Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Doing the work for me
Originally uploaded by mama_milkers
I love this picture. Heidi walks so well with the girls, it's more the girls that I have to keep on task (to not jerk her around, trip her up with the leash, etc etc). I took this after Eloise finally figured out how to keep the slack from the leash from dragging on the ground and they had a fun time walking alone together.
Head to toe dressed themselves
Originally uploaded by mama_milkers
I couldn't help but share this picture on my blog.
On the left is Eloise dressed in a Hanna Andersson dress, a hiden White Lake, MI t-shirt (from her sister's drawer), her sister's "rock on" t-shirt and a pair of brown and orange toned baby legs. She has paired the outfit with pink Old Navy flip flops. As you can see, she is sharing her very special picture taking face.
On the right is Iris dressed in her sister's size 3T Gymboree Hide-n-Seek dress with her own Hide-n-Seek leggings. Paired with H-n-S socks and one size too small Easter shoes.
Sunday, September 14, 2008
What is the deal? I have no idea why I'm all spacey lately.
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I know you're all losing sleep (har har) over my dramatic recent post about how terrible Miss Eloise's sleep has been, so I thought I would share an update.
Things are definitely getting better. It's like a two steps forward, one step back sort of deal, but things are improving. After the wedding was over and all of the guests were gone and we settled back in to real life we finally enacted a bedtime routine. I know this is probably the very first thing we should have done with her way back when, but we never did. Matt and I aren't too much of routine type people so I think it's really hard for us to get in to one. It's really been wonderful, though. Our new routine is as follows:
6:45 jammies on
7:00 quiet play time or watch a tv show or go for a walk
7:30 brush teeth/potty/read two night time stories and snuggle in bed
8:00 light's out for Iris and move to the living room chair for Eloise to nurse
After nursing Matt has been taking her in to the bedroom and laying with her until she falls asleep. Some nights it's not so bad, taking about an hour and a half before she falls asleep (and yes, that actually is progress for her!) and some nights she has had a really hard time. Last week Thursday she wasn't staying asleep and was very cranky until midnight (yes, four hours after going to bed)-- I realized later that I think it was because I had re-arranged the bedroom earlier that day. Even I had a harder time sleeping that night. Oops.
Tonight was the best night so far, though. Matt went in with her at about 8:15 and her needed to come out at 9:00 to get something from a friend who was dropping by. Not sure what he said to Eloise, but he was able to walk out of the bedroom while she was still awake and then we never heard another peep from her! Craziness. This makes the third time ever she has put herself to sleep at night.
We are under no illusion this is the new thing for her, but it is a step in the right direction! Matt and I were looking at each other and laughing about all of this free time we have tonight. Whatever will we do? A little Wii is certainly in order!
p.s. the picture above was taken last week on Eloise's first day of school!
Sunday, September 07, 2008
I have long thought that homeschooling would be the best thing to do for our girls. I know plenty of homeschooling families whose children are thriving in that environment and the flexibility of a homeschooled family really appeals to me.
As the months drag by of Iris being in very part time preschool (12 hours a week) I find that often desperately looked forward to her being gone during her school time. I was also struck by how much cool stuff she enjoyed doing at school that she wouldn't be able to do at home, like build a giant space ship with the other eight children in her class and plan a space trip to the sun. Her teacher is worlds more creative and patient than I am. I suspect she might not even truly be human for how patient she can be. It's eery.
The last nail in the coffin for scrapping my homeschooling plans came over a screaming, messy attempt at learning this very morning. It starts with yesterday, actually. Iris and I stopped at the drug store to pick up some band-aids. While we were headed for the check out I spotted some boxes by the schooling supplies, they were kits for preschoolers to learn to read. They were full of workbooks, practice reading books and flash cards and Iris agreed that she thought she would really enjoy them. This morning she picked up the box and asked to do some lessons with me. We hunkered down on the bed and opened a workbook to page one.
I told her that there was a space at the top of the worksheet for her to write her name. She did. Whew. Got through that one! Then I showed her where the number "1" was at the top and the word next to it was "one" O-N-E. There were some shapes below that, one of three different shapes and then a group of four shapes. I explained that she should draw a line between each thing there was only one of and a number one in the other column. She immediately got frustrated and begin slamming her marker on the page before throwing it across the room. Then she got another marker and did the work. Okay, on to number two! With number two she needed to draw the second mitten and second boot next to the pictures on the page. She totally freaked, saying she couldn't do it and begin screaming and throwing stuff around the room. I told her, calmly, that I didn't want to work with her if she was going to be screaming and throwing things. She totally lost it and what ensued was at least an hour or her screaming, throwing stuff, calling people names, it was a mess. She ended up throwing all of her markers in the trash can when I told her she needed to clean them all up. Nice.
I said to Matt, you know, she wouldn't do this at school. She doesn't pitch monster fits over things or decides that she can't do things before she even tries. She doesn't scream at people and throw things around. Apparently I am "lucky" enough to have the kind of relationship with her that this is how she acts when she is with me. I honestly don't think I could homeschool her very effectively. I can't even imagine how hard it would be to get through each day with that sort of dynamic between us. I need her to be able to learn, not engage in daily power struggles.
So, anyways, I'm hanging up any hopes of homeschooling and am instead not-so-patiently Xing the days off of the calendar until Iris is in full-time kindergarten.
Monday, September 01, 2008
Note: all photos taken with my Sidekick