Sloane-o; an update

How did this girl turn 4 1/2? She is a non-stop gab fest with a mix of imaginary character, made up songs, and drama. The other day Sloane made up characters for us based on Clifford the big red dog. She was Emily Elizabeth (actually from the book), I was the big sister Martha (Sloane’s imagination), Soren was the little brother Coco (imagination) , her doll was the baby sister Ginger (imagination), and we had two dogs Emma and Clifford. She does get exasperated with me especially. Another mom told me they talk about tone in their house and that is exactly what I need to start pointing out to Sloane, before we get a teenager rolling her eyes at us. Because I never did anything like rolling my eyes…….

In the past few weeks, her big accomplishment is riding a pedal bike. These days kids mostly ride strider bikes starting at a young age and then don’t need training wheels. Sloane was more enamored with her scooter and did not use her strider much until about 2 months ago. We were given a hand-me-down pedal bike and after a couple pretty hairy attempts at riding, we bought the training wheels. Pedaling, braking, steering, watching out for cars, and avoiding curbs is an amazing amount to coordinate. We are so proud of her determination. Today, she chanted ‘I think I can, I think I can’ as she road up a hill. She is riding like a champ now and we are close to being able to ride our bikes along with her.

Sloane is also turning into quite a good helper. The other day she asked me if we could mop. With the angle she holds the mop, it sprays about 15 feet away! But I’ll take the help. She is also excellent at tearing the spines of collard greens and peeling garlic.

As far as big sisters go, Sloane has to reach a pretty high bar with Jesse and Darby as role models. So far, Sloane is amazing. She is very patient when Soren is not understanding taking turns. She will stop him from getting into something or somewhere he shouldn’t be. Sometimes this means holding him back by his hair, but I appreciate the sentiment. He loves it when she picks him up and most recently they have tried piggy back rides (requiring adult help!). Sloane continues to use the cutest terms of endearment with Soren, such as bubba and bugga-boo.

Here are some pics from this spring and I promise more will come soon of this summer.

Soren-d; an update

The mister is 21 months old now! It was a year ago that we moved into our house on his 9 month-a-versary. It is crazy how much he has grown and changed in the past year- from a crawling little bundle into a walking and kinda talking little person.

Soren has some favorite moves and sounds. Currently, he likes to do ‘happy feet’ where he kicks out his feet and taps them down quickly. He is very close to jumping with two feet and practices whenever we talk about bunnies.

Soren has been speaking more clearly, at least for our ears. He started calling Sloane “Noane” which I love. Some of his best words are octopus and blueberry. He does this great thing where he repeats the word over and over until we guess the right one. Most recently, it is snack. Some of the words have been super helpful- like help! It is very sweet to be doing something in the kitchen and hear a little ‘help, help’ from the living room.

We had a very warm weekend in May where we pulled out the kiddie pool. Soren has never been into baths and has always showered with us. In the past few month, we attempted baths and he just wanted to stand to look in. But this warm weekend, it was the perfect combination and he got in the pool and LOVED it! Since then, he runs into the bathroom, says something like bath while laying on the floor to have you get his diaper off. It is nice to know as we go into summer and will be spending more time around water

Soren has always loved shoes. He likes to put on every ones shoes and shuffle around in them. This had taught him well and he can put on his own shoes now most of the time. He also likes to tidy up and puts things where they belong. When we get home, he’ll take off his sweat shirt and put it on the trunk. I’ve got a helper in the clean up department!

Hopefully, I stay on top of posts this summer. But here is a slide show of some cute pictures from this spring.