September 17, 2012

Firsts

Last week was Eggy's first full week at pre-school.  The first few days were pretty bad but on Thursday, she didn't cry!  She seemed a little sad that I was leaving but no tears.  And same thing on Friday.  But this morning, she cried.  I should have kept walking instead of looking back at her.  I heard her cry, "I want umma..." before the teacher closed the door.

Also, yesterday, we had a playdate with two of Eggy's classsmates, a girl and boy.  We all happen to live in the same community so we got together at Eggy's new friend's house.  I think they had fun.  It's hard to tell because at this age, they're not playing with each other, just next to each other.  And they're both a little younger than Eggy, not quite three.  But I know Eggy liked playing with the "new" toys.  She even said she wanted to go over there again - to play with the jack-in-the-box.  We're all hoping that this will help the kids so they'll have a familiar face when they go to school.  It's kind of awkward because it feels like we're forced to make friends but the other parents seem very nice.

Eggy also got her first cold from school.  I'm assuming it's from school but I guess she could have picked it up anywhere.  It wasn't too bad though.  Just some congestion and a runny nose for a few days.  Yes, I was that parent and still sent her to school.  I asked and they said as long as she didn't have a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, or green/yellow boogers, she was okay.  And I didn't want her to stay home when she had only been in school for a few days.  But Bacon and I caught her cold too.  Luckily, it didn't last long.

Another first is that I got a call from the teacher last Thursday because one of the students had pushed Eggy.  He was younger than her and wanted the blocks that she was playing with and pushed her.  She didn't fall down or anything but she just got really upset.  I can imagine.  Eggy's the type who will keep crying even after the incident is way over.  She can be pretty sensitive.  But I guess she's fine because she didn't even mention it at home.  And I didn't want to bring it up and remind her.  I thought Eggy appah would be really upset because he's always worried that Eggy will be bullied.  But he took it better than I thought.  My mom, though, she's funny.  She was all like, "Who was it?  Who was it?  Gijibae!  Was it a brat?  She shouldn't have cried; she should have hit him!  I would have hit him!"  Poor Eggy, I feel so bad that I wasn't there to protect her or comfort her.  I almost cried when the teacher told me.  She kept asking the teacher, "Why did he push me?"

She's had two accidents at school.  Good thing they make us keep a change of clothes.  She even peed her pants at home a couple times.  She told me, "Uh-oh, I had an accident."  She used to get upset before but now she's all nonchalant.  Another time, she didn't even tell us; I saw that her pants were wet.  Sigh.  I guess regressions are normal?

Luckily, she's still taking her nap.  I really really don't want her to give those up yet.  I think she cried before naps the first few days but that's normal too.  I think most of the kids cried before naps.  But the teacher told them that their parents would come pick them up after naptime so that helped.  And they let her bring her blanket from home that she always sleeps with.  

I don't know if she's made any friends yet.  She's said a bunch of names but I don't know if she's just remembering names or if she's really interacted with any of them.  

Overall, I'd say Eggy is adjusting really well.  She seems comfortable with her teachers (but she's always been pretty good with adults).  She makes me pretend to be Ms. M and ask me questions constantly. Ay, poor Ms. M if she's putting up with the same thing I am!  And I saw Eggy climb into Ms. D's lap like she does with me and her dad.  She still doesn't talk much about school.  Eggy appah tried to ask and she told him it was a secret.  I didn't think she'd refuse to talk about school until she was much older.  But I guess it's normal because the other parents said their kid won't talk about school either.  Once in awhile, she'll mention things here and there.  She's learned a couple new songs.  She played Duck, Duck, Goose.  She made a bracelet and a necklace out of beads.  She showed me her bracelet and said, "Look, umma.  BEATS!"  I asked her if she had made me a necklace too and she said no, it was only for her.
Her bracelet
Her first school painting has a hole in the middle of the paper.  I guess someone got a little zealous with the paintbrush.  
But look how much better she is with the paintbrush after a week.  She used to just smear the paint all over but she's painting inside the line!  Mostly.  She was so focused.  
This was yesterday at the playdate
Even though she says she doesn't want to go to school, I think it's been good for her.  It's weird not knowing all the details of her day.  That's probably been one of the hardest things for me.  Eggy appah and I were saying she even seems different since school started.  She must have been so bored at home.  I'm excited for her.  I hope she has a great year.

September 13, 2012

Sibling Abuse


Maybe it's not abuse because this is just Eggy's way of sharing.  So really, she's being nice!
 
Oh, the pitfalls of having an older sister, especially when you're a boy. Once she put her Rapunzel tiara and one earring on Bacon but I didn't get a picture. 

Uh, why she had to get in the infant tub with Bacon, I just don't know.  Her bathtub is huge, like bigger than ours even. 
And just so Bacon doesn't get upset later for taking and posting pictures of him in these embarrassing scenarios, here's one of Eggy in a not so dignified position.  It's only fair, right?
(Yes, she holds her nose when she poops.  My mom thinks it's hilarious that Eggy doesn't want to smell her own poop.)
 
Aww, but look how sweet she can be too...

September 8, 2012

Bacon is 5 Months!

It's been a big month for our family.

Eggy started preschool.  She's still adjusting.  She cried on the second day.  Still, I didn't cry.  But on my way to work, I called the school a half hour later to see how she was doing and they told me she wasn't crying anymore but just sticking close to one of the teachers, observing.  I don't know, for some reason, that totally got me.  I called Eggy appah, crying.  Friday was worse (but I didn't cry this time).  The teacher had to pick her up while Eggy was screaming at me, "Umma, don't leave!!!  DON'T LEAVE!!!"  Sigh.  I've heard from other parents that it took their kid about a month for the tears to stop.  A month is a long time.

We went to Eggy appah's cousin's wedding.  We didn't get there until cocktail hour though because the kids were still napping and I didn't want to wake them because I figured they'd be up late.  So unfortunately, we totally missed the ceremony.  :(  Bacon was fussy, either from the heat or the noise or hunger or just being tired.   Luckily, the wedding was really close to our house so I took him home after about an hour, just enough time to show his face.  Eemo put him to bed and watched him while I went back to the wedding.
Eggy had a blast.  And why wouldn't she?  She got to eat...
 have all kinds of dessert...
 and dance, dance, dance.
Eggy appah had posted a video of Eggy dancing to Gangnam Style (she's gotten much better since the video I last posted) on his facebook that morning so his family kept asking Eggy if she would do the dance for them.  Later, Eggy appah asked the DJ to play Gangnam Style and Eggy was tearing it up.  Hilarious.  I need to get the video from Eggy appah's cousin.  We didn't stay too late.  I think we got home just before 9.  I know, we're party animals.  But Eggy knocked O.U.T. that night, even with all the sugar.  

Anyway, this post should be about Bacon.

OMG, guess what?!  Bacon is sleeping through the night!!!  Hallelujah!  It's still a work in progress but his sleep is sooooo much better.  I really hope I'm not jinxing things.  He still wakes up once or twice a night for a feeding but I'm totally okay with that.  I mean, he was waking up at least 3 or 4 times during the night before and that was considered a good night!  Maybe once we start solids, he'll be able to go the full twelve hours.  I know I said I was eager to start sleep training but when the time came I was still hesitant.  He seemed so young!  But his pediatrician gave us the green light at his 4 month check so there was no real reason not to do it.  Anyway, it's been nice to have my evenings back again.

He's learned to roll over from his back to his tummy.
It would actually take him a while to fall asleep because he kept trying to roll on to his front instead of lying on his back.  About a week after we started sleep training, he finally managed to roll over.  And that's how he slept, with his face planted in the mattress.  We tried to roll him back but he cried, rolled back again, and went to sleep.  I figured if that's how he wanted to sleep, that's how he was going to sleep.  I couldn't keep going in and roll him back every time throughout the night.  But did he have to sleep with his face down on the mattress like that?  I kept waking up during the night to make sure he was still breathing.  (When I told my mom about how he was sleeping, on his tummy with his face down, she said, "Oh no!  His nose will be flat!"  Really, mom?  You're worried about his nose?  Forget the danger of suffocation.  Such an Asian worry.)  Anyway, for awhile, he could only roll one way, to his left.  And he'd get mad because he forgot how to roll back to his back.  So that would wake him up a few times.  Then, he wanted to roll to his right.  Again, took a few days but he just started rolling to right today.  So now, he's an ambi-turner.  Yay.

I'm not sure what his stats are because he doesn't have a check up until next month.  But he's almost too big for size 2 diapers.  At least his thighs are, haha.  At night, we put him in the size 3 and they fit fine.  Gotta use up the rest of those size 2s though.

Bacon is getting a lot better with his hands.  He's able to reach out and grab things.  And he's always trying to put everything in his mouth.

My hair is still falling out but I think Bacon's not shedding as much.  He's got a little more hair on top but it's still pretty sparse.  I think Eggy had more hair when she was born than Bacon has now.  Oh well, at least he's got a nice shaped head.  It's so round, except for a couple weird spots.  You can't really tell unless you touch it or his hair is wet but it's almost like a dent.

He's still drooling but no sign of any teeth just yet.  That's fine by me because I'm worried about him biting me.  Also, I'm going to miss that gummy smile.

September 5, 2012

The Longest Day

It was Eggy's first day of pre-school today!   We stopped by the school yesterday so Eggy could meet her teachers and see her classroom.  I think that helped.  Eggy was super excited.  She could not wait to go.  Which is good because a few weeks ago, she said she didn't want to go because she said that she would miss me too much.  Luckily, she changed her mind when I told her there would be all kinds of fun things to do at school.
I was excited too but I was more nervous.  I just felt so unprepared.  How did the summer go by so fast?
I remember when I was in school, that first week felt like the longest week.  It was kind of like that again today.  I just kept looking at the time, wondering what she was doing.

When we dropped her off this morning, she didn't cry.  Yay!  But I saw her looking through the window while we were walking out and she seemed a little confused.  But then she just went about her business, checking out the classroom.  That made me a little sad but I didn't cry.  Yay for me too!
And when I picked her up in the afternoon, I couldn't tell if she had been crying or maybe she had just woken up.  But she did say something about how she cried before her nap because she missed Bacon.  I tried to get more information about her day, like what she learned, what did she play with, new friends but I didn't get much.  The teacher is supposed to call tonight with a report though.  

I guess we'll see what happens tomorrow.  I hear the second day is harder because now the kid knows they're actually going to be left there the whole day.  Fingers crossed!  

Update: Just before bed tonight, Eggy said she didn't want to go to school tomorrow.  And she started tearing up.  Uh-oh....
 
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