Our last month has been a bit rough. Because of doctors appointments, holiday gatherings, Brent's holiday work schedule, and everything else... the kiddos have been through a little bit off their schedule. At first it was just lots of excitement and naps and bedtime got altered a little bit here and there... but when we had pretty much two weeks straight of family gathers and/or visitors every day, the kids got way off. They haven't been sleeping well, which means everyone is exhausted and whiny! Hopefully in the next couple weeks as we settle into "normal," I will get my happy children back.
Christmas brought lots of new toys for Emily and Kyle to play with.
Their favorite new toys are the moment seems to be puzzles. They love the puzzles where they match the pieces to the pictures, like the ones below. They will sit and play with them for over an hour sometimes (which, if you have toddlers, you know is pretty much amazing... normal interest in a toy last about 10 minutes).
They love to pretend to cook on their stove and Kyle washes dishes in the dishwasher (it's really an over but they think its a dishwasher) all the time. They will "serve" each other, mommy, daddy, or who ever else happens to be around. They love to watch people pretend eat the food they have just cooked.
Emily and Kyle are going to know how to use tools better than daddy soon thanks to their work bench. The work bench has an engine that they can take apart and put back together... which they love to do. It amazed me the first time they took it all apart and got it back together with very little help. They even used the right tools the right way! It also has a saw and grinder that they love to play with... along with the nails and hammer, drill, and all sorts of screw drivers and nuts and bolts and screws.
We have been working on the ABC's and letter recognition. At Grandma and Grandpa Franks' house they have a letter magnet thingy that will sing the ABC's and Kyle loves to sing along with it. He also enjoys to sing the ABC's by himself. He now can get to F by himself and then hum the rest of the tune. Emily can get to D most of the time. They are also getting good with recognizing some letters. They won't tell you what a letter is, but if you ask them to find a certain letter, they get it right about half the time.
We've also been working on counting with Emily and Kyle. They both can count to three consistently (I think this is because I count to three often when they aren't doing what I ask them too!). Every once in a while after we get to three they will say four or five, but not regularly.
Emily and Kyle have been helping pick out their clothes most mornings (so if they don't match... it's their fault!). Emily normally will ask to take off her jammies and get dressed after breakfast if we haven't done so already. She loves going to her drawer and picking out her clothes. Kyle mostly likes to pick out his socks and pants... most of the time he doesn't care what shirt he wears... unless Emily has on a hoodie, then he needs a hoodie too. Emily's favorite this to wear is dresses and "ights" (tights).
Emily and Kyle have now played in the snow twice! The first time, Kyle LOVED it and Emily HATED it! The second time, they both did okay with it. We even got sleds out and they road around in the sleds while Mommy and Grandma pulled them. I'm pretty sure they still aren't huge fans of the snow though. When they see it on the ground or on cars they point and say "ut oh" and Emily doesn't like to have snow on her. They both also know that snow is cold and will say "burrr."
Kyle and Emily are now facing forward in their car seats! Over this past weekend, I rearranged seats in the van (with the help of my parents). I really wanted to keep Emily and Kyle facing backwards until they were at least two... and their car seats have a minimum of 20 lbs to face forward and Emily is right at 20 lbs... But, we really couldn't come up with a practical way to have all three car seats rear facing. I had originally thought putting Emily and Kyle in the very back would work, but the seat isn't wide enough so that we would have enough room to strap them in their they were facing backwards. So, Emily and Kyle are in the very back facing forward (and Colby's seat is in one of the middle seats). The first time they got into the van after I moved the seats, Emily climbed right in her seat and was excited.. Kyle through a fit and fought as hard as he could not to get into his seat. But once he was in and we were moving, he seemed to enjoy facing forward. They both made lots of happy sounds and lots of funny faces. They can also reach each other to share toys... or hold hands. It's very distracting while driving to be able to look in the mirror and easily see their faces; I'm going to have to work on that!
- Emily is still wearing 12 month clothes. Before Christmas, she was also wearing some 6 month and 9 month clothes (that still fit her well). After Christmas, I cleaned out her drawers to make room for her new clothes and she's now only has 12 month clothes in her drawers (with the exception of a few 9 month onsies). Some of the 12 months are still big on her, so I'm guessing she'll be wearing them through the end of winter.
- Emily now has 10 teeth! She has four on top and two on the bottom in front and all 4 of her 18 month molars having finally came in. I don't feel anymore in her mouth, but by the way she has been chewing on her fingers and everything else, I'm going to guess that she is going to have some more soon!
- Emily likes to point at what she wants and likes to pull on people's hands to get them to go where she wants them to go.
- Emily has gotten very good at zippers. She still needs help starting a zipper, but other that that, she can do them all by her self. She zips up her coat once someone starts it for her, she can unzip and take her coat off all by herself, she can unzip and take off her jammies all by her self, she can help Kyle with his zippers... she now wears her monkey (sleep sack) backwards becuase she can get out of that, undress her self, and climb out of her crib...
- Kyle is still wearing 18 month clothes. He had a few short sleeve shirts that still fit him that were 12 months, but they got cleaned out of his drawers after Christmas. Most of the 18 month stuff fits him pretty good, but some of the pants are still a little big on him. He got an orange pair of jeans for Christmas that are very cute, but as soon as he takes off running, they fall down. If it wasn't for the extra fluff of cloth diapers, I'm pretty sure all of the 18 month pants would fall down... but the 12 month pants are WAY to short on my tall and skinny boy!
- Kyle has become even more so a mommy's boy over the past couple weeks. He ALWAYS wants mommy cuddles and loves when he has all of my attention to himself. I think he's realizing that he isn't going to be the "baby" for much longer and wants to get as much of Mommy for himself now before he has to share me with someone besides Emily.
- When Kyle is in a good mood, he talks non-stop. Most of it is just gibberish still, but he seems to know what he is saying. He is starting to build a larger vocab of real words though and most of the time I can figure out the general idea of what he is trying to say.