Independence and Particulars 

Greetings-

We are taking a step back and letting them exercise a little independence. They get more freedom to explore the backyard without us functioning as their shadow. We figure they won’t learn to be independent if we don’t let them figure things out on their own. Plus, I think they like knowing that their parents have faith in them.

They are getting closer and closer by the day. They look out for one another. When it’s time to come in, someone’s always encouraging the last one outside to come back in. After baths, Michaela likes to tell Emma and Christopher to come on (and then promptly slams the gate in their faces!).

These kids are very particular. They know what they want, when they want it, and how they like things. They also know when they’re done.

Michaela

Michaela is a very particular young lady. You’ve noticed if you’ve been following the photos that she has a very peculiar sense of fashion that somehow works. She knows how to put clothes on, and even accessorize. What’s weird is that she has to have certain things in order to feel content. She has to wear at least more than 2 coats, and the top button has to be buttoned or she’ll throw a fit. The same is true if there is a sweater on underneath all of the coats. The other day she told me she wanted shoes, so I picked up a pair of shoes laying on the floor. No! They had to be from the closet. So I grabbed the pair that was closest to the cabinet door. No! They didn’t match what she had on. So I grabbed a pair that matched. No! They weren’t sandals. So I grabbed a pair of sandals. No! They didn’t have the flower on top she likes. So I grab that pair. Wait! Socks! So I grab a pair of white socks, thinking she’d want them to match. No! They weren’t black – she wanted black…haha!!! Michaela’s determination and sense of fashion might win her Most Likely To Succeed and Best Dressed in High School – we’ll see! Michaela continues to be highly organized. She likes to group like items together. For example, one day she collected all of the clothes that were strewn throughout the house and was very happy to be walking around with this huge pile of clothes. But she collects the building blocks or other like toys and takes them in and out of containers over and over.

Emma

Emma is another particular lady. She in insists on carrying something in her hand most of the day. She is particularly fond of small sticks and pebbles from outside. First thing in the morning, she has to have a coloring crayon while she sits on the potty. With food, Emma’s thing is to pick all of the black olives off of the pizza and eat them – every single one.

Christopher

Everyone is off bottles now (yay!) but Christopher would have to have his feet in a pillow like a mermaid. And he’d flap the pillow around. Perhaps it was comforting. Christopher is in to toy cars and trucks now, so he happily sits or lays on the floor and groups them together, sometimes in a single file line. Sometimes he finds them all and brings them to me and just dumps them in my lap – an offering of sorts.

They all have a morning ritual when it comes to me. They usually go out of their way to give me goodbye hugs and kisses in the morning before I leave for work. This morning, I got three kisses from Michaela. Christopher puckers up and I kneel down to kiss him. Emma likes to be picked up and held before I leave. The arms fly up and those sad puppy dog eyes win me over.

When I get home from work in the evenings, I’m usually greeted first by the girls. Emma says “Hi!” over and over, and Michaela jumps up and down excitedly and wants to be picked up immediately.

Seeing them after a long day at the office is one of the best feelings.

This morning they were watching a Leap Frog movie and sounding out the letters of the Alphabet with confidence. It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come. Conversations with them when they can really talk will be comical and insightful. Stay tuned!

M.

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Word Salad

The Spong3s continue their talkathon. Every day someone is blurting out a new word of sentence and catching us off guard. Michaela and Emma even talk in their sleep sometimes – they get that from me…haha

They get a heavy dose of alphabet songs throughout the day, and they are starting to understand that letters make words and words allow for better interaction. They also get numbers, colors and shapes throughout the day. Yesterday evening Michaela had a book in her hand with the first few letters of the alphabet on it and she was pointing to the letters and sounding them out. To make sure I wasn’t dreaming, 

I asked her to point to specific letters and she did. The same is true of numbers. 

Emma has a knack for big words and more structured sentences. She’s been practicing the most and has always had the most interest in talking. She repeats a word over and over and over and over and over and over and…you get the idea!

Emma loves holding things in her hand

Christopher also blurts out new words following his sisters’ leads. Yesterday I caught them all having a strange conversation. It seems like they were working out amongst themselves what they were going to play with in another room. There was tone, confirmation, a request for clarity, frustration, you name it. Creepy!

Christopher weathering Michaela’s binkie withdrawal day

We even catch them singing sometimes. They know some of the words to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and then main jingle on Frozen. 

We are certain they understand us. If they are misbehaving and it needs to stop, all it takes is the right tone to get their attention. That worked for me when I was growing up. 

It will be weird when they are talking in completely coherent sentences. But they don’t stay little forever. 

They are really good kids. They integrate well with other kids and this should make for interesting dynamics when they are in school. They’ll each have their own circle of friends, and everything that comes with that. Their personalities are really different so we look forward to seeing what types of friends they will each have. Michaela isn’t really bossy with other kids. Emma commands a great deal of “awe she’s so cute!” attention when out and about and Christopher is still shy until it’s time to play hard. 

She came to my awards reception the other day and people were surprised how big he was. They thought he was three and were floored when they found out he was born last – although when you come out doesn’t correlate to how big you will be. 

Michaela (The Boss)

What’s up?

Greetings-

My brain clicked on, so before I hopefully fall back asleep, I figured I would provide the ever curious with an update on th3 tods.

These days:

  • Michaela is binkie free – daddy ripped it away and put gun range earmuffs on to deal with the hour long tantrum, but after distracting her she never looked back. Now she says ABCs all day long and strings together more words. She can also count to 10 with ease.

She is highly organized. She likes to collect things and cart them around, and arrange and stack stuff in orderly fashion with precision.

Michaela is going through a fashion phase where she puts on as many clothes as she can find. And she adores shoes when she has them on. It’s a nightmare getting them off of her! 

  • Emma is still Emma. Still chatty, always practicing talking. She is capable of repeating big words clear as day. She’s the sensitive one of the group. She is our master pouter. Sometimes we tell her no, and she immediately pouts and brings on the water works. She doesn’t require as much discipline as the other two. She would have been a dream baby as a singleton. If I could sum her up with one word, it would be balanced. She is a beautiful little girl destined for great things I’m sure! Emma fancied the binkie on occasion at night to help her sleep, so when I ripped it away from Michaela, I had to secretly give it to Emma for 2 nights straight before she was done with it. Secretly was key because Michaela knows the sound of a binkie so I had to make sure I didn’t let any of the plastic handle touch other plastic – lol
  • Christopher is really blossoming. He’s shed all his chub and is a very handsome boy now. He has developed a love of trucks and enjoys comforting his big sisters. I like that he is compassionate and thoughtful. He will do very well with the ladies as a result 😏. He loves to play with trucks these days. His vocabulary is improving now that he can string a few words together. Generally he is a shy boy. I’m guessing he will end up being over 6 feet tall given how long he is and how quickly he has grown. 
  • We are essentially done with bottles. The girls don’t get them any more. Christopher only gets one in the morning. I will look for a sippy cup that allows him to lay back. Out of all the sippy cups we have go figure none accommodate his style in the morning lol. The bottle 🍼 warmer is on its last leg anyway and will be chucked when he’s done. Should be any day now lol
  • Potty training has been going well…for the girls. It’s not a race, but Emma has nearly caught Michaela (48/43). I sit them on it first thing in the morning if I can get everything off them without causing a morning tantrum and keep them from walking around first thing and realizing they need to go. It’s been tough because they were all sick recently and we lost some momentum, plus phasing out the bottles meant I needed to adjust the morning routine a bit. Timing is the key but it’s still early so I don’t really get frustrated with them. Not too many poop on the finger offerings as of late, either, but I’m sure that phase will return lol. Christopher isn’t too interested at the moment. His count stands at 8. He cries when I put him on it, BUT he sits there the whole time at least. 
  • The next big milestone will be the toddler beds. This will be challenging for sure. We deal with the standard night terrors with all 3, and there are some nights (fortunately it’s rare) when it’s hell on wheels, but we manage. We are getting the rooms in order for this important transition. They all still have the ability to wake one another up with the loud crying but sometimes one or more are able to sleep through it – it’s rare with these hardwood floors, though! 

The girls may end up sharing a room given the layout of this house. We have 4 bedrooms but the 4th bedroom is isolated from the other ones. The girls get along better now for the most part and seem to prefer to nap close together 

    Are the twos terrible? What do you think? 😜 But imagine what ages 3 and 4 will be like with these three! If you’ve spent any time around them you know they pack a wallop now  – energy required! They’ll be talking clear as day by age 3 and 4 and have opinions and desires they will make known. And they’ll be eating even more! This isn’t easy, but it’s clear to me that we were chosen for this path. 

    Up next, a trip to the Bay Area to see some good friends and have a play date. In the meantime, they will do what they do best – play hard! 

    Best,

    M.