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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greyisms...

"Almost 3" is a hilarious age. 
Here are some of the things Greyson's doing lately to keep us laughing around here...
...naptime and nighttime, he insists on us singing 'Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer' before he goes to sleep. It infuriates him to no other when you change the words slightly, calling him 'Rudy' or changing 'reindeer' to 'camel'. We, of course, can't help ourselves because it gets such a rise out of him.
...he doesn't understand that you are who you are and that won't change. He frequently refers to when he gets older as "When I'm Hayes..." and looks back on the baby days, "When I was Henley...".
...he insists on saying goodbye to me every morning at school by forcefully slamming the gate shut behind me, which seems a little aggressive, but if it means no tears, I'm not complaining!
...he "hates" (new favorite word) giving me kisses on the mouth but will humor me every once in awhile, taking his whole arm to wipe his mouth in a dramatic fashion afterwards to show how disgusting it is. He likes to give kisses on the cheek and thinks it's hilarious when I move my head at the last minute to plant one on the lips.
...when he gets angry, he literally growls. He'll stop and say, "Grrrr..." before explaining what displeases him.
...he is the most determined little swimmer you ever did see and his chief motivation to learn is the knowledge that Hayes can do it and he can't. He's basically swimming on his own now and takes his lessons with Coach Mike very seriously, not wasting a single moment of learning time.
...we think he might be a genius. The other night, Hayes was doing his homework and wrote the number '5' incorrectly. Before I could even say anything, Greyson pops over Hayes' shoulder and quips, "That's not a 5. That's a 2!". (?!?!)
...we also think he might know how to speak Spanish. This morning, a new cleaning lady (whom Greyson called 'the cleaner') started with us and she speaks zero English. Her and I were trying to communicate and she made a joke in Spanish about little grubby hands on the windows, to which Greyson let out the deepest belly laugh you ever did hear, very obviously amused at this silly woman and her observations.
...he only eats plain bagels and prefers all of his food frozen.
...because of the aforementioned diet, he sometimes has a hard time poo'ing. He'll insist we put a diaper on him (he's potty trained in all other aspects of life) and he'll crouch behind the same chair in the living room to do his business. The saddest thing ever is listening to his commentary as he remarks, "oh my gosh, it hurts. Please poo, let me be!" We started a Miralax regimen and are hoping that helps his situation.
...I could listen to his adorable little voice all day long...

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Around here lately...

Holy moly, I hadn't realized it had been 3 weeks since I last posted. 
Time sure does fly when you're having fun!
The new schedule is insane. It's nonstop from dawn (well, sometimes before dawn) until bedtime and there's little time to do anything until it's time to go to bed and do it all again the next day. Between the boys' new school schedules, we feel like we spend half our lives dropping and picking up kids, then there's homework, making lunches, feeding children, laundry, school volunteering... Oh and that little thing called 'work' that has actually been keeping me busy lately (the nerve!). It's crazy
town around here and we're just doing everything we can to keep our heads afloat!

Hayes is in his fourth week of kindergarten and is still a little luke warm about the whole thing. It's a lot for him, being there every day, 5 days a week for almost 7 hours. He literally counts down to the weekend all week and loves his "early out" Tuesdays (they get out at 2:30 everyday except for Tuesday, when they get out at 1:30), but has made a couple of little buddies and seems to be enjoying it enough. He told me yesterday that he was part of a club at school that consisted of him, his friend Jackson, his friend Romeo and another kid from the other kinder class who's name he couldn't remember. What did they do in their club, I asked? Why, chase the girls, of course. Yep, it's already starting - we're instituting a 3 feet on the ground rule around the Cohen Cabana stat.

A birdfeeder Grey and I made a few weeks ago - I think it was the happiest day of his life. He keeps reminding me, "Remember when we made the bird feeder? Just you and me, Mom?" Kind of breaks my heart a little and definitely makes me realize I need to carve out some more one-on-one time with the kid!
Greyson seems to really be thriving at his school, even though he protests every morning about going and is quick to remind everyone that he doesn't have school everyday. His school has started a blog that's specific to his classroom and I absolutely love seeing pictures and videos of him in that environment, dancing and playing with his friends, since his go-to answer to what did you do at school today is the already frustrating "I don't know." This is one of my favorite pics of him from the blog - look at how relaxed he looks!
He's taking swim lessons again with Hayes' old swim coach, Mikey and seems to be doing well. We plan on doing that through the end of September and hope that by then, he'll be able to competently swim on his own. And when he's not in school or swimming, he's spending his days infuriating us and testing us like only a toddler can. He is out of control lately and we're hoping he doesn't send our new nanny running for the hills!
Henley has finally taken a liking to eating (thank god!) and is enjoying an array of sludge, her favorites being sweet potatoes and pears. We're slowly introducing more formula and less liquid gold and as much as it pains me to be done nursing my last baby, it's also really liberating not having to deal with all of that anymore. I will mourn the loss of these days when they pass, but she really seems to like the formula (maybe even moreso than the breast milk) and my philosophy has always been 'fed is best' so after a 6 month run of strictly nursing, I think I can be pretty proud of that. We are loving this age with her - she's easy going and lights up with a big toothy grin the moment you lay eyes on her. And she's finally starting to sleep through the night, which is the best news to report of all!
Grant is busy busy busy with work and has a hectic travel schedule planned for September, with trips to Cologne, Germany, Las Vegas and NYC over the next 3 weeks. I'm in a slight panic about being in single mom mode for so long, but it is what it is. He's embarking on a new career this Saturday as he coaches a team of 9 boys under the age of 6 (Hayes included, obviously) to win the figurative (they don't keep score) gold in AYSO (soccer). 

As for me, besides keeping busy with all of the above, I'm unhappy to report that my kidney stones are back ;-( Lots of aches and pains over the last couple of weeks and currently taking Flomax, a drug more commonly used for enlarged prostates in 85 year old men, I'll go have a CT scan next week to see what the situation is and then we'll determine whether I can pass these bad boys or have to go down the surgery route again. Good times!
That's a 10,000 foot view of the Cohen Family currently. Promise to be better about keeping y'all up to date with the happenings, but we're doing (mostly) well and excited that Fall is upon us ;-)