Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Interview with Kirsa - 3yo

1. What is your name? I don't 'member there

2. When is your birthday? Three!

3. How old are you? Three!

4. Who is your mommy? There she is!

5. What does your mommy do? Sit on her black chair

6. Who is your daddy? Honey, he's at work!

7. What does your daddy do? He works

8. What is your favorite color? yellow

9. What is your favorite song? Itsy Bitsy Spider

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to sing songs

11. Where do you want to live when you grow up? I don't have to choose

12. What is your favorite food? collard greens

13. What is your least favorite food? Why can't I eat the food?

14. What is your favorite animal? giraffe

15. What does Mommy do when you go to bed? She goes to bed in her heart quilt

16. Who does our family love the most? my pink wagon

17. Where do we go to church? I wear my dress

18. Why do we go to church? To wear my dress

19. What is your favorite movie? Winnie the Pooh

20. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? In my full bowl

21. Where do you like to eat? at French Fry

22. Who is your favorite person? Ingrid

23. Who is your best friend? Elijah

24. What is your favorite book? Five Green and Speckled Frogs

25. What is your favorite thing to do? Put my animals in the wagon

Reading to Baby

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Interview with Elijah #3 - 6yo

1. What is something your dad always says to you? Good job, Elijah

2. What makes your dad happy? When I do a couple things by myself, like riding my bike without training wheels so he won't have to help me

3. What makes your dad sad? Nothing

4. How does your dad make you laugh? He says funny things

5. What was your dad like as a child? He was like a little baby

6. How old is your dad? 32

7. How tall is your dad? 6 feet

8. What is his favorite thing to do? Go to work

9. What does your dad do when you're not around? Eat dinner

10. If your dad becomes famous, what will it be for? Going to work

11. What is your dad really good at? Driving the G8

12. What is your dad not very good at? Pullups and pushups

13. What does your dad do for his job? He helps people feel better

14. What is your dad's favorite food? Steak

15. What makes you proud of your dad? He takes me for a drive

16. If your dad were a cartoon character, who would he be? Jon (from Garfield) because he does funny things

17. What do you and your dad do together? Go for a drive in the G8

18. How are you and your dad the same? We're both boys

19. How are you and your dad different? He has blue eyes and I have brown eyes

20. How do you know your dad loves you? Because I love him

21. Where is your dad's favorite place to go? To Minnesota to see his Mommy and Daddy

Interview with Elijah #2 - 6yo

1. What is something your mom always says to you? Go take a timeout

2. What makes your mom happy? When I say "Yes Mommy"

3. What makes your mom sad? When I don't say "Yes Mommy"

4. How does your mom make you laugh? She says "Don't laugh at toots!"

5. What was your mom like as a child? Eating picnics on the bumper of the car

6. How old is your mom? 32

7. How tall is your mom? 5 feet

8. What is her favorite thing to do? cook dinner

9. What does your mom do when you're not around? do Art with Kirsa

10. If your mom becomes famous, what will it be for? cooking dinner

11. What is your mom really good at? Art

12. What is your mom not very good at? trying to be strong

13. What does your mom do for her job? cook dinner and have fun

14. What is your mom's favorite food? mashed potatoes

15. What makes you proud of your mom? she can make a paper airplane

16. If your mom were a cartoon character, who would she be? Garfield, because he's funny and I love him

17. What do you and your mom do together? Art projects like mosaics and paintings

18. How are you and your mom the same? brown eyes

19. How are you and your mom different? I'm a boy and she's a girl

20. How do you know your mom loves you? Because I'm so sweet

21. Where is your mom's favorite place to go? To Montana and see her Mommy and Daddy's house

Monday, April 14, 2014

Interview with Elijah #1 - 6yo

1. What is your name? Elijah

2. When is your birthday? February 13

3. How old are you? six

4. Who is your mommy? Katie

5. What does your mommy do? Cook dinner and do computer time

6. Who is your daddy? Daddy

7. What does your daddy do? He works, at work

8. What is your favorite color? orange

9. What is your favorite song? Bloody Red Baron

10. What do you want to be when you grow up? a doctor for grownups

11. Where do you want to live when you grow up? in Bemidji, in Minnesota

12. What is your favorite food? grilled cheese

13. What is your least favorite food? asparagus

14. What is your favorite animal? zebra

15. What does Mommy do when you go to bed? Bake dinner for her and Daddy

16. Who does our family love the most? Mommy

17. Where do we go to church? Wadsworth

18. Why do we go to church? to worship God

19. What is your favorite movie? Mathtacular

20. What is your favorite kind of ice cream? mint

21. Where do you like to eat? At a restaurant - Ethiopian

22. Who is your favorite person? Kirsa

23. Who is your best friend? Ember

24. What is your favorite book? Ralph Mouse

25. What is your favorite thing to do? Play with my wagon

Swimming Lessons

Friday, April 11, 2014

Baseball Game

This post is for all of Elijah's grandparents, aunts, and uncles who could not be at his games this spring during his first season of baseball, but would have loved to watch him play! He did a wonderful job. Even when he struck out on his last time up to bat, and his face crumpled on the way back to the dugout the way all the boys' faces did when they struck out, he did not cry, but went on cheering for his teammates (and climbing the chain-link fence to the very top when he was bored - is he part monkey??).

The dads coaching and helping were adorable (and I'm sure they'd appreciate being described as such) and it was a fantastic game! I'm so glad I got a chance to watch it and record it!

Baby Days

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Things Kids Say : Kirsa : 2-3 years old

Mommy: Kirsa, what kind of birthday party would you like? Do you want fairies or princesses or ballerinas or ladybugs or butterflies or...?
Kirsa: Pink!
Mommy: Pink. Okay, I can do that.
Kirsa: No orange fairies allowed!

Kirsa: My bear is softly, mom.
Mommy: That's good. Do you like softly?
Kirsa: No.
Mommy: No? What do you like?
Kirsa: I like pancakes. And chocolate cookies.

Kirsa peed her pants, then walked over to Mommy and said, "Uh oh - woopsies - well that is tragic."

Kirsa: Let's change my poopy diaper.
Mommy: I like it when you poop in the potty.
Kirsa: I like poop in diapers.

Mommy: Don't forget to eat your pears, Kirsa. They're yummy!
Kirsa: No. Not now, not ever. Never!

Kirsa: I have bare feet.
Me: You have stocking feet. I have bare feet.
Kirsa: Mommy's a bear.

Kirsa singing: Hippery hippery hop, mouse ran up the clock, clock one mouse down, hippery hippery hop.

Kirsa has randomly started adding an "n" in words that have a "gs" at the end. For example, lady bugs is lady bungs. And hot dogs? Yup. That's what was for dinner.

Kirsa: It's nice outside. It's nice and warm armpits.

Kirsa: This one is upside down, and that one is upside up!

Just watched Kirsa chase a bunny all around the swingset (the dumb bunny didn't seem to want to leave the yard...?) She was really good at sneaking up on him by coming around a corner. When she came inside for lunch:
Mommy: You got really close to that bunny. You almost got him.
Kirsa: A sneaky Kirsa catch the bunny!

Kirsa: Ingrid has pretty armpits.

It was so nice on Friday that I put Kirsa in shorts to play outside in the afternoon. On Saturday after her nap, we changed her diaper and then she insisted, "Please wear knees!"

I put Kirsa in her carseat first and she called out, "Don't forget the Ingrid!"

At the beginning of dinner, with a full plate of food, Kirsa picked up a bite and ate it, then shrieked in despair, "Oh no! My fingers are empty!"

Things Kids Say : Elijah : 5-6 years old

Elijah: Skittles are my favorite kind of M&M.

Mommy: What do you do if you catch on fire?
Elijah: Rock and roll.

Elijah: It goes babies, then kids, then high school, then college, then married, then kids!
Mommy: And what happens then?
Elijah: It starts all over again.
Mommy: And what happens to the parents?
Elijah: They die.

Mommy: Let's review. What are some things we can do to stay safe in cold weather?
Elijah: Never climb a tree naked in winter.

The Very First Thanksgiving, as told by Elijah:
Native Americans were at the beginning. And who was at the end? Pilgrims. Indians helped the Pilgrims to plant food. They came from the Atlantic Ocean. 102 people got on the boat. It took 66 days to cross the Atlantic Ocean. On the 66th day, the lookout shouted, "LAND HO!" And they got to Americans. They landed at Plymouth Rock.
They had to grow food. Half of the Pilgrims died from being too cold. Shamrock gave the people food. They ate it.
Well half of the Pilgrims died before they had Thanksgiving. One day there was Thanksgiving. They ate ham, grapes, wine, lamb, tea, asparagi's, and broccoli. Shamrock came, and the Native Americans. And so on. The End.

Elijah was helping make the pumpkin pie, and reading the spices in the rack to help find the right ones for the pie.
Elijah: ... ground mustard... EWWW!
Mommy: Why is that Ew?
Elijah: Because they put ground in the mustard!

Mommy: Elijah, what did you do at Kindergarten today?
Elijah: We had PE! And lunch. And recess.
Mommy: Did you do anything else?
Elijah: No.

Elijah: When I grow up, I want to be an engineer. I will build roads in the mornings, and bridges in the afternoons.

Elijah: Another word for supermilk is cream, but most people call it supermilk.

Elijah: I hurt my toe really bad.
Daddy: Where?
Elijah: Right there.
Daddy: Which toe? You're just pointing at your foot.
Elijah: This toe!
Daddy: You mean your heel?
Elijah: Yeah, that one.

Elijah said to Mommy: Daddy didn't marry someone in Minnesota. Daddy married the prettiest girl in the whole world - he married you!

Elijah was using the word "ugly" tonight so we had a talk about how that's not a nice thing to say.
Mommy: And how do you think people feel when you use that word?
Elijah: They're sad that they're ugly.

Elijah: Everyone's a berry. I'm a cherry, Kirsa's a raspberry, Ingrid's a strawberry, Daddy is a frozen berry and Mommy is hot chocolate!

Elijah: It smells stinky outside. It smells like someone caught a disease.

Daddy (coming home from work conference): Elijah, I got you something in Chicago!
Elijah: Is it cancer?

Mommy: You're being dramatic. It's called being dramatic when you say "we never do this" or "we always do that". You're not the first person to invent being dramatic.
Elijah: Who was?
Me: I don't know.
Elijah: I think Daddy was.

Elijah: Someday we might have four kids in our family. It just depends on how healthy your tummy is. If it's healthy, then a baby might grow in there, but it has to be the right temperature. It has to be 73. My tummy is 73 but I can't grow a baby because I'm a boy. Only girls grow babies in tummies.

As Daddy and Mommy are lifting the very heavy evaporative cooler above our heads into the window of the house, Elijah crawls underneath us against the wall and shouts, "Look out for me! I'm in the way!"

During Elijah's quiet time today, Chris was working in the garage and playing loud music. The garage is directly below Elijah's room. I walked in to his room to find him with his ear pressed to the heating vent in the floor.
Me: What are you doing?
Elijah (astounded): There's someone playing music in there!
Sad to inform him that it was just Daddy in the garage and not some kind of porthole to another world.

Mommy: Here's a white crayon. You can write on an egg.
Elijah: Okay, I am going to write on this egg.
Mommy: What did you write?
Elijah: 9+4=13

Elijah: Mom, me and Kirsa have so much to do. We're so busy. We have to swing for a couple hours, and listen to the wind, and relax, and I have to pull her in the red wagon.

Yesterday - I had not practiced the song with Elijah that the kids were going to sing in front of the church, so Chris was grilling him mercilessly in the car on the way to church. It was a HARD song (crazy big vocabulary words for a 5yo) and they were pretty unhappy together. But Elijah actually learned it and sang it very well in church. At the end of the song, the instant the music ended and there was a silent pause, Elijah cheerfully announced, "See!? I know it!"

Elijah says to Grandpa (while playing outside): Here Grandpa, let me show you what we do when my dad's not looking.

Friday, March 28, 2014

14 Months Old - and she crawls!!

Ingrid is just a few days past turning 14 months old, and she finally crawls! And she could not be more delighted. And by delighted I mean she is awake all the time, too excited to sleep anymore, apparently. But otherwise she is absolutely the most adorable, charming baby you have ever seen!

Eating: We often refer to her as our "little Elijah", and eating is no exception. When Elijah was this age, he was not a big eater. Neither is Ingrid. (He now eats us out of house and home, so we can only expect that she'll eat more as she gets older).

She has recently begun to insist on feeding herself. With the other two kids, I could always still pop some spoonfuls of food in their mouth. But not with Ingrid. Oh no. She is like the vending machine that won't take your dollar: pop food in... wait... blahhh she spits it out... pop food in... wait... blahhh she spits it out. Rinse, repeat. So, we have let her start feeding herself. Even dreadfully messy things like mashed potatoes and spaghetti. That goes better, but she still doesn't put down as much food each day as I think she should. :)

She is drinking four bottles of whole milk a day (we made the transition from formula to whole milk at 13mo, just before we went to Texas) and averages about 24oz a day.

Sleeping: This has taken a turn for the worse lately. Luckily it's nothing I didn't expect, and I can pretty much pinpoint the cause, because the cause is everything. She has a terrible cold right now, and I have to hand it to her - this is the most painful cold I have ever had. Feels like the insides of your sinuses, mouth, nose, throat are absolutely lit on fire. This is not particularly compatible with restful sleep.

Also she has learned to crawl. Copies all our words now. Chatters and babbles absolutely constantly. She is just busy, busy, busy - too busy for sleep. AND, she is 14 months old, which is right on the cusp of the transition from 2 naps a day to 1.

So. At any rate, she is still down for 2 naps a day. Sometimes she sleeps for both and sometimes she sleeps for only one. She is a bit of a noisy sleeper at night, and generally cries out 1-3 times a night. It's like night terrors, but very brief (30 seconds to a few minutes) and less-frantic-sounding than Elijah's were at this age. (Kirsa had about three night terrors in her entire toddlerhood). We don't go in (haven't been in since her initial sleep training at 12 months old, actually), and she always goes right back to sleep. WE, her parents, do not always go right back to sleep. This keeps things lively around here. At least it doesn't appear to wake Elijah or Kirsa.

Skills: Well, this has kind of been covered already, but since it's such big news for Ingrid, we'll go over it again.

At her 1-year-old doctor appointment, she scored a 0 on her gross motor skill development on the doctor's assessment. Our pediatrician is a fantastic man and was not overly concerned, but did ask a lot of questions about her movement, I suppose to decide if we needed to investigate immediately or just wait a few more months. I admit that both Chris and I were inclined to just wait - Kirsa had also been slow to crawl but started by 13 months old - and so wait we did.

And then a few days before she turned 14 months old, and she STILL was not moving around, I got a little concerned. I spent some time with Google and came up with some physical therapy exercises for babies who need to learn to crawl (the 6-9 month old group, apparently). I began those with Ingrid twice a day - 20 minutes in the morning and 30 minutes in the afternoon. And lo and behold, within only 5 days of this, she began to crawl, right on the day she turned 14 months old! Her crawling is a little crooked (and it's all army crawling so far), she mostly uses her right arm and left leg, but I expect that will straighten out soon here as she practices.

Now she is everywhere, and into everything. Kirsa spends half her day shrieking "No no Ingrid! That's mine! You do not touch that!"... and I spend half the day moving Ingrid and saying "No no Ingrid. We don't play with the printer/basement door/desk cupboards/Daddy's electronics..." Maybe NO will be Ingrid's next word.

Speaking of words... this has also taken an interesting course of development. By which I mean, it's probably also still a bit delayed, in terms of Actual Words. As for babbling, she makes every sound in the book. She speaks in paragraphs, and tells us intricate stories, all about Babble. But she has two very clear words that mean what she says: "Mama" and "Whatisit?"

I find this pretty amusing. First, neither Kirsa nor Elijah called me "Mama" (or Mommy or Mom or anything else) until they were over TWO years old, and speaking in sentences. I kid you not. I was actually pretty concerned about both of them at the time. But when Ingrid says "Mama", she means me. (And usually the full meaning is "Mama, do something for me!")

As for "Whatisit?", it's very, very clear, and she will hold a toy toward us when she says it. I can't decide if she's just speaking in sentences before words, or if she's decided that's a 3-syllable word. Either way, she's communicating very clearly. Her favorite form of communication is still a squawk, and this still gets her what she wants much of the time.

But she is copying our words quite often, and this is good progress too. I think she will begin talking just fine, and I bet between 18 months old and 2 years old, we will see her morph into a completely different kid!

Other things. She loves bread and fruit. It's difficult to get her to eat protein. She loves her bottles, and loves to cuddle with me in the rocking chair and play with the zippers and buttons on my shirt, or with my hair. She adores her siblings, and could just sit and watch them for hours at a time (which I think truly contributed to the extended time she took to learn to crawl - she was just content to watch them be crazy!).

And her siblings adore her. They are so kind and gentle with her, even when they are frustrated that she is messing up their things. They are good about snatching their things away (well, what kid isn't?) but then finding her a reasonable replacement toy instead.

She loves her Bitty Baby doll, and will crawl at record speed toward it. When she reaches the doll, she picks it up, holds it above her head, and chatters to it for 10-15 minutes at a time! Recently I sat Ingrid at her noisy toy cart, and she reached over, pulled her doll into her lap, and then began to play. Such a little Mommy already!

Like Elijah at this age, Ingrid loves to be outside. She is calmed by it, and rarely fusses outdoors. She plays in the backyard and I am not sure if she eats the grass, tastes the grass, or just plays with it. Either way, she comes in absolutely covered in it, because she simply does not stay on her little blanket where I put her.

Her eyes are still blue. Blue-ish. More like gray. They're not very green. They are definitely not brown, or purple. They are beautiful, at any rate!


I'm sure this will change soon, but this has been the schedule for the last 2 months.

6-7am * Awake
7:00 * 4oz bottle
dress, breakfast, play
8:20 * diaper change, sleepsack, 8oz bottle
8:30 * down for morning nap
usually asleep within 5-15 minutes
usually sleeps 45-75 minutes
10:15 * out of crib (I'm gradually moving this earlier)
diaper change, physical therapy time, play
11:00 * walk around the park in the stroller
11:30 * lunch
11:45 * play, gradually winding down
12:30 * diaper change, sleepsack, 8oz bottle
12:45 * down for afternoon nap
usually asleep within 5-15 minutes
usually sleeps ~2 hours
3:00 * out of crib
diaper change, physical therapy time, play
play outside
5:00 * dinner
5:30 * play, bath, pajamas, sleepsack
5:50 * 8oz bottle
6:00 * bed
usually asleep within 1 hour without much crying
usually sleeps about 11.5 hours a night, on average

The early bedtime is because even on her best days, she only sleeps for about 2.5 hours of naps during the day. And lately, those best days are becoming more rare. I know this is part of the 2-1 nap transition, so I'm not stressed about it, but it does mean she is quite tired by the time dinner is over.

And that's about it for our darling little Ingrid - our joy, our little charmer, our baby!

Happy 14 months Ingrid! We are so glad you are crawling and starting to talk to us!