Archive for the 'Developmental Stuff' Category

Feb27

Living the Dream, Part 2

After I wrote that blog post called, “Living the Dream”, I was rushing down the dark stairway after putting Simone to bed and I hit a stair just exactly wrong and twisted my ankle. I was on the bottom stair, writhing in pain, and Scout just kept licking my face – just like in those […]

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Feb9

Writing

Serena and Annika are making Valentine’s this week. As they got to working on the writing part, we noticed they are level-jumping in their writing, each of them. Serena wrote, “Im 4” all on her own, with no discussion, no asking how to spell “I’m”. Nothing. Then she showed us and we both almost cried. […]

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Feb8

Explaining Death

Serena, Annika and I were driving to Trader Joe’s today, practicing spelling and talking about their names. We talked about how Serena’s middle name is after her Uncle Aaron and how Annika’s middle name is after Jim’s grandmother, Lummy – whose given name was Maxine. Annika asked where Lummy is and Serena explained that she […]

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Dec31

Annika is 3 Years Old (Dec. 15th)

Look at our Center Child – so growing up! We celebrated her birthday at Original Pancake House (again – her kid party was the day before… you know, those pictures I will most certainly find and post soon…) where they gave her this beautiful, FREE crepe which she didn’t even taste. But she ate lots […]

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Dec10

Chatty Simone

Simone has begun using two word sentences. She loves that she can tell us what she wants and thinks. We love it too. Samples: More please! – Mow Peeez No, Dada! – No Dada, No Dada, No Dada Hi Sister – Hah, Staa And her favorite words to use right now are: shoes (schzooz), sock […]

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Dec4

No More Nursing

Well, Simone is weaned. That’s it. And the nursing road for Simone and I wasn’t paved smoothly, so I think I thought I’d be entirely relieved when she stopped nursing. But, I’m not. I mean, I am relieved. It was my decision, if anything she was sort of ramping up on her nursing… but still, […]

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Nov25

Mommy, Daddy and an Ambulance Driver

Here’s an email I got this evening from Anne Terese, our extraordinary, awesome, fabulous caregiver for the girls: **************** Hello Michelle, I jotted these down earlier today and thought I’d send it your way while I was still thinking of it! An exchange while drawing pictures of you, Jim and myself: Annika: Daddy is a […]

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Nov22

This is a delicious dinner, Mama. Thank you for making it.

Every once in a while on this parenting journey something profound happens that makes you realize that, even while they need you so much so often all the time, they are in fact growing up so fast… Tonight, that happened when Serena said, (regarding her dinner of pasta in beef broth, yogurt w/blueberries, and mixed […]

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Nov12

Serena the Artist

Does every parent have secret plans to save their child’s early artwork so that one day, when they are discovered to be an extraordinary, world-renouned artist they can pull out that artwork and show where it all began? Me, too. Serena draws many, many ballerina’s every day. (As this one is, they usually have on […]

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Sep28

Diaper Duty

When you say to Simone, “Assume the position!” (a phrase coined by Aunt Nancy Jane), she lays down and scoots her bottom toward you and her diaper. Today, Annika put Simone’s diaper on – big girl! Boo hoo. (Yet unbelievably sweet to watch.)

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