Saturday was a freakishly short day. I think it was because we had an appointment in the mid-morning, which meant that you couldn’t do a whole lot, then by the time we got home, it was quiet time.
After quiet time, we headed downstairs to the new Kids Office. Well, The Elder went off to play a Lego game on the computer and The Younger went into the Work Shop with me.
He started to pick up the free weights and dumbbells that we had. Picking up a 12 lb dumbbell (1/3 of his body weight) and placing on the bench about stomach-height. This body is going to be strong, but we are going to need to work with him to help him cope with some anxiety issues.
Just before I went outside, I was relocating a few things in the Kid’s Office and so during a pause break in the game that I was assisting The Elder with, I said…
“I‘m going to move the Refrigerator”
The Elder, without missing a beat and who was already running in the direction of the bathroom, raised his finger into the air to reinforce his statement, “I’m going to Move… to the Bathroom!”
My Lovely and Talented Wife both started to laugh which The Elder overheard and asked, “was that funny?”
We had our very first parent-teacher conference today with Eric's Wednesday preschool teachers. It was a short meeting about how Eric is developing and what does and dos not do in accordance with National pediatrician checklists. He receive many + which were the skills he exhibited, he did receive some – which are ones that he has not shown or not on a consistent basis. Mainly, it was his ability to communicate, such as point to body parts on himself or a doll. Some of the other communication items were things that in just the past week he has been exhibiting. He said “Cool” for me this morning and will try to mimic what you are saying and seeing. He absolutely loves music and I hope that he gets his mother's music ability. Since I am trying to learn the guitar, but I am only as good as playing a video game. Once i can recognize a pattern, such as a chord, then I can play it. I don't have any of the background on how to play or theory of music. Maybe one day, Eric and I can be in a band with Jen signing and Baby Incognito doing something.
I should be hitting a running milestone tomorrow, more on that when it happens. SO make sure you check back on Friday! I did run 5.3 miles yesterday at a good 8:15 pace. I thought for sure that I was going a lot faster, but when I calculated the time I was depressed a bit. The nice thing was that since I had my long run earlier in the week, I could keep this speed with little trouble over the 5 miles. I would really like to run a 5k race to see what I could there. I think after I do strawplains on the 19th that I would really kick some ass in a 5k.
Miles for February = 41.2; Miles for 2005 = 91.2
Eric is collecting him some vocabulary words now. Ever since the weekend, he has been amazing Jen and myself with the words that he is saying or trying to say. Here is a list of things that Eric can say (or try to say):
'Up' translated to either Up as in pick me up or Apple as in the fruit
'Ball' translated to ball
'Hi' translated in Hi accompanied with a wave and spoken in a volume level above conversation levels
'Buhduh-Buhduh-Buhduh' translated as banana
'Jouse' translated as Juice but can mean any consumable liquid
'Bye-Bye' translated as Bye-Bye and is proceeded by a 3 second pause from prompting command
and there are a handful of other words that he knows. He does try to mimic us when we say words, such as “ah-ree” which him trying to say “All Right!”. Attempts to have him say “Rock N Roll” have been fruitless so far.
Eric is also a finicky eater right now. He prefers cheese, macaroni and cheese, cheese potatoes, cheese soup, shredded cheese and other forms of cheese. He is hit and miss on vegetables right now. SOme vegetables are okay but other are thrown from the table or crushed/smooshed such as peas. He does NOT and I repeat does NOT like meat. So, there is one main source of protein, cheese. Now we try to sneak vegetable and meat into foods and that sometimes work. The first food that he stopped to give an round of applause after tasting was Lobster Bisque. He took one spoonful of it and proceed to clap… bravo to the chef at Earthfare. He is now too big for size 5 shoes, but can still fit into 18-24 month old clothes. Baby incognito is coming at a good time of the year, for if it is a boy, we have same season clothes hand-me-downs from Brian to Will to Eric to B.I.. Now if BI is a girl, then there is not as many clothes available for her and we'd have to get new clothes.
Last night, on date night, we watched Anchorman with Will Ferrell. It was funny to see all the cameos in the movie,especially when all the local anchormen get together for a brawl. I don't think it was Ferrell's best movie, but it was entertaining. I think next week for date night we'll get the Bourne Supremacy, since last week we watched the Bourn Identity. We can get caught up on that series.
It's cold, wet and damp here, but I think I will go running in between work and tutoring. I think that I can get five to six miles in with rushing myself. It's nice that I can use the TRECS building here on campus to shower after running.