This month has been crazy - as usual. Both kids are fighting a cold right now, Rosie more than Sammy. Rosie slept with us last night because she had a high fever and was so uncomfortable. I only got about 2 hours of sleep as a result, but I am trying to enjoy those moments when I am needed, because I know there will be times coming soon where she won’t be so eager to cuddle with mommy.
Anywho - here’s what’s up with the kiddos…
Sammy is now 19 months (closer to 20 as I write this). His latest hobby is sitting in the various sized collanders we have. He has been taking them out of the cabinets and playing with them every day. He usually sits in one, puts his feet in another, and wears the small one as a hat. He has also been showing interest in the potty - I know it is really early and I am trying to not get my hopes up that he will be one of those freakish early potty learners. He has actually been climbing up and sitting on the potty himself (fully clothed, and sometimes he puts his feet in the toilet bowl). I think he is mostly just trying to imitate his sister. I have been indulging his interest, and I’ll take off his diaper and let him sit for a while. He is pretty aware of his bodily functions, he says “Peep” or “peepee” and “poo”. I know he has a poopy diaper usually when he comes up and whines to be picked up and says “peep” or “poop” or when he sits on the ground and scoots his butt along the ground. We’ll see if this leads anywhere…
He loves saying cheese, and posing for the camera. Lately he has been pretending to sing (lalalalalal) and talk (babbling gibberish) and he will sit and pretend to read books. He LOVES books and wants me to read books over and over at naptime and bedtime. His favorites are ones where he can touch and feel or lift flaps - the interactive ones. He still loves playing ball and playing with his trains. He is now going down the stairs like a big boy, walking down facing forward, instead of sliding down backward on his belly. He has a few more words here and there, but I am still waiting for his big language explosion. He has been a little more clingy lately, and he has been nursing a lot, I don’t know if it is because he is trying to increase my supply, or if he just needs the comfort because he is starting to go through that separation anxiety phase again. Thank god he is still a great sleeper. He still usually naps for 3 hours a day, and goes to bed with no complaints (after reading several books and nursing). The night weaning thing didn’t stick around as long as I wanted. Since moving to the new house, he has still been waking up at least once (usually between 2-4am) to nurse, sometimes waking twice. He is only occasionally sleeping through from 7:30 bedtime until at least 5 or 6am. Then I can put him back down and he’ll sleep until 7:30.
Rosie started pre-school last week at English Oaks Montessori. I think I was more excited than she was. She only goes 3 days a week from 9-11:30. She really liked the first day, but then didn’t want to go second day (as expected and warned by the teachers). It really broke my heart to leave her that day when she was calling out to me “mommy don’t go”. Of course she was fine once she was there. I had to keep reminding her that I would be back to pick her up in just a little bit, just about 2 hours, or as long as 4 Doras. She has told her teachers every day since then - “I’m only going to stay for just this little bit” (holding fingers up to show 1/4 inch between her thumb and finger). I can already see the influence school is having on her. She seems more independent and comfortable with doing things on her own. I love having a break and having some one on one time with Sammy to read to him or just play (or get some dishes/laundry/cleaning done while he plays by himself). I know Sammy likes having free reign over the toys without Rosie dictating what he can play with or trying to take toys away from him.
Rosie is still a girly girl and likes to be a princess and wear a tiara and frilly ballet skirt and dance around and have me watch her do her “ballerina dance”. She loves doing yoga with me, and playing pretend. We have been reading a lot, playing hide and seek, and chase and tickle. It is really nice because she has made a lot of new friends in the neighborhood to play with. Along with her cousins, there are some great kids in the neighborhood and even right across the street and I love that kids can just come to the door and ask “can Rosie come out and play?”
She is still my little snacker. She seems like she is always hungry, some days she munches non-stop all day. She never knows what she wants when I ask her, so she usually says “let’s see what we have” and she will go open the fridge or cabinet until she sees something that catches her eye. Most of the time the selection is cheese, cereal, fruit, carrots and hommous, or these peanut butter rice bars that she loves.
We had a family oriented Valentine’s day this month. Instead of a romantic dinner for two - we took the kids to see Sesame Street Live - “When Elmo Grows Up”. Both kids had a great time and I was surprised that Sammy stayed in his seat and was entertained the whole time. He was clapping and yelling “YAY” and “Elmo!” As soon as everyone is healthy, Joe and I hope to get out to have a nice relaxing dinner by ourselves.
That’s it for now, I’m going to bed - I just wanted to finally get this update done before the month is over…
** Sorry no photos this month, something is up with my external hard drive and I can’t access my iphoto right now. I’ll have more photos next month.