Sunday, April 20, 2014

Dance, Dance, Dance

On Fridays Raf attends a 'street funk' dance class. It's for 5-7 year olds and he's the youngest by far. He's also only one of two boys, and he's only been going since January. But he really enjoys it. Usually the class is screened off from watching parents, which I really don't like because it's so, so funny watching Raf dance. This past Friday, though, parents were able to view the entire class, and at the end we got to go in the room. Raf stops for lots of hug breaks!

18 months old, Charlie!

It's difficult to believe but Charlie turned 18 months old on Thursday! I almost forgot, thinking it was Friday and had to cancel plans to see some friends, but despite it being a bit slap-dash we had a nice evening with yummy cake. Sadly, Charlie is poorly yet again. We've managed to escape a lot of sickness this winter until the flu, that is, but now we seem to be making up for lost time with all of coming down with another virus. Nevertheless, I got home from work a little early and spent some fun time with Charlie outside - puddle jumping, biking, and going down the slide. He loves being outside. 

As I was making the cake, though, I put him down on the sofa with an ice pop for his sore throat and when I went to check on him minutes later I discovered him asleep. It's the first time that's happened. Poor love. 

Rich and Raf went to get balloons while I made the cake... Raf was very excited for the party.

We made the same cake for Rafi when he turned a year and a half old. That time, my mum and dad were visiting (their last time over together) and it was a lovely, fun time. Charlie was a bit out of sorts but we enjoyed the balloons and his brother enjoyed the cake.

Charlie is a tiny tot, though. I took him to his wellness check up and he's around 31 inches (they couldn't get a proper height because he SCREAMS the duration of the appointment. He is not a fan of the Drs). He weighs just 23 pounds, and has a huge head (20 inches). That puts him around 12% for both height and weight. This is an improvement on his weight as he was down to the 5th percentile during his bout with the flu. Deb isn't worried, though I confess I am. He's really fallen off his curve. He's happy and doing well in every other way - which is what counts - but I think that his initial few months eating (mostly chewing and spitting out) followed by a very bad flu - has left him very much under his idea weight.

Hoping he puts on a little more height and weight in the coming months so that he's a little more robust. He has the personality of quite the bruiser!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Red Wellies!

Charlie loves nothing more than to jump in puddles, and given it's mud season here in Maine, there's many of them for him to choose. Unfortunately he'd been usually wearing shoes to do the jumping, so on Saturday we schlepped the boys (Charlie with a pair of too big shoes on as his others were all soaking wet) to Freeport to get them both new wellies. It was a lovely warm and sunny day and neither of the boys would take the boots off after we'd had them fitted. So they walked around for the entire day in shorts and boots - eating a sorbet cornet along the way - and came home to jump in a lot of puddles. Raf has worn his boots everyday to school this week, declaring that, 'I just can't stop wearing them'! 

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Boys' Favourites

Rafi's Favourites...

Food: peanut butter and jam or a hummus sandwich
Toy: trains
Favourite new toy: hobby horse
Train(s): Douglas, Porter, and James
Colour(s): red and black
Friend: Rowan
People: all of us in the family
Book: Thomas - the one with James, Gordon, and Thomas in it... Gordon crashed into an old tunnel.
TV: Thomas.
Drink: juice (English juice... cordial!)
Word: caterpillar
Animal: sheep
Number: 100
Puzzle: pirate puzzle
Outside: play on his playground
To go: Children's Museum
Girl: Cordelia
Ice cream: strawberry sorbet
Favourite way to walk around the block: bike

Charlie's Favourites....
Food: tomatoes, spaghetti, banana, and ice pops
Toy: trains
Favourite new toy: hobby horse
Train(s): the one his brother is playing with
Colour: so far unknown
Friend: Rafi
People: mama
Book: Thomas - any and all
TV: Thomas
Drink; milkies
Word: mama
Animal: doggies
Number: so far unknown
Puzzle: none
Outside: jumping in puddles
To go: open gym and the museum
Girl: mama
Ice cream: strawberry sorbet
Favourite way to walk around the block: holding mama's hand


Saturday, April 12, 2014


This week Rich and I met with Raf's preschool teacher. Well, I ended up meeting with her because Charlie was being a little rascal and wanted to play outside (he wasn't quiet about his desires). Raf will soon be starting big boy school - which is difficult for us to fathom. How on earth did he get so big.

We really, really love Raf's teachers and all of the kiddos in his class. We really were very fortunate in having Christina (the lead teacher) and Jesse (the assistant teacher) as teachers this past year. They're very child centered but have good boundaries with the children. Raf is very happy there. Recently Raf's best friend, Rowan, transferred into the class and so he's been even happier!

The meeting was fairly brief and Christina said he's doing really well and she thinks he'll flourish in kindergarten. 

Areas of strength:
* Very social and can easily make friends
* Gross motor skills are right on target
* Fine motor skills are progressing well
* Can recognize all the letters of the alphabet and numbers up to at least 10.

Areas to focus on:
* Focusing during group activities 
* Calendar-learning the days of the week
* Practice writing letters

We were relieved to know that he is following others less and being a little more discerning. That was an issue that his teachers brought up last time we met. 

One thing that is very sweet is that when he walks into his class each morning, lots of Raf's classmates come over to see what train he's brought in that day. It seems as though more and more of his friends flock to see. Rich said that a couple of his friends came over for a group hug as he walked through the door. We're really going to miss his classmates and teachers.

Here Raf is saying good-bye to our lovely old Civic last week. It's been a good 13 years, old friend.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Big Brother

Raf is a lovely big brother. Sometimes, if I'm complimenting him, or telling him I love him, he responds, "but what about Charlie?". Worried, is he, that I've missed his little brother out.

These are a few of the sweet things he's said to - or about - his brother this week.

"Good morning, my little sweetheart".

"He's such a sweet little fella".

"Look at Charlie's squishy bottom. Awww, he's so cute".

"I love you Charlie. Do you love me?"

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Picture Catch-up.

Downloading some photos from the last few weeks, I thought I'd post some here. This is before Charlie was poorly. We had a fun day at the Children's Museum, just Charlie and I. Before we left he was playing dress-up with my hat and Raf's sunglasses. Silly little Charlie. 

And then more dress-up at the museum. Charlie loved playing on the fire truck there!

Kisses for mama, with silly glasses on.

And then home for some farm sanctuary fun.

Rich took the boys out to buy a new reading book for Rafi... Thomas, of course.

And then everyone became ill. Poor Charlie, starting to feel a bit better here.

Showing me his nose...

And then cuddling with his poorly brother.

Taking solace in one another as they walk around the house holding hands. 

And then a miracle... we start to feel better and the weather is above freezing and somewhat sunny and warmish. A family springtime after work walk. 

And then a late delivery from the UPS man. Some lovely stickers from our dear friend Sarah-Hope. Thank you, my love. The boys love their present!

So glad that it's Spring!