Wednesday, April 9, 2014

ZJ is 2 1/2 years old!

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ZJ is much easier to communicate with now.  She understands everything and can often use complete sentences.  She says lots of funny things because she has a combination of normal 2 year old talk mixed with 4 year old boy talk from emulating everything her brother does.  A few months ago she started answering all "why" questions with "because," then added an "ummmm" and weeks later switched her answer to "I don't know."  She seems to be over this now and is back to answering questions.  She says "nother gain" when she wants something repeated.  She calls strawberries "strawbabies."  She also likes to sing and loves playing her brother's guitar or pretending ANYTHING in a guitar.  She is now quite into TV and gets to watch 2 shows each afternoon with her brother.  Current favorites are Yo Gabba Gabba (she loves to sing "party in my tummy" among other songs from the show) and Dora.

ZJ got very familiar with counting between 1 and 20 but does so randomly and skips around.  I've tried to teach her colors for months but she recently seems to be getting it a bit.  She definitely knows orange and other colors are being identified correctly more often.  She is recently into matching and when she sees two things the same color she yells "it match."  She loves puzzles and reading as opposed to playing with toys.  She does puzzles for 3-5 year olds with a bit of assistance but has some up to 24 pieces that she can do on her own.  She will lay in her or her brother's room flipping through book after book for long periods of time by herself.  She's not into building with duplo but will play a bit with the duplo people sitting them on chairs or in cars.  She seems to like playing with her brother's tiny legos more.  She likes to play outside with her brother and likes to ride her tricycle.  We often ride the length of the block and back.  Inside she will play along with any strange game her brother thinks up but has been hitting and hurting him much more often, even when not provoked.

ZJ is eating great.  She tries everything and likes almost everything I make.  She even likes raw vegetables.  She doesn't nap and has finally gotten used to it, not falling asleep on late afternoon car rides.  She falls asleep nursing at 7 easily and up until a couple weeks ago had still never slept through the night.  She started sleeping through the evening very consistently and then sometimes waking at 10/11ish pm but a few nights sleeping straight to morning.  It seems like she's back to her early morning waking but still waking less than she had been a few months ago.  She is usually up between 6 and 7 am.  She nurses back to sleep at each waking and a few times during the day too.

ZJ stays dry all day long typically and has recently begun taking herself to the bathroom to pee on occasion if she feels the need.  She's gone months without pooping on the toilet, only in diapers but a few weeks back it seemed like we had a break through where she actually pooped on the potty some.  But, we're back to refusing to do so.  It doesn't matter if she's naked or diapered or in underwear, she refuses the toilet.  She'll look me in the eye and agree not to poop on the floor and do just that when I turn around.

ZJ has had 3 colds in the last 3 months.  She had a follow up appointment with her cardiologist in February and everything looked good.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 2014 Pics

Carrots from the garden.
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 English peas from the garden. The kids (and I) fight over these like they're candy.  photo IMG_20140302_130648_324_zps750796bd.jpg

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ZJ does this and calls herself a pirate.  photo IMG_20140307_094903_302_zpsdc667158.jpg

IJ finished his winter soccer season with the 3-4 year olds and started the spring soccer season with 4-5 year olds.
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ZJ and I had a sushi lunch with MP on my birthday. ZJ ate an entire order of avocado rolls among other things.
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The kids, on my birthday, wearing the hats they made and holding the gifts they gave me (socks and oven mitts).
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 IJ wanted to be king for purim this year.
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 IJ and I saw a musical of Frog and Toad with MP for my birthday and enjoyed it.  photo IMG_20140315_124555_305_zps44802298.jpg

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 Celebrating SM's upcoming wedding.  photo 1982080_10100374480944332_1759269437_n_zpsaccfcaff.jpg

IJ adopted a caterpillar found in our lettuce garden.  photo IMG_20140325_185600_892_zps4d711bee.jpg

 My kids are weird.
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 ZJ ate 2 of my homemade spring rolls.
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ZJ loves to help our baby friends.  photo IMG_20140329_103623_408_zps09a84895.jpg

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IJ was accepted into his elementary school's dual language program. One out of the 7 kindergarten classes is dual language (through 5th grade) and there are 11 spots available for English speakers. There are usually about 150 applicants.
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Friday, February 28, 2014

February 2014 Pics

At the nursery to pick out our baby tomato plants.  photo IMG_20140201_090349_131_zps3f10f3e2.jpg

The kids loved this new train installation at a park we've been to a couple times.
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IJ has had a wet and cold winter soccer season.
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This is ZJ's new angry face, but she knows she looks silly and starts laughing when we do.
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Our monthly trip to the Children's Museum.
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New dress up clothes in IJ's class.
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My Valentine's gifts to the kids.
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Spinach from the garden.
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Broccoli from the garden.
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Collard greens from the garden.
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I finally baked with ZJ.  We made muffins.  Amazingly, I avoided any disasters.
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Today was Go Texan Day.
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Saturday, February 1, 2014

January 2014 Pics

Still life with daddy.
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Our monthly visit to the childrens' museum.  photo IMG_20140111_090657_715_zpsc80fe582.jpg

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Pretending to be on the phone.
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She put these dinosaur eggs in her dress and called them her "mama meemees."
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A very rare nap.
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She found a new perch.
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ZJ likes the lettuce straight from the garden.
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Pretending to drink coffee.
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IJ had 2 "snow days" this month.
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This fell from the sky!
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Thursday, January 9, 2014

IJ is 4 1/2 years old!

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IJ is wearing mostly 4t clothes now but still a few 3t and size 9 shoes.

IJ has developed a lot academically since turning 4.  He's now in pre-K Monday through Friday 9-12:45, where they keep him quite busy with crafts, science experiments, books, story telling and lots of playing.  They focus on a new letter of the alphabet each week and a different theme or 2 each month.  Every Friday they have show-and-tell that must relate to the current theme/letter to practice public speaking.  We recently completed a large Kindergarten workbook that he very much enjoyed and he plays a few educational computer games every few days.  He practices his math and spelling at the easel.  He's very good at telling us what letter a word starts with and moved on to figuring out the ending and middle/vowel letters of 3 letter words.  We are still practicing spelling these short words.  He can count syllables in words quite well.  His interest in puzzles increased so I pulled out some I've kept and he's helped me complete several big puzzles up to 200 pieces.  IJ talks nonstop and has started with the endless, typically ridiculous "what if" questions.

IJ got to trick or treat for Halloween for the first time this year.  NJ took him around on our street and then he brought his treats home where the "switch witch" took them and brought a toy in their place.  He got a Lego mini figure and was happy with that.  He then gave out candy to a few kids at our house.

IJ's favorite place to play is outside.  We took the training wheels off IJ's bike a few weeks ago and he did really well.  We credit his balance skills with his balance bike experience at his school playground.  We started off with short rides on our street but he has gone around the neighborhood on 30+ minute rides a couple times now.  He is likes riding his scooter around but gets tired much quicker.  Inside his favorite activities are reading books, playing games, Legos and automoblox.

IJ finished his first soccer season in November and enjoyed it so we signed him up for the winter session which begins this week.  The program he's in meets once a week for 45 minutes of fun skill building games and then a scrimmage.  They meet at the park right by our house so we just walk over each week.

IJ seems to really enjoy playing with his sister now that she understands him and can communicate back.  He also has times when he does not want to be bothered by her.  He teaches her many bad habits which causes lots of problems for all of us.

IJ is now in a forward facing car seat which he is very happy about.  He goes to bed between 7 and 7:30 and sleeps about 12 hours.  He has become very picky about eating dinner and has frequently gone to bed without eating much of anything.

IJ has had 3-4 colds in the last 6 months and one day of extreme fatigue where he probably had a quick virus.