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What does Megan read?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Sandra recently told Diane, my¬†sister-in-law, about Megan’s reading habits:¬†

 

Megan loves all sorts of books, really. She is even getting into recorded books. It started with her Teddy Ruxpin, a gift from one of her “fairy grandmothers” (takes some explaining for that one) a couple years ago. Then we got a Disney book with 4 stories in the book and a CD that read the four stories. Then Grant found two more Disney CDs with similar setups and accompanying books. THEN (aren’t you sorry you asked now?) Wendy’s started giving out CDs with children’s stories (Dolphins at Daybreak and Pirates at Noon, two in a series), unfortunately without the accompanying books. She often listens to her stories while in her room for quiet time/ nap time and at bedtime. She’s even been known to put herself in her room for story time during the day.

 

That being said, she still loves other books. We’ve checked out the Olivia books from the library (by Ian Falconer), and we all get a kick out of those, but she doesn’t yet own any. She and Michael both enjoy the lift the flap books, but she’s getting to where she wants the longer stories to be read to her. She enjoys the Llama, Llama books (we have Lllama Llama Mad at Mama and Llama Llama Red Pajama) and we’re working more on having her recognize her letters, numbers, and short words. She’s pretty good at that. She loves books with a repeating or rhyming structure in books that allows for more interaction on her part; she takes great joy in participating in the reading. The Kipper books were great for the beginning of this more recent stage! She loves princesses (we even have Do Princesses wear hiking boots?), tells everyone about her 5 horses, is getting into dance and gymnastics, and is obsessed with (and excited about) the idea of going to school , which doesn’t seem to be in her immediate future. She loves music and really enjoys her pretend world. I think she sometimes even makes Grant read recipes to her.

 

By the way, it is a true. She does have me read her recipes from the “Cooking for Babies” cookbook we have. She loves the personified vegetable and fruit pictures that go with some the recipes. I read them with lots of excitement in my voice.

 

 

Momma, Cookie?

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

This is all Michael could say as he sat in front of my hot-off-the-cookie-sheet cookies, one in each hand, chocolate stains around his little mouth. I had left the room for just a moment and came back to find that he’d tested SEVERAL before settling on the two he chose. The ones he decided he didn’t immediately want, Megan was kind enough to eat for him.
I put the rest away before they could lick them all.

Growth ‘xplosions

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

We often talk about “splosions” at our house, generally to describe what must have happened to one of the kids’ posteriors to create such a mess in the diaper and clothes to clean up. Lately, though, we’ve been having ‘xplosions of the growth kind, which are awesome. Here are some of the details:
- Megan is potty trained! We are still putting her in pull-ups for nap and bed, but that shall pass, too.
- Michael is using more words and signs each day! “Book” and “ball” sound an awful lot alike, but with context, you can figure it out. He says “done” when forced, “up,” and “down.” He has many expressive words- “yeah!” and “wow!” and “woo hoo” included. He’s trying more, which is the best part. And oh! He asks for tickles with the sign and saying “tickle” the best he can. Ask him to show his belly, and he’ll show it to you and either say “poke” or “tickle.” He loves being tickled!
- Megan is now able to pedal on her tricycle! This is huge. She’s been working on it, off and on, since her 2nd birthday. It’s just been in the last few weeks that the pedaling (what a funny word- sorry if it’s misspelled) has taken off. She spent 40 minutes or so working on it one day, just so she’d be ready to show her daddy. She’d been able to go backward forever, but going forward is something her body wouldn’t cooperate with her on doing. The timing was such that it felt like potty training and pedaling arrived in one beautiful package, as if from the UPS man.
- Michael is s l o w l y learning to put himself to bed at night. We have to work with him a while to get him to stay in his bed, then in his room, but in the end, he is going to sleep without a parent’s arm draped over him, holding him down. This hasn’t occurred with naptime yet, but it will, I know it! He really has had us (especially me!) by the short and curlies on this; we’ve not done a good job of establishing a bedtime routine which allows him to go to bed on his own up to this point. He never was a baby who nursed to sleep; he just had to cuddle. That’s all well and good, but it won’t make for the independent boy we all want him to be!
- BOTH kids are learning more and more how to play with each other every day. They’re finally reaching the age where they can play on more equal terms. It’s not just Megan that I’m chastising for taking toys anymore, and it’s not just Michael that I’m asking not to whine about toys he doesn’t have. The kids are sharing more, communicating more, cooperating more, and arguing more. I love it all. They’re learning to relate to each other and learning to take charge- which they both do, beautifully. These are the best days, and it’s only going to get better!

Parents are Fools; Child is Victorious

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Megan’s making great progress on potty training. For the past week, she’s been wearing panties all day, donning a pull-up only for naptime and bedtime. Since Friday, she’s only had one accident, and that was late at night, really past her bedtime. In short, she’s doing great, and we’re terribly proud of her.
After bath last night, I asked Megan to go get dressed. Specifically, I told her to go put on a pull-up and pajamas. I never thought to make sure she actually did what I asked. Silly Mama.
This morning, Megan and Grant were doing some early-morning bonding while he did his back exercises. He said something to her about taking off her pull-up and putting on panties for the day, and she told him she was already wearing panties, that she slept in them last night. And they stayed dry! We are appalled at ourselves and so very proud of her.

Potty Training Update - Real Progress!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Last Wednesday, Megan began a quantum leap forward in moving to “big girl pantities.” She and Michael spent the day with my parents. When I arrived for dinner, Megan had a big “surprise” waiting for me to see in the master bath. We celebrated (and flushed)! Since then she has continued to make awesome progress each day. Today she has worn underwear exclusively with the exception of naptime I think. We are very proud of her. We are also excited that we won’t have to pay for pull-ups anymore.