Saturday, January 19, 2019

SEVEN Seven seven!!

  • when he grows up, he wants to be .... a football player and a watchmaker
  • favourite toys ... magformer dupes, lego, hot wheels, guns, Rubix
  • favourite food ... tikka masala sauce, rice, breaded chicken, sapporo itchiban noodles, seaweed, turmeric crackers from Costco, all fruits, peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast, broccoli
  • favourite TV show... random scrolling on Youtube Kids. currently enjoying watching Rubix cubes being solved and kids skiing 
  • favourite book ... HE CAN READ!! 
  • hero ... Bruce Lee
  • best friends .... Cruz, Brayden, Michael, Liem, William, Arjun, Cate, Clare, Ruby, and Alexandria
  • favourite activities ... endurance running, skateboarding, brazilian jiu jitsu, skiing, throwing around a football, kicking a soccer ball, finding cool rocks, basketball, building lego, figuring out Rubix cubes
  • favourite accessories ... his earring and his Flik Flak watch (he learned to tell time because of this watch!)
  • 48.5" tall, 58 lbs

  • typical monday-friday day in his life: wake up at 730am for school. Same old peanut butter (1 slice of bread) sandwich and a glass of water or juice for breakfast. Get dressed, walk to school at 840am and he's OFF! on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays, he comes home and relaxes. We do home reading together where he's currently in level 12-14. I know it's an arbitrary number to you all, but the kid can read! he's got techniques, he's got interest, and the biggest book he's read to date is the full Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss all by himself. 
  • On tuesdays and thursdays, we head straight to Jiu Jitsu where's he's currently a grey/white belt with 4 stripes. i'd love to post some videos but there are so many kids in the file that it'd be a breach of their safety. if you know me in real life, you can check it out on my phone. he's a defensive fighter
  • On Sundays, he goes swimming. he just started swim kids 3 last week

  • for his birthday, him and Gene went on an all day ski trip to mount seymour. first time learner excelled as per usual, and was basically on his own during the bunny runs and carpet lifts on his third try down the slope! he said he had a really good wipe out, and strangers around him had a lot of encouraging words for him and thus he found support and courage to carry on for the entire day. Gene taught him, and now the little man is gearing to get his own equipment for next season if not go again this season 
  • as for a party, we are going to watch Aquaman as a mom and son date (which i LOVE because he rarely gets 1:1 time with me, the last bolus was before Mikkel was born), and then he wants to eat KFC and sushi (california roll with no cucumber or avocado)
  • im making him a zebra cake and putting hot wheels on it!

  • he is such a good and easy kid, i have no worries about this guy. the only thing we actually fight about are 1) giving his 100% effort and 2) wearing weather appropriate clothing. 
  • he's very good to his sister; whom basically yells at him, scratches him, argues with him constantly sometimes just because he's present in the same room haha
  • he still lovingly sleeps with me and im cherishing every moment of it! he's getting bigger, longer, and pretty soon will need his own bed because I really won't be able to sleep properly if im being woken up by his restlessness
Happy Birthday my love!

Friday, January 18, 2019

January 2019

One of my resolutions for 2019 is to print out more hard copy pictures of my children (thanks Costco for making this affordable!)

Did you know my portable hard drive is currently corrupted? it means i CANNOT access pictures and videos of my children from 2018 and earlier- like their entire f*cking history! thank goodness for this blog; the cataloging and uploading of their pictures so I was able to download from here and print out something for the albums. 

And because i've learned my lesson; and that it IS January after are my little loves in their current state of a NEAR Fresh 7 year old and 3 yr and 4 month old. 

(on a side note, i think i was pregnant with Mikkel when Max was about Mikkel's age. I'd just like to add that Mikkel is not at all the same as Max ((she's harder)) and that I can't even begin to imagine anticipating another baby with her neediness! sorry girl if you're reading this in the future, but i think you're a perfect LAST CHILD haha.

Total source of my white hairs, fine lines, and general life stressors but 

p.s. my new years resolutions
  1. skin care
  2. slow buying 
  3. one of my days off must be slow, makeup less, and staying in

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 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 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!


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