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It’s been a year?

This week it’s the Santa Shop at the Oldest Kidlet’s school- where the kids can bring in money and pick out gifts for their loved ones, and bring them home wrapped. When the Oldest Kidlet started begging me for money, I was reminded of what happened during last year’s Santa Shop.

It’s been one year since I was hospitalized for extremely low iron and kept in the hospital because I had mysterious fevers and pains that needed to be diagnosed!

And it’s been a year without many health scares. I’ve had a few flareups. But before I went to the hospital, it was once or twice a month. So it’s been a really great year. (Even if I did have to have a colonoscopy and drink that HORRIBLE prep liquid beforehand)

I’d been so focused on the other anniversary coming up that I hadn’t even thought about this one. (Fair warning, things might just be a little more down here than usual)

The Second Child.

I remember the moments when I knew that the Oldest Kidlet had learned something new. You would see the light of recognition in his eyes when he caught on to something, and then immediately started showing off to everyone.

His little brother is different. It took ages for him to start talking with any frequency (though he’d used a lot of words, just one or two at a time), and when as soon as he did start talking, he jumped into full phrases and hasn’t stopped talking ever since. He refused to recite the alphabet or numbers in preschool last year. This year? He’s showing off in school by finishing worksheets ahead of everyone else and asking me to give him homework so he can show off to me.

Yes, he waits until he can master it before he lets anyone know that he can do it. (This might remind me of my little sister. Just a bit – she’s terrifyingly smart)

On Friday, we were watching Thomas the Tank Engine on PBS and it ended just as they were finishing getting dressed for school. Word World began, and the boys begged me to record it. So I did. (And then I wrote the blog post about why PBS is important)

While they didn’t watch Word World on Friday, they watched it on Saturday. At least 6 times. Word World is one of the shows I mentioned in the PBS piece that is literacy based. Everything in Word World (the place) is made of letters (the dog’s body is made up of the letters D-O-G), and they talk about sounds, segmenting and blending (that’s breaking apart words into sounds, and putting those sounds and letters back together). One of the episodes in the show involved all the water disappearing when one of the characters split up the letters in water. And so they spelled water again and again. W-A-T-E-R.

Today when we went to drop off the Oldest Kidlet and were waiting in the kindergarten yard (you can’t go into the first grader playground without getting a visitor pass) and the Little Kidlet found the cover to the water access, which said Water on it. He’d been pointing it out to me last week as where the Ninja Turles live, so I asked him to tell his dad what it was.

He leaned over. “W-A-T-E-R,” he said, spelling it out carefully. “It says Water!”

I’m going to make a confession here. While I do sit down with my boys to read books and sound out words- it’s mostly for the Oldest Kidlet’s benefit because he needs to read in school. The Little Kidlet likes to spend the time that’s just the two of us coloring and practicing writing letters and numbers. We don’t focus on reading yet because he’s just in preschool- I didn’t want to pressure him. Guess he wants to do what his brother can.

Does your second child want to do everything your oldest can, and is stubborn enough to learn the way mine does? Have something else you want to tell me? Comment below!

First day of school!

Oldest Kidlet puts on his backpack to go home.

That is what I was woken up with yesterday morning. Actually, that’s what I was woken up with a second time yesterday morning, because our cat (yes, we have a cat again- I’ll explain that in a moment) decided to wake me up at 3 am because his food bowl was empty.

Then, at 5:45 my oldest came in to tell me that it was his first day of school, and that he’d also wet his underwear. Amusingly enough, he’d only wet a little and as soon as I’d stripped him out of the wet clothes, he ran into the bathroom to pee. Well, I was amused. Once he was dressed, he watched some TV in my room while I got ready for the day.

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Today I enrolled my oldest son in pre-school. Well, their Pre-K class. He’s right at the cut-off, so they’ll put him with the older kids.

How time flies! The picture you see is the only picture we have from when he was at daycare- and I’m still not sure how they got him to stay still long enough to get a posed picture like this. Aside from the picture package we’d purchased, we also got a fabulous tote bag!

I’m excited. He’s excited. Honestly, he’s thrilled to go back to school- and keeps asking when he’ll get to go. I think I’ll be making a calendar to deal with that question. Of course, I’m excited. As much as I love my son, we butt heads being around each other 24/7. A little time apart will do us both good.

Hopefully the little one can deal with not being around his brother for the first time since he was born. That’s the only thing I’m worried about.

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