Saturday, May 19, 2012

Update on Mac


As you may have noticed, the updates on you and your sister kind of flew out the window. Mommy got just a teeny tiny bit overwhelmed at some point over the past few months and one of the first things that suffered was updating the blog world (and you gals one day when you hopefully look back on this) about your progress. But here will be an update and I WILL do better, even if it is short little posts here and there!

Mac you are so stinking smart it is not even funny. We love teaching you all sorts of random facts because you soak it up like a sponge. And you seem to love knowing these things too, on the monitor in the morning, we hear you quizzing yourself on the knowledge that you know. You know Mommy and Daddy's names, our last name, what street we live on, what state we live in, who the leader of our country is, where he lives, and the name of his plane. You are doing great with identifying your lower case letters, you are starting to identify numbers, you know how to spell the first part of your name (M-A-C-K), and you will identify the most random things for us (mallard vs pekin duck, different types of trees, and many other things). We marvel at how quickly you catch on to things and how readily you perform for us in showing us your intelligence. Mommy really hopes to work a lot with you this summer and beyond to take advantage of how smart you are. Daddy likes to teach you spanish during bath time so you know several spanish words as well. We just might make you trilingual (ASL, Spanish, and English of course) before you know it!

Your eating and sleeping habits are good. We can tell when you are going through a big growth spurt because you will eat tons of food and if you aren't then you usually just have a few bites here and there and are full. You love all kinds of breakfast foods and we try to make sure you get a good breakfast so that it doesn't really matter what you eat for the rest of the day as long as we can get you to eat some fruit and veggies in the process. You love eggs and would eat two or three eggs for breakfast if we let you. You have a huge fondness for hot dogs and spaghetti (long noodles that you twirl as best you can) at the moment. You also really like salad with extra onions and will often times pick all of the onions out to eat those alone. If we have a sweet treat for dessert you are usually satisfied with a few bites so we try to encourage you to "listen" to your body the way you seem to naturally do. As far as sleeping goes you will usually sleep from 8:30 to 7:30 and in the morning will play in your room for an hour if we are able to let you. Your naps are hit and miss but you will go to your room around 1 and either sleep or play by yourself for 3 hours or so. 

You still love books and really like to read and re-read the Higlights magazine that MiMi and PawPaw got you the subscription to for Christmas. You also like your Sesame Street and Elmo books a lot. You will gladly sit and let us read anything to you, I wonder if you would let Daddy read his school books to you. You have been getting extra snuggly when reading lately as well. You will cuddle up and curl into our laps while looking intently on each page. Mommy has noticed that you are also content to sit near us or on our laps and just "hang out" more lately. You like to look around and simply talk about different things. It has been neat to just spend time getting to know what you are interested in. You love to play outside and go swimming. You also love to ride in Daddy's truck. KiKi was taking you somewhere one day and she said that as soon as she put you in the car you said, "Roll the windows down. Turn the music on. Go fast!" We think we might be in trouble years down the road. You love when Daddy accelerates the car or truck and think it's funny when we hit a "big bump" in the road. You also really love music, but you are funny about it. You do not like when Mommy or Daddy sings along to the radio, but do like when we sing without the radio. Your favorite songs for us to sing are "America the beautiful", "The Star Spangled Banner", the "Spirit song" which is what you call "The Spirit of Aggieland" and the "Aggie song" which is what you call the Aggie Fight Song. You also like Little Bunny Foo-foo and all the other typical kid songs too!

You are super helpful around the house and we try to remember to let you set the table and to clear your plate for dinner or other meals at the table. I think this summer we might have you "make your bed"- you don't sleep with a comforter so we might just have you fold your blankie and put your stuffed animal away and I think we can start getting you to do the silverware from the dishwasher to the drawer. You love to help us cook, especially stirring things, and you especially like when we "pop the eggs" which is what you call it when we crack the eggs. You have started "disciplining" your sister and will say "Oh my gosh (or God)" when she drops something...apparently you listen to Mommy really well. You will then tell her "No Keegan! That is naughty". You alternate between being sweet to her and bullying her around, but I know a good sister relationship is forming. You also say some of the sweetest things to us. One day you put one hand on either side of my face and said "Mama, I'm so proud of you", Mommy only choked up a little bit! 

I hope this serves as a pretty good update. We are so pleased with who you are and who you are becoming. We hope you continue to work hard so you can tell yourself "I did it!" which is something we hear often after your struggle. We love you more and more each day!

Mommy and Daddy

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