Number One - Macho might have an ear infection. It could explain why he's been sniffly and stuffy the last week and a half. He has a doctor's appointment in the morning, so we'll see how it goes.
Number two - Beauty still does not know the meaning of the word "quiet." In the mornings, she immediately wakes up and starts playing with her toys, while making very loud noises. I try to convey to her that she needs to keep her voice down so she doesn't wake her brother, but it never works. She always wakes him (and everyone else) up promptly at 7 am.
And finally, Beauty has picked up this extremely annoying habit of jumping constantly! I can't count how many times a day I say, "Stop jumping," "Feet down," "Sit down," or "Don't do that!" I don't know how much more my couches or beds can take!
Ok, now on to my mommy moments; the things that make me happy and bring a smile to my face =D
My kids love sweeping! Every day, Macho asks for his broom AND for Beauty's broom (they each have their own swiffer sweeper). They grab their brooms and they get right to work; it's so cute!
Macho has learned to give bear hugs. Right before I put him down for bed, he puts his head on my shoulder, wraps his arms around as far they can go, and gives his strongest squeeze. I love when he does that!
I can tell I'm teaching my kids well when they start correcting me! It's happened a few times where I've asked Macho to do something and I forgot to say please. Today, I was asking him to move out of the way, so I said, "Excuse me." He looked at me and said, "Excuse me please." lol
Macho has the cutest new little habit of laughing and saying either "That's funny," or "I'm funny." Hubby will make Macho laugh and he says, "Hahaha...that's funny!" Sometimes, Macho will do something silly that makes us laugh, and he'll say, "Haha, I'm funny!" And he always says it with a big cheesy grin; it's so cute!
Last week, Beauty's teacher told me that she was so happy and impressed with how well Beauty is doing in school. She's learned all the kid's names and will say their name when she wants their attention. She's also learning to eat new things during snack time and she assists the teachers with everything. She has also learned to wait her turn and share toys with others without fussing, plus Beauty just recently learned to count up to 29 (we're working on the 30's right now). Also, she's learning to say new words every day and asks to know what something is called if she doesn't know what it is. Her teacher (and I) are both very pleased with her progress!
Lately, we've been working with Beauty to learn to say "want." We first practiced with her requesting her milk in the morning. She learned to say, "Want milk please," and now she's learning to add the word before requesting other things. She 's getting really good at it.
Here's something new Beauty's doing; she's actively looking me in the eyes! It's amazing; I'll be doing something and then notice that Beauty is trying to look in my eyes so she can get my attention. She opens her eyes nice and wide, moves her head in towards mine, and waits until I notice her. Once she has my attention, she says, "Hi!" and then lures me to her room where she'd like me to hand her something she can't reach. I love being able to stare into those big, beautiful hazel eyes of hers!
Beauty has mastered her Smart Cycle (you know, the toy for kids that's similar to a bike, only it doesn't go anywhere?). Up until now, she's been content just playing with the main game (the bus riding down the street collecting letters, shapes, and numbers), but now she's trying out all the little side games. She's really good at them too; one game is a frog game where you have to collect the letters of the word at the bottom of the screen. Since she knows how to read some words, she gets really excited when she sees a word she recognizes (like sun, star, bird). When she sees a word she doesn't recognize, she looks at me and says, "What's that?" I'll spell it and then say the word for her, so now she's learning to read even more words. She sounds so cute when she talks!
And here's the ULTIMATE AWESOME thing that makes me so happy; a few days ago, Beauty asked for seconds at dinner! I'm not kidding; I served her a pancake one night and when she was finished, I began unbuckling her from her booster seat, but she started getting upset. I couldn't figure it out at first, but when I gave her another pancake, she relaxed and started eating it. I was FLOORED! She's never asked for more food before! She's done this twice more since then (only with pancakes so far, but hey, I'll take it!). This makes me so happy! =D