Fynn is such a little sweetheart. His hugs and kisses make me melt. He's really starting to talk more and more every day - and his words are becoming more distinct: mama, help, more, dog, cat, hat, daddy, etc. He's always been a very good communicator, with gestures and some sort of grunt or hollering, but he's finally starting to speak, which is more fun. He's also a big climber - he started climbing out of the crib and on to the top of his nearby changing table this week (partly thanks to Mia, who showed him how to do it this weekend!). Now it looks like I'll be converting his crib into a toddler bed before our move, just to ensure that he doesn't end up hurting himself. He's also liking the challenge of the stacks of boxes that are all over our house - on top of them, inside them, whatever, he's enjoying them. He's learned how to jump from a standing position and when he gets really excited, he'll just start jumping up and down, which is pretty hilarious - especially since he likes to squat down to jump in the first place, so he looks a bit like a frog!
He is loving the warm weather we have this week and insists on being outside as much as possible. He loves playing with his fire truck and tractor toys, but really wants to figure out the trike so he can ride like his big sis. He also loves splashing through the puddles, so I had to do an emergency order for rain boots to try to keep his little toes dry! He loves tractors, trains, Jake and the Neverland pirates, fire engines, dogs, and pretty much anything his big sister likes. He's also getting into imagination play - he loves playing with the dolls and the play kitchen.
He's becoming a bit more picky about eating, although he usually does pretty well with fruits and veggies. We just can't get him to eat much meat or "adult" food - he's definitely in a grazing stage! Cheese, avocados, mini blueberry bagels, bananas and apples, most steamed veggies are his favorites. He doesn't seem to like chocolate, which the rest of us think is WEIRD.
He loves to read and would probably stay up all night if it meant he got to sit in the rocking chair with one of us and read all of his books to him - again and again! His favorites right now are Tugga-tugga-Tugboat, Steam Train Dream Train, Llama Llama books (any!), Little Blue Truck, and Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site.
I can't wait to see how he does in his new fire truck toddler bed at the new house - he's going to be such a BIG boy! He loves going down to pick up or drop off Mia at her preschool, and we're hoping that there will be space for him in the toddler room there sometime this fall or next winter! By then, he'll be more than ready for a new spot!
In the meantime, I realized that I didn't blog about Miss Mia turning 5 in January! She is in her last year of preschool at Hand in Hand, on Concordia's campus, so she goes to work with me every day. With the move, we'll be moving to another school district, and it turned out that we ended up doing her kindergarten round up the DAY AFTER we signed the purchase agreement! It was pure coincidence that I happened to be looking up enrollment information the next morning and saw that roundup was that night! She'll be entering the Moundsview school district this fall and is so excited to be a kindergartener!! For her birthday, since it was right after the holidays, we ended up spending the day as a family and went down to the Mall of America to ride rides all day at Nickelodeon Universe. She loved it - and got to experience her first 'real' roller coaster rides, as well as her first time down the log chute - that was her favorite ride!
She still has Piglet - although he's looking pretty grey these days, as opposed to the pink he started out as! When she turned five, we had it set to be a deadline for Pig to start staying home and not leave the house, except for big trips. It was a little rocky at first, but now she's used to it. She does still sleep with him at night, and she still sniffs his ear, just like she did when she was 6 months old! Fynn even likes to get in on the action from time to time.
She is writing her full name - from memory (which is quite a feat with such a long last name!) and knows most of her letters. She can count past 100 and is doing basic math and sounding out words. She is constantly asking us to spell things for her - or giving us letters and asking what they spell (most spell nothing, which is a hard concept for her to grasp). She still loves to read and her favorite books right now are Tickle Monster (with daddy, because he's a better monster), Journey and Quest (wordless imagination books, which I love), Dr. Seuss books, and a couple of cool Usborne books about the human body and the planet earth - oh, and her Magic Schoolbus books, because of course I am raising a science nerd! :) We even bought the complete Magic Schoolbus DVD set for her birthday, so we can watch the episodes all of the time (and there are a LOT of them!). She still loves doing science experiments with me, and she also does Goldie Blox 'engineering' projects (a lot of times with Auntie Kendra, since they came from her and Uncle Dan - the latest was a Goldie zipline that they ran across our living room!). She is also loving the warmer weather and can't wait to try to bike without training wheels this summer - she's pretty determined! She is also working on her skateboarding skills. She did swimming with dad this winter again (both her and Fynn), and was told to get into the Beginner I swim lessons (sans parent) asap, because she is READY. She loves the water, so we're hoping to find time to make that happen this spring yet. She also did gymnastics this winter, and still loves that.
She is so super creative - constantly building things, making crafts, making up songs, dancing - it is such a joy to see what she comes up with next! She is very excited for the new house and really wants dad to build her a reading nook in her walk-in closet. We found one built into a closet that needed stairs to get up to in one house that we looked at, and she was convinced that she needed one, too! We're looking forward to getting to really make her room and the kids' playrooms special as we've felt like we've been just getting by with their current living situations as we knew we wanted to move soon. She already got a new Frozen comforter for her bed, and today we went and got paint purchased to get her room all ready for move in, complete with a teal spray-painted chandelier that is moving from the dining room to her bedroom!
The kids are growing up so fast, it's so hard to keep up! I am way behind on blogging (which probably isn't going to change) and I haven't made a yearly photobook since before Fynn was born - I was just able to finish up Mia's most recent one at that point and I now have a running tally of books to catch up on! At this point, we're just hoping that we're giving them enough love and attention right NOW and hoping that the lack of recording isn't that big of a deal. :)
Playing with (great) Aunt Jen in the hotel! The rolled onto her back (both of them are on top of her!) about a million times.
Mia lost her first tooth!!
AND....she's going to be a flower girl in Liz's wedding in June! So excited!!