Monday, September 9, 2013

Meghan's First day of Preschool!

Ta da! Today was Meghan's very first day of preschool EVER! This little girl could not have been more excited. She has watched her big brother go to school for 2 years and the older she got the more she voiced her opinion that she too wanted to go to school. We gave her a backpack for her birthday and she was absolutely delighted with it and would often put it on and ask if today was the day she would go to school.
She was so excited to have it be her turn for first day of school pictures this morning. She has never been easier to photograph! She kept flashing one great smile after another.
She did have moments of nervousness this week too, which were expected. Every once in a while she would talk about school and say "bye-bye Mommy?" and I would tell her yes, when she goes to school Mommy will say bye-bye but that I will come pick her up at the end of the day. Sometimes she rolled with it, other times she would put her arms around my neck and just need a little extra squeeze time. She just needed a little extra reassurance that everything would be okay.
Showing off her new backpack.
Because of Colin's difficult drop off last week, we decided it would be better for us to split them up this morning so Meghan's day wouldn't be set off in the wrong direction by a nervous Colin. Sean took Colin too school and we intended on him being gone before us, but the inconvienent pooper strikes again and they were delayed so by the time Meg and I got downstairs they hadn't yet driven away on the bike. Meghan was not too pleased that she didn't also get a bike ride, but she quickly got over it.  A few quick outside photos and then off we went.

Our last view of Colin before he went off to school. A big smile for his little sister!

Meghan really wanted me to carry her to school but she accepted that she would have to sit in the stroller since there was no way I was carrying her that far.

I was a bit annoyed when we got to drop off and her teachers were not scheduled to arrive at school until a half hour later. I understand they don't need a full staff that early in the morning, but I fully expected that the first day would be all hands on deck! I stayed with Meg for about 45 minutes to get her settled but I wanted to get out of the way before the rest of the kids came in for drop off. Knowing there would be lots of tears, I thought her transition would go better if I was out the door before she saw other kids crying and clinging to their parents. I gave her a two minute warning that I would be leaving, and then gave her a big hug and kiss and sent her off to play. No tears in sight! Miss Maryanne, Colin's old favorite teacher, was there this morning and took Meghan off to play pushing a big cart full of baby dolls. Here is hoping she has a great day! I fully expect the second and third day to not go quite as well as today did, but we are off to a good start.

Colin's First Day of Kindergarten!

Colin had his first day of kindergarten last week. Afer some long and drawn out drama and decision making we turned out Colin's acceptance to one of NYC's public gifted and talented program in favor of keeping Colin in the same school where he went to preschool. This was a very difficult decision as there were positives and negatives to both schools but in the end it came down to what was the best fit for Colin and the fact that we will have to move in the next few years which means another school change.  Even Colin himself was torn in his own preference. He wanted to stay at his school, but he also liked the idea of taking a school bus.  Here are some photos of his first day!
On the morning of his first day he was very solomn. He never cried or was overly upset, but you could feel that he was battling some nerves about the transition. The day before we attended his orientation so we knew who his teacher was, where his new classroom was, and who would be in his class (many of the students from his PreK classroom were also in his kindergarten class.
The closest I got to a happy expression. Colin is genarlly pretty photogenic but he was really not in the mood to smile for me. In this one I think I was asking him to say something very silly to try to intice a smile.
Nutmeg would have to wait a few more days before her first day but she was all about posing with her backpack on with brubee. Colin is very proud that Meghan will be going to school at his old school and is very excited to be able to come with me to pick her up since she gets done after he does.

One last outdoor backpack shot. Colin really had a hard time saying goodbye to me the first day (which was only a 2 hr day!). In fact, I think it was worse even than his first day of preschool when he didn't know anyone. I failed to anticipate how this clinging and crying nervous tantrum would effect Meghan. She was so upset that we left him crying and acting afraid. I could distract her momentarily but every few minutes she would get upset again. About an hour after dropping him off we went to visit her school in anticipation of her first day and that calmed her down. For his second day, Sean took him so Meghan wouldn't have to see him get upset again right before her first ever drop off at school (more on that later), but he wasn't much better. I anticipate it will take him a week to get back into the swing of things. Poor guy just isn't good at transitions.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Meghan meets baby Kenley

On July 10th my best friend from way back when, had her second child and surprised everyone with a little girl! So now we have a matched pair one boy and one girl! These are pictures of the first time Meghan and I  met baby Kenley. I think it was love at first sight for both of us.

It almost looks like Kenley is smiling in this one. Meghan was so excited to see her she went right up to her and shared her lil peanut doll.
As soon as Kenley came out of the carrier Meghan had to hold her. We set her up on the couch and she was just tickeled. It was hard for me to get a good picture because she didn't want to look away from Kenley.

Giving the baby kisses! Kenley went a long way helping Meghan understand that "boppys" were just for babys. It wasn't long after we met Kenley that Meghan gave it up for good, and often said "Boppys for babys!"

Here they are sharing a secret. I really hope they get grow to be close friends and have lots of fun together.
The closest I got to a smile from Meghan. Throughout the day she would mimic with her babydall the behavior of whoever was holding Kenley.. swaying, patting, rocking. It was precious. Not a hint of of jealously!

Here are the bigs outside eating popsicles. Even big brother Carter had a really great day. Colin and Carter are getting along better and better as they get older and are less shy of each other.  So excited for these kids to grow up knowing each other, even if we don't spend as much time together as I would like.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Meghan is 2 years old!

My baby girl is 2 years old. She is a total love bug right now, except when she's not...but mostly she is. I was talking to my mom about her recently discussing her joyfulness. We both acknowledged that Colin was joyful too but for Meghan it seems different. For Colin, we decided, he found joy in the world and refected it, but for Meghan, she seems to create joy and it just beams from her to everyone around. She loves nothing more than to smile and wave at everyone she passes. She is infectious in her joy and she passes it freely to everyone she meets. We went for a bike ride recently, our bike seats draw attention even in a jaded city like NYC, but with her in it it is even more attention grabbing. She waved and sung the "hello everybody" song from Music Together the entire way home and nearly everyone she passed just lit up and couldn't stop from waving back and saying hello. She effects people, even the cranky old men light up in her presence, it's fun to watch.
This year on her birthday we went to Splish Splash with Sean's extended family so the pictures are from the few minutes before we left and then at the park.
(I just noticed that Colin's two year post was a full month late, so by that standard I'm doing pretty well!)

Height: 34" about th 50%ile ( a full 2 inches shorter than her brother at this age)
Weight: 26lbs about the 40th %ile ( and 2 lbs lighter!)

  • Her backpack. One of her birthday gifts was a backpack. We gave it to her early at her birthday party at my parents in July. She just loves it and is very excited to use it to go to school. She starts next week, fingers crossed that goes well.
  • Baby dolls. Meghan picked up her Aunt Katie's bitty baby the last time we were at Grammy and Poppy's house and has barely put it down since. The timing on this was excellet as we lost her other baby doll on the walk from the car to the apartment the night before. She calls it her "pink baby" since it is wearing pink pajamas. Her other doll is the "purple baby" for the same reason. She loves them and has to take them with us whenever we leave the house.
  • Anything purple. If there is a choice for color meghan wants purple, second choice is pink and third choice is yellow. I found the purple version of her prefered water bottle and heaven help us if it is dirty! As much as I tried not to flood her world with pink and purple it hasn't seemed to matter, she gravites to far the pincesses havn't made an appearance but I'm sure they aren't too far away. 
  • Chasing balls. Meghan can entertain herself for a good 15-20 minutes throwing a ball and then chaseing it down. Colin often tries to throw a ball and catch it himself a few feet in front of himself so I think that is where she learned this game. It comes in handy when Colin is at baseball and she isn't allowed to go inside the gates the play too. 
  • Sadie (the cat). Meghan is not partial to Sadie in favor of Griffin. Oddly Sadie lets Meghan hold her but will leave the room if Colin enters it. Meghan has picked up on Sadies preference of her and returned it in kind. 
  • Rocks. Again I think this comes from Colin, but she likes to pick up rocks and carry them around. Colin has a "rock collection" in a bucket under the kitchen table so he is always picking up rocks, and now she does it too. Mostly she wants to carry them in the carseat..thankfully she doesn't put them in her mouth anymore.
  • "Happy Days". Instead of Happy Birthday, Meghan just says "Happy Day" its really adorable and now everyone in the family says Happy Day. Who doesn't love birthdays!

Trying to show me "two" she can do it but I snapped too early and then she wouldn't do it again.

  • The vacuum. This is actually much better than it was a month or so ago, but its still the thing in her enviorment she obviously has a distaste for.
  • Being cold. Particularly after the bath, Colin never seemed to notice that it was chilly to get out of the bathtub but Meghan does. 
  • Water in her face. Speaking of the bath... I almost didn't write this because she is so much better about it than Colin was at this age but she still spits and sputters if water goes in her face. She will ask for a towel but generally isn't too upset about it.

Loving the water slides!

New and Notable:
  • NO MORE PACIFIER! Boppy made his exit the day before her birthday when she didn't ask for it at bedtime. As you know I was cutting it down lower and lower and she was loosing interest. But when she didn't ask for it I knew we were ready to go cold turkey. The next night we were in the car coming home from long island and she asked for it but I pretended it was at home and she wasn't too upset. The third night was a little harder but we "replaced" it with the baby she brought home from grammy and poppy's telling her that I gave her "boo boo and baby" instead of "boo boo and boppy". I am still surprised that we got out of that so easily. It wasn't totally drama free but there was never a full on tantrum or lost nights sleep over it. So happy its gone before school starts. I'm a little nervous about how she will react to one if a class mate has it but she will be without it for nearly a month before that happens so hopefully it won't be a big deal.
  • Phrases: 
    • "S'wrong" (what's wrong?) generally she says this to Sadie because Sadie "yells" at us a lot when she wants attention. I guess I must say that to her because now Meg gets right in her face and says "S'wrong?"
    • "Coming" Meghan prefers walking to riding in the stoller but is rather slow and meandering when she walks to I spend a lot of time saying "Come on... hurry up... stay with me"... etc. so now her response is "coming"
    • "Wa-ah you Mommy?" (where are you mommy?) When she is looking for me in the house she starts yelling this, its pretty cute.
  • Loud talking. Meghan is quite challenging in church, she simply does not understand how to whisper in church, let alone simply NOT talk. She has been like this for a while and we "solved" the problem by simply not bringing her, opting to send Sean and Colin during her nap, but now that her one nap a day is later in the afternoon, it is more typicall that we go as a family. Both gets snack on raisens in church but man, once they are gone the challenge begins. 
  • Potty Training: Not too much to report her but a couple times a week she will ask to go potty and deliver on her request. She goes about 50% of the time before bath and shows interest in Colin's underware. I'm not ready to try that yet since she starts school soon, but she is progressing at her own pace.
  • Teeth: Her lower 2 yr old molars are starting to show through the gums, making her a cranky beast on occasion. Hopefully the uppers will come though so we can move on from this phase. She has her first dentist appointment next month.

Cookies were the only thing I could come up with that wouldn't become a melty disasster in the car, so she had cupcake cookies for her birthday complete with candles!
 Bonus photos.
Making faces at Grammy. All ready to leave the water park.

My happy girl.