Sunday, January 17, 2010

My Jacob

Jacob is my energetic and very normal boy! I love him so much. He makes me laugh and reminds me to slow down my pace, to be more patient and understanding. Hi is three and a half, very wild and loud. He didn't start walking until closer to fifteen months. But that was ok because I knew he would be a runner. I kept telling him that he didn't need to walk early and that I would be very happy to bring him what ever he needed. :) 

He also didn't start talking until after he was two. That was a little frustrtating cuz it made communicating hard. I really think part of the reasons they throw tantrums is because of lack of communication on both ends. They don't have the understanding and their reasoning just isn't there yet. We had lots of tantrums with him and still do occasionally. 

He doesn't quite grasp that I can't see yet. He's starting to get it and knows that I have to touch things. He still does funny things like put my hand on the computer screen when asking me a question about a game or asking me what's in the pictures in his books. 

He's really started to say some funny and cute things lately and loves to talk to "our baby" in my tummy. He often puts his ear to my belly and says "nope, I can't hear him yet." :) He loves to play with helicopters trains and robots. But he doesn't like loud noises and will often cover his ears when we are taking walks. I have been truly lucky because he stays right with me too. When he was younger he would dash away but always came back. He's afraid of cars so he won't run into the streets. 

He is definitely more adventurous and outgoing though. He doesn't need me to be right with him when playing at parks, although he isn't too much of a dare devil, thankfully. He of course has his big sissy to play with though so that is nice. She tells me what he's doing a lot. They get a long pretty well although they have their moments just like any other siblings. He's very rough with her. You know sits on her, launches toys at her, pulls her hair, especially when he's mad or frustrated. He wishes he could do everything she can do and when he can't it frustrates him greatly. 

My Rosa

Rosa is seven and she is my special girl whom my mom calls my "angel child". She is super smart and very compassionate. She started walking at eight months and talking at nine months. She came with a sweet obedient personality. Because she could talk so early her level of understanding at a young age was amazing! 

Sometimes we would forget how old, or rather, young she was. I could explain things to her and she just accepted it. She learned quickly about helping mommy. I remember when she was just over a year, we went ouside and she said to me "careful Mama, hose" I knew already that it was there but that so sweet and perceptive for one so young. We never really had any two year old tantrums or disobedience. I would tell her something and she just listened. She also was pretty shy and clingy so I didn't have to worry about her running away from me or not coming when I called. She pretty much wanted me to do everything with her so we explored play structures and new areas together. 

I did put bells on her shoes sometimes so I could hear her especially when we went to places with lot of people. We have decided to homeschool our children so she would be in second grade but I don't really measure her learning that way. She loves to read which has been so much fun for us all. She's always been pretty much ahead in academics too. We learn at her pace. Right now she is working on writing which is probably my only concern simply cuz I can't coach her in it. Josh helps her and we have lots of work books and give her lots of practice. I'm sure she'll be writing just fine though. 

She loves to help me too. I make sure she knows though that I can do things just fine on my own. I never want her to feel like she's obligated to be with me when she should be out with friends and enjoyeing her lif and own experiences.

By the way, neither of my children are great about picking up their toys but you know it really hasn't been an issue for me. It's more of an issue to Josh who likes things neat and tidy. :) Rosa loves fairies and princess and right now loves loves loves Tinkerbell! :) She is my sweet fun girl and I love having her in our lives.