Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Toddler Ben

Ben is a very energetic toddler, and he already seems like a big kid to me most of the time, except for the 2 to 3 hours I spend holding him or carrying him around every day. This picture shows the puzzle pieces that he LOVES. He loves them. He carries them around constantly and says "Matt, Matt," because there's a picture of toddler Matt on them.

When someone is crying, Ben says, "Awww, pat pat," and makes a sad face and a hand gesture like he's going to pat the crying person to make him feel better. Sam appreciates this most of the time, but Matt does not like to be consoled.

Ben rubs his eyes when he hears the word "sleepy." He enjoys flopping down on my head anytime I'm lying on the floor. He is very excited when Jeff gets home from work, and he's eager to head out the door to take Matt to school or go pick him up. He likes to sit in the big chairs instead of his high chair at every opportunity.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Silly kid things

Here's what the kids have been doing, just some funny things from December through now. These are the types of things I'll miss and otherwise never remember. Kids are so funny.

Matt and Sam sometimes drive trucks around in the basement. When they drive from the couch to behind the wet bar, they say they're driving on "Poopways." When Jeff is around, they call it "Rumble Rumble Rumble" because they know he doesn't like the P word.

Sam plays the banjo. This consists entirely of him holding a baby teething ring and saying "Banjo, banjo, banjo!" a lot and occasionally banging the ring against things. He's never seen a banjo and probably never heard one.

Baseball parties: This is the term Matt and Sam use for dumping out all the toy bins into a huge pile. In fact, baseball parties are what prompted me to sell our toy-bin storage shelf. It was the worst. They were very enthusiastic about it, though.

"Shoes on hooks, shoes on hooks!" This is something that Sam sometimes shouts for no apparent reason. I think it's funny and sometimes say it myself. Matt doesn't know what it means.

A few months ago, Sam had been asking what different things were for. Many times, the answer was "for decoration." He started answering a lot of questions that way. For example, "Sam, why did you dump all that stuff out on the floor?" "For decoration." "Sam, did you spill that milk on purpose? Why did you?" "For decoration." "Sam, what do you think that truck is doing over there?" "It's for decoration."

Sam sometimes go up to Matt or Ben, grabs their ears, and says, "Ear diamond! Ear diamond!" We don't know what that means, but it's funny. He's also been saying "lugo" about everything. Who knows what that means, either.

Matt likes to tell me his dreams. One day, he was laughing so hard about this dream, like it was the silliest thing he'd ever imagined, that it was cracking me up. He explained that he dreamt of a flatbed pulling a trailer with a snowplow. It didn't have a delimber. But - and this was the hilarious part to him - the trees were gone! They were just gone! He kept saying, "They can't work that fast!" *giggle giggle* "There was no delimber, but even if there had been, they can't work that fast! They can't work THAT fast!" *giggle giggle*

One day, Ben was chewing on the trampoline. Sam said to him, "That's your food now," in a tone that was so fatalistic and matter-of-fact that it makes me laugh every time I think about it. I like to say, "That's your [whatever] now" in the same tone whenever the chance arises.

General notes:
Matt has been able to read for a couple of months now. He's very interested in nonfiction in general and animals in particular. He loves the National Geographic Little Kids' First Big Book of... series a lot.

Sam has started stuttering quite a bit. I asked him today if he was having trouble getting his words out. Matt interrupted and said, "Sam is NOT having any trouble getting his words out. He just needs to think about what he's going to say and then say the first letter of the word a bunch of times." He has been clingier than usual lately and wants to hold hands a lot. He is BFFs with both Matt and Ben.

Ben is a toddler now, not a baby. He's almost weaned - one night feeding remains but will be gone soon I'm sure. He loves to turn light switches off and on. He likes to walk around holding remotes or markers. He likes to scribble with crayons. He helps unload the dishwasher and can follow simple commands, like "get your shoes." He loves to hug everyone.


Friday, February 5, 2016

Questions for kids

Here are the answers Matt and Sam came up with for some questions floating around Facebook.


Without any answer-prompting, ask your child these questions. Post with age and name of child.

Sam, 2.5 years

About Brigitte
1. What is something I always say to you? "Go out for exercise."
2. What makes me happy? "I. Coffee."
3. What makes me sad? "Yourself."
4. How do I make you laugh? "Playing. When you say Ben is staying home and Sam is going to preschool and Matt is going to kindergarten."
5. What is my favorite color? "Something on your shirt."
6. How old am I? "Too much."
7. How tall am I? "Too much." (Lots of giggles.)
8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Something at Matt's school."
9. What do I do when you're not around? "Play. Play garbage truck."
10. What am I really good at? "Puzzles."
11. What is something I'm not good at? "That. That's on wall." (He was pointing to the calendar. ??)
12. What do I do for a job? "Chores and stuff."
13. What is my favorite food? "Not peanut butter crackers. You like soup."
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "Playing. Have fun 'Mom & Sam & Ben time.'" (Aka, when Matt's at preschool.)


About Jeff
1. What is something I always say to you? "Mom."
2. What makes me happy? "I."
3. What makes me sad? "I."
4. How do I make you laugh? "Like Dad. Everybody go poop."
5. What is my favorite color? "Red."
6. How old am I? "Two and much."
7. How tall am I? "Too much." 

8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Chores."
9. What do I do when you're not around? "Sleep."
10. What am I really good at? "Chores."
11. What is something I'm not good at? "I? My?"
12. What do I do for a job? "I'll move these things at church."
13. What is my favorite food? "Total and raisins."
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "Chores."


 



Matt, age 4.5

About Brigitte
1. What is something I always say to you? "I can't think of anything for that. Matt."
2. What makes me happy? "Hugs and cuddles."
3. What makes me sad? "Dad."
4. How do I make you laugh? "Fuzzy puzzles."
5. What is my favorite color? "What? I don't know."
6. How old am I? "I think thirty or twentysomething."
7. How tall am I? "I don't know. I think if you're standing next to the couch and I'm standing on the edge, that's how tall."
8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Feeding Ben."
9. What do I do when you're not around? "Do puzzles. Play with Ben."
10. What am I really good at? "Feeding Ben food that's not milk."
11. What is something I'm not good at? "Messes."
12. What do I do for a job? "Kids."
13. What is my favorite food? "Green beans."
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "LEGOs and reading."


About Jeff
1. What is something I always say to you? "I love you."
2. What makes me happy? "Cuddling."
3. What makes me sad? "Messes."
4. How do I make you laugh? "Saying 'Sam'."
5. What is my favorite color? "Green."
6. How old am I? "I think 32."
7. How tall am I? "Probably from the floor to here." (He was holding his hand about 4 feet off the ground.)
8. What is my favorite thing to do? "Watching football."
9. What do I do when you're not around? "Watching football."
10. What am I really good at? "Turning on tv."
11. What is something I'm not good at? "Messes."
12. What do I do for a job? "I think design buildings."
13. What is my favorite food? "Corn and okra."
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? "Watching football & Mighty Machines and LEGOs and reading and Magnatiles."


Thursday, December 17, 2015

What I'm going to do

We were leaving Matt's preschool after dropping him off, and I said, "Sammy, what am I going to do next year when Matt's at kindergarten and you're at preschool and it's just me and Ben at home?" Sam immediately replied, "Potty training! Potty training for Ben!"

Monday, December 14, 2015

Ben's nap notes

Well, the time has come for no more nursing or holding to sleep for Ben's naps. He's been taking the occasional decent nap but mostly naps only 5 to 25 minutes long. And that's not good for him.

Today:
7:00 a.m. - awake for day
9:22 a.m. - in crib, standing, cruising, making screechy noises
9:35 a.m. - asleep
10:48 a.m. - awake and happy

1:37 p.m. - in crib, standing, sitting, crawling, making happy noises
1:43 p.m. - standing and crying
1:48 p.m. - sitting and crying harder
1:50 p.m. - lying down and crying hard
1:53 p.m. - asleep
2:11 p.m. - awake

December 15
6:30 a.m. - awake for day
9:18 a.m. - in crib, crying
9:33 a.m. - asleep
10:18 a.m. - awake and crying

1:09 p.m. - in crib, standing, cruising, making happy noises
1:11 p.m. - lying down, making sleepy noises
1:13 p.m. - asleep
2:31 p.m. - awake and happy

December 16
7 a.m. - awake for day
9:13 a.m. - in crib, crying
9:20 a.m. - asleep
10:20 a.m. - awake and happy

1:13 p.m. - in crib, rolling, standing, fussing
1:19 p.m. - standing and crying hard
1:20 p.m. - lying down, sitting, lying down, sitting, fussing
1:24 p.m. - asleep
3:00 p.m. - had to wake him up!

December 17
9:19 a.m. - in crib, lying down, quiet
9:21 a.m. - standing and crying/fussing
9:23 a.m. - lying down and fussing
9:25 a.m. - asleep
10:28 a.m. - awake and happy

1:14 p.m. - in crib, lying down, quiet
1:22 p.m. - loud fussing
1:24 p.m. - asleep

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Barns

Sam: "What barn for, Matt?"
Matt: "A barn is like a house, except there's nothing to do in it except lay around and sleep. The animals just walk in it and go to sleep, or if there's bad weather they can go in it. Also, farmers can keep their tools in there and just go in and get what they need. Sometimes tractors are in barns but not usually."


Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What Sam's been saying

We were playing outside waiting for Jeff to get home. When we saw his car, Sam asked me, "Sam wipe Sam's face on Dad's car?" I said, "Ask Dad when he gets here." When Jeff got out of the car, Sam asked him, "Wipe Sam's face on your car?" Then Sam giggled uncontrollably for many minutes. That's the essence of a toddler.

This morning, Sam was turning pages in a very long book. Each page, he said, "Ding dong, ding dong." He explained, "All these pages ding dong. Not this page. All the pages ding dong but not this page right here." Who knows.