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Days 16 & 17 – ABC’s and the fridge

Kaden will be starting preschool this fall so I’ve been working with him on different things that they will be teaching him.  Most of the time he doesn’t want to sing the “ABC song” and asks me to stop if I start singing it to him, but he has been making some progress.  I bought him wooden blocks of the alphabet – he loves building things with them and he’ll “say” his abc’s on his own (it normally goes A, B, C, D, F, H, I, K for Kaden, L, MmmmN, O, T, Y and Z!!)…hey, that’s pretty good since he hardly lets me sing them to him!  He has also started recognizing a few letters.  He thinks anything with an M in it spells mommy, anything with a K spells Kaden and anything with a Z spells Zach.  He thinks zero’s are O‘s and I‘s are number ones.  At least we’re getting a small start before he goes to preschool.

He seems to be learning so much lately and growing way too fast.  He’s been using big words like “especially” and talks in full sentences all the time (& he talks allllllll the time).  I remember how proud I was when he knew 20 words by his 1st birthday, and quite a few were able to be understood by more than just me, now that he’s 3 1/2 and never stops talking I don’t remember what the days were like when he was as quiet as Irelyn! – so I’m making sure I thoroughly enjoy her lack of communication skills now, before I have two little chatterboxes. 🙂

Anyway, we’re going to keep working on his ABC’s, but next I’m going to start teaching him how to write his name and read some easy words.  I have a few signs that have his name, address and my name – he has all of that memorized so I’m hoping he’ll be able to start recognizing the actual words, too.  Since I have always worked since Kaden was born, I love being able to stay at home and spend more time watching him learn. 🙂

Here is a picture Kaden colored for Zach for Father’s Day (don’t mind the blue lips/mouth from his sucker):

He actually starts out by coloring in the lines, then he gets impatient and scribbles the rest (his favorite color is blue, so he’s convinced that he can’t use/wear any other color at the moment).

Now, on the the fridge.  I don’t have much to say about it, it was disorganized before and now it’s clean…

Yuck.

After:

…and now it looks like I’m starving my child.  We really do have food, most of it just obviously doesn’t need refrigerated.

 That’s about all I have to say for tonight.  My sewing machine should be here tomorrow (almost the highlight of my week!) so I’m sure I’ll have more exciting things to talk about then.  Highlight of the week so far Irelyn slept for 8 hours straight  for the first time last night!  She normally sleeps for 5 hours straight each night, so 8 hours was wonderful.  I don’t have my hopes up for it  to happen again any time in the near future, but I’m thankful since the last time I slept that long was about 4 months into my pregnancy.

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Pinterest!

I’ve become pretty addicted to pinterest over the past few months.  I’ve found lots of good ideas during the hours I’ve wasted after the kids are in bed.  So I decided to try out a couple of the things I have found.

First, I came across some cute month by month printables and have been taking Irelyn’s picture each month.  Here are the past 3 months…I can’t believe how fast she’s growing!

She’s getting better at these pictures, but now that she can move around a little more I had a hard time getting her to look at me long enough to snap a picture.  I managed to get one good shot when she wasn’t tipping from side to side or staring at her hands. 🙂

Second, I was looking for father’s day gift ideas on pinterest.  I found another printable that I framed and some crepe paper flowers I decided to make.

I’m pretty happy with how they turned out, we’ll see what my dad thinks tomorrow. 🙂

I completely took advantage of only having one child today and spent the entire day relaxing.  I guess we’ll be cleaning Zach’s truck out next week!  It was so nice being able to do absolutely nothing while Irelyn napped off and on all day, but I miss Kaden and am definitely ready to go pick him up tomorrow.

Tonight is the first night I’m going to put Irelyn in her crib for the night…she’s slept in her crib for a total of two hours in her life so this will probably be a long night for both of us.  I’ll post on Monday about how long we last. 🙂