Saturday, June 20, 2015

Walking

Alden has taken an interest in walking.  He's been capable of walking for some time.  He's able to balance and push a chair around.  He's been cruising along the furniture since he was like 7 months old.  But, walking has been of little interest to him.  Even holding onto a hand.

Part of it was getting used to the forward facing style of moving -- as opposed to the sideways shuffle he uses when holding onto the furniture.  For awhile, whenever we held his hands, he'd still try to go sideways, sticking his belly out and jutting one hip further than the other.  This, of course, creates all sorts of balance issues. 

Add to that the fact that he can get anywhere - and fast - crawling, and I think he saw little need.  He even bear walks whenever there's something he wants his tummy and knees to avoid. 

But, lately, he's been standing more and attempting a step here and there.  And then, last night, he just TOOK to it.  He started walking across the room.  And he did it.  And then he was so excited, he wanted to do it again. And again.  And faster.  And faster.  He'd pop up but he'd be going so fast he'd tumble over.  And then he'd pop up again and fall forward from the momentum.  He rolled around, hardly able to contain himself. It was quite funny.  I am convinced he really only has an interest in running and the walking is going to be a brief interlude between the two styles (ie crawling and running).  Things are about to get exhausting around here (maybe the days of not sleeping will be replaced by the days of chasing a speedy toddler around and the overall level of exhaustion will be a wash?  A girl can dream). 

Here Alden is at the tail end of his spaz walking/running extravaganza.  He's racing towards toddlerhood!

End of 1st Grade

Kai is done with 1st grade.  Crazy.  She's going to be in 2nd grade this fall. That blows my mind.  I'm excited about 2nd grade for her.  I think (hope!) that her teacher is going to be great.  And, she's returning to the same school this fall with the same set of friends... a first for her in her short schooling life (since she was in Spanish school, then Thornhill, then Courtyard).  I think the stability will be good.  It seems we've found a good place for her -- I'm hoping it continues. 

That said, Kai struggled to stay on task as the end of school wrapped up and got in trouble more often for not listening as the days wore on.  She was ready for a summer break. I used to be a bit of a proponent of year round school, but I've changed my mind.  Kai needed a break from school.  As much as we love Courtyard, she needed to not be in a place where she was having to sit still and follow directions for 6 hours a day.  Kai so so active and energetic and talkative -- she was able to really be on her game the first half of the year, but towards the end, she was just done. 

And, of course, this is how adults are lots of times too.  It's not just about being 7.  We all need breaks.  We all hit that point with our jobs or our daily grind that we HAVE to mix it up or we will lose it.  I think Kai was at that point, a bit.  It's good to remember that kids have a breaking point, too and that they also just need a bit of a breather sometimes. I'm glad she gets one this summer. And, what a summer it's going to be:  Art Beast Camp, Zoo camp, a week with our nannies (she's looking forward to playing with Alden and Will), TWO weeks with Nonnie and Papa (one at their house by herself!), Washington DC, theater camp, Courtyard camp, camping with friends, a week at the beach, and then a final week at Courtyard and with our nannies... it's actually busier than I intended her to be.  We have so much going on, I feel like it's just going to fly by.  But, I also think she'll have a good time and it's definitely a break from the usual routine. 

Despite some small struggles, she finished strong and, most importantly, she finished feeling good about herself and what she accomplished in 1st grade.  On one of the last days, she brought home her "1st Grade Memory Book" -- a book they created, a page for each month, throughout the year.  It's so special.  Her teacher is so amazing!  I took a picture of each page -- they really capture Courtyard and Kai's first year at this special school. 












 
Here's to summer vacation!  I've got to get Kai doing a scrapbook again this summer -- she has so much going on.  And, hopefully I will find time to post a bit more and keep track of all of our adventures.