whew! Hey all!
Christine: COngrats x2!!! Twins - how scary and exciting! PM me if you're up for a playdate with RObin - we're in Atlanta now (near Emory) and eager to play! ALso, let me know if there's anything I can do to help - I'd be happy to come take V to the park with us so you can get a nap or go unencumbered to a MW appt.
Which I can do safely now b/c....I finally bought a new (used) minivan!! It was a bit of a challenge logistically to buy, but it only took a few days to totally spoil me - I had to drive the 'burban through ATL traffic for hours on monday and the no A/C and the headliner foam flecking all over us really grossed me out. Danielle - your car-buying logistics sound even worse than mine - it's so frustrating trying to juggle too much to do with too little help. hugs.
Size - Robin was about 37-38 inches and 26-28 pounds last time I checked. She's getting taller and her feet are finally outgrowing her size 7s. But she's still in 2T - anything bigger falls to the floor. She can wear 3T dresses and a few tops, but the arm holes are quite big. My 1 year old nephew is the same weight and nearly same height! Eli is quite long/tall, but his weight seems to be levelling out.
Augs - Robin is a bit lonely also. In COlumbus, we saw her cousins regulalry, plus would go to the park and storytime at the library where there are lots of other kids. Without phone or internet, I've had a tought time finding places to go and things to do with other kids. We have 2 parks nearby, one a good walk, but the likelihood of other kids being there and wanting to play is hit-or-miss. But we've found a library story time to try next week, and I'm going to sign her up for weekly gymnastics/play gym classes. I think she'll really love it.
Swim lessons - we did a "mommy and me" at the Y last summer, which was fun but thoroughly un-instructuve. The lessons we did this summer were with a private instructor at her pool. She has a multi-year program - we got in this year (her last 3 spots for robin and her cousins), so we're automatically in for next year. The teacher's main focus this year is teaching them to swim to the side and get out of the pool by themselves. SO they weren't allowed to use the ladder or get help - had to pull themselves up the wall to get out. and She didn't focus on technique other than getting them to flatten out and kick - so they swam underwater (each year she focuses more on technique and different strokes). By the end of the class, Robin could jump off one side of the pool and swim to the other and puller herself out. Not that she would do so willingly - it involved serious tears. But we spend as much time as we can at the river and lake - I'd rather her cry through swimming lessons and have some survival skills. We went to our new local pool for family night last week, and hope to go again tonight. turns out that despite hating swimming lessons, Robin really likes to swim! The pool technically doesn't allow any floats, but they let us bring in a ring float that RObin and Eli shared last week - but after a few minutes RObin let eli have it so she would swim with Daddy.
Danielle - I don't think you are to blame or that anyone is to blame for Ethans' delays. Kids do all develop differently, and I've heard that studies show that early and late talkers are pretty much indistinguishable by mid-elementary years. My friend who's in ECE says that the very best thing you can do for your child is to talk to them - just narrate what you are doing as you go through your day. ANd read to them. Like Samantha - I'm talking to Robin *constantly* b/c at this point I have no choice - she is extremely chatty. I partly wonder if I took the whole talking a lot thing too far
- especially since now I'm trying to start running again with the kids in the double jogger, and am having to answer questions while running and pushing them both. That's more than I can swing!
Anna - glad you had a good visit with the fam. Sorry to hear you are still fighting the ear gunk! I hope the meds work. I hate to ask, b/c I'm sure I know the answer, but have you seen a chiro about it?
Meg - My advice on travelling is to check as much as you can. And I think carseats may only not count as carry-on if you gate-check them - check with your airline. I've heard many testimonials that gate-checked strollers come out fine - but I'm sure your bag will help. Also, do you have a family member or friend who could loan you a PNP or buy you one at a consignment store for cheap? Might be less of a hassle than taking one. I personally would do without for that short a trip rather than hoss it to the airport.
carseats - we have 3 graco comfortsports. The year we got them, they were in the top 3 seats rated for safety (including britaxes, etc.), and they have been very easy to use and comfortable for Robin. our baby bucket is a Baby Trend latch/lock, which was also in the top 5 infant seats and one of the few to pass the recent controversial 37 MPH test. I can see that britaxes look very nice and comfy - but they aren't the only safe seat in the world. We need multiple seats (multiple cars, and extended family often riding too), so we would never shell out $250 when one that costs $100 does the same job.
: We also figured we didn't need one seat that would last until they're out of seats b/c we planned multiple children, so they will get lots of use anyway and we can stagger their use. We already have a booster for Robin - a very solid Fisher Price one that I have adored when using it for my neice. But she's got a while longer in her graco's, then Eli gets them too.
We also have to figure out a school situation for Robin for this year. Atlanta has a Waldorf option, which is way too expensive. There's also a good quaker school (a friend in college did a study on girls and self-esteem at the school that really makes me want to send my girl there) - but it's also too expensive. There are numerous montessori options, but not sure about their costs and how closely they follow a montessori model. And there are a handful of church preschools around too. We've had good experiences with church shcools in the past. Although they often don't follow an educational philosophy, they are small and not attached to a day-care, so they can end up being pretty close to a model that I would pick. I think there are actually too many choices!
Clint's father's day celebration was that we went camping on our new river property - with his dad, mom, 2 brothers, neice and nephews and even SIL for a while too. MIL, FIL and BIL were in a tent, BIL, SIL and kids in the truck camper, and Clint, me and the kids in the back of the suburban. Clint has a matress that he keeps rolled up in the truck at all times "just in case I need to go camping on a moment's notice"
. Of course, with the window's down we got swarmed with mosquitos the first night. MIL had a huge mosquito net, so we used that the second night, but I'm still itchy all over. It was fun - but I'm glad I don't have to do it every weekend! Our gift to him was a waterproof duffel bag stocked with gear he needs for the river - bug spray and sunscreen (adult and kids), water bottle, crank flashlight, food, change of clothes, matches, etc. And Robin also got him gummy bears.
K - gotta pay attention to the kids!