Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Words and ABCs

Recently we have been working with Evangeline with therapists, she has a developmental therapist and a speech therapist (who we haven't met with yet) and a physical therapist. Anyway her developmental therapist had us start making a list of words that she says and this has got me really listening to her to see what words she actually knows.

While I have found that she knows a lot more words than I thought she does I also discovered that she is saying phrases as well. Things like, "There it is!" "Where'd it go?" "Its a..." and more. I also found the other day that she knows most of her letters. I was putting away some puzzles and found a letter puzzle and thought, "Hey why not see what she knows." Turns out she knows all her letters except for maybe two or three. Crazy! She also knows some of her numbers and some of her shapes. I guess David is a good influence.

As far as David goes he has started to do basic math, such as basic addition. Smart kids!!

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Spiders

Last year a female orb weaver spider set up shop outside our sliding glass door. Being a person who does not like spiders but is fascinated by them in controlled circumstances I started to watch it. Kevin joined me and soon we were checking on it nightly, sometimes staying up late just to watch it build a web or eat a meal. We watched it mate and then fall came and it disappeared. Then we had one of the coldest, harshest winters we have ever experienced out here. In fact last winter broke records for how cold it was. Understandably we were shocked when the spider showed up again this year. She was HUGE but happy and seemingly healthy. So we took up watching her again. Tonight I went to check on her, because last night was rather weird. Last night she did not come out and remake her web and a male orb weaver was wandering in the web. Tonight the old web still stands with no spider out to take it down and make a new one, instead I saw a tiny baby spider rappelling down our door. I think it is official, Charlotte is gone and a new generation has replaced her. I am ironically sad for the first time that a spider has died and I actually hope that one of her babies takes her place.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Transitions

Sleep, it is one of those rare things when you become a parent. When we had Davy it was rather easy, he slept exceptionally well for a baby and allowed me to get better sleep than what I realized. We kept him in a bassinet until he was like six or seven months, basically until he was too big for it. Then we moved him over to a crib. His bassinet was in our room, the crib was in his room. It was a big transition for me.

When it came to Evangeline things were more difficult. She was a cluster feeder. She liked to eat every two hours. So she woke me up a lot at night, and she didn't really sleep through the night until she was almost a year old. She started in a bassinet co-sleeper, and stayed there for a good long time, then I moved her to a crib but put it in the spare bedroom so I didn't have to trek all the way across the house to get to her, instead I just slept in there with her. Finally after Kevin protested enough times I left her in there and went to sleep in my own bedroom. This, it turns out was just what I needed to do to get her to sleep through the night.

So at this point she has been sleeping through the night quite well. I have been wanting to move her into the kid's room so that she isn't all by herself in the spare room. But I just haven't gotten around to it yet. Then today Kevin and I started talking about it and how it would be nice to move the hope chest out and put the crib where it was. Kevin was too sleepy today to help me with it before work so tonight before the kids went to bed I cleared out the area for the crib and drug it out of the spare bedroom and into the kid's room. I won't say it was easy, in fact it was quite a lot of work. But now it is done and based on how quiet it is I think it is successful so far. We shall see if Evangeline sleeps through the night or not. I am crossing my fingers.

Zip Zip Zippers

Davy has recently (as in within the last few months or so) figured out how to work zippers. He loves to use his new found knowledge on things like his jacket, toy containers that are closed with zippers, and his jammies. This has led to some of the more numerous of his toy messes, as well as his tendency to come out of his room in the morning without his jammies on. Today the kids were playing happily in the other room and I decided to check on them. I called both their names, Davy came up happily and said, "Hi Mama!" Evangeline giggled happily every time I said her name and eventually came over, as she rounded the corner I noticed that she was naked except for her diaper. "Someone" had helped her unzip her jammies and take them off. It is fun to see how "helpful" Davy can be when it comes to his sister.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Christmas

One of my memories from my childhood is going to look at lights. It usually happened when we went to visit my grandparents out in Iowa. Everyone would pile into one car and we would drive around the small town of Boone Iowa looking at all the lights. There were some nice houses but after awhile it got too warm and our little drive got too long and I would become bored and ready to go back to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I have thought about taking drives with Davy to go look at lights, but in the previous years he hasn't been all that interested.

This year however things are changing. Wednesday night we went over to visit my parents, they were setting up their tree and wanted us to come over to help. After helping and then socializing for a bit we got ready to go home. Nana took Davy outside and walked down the sidewalk with him a bit to look at the neighbor's lights, Nana hasn't had a chance to get her lights up yet. Once we got everyone in the car and took off all Davy could talk about was the lights and the colors and how it was all "so pretty". So I decided to drive us around a bit before going home. We drove through my parent's subdivision and there were some pretty houses. Then I started on home. Davy was happy as long as there were lights to look at, but as we drove through town the houses got sparse and the businesses became more frequent. He was a bit upset by this by the time we got to our street. So I decided to explore our neighborhood a bit before going home. I drove down a few streets and then down one I saw a house that was flashing and bright. So I drove down the street and discovered it was a house with dancing lights. Dancing lights (as I like to call them) is where the homeowner has set up the lights on their house to flash or dance to songs. They usually have everything set to broadcast the songs to a radio station, so you pull up in front of their house, tune your radio to the station they have posted in their front yard and then watch the lights dance to the music. I don't remember how long we sat and watched and listened but Davy LOVED it! I foresee more light viewing drives in our future.

On Thursday we set up the tree. Davy helped us to decorate it, and now keeps trying to take ornaments off the tree. We have tried to erect a barrier around the tree, but it doesn't deter him much. He is excited by it all though. I have made a few paper ornaments this year, which are currently on the tree but may end up hanging from the ceiling. We will see.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Talking, reading, and cuteness

Lately Davy has begun to talk more and more and in complete sentences. The other day he walked up to Kevin and said, "Daddy, I want to watch Dinosaur Train." (his new favorite show) And just Monday we were in the car and Evangeline started to fuss and Davy reached over, took her hand and said, "Evangeline, what's wrong?" So cute!

Davy is also reading a lot now. Lately he will read me the books he chooses for our bedtime story, and I know he is reading and not reciting memorized words because he will come to a word he has a problem with and look to me for help with it. He now knows how to read over 100 words, knows his colors, shapes, can write his uppercase letters and lowercase letters and is now writing some of the words he knows. For example he will draw a sun and then write the word SUN. He can draw most of his shapes, he still has problems with stars and octagons and such, but he can draw squares, rectangles, ovals, hearts, and diamonds. We have been working with him on drawing "The Star of David" as an alternate to the 5 pointed star. Kind of ironic since it has been the first star he has been able draw.

The kids have been playing really well together lately. Evangeline has been getting around by butt scooting everywhere. And Davy seems to like the fact that she is much more mobile and can now play with him. He likes to share, and sometimes not share, his toys with her. She has her four front teeth all coming in right now. Only two have really broken through, one on the top and one on the bottom, but they are all pushing their way out. She has been saying Mama, Mom, Dada a lot lately. It is super cute. These past two weeks everyone has had a cold, but we are now almost all over it.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Eva Update

Evangeline has now had about 3 to 4 weeks of physical therapy and one week of developmental therapy. The physical therapist has been working with her on crawling, crossing mid-line, and her head tilt. We have been working with her on all of her exercises, mostly the kneeling exercise she is to be doing to help her crawl. But we have also been working with crossing mid-line. We need to do more work with some of her relaxing exercises. What we have found is that Eva tends to hold herself rather stiff, she likes to tense up whenever she is upset or frustrated. So we have been working with her on relaxing. Kevin has been a huge help with everything and gets a good amount of her therapy done while he is taking care of the kids in the morning. Eva is getting closer and closer to crawling and has finally gotten past sleeping with a swaddler. We are seeing progress!!