Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

Seven Quick Takes

Feel like it’s been ages since I did one of these. Perhaps because it has been. ;)

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H continues to pick up words on a daily basis. She’s 18 1/2 months, and it’s such a fun age. She’s also just getting into the “I have some strong opinions about things and I am not hesitant to let you know them” age, which isn’t quite as fun.

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We just said goodbye to my inlaws again after a very very brief visit. And they don’t have another visit planned as of yet – it seems like forever when we’ve said goodbye to them without already knowing when we would see them next. I’m sure it won’t be all that long though – the two grandkids out here are too much of a draw.

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We got the kids a small table, and they’ve had a few afternoons where they have actually played at it together. Peacefully. It was so astonishing to me that I took some pictures of it to show their dad when he finished working. He was shocked as well – “They were playing together????” Well, not really together so much as next to each other, but either way. Progress.

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H is a much bigger fan of crayons than G ever was – I’d try him on them every so often but he was never interested. He’s started to like coloring now, and H has to color as well whenever he is. And she’s also done some coloring even when he wasn’t – unfortunately all over the walls. I missed a crayon when I thought I’d gathered them all up after they were done. So most of the downstairs walls are scribbled on in blue crayon, right at H height.

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G got his hair cut last weekend and was not at all sure about that “lean back into the sink to get his hair wet” thing. The faces he made during it were hilarious! So wish I’d had a camera with me to capture them. Once he got into the chair he did a great job of sitting still and letting our friend J cut his hair. And he looks like a different kid once he gets the mop cut back. As J said, he’s got my hair – ridiculously thick and heavy.

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Still no need for H’s first haircut. I’ve tried to put barrettes in her hair but she never leaves them alone, instead yanking them out as soon as I get them fastened (the little baby barrettes as her hair is still so fine and wispy). Yanking them out that way ends up pulling hair out as well so I’ve stopped trying.

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H got a baby doll from her aunt & uncle for Christmas and she LOVES it. She immediately had a new bedtime routine – must have baby tucked under her arm before she can go to sleep. It’s so cute hearing her call “Beebee!” when she spots her baby doll as we get her settled for bed.

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

Seven Quick Takes

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My girl is really starting to talk a lot lately, and it is so cute. It seems like every day there’s some new word that she says and we find ourselves saying “did you hear her say ___?” She says “WUN” as in “one … two … three” and then races across the room to grab us. She says “GO!” as in “ready … set … GO!” when she’s doing the same thing; apparently it just depends on her mood.

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My mother-in-law returned home Monday afternoon (home = Arizona). This was kind of a strange visit; she was in the state for almost 3 weeks, but we saw her for only 10 days, and those days were all split up with a couple of days here, then she’d be gone, then back, and repeat and repeat. It actually ended up being kind of rough on the kids; it was never a long enough stretch for H to get used to her, and there were so many goodbyes for G and he tends to be CRANKY CRANKY CRANKY the first day after she leaves. So there were a lot of cranky days. So, my hopes for all that I’d accomplish during her visit did not come true; she was here a lot less than I thought, H never wanted to stay with her so that I could have some peace and quiet, and we ended up having to use two of her afternoons here dealing with buying the van. Ok, so it didn’t take the whole afternoon, but it took up all of H’s naptime which in many ways is the same difference. My thinking/blogging/organizing time was claimed.

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H has taken after her big brother and is OBSESSED with eating ice. All the time. And our ice maker cannot keep up with the demand of three ice fiends. I’ve taken to virtually never getting ice in my drinks so that there’s as much as possible for the other three people in the house. I’d buy some ice cube trays to try and help with the demand, but our freezer is a drawer, and the one time I tried to do that, it ended up sloshing water everywhere when I closed it. And that was trying to close it gently! I know me to know that there’s no way I want to deal with the cleanup of the regular spills that would result from me trying to fill lots of ice cube trays. So instead R buys a bag of ice every so often and dumps it into the bin. Kind of ridiculous, I know.

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I don’t think I have any pictures from Halloween that turned out, but my kids were ridiculously cute. And that’s not just my opinion; several of the houses where we visited I heard them saying as they opened / shut the door that they were the cutest trick or treaters they’d seen all night. It helps having small kids, I realize. G was a firefighter, and H was a tiger. G’s costume was really cool, but H’s was ADORABLE. She wore the hood happily, and toddled around in the little suit that came complete with a tail. Seriously, it was unbelievably cute. And their cuteness scored with a boatload (err, wagonload) of candy.

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We went to Costco earlier this week and I thought that G was going to lose his mind at some of the toy displays. There was this one train table and then a fire station/police station doll house that had him enthralled. I’m not sure what we’ll end up getting him (them?) for Christmas, but I’m thinking this may be the last year he won’t have really really strong opinions on what he should get. And I might be wrong about that; last year might have been it. ;)

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H’s hair is starting to grow, but for right now it’s mostly growing in the back so she’s almost-kinda-borderline getting a mullet. Yeah, I’m keeping a close watch on that and will be trimming it before it gets to be a true mullet.

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Both kids have very strong opinions on car rides. As in, they like them and feel that they should always be brought along on any trips that are going on. Daddy going to hang out with his friends? It’s all I can do to peel them away from the door. And H’s tears and fury are amazing. Daddy will be doing that hang-out-with-friends thing tonight, and I’m not especially looking forward to their reaction when they realize that someone is going somewhere and not taking them. There will be tears. There might be tantrums.

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

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Baby girl (I refuse to stop calling her a baby yet. Don’t care that she’s 15 1/2 months, she’s still getting called baby.) has some new clothes thanks to a generous friend. This weekend was the first time I put her in some of them, and the one little dress was just absurdly cute. I think little girls in dresses and tights are so unbelievably cute, and I’m enjoying being able to dress H however I want while it lasts. I know eventually she’ll start having her own opinions on clothes and all that sort of stuff, but right now she doesn’t care.

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G has opinions on clothes and so I need to figure out a better method of storing his clothes so he still gets the satisfaction of picking his own clothes to wear in the morning, without me continually having to send him back to get something that doesn’t make my eyes bleed, isn’t inappropriate for the current temps, etc.

I’m thinking about getting a closet organizer thing where I can put outfits, and then he can just pick from the pre-selected outfits.

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G also likes to select H’s clothes, and so I kind of also need to figure out a way to organize her clothes so he can pick something that works (together, for the weather, etc.)

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H has really been picking up on the huge number of possible animal names and sounds, and she loves to look at her animal book and have us ask her where an animal is, and what sound it makes.

So far she can make the sounds for:
Elephant, chicken, cow, cat, dog, penguin, snake, bee, duck, tiger, bear, lion.

Yes, some of those sounds are the same (tiger, bear, and lion all get a “ROAR!”). All of the sounds are cute.

Words she says include: mama (her favorite word), dada, crac-kah (a.k.a. graham cracker), kah (a.k.a. car), nigh-nigh! (night-night, or I’m-tired-and-going-to-bed), bye bye!

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G *loves* playing this boat racing game on the X-box (and I love that it means some peace for me while he plays with daddy). At first all he did was drive into the walls, but he’s getting a lot better at it; he can actually finish a race now on his own. And it’s really funny to me watching him driving the boats.

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I do realize that this kind of means that we’ve created a monster. See above, with “some peace for me” for why I do not care.

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H never really liked reading books; I would try and read to her and within a few seconds she’d squirm out of my lap. I kept trying, because of course I’m wanting her to love books.

Then I tried Listen, Listen by Phillis Gershator and the girl is ENTRANCED. She will look at it for 10 or more minutes at a time, and she’ll bring it to me to look at it again. It’s like it got her to realize that books are fun, because now she’ll look at other books too (although this one is by far her favorite, with her animal book in second place. Every other book is far behind those two in her affections.)

It makes me so happy that she now will sit on my lap and look at books.

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Seven Quick Takes: Kids’ Clothes Edition

Did you see? I’ve got a new book & reading blog called The Deliberate Reader. I’d love to have you join me over there!

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Last weekend the boy was insistent that he needed to wear long pants and a jacket because it was cold outside. It was not cold outside, although it was cooler than it has been. His only long pants that fit are some jeans that were dirty, and his only jackets are too small. What can I say – I hate shopping and have been avoiding the fact that he’s going to need some clothes for fall and winter.

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So. I told him he needed to get a new jacket, and when he insisted that we got to the store to get him a new jacket, I said “you’ll need to talk to daddy about that.” Next thing I know daddy is telling him to put his shoes on, they’re going to the store. Apparently daddy was more motivated than mommy was to get that boy some clothing for the cooler temps.

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I ended up going with them, because the girl would have been irate to be left at home, and daddy wasn’t going to take both of them by himself. And I figured it’d be a good chance for me to look for more jeans for the boy, and some long sleeved shirts. And a jacket for the girl. And some warmer clothes for her too.

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No jackets were found, but I got the boy a navy blue hoodie, and that’ll work at least until we get to the worst part of winter. Maybe I’ll go shopping some more when my mother-in-law arrives next month. She’s usually good about being willing to go with me. :)

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The girl got a dark gray hoodie. Technically it’s a boy’s hoodie, but the only girls ones were pink or purple, and I wanted a neutral color. Why do manufacturers seem to think that girls only wear pink or purple?? Drives me crazy.

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I finally found a pair of jeans for the boy, and two pairs of sweatpants. Not really what I was wanting, but it’s better than trying to get through the whole winter with only three pairs of long pants.

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I didn’t get much for the girl, because I need to sort through what I’ve already got for her a little more. I know there are some boxes of clothes in the basement, and we’ll manage with what she’s got at least until my mother-in-law arrives. She also tends to bring clothes, so I’d rather wait and see what girlie needs before buying more.

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Create a Family Chore System

    Project 41, Create a Family Chore System, is something we’re just starting to really begin.

    My oldest child turned three this summer, so he’s still pretty young. Even so, he’s actually helped unload the dishwasher since he was about 18 months old. We also have him put his own clothes away in his dresser, in addition to toy pickup patrol (although I need to get back to being more consistent about that one.)

    One of his favorite chores is helping daddy empty the trash and take the trash and recycle bins to the curb every week. He knows where the new trash bags are located and pulls one out, although he does need help putting it into the trash can.

    I do think he’d love it if we made a chore chart, and gave him stickers for each chore completed. That would probably also help me be more consistent with him (such as having him make his bed only some days, we’d have a reminder to do it every day.)

    He’s been “helping” fold laundry off and on for over a year, and just last week was he finally able to fold a kitchen towel reasonably correctly. He’s usually in such a rush to get it folded and get on to the next one that he would kind of fling it into a pile and say it was done. Last week he carefully smoothed it out, then pulled one side over to the other side, attempting to match up the edges. I was fairly astonished at his meticulous work, compared to the hurried job he’d done last time.

    What sorts of chores do you have your preschoolers do? How old were you when you started doing chores when you were growing up?

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Create Sinking Funds

    Project 40, Set Up Sinking Funds, is another project where I get to feel virtuous because I’m already doing it.

    Which is a nice thing, because sick kids have kept me from making much progress on my goals and would have kept me from working on any big project for this. It was kind of a relief to find that this week’s was one I could not worry about accomplishing.

    As part of my regular budgeting procedure I track our sinking funds so I know what we have available. We kind of use sinking funds for everything – vacations, home repairs, bigger home projects (like replacing our kitchen countertops eventually), regularly replacing computers (my husband is an IT guy and truly does “need” a new computer much more frequently than most people), even clothing.

    If it’s not a regular monthly expense, I have it set up as a sinking fund. I probably go a little overboard with it, but I love Excel and spreadsheets so I had fun setting the spreadsheet up, and tweaking it as needed.

    I don’t have separate savings accounts for all of my sinking funds (only the car replacement fund is on its own). Instead I simply track it via the spreadsheet. It’s easy enough, and then I don’t have to reconcile dozens of accounts.

    Honestly, I feel a little silly admitting how much fun I have playing with spreadsheets. Please, someone else tell me that they also have a love for Excel!

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Seven Quick Takes: Kid Edition

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We have grape vines in our backyard, along the fence. The one side is loaded with grapes, and baby H loves them. She used to just get them when I would pick them and share, but she now takes herself over to the side of the yard and picks them herself. Sadly for her she doesn’t yet know to only pick the ripe ones, so occasionally she gets a green one and makes an awful face and spits it out. It doesn’t discourage her; she’s back to pick another one and try again. So cute.

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Her brother does not like eating the grapes, but he likes picking them. I’ve at least got him (usually) only picking ripe ones. He picks them and tries to get H to eat them, but he picks too many too fast and she can’t keep up. I have to watch him or else he attempts to shove grapes in her mouth.

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I was on my own with the kids for two nights last week, and then I was alone with the baby the next night after that. It went surprisingly well. Night #3 H was getting really cranky as it crept close to bedtime and I asked her “are you ready to go upstairs and take a bath and go to bed?”

She responded by making her “ehhhh!” sound, then walked off to the stairs, climbed them, took herself down the hall, into the bathroom, climbed into the tub, and turned on the water. I was following behind her just to see what she was doing.

I guess she was ready to get moving on her bedtime routine.

— 4 —

The stomach virus that played havoc with our last two weeks has {fortunately} run its course, but G either has got some allergies, or he’s picked up a cold. He is sniffly and snotty, and I’m afraid I may be coming down with something as well, which definitely makes me think cold. Hopefully no one else catches it.

— 5 —

Baby H, who at 14 months is not such a baby, is still a terrible sleeper. I started reading a book on sleep problems, and realized that a lot of it is my fault (bad sleep associations for H), and we’re going to have to do some work to get her to sleep better. I figured we’d be in for a couple of rough rough nights, but hopefully it would lead to much better days and nights soon after. I talked to Mr. SJ about it, to coordinate a good time for it, and to see if he thought G could sleep in the basement so his sleep wasn’t interrupted.

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Can you guess where this is going? Mr. SJ was enthusiastically behind the plan, and that night he & G both slept in the basement. H had some major crying going on at first, and I was afraid it’d be the same all through the night.

Amazingly {and happily} that was not the case. After the initial crying jags when she was falling asleep, she stayed asleep. All night long. She even slept in until 8:00.

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Now, yes, that was only one night and as I’m writing these quick takes on Thursday afternoon I have no idea what tonight will bring. But I’m certainly feeling more optimistic about it than I was yesterday at this time.

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