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What a day!

April 22nd, 2009 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids | Random Musings - (4 Comments)

Crazy things that happened today:

1. I found out this morning that my grandparents would be arriving this afternoon, not tomorrow with the rest of my family. Unfortunately, my house was not exactly ready for company. I’m not sure how I was so out of the loop, but it was nice to get an unexpected visit with just them anyway.

2. Duplo took his first steps—in front of Granny and Grampy, no less! He actually walked a few steps several times during the evening, so Kenneren and Flyboy got to seem him walk too.

3. Our upstairs neighbors’ baby arrived (they’re adopting). They are really good friends of mine, so this baby has been highly anticipated for a while. They have two boys, so they’ve been trying to accumulate pink everything since the ultrasound tech said the baby was a girl. Here’s the crazy part: he’s actually a boy. Hahahaha! They actually had to run to the store to get an outfit to bring him home in, and they didn’t have a boy name picked out at all.

4. I reorganized our storage closet using some new wire shelves. Everything is so much more organized and accessible now, and it looks much, much better. Unfortunately, I’m totally sore from doing that and cleaning the house. Sometimes it’s fun to be sore, though, to show you worked hard.

I’m ready for tomorrow to be somewhat more normal, no matter how cool today was.

Leaps and bounds

April 21st, 2009 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (0 Comments)

Duplo has been developing at an alarming rate lately. He has learned to wave, and he also likes to “shake” his head if you shake yours at him. His strength is increasing so that he can bounce pretty vigorously when standing, and he’s starting to cruise one-handed. There have been a few times when he has (unknowingly) stood for about eight seconds. He loves to walk with help (sometimes holding only one hand), and we’ve been practicing walking alone with him. So far I’m not counting any first steps, but he has done two or three stumbling steps between us.

Last night, I caught him holding a toy phone to his ear and babbling into it. Unfortunately, he’d stopped doing it by the time I got the camera out.

Kenneren and I are trying to guess whether he’ll walk or talk first. My money’s on walking; she’s going for talking. She might win, though—lately, Duplo has been saying “num num num” at dinnertime and when he’s about to be put into his high chair. Like the stumbling steps, though, I’m not sure whether or not to count it as his first word.

He has had a series of fevers, poor kid, and finally found a doctor who got a good enough look in his ears to prescribe antibiotics for an ear infection. Suddenly he’s sleeping longer periods, both during the day and at night, and he’s doing much better at self-settling when put into his crib. I’m wondering now how long he’s had that infection. 🙁

And as for Lego, he’s mastered pooping on the potty. He just took some convincing the first time, and after that, there have been no problems. He’s loving being outside and has spent most of the last two days in the sunshine. His speech continues to impress us on a daily basis.

I’m so proud of my boys but a little scared of how fast they’re growing up “to be daddies,” as Lego says.

Lego’s Third Birthday

April 4th, 2009 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (2 Comments)

I don’t have time to do pictures tonight, but if you want some, I posted a whole bunch to Facebook.

Mostly I just wanted to talk a little bit about my three-year-old boy. Last year I blogged every day for a month (almost) about him, but somehow March slipped right by and I didn’t have time to do that again. So here’s the short version:

1. Lego loves putting little things inside any kind of container.

2. Lego has a definite interest in music. One of his favorite shows on TV is Little Einsteins, which teaches musical terms, rhythm, dance, names of musical instruments, classical composers, famous visual artwork, and even a little geography. He loves to sing, dance, and “play” instruments. He told me today that he’d like a violin for Christmas.

3. Lego can identify every letter of the alphabet, both upper and lower cases. He also knows what sounds most of them make. Last week, he sounded out the word go for my dad. I didn’t even know he could do that.

4. Lego eats almost everything, when he’s in the mood to eat at all. He doesn’t prefer spicy Mexican food, and he won’t eat onions or bell peppers cooked (but he begs for them raw when I’m making dinner).

5. He talks nonstop, and very well. While he still says things like “goed” and “comed,” he has a grasp of most English grammar, and his pronunciation is excellent. I don’t think there’s anyone who can’t understand him anymore.

6. He basically decided to potty train and hasn’t had more than a handful of accidents in the months since. However, he still won’t go #2 on the potty. He absolutely freaks out if I try to get him to do it. One day, I asked him when he’d learn to do that. He answered, “When I’m a big daddy like Daddy.” I explained that he should learn much sooner than that and suggested that he do it after turning three. Since that conversation, he’s told anyone who mentions his birthday that he’ll learn to go poop on the potty when he’s three. We’ll see how it goes. Wish us luck!

7. Lego is a very nice boy around other children, especially for his age. His nursery teachers at church say that when other kids take his toys, he usually just lets them and walks away, though last Sunday he apparently held on tight. Today, his friend came over to watch him open presents. His friend was playing with Lego’s new airplane, which Lego wanted. Lego brought another toy airplane over and swapped it for the one his friend was holding, completely avoiding a fight. I’m so proud of my little boy sometimes.

8. Lego is very particular and set in his ways. He always has been. He probably always will be.

9. Lego is the most difficult to handle when he’s bored. When he gets bored, he gets angry at me and lashes out at both me and Duplo in the ways he knows will be the most annoying to us. But when he’s like that, I tend to not want to play with him, making the situation worse. I’d appreciate advice as to how to deal with this, especially on days when I’m so busy with other work that I can’t play with him as much as he wants.

10. Lego is very polite and very affectionate. We’re still working on please, but he has thank you and you’re welcome down. He’ll spontaneously say, “I love you,” to me, Duplo, Jon Boy, and his grandparents. He gives hugs and kisses freely. He’ll even hug and kiss his friends, which, honestly, usually startles them. He is very caring toward Duplo and concerned about his welfare. If Duplo is upset, Lego tries to cheer him up with toys, songs, silliness, soothing words, or hugs. And Duplo adores his big brother too.

We are lucky to be Lego’s parents. I’m excited to see what changes the next year brings. Happy birthday, little son.

I’d like to share a few things I know that I wish everyone knew. Please share your own things on your blog so we can all learn from each other. Do not share your opinions (I wish everyone knew that Battlestar Galactica is the best show on TV) or inflammatory things (I wish everyone knew how to drive correctly).

1. I wish everyone knew that “childproof” lids on medications are anything but. I blogged about this before, but I was reminded of it again in a conversation the other day and wanted to say it again. DO NOT LEAVE MEDICATIONS WHERE YOUNG CHILDREN CAN REACH THEM. They don’t know the correct way to open a normal screw-top lid, so they don’t know that pushing down, fiddling with it, and turning it in random directions isn’t right. The lid is better at deterring you than it is at deterring them. I have seen two different one-year-olds get into medications in less than five minutes. (Okay, it’s not as bad as it sounds. Lego accidentally got to one once and opened it within five minutes. So I took an empty bottle and tested it on him and another one-year-old to see if Lego’s just a genius or if it really is that easy for babies to do. Both got it open at least once within five minutes.)

2. One slice of bread put in with your dried-out brown sugar will revive it in a day or less. Put it in when you buy your brown sugar and you will never get hard clumps. The bread will harden and not get moldy, and it will lend its moisture to the sugar. It is seriously amazing.

3. Nursing a baby doesn’t have to hurt. If it’s hurting, you’re doing it wrong. You can get help from a lactation consultant, a La Leche League representative, or even a friend who’s done it successfully before. There are so many myths out there that scare mothers out of breastfeeding, or that get them to stop because it’s hurting. I wish more mothers knew that it can be great if you just work on teaching your baby how to do it right.

4. Wal-Mart diapers work just fine and cost significantly less than Huggies or Pampers. If you have issues with buying at Wal-Mart, that’s fine. But if you don’t, the best generics I’ve tried or heard about are the Parent’s Choice brand. They have an elastic waistband like the name-brand diapers that helps prevent leaks. The only thing is, the material inside them is less absorbent than what’s in the name-brand diapers, so I usually kept some Huggies on hand for nighttime. During the day, I changed diapers often enough that I didn’t have any problems.

So, what do you wish everyone knew?