With Thanksgiving just yesterday I have had being thankful on the mind, so in that spirit, I want to thank all of you for being part of our little dean bean’s lives. Not all of you are able to see them in person often, but I can promise you, you are all helping to shape their childhood and make them into the wonderful, amazing munchkins they are today. So thank you!
Thanksgiving was the usual extravagant Italian feast at my mom’s house with all the cousins (poor em is the lone girl amongst 7 total little ones). Lots of eating, lots of running around (adults excluded), and lots of laughs. Other than that, we had two birthday parties (Cora’s 4th and Samia’s 4th), met baby Idan (our neighbor’s beautiful new son!), raked a whole lotta leaves, ran through quite a few too (one of the few chores kids seem to love), had some fun playdates and celebrated the first couple nights of Hanukkah! noah is loving Hanukkah, he LOVES his Menorah (both the wooden toy one and the real thing). He insists on helping light it, which is always a tricky thing to balance (kid involvement in a tradition vs burning the whole house down). And, of course, loves the presents part too!
emily’s vocabulary continues to grow exponentially. There is very little she hears that she can’t repeat back and she can identify everything in her books. The only words she seems adamant to not learn are “noah” and “milk” for some unknown reason (she refuses to explain it to us!). She decided that noah should only be referred to as “brah-da” (brother) and milk, well, not sure what she calls it but she is adamant when she points at her cereal and asks for it. emily’s latest activities include stickers (stik-kahs! moh stik-kahs!), taking every tissue out of the box and wiping things with them then running and putting them in the trash (trasss! trasss!), catch (throwing things at me hard and yelling “catss! catsssh!”), and playing with any of the numerous electronics around the house (she’s a big fan of pushing buttons!). As of 11/21, she is also officially a “jumper.” For a long time, jumping just meant bending her knees and bobbing up and down, but now there is definitely air between her feet and the floor which is usually followed by her bum hitting the floor (at first I think she thought this was a requisite part of jumping).
She is still sucking her thumb, to the point where her thumb takes a beating from her teeth. I’m curious how we are ever going to get her to stop, suggestions are welcome. She also still sometimes bites people or things when she is frustrated, not too often, but it is her best move when big brother is wrestling with her. She also is super into brushing her teeth these days, mainly just as a new, fun, and impractical way to drink water (suck water out of toothbrush, get it wet, repeat). When she gets a boo-boo she often demands “ayyyeee-ssssss!, aye-ssss!” (ice). emily is learning everyone’s names too, even characters from books, shows, and games, although she calls everyone from Sesame Street “ahhh-mooo!” (elmo) no matter what. emily is obsessed with berries, most often blueberries, she could eat them forever (or, more often, until she is covered in blue). We (Lauren) finally figured out what to do with emily’s hair, little rubber bands that hold her hair up in one or two puffs (best description by my cousin Nicole: palm-tree-like). 90% of the time they actually stay in all day, success! And even when you take them off her hair stays up, which gives her an Ace Ventura/Wolverine look. Sweet.
noah and emily have become fixated on one song in particular on a rock mix I made for them, “Back in the USSR” by the Beatles which they affectionately call “the AIR-PLANE SONG!” (there is the sound of a plane taking off in the beginning). noah has recently gotten into ninjas, specifically Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. He has some pretty sweet ninja moves, hopefully he doesn’t use them on emily.
For awhile noah was acting up a lot and throwing tantrums over the littlest things. We think it had to do with his transition from lower-pre to middle-pre-school combined with my injury which changed a lot of things around the house. I don’t know why they call it the terrible-twos, it seems to me the three’s are really the tough period when pre-schoolers have so much out of their control and the wherewithal to know that and meanwhile they are trying to test all the boundaries while learning responsibility, but possessing little motivation for logic. Basically it is a lot of “I WANT IT THIS WAY NOT THAT WAY!” and now that you did it that way the day is ruined and everything is wrong and the world might as well end. Yay! Luckily, noah has been getting better as we have been working with him on making “good choices.” Hopefully we also make good choices from his perspective!