Thursday, November 18, 2010

Highlights

One of the reasons that I blog is to capture some of the things that are happening with the kids. It has been awhile since I really talked about what they've been up t0. Here are some highlights.

Emma
  • She is becoming more and more engaging and active each and every day. Her smiles are the biggest you've ever seen. And her laughter. . . there are no words to describe it, but it is the best sound in this world. If I could bottle the feeling it gives me, I would be a gazillionaire.

  • She rolls over (front to back) like a pro. She still struggles with back to front but has done it a few times.

  • She has started [cue angels singing and rays of heavenly light] napping. In her own bassinet. For more than 20 minutes. Now, she is not on any sort of schedule, but she goes down for a solid 2 - 3 hour nap at some point during the day and will take another 45 minute to an hour nap at some other point.

  • I am still struggling to get her bedtime earlier. No matter what I do, this child will not go and stay down before 9 PM. We'll have a rare night where it's closer to 8 PM and those nights are awesome because it gives me an extra hour to just. . . be. Honestly, however, I can't complain too much because the little darling sleeps all night and usually doesn't wake up until 8:3o or 9:00. I know most moms would kill for that sleep schedule, and really, it's not too bad.

  • She is still in size 1 diapers, but next time I buy diapers, I'll buy size 2. She is wearing mostly 3 month clothes, some 0-3 things, and even some 3 -6 month things. We haven't had her 4 month appointment yet, so I don't know what she weighs, but I am guessing at least 13 pounds.

Will

  • Will was very sick last week. Probably the sickest he has ever been. He just laid on the couch and moaned for an entire day. He didn't eat or drink anything for three days and had a high fever and a rash. One night, I don't think we got more than 20 minutes of sleep because he was so miserable. He is better now, thank goodness.

  • He is such a parrot lately. Seriously, he will just repeat back whatever was just said to him. While it is certainly an entertaining party trick to get your two year old to say "supercalifragalisticexpealadocious," it can be a wee bit frustrating when you ask the two year old if they'd like peas or carrots for dinner and they respond, "Peas and carrots for dinner." Which would be fine, except for when you serve him peas and carrots and then he whines for brocoli, which I would have happily made for him if he only would have expressed that was what we wanted.

  • He has become my little helper in the past few weeks. If I ask him to get something for me that I've dropped or that is in the next room, he happily obliges. This is a very handy new ability, especially when I am breastfeeding.

  • He is having problems with learning his colors. He can name shapes, numbers, and even some letters, but colors stump him. He thinks everything is orange. My dad is color blind, so the thought has crossed my mind that he could possibly be as well. We have done lots of creative things to help him with colors, but nothing seems to be sticking.
  • Probably one of my favorite things about Will lately is that he is starting to develop empathy. I got a paper cut the other day and said, "Ouch!" He responded with a very concerned, "Are you okay, Mommy?" He also offered to "kiss it make it better" for me.
So, that's what's happening with the kiddos lately. What's happening with you?

7 comments:

It is what it is said...

I just wanted to chime in re: colors. I thought the same thing, that my son might be color blind, because not only, at first, was everything the same color, but once he learned the other names of primary colors, he would say that blue things were red and red things were green and vice versa. We didn't stress over it and now at 3 1/2 he knows his colors (in English AND Spanish!). I think the colors take a bit to sort out.

Ms. J said...

LP use to mess up things like red & green, or black & white though she clearly wasn't colorblind. My suggestion...say things like "is it the color of a stop light or a go light?" For orange/yellow..."is it the color of a pumpkin or the sun (or corn)?" and so on. Sometimes the words are hard but associating w/other colors & concepts is more tangible.

Peanut didn't start sleeping through the nite til 6 months. My husband (who always got up w/her) would probably b*tch-slap you if I told him what Emma is doing.

HereWeGoAJen said...

I know lots of other little kids at the same age that have trouble with the colors.

Elizabeth wouldn't go to sleep until late at that age too. I think she may have been even later though, like ten? I don't exactly remember though.

We are getting the empathy too and it is SO SWEET. Elizabeth accidentally dropped her blocks on the dog's back today and she ran off to get him an ice pack from the freezer. She does that for me too.

Rachel said...

I think that colors are a bit abstract for that age. One idea is to cut up some pieces of construction paper and then see if he can group them by color (this is an easy exercise because you can show him exactly what to do, then shuffle the pieces and let him try).

I know the fusspot is a bit behind on language, but she also only has one color at the moment ('ellow).

A New Beginning said...

Our little girl does the same thing when you give her a choice between two things.

Do you want a bar or cereal? SHe says, bar and cereal. Ugh. No honey, one or the other.

Roadblocks and Roller Coasters said...

They both sound precious! Glad Will is doing better. L had the same issue with blue and green--she would always confuse them, but it's gotten better. And let's not even talk about sleep as my 8 month old refuses to STTN. Sigh...I can't believe Emma is 4 months! That's just crazy. ((hugs))

Shelley said...

I have lurked here since before Will was born and really enjoy your writing. I am coming out of lurkdom to tell you that my dad was colorblind and so are all three of my sons. Colorblindness is a sex-linked characteristic and I passed it on without having it myself.

Having said that though other commenters are right, it is early days yet with Will. The color grouping suggestion is a good one and may help you tell one way or another.

All my boys have managed quite well, although my oldest was rejected for Navy SEAL training because of it. (Whew!)

You are doing a great job with your little ones. Cherish the time with them, it truly does fly by.

Shelley, an Old Mom