't say no unless you mean it because you are going to have to fight for it.
  • Being left. She is doing better but she still gets upset when she realizes we are at the babysitters door.

New and Notable:
  • More and more verbal every day. I have a working theory that words and weaning go hand in hand. It seems like she is saying a new word every day. Today it was "seven".  
  • Numbers and Letters. She can't say all of them but she seems to be able to identify quite a few if you ask her to point to them. She can say and identify, L, M, O, B, E, I, Y and Z for sure as well as 1, 2 and 5. 
  • Colors. She can say blue, yellow and purple, but also can point to green, red and orange.
  • Potty has slowed. She seems less interested and does not "deliver" quite as often these days.  We will stick with it at bath time and let her progress on her own for a while. 

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Colin is 4.5 years old.

Better late than never right? None of these photos were taken on his actually 4.5 year birthiversary, but they are close. These are all photos where I was just playing with my new camera and Colin was in the mood to play along. For the most part he will humor me, but I usually only have about a 15 minute window, and about 75% of that time is him being silly but I'll take what I can get. So what is my eldest up to these days?

Updated to add
Height:43.5 inches (81st %ile)
Weight: 41 lbs (61st %ile)

Sleeping: Colin still goes to bed around 7:30 and wakes up around 7:00 am. He is pretty much done with naps, but I will still try to make him rest quietly in his room one or two days a week. He just gets weepy and I know he needs a break. He hasn't actually fallen asleep in the last two weeks, but he does lay quietly for an hour so that is good enough. He only uses the bathroom in the middle of the night about once a month, and usually because we had a disrupted schedule.

Likes:

  • School. Loves it, he loves it. It makes me so happy, and so proud of him. He is doing so so well and he really loves it. He generally asks "Can I do my homework now?" or "When do I get to do my homework". I hope this holds up forever, but I'll take it as long as I can.  And yes, he has homework everyday in preschool. 
  • Sports. He will start instructional baseball in April and couldn't be more excited. We need to give him an outlet because our downstairs neighbors are surely loosing their patience with all the running and jumping. We try our best to contain him but he is really like a caged animal most evenings. 
  • TV. Colin gets less than 90 minutes of TV time a day. It is something he will work for, when we start to have behavior issues. Right now he is challenging in the morning. It should take 5-10 minutes to get him to go to the bathroom, brush his teeth and put on his shoes, it actually takes him closer to 20 with constant reminders about what he should be doing. It is maddening. So now I make him "earn" his TV time by getting ready appropriately. Its only been a few days but so far so good.
  • Snacks. Sean has instituted a no snack rule from about 3:00pm on because Colin was filling up on snacks and wasn't eating dinner. It is helping but none of us are happy about it. If Colin can't snack, neither can Meghan or I. 
Dislikes
  • Meat. Still a vegetarian... I don't see this going away anytime soon..
  • Not having socks on. Tell Colin to take off his socks and he immediately asks for his next pair. The boy hates bare feet. 
  • Having his nails cut, toes in particular. He is very nervous about his feet, I have no idea why!

New and Notable:

  • A new development that I am loving is Colin is starting to demonstrate a generous spirit. We were at a parade this weekend and Colin loved all the free stuff that was tossed his way. In addition to  going up to the people to get things that were being handed instead of tossed, something he would never have done a year ago, he was also getting things for the other kids too. At one point he collected two sets of mardi gras beads, he handed one to his cousin Haylee, and one to Meg, after getting a third a moment later and gave it to his cousin Ellis, keeping none of them for himself. My heart almost burst I was so proud of him. He often will break off a piece of what he is eating and hand it to Meghan, and not just stuff he doesn't like. I love this new side of him, and I am reinforcing the hell out of it!
  • Negative talk. "then I'm not going to be your friend", "then I'm never playing with that again". etc. This one isn't my favorite but it is par for the course as he learns how to navigate the world of school. He has gotten his feelings hurt a few times by kids at school so when he starts to say things that are mean I try to remind him of how it made him feel. I am toying with the idea of making up some family rules, or a mission statement or something, and I think the number one "rule" will be to be kind. Teaching him his letters, was easier than teaching him how to be kind.
  • Current cute phrases: "Until a long time" he means "in a long time" as in "I haven't seen Grandpa until a long time!"  Also, he still uses the term "mines" instead of "mine". 
  • We are still working on correcting his "th" sounds after having his tongue fixed, but he does pretty well, so it isn't anything to worry about just yet.