Daily Lessons, Language, Math, Parenting

21 Months and his own little person

As Mr. 1 grows into his own personality, it is becoming more and more obvious how different these children are from each other. The differences always surprise me because until recently, Mr. 1 could have been a visual clone of Mr. 3. He is slowly starting to look different from when his brother was this small.

Mr. 1 is obsessed with colors, and continually makes a game of bringing me a toy and telling me what color it is. And if he doesn’t know the color he just says “ah” and thrusts the toy at me repeatedly until I tell him what it is.

He already knows and says, “Gween” (green), “Wa-hite” (white), “Purplepurplepurple” (purple), “Blooo!” (blue), “Orang” (Orange). He still has a little trouble with Red, Yellow, and Black, but I have no doubt he will learn them soon.

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What I remember most about this stage for Mr. 3 was an intense love of puzzles, and playing with Mega Blocks for hours. On the contrary, Mr. 1 likes (not loves) puzzles, and spends most of his time with construction trucks or cars. Mr. 1 can also catch a ball tossed softly to his chest. (Some of his recent words include “Beach Ball” and “Football”).

Mr. 3 still hasn’t quite got the hang of the catching skill, but boy can he throw.

Mr. 1 has a 70% success rate with jumping, and can dribble a soccer ball about as well as his big brother. I think he just might be an athlete.

At this age both boys love(d) reading, and Mr. 3 still loves reading at 3 so I don’t expect that to change anytime soon.

Mr. 3 is currently in another puzzle phase, and is also interested in shapes and numbers. At lunch the other day he arranged all of his apple slices around his plate and told me he had made an Octagon. I counted nine slices so I told him that is a nonagon. Then we talked about different polygons and their names for a while. He liked asking our friend Alexa (Amazon Echo) for definitions of the different polygons.

We’ve also been keeping busy with different art projects. We did some chalk coloring on a broken cardboard box. I also bought a large bag of Christmas stickers at Hobby Lobby for $3, and we worked on making some holiday cards.

 

And finally, an update on the mystery guest in my belly:

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At 16 weeks I have felt movement a few times, but nothing consistent. I am excited about this stage of the pregnancy, because it is finally starting to feel like a little person in there.

 

 

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Parenting

Time for a bath!

My 3 year old hasn’t had a bath in about a month, and the 1 year old hasn’t had a bath in at least two months. I honestly can’t remember the last time they bathed. 

My 3 year old’s reason is sheer obstinancy, but the little guy is just plain scared. The last few times he had been in the tub, he slipped and slid around a bit. We have a bumpy bath mat, but it doesn’t seem to help him much. In fact, last time I cleaned the tub, the mat itself slid from under his feet.

Today we finished dinner early. We had bratwurst, corn, and peas. Miracle of miracles, both boys cleared their plates and ate an additional mini blueberry bagel. 

We read some books on the couch, and Mr. 3 started breathing funny. I asked him what was wrong, and he said he was sleepy but wanted to read 2 more books. It was only 6:45! I read the stories and decided it was now or never to take a bath.

I have never taken a bath with the boys before but I decided it was worth a try. I filled the tub with a few inches of water and put on a bathing suit. I got into the tub and realized I hadn’t taken the little one’s clothes off. 

It’s a good thing my husband is there to pick up my slack.

The three year old starts tearing off his clothes and shouts, “I want to take a bath, too!”

 We then spend the next 30 minutes drawing with bath crayons. Mr.1 sat on my lap the whole time with barely his butt and feet in the water. He was starting to get more comfortable near the end as he would stretch out to put the crayons on the soap dish. 

I even managed to rub Mr. 1 with a soapy washcloth. Mr. 3 insisted on washing himself. 

My husband came when I called and dried Mr.1 and put him in fresh pajamas. Mr. 3 wanted to keep playing a little while.

This worked out well. Unfortunately, it was very uncomfortable for my knees. See you in two months, bathtub! 

Conversations, Parenting

Conversation with the Kids #2

2017-10-30_11-56-38_119Mr. 1 brings me a blue block and says, “BOO!” (Blue)

I jump up and down in excitement and clap my hands because I had NO idea he could identify colors so well.

He goes back and forth with the blue block and tells me its blue several times.

Then he grabs a red block and brings it to me. He says, “ELMO!!”

Slighly less excited, I reply, “Yes, it’s RED like Elmo.”

Mr. 1 responds: “ELMO ELMO”


Me: I need a cup of tea, I am so tired! And, I have to blow my nose.

Mr. 3: You can’t drink tea if you have nipples(?).

Me: I’m pretty sure you can drink tea if you have nipples. Everyone has nipples.

Mr. 3: Not nipples, nipples! *points to nose*

Me: OHHH, Sniffles!!! I think a nice hot drink like tea is especially good when you are sick, it helps relax the sore throat and clear the sinuses. So yes, you CAN drink tea when you have sniffles. Thank you for pointing to your nose to help me understand what you meant!


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Daddy: Do you want to watch on the TV or the Kindle?

Mr. 3: I want to watch on the Kindle.

Daddy: Okay. Go get it.

Mr. 3: I can’t find it.

Daddy: Where did you look?

Mr. 3: I didn’t look.

 

Parenting

Mr. 1’s adventures in the night

Halloween is a spooky time of year, but it doesn’t take much to scare a child. He was probably just dreaming that mommy was too lazy to go to the grocery store again and that we were STILL out of milk and bananas. Horrifying, but possible.

(Thank goodness to wonderful husbands who can stop at the store on their way home from work!)

Whatever he was dreaming about, Mr. 1 woke up shortly after 10 pm crying. It was not an intermittent “Gee, I’m having a little trouble going back to sleep.” cry. It was a loud and continuous “I’m scared and alone!!” cry.

This is the first “nightmare” that Mr. 1 has had. Mr. 3 used to get them every once in a while at this age too.

I went into the room and picked him up. I patted him on the back and talked to him in a quiet soothing voice, hoping that we wouldn’t wake up his brother in the process. Mr. 1 hiccupped and kept saying “da da da” but gave no indication of the meaning of these noises. When he saw the cat slink by he started whispering “meow” and seemed to feel better. So I sang him twinkle twinkle and he leaned toward his crib. He laid down quietly and I left and shut the door.

Wonderful!

Except less than 2 minutes later he started crying again! I sent Daddy in there to try his hand at calming the poor child, but he started crying again as soon as Daddy closed the door.

What should we do? Should we let him cry it out and settle himself to sleep? What if he wakes his brother? We waited 2 minutes to see what would happen, but although the crying would slow it would not stop.

I decided my poor little baby needed something else. I brought him some water, which he didn’t want. I picked him up and took him out of the room. I fed him a leftover piece of the granola bar I had been eating, and offered him the water again. He seemed calm and relaxed now so I offered to take him back to bed. He pointed at mommy and daddy’s bed.

I threatened him, “Okay… you can sleep with us BUT you have to stay put. No wiggling and trying to escape. IF you leave the bed you go back to your crib.” (This was the first time he will have tried to sleep in an open bed, and also the first time to sleep with Mommy and Daddy.)

He seemed to agree and I put him down on the bed. He immediately clambered up onto my pillow and took up 97% of it, and he only left me about a foot and a half of bed to sleep on. But he was laying still and trying to sleep.

He managed to stay in bed for about 4 hours when I heard a groan and found him crawling over Daddy’s head and trying to escape.

I brought him to his crib and he didn’t complain, and slept the rest of the night normally. Mr. 3 never woke up enough to complain.

 

About, Conversations, Parenting

Conversations with the Kids

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Mr. 3: My poop is flat!

Me: I wonder how that happened?

Mr. 3: Maybe there aren’t enough nutrients?

Me: Maybe… how do we get more nutrients?

Mr. 3: Yogurt? Yeah! I REALLY want some yogurt!


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Me: Twinkle twinkle little start…

Mr. 1: NOOO!

Me: Abcdef…

Mr. 1: NOOOOO!

Me: The stars at night, are big and bright!

Mr. 1: NOOO!

Me: Do you want me to stop singing?

Mr. 1: No!

Me: Do you like saying no?

Mr. 1: No?

Me: Do you like saying yes?

Mr. 1: *nods head emphatically*


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Me: Happy 11 week birthday!

Fetus: …

Me: We are supposed to start feeling better now!

Fetus: …

Me: Alright! Let’s have a good day! Go Team!

Fetus: …

 

Parenting

My 3 Year Old stopped napping!

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Mr. 3 has stopped napping. This is a recent development, and the transition has actually been pretty smooth. He lasted 3.5 years and for that I am so grateful! I am grateful, also, for his ability to play mostly independently while I nap.

I’m not giving up MY nap just because Mr. 3 has given up his.

I lay the 18 month old down around 12:30 and I ask Mr. 3 if he needs anything else before I lay down. Usually he just asks for his milk. Then I go lay down and try to sleep.

Sometimes he wakes me up for a good reason, usually because he has to poop.

Sometimes he wakes me up for not such a good reason, “are you awake?,” or  “can you take apart these train pieces”.

For the most part he just plays with his train set and, or his magnet tiles and patiently waits for me to wake up.

How does your family handle nap time? 

 

About, Parenting

First Trimester Tips

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(I don’t know what that second circle is, but the doctor assured me I’m only have one baby. Thank goodness!)

The first three months of pregnancy are probably the most difficult to get through. When asked, I describe myself as “miserable”. The truth is, though, that I could be feeling a lot worse! I have to remember that I am not throwing up, and I can still eat most foods as long as they are fresh. (For some reason, leftovers make me really queasy.)

Here are some tips that I have found to ease my suffering. Hopefully they work for you, too!

  1. Sea Bands – These armbands work great for motion sickness, AND they work for morning sickness too. I used these on all the cruises I’ve been on (especially when pregnant/breast feeding and unable to take Dramamine). I have gone from laying on the couch and bemoaning my misery to being able to play on the floor with the kids again. At least part of the time. It honestly does make a difference, even if it’s just in my head.
  2. Eat frequent, small, and healthy(ish) snacks. Use those few moments you feel okay to slice an apple, cucumber, or similar fruit to have ready. That way as soon as you start feeling icky you can eat a few slices and feel better. I never let me stomach get empty because that is when I feel most like vomiting.
  3. I keep a breakfast bar and bottle of water by the bed so I can have a bite before I get up in the morning.
  4. Take naps whenever you can. Insist on having some “mommy” time, even if it’s just for a quick nap. Your body is going through a lot of changes right now and exhaustion is guaranteed.
  5. Leave the house! I’m starting to realize that if you lay on the couch moaning all day, you will never feel better because all you think about is how sick you feel. But if you go out to the park or museum and are chasing two kids running in opposite directions, you have no time to feel sorry for yourself. Later you will realize that you actually felt okay. Just don’t forget to bring snacks.

Are there any tips that worked well for you? 

 

 

Health, Parenting, play, Science

Hard Hat Harry

“Mommy, please, please, please, please, can I watch more Hard Hat Harry?” says my 3-year-old in a pleading whisper.

We have a new obsession in our house here, and it is known as Hard Hat Harry. I have been a little more lax with the television time while I am suffering from the First Trimester Troubles but I still had to tell him “no” as gently as I could. We discussed it back and forth and he finally acquiesced and laid down for a nap when I said “Studies have shown that children learn more from interactive play than they do from television.” I don’t know 100% if that’s the truth but I believed it when I said it.

Television shows like Hard Hat Harry make me question such a statement, because I feel like I learn something new every time I watch them. I don’t believe I learn something new every time I play with magnet tiles. Although, I imagine the standards of learning are slightly different for an adult and a 3-year-old child still exploring the world.

Some things I have learned from our new favorite show:

  1. Airplanes are SUCKED into the sky! The way the air flows over the wings creates a suction effect that lifts the airplanes into the sky.
  2. There is a kind of truck that carries its own bridge on its back. It lays out the bridge, drives over, and picks it up again!
  3. An Orange tree grows an average of 1,500 oranges in one growing season!
  4. Nuts are harvested by a machine called a Tree Shaker. It literally shakes the tree so all the ripe nuts fall off and then sucks them up like a vacuum.

Hard Hat Harry was filmed in the mid 90’s, so the picture quality might not be what you are used to, but he is a genie that takes a detailed look at many of the topics our kids are fascinated with.

Yesterday when Mr. 3 was asking to watch more Hard Hat Harry, I told him that our bodies needed to be engaged in order to stay strong and grow. Later he said, “I’ve been playing really hard! Can I watch Hard Hat Harry now?”

What are your favorite educational TV shows? How long do you let your kids watch?