Archive for September, 2011

First Haircut

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

After more than 2 years, Evan’s hair, which we all adored was getting a little wild and starting to pull and bother him sometimes, so we decided it was time to get it cut.  We went to a place geared towards kids in Del Mar. He got to sit in a car and let the lady do her thing without a peep.  They cut a lot off and mommy had a hard time saying goodbye to all the curls that we had to leave behind, but we all loved the results once we got used to it. :)

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Diaper Baseball

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

First Day of Preschool

Monday, September 19th, 2011

After 2 days of Welcome and Orientation visits with Mommy & Daddy, the day had arrived for Evan to go to Pre-school all by himself.  We told him he would get to go all by himself and Mommy would bring him some chocolate milk when she picked him up!  We decided that Daddy should drop him off.  He was a bit clingy in the morning with all the kids and parents coming into the school at once, but we were the first in his classroom and I encouraged him to play with some of the plastic animals in the corner.  Who’s this? “Moo!”, Who’s this?, “Pig!”, Who’s this? “Goat!”  He wanted to put them all in their spots in the toy barn and after he’d been playing by himself for a couple of minutes, I told him that Daddy had to go to work, and he would stay here with his teacher and Mommy would pick him up in a couple hours with some chocolate milk.  I was expecting a super monkey grip and protest, but instead he shook his head and said, “Bye” with a wave.  I turned and walked out without hearing a peep of protest. Wow!  As I reached the parking lot, I started feeling horrible for leaving him with people he didn’t know very well and it was going to be hard not knowing how he was handling the situation.  I knew he’d be fine, but it was still hard not to worry about him. I’ve got to assume that if he screamed his head off when I left, that I would have felt worse. 3 hours of parental freedom were spent mostly thinking about him and then it was time to pick him up.

Becky peaked her head into the classroom and there was Evan sitting in the teacher’s lap during play-dough time.  All the other children were in their own chairs. There were lots of tears, especially whenever he heard the  M-O-M-M-Y word, but he survived and delightfully drank his promised chocolate milk.  As they were leaving Evan told Mommy all about his day.  ”Daddy bye bye … Nana hi … … Mommy”  His new teacher, Mrs. Erickson, has gray hair, so I guess Evan figured she was a grandmother.

We know it will get better, the question is how long will it take?

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Car

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Evan said “Car” today!  They’ve been “Gaga” for over a year.  I hope it sticks

Camping Fun

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Here’s a video of some of the fun stuff we did camping over labor day weekend with Evan’s buddy Ben.  More pictures to come…

Applause for Evan

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Evan waking up while we were camping was the cutest thing ever!  He would sit up quickly, wide eyed and a little disoriented, start talking about how happy he was to still be camping and that he was ready to go outside and see his buddy Ben.  The last morning of the trip it was raining in the early morning. When he woke up, he sat up quickly, got this huge smile on his face and started clapping. Once he started doing it, I realized how much the rain hitting the top of the tent sounded like applause.  It was definitely the best way to describe it (I wish I had grabbed the video camera).  He didn’t know exactly what was going on, but he liked it and he was going to join in on the fun!

Time-outs are fun!

Friday, September 16th, 2011

After his first self imposed time-out, Evan decided that time-outs while camping are fun.  So, he kept wanting to give himself time-outs for every little thing we told him “no” for.

Self imposed time out

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

While we were camping, Evan threw his new snake magnifying glass much too close to people, so I picked him up and marched him over to the tent and set him down in front of the door.  I told him that he would get a time-out if he did something like that again.  When I stopped talking, Evan told me, “go by mommy… Evan time-out… throw snake.”  I asked if he wanted a time out and he said, “yeah.”  After a couple minutes, I went back to release him from his time-out.  As I came up to him he said, “no daddy… go by mommy… Evan time-out.”  He gave himself quite a long time-out, and almost fell asleep after crawling into the tent (He never zonks out on his own!).  Eventually, he decided he had done the appropriate time for the crime and set himself free.

Yeah

Monday, September 5th, 2011

Evan’s affirmative phrase graduated from ”Uh huh” to “Yeah” over the weekend.  And, now we realize how often we say “yeah!”  He says yeah a million times a day now. :)

He has the gift!

Friday, September 2nd, 2011