Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Day 22 of Lent

I thought Felicity was going to miss two weeks of preschool, because we are going to Florida for the girls' spring break and then hers in the next week, but Mike reminded me today that she can go on Monday, so that's good!  Last night we went to Monarch Madness, the girls' cheerleading thing at school and I took with Felicity with me so we could hang out with Marta and her kids.  Felicity kept going outside to the playground, I mean, she kept ending up outside and I was thinking HOW is she getting out there?  Who is opening the door for her?  So I followed her at one point (it was freezing cold and I kept begging her to go back in) and she just ... pushed the door open, just used all of her 37 pounds or whatever to open this door which is NOT supposed to open if you don't push the rail.  She likes fresh air and she is determined, is what I am saying.  Oh!  And today, she was playing out in the driveway and I went to check on her and she was just toodling along there on her bike!  Very exciting!  If riding on her bike is happening, can toilet training be far behind?

Friday, March 13, 2015

Day 18

Felicity has started to dress herself and except for a very few incidents where she has tried to put her sleeve over her giant head, it's going pretty well.  This morning she told me she wanted to 'get dressed up' so we went upstairs (I actually had a lot of folded laundry downstairs but all those clothes were 'too big', she said) and she took off her nightgown and then went in the closet and closed to the door to get dressed.  So shy and private for someone who regularly thrusts her body at me and says 'I have poop, change me!.  I said I had to go to my room, was she okay? and she said YES! I FINE!  So I went into my room and she came in two minutes later with a skirt and shirt on, not bad!

She also identified the following shapes at the library story hour yesterday:  circle, square, rectangle, oval, diamond and octagon.  Not bad!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Day 13 of Lent

Felicity's cough is better, but she is still sort of runny and gross.  I wonder if she'll ever just be better, but maybe not.  Maybe she has allergies or something?  I don't know, at this stage I'm just hoping she doesn't have to have her tonsils out on my time.

She was kind of rough this morning, she wants to do exactly what she wants to do exactly when she wants to do it and sometimes that just isn't reasonable.  If I start to say no to her she starts crying and screaming immediately and I can't stand it so I just DO what she is asking if I can and I am aware that I am creating a monster but also?  I am so tired and so sick of screaming, and she knows it.  This morning Mike took her to preschool, and when they were walking out she said she wanted to go in the car, so he tok her out to the car and moved the car seat and then she said she wanted to go in the van, ugh!  Mike said you just said you wanted to go in the car and she folded her arms and grunted in this very low tone, VAAAAAANNNN.  So he took her in the van, I mean, what else can you do?  I just hope she outgrows it, this personality flaw, because I don't know what we'll do otherwise.

BUT I want to say something nice about Felicity.  Um.  Oh she is a great dancer!  Last night we were listening to Taylor Swift's Shake it Off before bed and she was dancing around, singing, it was super cute and adorable.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Day 9 of Lent

Felicity has a terrible cough.  TERRIBLE.  She has a tiny runny nose but she doesn't seem to be sick in any other way.  But last night and the night before she has awoken and demanded to first come into our room and then to go downstairs.  Mike was up with her until 5:30 Sunday morning and I was up with her from last night at midnight, ugh.  But last night she slept a lot better, I think maybe she is more comfortable down here, it's airier and she can sit up better.  Isn't she smart?

She is plucky as can be, especially considering how sickly she has been for most of her short time on earth.  She definitely hasn't been SICK, for which I am grateful, but the ear infections and fevers and runny noses, oh my!

Today Mike said to her "are you going to see Miss Judy?", and then he blanched.  She calls preschool Miss Judy's House but her teacher is Miss Sara, Miss Judy was her teacher when she was two and she still misses her.  But we have told her enough that she was able to parrot back to Mike, "No, Daddy! Miss Judy's room is for little kids, I a big kid!  I go see Miss Sara!".  We were both relieved.

She has a great memory, she sings every single song she's learned in preschool.  I don't think anyone else has done that and I find it charming.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Day 5 of Lent

It's not really Day 5 of Lent but there are really like 46 days of Lent and I am only doing 40 days of this so I am confident I can get it done.  I don't really know why the thing about the 40/46 days, although some people say that Sundays are not really days of Lent.  One Episcopalian priest I knew told me that technically, every Sunday is a feast day, so you shouldn't really not celebrate them, I don't know.  Mike and I have given up sweets for lent but we are not having sweets on Sundays, because Mike says and I agree, it's easier to give up sweets the longer you've given them up, so why mess with yourself every week?  Anyway.  What's So Great About Felicity?

  • One thing that's really great about Felicity is that she is great about going to school.  She loves her preschool, which I think speaks to how great her preschool is but also how great and flexible she is.  She went last year to the Twos Class and she was good in there, took a nap every day, never one time cried when I left her, and now this year in the Young Threes she never cries, eats all of her lunch, has friends, and sometimes naps and sometimes doesn't, just like every other kid in there.  
  • Later this year, she will go to St. Joan of Arc preschool, but she's going five days a week.  The hours are from 8-3 and now she goes 9-2, but only three days a week, so it will be a different.  I'm guessing she'll be fine, I think she'll love it, it's a great program.  Plus Veronica and Maria will be there too, and sometimes they go downstairs and they will just bump into each other in the hall and I think that will be super fun for them.  Everyone keeps asking me what will I do with my time while everyone is in school and I always answer the same way, I guess I'll get a job to pay for their damned school but honestly I don't know what I'll do.  
  • Felicity is very good at trying to fit in and acting more like the older kids in a group.  This summer, she was all about keeping up with the older girls, Maria and Veronica and also Carlotta and Maddelena, she came to the pool with us, creek stomping, to get ice cream, to the movies, all kinds of things I wouldn't have taken any other 2.5 year old to do.  But it made her kind of bored with me this fall once the girls went back to school, so I think that it will be good for her to go to preschool every day.  BUT it doesn't mean that I'm not sad that we can't have time together like I did with the other kids, because I am, a little.  I'm not sad that she is growing up or getting older or whatever, but I feel kind of bad that she can't have the same kind of young childhood that Maria or Veronica did.  But I guess that's birth order, right?  She is definitely a little tougher than the other ones, I know she'll be fine, and I'm grateful that we can be so confident that she'll be happy.  

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Day 1 of Lent

Today I was in church for Ash Wednesday, which, by the way, is NOT a holy day of obligation but which Mike was saying today he bets is the third most widely attended day in the Catholic church, after Easter and Christmas.  He's probably right but why?  Why do people go on Ash Wednesday and not another day all during Lent until Easter, or not on Sundays?  Is it to get ashes?  Or do people honestly think they are going to give it a go and try to get back to the Sacraments?  I don't know, I am trying to think better of people so I will reluctantly say yes, that's it.

Another thing I was thinking of doing for Lent is what I started to say up there, which is that I was in church today and I thought maybe I'll write a blog post about one of the kids every day.  I used to do a feature on their blogs called What's So Great About _________ and maybe I'll bring it back for Lent.  Because it's so easy to get bogged down in the awfulness of life, when, like today it is 14 degrees out and tomorrow the HIGH is ZERO degrees, and Anthony comes home and takes off his pants and poops on the floor, I thought maybe I should concentrate on how great they are, at least for Lent.  Who knows, maybe it will renew my faith in my vocation.

Anyway, I thought I would start with Felicity because she is the hardest to like all the time.  Today at preschool she fell asleep for naptime, but late, so she was still sleeping when Mike went to get her and she screamed like she was on FIRE when Mike brought her home without stopping at Dairy Queen.  So.  Without further adieu or talking MORE bad stuff about her, I present, What's So Great About Felicity.

  • She is super cute.  Her hair is getting really long and she is the only one out of the four who has any kind of curl to her hair.  
  • She loves to play games, especially hide and seek.  It's easy to play with her, you just have to count to 10 and yell here I come! and then she will bring herself to you.  
  • She loves to sing songs and she has a great memory.  The other night she sang a "crying version" of Itsy Bitsy Spider where she cried all the way through it, kind of big boo-hooing, ig was hilarious.  She loves to make faces, sad, mad, funny, silly, happy.  
  • Her preschool teachers love her, especially her main teacher.  She's always asking if she can do an extra day per week.  
  • She is the only one who has ever slept in and even though she hardly does anymore, I know she is at least capable of it.  
  • She loves to cuddle and 'take a hug' as she calls it.  
  • She seems super smart, she has an excellent memory.
  • She's polite, she is always about the thank you (fanks!) and please (puh-wease!) 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Back at It

Felicity is back at preschool, thanks GOD.  She definitely had the hardest break, Lord, she was sick every other day, it seemed like.  The problem with someone being sick so much when they are just three years old is that anything can become a bad habit so quickly.  Like she has been fine for days in a row but last night at 2:30, 2:30 this morning, she was up screaming and wanted something to drink.  We ran in there so she didn't wake up too much and thank God she went back to sleep but then of course Anthony's school district called at FIVE THIRTY to say that he had a delay, he of course will not be attending his school today as it's a Little Star day so it ended up that we slept like we had a newborn or something.  A not very good sleeping newborn, ha!

Anyway, back to Felicity.  She is better, she is happy to be back at school.  She didn't even say goodbye today, she just bossed me around and took off into her classroom.  "Put my lunch they-ah!", she said, and took off.  Ha, she is funny.  It snowed a lot last night and when I opened the door this morning, she said "would you LOOK at all the SNOW!  Would you LOOK AT IT!".  I keep forgtting how little she is because it seems like we have been hanging out since I was in KINDERGARTEN or something, but she is in fact only three years old and everything is new to her all the time, she doesn't remember from last year.

She doesn't eat much.  She eats all her lunch at preschool but she is terrible about eating breakfast and dinner.  Yesterday she had chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream and a pancake for breakfast and I don't even know what for dinner.  Oh, she ate pasta-YELLOW pasta.  I remember now because I made one pot spaghetti, which is delicious and tomato-ey and Felicity demanded YELLOW pasta, which meant I had to make some farfalle separate and put butter and cheese on it for her and then she ate it.  I wish she would eat a meatball or something but what can you do.

Here's a cute picture of her napping the other day.  Mike says if he sees her napping again during the day he's going to slap her awake, but of course he is kidding.  It is just a NIGHTMARE when she naps because then she stays awake hours after they go upstairs, keeping Maria and Veronica awake.