December 1, 2010

Welcome December!

Wow, time has flown by this year!  I can't believe it's December already, but maybe that has something to do with the fact that it's Iowa and we haven't had a blizzard yet. 
And December doesn't just mean Christmas at our means birthday!  TWO....yes, he's going to be TWO this month.  He's been busier then ever, learning things left and right. I am extremely happy to report that our house is 100% binkie-free!  Jason and I decided we were going to quit cold turkey after the holidays, but then a few weeks ago all of the binkies went missing.  A blessing in disguise I suppose.  Amazingly he has taken it well.  The first nap he cried for about 5-10 minutes, and I was sure he would never sleep again.  But after those few minutes, he was out, and he has fallen to sleep just fine without it every single nap & bedtime since.  I'm so proud of him!!  And now the rest of us are all very careful not to use the "b" word in our house anymore.
His vocabulary is also picking up.  He's never been much of a talker, more of a point-and-grunter.  He says please and thank-you perfectly.  We've been working on "sorry" lately, since it seems to come up often with this child.  He is now saying it regularly...but not in the right context.  He says it when he falls or bonks his head.  So I guess he is only really sorry when he's hurt himself. :)  Other words that we hear regularly are apple, cookies, juice, choo-choo (the boy loves trains!) and sissy (he also loves his sister!)  Surprisingly he hasn't picked up on "no" yet.
M has been doing great in school. She stayed home sick today, she's had a terrible cough for a week or two now and her throat is raw from coughing so much.  Although, she certainly doesn't act sick when she's at home.  She sure is smart though, it's been very challenging dealing with a child that outsmarts me every single day.  There is no lying to her!  And she is reading like a champ, so we no longer can spell when we don't want her to know what we are talking about :) 

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