Learning to share and using full sentences

At bible study last week, running to Daddy from the other room where he’d been playing nicely with Harvey and Zion –

Nathan: Daddy, Daddy, Daddyyyy! ZION has a toy but I wan to PLAY with it!

Pretty impressive in my book - both the sentence and the fact that he didn't just grab the toy. Don't worry, he's not always this impressive.

The same evening we also learned that the three boys have an ongoing argument over whether Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (or maybe it’s Bah Bah Black Sheep? or Humpty Dumpty?) is a SONG or a BOOK. The Archibald boys say song; Nathan says book. Dan tries to explain it’s a song AND a book. Harvey says he knows but it’s still funny to argue. The little boys seem to enjoy the rhythm of the argument too (no, SONG! no BOOK! no SONG! no BOOK!) and stand there smiling at each other as they debate, and everyone ends up laughing, so I guess it’s okay. Although I’m not sure how the adults in the house feel about it.

May 16th and Mother’s Day Week

Yesterday we celebrated May 16th by having a perfectly normal day.
May 16, 2011 we were discharged from the NICU.
May 16, 2012 we were discharged two days after hip surgery.
May 16, 2013 we were nowhere near a hospital. It felt good.

Adding to thejoy of a hospital-free May, Nathan has turned Mother’s Day into a week of sleeping in. For the last few months he’d been getting up earlier and earlier – any time between 5:15 and 6:00 – making our mornings a little hectic and sleepy. But on Mother’s Day Nathan slept in until 7:00, sang himself back to sleep, and then spent the next hour and a half snoozing, singing and playing quietly in his bed. He wasn’t ready to get up until 8:30! Since then, the relaxing mornings have continued, with a little voice calling for us after 7:00 most mornings. It’s been amazing.

The Magical Land of Pelham

We’ve been trying to get out to Pelham to hang out with family since Christmas. We finally made it at the end of April. It’s a magical place. There are woods for exploring, a newly (at least since my childhood) paved road for scooter riding, playgrounds to enjoy, great uncles and aunties with real kickballs and ideas about two kids being just as much fun as two ponies, and lots and lots of animals to visit.

Nathan was super excited to visit the horses and even though he kept reminding us they were “BIG horsies” he warmed up to them, feeding Noel grass, calling her to come play, chatting with Marco and ALMOST going for a horsie ride. Then on Sunday late morning as we were getting ready to leave the playground after a rousing morning of kickball, climbing, bouncing on the bridge and scooting, baby animals started showing up! Fancy chickens, bunnies and three month old goats with their mommy - how much better can life at the playground get?

bridge bouncing with Uncle Carey

Since our visit, whenever we mention a great grandparent Nathan asks “Grama Booth house? Auntie Mary?”, and has added the Pioneer Valley gang to his song list: “I love you yeah, yeah, Uncle Carey. I love you yeah, yeah Joy. I love you yeah, yeah, Auntie Mary. I love you yeah, yeah Tiger…” I guess we’ll have to go back.

Scoot, scoot, scoot to my lou…

Nathan is an expert scooter rider. He can glide along with one leg out behind him or both feet on the scooter, treating it like a skateboard. He can steer and stop on a dime and goes REALLY fast.

Scooting! from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

(showing off for Carey and Joy at the end of a fun morning at the Pelham School playground.)

Nathan on the Big Screen

Grandma is heading off to her 40th reunion this weekend and since she still does not believe in carrying the internet in her pocket we are loading up the blog with videos to share with her Smith friends. (Hi Joan & Kiki!)

So now, without further ado, in reverse chronological order - More Nathan Videos!

Getting reacquainted with "his pony"

Getting to know Noel from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

Easter Saturday

Easter Snow Removal from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

The beginning of the obsession with the Beatles

The Beatles from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

A little dance about french toast

Birthday French Toast from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

Nathans favorite video to watch - he knows all the lines

Expert Spoon User from Katie Vogele-Bongiovanni on Vimeo.

Do air conditioners make us wimpy?

And by extension, am I making my kid wimpy by putting an air conditioner in his room? There is something wrong with the way we think about parenting in this country when society tells us to scrutinize every action so that we know if we are being the perfect parent or ruining our children. But as I lay in bed last night, without air conditioning or fan, listening to the neighbor’s central air crank away, thinking about how I only had a fan in my room growing up, considering the mythical desire I have to not put our AC window units in before August regardless of the temperature outside, this was my thought: Will my kid be a wimp because we put an air conditioner in his room?

Just as the heat and humidity started to creep in two nights ago, Nathan had a night terror. (At least that’s what the nurse we talked to back in March called them.) He’s been having a few a month since January, and other than the ones in March that accompanied a fever, there’s nothing remarkable about them and there doesn’t see to be any rhyme or reason to them. But going to bed on time and sleeping in a cool room seem to help. So last night as Nathan took his bath and I remembered how sweaty he’s been the night before, I asked Tim to put the AC in his room. No night terror last night. Was it because of the AC? Who knows. Will Nathan grow up to be a wimp because of the AC? Since he loves playing outside, getting dirty, and has never complained about being hot (he really really really wanted to wear his flannelly superman pjs as clothes today) I think we’re okay. Now this stupid parenting culture our society has cultivated just needs to get out of my head.