- Know what makes me feel old? Having a kid that punctuates the end of every sentence with "dude". Wasn't it just yesterday that I was celebrating his first babbles? And now he's talking like a 14-year old skater boy. I have to admit, it makes me smile every time he says it though, because I know he picked it up from one of his older cousins, and I love the way he admires them.
- The switch to the toddler bed has made the past month-ish interesting. Overall, she's done well (with the exception of a rough first week). She still has her off nights every once in a while, but mostly, she stays in her bed. Nap time has become entertaining though. Most days, she chatters and plays for a good 30 minutes after I put her in her room. When I go to check on her after she falls asleep, I often find her like this:
Who doesn't sleep with a carton of milk and a microwave?! For the record, when she woke up, I also found pretend broccoli, waffles, and cookies under her.
- Macey had her two year check-up a few days ago. It was smooth sailing with the exception of (surprise, surprise!) her weight. She is in the 61st percentile for height and only the 2nd percentile for weight. Camden has always been a skinny kid too, but he has never fallen below the 5th percentile for weight, and usually hovers around the 10th percentile. The pediatrician wasn't overly concerned (he is aware that Matt is 6'2" and 155 pounds soaking wet), but he does want me to keep her on a high fat diet indefinitely. Right now, she weighs just under 22 pounds; the goal is to have her at 23 pounds in 6 months. I know one day she will be thankful for her lightning fast metabolism!
Admiring fish at the doctor's office. There's nothing like a happy child at the pediatrician to make you feel guilty about the upcoming shots.
My skinny little trooper.
- I was looking at classes to register for next semester and realized that, after I complete my class next semester, I only have 3 classes left before student teaching! This doesn't change my timeline (meaning, I will still go back to work when Macey starts kindergarten), but it does give me a light at the end of a tunnel that I've been slowly trudging through for the past decade! And I'm very thankful that there's another degree and a licensure waiting for me at the end of this tunnel.
- I haven't forgotten about my home preschool series. I kind of debated whether or not I was going to continue working with the boys while they were in "real" school. It seemed a bit redundant, as my main focus was the alphabet and I knew they would be covering that in preschool this year. Plus, with baseball starting, the boys are busy, and I didn't want to pile too much on their plates. So, I have been working here and there with Camden, but I'm not doing any formal lessons again until (most likely) next summer, which will be right before they start kindergarten. I am still doing a little bit of alphabet work with Camden, but I'm also focusing on some kindergarten readiness stuff, which I will be sharing here and there. I'll likely continue my home preschool series next summer.
Some of the activities we've been focusing on lately: math (understanding the values that numbers represent), sorting (by shape, color, size, animal type, etc.), and patterns. We've also started to work on some sequencing.