Wednesday, September 11, 2013

A Year of Luke

I cannot believe I'm already writing Luke's one year stats.  I waited until now because I finally took him in for his year check-up today.  Other parents are not joking when they say 'things go by faster the more kids you have.'  Sometimes I wish we could slow down and enjoy all of the little moments that are passing by so fast.  Oh well, such is life. 

Weight: 24 lbs 14 oz (50%)
Height: 30 1/2 inches (75%)
Head Circumference: 18 1/2 in (80%)
Hair: whispy strawberry blonde
Eyes: dark brown
He's half-way there... already has 10!
Shoe Size: 4
Clothes Size:  mostly 12 months, 12-18 months and small 18M things
Nicknames: Lukie-Luke, Lukie, Stinky, Turkey, Babe-ah, Chunky
Annabelle, Jared, Mommy, Daddy, Green Blanket, Mickey Mouse, Daniel Tiger, chewing on his crib (yikes)
Dislikes: Getting his boogers taken out of his nose, peas, being pinned down, going to bed before he wants to
Favorite Food: pumpkin-flavored anything, yogurt bites, almost anything chopped to finger food size and you give to him.
Favorite Toys: anything he can chew on and/or bite down on and crawl around with
Favorite Books: He doesn't really sit still for books yet, just likes to put them in his mouth.  He really likes to put Hop on Pop in his mouth.
Favorite Things to Watch: Whatever his brother and sister are watching, but he seems to pay extra attention to Mickey Mouse & Daniel Tiger (that's why I mentioned them in his likes)
New Words:  He signs 'all-done' 'more' and 'food'  He says Mama, Dada, and I swear I heard him say 'ah-da' when I asked if he was all done with lunch yesterday.  He gets more vocal as each day passes; especially since Jared and Annabelle started school.
Other New Tricks:  He's working on his first two molars right now; here's hoping they come out fast.  He really likes to scoot around the furniture.  He's big enough to walk, but doesn't want to right now.
What's next: Walking, Teething, Communicating, Not eating books--- you know, typical toddler things.... oh, and a visit from Mema and Deda :)
How he drives us crazy: Right now the biggest struggle with Luke is trying to be consistent in teaching him signs; I want to be able to communicate enough with him so I can know if he wants more food, hurt, tired, etc.  I know his ques, but it would be nice to see him at the next step.  The flipside of that is: he's growing up was too fast.  Everyone used to tell me that things go by faster with the third and they really do--- I really don't know where the time went!  Next time I turn my head he'll be going to Kindergarten, like Jared.
Why she's so awesome: He's such a calm soul.  He brings a peaceful feeling into the house by just being here.  He absolutely adores everyone in the family and it makes my heart melt every time I see his face light up when he sees someone he loves.  He's normally so so happy.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again:  if everyone was guaranteed to have a baby as happy tempered as Luke, we would all have large families.

It's been a crazy wonderful first year of your life, Lukie-Luke, we love you so much!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Annabelle's First: Day of Preschool

When Jared was old enough, I was really excited to start him in a Mom co-op preschool.  It was fun and tiring all at once.  As it happened, I actually taught at the beginning of my pregnancy with Luke and when he was an almost three month old.  It was hard, but really worth it.  I enjoyed the thrill of teaching again.

Throughout Jared's preschool years, Annabelle loved participating.  The girl has always acted older than she is; so it's only natural that she would want to do preschool when she's was old enough.  Since she had basically had pre-preschool with Jared, we decided to look into other options.

We heard from some of our ward members of a local gym which did a preschool program twice a week.  Annabelle and I went to check it out and she LOVED it; she asked me that day if she could stay there.  She's already so smart and really just needs the social aspect and routine of going to school, so it felt like the best place for her.

The visit day was a month before her first day of school; so, for the past month, she's been asking me nearly every chance she's gotten, when it was time for her to go.  Her asking increased since Jared started school.

Today was the day she's been waiting for.  Luke & I dropped her off; we gave her a hug and she ran to join her classmate.  Luke seemed to have a harder time; when we got home he'd do short little voice bursts to see if anyone was home.  After I picked her up, she told me all about the trampolines and jumping in the pit and making crafts and this... and that... and this... she was so so SO excited.

Lately, when I look at Annabelle, I see more of a little girl than a preschooler, toddler, or baby.  Some days it feels like I just had her and others, it feels as though she's wise beyond her years.


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