We talked with our neighbors today, the family next door who have a boy and girl the same ages as our boy and girl.
Shelly shook her head at Annabel. "I don't know, you're looking an awful lot like your brother!" she teased.
I'm not sure why this is surprising or remarkable, but a few teachers at day care have said the same thing lately.
Oh, if they only knew.
Both my kids
...sleep with their hands curled into fists in the exact same way
...have blue-gray eyes (kind of odd for 2 brown-eyed parents)
...are enthusiastic about milk (however they get it)
...have the same infection-prone ears
...share the same chin, though Otto's has a dent in it
Friday night we went downtown (A2), where Jon and Otto got their hair cut while Bel and I walked around the block and enjoyed looking at all the couples dressed up for a night on the town. Before heading home we stopped at Vault of Midnight so that Jon could pick up a few comics. Otto and I checked out the kids' rack, where we found the Transformers Animated comics. They're a nice size, small-format like a manga novel, bright colors and simple plots. Naturally Otto was intrigued, so we bought one of them to try out. He and I sat there and studied the first page. I read through it once, and then Otto walked me back through the frames by pointing and asking "what's that say?" He really loves reading, loves learning to recognize new words, and I'm enjoying watching him figure things out. He has most of the words in his 1st-level Wall-E reader memorized, though he's not "reading" them yet.
I told him last week that he might get to move to the Pre-K room at day care this summer, and wasn't terribly surprised when he was alarmed instead of excited by the prospect. But he's ready to move up. He's not napping anymore, in fact he kind of has a standing date with Miss Leslie, the business office manager, to hang out with her during nap time. He helps with little tasks and gets extra one-on-one time that way. I think the Pre-K class will be a better fit for him as far as reading and play, but I love his current confidence level.
He's one of the oldest in his class now and seems to be enjoying his role as a leader. Last week he took his Transformers in every day to share with everyone. He already recognizes, though, that he's ready for a change. He told me a couple of weeks ago that he'd like to try a different school. So we're going to break up the routine this summer by having some go-to-work-with-mom days. And this fall we're thinking about enrolling him in Montessori 2 days a week and dropping back to 3 days at our current place, to give him the chance to try a different style of learning.
Annabel is making strides of her own. She started taking a few shaky, unassisted steps last week -- I hesitate to call it walking, but she's on her way! She's not felt well this weekend (tummy bug), so I haven't pushed her to practice, but she'll take a few tiny duck steps from one toy to the next if it's not too far. The she'll plop onto her bottom and start crawling. She can climb the stairs, too (with supervision, of course). All this mobility means life is getting more challenging for mama and dada, but she's enjoying herself.
Another busy week ahead... but just 10 days left until we leave on vacation. Hooray!