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December 2010


December 15, 2010

Zane is going through a really grumpy phase; he seems to do this when he's in a growth spurt. The first word out of his mouth every morning is "no" and I often hear him saying "No. No. No. No. No." when he's waiting for me to get him out of his crib. He's even cranky about food - demanding it one moment then refusing it the next.

This wouldn't be so bad if Anastasia weren't so negative, too, turning everything into a war. I'm a tired mama.

Today we took Anastasia to the sleep specialist again. He said he isn't willing to put her on any other medications and doesn't even want to do a sleep study on her right now. He wants us to take Anastasia to a behavioral specialist first. At first, this was upsetting, frustrating, and disappointing news. But if we can cross one more thing off the list, I suppose that's a good thing.

Anastasia's been having some trouble in school. When the kids sit on the floor, she pops up and jumps up and down, making it hard for others to see the teacher. Her teacher is really patient and understanding and feels it's just a maturity thing. When asked why she does it ("Are you uncomfortable? Can you not see?" etc.), Anastasia says she does it for fun.

Once, after asking Anastasia to sit back down several times, the teacher had her sit in a chair while the other kids sat on the floor. Another time, she took Anastasia outside to let her know she loved her, but that if she couldn't cooperate, she'd end up in the chair again. This week, after patiently asking her to sit on her bottom many times, the teacher told her to sit in the chair again. (Her tone is not at all mean or reproachful - just kind and matter-of-fact.) Anastasia told her "no," and even tried to push the chair away. The teacher said, "Then you need to go outside now." Anastasia continued to verbally say "no," but she did sit in the chair. The teacher even got her to say, "Yes, Mrs. P" - although she said it in a sassy way.

Oddly, once Anastasia's in the chair, she doesn't wiggle and jump around.

A few tid-bits:

* Zane is a pretty sharing little guy. He even offers us his thumb from time to time.

* Me: "Go to your room, Anastasia."

Miss A: "You're the worstest!" (Door slam.)

Me: "I love you, anyway."

Miss A (opening the door): "I love you, too." (SLAM!)

* Anastasia loves learning recitations in school and loves to stand in front of the class and speak. This week, she sang in front of the class. Here's a video I took at home of her performing the Preamble to the Constitution. I wish I'd filmed it at school instead - because there she was quite the performer.

* A video of the kids "caroling" me. Anastasia is holding a piece of sheet music. Zane found a piece of paper to hold, too, though he had no idea what it was for.