Monthly Archives: March 2013

Language EXPLOSION!

Language EXPLOSION!

Parker has always been a big “talker”, cooing and babbling and sometimes yelling (but not crying) from a very early age.  The past couple of weeks though, it feels like his language has absolutely exploded and he is repeating SO MUCH that we say to him.  It’s exciting and scary all at the same time – we definitely have to be really careful about our word choices now :).  He also understands way more of what we say to him than he can actually repeat.

Now, obviously his word pronunciation is not perfect at this point and some of the words only those of us around him all the time can figure out, but it has been so fun to see him blossoming in this area.

Words I would say he knows:
pup-pup (puppy/dog)
bir (bird)
duck
quack (still minus the “ck” sound)
nilk (pronounced with an “n”, as nilk)
mama
dada/daddy
side (outside)
nu-nu (what we call his pacifier)
night night (he says this both when he’s tired & when he wants his blanket that he sleeps with)
boo! (peek-a-boo)
book
apple (he can point to an apple in fridge, but this also currently refers to everything red)
no
ball
wa-wa (water)
agua (water in Spanish – they teach them Spanish at school)
yuck
trash
tookie (cookie)
wow!
whoa!
truck
Duke (my parent’s dog, he walks around with a picture of him repeating, “Duke, Duke, Duke”, all day long)
Gigi (my sister)
Chee (Chief – my dad)
shoes (& he knows they go on his feet)
eyes (& can point to them)

A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

Kelly, over at Kelly’s Korner does a series every Friday called “Show Us Your Life” where readers can link to her blog and show off whatever the topic for that week happens to be.  Some weeks they show off their kitchens, playrooms, holiday decor, etc…but today, the topic is “A Day in the Life”.  I obviously don’t have time (or really care to) follow every link and read how we all spend our days, but it was fun to read a few and I thought I would participate.  I know one day I will look back on my life as a working mom of a young toddler and wonder how we survived, so for memory’s sake – here goes!

As a teacher, the school year often feels like I’m running a marathon, but at the pace of a sprinter.  (I just used a running analogy – who am I?)  Mid-August through the end of May (minus a few holidays and breaks, here and there) this is what a typical day looks like for me/us.

4:45 AM – my alarm goes off.  Every night when I go to bed, I tell myself that I won’t push snooze 35 times the next morning…it never works.

5:10-5:15 AM – I finally decide to get out of bed.

5:15-6:00 AM – In this 45 minute span of time, I do the following in some semblance of the same order every day – brush my teeth, take a shower, pick out clothes, throw clothes in dryer to fluff & dewrinkle (because who has time to iron?), start the coffee, dry & straighten my hair, and get dressed.

6:00-6:20 AM – I throw my lunch together (usually leftovers from the night before), get Parker’s lunch, snacks, & drinks for the day packed, lay out Parker’s clothes & shoes, and get his bag packed with diapers & an extra outfit for school.  By this time, Matt is usually up and dressed and getting Parker up – who is beyond starving and very ready for breakfast.  Parker’s breakfast usually consists of some fruit and either a waffle, bagel, biscuit, dry cereal, yogurt, or a cereal bar.  Some mornings, if I really have it all together, I can get a can of biscuits or cinnamon rolls in the oven and he and Matt can have a hot breakfast.  If I eat breakfast, I eat dry cereal or a toasted bagel, waffle, or english muffin in the car.

6:20-6:30 AM – I gather my stuff and head out the door while my boys eat breakfast and finish getting ready to leave the house.  I should really be out of the house by about 6:15, but that rarely happens.

6:30-7:30 AM – I drive to work and put on makeup in traffic or at the stop lights.  The school is only about 20 miles from our house, but because of traffic, it take about an hour.  Matt and Parker finish breakfast and finish getting dressed and then leave the house about 6:45 and it also takes them close to an hour to get to Parker’s school.

7:15-7:30 AM – I walk into the building usually as the last bell is ringing to start 1st period and dodge students who are sprinting through the halls to get to class on time.

7:30-8:15 AM – I start the day with a 45 minute Team Leader Conference Period.  Ideally, this time would be used to take care of my team leader responsibilities  but most of the time, I end up checking email, running copies for the day/wrap my head around the plan for the day, and (let’s just be honest) checking Facebook and Google Reader.

My first class starts at 8:20 AM and I pretty much fly through the rest of the school day, enjoying another 45 minute conference period and a 25 minute lunch break, interspersed between the 5 classes I teach.  School ends at 2:30 and on Mon/Wed/Fri I leave by 2:45 or 2:50 to pick up Parker by 3:00; on Tues/Thurs, Parker stays at school until about 3:45 or 4:00 so I can stay at school and grade, write lessons, or hold tutorials.

3:30-5:30 PM – Parker and I arrive at home, sometimes stopping to run a quick errand if need be, between 3:30 & 4:30.  Once we get home, we have  snacks, play, watch Jeopardy, unpack bags & lunches, clean up from the whirlwind of a morning, do some laundry, etc…  I start dinner around 5:15 or 5:30 and Matt is usually home by 5:45.  We talk, play outside, finishing cooking and eat supper by about 6:15.

7:00-8:00 PM – Parker is entering whiny phase and we switch into bedtime mode.  We play upstairs in the game room, take a bath, get pajamas on, and read books before having a bottle and rocking him to sleep.

For the rest of the evening, we pick up the house, (ideally) make lunches, pack bags, & pick out clothes for the next day, and use this time to actually talk to each other :).  We’ll watch some recorded show or sometimes work on a project in the garage.  Alot of the time, I fall asleep watching TV and we both stumble off to bed between 10:30-11:30 PM.

Aaaand, there you have it – a day in the exciting life of the Mango’s!  Our life isn’t perfect, but through all of the craziness of our days, I am most thankful for a couple of things – picking up a happy, smiling baby from school everyday where he has been loved on all day long and a wonderful husband who works so hard to support our family, but comes home ready to play and help with anything and everything for the rest of the evening!