Lots of miscellaneous things tonight:
1 – Jamesy is getting two new teeth in. They are his upper eye teeth and both have poked through now. Pretty soon he’ll look more little boy like with a full set of teeth rather than baby like. I think his bottom eye teeth are also making their move and then he’ll have a full smile. Luckily these teeth don’t seem to be bothering him as much as the others have. His sleeping has been pretty good and that’s what usually gets messed up. He’s a champion sleeper anyway though. I rock him at night (because I like to!), put him in his crib awake and then listen over the monitor as he talks or sings for a while before drifting off. And if he wakes up during the night, most times he just finds his blanket and goes back to sleep. No parents needed. And when he wakes in the morning he’ll play in his crib for a while before calling out for us to come get him. He’s a dream. His sister? Well, she was never, NEVER, a good sleeper. She’s still hard to get down at night, still wakes up during the night needing parental (usually Mommy) attention and well, just ugh.
2 – Tonight Annika was eating some yogurt at the table. James wanted to see what she had so he climbed up on a chair next to her. She was done so she showed him her empty yogurt cup and he put his hands in the air, palms up and exclaims “All gone!” loud and clear. He’s still hard to understand most of the time, but he is talking more and more these days. Tonight when we came upstairs he saw Annika and said “Hi” as he walked in the room. She smiled and said hi back. It was their first “conversation!”
3 – A couple nights ago Annika asked if she could cut some paper up so we got out her safety scissors, set her up at the kitchen island with some scrap paper and let her have at it. I had my back to her, sitting in the living room with James. A few minutes later she appears in front of me with the safety scissors in one hand and a swath of hair in the other, getting ready to cut it! I quickly tell her no, NO, NO, NO, you do not cut your hair. That only Mommy, Daddy or the stylist at the salon cut your hair. She asks why, I tell her and then she goes back to cut more paper. It wasn’t until the next night when I got home from work and Kris showed me a chunk of her hair that I found out she had done it. Cut her own hair. I don’t know if she did it before or after she came to me. But the safety scissors are officially PUT AWAY until further notice. Every kid does this right? I know Jessie, Robyn’s daughter, has. It isn’t too bad actually. I couldn’t even find where she did it initially. Then, later, I was putting her hair in a ponytail and these little 1 1/2″ wisps of hair on the top left of her head stood straight up. Found it! I managed to hide them under her other hair in the pony and then you can’t tell at all. Hopefully this is our only instance of hair cutting!
4 – Kris is currently on his way to Michigan! He’s traveling with the Vixen this weekend to their first playoff game. I’m rooting for them and hoping they win against the good team that they are playing tomorrow. It is always weird though to drop him off (they bus out) and then go home alone. It’s weird that I’ll be alone all day tomorrow with the kids. And that I won’t see him again until Sunday morning. We’re not usually apart from each other (except for work of course), don’t take separate vacations (until the end of July of course which will be the first time in our marriage) and are generally pretty co-dependent! So, yeah, while I’m happy he’s off coaching, doing something he really enjoys, I’m feeling a bit lost at the moment. The house feels quieter even though he would usually be at work at this time anyway. Weird. Oh well. Absence. Heart growing fonder. Etc. Etc.