Colette: 2 Years Old


Two years old already! Of course so much has happened in the past two years, but it is crazy to think back to where we were two years ago with so much uncertainty. And then last year, celebrating everything Colette had overcome up to that point, while being on track with most milestones as well. So much to be grateful for. This past year has definitely been about growth for Colette but also seeing her developing personality, likes and dislikes and starting to hear her thoughts as she talks more and more. I feel like age 3 was tougher than age 2 with the boys but Coco seems to have many of the classic 'terrible twos' characteristics already -- things have to be done just as she wants them to be, fits ensue if not, things she liked yesterday she doesn't like today, plenty of 'go away's are told to all of us each day and there are plenty of things she has to do herself. I think it helps that she's talking more and more, I feel like that really made a difference with the boys.

Coco's birthday




We have a big Safari birthday party planned for Saturday, but for her birthday, I decided to sign her up for a trial class of ballet. Her good friend is in the class and was so sweet and brought her flowers and a balloon, and at the end of class, gave her a cake pop. Coco was not really into the class -- which could have been that it was the first time she was in there and everything was new, or that she was hungry (the cake pop at the end turned things around quickly) or that she just wasn't into it, but I think we'll try again after summer perhaps. They start classes as young as 18 months but like soccer, I think waiting a bit longer is better. We picked up bagel dogs on the way home which was a big hit with everyone.













Before the ballet class, I took her over to the hospital to say hi to the doctors and nurses and bring them cupcakes for her birthday, as well as photos and an update for all those we didn't get to see. It's always random who will be working but we lucked out and got to see a lot of people who worked with Colette. Two of her former doctors were working and enjoyed playing with her. It's so nice they have a little toy area as, like any toddler, she's not thrilled to see so many new faces while sitting in her stroller. The toy section is perfect because they can witness her in her element. She had fun taking care of a baby doll and reading books. I can see how much joy it brings them to see her doing so well.




Colette requested pork chops for dinner and true to form, ate the whole thing. With all the cake and other treats we'll have this weekend, I thought root beer floats would be fun for dessert. I often get one for a treat when I'm out to lunch and share it with the kids and Coco has always liked it. She wouldn't even taste it tonight though... we'll see if she's into her cake on Saturday. She has been likely more of the treats after church but overall has a much stronger preference for savory. After dinner, she opened her gifts, mostly from family who sent something, but I picked out a few small things for the boys to wrap and give to her. Purses were the theme -- she ended up with 3 -- and I think she loves them all. I think I'd have her open presents earlier next year as she didn't want to go to bed. She tried on everything she got and wanted to hold all her gifts at once. She loves her new Lottie doll I picked out but she comes with a little hat which doesn't stay on and based on the 30 minutes Coco had with her tonight, this hat is going to cause a serious headache on an hourly basis. I need to get some elastic and turn it into a bonnet-type hat.







Overall, I think Coco had a great day and I know the boys had fun. I decorated the hallway and her room with streamers and balloons and she enjoyed waking up to that. The boys were really enthusiastic all day about her birthday and very helpful when it came time to opening presents.

Coco at 2 years old:

EAT: Still a hearty appetite though meat is the primary focus. Even when I made pasta and sausage this week, she'd barely eat the pasta and just keep trying to grab my bowl asking for more meat. I give her more but I'm really trying to make sure that she doesn't slowly stop eating the other stuff. She still does pretty well eating a variety of veggies. Still loves fish, cheese and cereal has been a recent hit in the mornings. She's starting to like sweets more. Veggies are still a big struggle. If they're diced up and party of a soup or something similar, she's good about eating everything. She won't eat a veggie on the side, though I continue to try. She likes sparkling water and milk, but only wanted an open cup like George and William so we put away her milk cup. She drinks maybe 8oz of milk a day, though sometimes more.

birthday bagel dog
SLEEP: There was a stretch last week when she was waking up around 6 each day but she's back to 6:30 or 6:40 so I'm hoping that phase is over. We leave her room around 6:50pm and many nights I think it takes her a while (maybe 30 mins or so) to fall asleep. I think they boys were going to bed around 7:30 at this point (us leaving the room at that time, so falling asleep later), but it's nice to have her in bed before I go down to the boys, so we don't have plans to push her bedtime later if she's happy enough reading or playing in her bed before falling asleep. Naps are still relatively short. 1.5 hours is the norm, but slightly shorter isn't rare. She does a 2-hour nap maybe once a week. So definitely a George... doesn't need a lot of sleep. She's been sick so there have been plenty of mornings and after nap that she wakes up super grumpy but she's so into playing now that in the mornings, she's usually excited to get out to her stuffed animals or dollhouse.



PLAY: Coco is so active and loves to run, jump and climb. She can jump in the pool unassisted now and swim a little bit. I still have my hand behind her as she jumps in as I'm always a little nervous she won't jump far enough out. She still loves swimming and going underwater but her actual technique hasn't improved much since when we swim at the JCC, she can usually touch the bottom. I think in the fall, it will be time to start swim lessons and hopefully she can make more progress with kicking and arms. I think it's a great start that she's so comfortable in the water and clearly is having fun. She sees the swim lessons going and is interested so hopefully she'll do well. It just doesn't really work when I encourage her to swim, but we're only in the really shallow end.





She's a big fan of all of her classes. She loves to find rocks and sticks and jam them in her pockets at outdoor class on Monday mornings in the Presidio. Tuesdays is MyGym and jumping on the trampoline, putting balls through the basket hoop or going in the ball pit are her favorites. Wednesdays we go to an open gym class through the city. They have all kinds of toys, a bouncy house, cars, etc., set up in a gym, then they have an arts and crafts room as well as another room with smaller toys like a play kitchen, dolls, dinosaurs etc. We have several friends in this class. At the end, they do singing and she loves 'Tick tick' and The Wheels on the Bus. Wednesday afternoon, we have our class at the preschool Stretch for caregivers and kids. It's such a great class and Coco is really at home there. Dave got to take her yesterday for the first time -- they don't allow photos so I really wanted him to see her in the environment. She's also going to do her first drop-off class/camp there this summer, but I felt it was a good place to start since she knows it. At the of the class, they do songs and one of them is, 'Is Colette here today? Is Colette here today? Jump up and down and all around because Colette is here today!' and then the child jumps up and down. It's seriously the cutest and she's so into it.





We spend a lot of time at the park and she's been climbing a lot more, but she also loves anything that spins, she loves to get dizzy.






Here favorite toys right now are her doll house and all her various dolls and stuffed animals, but she also likes puzzles, building with legos or bristle blocks, putting trains together downstairs, the wooden people sets and truck books ('Whose Truck' is read multiple times a day).


TALK: Colette is talking more and more each day and I've definitely reached the point where I can't keep track of new words anymore. Yesterday I asked her if the garbage man had come and she said, 'not yet'. She's stringing more words together, maybe 4 or 5, but songs are when she can really say the most words together. She loves Old McDonald Had a Farm and The Wheels on the Bus. A couple of weeks ago I taught her 'go away' for when her brothers where all over her, messing up her dollhouse when she was trying to play, etc. Well, unfortunately that's one of her favorite phrases now and tells it to all of us -- when I'm trying to change her diaper, do her hair, get her dressed, etc. She still has plenty of instances of shrieking or screaming which I think is why I taught her to say go away, instead of doing that, but we're still working on 'using our words' instead of pushing or screaming.



POTTY: There is plenty of talk about the potty on a daily basis as Coco still doesn't like to have her diaper changed. We offer for her to use the potty instead and she did a handful of times this month, sometimes with success, but overall, she's still not interested. She talks a lot about how she'll get to wear underwear, which I think she's excited about, but not motivated enough to start using the potty. I was really hoping to do it while we're up in Sonoma since we can be outside most of the day but I'm not sure she'll be ready.


2-year old stats:
27lbs  - 24lbs 6 months ago34 inches  - 33.2 inches 6 months ago and questioned accuracy ;)(just slightly bigger than W and smaller than G at the same age) 
Teeth: 19 (18 6 months ago)
Diapers: size 4
Clothes: 18-24 months with some 2T
Shoes: 6/6.5
Hair: when wet goes down to the center of her back!

Colette, 2 years old already! I love reading your special 'Oh, the Places You'll Go' book with all the heartfelt notes from your nurses and doctors. It takes me back to a time of celebration, and you achieving what many did not think was possible. I overheard one of the nurses tell another when we visited them on your birthday, 'there will always be a few cases that you will always remember and Colette is definitely one of them.' It brings them so much joy to see you running around, talking, taking care of your babies. They still can't believe it. You're right on track with all of your milestones and are growing well. Just within the past two months, you've really started talking and in the last week or so, you're repeating so much and stringing together sentences with 4+ words. It's so fun to hear! You are definitely too and so opinionated. As expected, you fall apart if your banana breaks, if I give you the wrong spoon or don't put your blanket on just right. You want 'all of it' or 'all-dem' is a top phrase - 'all of them. You want all the space and tell everyone in your zone to go away. You don't like it when I'm on my phone when you want attention and today you told me 'no phone Mama, put in pocket' and tried to open my pocket. You have been an absolute disaster after naptime, crying and crying and it's almost comical because we can't do anything right. You don't want to get out of your bed but don't want to stay in. I can't leave the room but you don't want me there. If I turn off your sound machine or turn on the light, that sets you off throwing yourself backwards. It's really not fun. The carseat is a constant battle as you want 'me do' - to do it yourself. I try to be patience but you also like to stand up in your carseat which obviously makes getting buckled in impossible. You don't like the car in general and complain much of the drive, that is if you're not putting your leg on George which is so annoying too. You love Papa (which you pronounce the French way like Pa-PA) and Dedee and are very demanding of their attention, dragging them to play with you at the dollhouse. You want to go into school with the boys so badly each day, the teachers basically have to stop you from sneaking upstairs. You are so strong and independent and you're at a point where I'm seeing growth in your abilities each week. I was so surprised to see you could climb that curved ladder at Alta Plaza. I love listening to your conversations when playing at the dollhouse. You're constantly asking for 'one more' and saying 'playtime' whenever it's time to move on to something else. As many have told me, you have such a zest for life. I'm so glad I get to be along for the ride, happy second birthday sweet girl!










William and George: 5 Years Old



These updates get harder and harder. Sure, they're not changing as quickly as Colette does at her age, so more frequent updates aren't really justified, but it's also difficult to sit down and sum up everything that's happened in a year.








We've had so much fun on our trips and when I look back at the difference from Hawaii last year to this year, it's big on all accounts. Just their independence and swimming ability alone are noticeable. Physically they've grown, their skills have developed in so many fine-motor as well as gross motor ways. Socially they've grown, but also encountered the challenges of navigating new friends, as well as testing limits. We've also had various issues with each of them over the past year -- last summer G was still having potty trouble -- and W's attitude was a big problem for awhile. I know new things will continue to come up and we're still figuring out the best approach to all of this as we go, but despite the challenges, it really is a special age. I feel like at times they're still babies, but in other moments I can't believe how grown up they are. I'm looking forward to the time we have together this summer before they really enter the next phase.


EAT: We continue to have ups and downs in this department. Overall, I think they both eat fine. They eat enough of a variety, have some fruits but very few vegetables. George eats a ton and William eats much less than George usually, but still much more than what I feel like a lot of kids eat. Breakfast is still the easiest and we have a big mix of what's offered (and they often eat much of it all on the same morning). We recently added breakfast sandwiches in which will be a good option for fall when we have less time in the mornings. I feel like we've gotten into a rut with lunches a bit and W will mostly just eat peanut butter sandwiches (along with other snacks and fruit) when out, though I think he'll do grilled cheese or a quesadilla when at home. Dinner is always a work in progress. George has gotten very picky and will clean off the food to have it just how it wants it, mostly just eating the meat. Sometimes W will eat it no problem and other times he won't even try it. It all comes down to their mood. What I'm most concerned about it how it will affect Colette. She's still a great eater and when G gets out a big thing of cottage cheese at the beginning of a meal because he's not going to try what we're having, she wants that too. Thankfully she has such an appetite that usually she'll eat the dinner and a big bowl of cottage cheese. Whereas we used to be able to pack a lot into smoothies, those are much more hit or miss now too. G does better with drinking them, which is surprising, but W eats so much fruit on his own that I don't worry as much. Veggies are always the problem. W has started eating a small 'salad' (3 pieces of spinach with olive oil and salt and pepper), so I'll take that, but eating a side vegetable just doesn't happen. W does better with eating a spoonful of chili or soup that has veggies in it, G will pick them all out. In the fall, they won't bring their lunch to school so we'll see if that influences what they eat or if they end up having the same sandwich or similar every day.



SLEEP: It seems funny to keep this on this list, but I think that's a good thing. No issues! Up until about January, William was still napping several times a week as needed, and George, maybe once a week, maybe not. A few months later, and a nap is a rare occurrence. Even when we were in NYC last week and they both seemed tired, William just sat down to do some art, and George couldn't stop moving around. Thankfully they both still do a quiet time, which I think we'll continue indefinitely. It's really good for everyone, no matter the age, to have some time to themselves every day, but especially when you have a twin your could be with pretty much anytime. In fall, they'll go to school until 2:30 or so, so I think we'll cut quiet time during the week, or maybe just do a short break on their own when they get home, not sure what their schedule will be like. Currently we try to say goodnight between 7:20-7:30 and occasionally they both fall right to sleep, but G is usually up until at least 8. Sometimes he'll come up and need us to tuck him in again, but generally they're both pretty good. Their sun clock goes off at 6:50 and they never come upstairs before then, though I think many mornings they wake up earlier. We'll see in fall if we need to shift the schedule at all, get them to bed earlier, etc., as it will be a long day.



PLAY:
Legos are the current hit since they got several sets for their birthday. They've really improved since Christmas and were able to build the sets themselves, even working together. Now they're all built so we'll see what happens next. G really likes to play with them (he's been playing with his Police Station since Christmas) but I think W enjoys the building more.



Drawbridge




I feel like most of our toys get used -- they like duplos or the play kitchen when upstairs, mostly when playing with Colette. Downstairs magnatiles are still a huge hit and we got more at Christmas. They'll build crazy structure with wood blocks, magnatiles, train tracks, etc. Quiet time is generally when they get started on something. Lincoln Logs and the castle set with all the accessories are both very popular. G definitely moved out of his puzzle phase. Dress-up is a hit, more so with W but G will get in on it too. William really relaxes when working on art, so often at quiet time, he'll get some markers and his sketchpad and do drawings.



They love to be outside and riding bikes is still the most popular. They recently got skateboards from Jessica for their birthday so we'll see how they take to that. They also love climbing the back tree with all their tools in their tool belt and 'working'.



They can both swim across the pool and do side-breathing. I wouldn't say they're ready for swim team type of lap swimming, and when they're just playing they mostly bob up and down in the water, but overall I'm pretty confident in their swimming abilities.





We stopped soccer in the fall and started up baseball in the winter. They seemed to like it at first but when I kept asking them if they wanted to do soccer or baseball for spring, it too forever to get an answer. They decided against soccer and then it turned out we were gone so many Thursdays or I didn't have someone else to help me get them there during C's nap that I decided not to sign up at all and just do drop-in if they wanted... and we haven't been to a class yet. They still love art camp at the deYoung on Tuesdays and acrosports on Wednesdays has been something they both have enjoyed so there's still plenty they're involved in. Initially I was worried about them doing too much but honestly they have so much energy and with school being just 3 hours, I think they could handle something every day even though we don't do that. Excited to see what they decide to do next year when school starts.


STATS:

William  
weight: 38lbs (34lb 1 year ago)
height: 42.5 (39.25 inches 1 year ago)
shoe size: 10
clothes: mostly 4T, growing into 5T

George
weight: 50lbs (43lbs 1 year ago)
height: 47 inches (42.75 inches 1 year ago)
shoe size: 11-12
clothes:  5-6



To my boys...
What a year this has been. I look back on last year's annual post and you guys seems like such big boys now. You're so ready for kindergarten and I think you'll do great there. While I'm so excited, it is a bit overwhelming to think that we're entering this stage of you being away from me longer than you're with me in a given day, and that you're only going to need me less and less. Of course when I'm in the thick of it, it's so much work and I feel like I need a break, but then elementary school is here before we know it. This year, especially in the last six months, we worked a lot on time for you guys to be apart. We did separate play dates, 'special time' for 1:1 time with each of you and really pushed the alone time at quiet time. At the beginning of the year, it was clear you needed it and I think it's helped, though I think there could be plenty more of it. It's been so great for you two to be separated at school and have your own teacher. You still play together often, but have definitely made your own friendships too. You've tested limits and we've had some situations at school to deal with. Looking back 6 months ago, we were dealing with bad tantrums for G and W had an issue with attitude and being an instigator to set G off. Thankfully, we've made it through those phases. As is common with kids, some instances you guys can really seem like big kids, and then other times you fall apart at the drop of a hat. We're still working on talking to others, being able to say hello and answer questions from adults, sitting nicely at dinner and waiting nicely at restaurants for the food. I've convinced myself that because there are two of you, you rile each other up and make some of these things harder than they should be. Regardless of the challenges, I'm excited for the months leading up to Kindergarten and am hoping I get plenty of time with each of you before you start that next big adventure. It really is so special to see you guys go through this together, I don't think you realize how lucky you are! Though you're in good company. In your combined kindergartens at Town, there are 3 sets of twins, 2 brothers from a set of triplets plus one boy from boy-girl twins. Can't believe all the multiples!

George, it's crazy to read back on the birthday updates and see that despite how much you've grown, you're still very much the same person at the core. You do best with routine and knowing what is coming next. We really had to convince you to do the NYC trip for your birthday as you were adamant that you had to have the party like you've had every year. You are very focused on what is fair and nothing slips by you in this category. If dad picks up W for a minute to carry him or he sits down in the stroller, you're right there waiting for your turn. This is an area that's hard for me because there's so much in life that is not going to be fair like this. We always talk about it often and the other day you even told me, 'I know Mom, sometimes William will have a birthday in the Eagles class so he'll get a treat and I won't get one in my class'. It still drives me a bit nuts as you are two different kids and while I'm all for being 'fair', you take it to an extreme that just can't be maintained. You're still curious as ever, just like you were when you were learning to crawl. You are always asking really good specific questions about how the world works, you always ask about any word you don't know when we're reading at night, plus you often have commentary on just about everything. It does annoy William and he'll often say, 'George! Can we just finish the story?!' I can't wait to see how you are in the classroom and I really hope this curiosity lasts despite being in a class with 20 other kids. You and I have become really close this year, and I love that. You and I are very similar -- always on the move, so much to do that it's hard to just sit down and relax. I'd also say that both of our love languages are 'quality time'. We had so much fun in Hawaii -- we wanted to be the first ones on the water slide in the morning and as soon as quiet time was over, I'd come back to get you to go out and have more fun. The others liked to hang out and relax and play in the room. You told me over and over while waiting in line for the water slide how much you loved our 'special time' and I do too. You've always been my good helper, and you still are many times, but sometimes the whole 'fairness' thing comes into play and you focus too much on, 'well, I'm not gonna do it if W doesn't have to' or 'well I didn't make the mess, he did' type of thing. I'm hoping that so much time apart in your separate classes next year will really help you break this whole competition thing a bit. I know it will always be there, and that's understandable having a twin of the same sex but it seems like you turn everything into a competition or have to evaluate the fairness. I think you do struggle a bit competitively since you see William as faster than you and you even asked us the other day why William always wins in 'fights'. We try to focus on each of you having your own strengths but I know that's sometimes hard to see at this age. I have to comment on your size too, I knew you had gotten big but I didn't realize how much you had grown in a year. Wow! From age 3 to 4, you gained about the same height and weight as William (though you were at different starting points) but this year you completely took off and grew a lot more in a year than previously. We were at our Kindergarten night the other night and even though you'll be one of the youngest kids in the class, you're definitely probably within the tallest 5 kids (and the mom of one of the kids was towering over me!). You've had some issues with falling lately and though we will ask the doctor about it, I'm convinced it's just your size. To gain 7lbs and 4-5 inches in a year on a little body is a lot so I have a feeling you're always trying to adjust to your new size. Something that hasn't changed is how much you love your sister. As time goes on, that has changed one little bit. You've become a bit better about giving her her space, but still need reminders sometimes. A hug from Coco always makes you feel better. You try to smuggle her into school with you every chance you get. I'm interested to see how that will change in coming years, especially since she won't be going to the same school as you ever. You love to read and have been obsessed with Berenstain Bear books, which I loved as a child too. We lucked out and got a bunch second-hand so we have quite a collection. For a long time, you would only choose Berenstain Bear books to read at night and didn't like the Magic Treehouse chapter books W loved -- you couldn't really sit still for them -- but I'm so excited my friend Jenn told me about the A to Z mysteries. You've loved these! It usually takes us two nights to finish a book and you'll sit there the whole time and listen. I can't wait til you're reading these books to me! You seem to like math and will now do various addition and subtraction problems and tell me the answers. While you're a great eater in quantity, quality needs a bit of improvement. You still won't eat veggies and your list of acceptable fruits keep dwindling. I think it will be a work in progress for awhile. Your table manner are pretty atrocious, you often don't use silverware and make a huge mess on your face, shirt and table. We're trying to work on this. We stopped doing the weekly challenges at some point last month but this is a good reminder to reinstate that. You love the nighttime routine and won't let me leave the room with out a hug, kiss, snuggle and 'shush-a-by-baby'. I love you so much and I'm so excited to see what the next year will bring for you!



William, you continue to impress me with how many different things you're good at. You pick up sports fairly easily and your ability to focus allows you the time to actually learn the proper stance or technique enough for you to be successful, which of course makes practice more fun. We were at the art show at school recently and one of the teachers was telling me what a talented artist you are. Your work really is impressive. Your fine motor skills are strong and your writing is clear an a stark contrast from many of your classmates. You're so into drama, imagination and creating that art is an extension of that. The only problem is, you can get really frustrated when your art doesn't turn out exactly how you were hoping. It looks great to us, but it wasn't just as you were envisioning so you aren't happy. I'm so excited for you to do the Rabbit Hole camp this summer. I really think you're going to love it and I can't wait to see what parts of the theater you are most drawn to. You continue to make friends quickly and even when we're on trips or at the park, you'll be the first one to join in with other kids. You do have your main buddies at school, Grant in particular, and you have been testing limits with him. I know you know the difference between right and wrong in most situations, but you are a bit mischievous and I see you tempted to do something even though you know you shouldn't. This has gotten you in trouble at school several times now and actually you, George and the other set of twins who were concocting these plans weren't allowed to play together for an entire week. The situation did improve, but although I would often say that George has more typical 'boy energy' than you, you have your moments when you're wound up and ready to push everyone's buttons. Some of the things that have happened at school do make me a bit nervous for when you're a teenager and so-and-so tells you to do something you shouldn't. But I think you'll figure it out. You still love shows and will get totally lost in them. You also love listening to your stories playlist on Alexa. Villains are you favorite and you love playing the bad guy, or as I've seen recently, depicting the bad guy in your art with knives or guns. You've been in a gun phase for the past few months, playing 'hunters' with Grant. They finally addressed it at school and basically it came down to keeping other people comfortable -- if anyone felt uncomfortable, then you had to go somewhere else to play, no pointing finger guns at them etc. Playing witches is another game you and George love to play with Grant and Elle, casting spells on others. I've tried to encourage you to play superhero where you can save people from the bad guys but you clearly thought that wasn't going to be fun. You are very close with Dad and love your time to snuggle with him and watch shows or play board games. You like to play hide-and-seek with me. You love scratches on your back or tummy and generally fall asleep very easily, even on the random days you fall asleep at quiet time. I know you're conscious of being shorter than George, but George is exceptionally tall, but wherever you end up on the growth chart, you have so much going for you that I know what you lack in height, you'll make up for elsewhere. One day George was crying to Dad and I and asking us why you're better than him at everything. We reminded him that everyone has their strengths. He was still confused about how you're able to beat him 'in fights' even though his bigger :) I know you struggle sometimes with always having George around, especially when you're in situations where it's easy for you to have fun with others whereas George may be depending on you a bit more. I'm excited for you to start elementary school where you should have plenty of opportunities to form new friendships and have time in your own classroom. You're also lucky to have your brother there though, even when we went to the welcome night at Town, you two did stick together so I know you're comforted by him on a certain level too. Sometimes you like to bug Coco, but generally you're such a sweet brother to her. Lately you've been a great helper getting her dressed in the morning. You still crack me up how much fruit you can eat in a day. You definitely don't eat as much as your siblings, but you still eat plenty and I like that you really know your limits. You often tell me that your tummy is full and I appreciate that you can do this even with treats. It's rare for you to eat all of your ice cream cone, usually you give to George to finish after he's eaten all of his :) I love you so much and can't wait to see what passions you develop at school with all Town has to offer.