Samantha is 3 ½ weeks old, and already seems so much bigger than she was. She sometimes sleeps well at night, but not usually. She usually has one good three hour stretch, and the rest of the time it is one or two hours at a time, if I’m lucky.
Lizzy has grown up so much in the last month since she turned two. She speaks in long, complex sentences now, and has become quite the conversationalist. If she hears you talking about her, she will pipe up with her own opinions. She also has grown quite thick, considering how petite she has always been. One day we were commenting on that, and Josh said something about her being chubby, and Lizzy said, “I’m not chubby, I’m a Lizzy-Bell!” That is one of her nicknames, and apparently she thinks it is something that she is, instead of just a name we call her. She was very adamant about the fact that she was a Lizzy-Bell. Here are some pictures of her on the playground.
Mitchell seems to be thriving in first grade. He is keeping up very well with the school work, and he is a member of the 100 Words Club. There are 100 words that first graders are supposed to know by sight by the end of the year, and when kids pass all of them off, they become a member of the club. When I went to parent/teacher conferences about three weeks after he started first grade, he had already become one of three members in his class. His teacher said that he got them all the first time he tried. She also said he is one of the smartest kids in his class (still) and that he is well behaved in class. He does have trouble with staying on task occasionally, and likes to talk to his neighbors too much, but I think we have all been guilty of that!
We have been to a dance program and a singing program at his school, and he did very well in both. The dance one was only a couple of weeks after he transferred grades, and he still was able to learn the dance well, and was very well behaved when the other grades were doing their dances. He also sang and did all the right actions in his singing program. Tonight the first grade is hosting a luau, so we’ll see what that’s all about.
Yesterday he was being the jokester of his class, and went around telling his classmates that they had a red crayon under their desk, and when they looked, he would say “April fools!” He was very disappointed when we didn’t do any big tricks at home. I am just not big fan of playing jokes on people, or people playing them on me, what can I say?
Mitchell gave a talk in primary a couple of Sundays ago, and everyone was so impressed once again that he could get up and give his whole talk without anyone helping him, and not reading anything. We have him learn a scripture story (this time it was about the three men in the fiery furnace) and he tells it in his own words followed by what we can learn from this story. He does very well, and I am so proud of him!
Things are the same for Josh and I. Josh is still working, and going to school, and I am just trying to keep up with sleep and the three kids. I will be very happy when spring is officially here and I don't have to scrape snow off the van in the morning to take Mitch to school. I am glad I have had such a speedy recovery, and so is Josh. I am already down below my prepregnancy weight. Now I just need to lose the Lizzy pregnancy weight that I never could lose after she was born. Yet another reason I am excited for spring weather, so I can go for more walks...