Thursday, April 26, 2012

Beautiful B turns One

B had her birthday Sunday.  I got all teary reading her birth story.  It's so hard to believe she's already a year old.  I think she had a nice time opening presents and she definitely likes her new toys.  I did something I would have never done for R.  I bought a noisy, light up, battery operated toy by V-tech.  And she fucking LOVES that thing.  It's a book that plays music and has lights and buttons.  Fortunately it also has volume control.  She was really unimpressed with her cake.  I sorta was too.  My butter cream was too stiff and didn't spread well.  And I like chocolate cake a whole lot better than white cake.  Her brother about gave me a damn nervous breakdown while I was making it.  Oh well.  She was cute playing in it.

When I finished the rainbow toddler dress, I made an elf hat to match it.  I'm hoping to sell it as a set.  Now I'm working on a very different style toddler sundress.  It's going to be brown with pink trim along the bottom, the waist, and the top (100% cotton).  I'm thinking the shoulder straps will brown, with pink buttons.  This one is worked from the bottom up.  I started it yesterday, but don't know how much work I will get done on it today. I've got to put together the May WACO newsletter to go out by Monday.  

I've got my nose all bent out of shape with the USAF again.  They keep jerking J around and denying all his leave.  He's gotten to take leave once in the last year.  We haven't traveled anywhere together as a family in the same vehicle since Christmas of '10.  When we moved down here we still traveled separately.  We really wanted to all go to my sister's high school graduation next month, but it's looking unlikely.  There is a very small chance we can leave the night before, after he gets off work, IF he can take the next week off.  They've denied his leave for the week before (it's on a Saturday) because there is an exercise scheduled.  The kids don't travel well at night, and I hate driving at night.  Chances are it won't happen anyway.  I'll end up going alone with the kids or not at all.  

I'm still trying to work in preschool stuff with R.  He's sorta struggling along with learning his letters and numbers.  It's making me second guess myself and our decision to keep him home.  I wonder if he'd be more cooperative with someone else.  Or if I'm not structured enough.  Or if I'm not using the best method of trying to teach him.  Or if it's really even a big deal that he's 3.5 and doesn't know all his ABC's.  He can recite them.  He can write a few of them.  He can recognize some of them.  Like if I show him 3 letters and ask him to point out the B, he can.  But if I show him just a B and ask him what letter it is, he just randomly guesses.  He also isn't putting letters together with the sound the make.  He can't read any numbers.  My mom doesn't think this is a big deal at all.  It just seems like the kids his age that I hear about are way ahead of him because they have been in daycare and preschool.  I  have a lot of trouble not comparing.  


  1. How long have you been formally schooling him? Do you do a letter/week or what? Mimi started when she was three and they did a letter a week and then review once they covered them all. By the end of the school year she could recognize about 20 or so. Within two months into this year she could recognize and write them all.

    Also numbers, she did up to 17 at the end of last year and this year they stopped counting after 40 and while I've never really drilled her I know she can count to 100 and keep going.

    Scott didn't really become proficient at writing his letters until kindergarten and same with counting. He could count to 25 at the end of pre k and very very slowly learned to count to 100 last year. He still struggles sometimes.

  2. we've been doing activities a couple times a week for about 3 months. some weeks we don't do a letter, some weeks we'll do two. and sometimes if he's really uninterested or uncooperative, we'll take a break for a week. we've been working through some materials from 1st school, and a couple of the Kumon books which he loves and is good at. he can count up to about 20, count out objects up to about 12, but recognizes no written numbers yet. i got him a clock puzzle thing that i am hoping helps him recognize numbers. i just keep reminding myself that he's still very little.