Friday, April 30, 2010
In other Emily news, I think we have pretty much mastered potty training. (Hooray!) After her success at Fazoli's a month ago she pretty much ditched the potty ring and insists on doing everything herself. We still have incidents here and there, but it's not really anything to get uptight about. The main thing is supervising to make sure she actually flushes and washes afterwards. Also, we still have some issues with over-using toilet paper. For some reason she thinks she needs to roll it up into a tight "cinnamon roll" and therefore, uses way too much compressed into tight little wads.
Emily has had some interesting changes verbally in the last month. She now adds "tags" to the end of most of her sentences (e.g. "He threw the ball, didn't he?" "I ate a cookie, didn't I?") The one that drives me nuts is "I'm being nice, isn't I?" No matter how many times she has been corrected she hasn't switched to "aren't I". You become painfully aware of all the difficulties and inconsistencies of the English language. She also says, "I and Daddy". On a positive note, Emily is making progress on her beginning /th/ sound (vs. using /f/) thanks to a jump start from Grandma Boote. :o) We practice a lot with "three," "think" and "throw."
One of the slightly odd changes is that Emily started calling me "Mama". I'm sure it's due to an over-saturation of the Berenstain Bears. (Just a guess since she sometimes pretends to call Lizzy Bruin on the phone and tells me she's going to Lizzy's house to play.) Once in a while she will refer to Austin as "Papa", but she usually still addresses him as "Daddy". I can't decide if it annoys me or not. For some reason it makes me feel like some old, southern lady with a twenty- or thirty-something-year-old son who still lives with his "momma".
An exciting development is Emily's completely unprompted attempts to write her name. One day she told me she wrote her name and I thought, "Sure you did." At first glance it just looked like a bunch of lines and squiggles, but if you look closer and turn it around a few times, you can definitely distinguish E-m-i-l-y. Under it is a picture of balloons she drew for Lincoln's birthday. :o)
Some other great skills Emily has mastered this month are how to button buttons and buckle her own seat belt. It still sometimes takes quite a bit of verbal prompting, but technically she is able to completely get in and out of the van on her own thanks to push-button power doors.
The Winkflash pictures for April are uploaded. Beginning this month I'm going to put the monthly video player in a separate post.
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Monday, April 26, 2010
I tried an experiment last week and did not touch a single thing in Emily's room for 4 days. Here is a video of what happened:
Emily has obviously not inherited the Lorenzen neat freak gene. There may be hope, though. I was pretty messy when I was younger, too. Emily also very willingly helped hang up clothes on hangers and did a great job while I picked up the rest of the floor yesterday.
But then she wasn't sleepy when we put her to bed last night. We had a babysitter, so she was allowed to entertain herself until she was tired. That's usually what she does anyway. The only rule is that she has to stay upstairs and no playing in the bathroom. The organized toy closet is upstairs, and she helps herself. By the time she fell asleep all the Cooties were put together and all the Memory cards were lined up on her bedroom floor along with all her stuffed animals. And every single Berenstain Bear book was in bed with her. Thankfully, the Barrel of Monkeys and Lite Brite pegs were still in their respective containers. I used to try to keep her books categorized on the shelves and toys sorted in bins. Now I'd just be happy being able to walk across the floor barefoot without fear of injury!
It's not that Emily doesn't like/want to clean. We usually fight over the Swiffer duster when I actually do get around to dusting. She hauls it out on her own more often than I do. She also hauls the broom out of the closet and tries to sweep the kitchen floor like Daddy. Just now I went upstairs to investigate the eerie silence (always a red flag for me). Behind a closed bathroom door Emily was "cleaning the potty". She had made a little mess, and after watching me clean the bathroom last night during bath time with sanitary wipes, she decided to do the same. The bathroom had an overpowering lemon scent and half the container of wipes was strung out across the floor. Sigh. (I seem to *sigh* a lot in my blog posts lately.) Some day I'm going to try to figure out how to harness that energy and enthusiasm. For now, I could really use a nap. ;o)
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Monday, April 19, 2010
We're almost to a year already! Although Lincoln hasn't been officially weighed, I think he finally broke 19 lbs. on our bathroom scale at home. He continues to crawl and cruise with ease and will balance for a few seconds on his feet until he realizes what he's doing or gets distracted.
The two big "tricks" Lincoln learned this month are shaking his head "No" (even though it doesn't necessarily mean "no") and clapping his hands. It took a lot of snapshots to try to get a picture of him without his hands clapping in front of his face. I liked this one best anyway. :o)
Another thing Lincoln has discovered is wheels. He is fascinated by anything with wheels. He likes to push a car/truck/train back and forth. He likes tipping over Emily's baby doll stroller and spinning the double wheels. He also loves the Cozy Coupe and can now just barely reach the ground enough to be able to push himself backwards.
In the eating department Lincoln loves any kind of fruit. He also seems to recognize if you have something that he doesn't and lets you know if he wants it! This is especially true with strawberries. I confess to going against all medical advice and feeding my less-than-one-year-old strawberries. Not only that, but Lincoln is drinking whole milk at both lunch & dinner. I quickly cut back to only a morning nursing at the beginning of the month after a couple biting incidents. Lincoln never blinked about drinking milk from a sippy cup or about dropping those feedings. I don't think it will be much problem at all weaning him completely sometime in the next few weeks.
One thing I have really enjoyed and cherished with Lincoln over the past month is cuddling before putting him down to sleep. Emily never sat still or close for more than 2 seconds, so I never knew what "cuddling" was until Lincoln came along. While Emily preferred 2-3 books, Lincoln often prefers just a cuddle and a song as part of the bedtime routine. And that's just fine with me. :o)
And just for fun, here are the 11-month-old pictures from Emily & Lincoln. Lincoln needs a little sun. ;o)
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Sunday, April 18, 2010
One of our stops on the drive to Hull was at Shinkle Park in Hartley, IA. I give it two thumbs up for nice, new equipment, brand new baby swings, a nostalgic domed jungle gym, a fun swing bench, a beautiful wooden gazebo (not pictured), and especially for having decent, unlocked restrooms when we really needed it!
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The kids & I spent a few days in Hull with my family this past week. It was the first trip back by myself since Lincoln was a little baby and would sleep the whole way. The 4+ hour drive went smoothly both directions, so I'm not as nervous about doing it more often this summer. Here are some highlights:
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My new goal for the summer is to find/visit all the parks in Waverly. Or at least the ones with a playground. Both kids love going to the park, and it's a nice outing during those "special" late afternoon hours. ;o) The city web site has a great page listing all the parks maintained by the city along with their location, a description of what is there and even some pictures. At least 10 of the 22 parks listed have some type of play equipment. With an additional 4 elementary playgrounds in the city, we should have no problem finding a fun and interesting place to play! We have already visited the four closest to our house. I will go back and document those along with any new ones we visit this summer. Now if only Lincoln would be more interested in walking and less interested in eating pea gravel...
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Emily is attempting to pick all the violets, too. They are a bit overwhelming. This glass of violets has been sitting on the nightstand in her room for two days. :o)
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Sunday, April 11, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
No, the title of this blog post does not refer to me. And not even so much to Austin. Neither of us mind vacuuming, and the chore has become easier now that we are dog-less. The title refers to the kids. It's hard to vacuum when Lincoln is awake because he is so enthralled with the thing that he chases you around trying to get it. When the vacuum is stationary he is examining it closely and has pulled it down on top of himself more than once. The closet where we store the vacuum has a door that doesn't latch tight and Lincoln knows it. This love affair is not new to us, however. Emily was much the same way. Below are some pictures of Lincoln and Emily at approximately the same age with their friend, the vacuum cleaner. (Too bad it probably won't be the same when they're big enough to actually vacuum!)
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