3 Years Old!

What a month (and year) it has been! I'm not surprised that they're already three years old, I feel like the last few months they've seemed so much more grown up that they just seemed too old to be two. They talk so much, play so well independently, are doing more and more on their own and of course becoming more opinionated and testy too. With the pregnancy though, I'm really appreciating their age and that they're capable of understanding more and doing more on their own or with less assistance from me.

Highlights from the month:
  • Easter and the various celebrations
  • A week in Hawaii for mom and dad, a week with the grandmas for the boys
  • Their actual birthday, so much fun
  • Their birthday party, more to come when we get the photos back next week

As nothing really has changed in the past few months, I'd rather highlight out all their favorite foods at 3 years old.
William: oatmeal, muffins, waffles, fruit, noodles (but only certain ones), fries, PBJ sandwiches, figs, 'big corn', bread and butter, chips.
George: cheese, quesadillas, meat on the bone (ribs, chicken legs, steak, pork chops - and he can eat a full adult portion), fish, fries, chicken nuggets, pepperoni pizza, cottage cheese, figs, 'big corn', bread and butter, chips.

I'm hoping to enjoy the next month of continued good sleep as I'm sure transitioning them to twin beds in the room downstairs is going to lead to some sleep issues. They're excited now, but we'll see... Otherwise, I really can't complain. They've been napping well, with G just missing a nap a couple days in the last month. His phase of only wanting me to get him up in the morning has ended, though he still is having some trouble (but not much) going to sleep at night. I think it probably has to do with the fact that he's not that tired. It's great he's still taking a nap, but sometimes it's after 9pm that he's still calling for another hug from us, as W snores away next to him. Waking up from nap is still tough some days, but it's more hit or miss as opposed to the period where waking up was bad every day, for each of them. G seems to be having a harder time waking up.

We got them strider bikes for their birthday but really haven't used them much yet. We really tried to keep the gifts to a minimum as we feel like they have so much stuff right now, even as we attempt to rotate toys, but they still got plenty of stuff from family. They have so much fun opening presents now, so it was nice to have some stuff for them to open on their birthday but I was telling Dave, with 30 kids at their birthday party, I can't even imagine if we had not said, 'no gifts'. Just way too much stuff. Anyway, here are their current favorites:
Books: Dragons Love Tacos, The Wonderful Things You Will Be, various firetruck books from the library, The Ultimate Construction Site Book
Games/imagination: Garbage truck - loading up every pillow, book, toy, etc onto their little white chair (garbage can) and dumping into the big blue chair (this seems to be an upstairs only game), firefighters - rescuing the kitty, putting out various fires, driving the truck, setting up a train (or sometimes it's another vehicle) with their little white chairs, using sticks for various things like leaf blowers, fire hoses, etc.

Toys: Playdough isn't as much of a hit but I still have to include it on the list, same with their play kitchen - not used daily necessarily, but still used often and is usually combined with some other game they're playing. Maganatiles are a huge hit, they love building with them and we were considering getting another set as they really do use them all, and then a friend gave them another box which was perfect. They love playing with the garbage and fire trucks (they got this one and this one for their birthday) and love loading it up with various blocks. The Melissa and Doug wood people continue to be used all the time, often with these vehicles. We have a large alphabet train puzzle which they like, George especially. Trains haven't been used nearly as much lately.
Stuffed animals - Ugh, I've never been a fan of stuffed animals, even as a kid, and it seems like they always multiply and are hard to get rid of (you really just have to throw them away which is a bummer), but the boys love their 'friends' and use them in a lot of their imaginative play. We've always had a back up of each of their animals (monkey bear for G and sammy dog for W) and they've decided to give the backup to their brother so now they each have one of each (and we have no backups...).


TALK: I haven't been doing as well at noting down all the funny things you say, but it still amazes me how you're able to communicate just about anything you need to. It's not just the words used, it's the tales you can tell, explanations you give, negotiations or justifications. I hear kids who are a little bit older and there speech seems so clear -- I feel like you guys are pretty easy to understand for people who are often around kids, but nowhere near as clear as some of these other older kids so I'm sure in the next 6 months or so, that will really develop.

POTTY: You were potty trained by age 2 and honestly not much has changed in a year. G still has trouble stopping to go on his own and has accidents here or there, but overall I hope we're heading out of that. William continues to do great.

I feel like Hawaii was a turning point. The spotting has stopped so that's really made me feel more comfortable with the pregnancy. It was so nice to get away and relax and spend time with Dave. April was consumed by birthday prep, but everyone (including me) had such a great time at the party that it was definitely all worth it. After doing this several years now, I've learned a lot and it does get easier and less stressful each year. I've already moved on to buying stuff for the boys' new room that we'll move them into next week and just over the past few days, we've started listing all the guestroom furniture to get rid of. I can't wait to see their new room all set up! Unfortunately we still haven't found a longterm nanny, but we have a good candidate set up for a trial week next week, and one more woman coming this week for a trial day (and unless she's amazing, I probably won't change anything with the trial week next week). I still can't believe it's taken this long to find someone, and unfortunately I still don't know if we've found 'the one', but May has to be the month to get it all settled. Ugh, what a process. If I can get that settled, and most of the boys' room stuff ordered this week, then I'm hoping I can actually work on their books in May and then focus more on getting ready for the baby in June. The plan is to keep the nursery basically as is since the boys will be getting new stuff for downstairs. I think I'll start pinning a few ideas for boys or girls nurseries but won't buy anything or worry about having it set up until after the baby arrives. It's been so nice to have a lot of my friends 'done' having had their second child about a year ago, so I have one book club friend in particular who has unloaded most of her baby stuff on me. I have a short list of things I need to get, and a lot of that has already come from my friend, so it will mostly be things like a new infant towel, sheets for the crib and other pieces that aren't handed down. I feel like Dave and I have some fun stuff coming up to, more things to check off my 'before baby' list :)

Looking forward to...
  • Possible day in Santa Cruz at the boardwalk and the beach this weekend
  • Spa day with Annie
  • Dinner at Ninebark up in Napa with Dave
  • Birthday party at our place for my Dad's 75th birthday

weight: 30.5lb (29lbs 6 months ago) -- 38th percentile
height: 36.5 inches  -- 18th percentile
shoe size: 8
clothes: comfortably in 2T, tried some of G's old 3Ts but still too big for him

weight: 39lbs (36 lbs 6 months ago) -- 98th percentile
height: 39.5 inches (37.8 inches 6 months ago) -- 87th percentile
shoe size: 9
clothes: a mix of 3T and 4T -- a lot of the 3T pants were getting too tight in the waist. The 4Ts need to be rolled a little but at least we can button them!

To my boys...

You're three years old! I love so much about this age already. You guys have been the best helpers and are becoming so much more independent (specifically with me as you know I have my limits). I love when I find the stool below your light switch in your room -- George was creative enough to figure out how to do it himself instead of asking me to go turn on the light for him. For the most part, you don't seem to be resentful that I can't carry you, lift you into the car, etc. and are proud of what you're able to do on your own. Dad still spoils you in some of these ways, but you've just accepted that it's not an option with me. You guys are having so much fun together -- coming up with new games, having a great time, with the occasional fight of course. I notice that when you're out at the park, you're much more protective of each other and more likely to gang up on someone who's not being nice to one of you. It's so fun to witness the experiences you'll have as twins that so many others will never get. I know the next few months are going to have lots of transitions, but we'll figure it out together. I'm so grateful we're going through these transitions at age 3 and not a year ago though.

  • You loved riding the power wheels when we saw Jenn and her family
  • You had to come to several of my ob appointments this month and were pretty good. I think you liked hearing the heartbeat through the doppler.
  • You always want me to stop in Gymboree (the store) because there's a TV with kids shows on
William. You've actually had more moments of frustration than normal this past month, lots of stomping off or throwing yourself on the floor. You're actually really good at using your words too, and there's so much emotion in them: 'GEORGE!!! I DON'T like that!!!' or 'I am VERY mad because you won't let me do that!' It still takes a lot to manage these big emotions and though my approach is to try to remain calm and remind you that I can't understand what you mean when you're stomping around, it's still going to be a process. You're actually really good at taking a breath and then grumpily saying why you're so upset. You're still so sweet about the baby and always like to feel my belly when curling up for a story. You're trying to do more and more on your own, which is great, since you really weren't interested in that before. You like to try to put on your socks and your shoes. You say 'I love you' unprompted and it's often 'I love you because you make me X' or 'bring me to Y'. It's really the best.
  • We were driving and I said, 'Oh, look, it looks like Dedee's car!' and you said, 'but it doesn't have the orange band' (referring to the orange duck tape on her side mirror ;) 
  • You get really stressed out when G isn't listening and I do things like say, 'Okay, I'm going then George' and pretend to leave. You get all upset and say 'No!' to me, and then quickly shout, 'Georgie, come on, hurry!'. G doesn't do the same for you.

George. Whereas William has become more dramatic this month, you managed your emotions much better than last month. You still have your moments of getting frustrated but are getting better at verbalizing what's wrong before you start a tantrum. Even after all these months, you're still so into the routine. You request a quesadilla every day after we put W down for nap. You require I do it on the stove so you can flip it. You always want a few pieces of cheese to nibble on while I slice the rest for the quesadilla. It has to be cut in 5 triangles and you'll eat it while we read books before naps. Any deviation from the plan does not go well. With several different nannies coming through for trials, you're always the first one to say when they're doing something differently and the 'right' way they should do it. You're still my great little helper and have become so creative in what you're able to do yourself.
  • Dedee told you  that the ticket lady was outside and you said, 'No Dedee, it's the meter maid!'
  • You got a time out at swim class and had to sit outside the pool. You weren't listening to Blaze and wouldn't stop jumping on the castle.
  • You are adamant about wiping your own butt and actually do a really good job.
  • We told you you couldn't get a treat at Off the Grid if you didn't eat your lunch so you promptly ate 3 chicken legs... and got your cupcake.
  • You shout commands at W like you hear me say (when W is in his room for nap but still talking, or saying he can't see his books) - 'Go to sleep!' or 'Use your guy!'
  • I was eating a chocolate (though you didn't see it at all, it was already in my mouth) and you said, 'what is that smell? Is that a chocolate smell?' How did you know??
  • You can finally say 'yellow' correctly instead of llello!
  • You can draw a G

Happy 3 Years Old, my big boys!

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