William has developed the cutest little southern accent. It is especially evident in words like 'grass - fast - now - yeah". They are ATLEAST two syllables. I love it. My Mema was famous for drawing out her words and it was beautiful. It's kinda like a flag got switched though - I swear the drawl came overnight.
Patrick follows his brother in everything. Funniest moment - William likes to be the 'helper" in the morning dropping off Patrick. So he speeds down the long hallway to P's room - he inevitably falls because he is the clumsiest kid I know. Patrick is running as fast as his little legs will carry him and then purposely throws himself on the ground to be like his big brother. So cute. Oh - and P's "ready set go" stance might be the cutest thing ever - always trying to be like 'big little'. Sweet boys.
Patrick managed to get himself a double ear infection. Of course, Sam went out of town for a couple days, and P does nothing but scream all Thursday night. I thought he was just getting some teeth, I mean, the kid barely has ten in his mouth and that might be an exaggeration. But I got a call while out on the bike after nap on Saturday, that his ear had done some serious draining and he was acting pitiful. Twenty minutes later, I'm back, changed out of workout clothes and on the way to Pediatric Acute Care. Under an hour later and we are headed to Publix with a prescription for antibiotics. Poor baby.
William has finally hit the superhero phase - though, truly, he's already moved on. But last week, it was ALL about Batman. Thank goodness for Netflix or I don't know what would happen to the kid.
And ChickFilA has the cows dressed up as superheroes on their bags and that was BIG stuff today at lunch. (He had a dentist appt today - so as a treat - he got to have lunch with mommy) Though, I'm not sure he bought that cows can have super powers. He's too smart for that. Batman is TOTALLY real though.
They are starting to actually kind of play together. I swear. Sometimes it's just around each other. But they both really enjoy turning Patrick's bed into a house with a roof and doors so they can hide from the monsters. It's fun to hear the laughter. Especially when it's not followed by screeching and tattling. Oh - I think William is becoming a tattle tale. He keeps talking about telling on his friends... Not sure what to do about that. He's telling his friends "I don't like that" like he's supposed to, but then he goes and tells the teacher. Maybe we should put more focus on ways he could handle the 'situations' himself... Any ideas? Though, really, how bad is being a tattle tale...? And is it Tale or Tail? Goodness - the things I have to think about now.
We just had to put "stanky cup" on the bad word list. Somehow Poopie isn't on the list but stanky cup was just getting ridiculous. haha. It's on there with 'stupid' and 'shut up'. We get called on the bad words frequently. Usually it's just 'stupid' used in a harmless way, but when William decides he doesn't like something, he determines it is a 'bad word' and we shouldn't say that. Sometimes we can't even tell what word he doesn't like - that gets interesting.
Patrick said Good this week. And he "quacks" for all birds, not just ducks. He is starting to say more - in his own language of course. He'll probably be just like William and be kinda late about it. Not worried about that at all!! William is MORE than making up for whatever faux verbal delay I was concerned about 1.5 years ago. Whoa!
I did realize this past weekend that Patrick has a bit of an obsession with his paci. As evidenced by not wanting to give it back to him at some point because I just wanted to stare at his face. I found myself thinking that he was so beautiful and I never get to see his pretty face because of that paci. He doesn't throw tantrums over the paci like William used to, so I don't think we need to start phasing them out... but I might have to make sure it's 'put away' a little more often. Maybe start a routine of him putting them in the duckie or something... I don't know. I just like looking at his face.
William is signed up for swim lessons at the Y. They start next week. It is not a Mommy & Me class. There are only 5 kids in each class and I'm hoping that he will learn to rely on himself a bit more since he won't be able to cling to Mommy or Daddy. I'm a little nervous to see how it goes but I am optimistic. I mean, it can't be any worse than last year! ha! I'm still debating whether or not to put Patrick in swim lessons this year. We are leaning towards no just because he's more comfortable in the water than William ever was and last year was such a terrible experience.... Seriously a little scarred. We'll see. I wish we could afford the ISR classes - those are amazing. But I don't have $500 laying around to throw on swimming... or anything else for that matter!
For a couple days we were having mandatory outdoor time after dinner. It was wonderful. William decided that he does like baseball (he got a giant ball & bat - blowup but still - for Eater) and Patrick likes to play in the dirt. I am starting to successfully let go and let him throw dirt in his hair and all over himself because he thought it was fun. Not sure what happened, maybe it rained, but definitely need to make sure the outdoor times happens more than it doesn't. It's so easy just to snuggle in on the sofa with them - they sweet and smell good - but I know that playing is better developmentally than constant snuggles.
Quick things I don't want to forget: William's night night prayers thanking God for every task in his day, including a good nap and the pictures on his wall. How he really tries to make Patrick happy when he's upset/crying (most of the time anyway). That William loved having his nails painted until a teacher implied she didn't like them - I definitely spoke to her - but William wouldn't go see her until we remembered to take off the polish. Patrick loves to be tickled under the arms and down his sides. Patrick is becoming quietly defiant - here come the Twos. William & Patrick are both in really wonderful 'love' phases - lots of kisses and hugs - I'm loving it. They both love bananas and poptarts - but not the fudge kind - those are not a favorite...lesson learned.