Saturday, June 5, 2010

Alex - 2 yrs

Alex turned 2 yesterday! Just wanted to keep track of what he's up to. Overall, Alex is all or nothing. He's a total goofball, and loves making us laugh. He's all smiles and happiness and joy... until he's angry, and then I'm sure you could hear him in the next state. Luckily, that is usually short lived, and then he's back to his happy self.

He's starting to speak well, even in complete, but short, sentences. This morning's was "Uh-oh Mommy, door is locked!" He can say just about anything he wants to say, and we can understand him well enough. Sometimes he needs to try to explain himself another way to get his point across, but he does pretty well. He knows color words (although doesn't match them up so well), and he can count beyond 10 (usually he gets to 12 then skips to 20), in English and Spanish. He knows most of the letters.

Alex loves to sing, and we really need to video tape him singing and doing the hand motions to "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "The Old Oak Tree" (a Music Together song). Now that he requests his favorites regularly in the car, we've started to have some battles, but generally they both seem to like just about any music.

Alex also likes sports stuff. He can throw a ball overhand quite far, and will kick a soccer ball back and forth with me (at least until Chris comes and steals the ball). One of his favorite phrases is "I running!" as he takes off running around in circles.

He also likes to paint, color, draw, anything art like. He even holds crayons the right way, and scribbles all over everything.

Alex also likes to sleep, and he will tell us when he wants a nap or to go to bed. "I bed" or "I nap NOW PLEASE!" are common.

He has gotten past the dairy issues, and now is enjoying ice cream this summer. Yay!

Here he comes home from a walk with John and Chris, into the house, yelling "Lelley! Lelley!" He's pretty happy to have Kelley around. So am I, but that's another story :).

Monday, February 1, 2010

Occupation

I just looked at my blog here and noticed that my "about me" still said I just moved from Oakland, just left Frick, and have a baby. So I updated it.

It now says that I stay home with my 2 boys, and have various jobs. Oh yeah, and I cleared out the occupation information, which still read "Education - Teacher."

I'm not sure if it's terrifying or reassuring, but I think that may be the first time I have admitted, in writing, to my primary job not being, well, a job. There, I said it. And in the same breath (or sentence rather) I said that being a "stay at home mom" isn't a job. I'm not sure I'm supposed to say that. But I did anyway, and I'm not deleting it.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Summer already?

We've basically pulled Chris out of preschool, and I'm a bit sad about it.

After a rocky start, where he threw tantrums daily for a week or two, he settled into school. From day one he has enjoyed himself while there, but getting there has always been difficult. Although he says he loves Miss Lynn, he never wanted to go to school. We progressed past tantrums, and he was basically resigned to the fact that he had to go to school 3 days a week, but he never liked going. Every day he would say that he didn't want to go, and then he'd dutifully get in the car. When we pulled up at school, Chris was eager to enter.

He is young for school this year, and has 2 more full years of preschool because of his birthday timing. Since this year is really a bonus year, and he doesn't seem to want to go, I started to wonder why we were paying so much money and driving so much to get him there... for something he didn't even want to do. The problem is that when he got there, he seemed happy. His teachers were surprised to hear that he didn't want to come to school. They only saw happy Chris (or whatever he was pretending to be that day) when he arrived. His teacher told us that he's the most imaginative child she's met, and that she's worked with a lot of children. He clearly did well there and was himself, and he really loves his teacher. He says he'll see them next year... when he's bigger.

I'm happy to have him home with me for the next few months, and it's what he wants to do. It'll save us money, gas, time, and be easier for Alex's naps. But I still feel like it may have been the wrong choice. I worry that he'll miss out on fun stuff there each day. I worry that he'll fight school even more in the future since we basically gave in to what he wanted to do this time. On the other hand, I was starting to worry that if we kept him in school he'd start to feel like we didn't listen to him at all. He's been saying, very calmly, for months now, that he doesn't want to go to school. He didn't have to go, so why were we making him? I don't know.

Chris is happy at home, I'm enjoying him, and we're spending less money and saving gas. So why does the thought of picking up his stuff from school make me so sad?