Caelan Conversations, Part 10

April 11, 2014

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Warning: Many of these are potty-training-themed, as that is what’s been going on in our house lately :)

CAELAN: Can I watch a show?

SARAH: No, it’s not time for a show, it’s time for breakfast.

CAELAN: No, I want to watch a show.

SARAH: No.

CAELAN: Whyyyyyyyy?

SARAH: It’s time for breakfast.

Caelan stops, puts on an angry face, and points at me.

CAELAN: You figure it out!!!

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CAELAN: Daddy, do you want a special surprise?

BILL: Sure.

CAELAN: Okay, it’s in my toy box. You need to poop on the potty first, then you can have a special surprise.

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CAELAN: What color is the door?

BILL: What does it look like?

CAELAN: Green. Make it yellow.

BILL: I can’t, buddy. The HOA won’t let me.

CAELAN: What’s HOA?

BILL: They’re evil people.

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I tell Caelan to put his toy car “the sheriff” down before going to the bathroom.

SARAH: The sheriff understands. He has to go pee pee too.

CAELAN: No, he doesn’t. He doesn’t have a penis…because he’s a car.

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CAELAN: Ms. Tera calls it a ‘toilet’.

SARAH: Yes, it’s called a ‘toilet’.

CAELAN: So can I play with it? Because it’s a toy…let? Toy?

SARAH: That’s very clever of you, but no.

CAELAN: Yes, it is clever.

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SARAH: How many feet does a dinosaur have?

CAELAN: One, two, three!

SARAH: Are you sure? I think dinosaurs have 4 feet.

CAELAN: No, Mommy, try again. They have 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 feet!!


A New Frontier: Preschool

March 28, 2014

When I was pregnant with Caelan, we started doing some research and looking into finding daycare for him. We originally looked at centers because I thought we’d be most comfortable having him in a structured environment. Due mostly to the astronomical cost of daycare centers in our area, we started looking into home daycares. I must admit that I didn’t go into the experience with a good attitude. I never thought I’d be comfortable leaving my child at some stranger’s house. We interviewed several providers and pretty much from the moment we set foot in Miss S’s daycare room, we were sold.

She had her basement converted into what looked like a daycare center. There was a row of high chairs for the babies and a child-sized table and chairs for the toddlers. Swings, bouncers, toys, and even a small kitchen area. There was a separate nap room with a closed-circuit feed so that she could keep an eye on the nappers while in the bigger play room. Perfect.

Caelan has been going there 5 days a week since he was 10 weeks old. Miss S is the person he’s spent the most time with in his whole life (aside from Bill and me) and he loves her and is very comfortable with her (more on that in a sec!). Miss S has had a couple of assistants and Caelan knows and loves them as well. We couldn’t have asked for a better daycare provider for our kids (Leah started there when she was 10 weeks old also).

I didn’t realize when we were first looking for daycare what a huge benefit it would be to have our child in an environment with other children of varying ages. In a center, he would have been with kids his own age, but at Miss S’s he got exposed to all ages. He got knocked down by the big kids when he was following them around and he learned to be gentle with the babies.

When the older kids at Miss S’s left for preschool and Caelan became the “big kid”, things started to go downhill. He was as comfortable there as he was at home and he started to take advantage. He acted out, as 2-year-olds do, but we started to think that maybe it was time for a change. We always thought we’d move Caelan to a preschool once he was older. 3? 4? We weren’t sure exactly when, but we wanted him to be in a classroom environment before he started kindergarten. Suddenly it was clear that he was ready for a move now, before his 3rd birthday. He’s very smart, he has excellent language skills and he really needs to be in an environment with kids his own age or older. That, and his behavior was getting a little out of control.

So we took the plunge and enrolled him in a local preschool. Today is his last day at Miss S’s and he’ll start in preschool on Monday. It’s very bittersweet. We’ve been talking it up with him, trying to get him excited about it. We’ve driven by the new school and looked at the playground. He picked out a Lightning McQueen lunch box and I got him a pillow and blanket to match for nap time. He repeats what we’ve told him about making new friends, learning to use the potty, and being a big boy but I don’t think he’s realized yet that he won’t be going back to Miss S’s. We’ll still see her of course, because Leah will continue to go there until she’s ready for preschool. But Caelan will be leaving his friends at Miss S’s and soon they’ll be moving on to preschool themselves – a different preschool, unfortunately, but maybe they’ll all meet up in kindergarten, who knows! Bill and I are happy and sad and excited and nervous for Caelan as he takes this big step (or as we give him this big push??). I hope the transition is smooth. Wish him (us) luck!!

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Caelan Conversations, Part 9

March 6, 2014

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Despite the “terrible 2′s” and upcoming “shoot me in the face 3′s”, we’ll keep Caelan around because of stuff like this!

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Caelan finds a pair of ear muffs

CAELAN: What are these?

BILL: Ear muffs.

CAELAN: My muff?

BILL: No, EAR muffs.

A few days later…

BILL: What are these?

CAELAN: Muffins.

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Bill is laying on the couch…

CAELAN: Do you want me to stay a few minutes?

BILL: Yes, please.

Caelan kneels next to Bill and strokes his hair like we do when we put Caelan to bed after he asks us to “stay a few minutes”

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CAELAN: Next time we’ll go to the zoo. And probably there will be a lion there. A big one. And a rooster. And a kitty cat.

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CAELAN: I want a special treat! I want an egg and a newspaper and a foot!

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BILL: I have a headache.

CAELAN: A headache?

BILL: My head hurts.

CAELAN: Where does it hurt Daddy?

BILL [pointing to his head]: Right here.

Caelan kisses Bill’s forehead.

CAELAN: Is it better now?

BILL: No, it still hurts.

Caelan kisses Bill’s forehead again.

CAELAN: Now is it better?

BILL: Yes, it’s better.


Leah Caroline: Months 3-6

February 5, 2014

Our tiny baby girl is somehow now a full blown giggly, wiggly, CHATTY little one! Not sure how she is 6 months old already, but they say time flies, or something like that!

Leah learned to roll over (front to back) at about 3.5 months old. Just 1 week later and she was rolling back to front also. I had been a little worried that we weren’t giving her enough tummy time and she’d be late to learn to roll, but clearly I was wrong! Leah spent most of her awake time at home in her bouncy seat, which she loved up until she managed to sit up and fall out of it (while buckled in). Now she’d graduated to the Bumbo and the Jumperoo. Sometimes we will lay her on a blanket on the floor, but she’s not content there for very long and she’s also in danger of being trampled by Caelan when she’s on the floor. Hopefully in the next few months we will try to get her some more floor time since she’s going to need to learn to crawl!!

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Jake is supervising tummy time

When she is down on the floor, she immediately flips onto her tummy and starts her wiggling and kicking (her version of “flying” or “swimming”). She’ll also roll her way across the room. It’s tricky because now she’s “mobile” before she’s actually crawling. Caelan never rolled as a means of travel, so this is new for us! Actually, just within the past couple of days I’ve seen her get up on her hands and knees and start rocking…We’re in trouble!

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Rolling her way around

We started putting Leah down on her tummy for sleeping when she was about 4 months old just because it was so much easier. She was waking herself up trying to roll onto her tummy herself, so we just saved her the trouble. Around this time, we also stopped swaddling her. I was worried about that transition, but it was a non-event. We had to be a little more careful putting her down so she wouldn’t flail around and wake herself up, but it was really an easy transition, thankfully.

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Time to unswaddle!

I was all braced and ready for a major sleep regression these past few months, but it didn’t happen. Could we have hit the baby sleep lottery twice?? Maybe, but it’s too soon to say. She’s still wildly inconsistent, but she sleeps through the night 8-9 hours a few times a week. Usually when she does wake up at night, if we go in and rub her back, she’ll fall back asleep. Occasionally, we end up rocking her for a bit. We decided we’d try to wait until she was 6 months old to start sleep training, unless things got really bad before then. For awhile, things were…”medium”…but the past few days have been rough. She was sleeping in 45 minute stretches, waking up constantly, and I resorted to holding her and sleeping with her in our bed or on the couch. In fairness, she has a cold, so I’m sure that’s not helping her sleep. As soon as that clears up, sleep training is on!

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Sleeping on our bed at 6am

At Thanksgiving this year, Leah showed the first signs of separation anxiety. I handed her over to my mom and left the room. Two minutes later she was hysterical! We tried handing her off to several other people as well, but she wasn’t having it. She refused to be held by anyone other than Bill or me all evening. We were kind of shocked since she’d never had any problem with that before.

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Sleeping on Thanksgiving

At Christmas, we were more careful with handing her over so as not to overwhelm her and she did great! She was happy to be held by everyone. She and Caelan spent almost 2 weeks around the holidays alternating between their grandparents’ houses while daycare was closed. Leah did great. She even had her first sleepover with Grandma and Pop on New Years Eve and it went perfectly! I was worried that she might not sleep through the night but she did! She even slept longer and later than she ever had before. Looks like we’ve got another go-with-the-flow kid on our hands – for now anyway :)

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We’ve also got a HAPPY kid on our hands! Leah is such a smiley, squirmy, happy baby! Of course she has her fussy moments (like when she needs to sleep) and her witching hour (8-9pm) but in general she is a very content and happy baby.

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Excited for the Broncos game!

She LOVES Caelan. Her face just lights up when he comes into her room in the morning. If she’s crying, Caelan will try to comfort her by kneeling next to her and saying “It’s okay, Leah” and often that will calm her down.

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Loves her big brother

We meant to get out the highchair and start Leah on some cereal when she turned 5 months old but that didn’t quite happen. Second child syndrome I guess! I finally got it out about 2 weeks ago and we tried her on some rice cereal. She wasn’t a fan at first, but she caught on quickly. The whole “baby’s first feeding” was different this time around. Instead of a big weekend production, it was squeezed in after dinner on a Thursday night, while Caelan whined in the next room. Poor second babies!! But we did get some pictures and some video :)

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Cereal time!

Leah is definitely teething! The drool and the chewing on her hands is out of control. Her first tooth poked through 2 weekends ago! She was a little fussier than usual, but it could have been worse. Leah’s also lost pretty much all of her newborn hair and her “real” hair has started to come in. It looks like it’s coming in blonde, but it’s too soon to tell for sure. Her eyes are still blue. I could have sworn they weren’t going to stay blue, but so far they have!

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She has hair!

We’ve been fairly lucky so far on the illness front (current cold notwithstanding). Leah had a bad cold around Christmastime and a few others here and there, but nothing serious (fingers crossed!!!). I’m sure it’s coming though. With both Leah and Caelan in daycare, it’s inevitable.

So how are things going with the whole we-have-2-kids thing? I honestly still think it’s going okay. Bill and I have been stressed and tired with Leah’s recent sleep issues, but that’s not a 2-kids-thing. To be honest, when we’re rocking Leah to sleep and she’s screaming and thrashing and she just.won’t.settle, I think to myself that at least we’re lucky that Caelan is such a heavy sleeper and isn’t woken by her antics! Occasions where both kids are crying, up at night, and/or needing something at the same time are rare, but they do happen. Those times are tricky and stressful and the ability to tune out crying is necessary, but like I said, those times are rare. For the most part, Leah is a really easy-going baby and she spends a lot of time “observing” from her bouncy chair or her high chair while Caelan demands a lot of our attention. Leah gets less attention from us than Caelan got from us at the same age, but I think that’s unavoidable with a second child. She also gets less anxious parents who have “been there, done that” so maybe it’s a trade off!

Bill and Leah spend sometime together on the weekends when Caelan and I are grocery shopping. And after Caelan is in bed for the night, we get a little bit of time with Leah before she’s in bed too. The goal is to move her bedtime up so that we’re putting her down at the same time or right after Caelan is down but we’ll see how things go. I do miss having that time in the evening when kids are bed so that Bill and I can get chores done, relax, and actually talk to each other.

My favorite time with Leah is early in the morning on the weekends. The house is quiet and she will either have a bottle and then take a nap in the living room, or she’ll be happy to keep me company while I have my coffee. I like that quiet time, even at 6am, before the hustle and bustle that is Caelan comes down to join us :) It’s nice that we can carve out a little bit of one-on-one time.

So up next is the 6-9 month stage and if our experience with Caelan is any indication, it’s going to be an adventure! Scooting, crawling, standing, and cruising are all coming before we know it!!

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Caelan and Leah at 6 months old

Happy 0.5 Years, Leah Bug! Don’t think I haven’t already started to think about your 1st birthday party :P

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6 Months Old

Leah’s 6 Month Stats

  • Wearing mostly 6 month clothes but can fit into a few 9 month things
  • Size 3 diapers
  • Weight:  16 lbs  9 ozs
  • Length:  25 3/4 inches
  • Usually takes about 6 bottles a day, each about 6 ozs (though sometimes she will take as much as 8 oz or as little as 3oz)
  • She eats her “dinner” of rice cereal or oatmeal
  • Loves her butterfly rattle, her ladybug toy, the jumperoo, chewing on anything she can get her hands on, rolling away during diaper changes, “singing” at the top of her lungs, and Mommy’s Wicked Witch of the West laugh

Caelan Conversations, Part 8

January 20, 2014

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Caelan picks up a catalog that came in the mail.

CAELAN: Is it a magazine?

SARAH: It’s a special kind of magazine called a catalog.

CAELAN: A catalog? No, it’s not a catalog, it’s a DVD.

SARAH: It’s not a DVD!

CAELAN: It’s ridiculous!

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I scooped up Caelan in a hug and he said this. I know he had no idea what he was saying, but it was still sweet.

CAELAN: Thanks for the life.

You’re welcome, monkey.

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I’m cooking dinner in the kitchen and Caelan walks in and stops in the doorway.

CAELAN: So….What’s going on here?

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At what age do kids start using 42 word sentences? Which milestone is that??

CAELAN: We’re going to go to Grandma and Pop’s tomorrow and make cookies and make a birdie with grilled cheese on it and there’s going to be a pumpkin with candy and I’m going to eat it and it’s going to be fun.

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SARAH: Mallory and Lucy are coming over today.

CAELAN: Lucy’s a whore house.

SARAH: What?!?

CAELAN: Lucy’s a whore house.

SARAH: What are you saying?? [pausing to try to figure this out] Oh! Lucy’s AT HER house. Yes, yes she is.

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Caelan is singing Pat A Cake.

CAELAN: Roll it and pat it and mark it with a “C”. Put it in the oven WITH Caelan and me.

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Caelan, Leah, and I are in the car stopped at a red light.

CAELAN: You know why we’re stopped, Leah? You see that red light? That means we stop!

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Caelan is crying as I put in him the car to go home after we had lunch at Chik Fil A.

SARAH: It’s going to be nap time when we get home.

CAELAN [sobbing]: Noooo! I want to go to Target!!


Caelan Conversations, Part 7

December 16, 2013

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Caelan holds up a broken crayon…

CAELAN: It’s broken.

SARAH: That’s okay, I’ll fix it in a minute.

CAELAN: I will fix it. [marches away] I will get my screwdriver.

Later in the day, he comes back to find that I’ve fixed the crayon with tape.

CAELAN: Why’d you put a band aid on it, Mommy?

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Leah babbles away…

SARAH: What’s she saying?

CAELAN: Gloo glab!

SARAH: Gloo glab? What does that mean?

CAELAN: It means “I love Caelan”!

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CAELAN: Daddy, can I push your buttons?

BILL: You do everyday buddy.

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I walked into Caelan’s room holding Leah…

CAELAN [pointing to Leah]: Mine.

SARAH: What?

CAELAN: That’s my sister!

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Me, commenting on Caelan’s crankiness…

SARAH: Someone needs a nap.

BILL: Yep.

CAELAN: I do!

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CAELAN: It’s Lightning McQueen’s birthday!

BILL: It is?! How old is he?

CAELAN: Um, he’s 2.

BILL: What kind of birthday cake should we get him?

CAELAN: Um, how ’bout purple?

BILL: That sounds good!

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Caelan, enunciating…

CAELAN: I far-ted, Mom-my. It was a accident.

SARAH: You farted by accident?

CAELAN: Yes, probably.

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CAELAN: I found Charlie Brown!

SARAH: You did?! Does Charlie Brown have a dog?

CAELAN: Yes. Snoofee.

BILL: Snoopy?

CAELAN: No, it’s Snoofee!

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CAELAN: Is Daddy outside?

SARAH: No, Daddy’s at work.

CAELAN: He’s not outside?

SARAH: No, he’s at work.

CAELAN: But that makes me sad!

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The message on our TV about our satellite dish says “signal loss”…

CAELAN: Oh come on! That didn’t happen!


Meet Train

December 12, 2013

I feel like that title should be Meet Virginia. Meet Virginia? Train? Anyone?

Anyway.

This Christmas season, we’re starting the Elf on the Shelf. The premise is, Santa sends out these scout elves who hang out in your house and watch over your kids and then report back to Santa at night about whether they were naughty or nice. Each morning, the elf is in a new location in the house and the kids have to find him/her. There’s a book that goes along with the elf that explains the whole thing.

Our elf’s name is Train. The kids have to name him which is why ours has such an interesting one. The concept of a name is a little lost on Caelan, but it still works and it’s actually kind of awesome.

I will admit that the elf is a little creepy. I know there are a lot of haters out there. But whatever. Adults think it’s creepy, but kids don’t! Caelan loves looking for him every morning. Train isn’t very fancy, he mostly just finds a new perch each day but he did bring the kids their new Christmas pajamas this year. And one morning we caught him snacking on Christmas cookies. He may have one or two more tricks up his sleeve before Christmas is here. Don’t hate.

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