Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Baby, it's cold outside
Monday (as you may have gathered from my last post) we were all feeling less than stellar. In the morning, Eleri was tugging at one of her ears and was really grumpy about having to be on her back for a diaper change, so we opted to get her ears checked out. Her symptoms were borderline (no fever), but I figured it was better to take her in while Tom was home from work, rather than having to wrangle both kids by myself the next day if she happened to get worse. As it turned out, we spent an hour in the doctor's office to ultimately be told that her ears were fine, which I can't say would have been my ideal way to spend the afternoon, but I would of course rather have to go in "for nothing" than for her to have yet another ear infection.
So yeah, that was pretty much Monday. Friggin' toddlers spreading their friggin' germs everywhere.
There was an ice storm overnight, resulting in a pretty impressive coating of frozen awesomeness over everything this morning. I was still feeling crummy, so I canceled our plans for the day and hunkered down with the wee savages.
Eleri's been deliberately dropping things on the ground and then saying, "Uh oh!" It's adorable. She's also been picking up more signs and using the ones she knows a bit more frequently. At lunchtime today, I asked her if she wanted more food or if she was all done. She signed "all done" at me and said, "Oh duh!" Hehehe. She's growing up fast, that one.
Soren helped me with laundry today, and he actually really helped. And he thought it was the most fun ever, putting away Daddy's socks in the sock drawer and Mommy's pajamas in the pajama drawer. He helped me sort the dirty clothes, too, and was very good about listening to directions. Now if only he could apply that good listening to all the other things we ask of him in a given day. ;) But hey, I'll take what I can get. He continues to forge ahead with his word identification, spelling and sounding out stuff at every opportunity. I heard him sounding out words in one of his books for Eleri this afternoon (it's just a book with pictures of animals and their names...most of the time I'm certain that he's guessing from context because he'll do something like spell out "K-I-D" and then sound that out as "g-oat!" but he's getting it right more and more often).
We also had many, many time-outs today. Tom & I both read through 1-2-3 Magic this weekend, and we're going to give that system a try, but the first couple of weeks are supposed to be pretty tough until everyone gets the hang of expectations and such. But I'm hopeful it will ultimately work out well for us, once Soren knows we mean business. And with any luck, Eleri will learn by watching, so we won't have to go through the tough part twice. ;)