{Kids Update}


It's been a while since I have updated on the kids so I thought I would make it a joint update!
I'll try and make it brief as I could probably white a novel.

Ryder is 1 year almost 3 months and Delainey is 3 years almost 4 months. :) I wish I could just video our days, just for my sake. They say and do such silly things and I need to get better about writing more down because my memory often fails me. They are both such fun kids and I LOVE my time with them more than anything. Sure they whine and Delainey cries at the drop of a hat {full melt down the other night because Justin didn't come for "teeth time" the second she announced it was teeth time!} oh the tears. Either way I am so lucky they are mine and think they are pretty darn special. Plus I know this a season and soon our chaotic "teeth time" routines with 2 kids on the bathroom counter will be a thing of the past and I will miss these days.

Ryder is 20lbs and Delainey is 28lbs
We often tell Delainey she can't push Ryder around as she is teaching him how to push and before she knows it he will be bigger than her. That may come sooner than we think. 

They both LOVE snacks. Crackers, yogurt drinks, berries, oranges, peeled apples, fruit bars, home made milkshakes or smoothies, fig bars, yogurt covered raisins - you name it.

They are both really good eaters for the most part. Delainey has her days where it takes her forever to eat or we are always on her case to take a bite but then sometimes she cleans her plate before the rest of us. She LOVES carbs - pasta, bread, buns, crackers. She does not like tomatoes or olives.

Ryder loves food. There isn't much he won't eat and still cleans his own plate and then eats Delainey's leftovers. He LOVES bananas and raisins. He doesn't like cauliflower or broccoli, he always tries it and then shutters and spits it out. Otherwise he eats everything we do!

I nursed him for the last time on the exact same day {age wise} that I did Delainey {13 months 1 week}. Not really intentionally but I read in an old blog post when I stopped with D and saw it was a week away so decided it was time. He really just liked to snuggle near the end I think and wasn't really nursing that much anyways. He did more pocking me and laughing at Justin than actually eating. As Delainey did he was fine being cut off and I had no issues either. He took loves homo milk and I was mixing it with breast milk I had in the freezer for the first few weeks after weaning. 

Delainey is not a big sleeper. She goes to bed at 7:00pm every night {will often sing for up to an hour} and id up most mornings at 5:30am. She is good about staying in bed until Momo wakes up at 6:20am on week days and 6:40am on weekend {not so good at being quiet while staying in bed though, we are working on this}. She will nap most afternoons or stay in her room for quiet time {40 minutes is my rule}.
Ryder goes to bed just before 7:00pm and will sleep until anywhere from 6:30-8:00am if we let him. He still typically naps twice a day. I think he is starting to drop that morning nap on the days we let him sleep in {totally ok with me}. On weeks days when we wake him up he still usually naps twice no problem.

Delainey loves Kitty Cat. Her dolls house, barbies, barbie car. Coloring, painting, play dough and crafts. Baking, helping make smoothies/milkshakes, playing teacher and doing lego. Peppa Pig is her favorite and will watch Peppa Pig, Daniel Tiger or Curious George. She has no interest in movies. Other than bike movies. He loves reading books and then will re-read it on her own afterwards to Ryder. She loves being outside, her bike and sledding.

Ryder loves to pretend to play hockey - usually with my pancake flipper and Cruz's ball. The potato masher works too. He also pretend to shovel snow like Dad with these as well and he loves watching Justin shovel the deck. He loves playing with Delainey and doing whatever she is doing. He just LOVES Delainey and thinks she is so funny. He loves to push cars and trucks around and likes his tools and things that light up and make noise. He would love to have his own cell phone that lights up and says "I don't know what you said" like mine does when he gets his hands on it and chats with Siri. He gives great cuddles after naps and is such an easy going boy.

Delainey is one emotional little thing. I am really trying to work on it with her by taking breaths and having her realize we cannot read her mind and she needs to state what she wants/needs/why she is upset BEFORE she starts bawling as there is always someone with her who can help. Oh the drama.
She used to scream having her hair washed and the 5 minutes it took me to dry her off and get her "cozy" again after baths BUT I have worked really hard talking her through it the last month and we have made huge progress (with a promise of a treat afterwards of course) that she usually forgets about.
If she gets Kitty Cat taken away at bedtime (when she keeps getting out of bed).
When I say no to a snack too close to a meal.
When Ryder tries to play with what she's playing with or takes something that is "hers" even if she isn't playing with it.
When she gets snow in her mitt or boot - LIFE ruining moment.

The 30 minutes before dinner time.
When Delainey steals what he has or won't let him play with her.
When it's nap time and he feels he shouldn't nap that day.

What's new?
Ryder still just has the 7 teeth but I've seen a bottom one poke through and we can feel his molars coming in too.
We give Ryder a hair cut every couple of weeks, his hair grows so fast!
He is still in size 3 Kirkland diapers. Wears mainly 12-18 month clothes. He grows out of everything in length before the waist fits him on in most store bought pants.
He puts his own diaper in the garbage and we are working on him putting his dirty clothes in the hamper but he usually just gives them to Delainey as he sees her do this job!
Waves hi and bye. She says Dada, Mama, Oh no...and a lot of  half words where I know what he is saying but they aren't 100% clear.

Delainey gets herself dressed and undressed all by herself now - unless she's in a mood and then it's definitely not possible. ;) We are working on buttons, snaps and zippers. 
She wears mainly 2T and 3T clothes, she is growing out of all her 3T leggings in length and I have yet to find a pair of real jeans that fit her in the waist even with the adjusters inside.
We have been working on her printing her letters, she has become more willing to do this just in the past month or so with me.
Her speech still isn't super clear, we work on it a lot with her. She CAN say the words but it's like she's lazy and talks too quickly and doesn't say all the sounds in a word. She is also wanting to "baby talk" a lot these days {drives me bonkers} because of how Ryder talks so we are just trying to reinforce with her that SHE has to teach Ry to talk so has to use her big girl voice and words to teach him. 
She has an incredible memory. She can read a book almost word for word after me reading it to her once, maybe twice. 
She also has a crazy memory for directions. For example if I take a different route to Whit's {opposite end of the city than us} she will tell me I missed the turn and we were supposed to go that way, or once we were on Crowchild and passed where my work was {she had only been there a handful of times} & she told me my work was right there and pointed right to my work.
She basically a genius. :) Kidding.
She loves preschool and has a little boyfriend Bennett who is smitten with her as well. They are the cutest.

Our new bedtime routine {since I stopped nursing} is one of my favorite times of the day.
After teeth time we read 2 books together in Ryder's room and then D goes to her room and picks 1 book and gets into bed. I then snuggle, rock, chat with Ry for a few minutes before putting him in his crib. D & I then read 1 book in her bed and we do our own silly nightly routine and then she goes to bed. After asking me multiple questions about exactly what Justin and I are going be doing of course.
Aaaaand then she gets out of bed multiples times, or cries for me, or need a kiss, or heard a noise...gah.

I know I am missing a million things but that at least it's an update. 
They are pretty incredible kids and as much as some days I was time to stand still {and as tough as they can be} I love these ages. I just love watching them grow, learn and become these little people. 

PS. Don't worry Cruz is still loved in ridiculous amounts. She hasn't slowed down at all even though she will be 8 in May. She is getting very white in the face though. She loves the attention from the kids but also has a limit and will remove herself if she needs to. 
I'm not gonna lie during those cold snaps I wish she was a gerbil and didn't still need her 2 walks a day but I am also thankful she gets us outside. She has been a trouble maker since I've gone back to work and after her last incident of taking something off the counter and chewing a pair of Ryder's old moccs I threatened the kennel while we are at work so hopefully she smartens up.

But yes I love my little gang so much.

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Lindsey (a running tale) said...

Loved reading this! The memory thing is crazy with Avery too, how do they do it?! Yay for wanting to practice printing. I haven't attempted lately, but should.
Bedtime routines are crazy here too but my favourite time of the day since we are all together :)
I just can't believe how big all our "babies" are getting!

Ashley said...

You will have to get some dapper snappers for her pants! We used to gave to do that for Noah!!! Man kids grow fast!!! What does she use to wake up?
If blogging wasn't soo much work, I'd consider it, just to have the memories! I do want to start using our video camera more!!

Erin said...

They are adorable Alison!

Nicole @ Haute Runner said...

Such a good update! I don't think I've ever seen Delainey have a meltdown but I know they put a real show on for their parents at home ;) The drama over the silliest things drive me nuts but is also a bit entertaining!

Bedtime is one of my favourite routines now that we all do it together in the big bed!

In no time Ry will be pushing Delainey around!!

It's crazy how little sleep she needs!

Brie @ A Slice of Brie said...

aww I loved reading this! They are both so adorable!
You're right, soon we will miss all these moments even though the whiney and crying and screaming is torture some days. So many life ruining moments, hey?! Haha I laughed so hard at that line. Have you tried showering with D? We just tried it last week for the first time (first with Jim, and then yesterday with me) and he LOVES it. So easy to wash his hair that way. And yes to the crazy memory thing! Sully doesn't forget a word of what we say, so we have to be super careful not to make false promises or tell him we are doing something the next day just in case said event gets cancelled.