It has been a little while since I wrote about each child. I like doing this because sometimes life is so crazy with three little ones that I feel like I don't get to sit down and just enjoy learning about each child's likes/dislikes etc. For this reason, when i'm alone with a child in the car, I always ask them 1,001 questions about their favorite things.
Cole is such a sweet and active little man. One minute he is sitting down putting together 100 piece puzzles and the next he is running circles around the center part of the house while yelling "catch me if you can!". Cole enjoys imaginative play and is constantly pretending to be a race car (he always has to be the fastest or the first to do things). Cole can run, bike, play on the playground all.day.long and still have more energy at the end of the day then I have first thing in the morning. I swear her wakes up in the morning and within an hour he is running around the house. He is very interested in math and measurements. His newest and greatest love is Angry Birds with his Daddy introduced him to and is now stuck doing every other night. Cole can be a cuddle bug and recently told me that I am allowed to give him "many smooches" at home but at school I am only allowed to give him one smooch. When Cole and Mommy are in the car alone he always wants to play "The story game" which consists of us taking turns adding to a story. When it is Cole's turn he always turns things to someone picking up sticks and then some monster/dragon/dino etc. attacking the person. The cutest part is that he always ends the story with the little boy running home to snuggle with his Mommy. Following is one of my favorite Cole quotes from the past month:
Gwen: "It's my turn to pick the show today. I pick Oso!"
Cole: <start of meltdown> "But I don't like Oso and Oso is not good for our brains. We need to watch things that are good for our brains like Team Umizoomi"
Here's another one:
"Mommy, I want to marry you"
And another good one from our grocery shopping trip: "Mommy, what are you going to buy me because you love me?" (The previous week Gwen came home from shopping and said, "Daddy bought me raspberries because he loves me and they weren't even on sale!")
Gwen is quite a girly girl princess these days. She also enjoys crafting and will sit for hours working on her original creations. Yesterday she told me that she wanted to do a craft with her brothers and that they were going to make alligators out of clothespins. First she had them paint the clothespins green and then they decorated them with markers before they added the perfect sized googly eyes. She is a huge help around the house and does everything from lying out Cole's clothing so that he can dress himself to holding Reid's hands so that I can change his diaper. I swear she says "Mommy" at least 1,000 times a day but I really can't get tired of it because she talks in such a sweet voice. I can tell that she thinks through situations and recently had discovered how to push one of Cole's buttons. Since Cole likes playing with her, if she says that she wants to be alone and doens't want to play with Cole, the poor guy freaks out. Following is one of my favorite Gwen quotes from the past month:
Gwen: "No, Cole, Meg is Mommy's middle name!"
Me: "What's my first name?"
Gwen: " Your first name is Mommy. Mommy Meg Stamps"
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Last week we met up with our Club Mom friends and toured the Lower Macungie Firehouse. Gwen and Cole remembered touring a firehouse a few years ago when I was pregnant with Reid. This time they were the big kids and were not shy. They shouted out answers to the firefighters questions and even grabbed the firefighter's pocket when he was all dressed and crawling to show what he would look like if he came to save the kids in a fire.
Yes we are on the go quite often because quite honestly my kids behave much better when we are out and about and we all drive each other nuts if we are cooped up inside for too long...BUT we do manage to have lots of fun together at the house.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
I was determined to catch up on this blog tonight so that I could make a Valentines Day Post and now that I am finally at this point at 10:30 pm, I no longer remember what it was that I had wanted to say. These are my three sweet little valentines and what I love about them is that they celebrate "I Love You Day" every day. Gwen and Cole constantly tell me that today is "I Love You Day" and then give me lots of hugs and kisses. Cole melted my heart earlier this week when we took a snow walk and he thanked me many times over for the fun walk (they loved walking in the snow mounds and pretending that they were making dinosaur footprints). Gwen melts my heart by creating adorable pictures for me and helping to take care of her brothers. Reid melts my heart when I'm getting ready to put him to bed at night and he says "Me" because he wants to be the one to turn out the light and then he tries to repeat "Love You" after I say it.
All three kids love to read books. They especially enjoy it when Mommy or Daddy read to them but often they are happy to flip through the pages and read on their own. Right now Cole is into dinosaur, dragon, construction and race car books while Gwen is into princess books (or any book she can pull off of the library shelf that is pink!). Reid enjoys his Llama Llama books and vehicle books, especially ones that are about construction vehicles.
Every night before I go to sleep I check on my three little ones. It is my way to say good night and also to admire how big they are getting. Sometimes after a particularly frustrating or stressful day, I find it nice to reconnect with them while they are peacefully sleeping.
I'm on a mission this week to take a pic of my sleeping big boy...
Reid is 17 months old and quite the little dude these days. He talks up a storm but he still signs while he talks. He now calls us Mommy and Daddy and says some words (apple, snow, night night)so clearly that I keep thinking that one of the big kids is saying them. His newest trick is climbing over the sofa onto the window seat. It isn't enough for him to get to the window seat-- he loves to jump with excitement when he makes it back there (and gives Mommy a heart attack too!). When Reid jumps his feet leave the ground. He also specializes in tip toeing and somersaulting which he taught himself. One day REid bent down and did the perfect somersault. I figured it was just a fluke but he decided to practice sevearl times that day and by the time Daddy walked through the door after work, Reid was running and then tucking his head to somersault. Reid loves expressing his opinion and does not hesitate to throw a fit when he does not get what he wants. He wants a certain ball in the car and will shake his head "no" until mommy finds just the right one to which he will shake his head "yes". The same scenario can be seen daily in regards to food, toys, activities etc. Recently he started enjoying the song We Are The Dinosaurs and screamed with frustration each time the song ended and a new one came on. Doesn't this kid know there are only so many times Mommy can listen to this one song? Reid loves singing along when Mommy sings. He lets me know which song he wants me to sing by letting me sing a few lines and then shaking his head "yes' or "no" to which i respond by continuing the song or trying a new one.
Last week I got to spend some special one on one time with Reid. I let him choose what he wanted to play with Mommy and he wanted to hide behind the kitchen curtain. He waited for me to say: "Where's Reid? Oh no! i lost by little boy" and then he would squeal with excitement and peak his head out from behind the fabric.
A Weekend Snow! We finally got some snow on a weekend. The kids enjoyed sledding into the empty lot next to our home after they helped clear off the driveway and the sidewalk.
Remember how I said that toddlers and preschoolers love to put things in bins and then dump them back out? Well...apparently that includes themselves. I bought this bin to use with my lending library and my boys enjoyed playing with it and dumping each other out of it. No, Cole's bandaid did not come from an injury during this process. He got scratched by Reid and then refused to remove the Bandaid. When we finally convinced him that he needed to take it off during his bath, he and Gwen decided to raid the cabinet and put another one on his forehead on their own (hence the crooked second bandaid on his head).
There must be some kind of teacher union that gets together on Sunday nights to plan Snow Day Mondays around here. Sometimes I wish it was Snow Day Thursdays or Snow Day Fridays so it wouldn't affect us but I do have to admit that after I get the kids all bundled up to play in the snow, we have a blast. All of the kids enjoy shoveling and spend hours pushing the snow around. AND recently I accidentally discovered that if i give them sand shovels and sand buckets that they will scoop the snow and make all kinds of ice sculptures and even pretend soups complete with snow, mulch and pine needles with them.
On January 26, 2013, Gwen and I enjoyed an entire day of girl fun with our friends Emmalyn and Lena. After Cheering we went to Emmalyn's grandparents home where the girls proudly made building structures out of dominos without the worry that they would be destroyed by their brothers. Next we headed to Cosi for lunch where the little girls had cookies and pizza (in that order) for lunch. Then we told them that we wanted to see what was going on at Sweet and Sassy and surprised them with getting their hair, makeup and nails done. Now everyone knows that I am not a girly girl but my little Gwen was over the moon when she realized what was happening :) Afterwards we went to Parkland high School to see The Little Mermaid. It was our perfect first Mommy Daughter Day. I often tell Gwen that she is my little princess. She really is such a kind and thoughtful little girl. She helps her brothers daily and even holds Reid down while i change his poopy diapers with no complaints.
What does our picky toddler eat?
Besides tomatoes and noodles Reid lives on yogurt, cheese, beans, sandwiches, cream cheese rollups, pancakes, carrots, fresh fruit and the occasional chicken nugget and turkey sausage link. If had it his way he would enjoy a healthy dose of goldfish crackers, craisens, raisens,pretzels, and teddy grahams daily.
Our family has a new tradition that was started this year- on the second Saturday in January cousin Laura and Steve have a big post holiday bash at their place (I suppose it isn't quite considered a tradition yet but they did tell us that they plan to do it on the second Saturday each year). Nana and Pap were unable to attend because they were feeling ill but Andy and I managed to keep things under control with the three kiddos in a non child proofed house. The big kids actually played hide and seek with some other children. Cousin Laura's home is perfect for hide and seek except the kids kept losing each other and I was afraid that my kids were going to knock a lamp off a table or something. Thankfully we survived with no injuries to the kids or Laura's home.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Who needs holiday gifts when you have three little sweethearts?
Reid's new slim carseat was quickly turned into a rocketship by his big brother and big sister.