New year, new schedule, at least for the weekends. I am writing this outside of noah’s Zumba class, yup Zumba, or something approaching Zumba. noah spends half the class hiding in a corner or drinking water, but I think he might warm up to it. Or not, a week later, we switched him into tumbling class, more his style. emily meanwhile has tumbling class before this (noah joins in on the fun there too), which is really just a chance for her to run around and bump into padded mats. Swimming classes have started back up again and they are going swimmingly if I say so myself, all except for how emily likes to run away when she is put out of the pool to jump in!
emily continues to love music class too. She is always singing to herself (and don’t even think of joining in with her, she will yell at you and wag her finger, “NO NO DADDY!”). She knows the entire alphabet song, baby bumblebee song, twinkle twinkle little star, London Bridge, and of course “Back in the USSR” by the Beatles. She is counting to 5 (sometimes 10!) now and has started memorizing a lot of her books. em insists upon doing things herself regardless of her ability to actually do them. So getting her dressed can often be a bit of a battle of wills. Although she does eventually ask for help, “I need hepah daddy, heahppah!” She has entered the “why?” stage, every question is followed up by 8 to infinity why’s. For example, “where mommy?” “Downstairs.” “Whhhyy???” “Because she is making breakfast.” “Whhhhhyyyyy???” “Because she needs to eat.” “Whhhhhyyyyy???” “Because she is hungry.” “WHhhyY?!?!” And on and on and on… emily continues to be a voracious eater, both in volume and variety! She has the same obsession with yogurt drops (“mommy, yoo-gahhhh dops!!!). She really likes to try out things, and she’ll often tell us it is “too hot!” Or “too cold!” We have our very own goldilocks!
em loves playing with stickers (“stik-kahs!”), while noah is a big fan of tape (especially Spider-Man duct tape!). em is still putting things in her mouth that shouldn’t and when you tell her so she always then puts it on top of her head with a questioning look as if to say, “but then can it go here?!?” Her favorite story to listen to in the car is definitely “chicka chicka boom boom.”
As for noah, he is still resistant to any transitions and will do anything to get out of cleaning up, often feigning being too tired to even lift a toy off the ground (how rough childhood is!). “Daddy this is too hard!” Or he tries the delay technique, “but daddy, I just want to do this one more time… I just need to put this here… I just have to go to my room first… Just one more time… How about 3 more times because I am 3? But daddy, but daddy, but daddy!?!?” He battles against eating often, complains it isn’t what he wants after he just asked for it or it is “too spicy” or “not cooked right.” Sigh. Gonna try a new strategy at the dinner table, not try to force him to eat (it’s not like he will starve!), just gonna tell him he has to sit with us for dinner, and let him decide what he wants to eat (inspired by this blog). noah has been really enjoying all the snow we have been getting. He is an avid shoveler/snow ball maker/sledder. He has been doing a good job playing with em, in fact they are pretty good when left alone to play with each other (until they start running around and bonking into each other or wanting the same toy, then all bets are off!).
We had a busy month (as per usual). A trip to the MFA with GG for art activities, and, you know, art. For the African mask-making activity, noah went with a Michelangelo-inspired look (as in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Michelangelo!).
emily, meanwhile, had lots of fun running around and checking out every glass window/wall (often up close or pressed against!). I don’t know if you heard, but we’ve gotten some snow this winter, like, a lot, a lot. So noah had lots of fun shoveling (em too actually!), sledding, making snow angels, and trying out his new snow ball maker. Here’s the remnants of our epic snowball fight (noah and I vs the street):
We also had a mini-christmas with Shelley and Marvin since they were away on the 25th. noah got lots of fun art activities (and immediately put together one of them, a foam frog), and em got one of her favorite gifts of the season, wooden ice cream (looks almost as good as the real thing, and apparently just as fun to serve people, but not quite as fun to eat).
noah and I continued our cardboard building tradition, making a bridge/tunnel for his cars with some of the new duct tape Nonna got noah for christmas. We had a special visit down to RI to see Mia and her baby sister. Mia was kind enough to share all her toys and give noah a bit of a princess education. We also had playdates with Micah and Henry and Oliver and we got more time with Omri’s brother baby Idan (noah and em insisted on helping feed him when Lauren was holding the baby, so cute). noah and I had a sick day home together where he learned the wonder of being able to type your name in really big fonts on a computer screen (sadly for me, so far, he had more interest in decorative typefaces than classic ones, but we compromised and settled on ChunkFive). Lauren had a lot of travel and extra meetings at work over the past month so I had to do a little extra solo parenting which lead to my first attempts ever of doing a ponytail. I think I did a pretty good job:
For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I brought the children to their second service day. At my office they were able to make some instruments and decorate some winter apparel for children in need (all while proudly rocking their City Year mock red jacket tees!).
We also got to attend Julia and Ada’s combined birthday party at myGym which was the usual trampoline/ball pit/run around like crazy fun (with the bonus zip line at the end)! Here’s the rest of the pics from the past 4 weeks or so: