Sunday, September 21, 2014

Heritage Fest

We took the kids out to the Heritage Festival at Nifong Park yesterday. Our good friend Shauna took Amelie for the day when I was in the hospital with James and they went to the Heritage Fest, but Sam and I (and James, of course) had never been before.

James's favorite part might actually have been the shuttle ride over. He's a huge fan of riding the city bus as well.

Sam could still do the stilts.

 I don't wear James terribly often anymore, but he still fits okay in the Ergo and enjoys riding on my back.

Amelie successfully campaigned for cotton candy. I gave her the money and let her order it from the food truck, and when the woman asked what she wanted, she shouted, "Pink!"

James had some, too. I'm pretty sure he learned the word "candy" at daycare on Friday. He said, "Mo can-nee now ... mo pink."

And then we took a hayride.

We were just there three hours or maybe a little under, but it wore everyone out and so we came home and took a nap.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Guess Who's Two?

If you can't guess, you  haven't been following the blog very closely.

Continuing with the James-centric posts, James turned TWO! We had a small party Sunday with Nana Jana and Aunt Holly and JC.

Holly and JC brought balloons!

Dada made quesadillas.

Would you just look at this glow-stick!?

Are those markers?! Yes! 

Amelie enjoyed the markers and notebooks, too.

The kids had dueling music-playing cards for a bit. Thank you to Aunt Helen and Grandma Doris for the cards!

 Yay! Music-playing card!

And then ...

He enjoyed a few trips around the house courtesy of Nana Jana. Thank you!

With a balloon, of course.

Then we had cupcakes.

 He looked just a little suspicious at first, trying out the frosting and sprinkles.

So we took a wagon ride. (This is the lion jacket from Aunt Tara that still fits :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014


We've had a slew of photos of James lately (and there are more to come) in part because of the milestone 2nd birthday but also because Amelie's been saying "No more pictures ever in my life."

She let me snap one today and then the second was a sneak attack.

She's watching Wild Kratts on the kindle (and has yet another rip in the knee of her pants).

Thanks to Grandma Mary for the top!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Doctor's Appointment

James had his two-year well-child checkup yesterday afternoon. Here he is, in the waiting room:

We must have scheduled the appointment back when he was still taking two naps, because this one fell smack dab in the middle of his usual afternoon nap. He was not in a good mood for the medical student, but I bribed him with frosted mini-wheats and raisins and he perked back up for Dr. Swofford. Even more waiting:

He weighed 24 pounds, 11 ounces, which is around the 12th percentile and was 32.5 inches tall, which is around the 10th percentile. His giant-genius size head was 49 centimeters, which is around the 60th percentile.

Here are some things James is doing right now:
  • Climbing on everything and jumping off 
  • Kicking a ball
  • Walking backwards
  • Mimicking everything Amelie does
  • Following one- and sometimes two-step directions (James likes to be helpful)
  • Counting (he can get all the way up to 10 if we alternate numbers with him, but I think he only has a solid grasp of what "one" and "two" actually mean)
  • Knows over 200 words, and often combines them in 2- and 3-word strings. He's said a few sentences up to 5 words long, though sometimes he's not very intelligible
  • Scribbles pictures
  • Knows his colors (and has a preference for a certain color of diaper, cup, etc. "Want blue one!") 
  • Calls everything "baby one," "mama one," "dada one," "papaw one," etc. -- my grandma Doris says Aunt Lana turned everything into families, too
  • Pees on the potty several times a day (though we are still very much using diapers!) 
  • Loves brushing his teeth
  • Is very affectionate 
  • Is shy around new people 
  • Really, really likes reading books
And here's a link to his 18-month visit for comparison.

Monday, September 15, 2014

James Starts Daycare

James started daycare today! He wouldn't stand still for a photo in front of the house.

We hung out at daycare together for a while on Friday, but today I was dropping him off for a slightly shortened day without me. (I talked to the teacher and hung out some more reading books to kill some time afterward, but Amelie was not happy about being picked up early!) This was before we went in: 

James is starting to look a little hesitant. Hmmm. What's going on?

 He got pouty-lipped when I wanted him to go into the classroom, but he ended up following me and Amelie in with just a little hesitation. Unbelievably, there were no tears at drop off. I left him playing with Amelie and the teacher and waited a while in the hall, and it all sounded good.

I got a call after he'd been there an hour, which was alarming, but it was just a good report. I went to get him early today (he's scheduled to stay from 9am to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) and when I waited in the hall, everyone was playing happily. He did start crying when I picked him up, though. The teacher gave a wildly enthusiastic report (perhaps because I'd lowered her expectations! I thought he'd freak out.) She did say he went down to Amelie's room to give her a hug and calm down once. I'm afraid that it's going to go worse at drop-off on Wednesday since now he'll know what's up, but hopefully it'll go smoother throughout the day.

Here's the link to when I wrote about Amelie's first day of daycare for comparison.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Finally, some more recent photos

I took these at Rock Quarry Park when James and I went while Amelie was at school.

 While bouncing, he says, "I bounce!"

And then I took these at the same park yesterday when we all went.

She was collecting food so that we would survive the winter. I'm not sure if this comes from watching Wild Kratts or reading Little House in the Big Woods. 

Amelie managed to get holes in both knees.

Shauna snapped this one on her phone after my camera battery died.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Chalkboard Wall

Another set of oldish photos. These are from March.

Aunt Holly pained part of (what I hope) will eventually be the kids' playroom in chalkboard paint.

James looks like, "Oh no, maybe we weren't supposed to write on the wall." 

I'd like to put a rail (or something) up on the dividing line between the chalkboard and the regular paint to hold the bits of chalk.