It’s been quite sometime since we’ve gotten more personal in this blog space, so I thought I would dedicate a post to a little update about my kids.
I think I would like to do this every couple of months… mainly for me, but I know I often receive a lot of questions about my kids’ learning via Instagram, so hopefully this will help. Plus, it feels kind of weird to document my pregnancies and their early life so well and then have that stop abruptly.
First up is little Eli. He just turned two and has had a rough go of sicknesses since Christmastime. He’s been officially diagnosed with asthma and now he takes a preventative inhaler steroid twice a day to prevent his propensity from going from a sniffle to omg we need to be at the ER, NOW! So far so good, and he’s getting used to the routine of taking the inhaler.
Eli is certainly a mischievous little guy. I know it’s because he’s trying to keep up with his big brothers and thinks he is capable of doing everything they can do, but man is it tiring sometimes! We definitely have to keep a close eye on this one. He’s the first kid to write on walls; the first kid to pull all the pots and pans out from cabinets; and just generally has no fear when it comes to physical obstacles.
He balances out his mischievous side with being super happy and pretty easy going. He tells me when he wants to go take a nap; he puts himself to sleep by sucking his fingers; he can give you the biggest smile ever to make you forget everything else; and he has the best dance moves. This boy can feel the beat! Eli also really enjoys swimming, avocado toast, and his comfort item, Cocobear.
It’s hard to remember what life was like without Eli… and now he’s already two! He certainly was the perfect little addition to our family!
Next up is our middleman, Lincoln! He is now four and his emotional personality is starting to level out. Lincoln has always been our more shy guy in public, which led us to put him into the little church preschool program, twice a week for 2 hours and 45 minutes. It’s been a nice exposure for him to be around more kids and more adults, since it’s seems like each subsequent kid added to families has less and less friends at the really young ages. We honestly thought the transition to the preschool was going to be super difficult for him, but it’s been seamless; actually making us think he could’ve waiting until next year, like Xander did, to do the church preschool for three days. Anywayyyyy, he loves making crafts at school and at home and he has started to read – the preschool has made sure there are books available for him there too, which he appreciates.
Lincoln is a water boy like all our kids. His sometimes shy personality has made him timid in public settings at times, but he has finally jumped into the water without holding the instructors hands and now will push off the wall taking a few strokes toward his instructor, verse needing him to hold onto his body at all moments. This winter he has made the most progress in his swimming than he has in awhile.
Lincoln loves pasta and is our meat boy; he is a master with an xBox controller; and if there were a contest for cuddling, he would be the winner. He craves closeness and feeling secure. He’s the only one of the three kids that doesn’t have an attachment item, so I think that’s why he’s the extra snugglie one – because we are the item.
And last, but certainly not least, our first born Xander – the one who made me a mama! Xander recently turned six and has been in kindergarten this year. We adore his kindergarten teacher and he is really excelling in the classroom. He reads on a second grade level and also really enjoys math; so we try to foster both of these things at home as well.
Xander is a Lego master, building sets up to 1000 pieces already. Moreso than the ability to follow the directions and manipulate the Lego pieces, I’m impressed that he has that much patience at this age to build a set that large. Xander has also moved up to lap swimmer swim classes this winter – this was a big season for him! His record during a swim class is swimming five lengths of the pool (3 backstroke, 2 freestyle) and we are excited for him to progress and have a really awesome summer at the pool.
Xander can make friends with anyone and has a caring personality that people appreciate. He is respectful to adults and can hold a conversation with people older than him. We are so proud of the boy he’s growing into!
I know people are quick to stereotype little boys, but I’m trying my best to help raise the new generation of men. I’m proud of what John and I are doing with these little humans and we wouldn’t trade being boy parents for anything.
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