Can you believe it!?!? 2.5! It has gone so fast. And you know what else you won't believe? I'm on a train. Ok, that was entirely predictable. I will try to remember to write text later. Almost to my stop.
Friday, November 8, 2013
**Note - I wrote this at least a week ago and didn't realize it didn't publish**
So... This month is actually fairly similar to last month. And I apologize for typos. I'm on a train again, so while that means I have time, it also means typing on a phone. Ugh.
I say the same, but his behavior is better, and the friend situation seems to be improving. There are so many post 23rd things I want to discuss, but I'll hold off. For behavior, time outs are getting more effective and he will listen and sit at least briefly. Yay! Less hitting/biting, but more willful disobedience. Mmm.
He still is music and football crazy and the drum above is part of his Halloween costume. A Penn State Blue Band Drummer. Chris may be influencing things.
This month my parents really moved here. Robby is getting to do all sorts of cool stuff when they pick him up early in the afternoons. See above. I'm pretty jealous. I believe today they will be swimming.
Art is a big deal around here, too. He likes cutting, gluing, coloring, and PAINTING.
I may have lost my mind but I sacrificed a dress shirt and let him paint on canvases with my acrylics. I actually love the one on the bottom right.
I love when I do get to be involved. Above was a Halloween parade (aka all about the marching band and fire trucks). Didn't march this year, but he sure thought it was cool.
Yes, the numbering seems ridiculous. "Almost 2.5", ok?
He's a boy. No way around it. Even Harper will now rough house and play tug with him. Which he LOVES. I love our conversations. I love our morning cuddles (even if Chris is trying to ban him from our bed). And I love my little adventurer.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
I WILL at least get these monthly posts up. Though at what age is it ridiculous? Since they're mostly for my memory, I want to still have them, so...there. Robby is still a pretty great 2 year old. Chris might not agree after getting bitten twice tonight, but generally I think it's going well. Still independent, demanding, willful, but he has been since he was born. Woah to the teenage years.
We've definitely been having some behavioral issues recently. He ends up in time out at daycare daily, but they assure us that's normal. I don't know. It doesn't seem ok to me that he hits/bites/fights over toys. I feel so powerless as a working mom that just isn't around that much. I WISH I felt like I had more influence on him.
On the flip side, he is very perceptive, which means he can either be manipulative or sweet. He has started telling "stories". For instance, I came home today, and he told me that Chris had hurt his back when he fell on the floor in the kitchen. Not true. Not sure where that's coming from. He will say, "Daddy's not listening" if we bicker and he notices, but also he out of the blue will say something like, "Daddy, thank you for football. Fun." after we went to our local high school's game last week.
His best recent comment was when we went apple picking a week ago. I thought, "Oh, great! Teachable moment!" And, thinking I was smart, said, "Robby, if apples grow on trees, what else do you think grows on trees?" Without pause, he answered, "Logs". Well played, kid, well played.
Physically, he's pretty impressive. He is coordinated and can do any piece of playground equipment, even if it's meant for older than him. This includes ladders, being pushed on a big swing (slowly), scarily big slides, etc. His favorite park activity is running the bases on the baseball field, though.
He is social, but I feel like he's starting to clam up a bit from the truly outgoing boy he used to be. He does not talk about friends at school nearly as much as he did at the old school, though he talks about his teacher a lot. He still will talk to strangers, but it usually takes a little prompting. This might actually be a relief.
MUSIC. Robby LOVES marching band music and singing. Most nights during our dog walk, he sings a good 75% of the time. Usually the Penn State fight song, "Old MacDonald", or "Wheels on the Bus", though he enjoys "Take Me Out to the Ballgame", "Twinkle Twinkle", or "ABC's", as well. He has also declared that he will be a "drummer man" for Halloween, so I need to get on that.
Eating is still pretty varied. Some days he pigs out, some days he barely eats. He is not particularly picky, though he would eat all junk if you let him. He LOVES lollipops, grapes, carrots and hummus, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, bagels, and apples. But he'll really eat most things most days. Tonight's dinner was spaghetti with pesto, salad, and bread and butter. Gorged himself. Love that this isn't an issue. Though, maybe sometimes I worry that he eats too MUCH.
I love that he's completely still my little man, even though I'm not around. He is so excited when I get home, and then is suction cupped to me. I love that we can now have conversations. I love that he is smart, funny, creative, and eager to try new things. I love that he loves to read, sing, and just play. Generally, I love you, Rob.
Thursday, September 19, 2013
We went to Penn State almost 2 weeks ago, but with my posting track record that's almost like yesterday. I ended up with the flu and slept in the hotel on Friday while Chris and Robby toured campus.
Fortunately, I managed to pull it together by Saturday, and we had a great time. Still can't stand posting on my phone, though! So I'll just say we only made it to half time because Robby was melting down, and that my child is INCREDIBLY obsessed with marching bands.
Saturday, September 7, 2013
He's so smart, active, and surprising these days. He's talking very well, though doesn't have his tenses perfect. (For example: Mommy, where is you?) He now definitely knows colors, though almost always says red is blue and blue is red. He says the full alphabet, and can identify a few letters on sight. He can consistently count items to 4, but I've heard him recite to 20. "Why" has started to make an appearance.
He loves to run, jump, dance, climb. He goes on the "big kid" playground daily, and can climb every slide, do monkey bars with help, climb a rock climbing wall, and a spiral ladder, and hang onto this circular spinny thing and a zip line while I push him. He just learned to keep his feet up on our neighbor's tire swing and to hang on a regular swing well enough.
He is OBSESSED with marching bands right now, and spoiler if I ever write about today...his life was made when we saw the blue band at Penn State. He also generally likes music, drumming, and SPORTS. Another positive with the park is getting to watch all the local baseball and soccer. He loves watching the big kids play.
The new daycare is a mixed bag. We like it, but Robby has had a hard time. He's been acting up and hitting a lot, which he never used to do. Also, he almost never talks about friends and just says he plays with his teachers. It makes me really sad. It doesn't help that they started him in the older 2 class, then just moved all those kids up except him and one other since they were younger. So he was with those kids for 3 weeks, and now new ones. I hope he starts feeling more comfortable soon.
We'll see if I can ever figure out how to post videos from my phone, because I have some great ones, but...yeah. http://youtu.be/jTqkP5YrWzg
Long story short, I still feel like I'm missing out, and feel terrible since he's obviously having some trouble, but he's still a great kid.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Can you believe I have to go this far back? And these will be BRIEF picture posts. Working in NY was actually a lot if fun. I made some great friends, ate some great food, saw a broadway show where Cory Monteith stood directly behind me with Lea Michele, and I learned a lot.
But I sure was glad to get home to Robby and Chris on the weekends. Chris did a fantastic job as a single dad, but he was glad when it was over.