Carrie, I just got out old clothes for Eli over the weekend. Tis the season! That's great that Paty is doing so well with her reading. Noah just moved to the Pre-K 1 room, and from what the teacher tells me, he is already ahead of what they are learning. But Noah is absolutely thrilled about new toys. He will not stop talking about school now. I had thought that he might pick up more reading skills by now, but I'm just glad he's happy.
Karen- good to hear from you! Congrats on little Jonah (that's my nephew-to-be's name) and I'm so glad that Julia Rose is doing well.
Betsy- glad everything is settled with the move now. And that Millie is getting more sleep.
Miaclear- how is school going for A? I hope he loves it!
We are getting into the back to school groove. I have been back to teaching for three weeks now and my class is settling down and we are having good days and a bit cooler weather. Noah is still something else. He cracks me up every five minutes and is very, very opinionated. Example: The other night he wanted a Curious George book, and I said I put them all downstairs. He replied "No. You did NOT put them all downstairs!". Um, how do you even argue with that? He is sassy but has been better behaved both at home and at school. I attribute it partly to his last two teachers being fabulous and knowing how to manage his behavior without getting into power struggles with him. He is quick to pick up on things like song verses and slip-ups from mom and dad.
He is mostly sweet to his baby brother. He worries about him choking on toys and will take things away from him. He worried that the other babies at daycare would hit Eli. He loves it when Eli smiles and laughs at him, and is very concerned when he cries.
Sleep is a lot better. Our issue now (because don't we always have to have one?) is eating. He wants junk all the time, and every time he is hungry or thirsty it ends up in a mini tantrum because he doesn't like the healthy choices I offer. I stopped giving him after school snacks, but he usually takes one bite of dinner. I give him his dinner again for his bedtime snack and he still doesn't eat it. But he complains all the time that he's hungry! It sounds like he eats okay at school, must be peer pressure.
All in all, he's an awesome kid! I'm so lucky.