And now that it’s Spring, time to recap our last few months. Nothing much has changed, weekday schedule is usually as follows: Jane goes to school in the morning, Aiden takes a nap (he just turned 18 mos. and has only consistently dropped the morning nap within the past couple weeks) we pick up Cole on the 3 days we watch him, have lunch, go see friends, come home. Nathan has been working the night shift, which starts at 8 p.m. so lots of nights he comes over about 5:00 to hang out with the kids while I go to yoga or run errands.
On the weekends we hang out with family a lot, almost every weekend Jane has a sleepover at my mom’s or grandma’s house.
-My sister had her baby!!! I’m now an auntie. It’s been interesting seeing the transition to motherhood close up but from an outside perspective – I don’t envy her. Baby J is healthy but fussy, a lot like Jane was. I sent her a link to this post I wrote when Jane was 3 weeks old, I’m so happy I kept the blog, otherwise I’d never remember.
-Jane turned 5! (Wow I have had this blog for a long time.) Besides the family parties, we celebrated her birthday at a hotel. Her first time staying in one! We just had a few friends come for swimming and pizza, then the two of us stayed overnight, it was awesome.
-Went to the chiropractor quite a bit. I’m still wary of them, but this issue was so obviously related to misalignment. Around x-mas my whole right side, from toes up to neck, started getting sore and it coincided exactly with Aiden getting heavier and me carrying him on my left hip. This malfunction of my body, even though it wasn’t severe, along with Aiden becoming a toddler…made me think I am really really done with having kids.
-Went to a girls’ weekend (well, I only went for 24 hours due to Nathan’s work schedule), but it is worth mentioning because these ladies are a huge part of my every day life and I don’t know what I’d do without them.
-This is more of a “lack of” notable event – somehow all 3 of us managed to avoid getting sick this winter. Sure, runny noses and mild coughs and occasional day long fever, but nothing like the flu, norovirus, strep, plague-like things that the rest of the neighborhood seemed to have all the time. I AM SO THANKFUL!!! (KNOCK ON WOOD).
What the kids are like right now:
Aiden: OMG having a toddler is hard. It crept up on me slowly (he was such an easy baby!) until I realized he was driving me insane every day. There is lots and lots of whining, grunting, climbing on things he shouldn’t be, pulling on my leg, pulling on my shirt (still nursing), generally destroying the entire house.
Of course he also has his cute moments. Basically when he’s not doing any of the above, which is about 5% of the time. When he sees or hears a dog he says “ooo ahhh ooo ahh ooo” and sounds just like monkey. He likes to take the sponge and “help clean” and also to throw his empty bottle in the sink. He likes to yell “no” when doing things like trying to flush the toilet or hitting his sister. He likes to hit and push Jane whenever she is touching me =(. He loves anything stick or sword-like and will hand you one so you’ll “fight” with him. (No idea where he got this. He doesn’t watch tv and Jane doesn’t do it.) He LOVES balls and will play catch as eagerly as a dog. He has a great arm and will consistently throw directly to you, with force. He doesn’t have a ton of words yet and doesn’t seem to be adding new ones quickly. In comparison, Jane had just started speaking in complete sentences at 18 mos.!
Jane: Is as sweet and helpful as always. Sometimes I feel like she’s the adult. She can see immediately when I’m getting frustrated with Aiden and will come over and rub my back. Lots of times when we’re getting ready to go somewhere I’ll talk out loud what we need to do “Aiden, you need socks” and the next thing I know Jane will appear with socks for me.
She loves to play with her friends and has gotten really good at reading beginner sorts of books. She’s always asking me how to spell things and drawing pictures for everyone we know. I’m so proud of her and really have nothing negative to say. She has been a little more emotional lately, but only if she’s tired or you try to correct her about something, she’ll cry easily. Mostly, she’s the perfect kid =). It’s still hard for me to be around her all day though, because she constantly wants to talk about well… 5 year old things… which is hard to engage with for a long period of time. Good thing we get together with friends a lot!
That’s about all, I have to say the winter went a better than I thought it would. We are already planning ahead for summer…