Friday, April 9, 2010

"Incidents," 16 Months, and First Entire Weekend Away

Hey, guys!  Haven't blogged this week -- haven't had much going on.  Well, there is that one thing:

Morgan got two incident reports at school this week. Of course DK and I sort of panicked and suddenly questioned whether we had a "bad" child and if they'd put her out of not the case, LOL.  They simply have to record every single thing (and they seem to do a really good job with it, LOL).  They have a "stack" of reports every day -- Morgan is apparently no more aggressive than the next toddler.  I asked one of the administrators, sort of off the record, if this was normal.  She said absolutely -- at this age, they're still learning to communicate their frustrations to their friends.  And because of this, the toddler room has more frequent "incidents."  And usually it's just when a friend is too close or a friend tries to take a toy and the the child reacts.  This made us feel a whole lot better.  Neither of us have ever really been around a baby/toddler, so we're glad to know we don't have a little bully on our hands.

Now, do we think she's an angel?  If you'd asked us that about a month ago, we would have said OF COURSE!  But we're getting into that stage where her independence and space are VERY important to her, and she has no problem making it known what she wants.  I'm wondering if we're at the onset of the Terrible Testy Twos. 

Anyway, I'm still loving her new school.  When I walk by all the classrooms (that have big, open windows so you can see from the hallway), the students -- even the little ones -- are ALWAYS engaged.  The teachers are always interacting with them.  I love the curriculum of Morgan's toddler class -- it includes the usual alphabet, numbers, shapes, and colors.  They also teach them basic sign language as well as MANNERS.  They teach them Bible stories and shape their character development around Bible stories.  And just as importantly, they have lots of time to PLAY.  They even have their own toddler playground that they play on twice a day (which I know is Morgan's favorite part of her school day, LOL).  I am so glad that such a great school is near our home and workplace. 

(Remember she had a really sweet, special teacher at her old school?  Well, we still talk to her -- we stopped by her old daycare one morning last week to say hi to Ms. Angelia and Morgan's other old teachers.  Morgan recognized her old teachers and went straight to them.)

Anyway, Morgan turned 16 months this week!  As for new stuff, she repeats everything we say and tries new words every day.  She is really into books right now -- and not for you to read to her, but for her to read herself.  She flips through the pages, points to the pictures, and says her gibber-gabber baby talk.  It's so cute to see her "read." Which totally thrills me because my mom loves to read and I love to read.  I'm hoping Morgan will, too.  She's half her dad, too, so the jury's still out on this one, LOL.

She can also count to ten, sorta (she's really been able to do this for a while):

We'll say "one."

She'll say "two."

We'll say "three."

She'll say "four." 

....and all the way to 10.  And when she gets to 10, she says it really loud and claps and smiles really hard.

She's starting to have favorite people, too.  Besides her mama and daddy, she really likes my mother-in-law. She's always ready to go straight to her when she sees her.  She also goes straight to my dad whenever she sees him -- which is weird because she doesn't see him very often.  My mom is actually a little jealous that she goes to my dad -- both of her other grandgirls love to see her, so she's not used to the rejection.  She has already said that Morgan won't be that grandkid that comes to see her and take care of her when she gets old, LOL. 

She's always said that I won't be the child that takes care of her when she gets old, either, LOL.  My mom is really soft...and, well, I'm not.  And sometimes she thinks I'm a little hard on her.  She actually thinks I woud mistreat her when she gets old. How awful is that?  LOL. Which is so far from the truth -- I'm not a mean person. I'm just more of a..."logical" person.  I rarely let emotions get in the way of logic.  And to my mom, that sometimes comes across as not-so-nice.  I can already tell you that having a baby has changed that about me.  Not too long ago, a college classmate wrote on my Facebook wall that she couldn't believe that I'd gotten married and had a baby.  And the reason she says that is because she never saw me as a mom-kinda-girl (Who am I kidding?  No one did.).  I have always been a nice person, don't get me wrong -- but, again, emotional is not a word that describes me.  My friend Tanya has often said that I have a heart of steel because I don't cry during sad movies (though coming from her it doesn't carry much weight.  She's the ultimate crybaby.)  Having a child has made me a million times softer -- about everything.  And...well... it's not so bad.

Anyway, I have always hoped that my daughter will be a good mixture of me and my mom.  Simply logical when she needs to be, but mostly sweet and kind.  (Danny and I are a lot alike in this way, which is the reason I hope she gets some of my mom's personality traits).

Anyway, I didn't take any pictures this week.  Below are pictures my sister-in-law took while they were at a family Easter egg hunt Sunday.  I would've had a BALL taking pictures at a family Easter egg hung, but DK and I were beat and came home.

Getting some help from Uncle Tommie.

Morgan with all of her cousins. 

Love this little outfit my MIL put on her.

Morgan is staying the weekend with my mom!  She'll get a chance to spend time with her big cousins Suga, Carmelanie, and Alteria.  When Mama gets one, she gets them all, LOL.  This is the first time she's stayed away from home an entire weekend -- my mom's even picking her up from daycare -- so I won't see her again until Sunday.  That makes me a little sad.  But that will give me an opportunity to do some things around my house.  I got a card on my mailbox saying the United Veterans will be in my neighborhood next week picking up clothes and household items for charity, so I'm excited that I don't have to make a trip to the Salvation Army.  And I'm going to try to part with some things this weekend.  I'm a bit of a pack rat.  Okay, I'm the poster child. :-) 

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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