Every year, The Kids birthday falls right in the middle of the chaos associated with leaving for Mexico for four months. Closing up the house, packing the entire Zoo and making the necessary plans for life to continue on while we’re not there takes a lot of time. Eight weeks to be exact. In turn, I’m just getting around to their fourth birthday party post now.
I could write a blog post about my guilt.
This year, before we headed to Toronto for The Kids birthday and the first leg of our 5,000 roadtrip, they went to the doctor for their annual visit. Well actually, it’s not exactly annual. You see, they didn’t go last year. Firstly because the Doctor told me that they didn’t need any shots and secondly because they weren’t sick.
Last year, I documented their progress and thought it would be fun to compare it to this year.
Height. I can’t remember exactly how much they grew without looking at the marks on their bedroom wall but I want to say that they each grew 3”. It sounds like a lot. But they really did grow from last year.
Weight. Based on their confirmed weight gain, they very well might have grown that much. Max went from 28lbs to 35lbs and Artemis was up 6lbs (from 26 to 32lbs).
Activities. Both of them love to do crafts. All day, every day. Cutting, gluing, drawing. Max has a real thing for maze games and loves their Vtech tablet. Artemis likes connect the dots and spot the difference. They both love LEGO.
Writing. One day, in October, Artemis sat down and clearly and correctly and in order wrote 19 of the 26 letters of the alphabet. Just like that. Up until that point, she had expressed no interest in writing at all.
Personality. Artemis follows the rules and lets other people know when they’re not. Max not so much. He’s our little Don Quixote, “tilting at windmills”. This summer, Ed asked him if he wanted the leg or arm of a gingerbread man. After some reflection Max answered, “the head”. Needless to say, he got the head.
Toilet Training. One major difference from last year is that they’re no longer in diapers! Artemis toilet trained herself on the way to Mexico and Max trained himself on the way home. Neither have had an accident at night since the day they decided that they were done.
Fears. Artemis has been afraid of the dark since as far back as I remember. I guess it’s hereditary…
Music. If Max hears a beat then his toe is tapping. The interesting thing is that it could be the tap, tap, tap of water drops and he instinctively moves. Artemis is still tone deaf and a one trick pony when it comes to the songs she knows. Let’s just say, “call her maybe…”.
Language. Over the past year, Ed and I have spoken Spanish in the house close to half of the time. Based on their actions, it’s obvious that they understand everything that we’re saying. After spending four months in Mexico, it will be interesting to see how well they speak the language.
Dressing and Bedtime. Both kids dress themselves from head to toe. They also get themselves ready for bed by washing their hands, putting on their pajamas and brushing their teeth.
Teeth. The Kids have all their baby teeth and do a great job at brushing them. They’re using kids toothpaste but I’m hoping to graduate to fluoride as soon as Max learns how to spit (Artemis knows how).
Alexander. The Kids play with Alexander almost every day. When they receive a gift, they often remember (without prompting) to share with him. As time passes, I don’t feel the need to consciously mention his name. It happens, organically, almost every day. I know that The Kids, Ed and I will never forget him.
With respect to their progress against the Nipissing District Developmental Checklist for 48 months, they are developing normally.
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