Sunday, February 9, 2014

This boy we love

There are two things Simon has said recently that I want to remember...

The first was a couple nights ago when I went in to check on him before I went to bed and I covered him back up. He woke a little, looked at me, smiled and said, "you're the best." And then he shut his eyes and went back to sleep. And then my heart exploded and I went to bed.

Then yesterday he drew a heart with a line through it and gave it to the neighbor boy when Simon was mad at him. Then Korvan came out saying that Simon said he hated him. We asked Simon about the drawing and he said, "It just means that my level of love was low." My method of disciplining at this time was to turn around so as not to let me see him laugh and let Bryan swoop in and deal with it. 

So those are the two things. Freaking love this kid.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

TWO! continued

She's dislocated her left elbow twice now. Tonight it was mid tantrum at Simon's open house. Bryan looked up on his phone how to pop it back in because she would NOT let us get her coat on her and it's about 7 degrees outside. He was able to do it and about a minute later it was like nothing ever happened. It's so sad seeing her walk around with a limp arm by her side!

Every day when Simon gets home from school she goes through his lunchbox and scavenges for leftovers.

When she gets up in the morning she calls for me from the other side of her door. Bryan usually opens the door and then starts to get ready for the day. Once that door is open, she wants nothing to do with me. She stalks Bryan outside the bathroom door and takes breaks to turn off the fan, shut her door, turn on our lamp, etc. My favorite thing she says is "shut the door" because she says, "shut da doe, shut da doe, shut da doe" like she has some wicked OCD going on.

She would watch youtube videos all day. Kids shows mean nothing to her. Give her some Macklemore or Justin Timberlake and she's all set. The Fox Song is her one childish indulgence.

She likes to do everything herself and says "No I do it!" when I try to help. She requests her coat, hat and mittens before leaving. As in, she tells me she needs these things. Apparently she doesn't trust that I will just provide them for her.

She has been sleeping in backwards footy jammies at night and for naps every day for what has to be a few months now. I don't plan to stop this as every time she is in a hoodie with a zipper it winds up on the floor.

She's picky about what she wears already. Simon did not start to care AT ALL until he was 5 I think. Second child? A girl?

She likes to put things over her head that cover her face (like a shirt halfway on, a hamper, etc.) and walk into things. She finds this HILARIOUS. Her laugh is so freaking amazing thinking about it kind of makes me want to cry. This video combines everything from this paragraph here.

All those clothes in that basket? Yeah that is where they live because we can't have anything in her room other than her bed, blanket and empty dressers. Anything extra is considered a sleep delayer. She unloaded her drawers one too many times before losing access. Then she took the drawers completely out of the dresser. She is crazy!

Here are some words that she says in her own special way...

boot = boot or book
buddah = Grandma Berta
awan on it = i want on it = i want butter on my toast or toothpaste on my toothbrush
awa wahwee = i want water
milt = milk
sine in = simon
ah waahv you = i love you
toat = coat
deedee = candy

My goodness there are probably a hundred more that I cannot think of!

It's been a really great week with her. Hopefully this week was a sign that the Terrible Ones are coming to an end. To everyone who says "terrible twos" or "terrible threes" I think you forgot allllllllll about the "terrible ones." One year olds have no sense of self preservation, no sense of their own physical limitations and can't tell you what they want. People block the Ones out after awhile I tell you! :)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014


Cecilia turned two last week and feel like such a slacker mom for not writing about her as a fresh two year old yet. I still owe Simon a REAL post for being 6 too, but I'm going to go backwards and start with the girl.

I just wanted to share some things that make up Cecilia as she is right now.

She is talking a ton. She definitely does plenty of "Cecie speak" but I love that we can understand her and her little language nuances. There is something kind of special about being one of very few people to know exactly what this little person is saying so much of the time! (This topic could be - and will be - a separate post!)

She is so independent. More than I remember Simon being. She wants to do EVERYTHING herself. She sits at the table on a regular chair, with a regular plate, a regular fork (and often retrieves the fork herself) and half the time doesn't even have a lid on her cup anymore. Having an older sibling is definitely making her try to be a big girl faster!

Speaking of being a big girl, I bought her undies this week. She put them on over her diaper and jammies and uncomfortably walked around in them for awhile. Then she leaked through her diaper and jammies and got the undies wet. Ha! We aren't really planning to use them tomorrow or anything, but they are there when we are ready.

She actually started playing with toys and keeping herself busy the past few days. I am praying this is a new, permanent "thing" for her!! Normally she only wants to be on my lap ALL. DAY. LONG. and will only play with what is in arm's reach. This is why I think 15-24 months has been really challenging for me. She threw tantrums with the best 2 year olds out there and never left my side. I can take the tantrums, but the clinginess gets ooooolllllllllllldddddddddddd to me.

OMG I am overwhelmed right now thinking about everything I want to write about her. Must let it rest right now! Maybe more tomorrow. Which is in an hour.