New Year, Same Life

Well, here it is, mid-way through the first month of the new year, and I am finally writing my first post of the year.

There’s a lot going on here – lots of highs and lots of lows. For today’s post I’ll try to concentrate on those highs. The lows, I think, will have to wait for a more serious post.

Row & LT's First New Year's Eve Together
Our first New Year’s Eve together in Disney Land, California.

On New Year’s Eve, the hubs and I “accidentally on purpose” stayed up to watch the ball drop. We had no wish to do so heading into the evening, what with the knowledge that the boys would be up at their normal early time the next morning, and we’d be sleep-deprived parents, ill-equipped to scratch out the patience those early mornings often require.

But the time kind of flew by, and at ten, we began thinking it might not be too bad. By eleven we thought we might as well stay up at that point. We watched the ball drop, and a bit of the festivity afterward. We chatted for a bit, and by one we were heading to bed.

It was actually nice to be able to kiss my husband when the clock struck the new year.

As our Yule was low-key, so was the first week of the New Year. The hubs went back to work, and life returned to a fairly normal routine.  I’ve given up on the Insanity workout (it’s just seriously not my style), and moved on to a mash-up of an app workout I found, and the New York City Ballet workout. Hopefully it’ll stick.

Monster's Red Tongue
Monster thoroughly enjoyed the cookies his Great-Aunt sent.

Monster is at a plateau in his development, it seems. He’s cruising along, learning new ways to make us crazy every day. (I’m only a little bit kidding about that).

At some point in the next few weeks, I’ll be taking Bug to visit some relatives while LT attempts a potty-training boot-camp with him. He has a clear understanding of how it all works, but refuses to even think about using the potty. Hopefully boot-camp will work. (Keep your fingers crossed for us).

Bug has also made leaps and bounds in the last few weeks and months. We’ve been watching the “Baby Signing Time” videos on a fairly frequent basis, and he seems to be encouraged by them to sign and even sound out words.

Bug's Second Birthday
Two years old!

The thing is, his communication has become at once better and more frustrating. While he seems to enjoy signing, and *sometimes* will ask for something using those signs, he doesn’t seem to want to work with us to expand his communication. He refuses to listen to even the most basic commands (like when we ask him to bring his cup to us). I feel like he understands what we’re saying, but just refuses to comply. Often resulting in a tantrum for no real reason.

How do you combat comprehension, but defiance to use that knowledge? It’s frustrating, and discouraging. He had another evaluation the other day. The woman said she’s still concerned. I’m hovering on the edge of being very concerned, and at the same time not worried too much about it.

But I’m trying to keep this post on the positive end.

Bug turned two years old this weekend! I made a Blue’s Clues cake (he loves the show, and I have to say, I’m getting damn good at decorating those cakes!), and we had a small celebration. He chose not to eat the cake or even to show an interest in opening his present. But he had fun playing with the balloons we’d put out.

Seasons of the World Tree - 01-15-2013 04 Bug's Second B-Day CakeAside from the mundane, every-day things I write about here, I have some big news! With it,  I will have something exciting to write about. But you’ll have to wait until next week to see what it is!

For now, I hope your week goes well! 

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