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Happy 2 and a Half Birthday! 

Another Half Birthday is upon us! I just went back and re-read the 2 year post I wrote and so much has changed in the last 6 months it’s crazy.

All About Teddy

Size: 24.6 lbs (3rd percentile) and 35 inches (31st percentile). He is finally too tall for 18mth size pants, but must wear a belt to hold up anything without an adjustable or elastic waistband.  He can wear a great variety of sizes, but we’ll say 24mth/2T for pants and tops. Shoes are crazy sizes, anywhere between a 6 and 8 depending on brand.

Nicknames: Tedder, Teddy Bear, Bear (Lucie always callas him Teddy Bear)

Personality: Sweet as sugar this one. He continues to be cheerful and friendly, and cries those giant plopping tears when he gets upset. Except, now he stops himself mid-cry declaring with a smile “me HAPPY!”  I wish I could capture the moment because it’s just so Teddy to be happy even though he looks so sad.  Like, no no, really I’m fine with the biggest tears you ever saw still rolling down his cheeks.  Too much.  He loves to be carried around, and is very imaginative with his play.  Lately he has been demanding things in a very non-Teddy way. Like today he woke up from his nap and demanded to go to Grandma Patti’s house “Go to Patti’s house, now” except now is said an octave lower than the rest of the sentence and emphasized with a growl. I’m not sure what to think of it other than be purely amused.

Foods: Fruit is his favorite, especially watermelon, whole apples and mango. He generally likes everything, but can be very stubborn when he doesn’t want to eat any more. He stockpiles chewed food in his cheeks. It’s gross. And frustrating. He says “My don’t like it” when he totally does.

Play: He loves cars, trains, dinosaurs and puzzles.  He can do a whole 24 piece puzzle on his own, as he is ever observant and pays very close attention to details.  He watches and listens to and studies everything around him. Recently he has been into racecars in particular and drives everything around as such…even pieces of watermelon. Oh and he loves building towers and tunnels, and crawling under and through tunnels. Like a spelunker.

Development and Talents: I mentioned his puzzles… He has recently mastered jumping with two feet off the floor, though not yet off of a platform.  He does not like to count 1-10 but does 11-20 perfectly. He always seems to find the things that have been lost for unknown amounts of time, probably because he’s the one who hid it in the first place.  He takes his time with answers as he considers the question very carefully. He talks, a lot. His speech is good, just a little jumbled and his pronunciations can be hard to understand if you don’t spend a lot of time around him. He has the iPad all figured out.  More than once I have heard voices in the living room while I’m cleaning up from breakfast and find him talking to my mom or sister on FaceTime or starting a movie for him and his sister. 

All About Lucie

Size: 30.6 lbs (72nd percentile) and 36.5 inches (76th percentile). A mix of 2T and 3T, same for shoes, between 6-8. 

Nicknames: Lucie Goose, Cici, Cici June, Lu (Teddy calls her Cici June)

Personality: Lucie swings between adorable and dramatic. She has a lot of flash this one. She still demands cold water, and ice/bandaids for every issue. She does NOT like strange kids in her personal space. If she decides to protest something like leaving the park, she will not eventually follow her parent. She will stubbornly stand her ground and cry until you come back into sight at which point she will sob into your shoulder “my feel nervous. my need ice.” Flip side Lucie is a delight! She sings, repeats everything, asks a zillion questions (“why?” “are you frustrated mama?”), twirls like Cindagedda (Cinderella), declares “my love ______”, and hold/hug/love on babies. She likes to wear her pink sunglasses everywhere, everyday.

Foods: Easy. Pizza and ice cream. I joke that she has the Cross pizza gene which means, “I’m not full until the pizza is gone.” Except it’s not a joke. She will literally eat pizza until you stop giving her pizza. Also stuffed shells, and I don’t blame her on that one I love them too. She generally likes everything but not with the same passion as the aforementioned delights.

Play: She’s been into spinning, skipping and dancing of late. She and Teddy like to “go shopping” (play grocery store) together with the play food and grocery cart and shopping bags. They also like to “help” me cook or wash dishes in the kitchen. I try to find little jobs for them to do, but it’s hard to delegate! I’m used to running the kitchen as a solo act, it’s hard to throw in team members who don’t seem to be able to pull their weight, you know?

Development and Talents: Her speech is terrific, it’s not uncommon for her to put together fluid compound sentences like, “Hi baby Clare! She’s so little! Chubby knees! My hold her?” And even a stranger can understand everything she says. It’s so cool. She runs, jumps, and talks incessantly. 

Videos: Peppa Pig is their favorite cartoon, Daniel Tiger is often requested. Favorites movies are Cars, Tangled (Punzel), and The Fantastic Mr. Fox (Fox movie, they love doing Foxy’s whistle)

Thanks for sticking with me, Happy half birthday munchkins. We have lots of awesome visitors in the next few weeks, look out for lots of photos. And Happy Autumn!

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Happy 2nd Birthday!

I’m here a week late to wish Lucie and Teddy a very Happy Birthday!

IMG_1027We have been so busy!  B-B and Aunt Becca and the cousins all arrived last Thursday within an hour of each other and the craziness began.  Honestly, having 3 adults and 4 x 2 year olds in our city apartment was maybe a little less crazy than I anticipated.  I think my expectations were pretty high, but we were lucky with some decent weather so we were able to get out of the house every day until Monday – when we had a bona fide snowstorm.

I’ll get back to the fun stuff in another blog post (whaaa whaaa) and I’m going to jump to their 2 year check up with our pediatrician.  Everyone is bright shiny and healthy.  Doc says we need to work on “hopping” and referring to one another as “me” and “I.”  I think that last one is totally my fault, obviously they learn to speak through imitation and now that the doc pointed it out, I don’t refer to myself as I or me, I say “mama” all the time.  Like, “give that to Mama” instead of “to me.”  It’s weird!  Will does it too!  Why we speak to the kids in the third person I have no idea but I can fix that.  Ok so, I’m going to divide this up into two parts so we can have a look at what each kids is up to individually at this moment in time.

All About TeddyIMG_0601

Size: 22.6 lbs (7th percentile), 33 in (10th percentile).  He wears a mix of 18 and 24 mth clothing, now that he’s wearing undies the pants are even bigger on him!  Still a string-bean with no hips and no bum.

Personality: He is so sweet.  Always willing to give a kiss and very likely to indulge in a cuddle.  He is very considerate, particularly to his sister.  If he picks up a snack or a water bottle the next thing he does is ask for Cici to have one too.  He is cheerful and chipper, and only cries when he feels under the weather or gets knocked over or heaven help you he misplaces his kitty at sleepy-time.  When he does cry I swear he has the biggest tears you ever saw and they spurt and plop out of his eyes like humungous dew drops.  If you need a helper, Teddy is your guy.  He happily tosses stuff in the garbage can or puts away his toys or puts dirty clothes in his hamper when asked to do so.  He is so good at sharing and taking turns with other kids but will collapse in a puddle if a toy is taken from him without first declaring “it’s Lucie’s turn.”

Foods: Fruit is his favorite.  Blueberries, melon, mango, pears, you name it he loves it.  He loves goldfish crackers and fried eggs and carrots and broccoli and salmon.

Play: Choo-choos rule in this category.  He also loves to play kitchen and cooking (a chip off the ol’ block), stack blocks (or cans), unpack groceries, and push trucks.  He is really good at puzzles.

Development: As of last week he is potty trained!  He does have an accident almost everyday, mostly when he gets too busy and forgets to tell me he has to go.  I have to be really on top of the “pee break” with this guy.  He has a good vocabulary and is able to say a handful of colors but always reverts to blue when he doesn’t know the word.  He understands the concept of counting but hasn’t gotten past 1 and 2 yet.  He does a bunch of animal sounds, particularly Lions and Tigers and Bears.  He likes to pretend to sleep and pop up and call out morni!!!!!! (morning!!!!!).

All About LucieIMG_0617

Lucie: 27 lbs (70th percentile), 34 in (50th percentile).  She’s firmly wearing 2T clothing, and still has some of that magnificent toddler belly we’ve all admired for the last year.

Personality: Lucie has a sparkling smile and an evil laugh.  She can be stingy with her kisses although she doesn’t mind giving them to her brother.  She is a girl who knows what she wants and is not generally swayed by parental suggestion.  I jokingly named this diva-prone alter ego “Whitney”.  Lord help you if you offer her room temperature water.  It must be cole (cold).  Her favorite color is purple, she loves wearing skirts, and is the girliest tomboy I’ve ever met.  She has no problem trading shoves with her bigger cousins and will not hesitate to wag her finger (literally and physically saying no no no) if something doesn’t go her way, like at a strange kid who doesn’t maintain personal space or a friend tries to play with a toy she’s claimed.  Sharing is a difficult lesson for her.

Foods: She loves scrambled eggs and sharing Mama’s toast, watermelon, roasted chicken, green beans, ice cream and cups of water.  Really the only thing neither of them will eat is beans…black, white, red, or otherwise.

Play: Coloring and playing tunnel.  She loves to pretend to go to sleep (seepy-seepy-nite-nite) in our bed and tells us to “click” off the light.  She loves reading and will sit for hours and hours to read stories.  The favorite book of the moment is whatever she has chosen.  Teddy listens most of the time, but is more likely to get up and play with something else while she and I read.

Development: She is potty trained now for a few weeks and does super well with accidents only rarely.  Her speech is excellent and she can put together 2-4 word sentences (a few days ago she brought a book to my mom and said “This is a story”).  She runs fast and laughs loud and can be very difficult (strange for a 2 year old, I know).  She also knows about a zillion animal noises – her cat meow is my favorite.

TV: Their favorite videos are choo-choos (Thomas the Tank Engine), George (Curious George), Go-Go (Frozen), Me-mo (Finding Nemo), and Yan-yel (Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood).  These videos are great for when I need to cook a meal, or to wind down after dinner before bed.

This was a long one, thanks for sticking through it with me!  Another post is coming with party pictures, cousin pictures, and a little “We’re 2!” photo-shoot we did with my sister.  Happy Friday!