Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Max in Grade 1!



No issues with back to school this year, kid is ready. He says the best part of summer was spending time with his family (yay)!  I don't even have any questions about this upcoming year except for WHO IS HIS GRADE 1 TEACHER? and WHAT FRIENDS WILL HE BE IN THE SAME CLASS AS? seriously, we don't find out until about Sept 10th, what's up? i don't remember this gradual entry stuff when I was a kid.

Max at GRADE 1:
  • favourite foods: yellow peaches, strawberries, watermelon, broccoli, McDouble, blueberry-pomegranate smoothies from McD, sunny side up egg sandwiches (non toasted)
  • thankful for: "everything in my house, my family, Moe the cat"
  • favourite color: blue
  • favourite activities: biking with dad, long skateboarding excursions with me, basketball, swimming at the Strata pool
  • 3 favourite things: DIY Slime, Lego, and skateboard
  • best friends: Moe the cat, Mikkel, Brayden
  • teeth status: 2 permanent, 2 loose, the rest baby teeth






Friday, August 31, 2018

Firecracker Mikkel is 3!!

Hello world, my favourite girl is 3!!



Unlike last year, I actually have something planned for my second child (i've even surprised myself to be honest haha). Tonite, my family and parents will be going 5 pin bowling, eat a giant feast of Chinese food, come home to cake which Max and I made for her (!!) and presents. We're celebrating a day ahead because of other plans during the afternoon tomorrow (September 1st is her real birthday). I also realize that Max remembers everything things and I really don't want him to be like, "why didnt we do anything for Mikkel?" some time in the near future, queuing mom guilt!!
All jokes aside though, im quite conservative and Max is the only one that has had a birthday party (1st birthday)- i just prefer things private (one thing Gene and I actually agree upon even with our birthdays) and don't feel compelled to have a pinterest party (even though i have so many things pinned)- the kids also haven't asked for one and are perfectly fine with saving money for vacations aka resort fees. Never say never though...one day, maybe!?



at 3, Mikkel wakes up first in the morning. Initially we all sleep parallel to one other but eventually during the night, i move away and the two kids sleep in east-west position on the king bed while i'm at the foot of the bed in the north-south position. We sleep like this as they're so restless and getting bigger that opposite positions have allowed us all to get better sleep.  Also, it's helpful now that im back at work as Mikkel doesn't need to wake up with me RIGHT THERE breathing down her neck. she's used to waking up and looking for me- if i'm not there because of work, Max is there to help comfort her until Gene checks in or she copes and goes back to sleep on her own.

If i am there, she wakes me up with her movements- we make eye contact - and she then gives me a huge good morning smile. We then sneak out of the room where I start the much needed coffee (did you know i never drank coffee before until i had Mikkel?! lol says a lot about having two kids TBH) and the hot water for her oatmeal. When she was two something, she had an aversion to her quick oats, Maple and Brown sugar concoction, but mid 2's to even now..she wants it every day but with a side of sprinkles on top and I HAVE TO FEED HER (yep, you heard that right!) even though she's fully capable of feeding herself. i'm not sure what happens when i'm at work though? i feel like she doesn't make Gene do half as much work as she does me ha!  Soon after, Max wakes up and the morning is a good mix of fighting with each other and iPad use between those two so I can get something...anything (!) done.



We go out a lot and for hours on end. Sorry but not sorry, my kids have McDonald's often! I try to make it healthy though with smoothies, apple juice, no salt on the fries etc. Mikkel knows what she wants, "I want fries and chicken nuggets and apple juice and a toy!" If i've exhausted her enough- which is almost always the case- she sleeps on the stroller from about 130pm-3pm (shorter if it's hot out, longer if it's cool). she's generally good at letting me know when she's tired; she'll literally say, "I want to go to sleep!" and hops in the stroller, wants the shade down, blanket on, and a peaceful stroll to lull her to sleep like clockwork. She's also just as regulated for her afternoon naps while at home; more consistent at 2 hour naps though whether she has the white noise machine on or not- as long as there is about 6 hours from morning wake, she's ready for an afternoon nap.



As for her activities, to be honest she has none. I didnt opt her for preschool at 3 because I felt she was a young 3 year old (Max was 3 and 9 months when he started). She basically goes where I go, she likes going on her iPad and watching kids role play, Peppa Pig, the Wiggles sing songs, various other programs singing nursery rhymes. She's definitely more articulate than Max was at 3y0months, more outgoing and socially comfortable, more confident, and likes what she likes NOW bossy and demanding. She's quite feisty at yelling first, attacking Max first, drawing blood first, and the least likely to be swayed out of her idea. Her tantrums can be major and it can go on and on especially when her chronic bowel issues are mixed in (has something more to do with not wanting to let go rather than being bunged up). however, she is also very affectionate and still fits perfectly in my arms, preferring to be on my left than my right. She is right handed.

In my opinion, she's quite a picky eater compared to Max. She likes oatmeal, cranberry juice, water, apple juice, chicken nuggets, grilled cheese sandwiches, lipton chicken noodle soup. Cheese pizza, watermelon, strawberries, green grapes, oranges, chips, popcorn, ice cream, popsicles, brocolli, may be a hot dog weiner, and white rice. for dinner, there must always be white rice so i can hide meats and brocolli in it, otherwise it's just nibbling at food rather than eating. Pho noodles is ok, sometimes chow mien noodles, but RICE is her favourite (she is totally filipino!).



For sleep, she dictates when we are going to bed when she starts whining, "i'm sleepy!" but it doesn't really mean she wants to sleep, she just wants Max and I to be in the bedroom, brush our teeth, and play games in the room. Our current go to books are, POTTY by Leslie Patricelli and Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. She asks for the "breastie" as part of her night routine but only goes on the breast for literally 2 seconds per nipple, i think she just wants to stay connected and comfortable.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY my little love! When you read this one day, we have so much patience for you even though it might not always seem like it. We know this isn't the real you and are waiting for you to snap out of these BIG FEELINGS terrible twos phase! xoxoxox







Friday, June 29, 2018

Kindergarten DONE!

First day of Kindergarten post HERE




  • When he grows up, he wants to be ... "a person that exercises because I like getting muscles and being healthy"
  • favourite toys ... all the Super Mario toys he can get his hands on
  • favourite food ... blackberries, strawberries, raspberries
  • favourite TV show ... Evan and Jillian toy reviews on YoutubeKids
  • favourite books ... Scooby Doo and Fly Guy books
  • best friends ... Brayden, Cruz, Michael, Trystan
  • favourite activities ... drawing
  • activities ... currently a grey/white belt at Jiu Jitsu, Swim Kids 2, starting basketball camp this August
Follow up to thoughts and feelings I had on his first day of Kindy


  • what will first day drop off feel like? will I be sad (um YES)? will Max be sad or be so eager and excited to meet and greet that he simply would just need a kiss/hug/bye? Drop off was easy for both of us, i actually don't remember feeling all that sad. I was able to drop him off of school a lot (thanks to my work schedule) and stay for another hour watching them do K-fitness outside. I also volunteered for several field trips and  activities, and enjoyed my entire involvement
  • will he bond with another kid within the first week? once he bonds, he's such a loyal friend! when i hear him tell preschool/playground stories of other kids saying "I don't want to play with you anymore" and "stop following us" it is SO TERRIBLY HEARTBREAKING he developed a friendship with most of the kids in his class and has a core squad of 4-5 boys. the sisters are also friends
  • will he hold his bowels in all day and be uncomfortable? he eventually learned to poop and wipe at school comfortably but mainly saved it for after school 
  • will he eat his food? if he doesn't, it would affect his learning because he'd be hungry...how can i make his lunches nutritious yet enjoyable...and not be so burnt out about it after the novelty of it wears off (ie. October onwards?)95% empty lunch box every day...and he had no qualms about eating the same type of sandwich several times a week
  • will i pack enough food for him? always sp hungry after school like he didnt have enough food at school!
  • will he be bullied? does he know he can come to me about anything without being judged or get into trouble? (I've tried nurturing this for years) he had some situations with other kids but generally liked and knows when to walk away
  • will he still adore his sister, or will their relationship change because she's too young for him now? he has slightly less patience with her as the weekend carries on but generally he still loves to see and play with her. Mikkel's patience is short though when he's home as she has to share the attention
  • what will our schedules at home be like now that he has to be up daily, i still have to work, and he has to sleep earlier ...also how can we fit in Mikkel's nap during the day? i did a lot of walking around at 1pm so Mikkel can sleep in the stroller, and made my way to school by 230pm for pickup. if the weather was bad, husband would pick him up
  • what type of behaviours will he learn from his new found friends? will he and I continue to get along (as in, be understanding of his evolvement and behaviours) or will I be able to check in with myself whenever I find something annoying and respond to the behaviour (vs. react to it)? some annoying changes in behaviour because we ended up being baby sitters to one of his school friends that had behaviour and language that I didnt use in my house. however, Max has insight into behaviours and language that I am not impressed with so it helps
  • will he have fun? will he be traumatized? his feelings about school, whether I like it or not, is affected by Kindergarten experience too SO MUCH FUN
  • what type of friends will he make? lifelong friends because we're all catchment? even i have new friends! they say that your kinder friends will be the lifelong ones as mom's who bond come together, bringing kids together.
  • will i have mom friends? lifetime mom friends? shoutout to the ladies!
  • do i need to enrol him into Kumon or other extra curricular courses to maintain academic standards and lifestyle standards? let them be little
  • will Mikkel miss him? how will she show being weaned from seeing her brother every day and all day to a few hours each day? she quite liked not having to share parent attention! 
  • what the heck do i do with my time with just ONE CHILD?!?! science world annual pass, visiting my parents on Fridays, going to the park and walks. Time goes by so fast between drop off and nap time!



Sunday, January 21, 2018

A little about my 6 year old...

i know, long time no write! life...



  • when he grows up, he wants to be .... a nurse or a doctor 
  • favourite toys .... Gemology kit (rocks, gems, minerals, agate slabs etc), and anything Super Mario as of 4 days ago
  • favourite food ... angel food cake, peanut butter sandwiches, broccoli, ham sandwiches, strawberries, tummies, all fruits
  • Favourite TV show .... doesn't really care for TV or iPad shows
  • Favourite book .... Fly Guy series
  • Best friends .... Brayden and Cruz
  • Favorite activities .... art at home via watercolors or crayons 
  • activities... currently enrolled in swim kids 2, 2 wheel bike rider and comfortable skateboarder
Kindergarten was an easy transition for Max and us as he bonded with a majority of the boys in his class quickly- some boys he connects with because they "make me laugh." Others he bonded with through their athleticism; team oriented but also competitive nature (ie. they run around the track doing 2-4 laps nearly everyday and want to be top 3, yet he's ok with waiting for a friend who's lagging behind) first thing in the morning. He apparently also has a girlfriend, and he brought home a piece of paper with a drawing of a heart and his name on it hahaha! We've had no trouble waking up every day at an appropriate time, nor him finishing his same old lunch because he's just That hungry when at school. 


Christmas 2017

his relationship with Mikkel has been downright ideal. She can be quite impatient and demanding, but he just lets her essentially boss him around. he gets upset of course; but he seeks and is receptive to advice and guidance on how to deal with her "big feelings" because she's "still learning." he totally gets it! every now and then when Mikkel is away sleeping, or he just hasn't seen her he would say, "mom, Mikkel ___insert something that upset him that she did___, but it's ok. I love her." 




enjoy's going to school rain or shine

enjoys baking with me even when we were still using the hand mixer that hurt both of our hands

can eat the same thing every.single.day and still be happy

adventurous on the playground and willing to do risky play with support

new nanaimo bar lover

loves creating art; we call it having an "art attack" at home

his last 4 molars of childhood are out, and 2 permanent teeth at the moment (bottom front)

size 5-6T in tops, and 6T in jeans. size 13 in shoes (he's currently loving his white high tops)

not overly hyper, and it's not uncommon for him to tell us he just wants to go home and rest

cosleeps with Mikkel and I when i'm off and still loves everything about it

this boy loves to love and i am always so proud of him 

happy happy birthday Max!! 








Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Max is in Kindergarten!

Max is in Kindergarten world!



When I asked Max if he was excited, he said "nope, I know everything already!" Well there we have it, typical boy not entertaining a conversation and quickly shutting down a topic haha

As for me, I'm a mixed bag of emotions for this huge milestone.
  • what will first day drop off feel like? will I be sad (um YES)? will Max be sad or be so eager and excited to meet and greet that he simply would just need a kiss/hug/bye? 
  • will he bond with another kid within the first week? once he bonds, he's such a loyal friend! when i hear him tell preschool/playground stories of other kids saying "I don't want to play with you anymore" and "stop following us" it is SO TERRIBLY HEARTBREAKING
  • will he hold his bowels in all day and be uncomfortable?
  • will he eat his food? if he doesn't, it would affect his learning because he'd be hungry...how can i make his lunches nutritious yet enjoyable...and not be so burnt out about it after the novelty of it wears off (ie. October onwards?)
  • will i pack enough food for him? 
  • will he be bullied? does he know he can come to me about anything without being judged or get into trouble? (I've tried nurturing this for years)
  • will he still adore his sister, or will their relationship change because she's too young for him now? 
  • what will our schedules at home be like now that he has to be up daily, i still have to work, and he has to sleep earlier ...also how can we fit in Mikkel's nap during the day? 
  • what type of behaviours will he learn from his new found friends? will he and I continue to get along (as in, be understanding of his evolvement and behaviours) or will I be able to check in with myself whenever I find something annoying and respond to the behaviour (vs. react to it)?
  • will he have fun? will he be traumatized? his feelings about school, whether I like it or not, is affected by Kindergarten experience too
  • what type of friends will he make? lifelong friends because we're all catchment?
  • will i have mom friends? lifetime mom friends? 
  • do i need to enrol him into Kumon or other extra curricular courses to maintain academic standards and lifestyle standards?
  • will Mikkel miss him? how will she show being weaned from seeing her brother every day and all day to a few hours each day? 
  • what the heck do i do with my time with just ONE CHILD?!?!


ah so many questions!
He's READY!

Max at 5 --->

-favorite food: "Strawberries"
-thankful for: "my family, everything in my house, and my crystals (geodes)"
-favorite color: "dark blue"
-future profession: "police officer"
-favorite book: "everything about dinosaurs"
-3 fav things: "sharks, dinosaurs, crystals"
-my best friends: "mom, dad, Mikkel"



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