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Julian-Long overdue update - Karen's Musings
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Julian-Long overdue update
I can't remember what I last said about Julian's progress, so I'll just give some random tidbits:

Words
Julian now has so many words (and sentences, even!) that they are hard to keep track of. The interesting thing, however, is that there are a few words, like "banana," that he learned very early on (banana was his first really clear word that wasn't "no"), but now he can't say. Now banana is "ganna." Close enough I suppose, since we've now figured out that's what he means when he says that, but it's still weird. He still surprises us with words. He knew what the succah was without us telling him. And he took one look at the plush lulav and esrog and called them by name before I told him. Those, of course, he must have learned at school. But I'm still impressed that he was able to take the idea from one context to the next and understand that it was the same thing. He's very good at "Please," "Thank You," and "You're welcome," though they come out in his own little language, of course: "peas," "sanksue," and "whehcum," respectively. He often remembers to say please and thank you without being reminded. He also responds to questions now, with some degree of comprehendability

Memory
Julian's memory is tremendous. He remembers where he puts things and grows upset if they aren't there when he returns (e.g. Eema picked up the mess because she couldn't stand it anymore). He knows where the snack foods (the ones he can't have unless he eats actual food first!) are kept and will beg and beg and beg for them.

Opinions
It's very exciting and very frustrating at the same time that Julian has developed opinions. Opinions about EVERYTHING. He has opinions about what he would like to eat, though these often come out as "I don't want this delicious food that you are offering me and I am not going to give you any clues about what I do want, so you'll have to keep trying until I stop screaming." He has opinions about what he will wear, when he wants his diaper changed, what book he wants to read, which lego to play with, which ball to take outside, when to go outside, when to come inside, when to scream, when to play quietly. He has opinions about EVERYTHING.

OCD much?
He is a bit OCD when playing with his hotwheels cars... He is very precise about how and where he will play with them. He first walks around the house finding all of the hotwheels cars he has stashed under the bed, behind the sofa, in the piano (I'm not kidding), between the couch cushions, and in his dresser. I told you he has a great memory! Anyway, so he goes through the house collecting them, and then he lines them all up on the couch, lays there and takes them one by one and sends them hurtling over the side of the couch, plunging to their deaths. Until next time. Similarly, with his trains, he runs around the house collecting the trains and then lines them all up very carefully so that he can pull the train around on the floor, couch, bed or table, whereever he chooses that time.

Milestone
Julian used the potty for the first time today. He probably would have used it sooner but I had refused to get him a potty because I do NOT want to be potty training him right now. I'm lazy and I have far too much else going on. But he's been begging to use the potty, so I gave in and bought him a potty last night. He discovered it this morning and promptly carried it into the bathroom declaring "Potty! Use Potty! Make poopy in the potty!!" Well, he peed in it, which is close enough I guess. He was very, very excited. I absolutely can not believe I am discusing my child's potty habits on LJ. What has my life come to? Oy.

Anywho, that's about it. I'm baking challah and then I'll be heading to bed. I've done no cooking for tomorrow. I don't care. I'm sure we have something in our fridge that we can heat up for dinner; it's just us.
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ichur72 From: ichur72 Date: October 24th, 2005 03:16 am (UTC) (Link)
>> I absolutely can not believe I am discusing my child's potty habits on LJ. What has my life come to? Oy.

There's something about having a kid and attention to potty habits ... I never thought I would be so happy to see a hideous mess as when CJ started making the proper amount of wet and dirty diapers after a rough first week.
kressel From: kressel Date: October 24th, 2005 03:31 am (UTC) (Link)



Julian goes to school? I didn't know.

It's a funny thing about mothers (in my book, you certainly qualify) and potty talk. When I was training my first, my sisters-in-law all began telling me the stories of training their kids, many of whom were teenagers at the time. If they had known what their mothers were saying about them, I think they would have died of embarrassment. G-d willing, I'll remember to leave out the details when my kids are older.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 24th, 2005 10:41 am (UTC) (Link)
well, "school" yes. It's preschool. He's in the two year old preschool program at the Hebrew Academy. It's great for him because he's really too social a kid to be with a nanny all day. And it's great for us, because he comes home understanding things like brachas, and succahs, and so on.
cleobatya From: cleobatya Date: October 24th, 2005 03:35 am (UTC) (Link)
i love reading these posts about julians development....
malkin From: malkin Date: October 24th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, it sounds like he's all ready to potty train himself!

I wouldn't worry about the cars too much. I think some amount of practicing organization is normal, at his age. When a child is that age, he doesn't have a lot of control over his world. The cars and trains are his domain, and they are a place where he has complete control. They all have a natural similarity to them that lends them to experimenting with ordering. He may try to sort his Legos by color, too.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 24th, 2005 10:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I'm not worried, I'm amused. Plumeting to their deaths isn't even the OCD part. It's the way he carefully lines them up one by one on the sofa, and it's specifically in the dip between the two cushions that he parks them. And it's the same every time. It's hysterical. Sometimes it almost looks as though he counts them and if there's one missing, he goes looking for it before he starts his act of god plunging them to their demise(s?).

Sorting by color? I should be so lucky. I'd PAY this kid to sort his legos at all, let alone by color!
malkin From: malkin Date: October 25th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC) (Link)
"Sorting by color? I should be so lucky. I'd PAY this kid to sort his legos at all, let alone by color!"

Yep, he's a boy all-right. ;)
ginamariewade From: ginamariewade Date: October 24th, 2005 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
He wants to use the potty, I bet, because the other kids at school use the potty. Peer pressure at its earliest (and most helpful).
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: October 24th, 2005 12:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. When we were sharing a nanny, he spent half a day every day with a four year old who was potty trained. That's why he's been all about the potty for MONTHS. At school, I don't think any of the 2 year olds use the potty, but the older kids in the preschool certainly do, so he's still seeing it. It's neat, but I still am not in the mood to deal with potty training! I thought I'd get to wait until he was three!
hopeness From: hopeness Date: October 24th, 2005 02:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay Julian update!

Seriously, I know you aren't feeling up to the potty thing, but it's good to get him started when he's keen on the idea. He might not have the physical control to be able to wear underwear at this point (then again, some kids do) but really, the fact that he wants to is something you need to go with.

Otherwise you could be like me, stuck trying to train an almost four year-old who now cries and resists every time we ask him to use the potty.
real_bethy From: real_bethy Date: October 24th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, Julian! You go, little man!

As for talking about your kid's potty habits on LJ...just wait until he starts dropping his drawers to show everyone his "big boy" undies! My 3 yr. old niece is at that point, and it's a scream! She doesn't want to be even remotely modest about her toilet training. Every time I visit her, she pulls up her dress and yells, "Auntie Bethy, look! Look at my big girl underwear! I'm a princess!" (which, of course, sounds more like "Aw-knee Beffy, look! Look at my big girl unner-where! I'ma pwrincess!")
From: have_inner_lady Date: October 24th, 2005 03:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
...finding all of the hotwheels cars he has stashed under the bed, behind the sofa, in the piano (I'm not kidding), between the couch cushions, and in his dresser.

He is a squirrel.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: October 25th, 2005 06:38 am (UTC) (Link)
When is his birthday? He sounds like he is almost exactly Rivka's age. She's not into the potty thing right now, but she has one, and knows what it's for. She's also at a stage where she is totally and completely freaked out by anything new in her life. (yeah, great time to get a divorce, I know).

I am absolutely adoring having a two year old. She is completely OCD about kissing every single mezuzzah in every doorway she passes (when I'm carrying her) and she is deeply disturbed when she is in a house that doesn't have them. She'll run from room to room looking around going "Zoozah, zoozah?" She is also totally into Shabbos. "Candles, and um, bread, and um, JUICE!, and um, salt, and um, prayers, and um, AMEN!" It's just too cute for words. My little yiddeshe neshama, my friend Leba calls her.

From: bodnej Date: October 25th, 2005 09:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
The Boy does the same thing with his matchbox cars (and larger cars and trucks, too). Lines them up, gets upset if there isn't enough room for the whole line.

It's a very funny age. I'm loving it, temper tantrums and all.
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