Saturday, June 15, 2013

Sam is 2 Months!

We call him, "The World's Easiest Baby."

Sam is the most chill, easy going little baby you will meet.  And so stinkin' cute!

On a typical day, Sam wakes up, eats and we snuggle a bit.  Then, he'll hang out in his little bouncy chair for a bit.  He's figured out how to get it and the little toys on the top to move and occasionally squeals and coos as he rocks in his chair.  Sometimes he just sits and checks out his toys.  Then he might fall asleep in it or fus a bit, letting me know he's ready for a nap.  The cycle continues throughout the day, typically he'll take three good naps.

He's really been smiling and its great to see his gummy grin take up his entire face.  He definitely is looking at us now, and his eyes light up when I go to get him out of his crib in the morning.

He "walks" when we hold him up on the floor, moving his feet in front of the other.  He also loves to "jump" pushing his feet off our laps when we are sitting together.

Sam is focusing on objects, especially art on the wall (future art critic?) and will stare at it for minutes.

At eight weeks he just decided to start sleeping eight hours straight at night.  Seriously.  Now I'm being realistic and don't expect it to last forever but I'm certainly enjoying it for now.

The girls are doing great with him.  Madelyn is more interested in Sam than Elyse for sure.  Elyse will kiss him and wants him to look at her, but is more into her own thing.  Maddy will tell me, "Sam's fussin'" and go sing him a song and love on him.  Oh, and she'll carry on complete conversations with him if I do the talking for Sam.  I'm learning that the best way to get Maddy talking about something is to have her brother "ask" her a question.  I think she likes being the big one.

Sam is growing a lot, although I'm not sure by how much.  I guess he weighs about 12 pounds?  We'll find out at the doctor soon.  His hair is beautiful (I'm a fan of giving him a mohawk) and his baby acne has cleared giving him amazing skin.  With his eyes wide open more of the time, he is undeniably cuter each and every day.

He's our little man and we love him so.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Elyse at 5.5

*Another post I wrote pre-Sam's birth...time to get it online.
We're seeing independence, some confidence and some real person coming out of our five and a half  old little doll.

A big change in our girl since the last update has been preschool, and everything that comes along with it.  This girl loves school, loves learning, and I think it has made an impact on her personality.  I think she feels more confident in her independence and that shows through in her daily outlook on life.  She's happy (most of the time), especially excited on days she gets to go to school.

She loves to learn and amazes us at what she can think through.  The other day, we bought her a K-1 Math book from Target.  By the end of the night, she had completed the entire thing, almost all correctly on her own.  There was even a section about money...she had to color in the nickels and pennys to equal a certain amount and she did it all right.  She can figure out on her clock how many minutes there are until the big hand reaches a certain number.  She can read more words than I expect.  Yesterday, while working on her "A" homework for school, she found and cut out a picture of a bird house because it had an "angle" at the top.

The girls have been sharing a room and it is clear that Elyse is the early bird.  She goes to sleep before M, and wakes up early.  In the mornings she gets dressed, makes her bed and cleans up and patiently waits until it is time to come downstairs (still thankful every single day for our Tot Clock that lets her know when she can leave her room).

Socially, she either likes to play with a few close friends, or hang out with the grown-ups during play dates.  Sometimes she'll happily play on her own.    She does go to choir once a week and sings the songs loud and proud, often getting attention from the choir teacher.

Elyse still loves art projects, and comes up with some creative designs.  Yesterday, she created a "pin the tail on the donkey" game, complete with Mary, Joseph and the Donkey from the manger scene.  She can make great block letters.

She gets along great with Madelyn (although she likes to be the boss in just about any play situation and is frustrated when not everyone wants to play along).  She has a great sense of humor and fully appreciates a good joke.  She will crack up at silliness, especially when instigated by Maddy or Dennis.

Elyse's teacher mentioned some speech articulation concerns, so we did have her evaluated for speech.  Turns out she can't say "k" or "g" sounds.  She officially has an IEP and will go to speech once she starts kindergarten, but it shouldn't be too big of a deal.

She still sleeps with Yellow Baby every night and looks for her if she is watching something scary or is in trouble.

The "freak outs" of the past where she would go into a temper tantrum over (what appear to me) to be the littlest thing have subsided (thank goodness!).  She loves to help with just about anything, especially in the kitchen or sweeping the floor.

She's a great kid.  One that I would choose to spend time with even if I wasn't her mom.  She's a great conversationalist, a kind and thoughtful friend and one smart cookie!  We love this girl!!!!

Madelyn at 3.5

*I started this post two months ago before Sam was born.  Time to finish and publish!

Madelyn at three and a half can be described as a fun, smart, empathetic, imaginative little person.

While the will of a three year old will sometimes make its appearance, Madelyn is an easy-going kid most of the time.  She loves anything that has to do with imagination.  Most days she plays the role of several characters, the most popular being Bell, a kitten or a little girl (I think that one is the funniest...she'll say to me, "Pretend I'm a little girl and you're the mama"...I can do that one!).  Don't want to peg her yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if this girl decides to act.  She pulls off characters perfectly.  She can easily imitate the face of a character on TV or another person.  She has lines for all of us when we are playing together ("pretend you are the Beast and you say to me, 'Belle, you look so beautiful'").  She loves to dress up.  The other day, she came into my room doing what I thought was a fake laugh.  I asked her what was so funny and she said, "No, I'm crying because I'm so beautiful."

She is a considerate friend and has an emphatic heart.  Anytime she sees someone in person or in a book with a sad look, she wants to know what's wrong.  She's sweet to our younger little friends and likes being the one to help.

She shows genuine excitement over going to school, Sam coming out or Nana coming to visit.

Madelyn is growing more and more independent.  She's fully potty trained except for at night.  She can get herself dressed from head to toe.  She cleans up her room each morning.

She's smart.  Knows all her letters and their sounds.  Can count to at least 30.  Can carry her own in a family conversation and asks the right questions.

She is still my cuddle bug although our cuddle sessions aren't as frequent.

She's a funny little thing and knows it.  She purposely incorporates some potty humor into the conversation because she knows it will get a giggle out of us.  She'll even say, "I want you to laugh."

Madelyn makes fast friends, willing to talk and engage with other kids at the park.  And when we get home, she'll let us know that she misses her best friend (the girl she met an hour ago at the park).

Madelyn is so sweet with her baby brother.  If she hears him crying she'll let me know, "Mom, Sam is fussin'" or "Is Sammy boy OK?".  She loves to sit and rub his hair or try to get him to smile at her.

Maddy likes to make up songs.  Simple songs with lyrics like, "I love strawberries, they are so yummy, I love love love because I love."

She is truly a joy and makes our heart sing!