September 25, 2014
by Kylie Gardner
Spring has almost sprung! Well, it’s here, but it’s kinda fighting to stay. We’ve had some gorgeous sunny days outdoors with a couple of BBQs to kick things off thanks to family and friends birthday celebrations. September is a busy month for the happy birthdays!
Pebble is so school ready and looking forward to her school transition next term. Just one more term to go until the real thing! She is just so into this whole learning thing and asks for more, more, more every day. “Show me what you did with the kids at school today”, she asks. She has started reading those first school readers, you know “The cat sat on the….. “, repeat x 5 and fill in the blank by looking at the picture. She thinks she’s the bees knees now that she’s reading! I wonder how the reality will match with her dreams of school, and how she’ll cope with the tiredness, but we’ll take it one day at a time.
Pebble and Rocky’s bond is growing stronger every day. This week I picked up Rocky from his child care house first, instead of Pebble, as I was running a little late and thought he might be looking out for me. When I got there he wasn’t really interested in me, he was looking around for his beloved sister instead! He wasn’t quite happy with the situation until we met up with her. Pebble was also smitten to see him, no more big running hugs for mama, Rocky got them instead. I love seeing them love each other.
Along with sibling love comes sibling rivalry and they have their fair share of fights. I sometimes wonder if I expect too much of Pebble, asking her rise up to her big sister role all the time. Sometimes she just wants space but she doesn’t want to be alone… ie. she just wants me to herself! Today she asked me, “Remember when you used to put out all the making things for me, when we got home from child care, and it would be a surprise for me? Can you please do that again?”. Hmmm, things have certainly changed with an extra little person to love and care for (and keep out of mischief!).
Rocky’s personality is showing it’s true colours as he gets better and better at communicating. He’s still not talking much at all but he understands everything and is very good at showing you what he wants or needs. He’s really big on pointing. Lots of pointing. He loves lots of cuddles and kisses and is so loving towards us all. He’s also very boisterous and likes to do things hard, fast, loud and big. This often leads to bumps and scrapes, but he seems to bounce right back without any drama.
Rocky’s very favourite thing at the moment is reading books. I’ll often find him in his rocking chair in his room with a couple of books in his lap, or we’ll spend chunks of time flipping through book after book. He has his definite favourites that we read again and again, and there are some that he simply refuses to entertain at all. He knows what he likes! I have to say that reading with him is one of my favourite things too, there’s something so beautiful about his soft, biscuity smelling hair in my face, his chubby little body squished into my lap and the stillness as he takes in the words and pictures.
As for the eating and sleeping, here’s a report card:
Eating: 8/10. Eats meat, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, bread, biscuits. Refuses to eat vegetables. I call this winning!
Sleeping: 5/10. Goes to bed in own bed at first but comes into our bed at about midnight. Still has one bottle between midnight and two am. I was going to crack down on this after my QLD trip…. which was a month ago now… at least we’re all getting some sleep.
Eating: 9/10. Eats meat, vegetables, fruit, cheese, crackers, yoghurt, and most simple family meals. Is starting to try new foods more readily but usually says “no, thanks”.
Sleeping: 9/10. Rarely wakes up during the night. Still wears a pull-up to bed but never actually uses it. We’re hoping to get her out of them by school.
Do your kids eat their veggies?