The 3Y4m kiddo
Christopher went back to school with not much problems. He was a little sad the first day back but I reminded him that we talked about this and he was ok with going back to school. So there should be no reason so be sad. He stopped being sad after about 2-3 minutes and went back to sleep.
At about 3y, Christopher remembers selectively (as in only stuff which is to his advantage to remember). I cannot use temporary suggestions to stop a tantrum or his whining now. He would remind me what I suggested we do if he was good and request that it be fulfilled.
It's a good thing actually though it takes more effort on my part to discipline him with reasoning. And I find I have to tell him more behavioural stories and moral stories to encourage better behaviour on his part. Preventive action rather than curative reaction.
He is no longer that crazy about Barney now. Though he does watch it when it is on TV. Doesn't like Handy Mandy. Not sure if it is due to hubby's persuasion that Handy Mandy is not nice so let's change channels or that he really doesn't like it. Prefers movies now....as in Bolt, Incredibles, Avatar etc.
The boys in his school must be playing hero and villian coz he is ultraman-ing me and playing swords and guns with me now. Recently asked my parents for a transformer as a gift after 2 days of excellent behaviour.
This reward system is practiced (I realised) by my parents and in part my husband. Though my husband balances both the reward and the fear treatment to get him in line. For me, it is retraction of reward if reasoning does not work. I realise that my boy doesn't like me to be angry with him coz I play with him more than hubby. So, he will not do anything I don't like. Of course, I need to exercise patience on my part too.
As for the 9m old kiddo.....
She is crawling now and even attempting the stairs. The way she crawls is really weird. One leg in the usual crawling position, knee on the floor. But the left leg would remain in a cross leg position and then swung in front when the right leg has moved sufficiently in front. Or sometimes she will attempt to use the left leg to crawl and end up walking with the left leg and crawling with the right. It's too weird!
She is also pulling herself up on anything that can support her and will walk along the sides. We are training her now to walk while holding onto her hands but she takes too giant steps when we do that.
What amazes me though is that she is very good at getting from the standing position to the squat. And then only to the sit. She goes down slowly to the squat and sometimes from the squat stands back up again. Sometimes she even can stop and hold midway.
Wakes up in the middle of the night for a feed now. She is taking 7 oz, 4-5 times a day with 2 solid meals and 2-3 snacks. She has more milk and more snacks during the weekend coz mummy is too lazy to cook 2 meals a day! :)
Caylee doesn't like soft toys but loves books. She can flip through books pretty well and seems interested in the texture and colour. She will turn everytime a tune can be heard on TV - may it be an advert, start/end of a show. She can wave bye bye and clap her hands very well.
Started bathing her using the shower and she seems to love it. She giggles and smiles when the shower hits her body and neck. And she will look at the shower head and look at the white hose connecting the head to the heater. It's like she is examing where the water comes from.
When she hears a noise, she will try to look for the source. She also loves to throw things to see where the will go. She understands that things can be hidden. And will go in search for them usually in the right place.
When kor kor runs into the room, she will no longer look at me and wonder where kor kor is. But will continue to head towards that direction to look for her kor kor.
Health wise, she seems to have more skin problems. Alot of rashes not only on her bum but her neck and even on her arms and legs. We are using alot of Daktarin cream and powder for her.
As for the 2 together....
I try to engage both of them in play together. And the only way to do so would be to make Caylee the enemy/monster and Christopher and I would shoot at her or circle around her. And sometimes there are casualties coz Caylee puts stuff in her mouth and we pretend that she is a monster eating them up. Or that her saliva is poison and thus the ppl/vehicle will die! Caylee doesn't know better, so she doesn't mind. She just enjoys the fact that she is in the middle of our play. And yeah....that would mean I have to wash most of Christopher's toys before playtime.