Life is busy with two kids, but always interesting! I thought I'd detail some common occurrences/conversations in our lives!
Weekday mornings (7 a.m.): Levi wanders out of his room, clutching two of the blankets from his bed. Tim
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Levi almost always asks for some food after he wakes up, but since he gets a full breakfast at daycare and because he takes at least 45 minutes to eat breakfast every day, I give him a snack before we leave - usually two pretzels, because a bag of pretzels at that rate can last quite awhile :) Today, he asked for the pretzels shortly after he got up, and then sat in our bed munching on them while I fed Theo. (I know, crumbs in bed. It's OK. Reminds me to change and wash the sheets!) I went to grab a diaper for Theo after he was done nursing, and when I came back, Levi was pretending to feed Theo a pretzel. Exceeeeeept. Theo was moving his jaw kind of funny and then I realized Levi had NOT been just playing pretend. I
Levi is very interested in sharing his things with Theo, but the practice is not executed very well. He tends to put cars or trucks RIGHT next to Theo's face, or drop things in his lap, which fall down, or give Theo things just long enough for him to get his hand around and then say it's Levi's turn and take it back. Theo just drools away and watches him intently :).
At school: I race Levi to get in the car in the mornings. Tim's idea - one of his best ever! Levi will climb in on Theo's side, then hurry to climb into his seat while I put Theo's carseat in, and be sitting quietly ready to get
Levi pushes the buttons in the elevator on the way to his classroom, and then runs down the hall to his room. He hangs up his jacket, and puts his hat and mittens into his bucket, then goes to wash his hands for breakfast. He gives me kisses,which has somehow morphed into European-style air-kisses on one of my cheeks. Then I bring Theo to his room, where he's all smiles and gurgles and sometimes has tummy time on the floor with another little one a few weeks older.
I see Levi and Theo at lunch - Levi tells me what he had for lunch (peaches, mommy! This kid would eat his
In the evening: Tim usually has Theo in the ergo because with no set nap schedule, by the end of the day he's a little whingey and just wants someone to hold him. We chat and play while Tim gets dinner ready. Levi is often outside (even in this chilly weather) playing with his trucks, tools, or building stuff. If it's too dark, he's inside, usually driving a truck or a train around (delivery mommy! A red car! Beep beep!) or building airplanes or trash trucks or trains or castles out of his Mega Bloks*. When dinner's ready, Theo sits in the bumbo and drops his toys over and over again, and gets drool all over the table while he tries to lean ever closer to our plates. Levi sits in his seat and disdains utensils for his hands instead. Pretend is getting to be a big part of his life right now, and the other night he ate all of his carrots - after pretending they were racecars and driving all over his placemat. Tim tried to ask him something a couple of times, but each time Tim started talking, Levi broke into loud "Oooooooo eeeeeee ooooo eeeee" - apparently a car alarm or ambulance sound is the same as racecars, in Levi's world. After dinner, Levi clears his plate and then "time for trucks" i.e. plays some more.
After things are cleaned up, it's time to "read books" which is how we introduce bed time. Levi LOVES to
*which should not be casually referred to as Legos.