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So the Pip started kindergarten today (SteelyKid started third grade on Tuesday), and we got a picture of them hugging me while waiting for the bus to match last year's.

THEY ARE SO HUGE.

photographic proof )

Kindergarten seems to have gone well; he made a delightful self-portrait, and he was cheerful though very very tired this evening. (SteelyKid's an old hand at this now and is also doing great.)

some pictures

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 09:37 pm
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The Pip rediscovered his camera today (the kids both have real ones, though old, because made-for-kids cameras are terrible) and took 241 pictures, mostly at the fire station for a Girl Scouts tour [*], three of which I thought I'd share, plus one I took.

[*] Without SteelyKid, perversely, because I assist with Girl Scouts and Chad assists with Odyssey of the Mind, which had its first meeting today, so they both needed to be at that, and so the Pip needed to be at one of those, and was much better off rampaging the fire station than sitting at a meeting.

First, a pair of portraits of me: one I took because, for some reason I was never entirely clear on, a social media circle elsewhere was doing selfies in hoodies. As I said then, I don't wear hoodies, but I stopped to take this before I headed out into the rain. I rather like the severity of it and the slightly mysterious air the raincoat's hood provides:

hooded figure selfie )

Next is the one the Pip took today, because it's nice to be reminded of his literal POV (lots of pictures of my belly in the full set) and because it demonstrates his breathtaking lack of personal space. Also, my hair is very shiny in this.

portrait in extreme closeup )

And while we're doing selfies, the Pip's first attempt, which is extremely blurry because it's an old camera and thus doesn't have a flip screen, but amused me:

super blurry Pip )

Finally, one arty picture worthy of his dad, a fire truck's shiny hubcap (also a portrait of us):

selfie in hubcap )

(Probably you want actual pictures of the Pip, too, and Chad's got you covered: leaping into a leaf pile, leaning over a book that SteelyKid is reading him, with said book on his birthday, and sitting in the driver's seat (SteelyKid too). Also, SteelyKid in her taekwondo sparring gear, because I found it while looking for the rest of these.)

And he barely objected to taking his amoxycillin (he got strep a week and a day after his sister), so on the whole, a good night.

+/-

Monday, November 9th, 2015 09:23 pm
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(Or why there will be no kid developmental update post tonight, despite the Pip turning 4 on Saturday.)

- SteelyKid has strep.

+ SteelyKid gets to stop the loathsome antibiotic she was taking for something else (four times a day!) and take bubble-gum flavored amoxycillin that she actually likes.

- I'm allergic to amoxycillin so we get to watch her for that.

+ She's been in a really great energetic mood since just before dinner...

- ...but still needs to stay home tomorrow, which actually puts a bigger dent in Chad's productivity than if she were a sleepy lump on the couch.

+ The Pip is four, so it's time to do bedtime just like his sister: one of us sits on the bed for two songs, sets a timer, comes back when timer beeps to check up.

- Crying. Lots.

- Eventually had to sit on bed and hold his hand for fifteen minutes until he went to sleep.

- Goal of letting him learn to put self to sleep, in hopes that he will put self BACK to sleep in middle of night instead of waking me up, is going to be a long haul.

+ But I didn't have to lie down and cuddle him until he feel asleep?

- And now, work. And paranoia about my own throat.
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Anecdote one:

A few days ago, the Pip told me that "Mister Nobody" was his invisible friend's first name.

His full name is Mister Nobody Patootie-Booty-Butt Something.

Anecdote two:

Tonight SteelyKid attempted to fend off bedtime through a monologue recreating the history on Earth by going from her and her brother, to her ancestors back to her great-great-grandparents (one generation at a time), then to cousins of cousins, then to the interconnectedness of all humanity, then to humanity's primate ancestors, then a side trip to birds and dinosaurs, then to the start of life on Earth, and then the formation of the Earth itself.

And now, since I was up at five this morning to take the Pip for a minor surgical procedure (probe of not-properly-draining tear duct; required general anesthesia because eye; all's well), I must get the laundry out of the dryer and faceplant into bed.

in happier news

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015 09:46 pm
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FB & G+ tend to get all the kid pictures, so, giant children are giant:

with Kate for scale )

First day of second grade, today. The Pip starts pre-K in a week.

Edit: 49.25" and 41.5", respectively.
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Because if you need a preschooler dressed like a superhero being photobombed by a first-grader, well, that's a very specific need and I've got you covered:

right behind the cut )

And now, to eat the breakfast I haven't yet in order to get them out the door on time, walk the dog, and do all the housework that I comprehensively failed at last night. Also go to work.
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(I am trying to post when I think of things, even if they don't seem "worthy" of posts, because I want to get back in the habit.)

We took the kids to Wild Kratts Live tonight. Wild Kratts is a PBS show about two brothers who, in bookending live-action segments, meet and talk about wild creatures, and in the animated middle, put on "creature power suits" and fly around in a giant turtle-shaped ship with a tech crew of three saving animals from the obligatory villains. (I have never actually seen an episode all the way through, so this is a rough approximation.) The kids love this, though SteelyKid is starting to go off it a bit, and it must be pretty popular because six weeks ago, the only seats left were literally in the second-to-last-row of the balcony.

Anyway. The show was cheesy but hit all the kid-pleasing notes, and they had a great time. But the thing of note was the end special effect [*], which was the brothers using a "miniaturizer" they'd recovered from the villains: they said they were activating it, fog or lights or something covered their exit, and then when the stage lights came back on, there were stuffed toy versions of the brothers on the stage where they'd been standing. (Which were, of course, for sale outside.)

As the subject line says: SteelyKid (now 6.5) and the Pip (now 3.25) nearly got in a major fight over this, because she saw that they were toys, but he insisted that they'd been miniaturized. Fortunately we were able to distract them before someone started crying over this disagreement.

[*] Prior special effects included "caracal power" of high-jumping using a springboard behind a fake rock, and "orangutan power" of moving through trees by swinging on a big swing coming in from off-stage. Also the process of donning a "creature power suit" was a stage blackout while the actor went off-stage to put on a cloth costume, covered by a super-slow animation on the screen, which made me really grateful for the person who put together all the Iron Man suit sequences into one video to clear the palate.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to listen to something other than the show's theme song to get it out of my head, fold laundry, and then collapse into bed.
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At almost one month:

image )

At almost eleven months:

image )

At almost three years (i.e., today):

image )

(The face is because he's asking me to open my mouth and I'm being silly and refusing.)

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I have been sadly absent from, uh, everything as I try to get my feet back under me, but here is 15 seconds of the Pip dancing while eating his toast this morning, apparently just because, because you all need to see what a trial it is, living with a somber and undemonstrative child. (Contains open-mouthed chewing.)

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some lousy-quality, but cute, pictures taken of them in the last week (with the camera in my tablet; all previously uploaded to FaceBook. I think the thing likely to push me over into getting a smartphone is actually an always-on-me camera, weirdly enough.).

A week ago, the Pip demanded I take his picture; here he is with SteelyKid, singing a song about flowers (consisting of "flowers!" over and over again):

two pictures )

The intermediate stage of SteelyKid's Lego Jaeger, entirely self-designed and -constructed:

one picture )

And the Pip, telling me he has a new nose:

one picture )

They are now, uh, *counts on fingers, rounds off* five and three-quarters and two and a half, basically. Time, it does fly.
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SteelyKid busted out this note all by herself today at the dining room table, sounding out the words under her breath.

a note )

[Image: handwritten note that says, at bottom, "Mom and Dad lisin [listen] to (crossed out: they) this"; an arrow up leads to text at the top: "I do not wot [want] Davi[d] to pllae [play] with my tooys [toys]". In the middle are two stick figures, one unsmiling with crossed arms and a smaller one smiling and holding a Slinky.]

Frankly, I was pretty impressed; I'm poor at phonetics, but mostly this looks like pretty reasonable sounding-out attempts to me. The only correction I offered was "this" for "they," because she read it as "this" and just wrote the wrong thing down (she does this a lot when reading, substituting some other short common word that starts the same way). Also, the Slinky is pretty great.

She is also into maps lately, and today brought home this one I rather like:

a map )

[Image: road or trail map in marker with smiling stick figure and a handwritten note, "the . is you"; the path is outlined by many many dots showing your progress]

And just so the Pip's artistic efforts aren't slighted, a drawing he made and showed off to Chad the next day:

Elmo, for certain values thereof )

[Image: lots of red marker scribbles and dots, some of which were so forceful and overlapping that they ripped the paper in one spot, captioned "Elmo" by a teacher]

Oh My Gosh

Saturday, January 18th, 2014 11:44 pm
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I don't know what the story behind this is, though probably there isn't one because they're 5 and 2 and thus they don't need reasons, but here is your ludicrously cute thing for the day, SteelyKid and the Pip singing their hit song, "Oh My Gosh."



(Check your volume, they can be surprisingly loud.)

kid blogging

Thursday, January 16th, 2014 10:06 pm
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Chad has it: in which SteelyKid tells a story inspired partly by the Ramayana, and in a picture at the end, the Pip looks startlingly grown-up.
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Because there has been a sad lack of kid blogging here lately:

The Pip pulls on the handle of the front door

Hooray deadbolts.

In other news, I got my hair cut and cannot take self-portraits in the least: )

kate_nepveu: toddler in blue jacket standing with one hand on rope and wood ladder (The Pip - standing outside (2012-11))

There will be a developmental post someday, I promise. Meanwhile, three pictures of them playing with awesome knitted snakes from their Aunt Stasia.

changes of pace

Saturday, January 5th, 2013 09:38 am
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Yesterday afternoon, Chad's parents picked the kids up (both kids; their first overnight with the Pip without us there).

Last night, I stayed late at work, had a lovely dinner out, fought Quicken into admitting that my account was too reconciled, cleaned off my desk of a week's worth of mail, took all the ornaments off the tree and put them away, and then slept so soundly that my back is stiff this morning (apparently my body is no longer used to sleeping the night through and, I don't know, doesn't automatically move or something any more?).

The only bad things about this are (a) look how adorable they are! and (b) I am worried about inflicting the Pip's variable sleeping ability on people not used to it . . .

But as changes of pace go, on the whole pretty nice. Now, pack and dress and off for a whirlwind vacation.

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Things I am grateful for (or that, depending on the phrasing), daily during November.

past days, for my own reference )

  1. No need to wait until the end of the day for this: the Pip is one today. Happy Birthday, buddy!

The Pip at one: )

Morning ETA: Chad has a couple of pictures.

kate_nepveu: infant standing with one hand on couch, smiling at camera (The Pip - standing and smiling (2012-09))

In a word: walking.

ten seconds of video proof )

Note the upraised arms; this is obviously because we held his hands as he learned, but along with the smiles and laughs of delight, always remind me of the arms-up-yay emoticon: \o/ !

Also, SteelyKid has discovered the joys of hunt-and-peck typing on the keyboard (also knows the functions of the caps lock, delete, enter, and space bar keys, though she has an idiosyncratic approach to white space) and has started emailing her friends via their parents. Seriously. I wonder how soon she can learn touch-typing . . .

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Two things from this afternoon:

I was watching the extras on the Avengers DVD and I note that Tony Stark is listed as CEO of Stark Industries only through 2010 (on the dossier in the Steve deleted scene). Fanon that Pepper remains CEO is hereby supported (though not technically confirmed, but still, who else would it be?).

Earlier the Pip was a bit unhappy so I put him up on my shoulder while the last minute of the Colbert Report segment I was watching finished, and then he was really limp so I walked over to the mirror to see if he was actually asleep. He wasn't, but the reflection reminded me of the picture in my icon, so I had to get a camera and take a comparison picture:

two pictures )

Oh, and the subject line reminds me that about a month and a half ago Chad plotted his growth data, back during his blog hiatus:

scatterplot )

My poor buddy is a bit under the weather, as that face may suggest, but pretty good-natured about it all the same.

And now I am going to see if he will sleep in his crib for long enough for me to do dishes and laundry and job-related work and all that lovely stuff.

GIP

Monday, September 24th, 2012 10:24 pm
kate_nepveu: infant standing with one hand on couch, smiling at camera (The Pip - standing and smiling (2012-09))

Because I keep feeling bad that I only have one icon of the Pip. Taken yesterday.

He is a happy little dude. Especially when mobile. (Not walking on his own yet, but wow, soon.)

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