Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Friday, April 29, 2016

They Say...

My kids say and do things that amuse me on a daily basis.  Even with the blog, I can't keep up with recording them all...and some of them just don't translate well into writing.  But here are a few recent gems:

Staley has her Kindergarten screening next week.  The other day, she asked me, "Is it a Kindergarten screening or a Kindergarten screaming?"  I just laugh every time I try to imagine what a Kindergarten screaming might look like...or sound like.  :)  Staley has also wanted to "practice" for her screening by working on her reading and writing and math skills, and doing some of her trivia questions.  She told me, "Maybe we can write down all the things I'm practicing so that I can take it to my screening and show them what I know."  As hard as it is for me to think about my baby going to Kindergarten, this girl is ready!!

Adelie just continually cracks me up with the things she says in her sweet little voice.  The other night, she was looking at Uma's earrings.  Then she sweetly said, "Maybe next time you can wear some pretty ones."

I have a baby carrier called the Baby K'tan that I sometimes carry Briggs in.  The other night I had Briggs in a carrier for our family walk and Adelie noted, "Briggs is in his container."  Yep.  Just putting my baby in his container for our little family outing.

Adelie tries so hard to be just like Staley, which often results in more amusing things Adelie says and does.  When Staley is making up jokes, so is Adelie.  Often we end up with Adelie winners like "Knock. Knock."  "Who's there?"  "You have a hair in your mouth."  Or when Staley was playing a game the other night by asking Grammy things like "Which do I like better?  Ballet or Gymnastics", Adelie joined right in with things like "Do I want to sit on a stick or lie on the sidewalk?"  And when Staley was whispering secrets to me the other day, Adelie wanted to too.  She whispered to me, "Are mermaids real?"  When I started to answer, she informed me, "No.  It's a secret, so you don't answer."

And Briggs just continually talks more and more.  He is still adding words to his vocabulary on a daily basis, identifying things like clock and spider and mouse and owl.  He gets excited about taking his "baff" (bath).  He still calls all crunchy snacks "crackers", including chips.  This morning, we were playing at the playground and Briggs was having a great time playing in the wood chips.  He picked one up and held it out to me.  I said, "That's a wood chip."  And so, for the rest of the time we were at the park, he'd pick up the wood chips and say, "Cracker." 

My kids just make me smile. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Confidence Killer

This morning as we were upstairs getting ready for the day, I said, "We need to get downstairs for breakfast soon.  I'm hungry!"  Adelie looked at me, patted my belly, and said, "You're not hungry.  Your belly is already full."

Sometimes kids just aren't good for your self-esteem.

First Steps

Briggs has been in no hurry to walk.  He was very happy to pull up on things, cruise along furniture, and then crawl when he needed to get somewhere fast.  Over the past week or so, he's been getting braver about standing without holding onto anything.  And last night, he started taking some steps.  His record was about 6-7 consecutive steps when walking from Zach to Staley's bed.  So we're making it official.  Briggs has taken his first independent steps.

And he's pretty proud of himself!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Big Boy

Briggs is talking and understanding so much.  He probably has at least 40-50 words by now that he uses, and he continues to add new words on a daily basis.  To Briggs, all fruits are bananas.  All crunchy snacks are crackers.  All wheeled vehicles are cars, although he does also know bus and choo choo.  Anything round is a ball.  He has a variety of animal sounds that he makes.  Every time he hears a dog in the neighborhood or sees one in a book, he barks.  He loves to find "Melmo" (Elmo) on his diapers and in books.  He is partial to mermaids, and will toss all of the princesses from the figurine box until he can find the mermaids, excitedly proclaiming "Mermaid!  Mermaid!" when he finds one.  He will point out and say "Barbie" when the girls are playing Barbies or when we see them at the store.  He uses please and thank you appropriately.  He will try to sing along or imitate songs and finger plays.  And he tries to join in with anything the girls are saying or doing.  If the girls are being silly and laughing together, Briggs will start laughing too, even if he doesn't have any idea why.  He will follow simple commands, request specific things that he wants, point at and name things that he sees in his books or outside (including every single car that is parked or driving past), and call for his sisters by name.  He identifies his tummy, nose, eyes, and head, and doesn't hesitate to poke you in the eye and say "eye."  When the back door opens on days that Zach is at work, he will often crawl towards the kitchen calling "Dada!  Dada!"  But when the back door opens on days that Grammie is here baby-sitting, he will call "Grandpa!  Grandpa!"  Briggs doesn't really need to use signs anymore since he talks so much, but he always uses the signs for 'please' and 'drink' as he's saying the words.

On Monday, we were at the zoo and I was giving the kids a snack.  I had water and goldfish crackers.  Briggs starting asking for his snack by saying, "Cracker.  Cracker."  and then making the sound he makes for fish.

The other morning I heard Briggs talking in his monitor, so I went to get him up. He had been wearing socks when I put him to bed, but they were nowhere to be seen.  I asked Briggs, "Buddy, where are your socks?"  He smiled at me and said, "Socks.  Uh-Oh" and then pointed down to the spot between his crib and his wall.  When I looked, sure enough, they were down there...along with another pair that I had been unable to find.

This age is just so fun.  Briggs is making new connections and expressing himself and understanding so much more  I love this time in Briggs's life right now as his world expands and grows.

My big boy

Monday, April 18, 2016

Happy Birthday, Zach!

You don't get to sleep in.  You'll be spending your day at work.  There will be no time to unwind when you get home.  Your dinner will be interrupted countless times to clean up spills, get refills, cut up food, and remind children to stay in their seats and eat their dinner. At some point this evening, you will undoubtedly be attending to a crying child.  Your gifts will include at least several home made pictures, cards, and crafts.  Your quality time with your wife will probably include watching TV together while she folds laundry.  But amidst the busyness and chaos, you'll know that you are lucky...and loved...and blessed...and that this is, indeed, a happy birthday.

Happy 38th birthday, Zach!!
We love you!!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Hello, Spring

Oh, spring.  How I've missed you!!  I've missed your fresh air, your blue skies, your sunny warmth.  I've missed playing outside without a coat.  I've missed short sleeves and sandals and, yes, even sunscreen. I've missed playgrounds and zoos and sidewalk chalk and family walks.  I've missed the long naps my kids take after spending hours playing outside.  I've missed the way I feel energized and motivated and happier when you are here.  You took your sweet time coming around this year, but I'm glad you're here now.  Welcome back!!

Monday, April 11, 2016

My Little Man

He's not yet walking on his own, but he's climbing, cruising, talking, imitating, and understanding so much.  And now he's also officially done nursing.  My little man is growing up so fast...
...and it makes me happy and sad at the same time.

Lunchtime Reality

Today at lunch:

Briggs was crying and throwing food off his tray because he didn't want the leftovers I heated up for him.  If I tried to feed him, he'd just spit it back out.  He ended up only eating fruit and crackers for lunch.

Adelie was being so squirrely that she fell off her chair.  Of course, this resulted in plenty of tears.  She also, somehow, ended up with peach juice in her hair.

Staley was hemming and hawing and procrastinating and negotiating about eating her peas, placing 2 peas on her fork for each bite...and taking at least 2-3 minutes to complete a bite.  I finally told her she needed to take bigger bites of peas, helping her scoop about 8-10 peas onto her fork.  She promptly put them in her mouth, gagged several times, and then threw them back up onto the table.

At least we only have to eat 3 meals a day.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Revelation of the Day

I think 3 year olds have to be so darn cute...

to balance the fact that they can be so darn frustrating.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

She Says...

The other day, I was having Adelie dictate a few of her thank you notes for birthday gifts she received.  This was her first attempt:

"Thank you for all my things.  I love them.  Maybe for my next birthday, you can get me a mermaid toy."


Saturday, April 2, 2016

Three Years Old

Adelie is three, and I love this age.  She is so sweet and so cute and says the funniest things.  Sure, she can be uber-frustrating when she doesn't listen or can't keep her hands to herself or cries over ridiculous things, but even taking all the bad with the good, I just really love this age she is right now.

Adelie remains tall and skinny.  She weighs about 27 lbs.  She is wearing her 2T and 3T clothes and size 7 shoes.  Her 2T pants are generally too short, but her 3T pants are generally too big in the waist.  Luckily, given the choice, she prefers to wear dresses with leggings, so we don't have to worry too much about pants.  Adelie sleeps for 11-12 hours at night, and usually still takes a nap during the day for about 1.5-2.5 hours.  (Right now, however, she's spent the past 45 minutes just talking and singing in her bed instead of napping.)  Although she wasn't technically old enough for any of these before her birthday, Adelie joins Staley at story hour, kids choir, and Shining Stars.

Likes:  Adelie is a very happy, easy girl.  Favorite toys and play activities are Barbies (especially the Barbie mermaids), figurines (especially her mermaid figurines), and coloring/doing crafts.  Generally whatever Staley is playing or wants to do is what Adelie wants to do.  She loves to be a helper, often helping me with cooking and cleaning.  She is always very active and loves to go to the park, run around outside, ride her bike, and play on our playset.  Adelie is very social and sure of herself.  She plays well with some of her little friends her own age, but has no qualms about jumping right in with her older sister, her older cousins, and Staley's friends.  Her most favorite current TV show is 'Blaze and the Monster Machines' (a cartoon with talking monster trucks), but she also likes Sofia, Paw Patrol, and Dora and Friends.  Adelie enjoys reading books, often choosing to read Ariel stories, but she likes lots of different books.  Adelie is generally a good eater, but favorite foods include chicken nuggets, pancakes, macaroni and cheese, fruits, and anything sweet.  Adelie love, love, loves her big sister and her little brother.

Dislikes:  Adelie does not like being told to use the potty.  She does not like losing privileges.  She cries often over little things--falling down, getting in trouble, going potty, not being able to keep up with Staley,...but generally gets over it quickly.

Skills:  Adelie is very active and very coordinated.  She runs quickly, climbs efficiently, can ride her bike with training wheels, climb up playground equipment, and jump off things that she probably shouldn't.  She can do somersaults, swing on big girl swings, and throw and catch a ball.  Adelie is doing well with coloring in the lines, putting together puzzles (still needing help with big-girl, 24 and 48 piece puzzles), and doing simple crafts like stringing beads, gluing things, and snipping with scissors.  Adelie is very independent.  She can get undressed, put on pants/shoes/socks, take herself to the restroom, wash her hands, blow her nose, use silverware, and brush her hair all by herself.  She is starting to wash herself in the tub and brush her teeth, but still needs assistance to do this thoroughly.  Adelie loves to help around the house with things like cooking and cleaning. She is very funny, doing and saying silly things that make us laugh.  And if she does something that makes someone laugh, she will then do it over and over and over again. Adelie knows all her colors and shapes, can sing her ABCs, counts to 14 perfectly and to 20 with a few missing numbers, sings lots of songs, and has some of her books memorized.  She is very sweet and complimentary, loves to give hugs, is great at sharing, and is very thoughtful.  She truly brings so much joy to our lives!

My goofy girl
My big 3 year old

Question of the Day

Yesterday afternoon, after a 4th day of Adelie not napping, she was WILD.  Adelie was bouncing off the walls, climbing, hanging, wrestling, knocking things over...  In an attempt to harness her energy, I was trying to play catch with Adelie.  However, she was still having a hard time calming down, so I would just throw the ball across the basement.  Adelie would run and get it, race back to me, and then we'd do it again.  She had a great time running, laughing, and giggling, doing this over and over and over again for about 15 minutes straight.

So should I be pleased that I found a more healthy way for Adelie to use up some of her energy...

or should I feel guilty that I was playing fetch with my daughter?