Hi guys, it was nice to see a notification for this thread pop up in my inbox
We are doing well. M will be finishing up preschool next month. It has gone well overall - a few days she grumped and didn't want to go, but mostly it has been good. She can sound out words, but is still resistant to doing things when she knows we want her to do them, lol, so I don't push it too much. Only when the school sends home a book for her to read as "homework."
I am terribly nervous about kindergarten in the fall. Our public schools are such a disaster, and with the economy in the dumps the funding has been cut dramatically, class sizes are up, schools are closing, teachers being let go. It's just a mess
. Our district has a "magnet" school that used to get more funding and used more innovative techniques, but it sounds like that has eroded over the last 5 years (I know someone who sent her dd there and is friends with teachers and administrators). It's a lottery system to get in, so we entered M, and shockingly she got in (the demand is very high, and they only placed 37 kids!). We are glad she got in as it seems better than the "regular" public school, but I am still very worried about public education and squashing her spirit and love of learning. I think about homeschooling sometimes, but she is so resistant to learning anything from me (and I have an unschooler approach *shrug*), and dh is not on board either. But it is in the back of my mind and I will push for it if it seems to be the right thing.
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She lost her first tooth a few weeks ago - that was a big surprise
! The permanent tooth is part way in already, and the other three front teeth are all loose!
She is also riding her two-wheeler without training wheels - the balance bike definitely played a huge role in that. I've been loaning it out to all my friends now, lol.
She will only wear pink and is obsessed with princesses, although to be honest I don't think she really knows what a princess is
She is opinionated and strong willed and knows how to push all my buttons, but I am learning how to be a better parent every day
. She is also kind and loving and tells me she loves me all the time and gives great hugs. We actually started co-sleeping around Christmastime, and that has gone pretty well. She still has a tough time falling asleep - I just picked up some Calm Forte 4 Kids and am hoping that helps her.
Shay asked about weaning ... she weaned at 3.5 with a gentle nudge from me. We were both ready to be done. I am still nursing dd2 (she just turned 2!), but she doesn't nurse that often. I keep thinking she's going to wean, but she keeps trucking along at once or twice a day (and sometimes none at all *shrug*).
DD2 is doing well, but holy cow is she DIFFERENT!!! I can't believe how different my kids are, lol. She is crazy stubborn and obstinate and opinionated. M is all of those things now
, but didn't get to be that way until she was almost 3. Two was such a nice and mellow time for us - I could never figure out all the talk about "terrible twos." Well now I know, lol. DD2 is a blast and funny and a lot of fun, but it has been a challenge to figure out how to work with her (she won't put on a diaper, won't put on clothes, won't get in the car seat, etc., etc., etc.). We find our way, but it isn't always easy
Let's see, I'm currently in a photography funk and have no desire to pick up my camera. I thought hard about going into business, but the economy here is so awful I would never be able to charge enough to make it worthwhile. I decided to continue on with the CST training, so I've been practicing what I learned a few years ago in CSI in preparation for CSII (will take it next month). That has been going really well and I enjoy it a lot. I'm really looking forward to CSII. I still think about doing birth work from time to time (doula or midwife) but just can't reconcile myself to the hours and being on-call all the time. I'm not sure if that's a lifestyle I could handle or not. Can you tell I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up? lol
We planted our garden last weekend - tomatoes, broccoli, basil (not in the ground yet), oregano (came up from last year), rosemary, sage, cilantro, mint, chocolate mint (!) and lemon balm. I still want to do brussel sprouts, cauliflower, strawberries, maybe peas, beans, lettuce, spinach ... Last year the groundhog ate about half our stuff, so we put up a metal fence. I'm hoping this year goes better!
I hope everyone is well. Thank to Valerie for resurrecting this thread! I still see Chelsea often (M and her daughter are the best of friends), I will give her a nudge to come say hi