It's time for a kiddy update.
Let's start with Number 1 - Miss C. She is our fearless leader. Her recent accomplishments include breaking eggs and pouring them into a bowl without spilling any shells. Nice work! She is working on putting her shoes on by herself (a task she manages without a problem when she is with Daddy) as well as dressing herself. It seems more satisfying to have Mommy's help, and that's fine. The day will soon come when that will all change. Her relationship with her little brother is interesting. She is often overheard saying something like this: "Xavier! XAVIER! LOOK AT ME!" He was apparently born to be her audience, but is still unaware of this. She is also quick to correct him a la Mommy or Daddy, always for his own good, of course. As he is innocently chewing on a crayon, she grabs it from him, not so gently. He, in turn, screams bloody murder, and quickly throws a few objects around in protest. But, she means well, and I ask her to correct him gently, and don't push him out of your way. She has been spotted sneaking up next to him as he hold on to the table, and with a quick sway of the hips he is on the floor. But, they are starting to play well together, and that is a huge milestone in the harmony and functioning of this family. Since Grandpa Charlie bought a tent/tunnel contraption for the upstairs playroom/bedroom/guestroom (mostly playroom), both of them love to go upstairs and are quickly heard squealing and laughing.
Miss C's sense of humor has also developed. The other day she asked me if I wanted some "apple pee" - I guess because she figured it was just apple juice. I told her that was disgusting, but she thought it was funny. She likes to occasionally say "Haha, very funny" out of the blue. She also cracks me up when we are reading a story, and she randomly imposes a different word or character into the story. "Mary and Joseph rode on a tobit." She even manages to hold her laugh for full effect. It is funny, and it makes bed time not much of a wind-down time. She still hates taking a bath, so 2 or 3 times a week she gets a lightning-fast shower. She used to scream but now I bribe, usually for a lollipop. It is so worth it.
Number 2 - Mr X. Ha. He is... shall we say... active. The purpose of every object is to be thrown. Whether it's from his high chair, from his crib, from his car seat... say, anywhere, he throws. Food, stuffed animals, ceramic bowls... everything. This is new for us. And apparently "No" with a gentle slap on the wrist means "Smile real big and do it even more." So we are working on this. He is also a big fan of rocking himself in the high chair... no, not rocking, slamming himself into the high chair. We used to worry about brain damage, but there is no stopping him. And there is no cause. He often has food in his mouth while slamming away, or he could be simultaneously throwing food. He could be unhappy about our choice of food, or he could be laughing mischievously (thank you spell check). On the other hand, he, too, likes his Mama. He is a snuggly little guy, and when he rests his sleepy head on my chest, I am overcome with warmth.
As for milestones, he is still a fast crawler at 14 months, but enjoys the occasional walk while holding my hands. I'm in no hurry to buy shoes, so crawl away.
That about sums it up.
Finally, our great discovery as a family is the gym with $1 day care. That's right - leave your kids for up to 2 hours for $1 each. And they actually enjoy it and have good activities. I have enjoyed the zumba class - it releases the dancer/gymnast in me, and is a great workout. Scott does many miles each day on the treadmill and bike. I have found that I have more energy throughout the day, and am generally more optimist. Of course, the Christmas vacation really helped that was well.
Speaking of which, Claire did not eat for a week, due to an ear infection followed by the stomach flu, so we were glad she was in the 75 percentile for weight before that trial. Her eating is back up, in a big way. I hope she's growing :) Her diet still consists primarily of peanut butter, nutella, fruit and prune juice. Xavier, meanwhile, enjoys meat and sandwiches, and does not enjoy fruit. Interesting.
Well, it's time to run. I'm glad I took the time to give a little update on everyone. I hope to do it more often, so I can talk about my job change, house improvements, Scott's think tank projects, ministry updates and more. Till then, May God Bless You and Empower You to Bless Others.