Sunday, July 22, 2018

Nolan 3 years 3 months 

Nolan just finished up his summer camp and is all ready to start to start 3 year old preschool in three weeks. I’m excited for him to continue to make new friends and to learn in the classroom setting. Just last week we had our first play date with a friend Nolan chose from camp. Both boys enjoyed playing together at school and his mom invited us to their pool. It’s fun to see him starting to form his own relationships.

This month he started to make good progress with swimming. He still has a ways to go before being an independent swimmer but we’re seeing him swim short distances and being more willing to try on his own without the floaties on. We’ve been practicing a lot in addition to lessons.

Nolan enjoys reading, drawing, painting, pretend play, and much more. He’s using his imagination a lot while playing with his toys. I love listening to what he says while he’s playing. He’s pretty independent with dressing himself and going to the potty. 

We just bought his new backpack, lunch box, and water bottle for the school year. Next we will get his school supplies, and he will be all ready to go. It’s hard to believe is starting preschool! More soon! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Some bunny is 2!

We had a nice weekend. A good mix of productivity and fun. Sydney had her yearly vet appointment and got a great report. Afterwards, we stopped at Car Max and got an estimate of the value for my car. We were a bit disappointed it is worth less than we hoped but I’m glad we know. We test drove the Toyota Highlander recently, and I loved it. It didn’t feel too big while also giving us some extra space that our growing family could use. 

Waiting at Car Max.

Nolan got a haircut at a kids cut place. He chose the plane. 

On Sunday, we celebrated Abigail’s 2nd birthday at The Little Gym. Eliza was really in her element, and Nolan enjoyed it as well. Here are some photos from the party. 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Weekly update

This week Nolan had camp everyday. The mornings were busy getting up and out of the house by 8:35 but it generally went smoothly. I prep their outfits and snacks the night before so in the morning things move a little quicker. Camp was pirate themed. Nolan seemed to really enjoy it and came home talking about all his new little friends. It makes me happy knowing he’s forming friendships and seems to be adjusting well to the school setting. Here’s one of his crafts from this week.

It was another hot week but Eliza and I found indoor things to do. We did story time, went to a friends, and hosted a play date one day. Here’s all the little ones eating lunch together. 

Eliza hasn’t been napping as well and has been waking up crying for Mommy every morning and after her nap. I’m not sure why. She goes to sleep fine but seems very upset when she wakes up. It seems more irritable during the day too since she’s been getting less sleep. I hope this is a short phase, and she will nap better soon. I just don’t think an hour and 15 minutes is long enough for her. 

We seem to be hitting the terrible twos a little early. She says no and I don’t want to pretty often lately. She’s starting to resist sitting in her high chair and is pretty persistent when she doesn’t want to do something. We really have to choose which battles to pick. She’s been wanting to wear shoes in the house and that’s something I just don’t give in about. Eliza seems very clingy to me as well and has been holding my legs and asking Mommy to carry her. She will get upset when I ask her to walk. It’s sweet she wants to be carried but sometimes it is helpful for her to walk if my hands are full. She hasn’t been the easiest baby or toddler but her sweet moments, her smiles, her giggles, and her snuggles make it all worth it. 

There’s almost enough hair for pigtails now. She still pulls them out pretty quickly but I keep trying. 

They’ve been enjoying playing in the kiddie pool. We’ve been trying to get to other pools regularly too.

Swim lessons have been going really well now. Coach John has helped Nolan tremendously, and I can already see that Eliza likes him and I think he will be a good fit for both of them. Nolan has his lesson first, they go in together briefly as Eliza gets adjusted and then Nolan comes out and she has her private lesson. This week Nolan was able to swim backstroke across the pool horizontally. He’s still timid when it comes to jumping in and says he’s scared but otherwise he’s been pretty agreeable. Eliza worked on floating on her back, kicking, and getting her head underwater. She has a great strong kick but doesn’t like to lay on her back. It’s exciting to see their progress each week. More soon!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Eliza’s first swim lesson 

Nolan’s been doing swim lessons since March. As Eliza is approaching two, we decided to try her with lessons as well. We were able get a time slot back to back with the same coach that is a good fit for Nolan. It’s nice to be able to do the lessons back to back.

Eliza wasn’t so sure about standing next to the welcome sign with her name on it. 

Nolan had his lesson first and the coach had him stay in at the beginning of her lesson. I think that helped her transition into leaving us and getting in the water herself since she had her brother with her. She’s been pretty attached to me lately so I anticipate some crying. She did cry at times asking for Mommy or Daddy but overall the coach said couldn’t have gone better for the first lesson. Eliza seems to enjoy the pool and is more fearless than Nolan so I think she will enjoy it as it becomes a part of her weekly routine.

Here she is swimming towards the ball. She did lots of kicking to get there. So far she is working on her kicks, getting her head underwater, and starting to float on her back which she isn’t a big fan of yet. I’m excited to see them both start to progress and improve their swimming. While it isn’t the cheapest activity, I think it’s well spent money. It’s a life long skill and something that is helpful in protecting their safety around the water. 

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