Archive for May, 2009

Last Day of School

May 18, 2009

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Class Photo 5/2009

Dear Roman,
Today was your last day of preschool. We break for summer and we will return in the fall, but there will be new kids, new teachers and a new classroom. So today was filled with lots of emotions- for your mom anyway. As I watched you running around class with all your friends for the last time I couldn’t help but reflect on the year and how much you have changed, grown and how much you have learned.

When we first began going to preschool you were barely 14 months old. I thought it would be impossible to get you to sit still in a chair at a table for snack time. The first month you mostly avoided snack all together and opted to run around playing while others sat and ate. Then as the months passed you took an interest in what your friends were all doing and started to sit at a table for a moment or two. You tried very hard to change the rules to an “eat a snack while running around playing” policy, but to no avail.  Eventually you gave in and started sitting and eating just like everyone else. And today you sat right down at a table, ate your snack and drank your water out of a little glass without spilling.

I remembered how I had to lift you up to the miniature sinks to help you wash your hands and realized that now you can reach them yourself and go to the sink, turn on the water, get the soap and wash all on your own without direction.

Each phase you were in brought a new class experience. At 14 months you were confident and enthusiastic- running around hugging everyone, spinning,  dancing and touching everything in sight. Then came separation anxiety around 17 months which meant you stayed close to my leg, hesitated to explore and became terrified of the only dad in the class. Now at 20 months you have come full circle and are back to your outgoing, enthusiastic self.

Preschool gave you the opportunity to explore paint, sensory tables, play doh, musical instruments, song and dance, and lots of great toys. You learned how to be gentle toward your friends and how to play with others. You learned that there are rules in life- like chairs are for sitting on not standing on,  no climbing on tables or furniture, crayons do not go in the mouth (although you break this one constantly), slides are for going down not climbing up, food must be eaten while sitting and toys get put away after they are played with.

Today you waved and said “bye bye” to all your teachers and friends. With a big smile on your face you grabbed my hand and we walked out the door of your first classroom for the very last time. And I started to cry a little because I absolutely hate goodbyes.

xo,
Mom

1st day of school

First day of class 10/2008

MOM

May 9, 2009

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Roman,

I cannot wait for the day you realize how truly amazing your mother is.

We love you Natalie… you are the rock that grounds our little family.

Photos added!

May 8, 2009

I’ve post some new photos on Flickr:

April 2009

May 2009

The Artist

May 6, 2009

20 Months Old!

May 5, 2009

20months

Dear Roman,
Your Dad and I can’t believe you are 20 months old today! It’s hard for us to imagine that you were once a baby and it feels silly calling you by that name. You are a happy, content, particular, inquisitive, observant, visual, social little boy who is growing up so fast.  Before I forget, here is what you are really liking lately:

YOUR ROUTINE- you are a kid who thrives on a structured daily routine! each morning you wake up eat breakfast, play with your toys and read a few books. Then we take a morning walk (unless it is raining), have a  snack and are in the car heading to a class- preschool on Mondays, Gymboree on Wednesdays and French on Thursdays. After class it’s lunch and a nap. Afternoons we are off on another walk (weather permitting) to the park or lake where you play until dinnertime. Then Dad comes home from work just in time to give you a bath with bubbles, read bedtime stories and you are tucked in for the night by 7:30.

BEING OUTSIDE- you are happiest running around, exploring and playing with friends at the park.

STROLLER- you still really enjoy riding in your stroller and saying ‘hi’ to everyone we pass on our walks.

BOOKS- sometimes I find you looking through books, studying the illustrations all by yourself. Other times you come running to me with a book in hand ready for me to read it to you. You have old favorites, new favorites and you are very specific on what you want and don’t want to read.

MUSIC- we’ve been listening to the same cd over and over and over in the car. You have big opinions on which songs you like and repeatedly ask for a song to be replayed (you say ‘more’ over and over), skipped over (you say ‘no’ while shaking head) or for the volume to be turned up (you yell ‘up’ and mimic the way my hand turns the knob).

BUGS- actually you say ‘yuck’ every time you see a bug in a book or on the ground. BUT you are completely fascinated and keep going back for a second look.

TABLE- you have been eating at your little table instead of in your high chair and you seem to love it. It took a couple tries to get you stay seated while eating (because you are always moving) but having tables and chairs for snack time at preschool has helped a lot with getting you used to this concept. Now when you ask to eat you will run to your table, pull out the chair and sit down before i can even get the food on the table.

INTERACTION- this funny thing you do while playing is to involve random objects, stuffed animals or people. The other day we were at the park and you took an interest in a rock. Before I knew it you were saying ‘hi’ to the rock, picking it up and handing it to me. I knew what you were up to as this sort of thing happens a hundred times a day usually with a stuffed animal or toy. I just thought it was pretty funny you were making friends with a rock. You asked the rock to ‘come’ and it/we followed. First you showed the rock the slide that you aren’t allowed on (because it is too tall) by pointing to the slide and shaking your head no to the rock. Then you had the rock follow you to the sand box where you showed him the shovel and bucket you liked. The rock interacted by talking in a funny voice- the same voice that every chosen object/stuffed animal makes. Imagine how ridiculous I looked holding a rock that talked. the things I do to keep you content!

We love you!

First Haircut

May 1, 2009

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Dear Roman,

Today you got your very first haircut! You loved sitting in the airplane chair and pretending to talk on the toy phone you were given for a distraction. In fact you didn’t want to leave when the hairdresser said she was finished. I could tell you felt very big kid from the entire experience and you seemed to have an extra bounce in your step for the rest of the day.