Saturday, December 8, 2012

21 Months Old!

I know I say it every month, but it's hard to believe Emily and Kyle are 21 months old! That means in three short months they are going to be 2 years old! (And in two months they are going to have a baby brother!!)

Emily and Kyle amaze me every day with how grown up they are and how much they are learning!

On December 1st, we traded out highchairs for booster seats! At first we had them sitting next to each other... which wasn't our best idea. They kept stabbing each other with their forks and stealing food off each other's plates. Once we switched them to opposite sides of the tables, meal time went a lot better! They seem to love sitting at the table with us! They also love to play with their seats and try to climb in them when it's not time to eat..

Every night as part of our bedtime routine, we read the Bible and pray with Emily and Kyle. They know that once we get on monkeys (sleep sacks), that's its time to pray. Most of the time, they will both stand in front of us and fold their hands. Kyle has started to pray pretty much every night. He says "Dear Jesus, Thank You (list people... normally Mommy, Daddy, KyKy, Sissy, Olby, Grama, and Grapa), In Jesus Name, AAAAAAmmen!" It's pretty cute. The last week or two, Emily has started to pray some, but normally just stands there with her hands folded.

Emily and Kyle love each other and enjoy showing their love to each other. They hold hands often when walking up and down the hall or when they are in their stroller. They cuddle each other. They give each other hugs and kisses. Kyle sometimes gets a little rough when hugging and kissing Emily and it turns in the tackling... and she's not so much a fan of that. When one of them is hurt or upset, the other one is normally pretty concerned and rubs the upset one's back and tries to help them feel better.

We started doing Time Outs a couple weeks ago instead of always spanking or slapping hands. It seems to be working. Most of the time if they do something wrong and they are told to go to Time Out, they will walk down and hall and sit in time out (in front of Mommy and Daddy's bedroom door). Kyle normally sits and pouts until he's told to get up and Emily gets very upset any time she gets in trouble. The only real issue we are having with Time Out is that if Kyle is put in Time out and is very upset, then Emily also wants to go sit in Time Out with him to make him feel better. 

Last week at our WIC appointment, Emily weighed 18 lbs 6 oz. She is in both the 3rd percentile for her height and weight (I don't remember how tall she was...).

One of Emily's favorite things to do is to spin in circles. She does it often... specially when she's really sleepy and is being silly. She will spin and spin until she falls over... then get up and spin some more!

Emily LOVES cell phones. She loves to play with them, taking pictures with them, and call people on them. On my phone, I have quick dials on one of my screens... she knows that if she touches Grandma's picture, that she will get to talk to Grandma. If you get a weird phone call from Brent or I, most likely it's Emily!

Emily finally has some more teeth! She's been working on cutting six teeth since the end of September and five of them have finally broken through! So she is now up to nine teeth and working on her tenth!

Emily likes to study things and figure them out. Before she attempts to do anything new, you can see her looking and trying to figure out exactly what she is going to do before she tries. If she tries something and doesn't succeed at first, she gets very frustrated (I wonder where she gets that from?). 

At our WIC appointment last week Kyle weighed 21 lbs 6 oz. I don't remember his height either, but he was in the 13th percentile for his weight and the 33rd for his height... so he's tall and skinning like his daddy!

Kyle is constantly in motion. He loves to run and spin and climb and jump and dance around. In the rare moment he is sitting still though, he does like to cuddle!

Kyle just does stuff. He doesn't think before he tries to do something, he just jumps right in. If he takes him multiple tries to figure out how to do something, he doesn't care. He normally will keep on trying until he accomplishes his goal.

Kyle is now tall enough that he can open closet doors. He has been able to open regular doors for a while, but in the past month he has figure out how to open the folding closet doors. It's sometimes helpful... as he will open their bedroom closet door to put away dirty clothes and the hall closet to get out shoes when it's time to go. But it also means he can get into closets....

Shortly after we moved back to Michigan we started letting the kids watch a few shows on PBS (we really try to limit their screen time though!). Kyle's favorite show is The Cat in The Hat! Whenever Kyle wants to go somewhere... or when we are going somewhere... he says "Go Go Go" just like the "Go Go Go on an Adventure" song from the show. When we watch the show, he sings right along with the Cat, Nick, and Sally!

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