Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
We've started to use the Piggy Bank that Addie received for Christmas. It's a special piggy bank. There are 4 different sections: Save, Spend, Donate and Invest. I explained to her what money in each section could be used for. For example, she could save her money for a new toy, spend it on an ice cream cone, donate it to people who don't have very much money of their own and need it more than we do, or invest it for college (which she knows about, thanks to Blue's Clues). Whenever she chooses a certain section, for example, invest, I'll remind her that once that section is full, we can take it to the "big bank" and put it there until she is older, but that she won't be able to use it for a while.
She currently earns quarters when she follows her bedtime rule. The rule is as follows: once she is bed, she is not to get out. She must stay in bed until her light comes on in the morning. This light is a night light that is set on a timer. Once the light comes on, she is allowed to get out of bed and quietly read her books until someone comes to get her. It's been working great. She has the not-getting-out-of-bed part down and has about a 50% success rate on the latter half of the rule. Sometimes she dresses herself (potentially dangerous), sometimes she brushes her teeth (messy), sometimes she opens and closes her door (occasionally wakes Chase), and today, for example, she went potty (which I can't blame her for!)
She gets really excited to earn her quarter and it's a nice alternative to treats which she used to ask for when she would obey the rule. Plus she is learning the value of money. Or as much as a 3 year old can comprehend, I suppose!
She tends to favor 2 different sections - spend (she really loves ice cream!) and donate. Every time she chooses donate, I remind her that we will be sending that money to someone who lives far away and that the money will no longer be hers. After hearing this, she slowly, yet confidently, drops the quarter into the slot.
I really think she gets it. I'm so proud.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
UPDATE: (2/13) Chase has taken 2 naps a day since this post.
We all do it. We make posts about our kid's sleeping schedules that we think no one else cares about (though I will admit I love reading about other children's sleep patterns/milestones), but we do it, anyway, for our own record keeping. So, here's mine:
I decided to put Chase down for a nap this morning while Addie was at school because 1) he was up at 7am and 2) I needed a nap, myself. He fell asleep in my arms at 9:05am and I had to wake him at 11:15 to get sissy from school. I then put him down at 1:40 for what I was hoping would be an afternoon nap. He fell asleep at 2 and is sleeping as we speak (3:30). Now I'm all confused as to what to do. You would think I'd have this down pat by now.
Driving past a cemetery: "Mommy, how'd those decorations get there? All those rocks?"
Putting her down for a nap: "Mommy, if I dream about the bad man, will you come help me?" (this is the first I've heard of this....oh no!)
Driving to school with Chase next to her, wearing his PJ's:
A: Mommy, Brother Tom used to wear those PJ's. But he didn't wear Chase's. He had his own.
M: Oh really? Does he still wear them?
A: No, he's too big now.
M: Oh? How old is Brother Tom?
A: Ummmm, I think he's about 20.
M: Where does Brother Tom sleep?
A: In my bed. He's soooooo sweet and I hold him.
M: Awww, that's nice.
(good ole' Brother Tom!)
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
24lb. 12oz. (75%) and 31 inches (80%). Dr. B. says Chase is looking great. He got 3 shots and was so caught off guard that he couldn't even outwardly cry. He held it inside the whole time. It was SOOO sad.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
On a whim, we took Addie ice skating today for the first time. She's been asking to go for a couple of months now. We have a rink about 4 minutes from us, but we also have access to an outdoor rink (a.k.a. iced over tennis courts) at the club we belong to and thought we'd try there. So, while the munchkins were napping, Dustin and I called around to the local Once Upon a Child stores and found some size 8/9 skates and helmet. They weren't purple, as she has requested (they were boys, actually), but they did the trick! She had a blast and was pretty good!
Saturday, February 5, 2011
It's hard to believe my little boy is 12 months old. He has really developed such a huge personality. He has stolen all of our hearts and complements our family perfectly. Our sweet Chaser.
Here's a little recap on what the munchkin has been up to lately.
His vocabulary currently consists of: Mama, Dada, Ball, No, and Duh (Done). He can also sign "all done". Well, it's sort of more like hand flailing, but it's definitely intended to mean "all done".
He's a big eater. Each meal takes anywhere from 20-40 minutes as he plows through his food. He loves fruit, especially pears, cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and mandarin oranges (LOVES THESE). He also loves avocado, cheese, meat, salmon, bread, eggs, peanut butter, beans (green and black), crackers, and pasta. We started him on whole milk and he can't get enough. He still takes 3 bottles and I limit them to 7 oz. each. If I didn't, I think he would just keep drinking that milk! He's been doing great on a sippy of water and gets really excited when he sees me filling it up.
He's pretty much down to one nap a day. Every once in a while I'll try him on two naps. He'll always fall asleep for his morning nap and then it's half and half on whether he actually falls asleep for his afternoon nap. He'll stay in his crib for 2+ hours if he doesn't fall asleep, which is nice for me to maintain my "mommy time" as they both nap (or in his case - rest), but I don't think we're going to try for the 2 naps anymore. If I put him down for 1 nap, he'll sleep 2 1/4 - 3 1/2 hours, and though I can tell around 10am that he could easily fall asleep, he gets a second wind and does just fine (a little more needy/clingy) until his 1pm nap.
He goes to bed around 6-6:30pm and sleeps for 13-14 hours.
He wears a size 4 diaper and mostly 18 month or 18-24 month clothes, though he's kind of all over the board with clothes, depending on brand and style. He can still fit into a few GAP 12-18 month onesies, but they're getting difficult to snap. His 12-18 month GAP Jeans are flooding on him but 18-24 month need rolled up. I actually had to put away an 18-24 month Gymboree romper the other day, as well as two size 18 month Carters Rompers.
He wears a size 5 or 5 1/2 shoe. If he were walking, I think the 5 would be best but I went ahead and bought a pair of 5 1/2s recently because I know he'll be grown out of the 5s shortly.
It is extremely difficult and frustrating to change his diapers and clothes. No one likes to do it. Enough said!
He has 8 beautiful pearly whites. His front two teeth may or may not end up gapping due to his oral frenulum but I am actually leaning towards not.
He is starting to sit still for books and especially likes the "touch and feel" ones.
He loves to play peek a boo. He prefers balls and cars/trucks to most other toys. Though, if his sister were a toy, she would be his favorite one. :)
He is standing a lot and starting to walk behind things.
He LOVES kisses. If he is being kissed, he leans into it and seems to take it all in. He also reciprocates with mouth-wide-open, slobbery kisses. He giggles and smiles all the time.
He has a lovey. It's a brown owl, made out of a microfiber material. Over a two week period, I introduced him to several potentials (taggy blankets and other lovies) and this one was the winner. (Congratulations, Emily!) He clings onto it while sleeping (a lot of times he lays on it). The only bad thing is that he sucks on it, so it gets a little stinky. I have been known to wash it daily and sometimes twice a day!!
Friday, February 4, 2011
Chase hates, hates, HATES being on his feet. He pulls up and once he's there, he stays for a long time because he doesn't know how to get down, but getting him to stand is not easy. And walking is even worse. He won't walk holding our hands or behind anything unless he has to (in other words, if the thing he is holding onto starts moving!)
Honestly, I think he mainly lacks confidence. He has pretty good balance and can stand on his own (unknowingly) for 20 seconds. I know he'll go at his own pace and that's completely fine. It has just caught me off guard. Addie was cruising by 10 months and walking on her own at 13 months....and she was a pretty early preemie. Dustin is rumored to have started walking at 8 months :), so I thought, while always taking into consideration his prematurity, Chase would be on the earlier end, too. I was wrong. I'm beginning to think that maybe he's a little too laid back!
This is about the best we've done so far. Poor guy is miserable!
I absolutely LOVE the end of this one when he is saying "no" and shaking his head.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
If Addie had one wish right now it would be to have babies. Really. I wish I knew where this recent obsession originated. She often talks about babies. Sometimes they're her babies. Sometimes they're her sisters and brothers. Regardless of the relationship, they will always come out of her belly. Because that's where babies come from, didn't ya know?!
She stretches and says it's "because I need to get bigger so I can have babies and take care of my brother and sister".
She proclaims she's full at dinner "because my babies are making my tummy too big".
She scoots the dresses in her closet over to one side to "make room for my babies' clothes".
She coddles her baby dolls, dresses them, changes diapers, feeds them, puts them down for naps, tells me I'm being too loud because her babies are sleeping, etc. It's all about the babies!
She is so funny when she talks about them. She tells me she's going to have a lot of babies and names them weird names. She wonders where they will all sleep and tells me I can come over to play with them, but only if I'm very gentle. I really need to get it on video. After a great conversation today, I pulled out my phone and tried to capture some of it. It had mostly ended so I had to probe for more. She's hilarious.
It's clear that my daughter is destined to be a mother, no doubt about it, but do most 3 year old girls talk like this? I'm sure it's just a phase. Before long, she'll be too into her friends and then (MUCH) later on, makeup, fashion, boys (EEEK!) and such to even think about babies.
I'll try to catch more of our chats another time.