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It has been ages since I have posted. So. I am determined to start posting again. Posts with words too, not just photos. Posts that tell about the kids and what's going on here and all those sorts of things. I feel kinda sad that I let that go and that there is no real way of catching it all up again. And I can't guarantee big newsy posts either, more likely it'll be short snippets, but it's better than nothing, right?

So.

Raynier is nine months now. Crazy, I know! He's about the age that Verity was when we went back to the US as a family! He's been crawling since six and a half months, pulls himself up on things and has started walking around the things he pulled himself up on. He has two little bottom teeth, and no sign of any more coming. I have to say though, that we didn't really have much warning about the first two, so who knows.
He continues to be my happy chappy. He seems to have a laid back personality, at this stage anyway. He loves his family, and wants to be wherever the action is. If the older kids are gone, he is sometimes at a loss as to what to do with himself.
He is having three solid meals a day now, which has finally moved our two hourly feeds to three hourly. Four times out of seven he will take a long (more than 1.5 hours) nap and a short nap. The rest of the time, two (or one, eep!) short naps. Still not anywhere close to sleeping through the night.

Verity is two and a half today! She is a constant companion to her older brother, whether he likes it or not :) For the most part, she plays well with him, but of course there are the differences of opinion. It is fun to see her own little person coming out instead of just wanting to copy whatever Symeon does. She has an excellent vocabulary, and talks nearly constantly. She still retains her two year old jabber though, and every once in a while just starts talking jibberish. She likes to choose her own clothes, wear toenail polish, tries on shoes and has a handful of bead necklaces to wear. But then she also like to play with the train set and Lego. She has definite ideas of what the baby should or shouldn't do, and I have to make sure she doesn't force him. She must be related to her mother. At least she hasn't sat on him! She continues to be the better eater of the two and also more adventurous, wanting to try anything and everything.

Symeon will be four in just nine days. How the time went so fast, I don't know! He is so definitely 'little boy' now instead of toddler, and of course it is a bit sad, but it is also very exciting. I love seeing him figuring things out and learning and growing! He loves street names, and his constantly asking what street we are on when we go somewhere has paid off to the point that he pretty much knows most of the more well traveled streets in our suburb. He has a little laminated map of Blockhouse Bay and likes to peer over it, figuring out different routes to different familiar places (grandparents' house, aunt's house, friend's house, Church, library, etc.). When Hilary was here, she pretended that it made her sad to go on roundabouts, so he likes to 'take Aunty to Grandad and Mutti's house without going on any roundabouts'. He has figured out counting to 100, and has decided that Grandad will be 100 on his next birthday since the standing joke is that Grandad is 99. He's pretty good with basic addition, if you ask him something along the lines of "if there are five people here and three more are coming, how many will there be altogether?" there is little or no hesitation before giving the answer. In trying to keep his autonomy, he is very careful not to do the same thing as Verity (other than playing with toys). If Verity has square sandwiches, he wants triangles. If Verity wants to go up the street, he wants to go down. He loves his brother, and will jump around to amuse him if he's cranky. He also is very compassionate to his sister, and protective of her as well.

I guess this is going to be it for now, the baby is making himself heard, and I have things to do. See you soon, I hope!
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