New Year’s Eve was a blast! Mathias and Nathan (and their parents) were over for dinner – everyone managed to stay awake until midnight! The kids had so much fun horsing around, especially when they started playing hockey together (with anything they could find to resemble a hockey stick). Nathan particularly enjoyed riding on Nicholas’ new tiger and Mathias really enjoyed the drumsticks. Patrick made a delicious Rouladen for dinner, which was a hit!
I picked up our passports yesterday – yippee – so now we’re just waiting to hear from Elaine that Baby #2 has arrived … should be any day now … and we’ll be going to visit them a couple of times this month. Thank goodness I’m not trying to juggle another college course this semester! The last 2 months were way too much for me, so I’ll take a break this semester.
Nicholas will probably always amaze me, but the last few days he seems to have grown up a little more and seems much more like a little boy every day. His language skills are coming along quite nicely and he can “almost-say” a bunch of words – some in Spanish and some in English (whichever is the easier version of the word, we’ve noticed). I’m especially interested to see him learn/understand the concept of hot. I taught him the sign for hot and he’s been connecting it with the oven, fireplaces, and even candles – even dinner or a mug, if he sees steam rising from it. In fact, there were wall sconces at the Sutton Place that were made to look like candles – Nicholas kept pointing to them during brunch and telling me they were hot (he signs and says “haw, haw”). How clever! Funny note: Christy mentioned that Mathias has started saying “ga” (copying Nicholas) for any type of drink, not necessarily water.
Big moment tonight. I tried to move him from our bed to his crib, but he woke up and was loathe to go back to sleep again, even after nursing. I think he sensed I was going to put him in the crib and he didn’t want to be there. He’s probably ready for a toddler bed now, considering how much he complains about the crib (and yet falls asleep happily in our bed). Anyways, I put him in the crib and gave him the bottle of water I’ve been using over the last couple of weeks – he howled for about 2 minutes and then … silence. I don’t know if I’ll like waking up without him (Patrick is gone by the time we wake up), but I’m trying this to see if we can all sleep through the night. Patrick really needs the rest and I find it exhausting to nurse 2-3 times during the night still. I still firmly believe in the “family bed” – if this doesn’t work for Nicholas (or me), he’ll come back into our bed, but I think it’s at least worth a try. If we had a king-size bed, it might not be an issue, but I think we’re a little cramped in our queen-size.
There may be yet another tooth about to appear. When Patrick was brushing his teeth this morning, Nicholas very clearly signed “ow!”. If I’m right, his top left cuspid is soon to appear. He was also fussy when I brushed his teeth tonight, so I’ll keep a close watch over the next few days.
One of his favourite foods is potatoes, so I’m going to teach him the sign tomorrow. I don’t know if he’ll use it, though, because he can clearly say “papas” in Spanish. This will be interesting.