Posted in Parenting

Oh Boy…

I’ve been pretty absent lately and it’s not because nothing is happening.  Perhaps, in fact, it is because too namy things have been happening.

I am absolutely jammed at work.  My days are so busy that they fly by (which is a good thing!).  The best part is that my students are progressing in English!  Yes!!!  You see I teach a group of 13-15 year old students who have learning difficulties.  Specifically, most of my students are at about the level of 4th graders.  They have trouble with their mother tongue (French) so English is waaaaay far on their priority list.  BUT, so far, things are going smoothly and not only are they progressing beyond what I had though, but they are actually enjoying themselves.

Then, there’s the home front.  Amélie is now confidently walking (and climbing, and hiding inside cupboards and trying to do everything her big brother does).  She is seriously all over the place.  And she talks!  This surprised me because (even if I know I shouldn’t be comparing my children), Charles was only saying “water” and “mom” by 18 months whereas she has quite a few words in her vocabulary (“eat” being the most prominent one…).  She also recently started to cut her canines…all four of them…at the same time…at 13 (well, 14 now) months.  Sheesh!  She’s such a sassy little miss though and lights up any room she’s in.  Oh and she has rendered my plug protectors obsolete as she has figured out how to take them out of the plugs.

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You guys have now been relegated to the state of “useless”.

Charles is doing really well too.  He is now able to dress himself (when he wants to…).  It’s always very apparent when he does so because his shirt, boxers and pants (and usually shoes/boots) are facing the wrong way, but boy oh boy is he proud when he surprises his father or I by getting out of his room all dressed.  He is also talking non stop and loves to sing.  “Row, row, row your boat” anyone?  He still has his tantrum up and downs, but they seem to be getting (if not less intense) further apart and shorter in duration.  Perhaps it’s just a placebo effect to my knowledge that he is going to be three (!) soon though.  We’ve been keeping up his swimming lessons and have really seen an improvement in the last few weeks.  He’s now able to float on his back unassisted and he’s able to put his whole head under water (which is wonderful because we used to get huge meltdowns when we got his face wet even a little).

By the way, for those of you who use the Allerject epinephrine injector in Canada, I received an e-mail yesterday stating that the company was issuing a voluntary recall of their devices because:

“The products have been found to potentially have inaccurate dosage delivery,” (source)

We’re not using an epinephrine injector anymore (thank goodness that Charles doesn’t need one anymore), but for those of you who are using Allerject, it might be worthwhile to look into with your pharmacist.

‘Till next time!

Posted in Blogging

Today, I Taught My Toddler the “F” Word

imageMakes for a catchy title, doesn’t it?  And it’s true…well, partially at least.

In case you missed yesterday’s post, I mentionned that though Little Dude’s mother tongue is French, we have also taught him some English words which, until very recently, he never associated as having the same meaning as the French words he knows.  Encouraged by his breakthrough and interest in his language development, I decided to combine the color words he knows with other words he doesn’t know.

During the car ride from daycare to home, he pointed out all of the the busses, tractors, lights and fucks that he saw.

There were green fucks, red fucks, black fucks, dump fucks and pickup fucks.

No matter how clearly, or loudly I repeated the word “truck” he just kept saying it his way.  He probably just can’t pronounce the “tr” sound right now so he found a substitute sound.  I couldn’t help but stiffle a laugh every single time he said it and couldn’t help but wonder what others would think if they heard my little man use the word so confidently.

What words have your children mispronounced?

Posted in Blogging

Going AWOL

Well, the school year is officially coming to an end.  That means that despite the fact that I’m no longer working on evenings and weekends (*happy dance*), things have gotten pretty crazy.

Bottom line: I won’t be around for a couple of weeks (or, more precisely, until after June 23rd).

Don’t despair though!  I’ve got a whole bunch of post ideas (some in my draft section, others in my head, others yet to be formed) for my return.  Among other subjects, look out for:

  • A review of an awesome app
  • A post on the birth plan with a sample plan (mine!)
  • A post on the Baby Safe Project
  • A guest posting invitation on childbirth
  • A post on the professionalization of teaching
  • A post on language development

Until then, take care and Happy upcoming Father’s Day!

Posted in Ten Thought Tuesday

Ten Thought Tuesday – May 6th

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  1. I am thrilled because it is FINALLY sunny outside today.
  2. It’s a bit cool though, but who cares, right?
  3. I made sure Charles dressed to encourage the sun to stay and coax the warm weather to come our way so today he is sporting a pair of neon orange shorts (over a pair of babylegs) and a brightly colored t-shirt.
  4. Little Dude received a small toy pickup truck from his Papi this weekend.  He carries it around with him all the time.  He’d sleep with it if I let him.
  5. I also showed Charles that his potty (which, incidentally, he is not interested in anymore, but that’s fine with me), can be used as a stool.  Now he carries it around the house proudly, happily reaching places he couldn’t reach before.
  6. I am totally hooked on the Mentalist series.  I can’t stop watching the episodes and am almost done season 2.
  7. I was both very surprised and extremely pleased when I met our new tech guy at school who, as it turns out, is one of my old students.
  8. Last Sunday, we went to my friend’s son’s first birthday party with Charles.  It was really fun to see him interact with the other children around (after he stopped being velcroed to me).
  9. Today, I got some really good news with regards to my job for the coming years!
  10. I can’t believe the school year is almost over.  I mean, everyone is doing revisions and the end of year exams are just around the corner.

Happy Tuesday everyone!