Thursday, October 25, 2007

More signing

One morning I was using the computer before breakfast, and Luke came right up to me and signed "eat." Uh, sorry kid! I didn't realize you were already hungry!

He's also added "music / sing" to his repertoire. And in case you were wondering, yes, it's tough to eat breakfast and sing to your demanding child at the same time.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Games that aren't fun, part II

Luke has been learning to climb the ladder on the bunk bed. He can't get above the first rung, but he really loves running around on the upper bunk and Emmett loves it, too. One day I was making sure Luke didn't fall off when I needed to go to the bathroom. I asked David to come play "goalie" in my place. Emmett grabbed onto this terminology and a new game was born - "Goalie." It consists of making sure Luke doesn't fall off the bunk bed, and asking Luke and Emmett "Please don't bite the bed" when they stop to bite the rails.

Emmett loves the game and asks to play it often. Yipee.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Major Milestone!

Emmett got up and went to the bathroom last night, without waking us up!!!! (We know because he left the light on. Baby steps!)

Jump! Jump!

Luke was trying to jump last night. He'd crouch a little, then straighten up quickly throwing his head back. One foot would come off the floor, but the toes of the other foot just wouldn't get with the program. He ended up on his bum lots of the time, but that didn't stop him from trying again!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Emmett reads

I've noticed Emmett reading on his own much more lately. He seemed to have the "easy reader level 2" books mastered (a sentence or two on each page), so at the library we picked up level threes. He quickly read straight through a level three book on his own ( they are maybe a step easier than Frog and Toad - quite similar but a bit less text).

A few days ago, I picked up some of the easiest "chapter" books I could find. It's a series called "Junie B. Jones" about a girl in kindergarten. The chapters are short - 7 pages plus or minus, with large type, short paragraphs, etc. He really enjoyed the first book, and read at least one or two chapters on his own.

Books, first words

Luke has realized that if he brings me a book, I'll read it to him. And if he yells when the book is over, I'll read it again. And again. And again.

His favorite books feature animals and the sounds they make. From these books, his first word (aside from da da and ma ma) seems to be Duck. He doesn't quite pronounce the "k" at the end, but in books that have ducks, he yells "Duh! Duh!" whenever he sees them.

Little Gentleman

Yesterday, David got the parking spot right by the door to Spanish School. So he stayed in the car, and Emmett jumped out alone. When Emmett got to the door, two little girls from class were arriving too. Emmett opened the door and held it for them!

When I asked him about it in the evening, he told me that they said "Thank you" but he forgot to say "You're Welcome." I told him not to worry about it.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Signing More

Ever since Luke quickly picked up "rain" I've been signing more and more to him. We've been working on animals (he's done cat and mouse when prompted, dog on his own).

Today, though, he gave me a sign he certainly hasn't seen in a week*. Luke was in his high chair when I asked Emmett if he'd like a bath tonight. Luke immediately signed "bath!" So they both got one.

To recap - Luke can now sign milk, more, all done, help, down, up, rain, dog, light, and bath!

*Luke likes baths, but hates getting his hair washed, so it's been a week since his last bath, when I signed "bath" to him.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Pretty Clothes

Yesterday, Emmett told me there was a new girl at Spanish school. Her name is Maya and she has pretty clothes. Then he said, kind of wistfully, "It's usually the girls who have the pretty clothes."

Friday, October 05, 2007


A couple days ago, it rained. I showed Luke the sign for "rain" and he repeated it. Then today, we were out shopping in the rain. Luke signed "rain" spontaneously! I guess he knows that one! It'll be time to look up the sign for snow soon, too.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Pink Eye - My Nemesis

Since starting Spanish School, Emmett has had pink eye at least four times. Today is his last day of antibiotic eye-drops, but last night Luke started getting goop in his eyes. This morning, Luke's eyes were almost glued shut. Still, he really didn't like it when I used a warm wash cloth to help them open. It's going to be fun giving Luke the eye-drops! And Emmett is the lucky winner of two more days of eye-drops, to make sure Luke doesn't pass it back.