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Preschool. Kindy. Eek!
We know it was coming. Johnny stood in line for registration at 4am over a year ago. We had been to orientation. We had read all the information sheets. We were ready.
But I am not ready!
There is no going back. School is such a milestone. An irrevocable one. And as excited as I am about seeing how Eva changes and adapts, it is so bittersweet.
It has been the first of many “Back to School” sales, and for this first one I chose all of Eva’s clothes and supplies carefully. Even though I can’t fully control what happens at preschool, at least I can plan and prepare — labelling everything!
The lovely people at Stuck on You sent Eva a few things to help her prepare for the year ahead — new labels, a drink bottle, bag tag and a library bag. Eva specially chose the Sweet Treats design and was super excited to show her teacher the pictures of pop corn, ice cream and lollipops. She filled her library bag up with books and carried them around the house — just to practice. And of course, she loves seeing her name in print! I, on the other hand, love the stainless steel drink bottle (no plastic aftertaste) and the high quality labels that last wash after wash.
I see Eva in her new school outfits. Her new backpack. Her hair braided in three plaits—just as she requested. Her lunch packed. And it makes me as anxious as Eva is. Will she adapt? Will she make friends? Will she be teased? Will she miss me? With Eva, I am all positivity and smiles, but inside I am a ball of nerves. Rationally, I know that she will adapt, that she will make friends (she already has), that she will miss me (but she will have fun).
But she looks so big and so small all at the same time.
Owen Henry — 8 Months Old
Owen is developing such a sweet temperament. He is full of cuddles and slobbery kisses. He waves and is constantly smiling! Owen is now crawling faster, navigating slight inclines, pulling up on furniture. With every day he seems to have more balance and control enabling him to move with greater agility. In fact, this morning he managed to climb up the first step of the staircase!
Water — bath time, the shower, running water, the hose, buckets, cups. He loves it all, although he is not so keen on the waves of the ocean…
Food — surprisingly Owen is still not a fan of banana, but loves pretty much anything and everything he tries. Although he seems particularly excited about eating watermelon and blueberries.
Toys — Eva’s toys and figurines! He also loves these Kid O stacking and nesting cups.
Eva — Owen is fascinated by his sister. He will try to chase her down while she runs circles around him. If she is crying, he will go looking for her. And he wants to be doing whatever she is doing. For her part, Eva is a loving sister (within reason—after all, know right-minded person would be willing to share their favourite toys with anyone). But every morning, they both have big smiles and cuddles for each other.
Sleeping alone — although he naps in his cot during the day, at night we have resorted to co-sleeping just so we can all get a little more sleep!
Owen Henry —- 7 months old
At 7-months old, Owen is still all smiles. He is such a social baby. He shrieks when excited, will laugh along with the group, waves to everyone —with an out stretched arm, and will let just about anyone hold him.
He is definitely the down-to-earth contrast to Eva’s melodrama.
Owen is crawling (everywhere and anywhere as fast as he can). He is babbling (mamama, bababa). Johnny says Ds and Gs are next and is desperately hoping for a Dada. When he is not crawling he is trying to climb something. He can pull himself up on the legs of the dining chairs and the low-set coffee table. He doesn’t really yet have the strength to be doing that so he is keeping us on our toes with the constant spills.
Owen is teething and now has four teeth—top two and bottom two.
In addition to crawling everywhere, waving to everyone, climbing anything, he is also eating everything. If there is food being eaten, he wants some of it, and he demands to drink out of any cup in your hand. A few of his favourites are broccoli, nectarines, pear, apple, carrot, baby puffs, but surprisingly he is not so keen on bananas.
He now has object permanence and will find hidden toys, although he is still not happy being left in a room by himself and has started becoming rather clingy.
Loves: reading any peekaboo-flap books and especially Dear Zoo. Eva!, Eva’s toys, playing peekaboo with Eva, and wrestling with his Daddy.
Dislikes: car rides, having Eva’s toys taken away from him (usually by Eva), pulling arms in his sleeves, and most of all, sleeping alone.
Christmas is just around the corner and things are getting busy. We’re preparing for our trip to the States — packing, packing, packing. And have been trying to do a little Christmas shopping before we leave.
Last week we celebrated the kids’ “half-birthdays”. With birthdays a day apart we will forever be celebrating them together. We bought both Eva and Owen little gifts — a lovely bamboo dinner set, a new favourite red skirt and a book. It was just another day for Owen, but Eva of course took delight in telling everyone who would listen that she is now three-and-a-half. That half is a big deal.
Just a Trim
A couple of days ago, Eva had her first hair cut. Ever. For three and a half years Eva had never had her hair cut or even trimmed.
After much talk and preparation I convinced Eva come with me to the salon. We had our hair cut together, although Eva’s was more like about a half-inch trim. Little steps.
Owen Henry — 6 Months Old
Owen seems so much more agile and stronger than Eva was at the same age. He reaches out for us to be picked up. And if he sees something he really wants, he launches himself at it. He can mostly stay sitting up on his own, with the occasional tumble. He is trying to crawl. Trying like anything to crawl. He will get up on his hands and knees and rock back and forth. I think he will be tearing around the floors by Christmas.
More than anything, I can’t quite convey just how sweet this little boy is — he’s constantly smiling. He has the most beautiful, sweet and somewhat adventuresome temperament. We just love him so.
Favourite toys: Music box with two spinning wibble-wobble bees, anything he can chew on (but particularly Bullseye from Toy Story).
Favourite foods: He has two teeth now—the lower ones—and he loves to use them. His favourites so far are apple, rock melon, roasted pumpkin, peach.
Loves: his sister, baths, peekaboo, being sung to and danced with, being included and involved.
Hates: the carseat, putting on shirts
Weight: 8kg, Length: 70cm
I love this stage—the toe grabbing, foot holding stage. It’s bitter sweet to watch Owen grow up and change so quickly, but rather than reflecting on the fact that he is no longer a squishy newborn who curls up on my chest to nap, I will focus on how alert, social, smiley and so so sweet he is.
Eva Lilly — 3 years, 3 months
Eva would be best described as cheeky, giggly, determined, stubborn, enthusiastic and curious. She is a little sponge — her vocabulary grows daily and is constantly asking questions. Eva has learnt the basic phonetics of the alphabet and can spell words if we sound out each letter. She loves reading books and role playing, but more than anything Eva loves playing with her friends. She is such a social little girl.
We are constantly amazed by her imagination. Be it her having us call the Numberjacks—the heroes of her current favourite TV show—or her role plays with all of her stuffed animals, Eva has such an active imagination. More than anything though, we love the curious, little things that she says to us. Here’s a small collection some recent ones:
Eva: Don’t take a picture right now. Maybe you’ll have to wait until I’m 6, cause then I’m be really old.
Eva: (while baking) I want to lick the spoon, please!
Me: No, sweetheart, too much sugar will make you feel sick.
Eva: Well, I like sugar. Sugar is my favourite and my best.
Eva: (to another little girl at the park) Hi, my name is Eva. What’s your name?
Johnny: I think she is a little shy.
Eva: Yeah, she’s a little bit timid.
Eva: Mummy, can I come play with your friends at the cafe?
Eva: Ok, I’ll just talk. I’ll say: hello, my name is Eva!
Eva: … and then next year I’m be 4 years old and I can drive your car!
Me: (talking about going to Disneyland) … you could dress up like a princess.
Eva: No, I want to dress up like Batman!
Me: Stop annoying your brother.
Eva: But I want to pester him.
Me: Eva, stop.
Eva: How about poke him?
Eva’s usual response to getting in trouble: I’m only learning.
Eva Lilly — 3 Years Old
Eva is overflowing with personality. Cheeky, determined, independent, opinionated, strong-willed, loving, giggly and imaginative. Daily, I am texting to Johnny at work the little things that Eva says because I can’t stop giggling about them.
Eva: I’m going on a big adventure. I’m going over to my spaceship (the lamp).
Me: Eva, don’t put the cord around you’re neck. It’s dangerous.
Eva: I’m sorry, Mummy, I can’t hear you! I’m all the way in America.
Eva: Mummy, this is my rocket. It’s not a toy. It’s made of plastic. You have to be really really careful. It’s a special toy. You not break my rocket — it’s expensive. The astronauts go in there and there is a clock.
Eva: It’s (watercolours) just for kids, Mummy, not for grown ups. You’re a grown up and I’m a kid.
Eva: “I’m making a big enormous tower in the whole wide world!
Parenting 101: the compromise (FAIL)
Johnny: Eva, please tidy this up.
Eva: No, I don’t want to.
Johnny: Do want me to help you?
Eva: No, you do all of it.
Eva: Daddy! There is a monster in my playroom!
Johnny: Oh no! What does it look like?
Eva: It has one, two, three eyes and a grumpy face!
Eva: Mummy, there is a spider outside! Come see! You no touch it with our hands. It might bite you. You just look your eyes.
There are so many other little things that make me realise that she has grown up so much. At her most recent dentist visit, she followed his every instruction and even asked him a question. She was so impressed by the dentist that we have been able to appeal to his authority ever sense to brush her teeth easily. (Although, I think she might be a little confused since the other day she said we have to wear our seat belts because the dentist said so).
But more than anything, how Eva has handled herself with Owen has impressed both Johnny and me. From the very beginning she has been mature, understanding, and caring. The perfect big sister.
She loves role plays. Playing doctor and triaging her stuffed toys. Playing mechanic and fixing all the broken things in the house. And playing he many different roles from her dress ups box. And almost everyday, we have to re-eneact a birthday party.
We are often left amazed by her imagination. Whether it be making up games, talking with her stuffed animals namely her favourite possession, “Hop”, or roleplaying and talking with unusual objects such as her pencils or blocks.
She has such quirky likes. She loves scary things—ghosts, monsters, spiders. (We crafted a spider with a peg and pipe cleaners, which she named “Mr Skinny Legs”). Her favourite holiday is Halloween. She loves Peppa Pig and Charlie and Lola and has a recent obsession with Mister Maker.
Eva can complete 24 piece jigsaw puzzles independently, can name and identify both the upper and lower case alphabet, loves typing on the computer and has memorised how to spell a handful of words — mainly names — “Mummy, Daddy, Eva, Poppy, Ruby” and a few random ones like “Stop”.
We are so proud of her.
When I look at this photograph, I feel like its a little glimpse into the future — one filled with attitude and angst. However, already Eva is exerting her own independence. Constantly determined to be contrary, she always seems to have an opinion. Whether it be determining the order of our errands — “The park first, then the supermarket” — or simple preferences. I can only imagine what the future holds!
HAPPINESS IS EVA
3rd Birthday Party