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Julian - Karen's Musings
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Julian
Julian, lucky for him, is still incredibly cute. I say "lucky for him" because he's also a gigantic pain in the toe. Terrible Twos, you say? Ha! I scoff. Terrifying Threes is more like it. At two he said no a lot. And he was stubborn. But now he's louder, faster, stronger, and bigger. And his opinions are much stronger. And his vocabulary is more extensive. All in all, a recipe for a very aggravating child sometimes. But cute. Definitely cute. He loves to give hugs and kisses. He gets upset if we don't say goodbye before we leave the room (much less the house). He talks on the phone with Grammy, Bobbi, Savta, Grandpa, Nana, Pap, Grandpa, and Tutu (all of his various grandparents). His first question every time he speaks with someone is "Are you going to come to my house and play with me? Peas?" Like I said, totally cute.

He continues to be an extremely picky eater, who never likes to try new things. Yesterday I tricked him into eating a cheese quesadilla by lying to him and telling him it was a grilled cheese. And he loved it. But if I had called it a quesadilla, I promise you he wouldn't have eaten it. Similarly, I've gotten him to eat chicken schnitzel by telling him it's a big chicken nugget. But that only works if I cut it up into tiny pieces, whereas chicken nuggets are not acceptable to His Royal Majesty unless they are whole.

He also now has favorites: favorite toys, favorite shirts, favorite snacks, favorite movies... And the whole world comes crashing down if heaven forbid you offer the Spaceship shirt instead of his Mickey shirt! And if you pick the wrong animated short from the Cars DVD, heaven help you. Remember that louder, stronger, faster, etc. bit about being three? Yeah, the tantrums are out of this world. And far less cute than they used to be.

But at least HE'S cute, even if his temper tantrums aren't. :)

I have a billion photos sitting on my memory card on my camera, but I haven't downloaded and sorted them yet, so no picture updates are going to be happening anytime too soon. But I did notice that the picture website is woefully out of date, so I'll try to work on that this coming weekend.

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: November 21st, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ah, I remember those days. They do pass... and then they become tweens.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I'm not sure which is worse. Actually, this is an incredibly fun age in a lot of ways. It's just interspersed with really memorable fits.

It's a lot of fun to watch his brain work and watch the pieces starting to fit together with him. For example, when he was two, if he couldn't figure out how to couple his train cars on the first try, he would cry or throw them away from him. Now, he tries different configurations until he figures it out. It's neat!
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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Obviously.
hannahsarah From: hannahsarah Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:50 am (UTC) (Link)
The first 6 months of Rivka's Terrible Threes were a nightmare, but she seems to have moved past them and has become charming and delightful again.

I can only imagine how hard it must be to be at that age. You're right on the verge of being able to communicate, you still can't reach things and fine motor skills are still in development. You're frustrated at every turn! I hope this phase passes for him soon.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
He really is an angel a lot of the time, and it's really fun to watch him becoming more independent and learning new ways to play with toys. He has an incredibly vivid imagination and I love seeing him put it to work.

I suspect two was even more frustrating for him. He wasn't talking at ALL when he was two, and the vast majority of his fits then were when he couldn't communicate his need, or when he couldn't figure out how to make something work. The vast majority of his fits now fall either into the category of transitions (we're not so good with transitions) or him not getting his way immediately. I think that's why his fits now are far less endearing.

Fortunately, the fits merely puncuate the otherwise delightful behaviours of an incredibly cute kid.
osewalrus From: osewalrus Date: November 22nd, 2006 02:43 am (UTC) (Link)
esterday I tricked him into eating a cheese quesadilla by lying to him and telling him it was a grilled cheese.

I don't think that's a lie. It is a big, ethnic grilled cheese.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a "creative truth." How's that? It didn't hurt that I cut it into wedges, so it looked like pizza without, you know, all the things that make a pizza a pizza (like tomato sauce and cheese on the outside instead of the inside).
hindarochel From: hindarochel Date: November 22nd, 2006 09:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I guess a rose by any other name just isn't the same.
My kids went through a stage where they would only eat what was on MY plate.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't get me wrong... as frustrating as he can be, he's a thousand times more adorable, sweet, loving, and kind. He's fascinated by the world around him, he LOVES people, he is delighted by simple joys. His temper tantrums are extraordinary, but so are his kindnesses.

So I can't ENTIRELY complain. Though it really would be nice if I could get him to eat a normal looking dinner. Or, you know, anything green that isn't a popsicle. (he'll eat cucumbers, but he won't eat any green vegetables) Honestly, when I'm fair about it and list out the foods that he will eat, he does have a wide range of foods. But he just doesn't like most foods that look like "adult food."
hindarochel From: hindarochel Date: November 22nd, 2006 05:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL...I know what you mean. I was actually refering to the renaming of the cheese burrito into a cheese sandwich. Whatever works.
I had a friend once who complained that her daughter never ate anything except cherrios, chicken and apples (maybe also peanut butter). I pointed out that from a nurtritional standpoint that really wasn't such a bad menu.

As long as the kid isn't loosing weight or gaining excess weight, and is developing fine, I usually tell worried parents not to. Anyway, whatever works works. If you have to rename food so be it. Did you ever see the Calvin and Hobbes where the mom renames the stuffed cabbage stuffed Monkey brains? Calvin enjoyed dinner, the dad was repulsed.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 05:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Julian is definitely growing and gaining weight at an appropriate pace. I have no worries about his nutritional needs. It's just frustrating, and makes it hard to go to other people's houses (e.g. on shabbos). A lot of people get offended at bringing food for him... others don't allow anyone else to bring food in their house as a blanket rule for kashrut reasons... and Julian just will NOT eat "adult" food most of the time. But he does have a very extensive list of foods he'll eat. He refuses all vegetables, but he eats a lot of fruit, so I'm not worried about that either.

I had forgotten about that Calvin and Hobbes comic, but I do remember it now that you mention it. Julian IS Calvin a lot of the time!
lec210 From: lec210 Date: November 22nd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
I stumbled across your LJ through moss_raven and I'd love to read it regularly. Would it be okay if I added you?

A little about me: I'm a 24 year old working in Washington, DC and living in Arlington. I've been trying to become more Jewishly active.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 03:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sure! I've added you as well, as many of my entries are friends-protected. The things I mostly write about are Julian (our 3 year old foster son), my job (I'm an IT Security Consultant), Shabbos menus (and other cooking stuff), and infertility (which is all kinds of fun, but pretty self-explanatory). If you need the back-story on anything, don't hesitate to ask. :)
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lec210 From: lec210 Date: November 22nd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Mine are friend-ed as well. I'll add you right now. :-)

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estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray! If we have time after Shabbos, I'll show you some of the newer cuter pictures. :)
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: November 22nd, 2006 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
mmmm how do i make cheese quesidellas? (lol i totally spelled that wrong)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's about the easiest thing on the planet to do... take a skillet and either melt butter in it, put a drop of oil in it, or spray with nonstick cooking spray. When it's hot, put a flour tortilla in it, spread shredded cheese on the tortilla and either fold it over or put another tortilla on top. (I find it easier to just fold it over). Flip the tortilla over after a minute or two (don't let it get burnt!) and cook more on the other side. When you're done, cut it into wedges and serve with salsa, guacamole, and/or sour cream.

Just as with an omelete, you can put any number of other things into the quesadilla also, but it takes more prep work. Add in diced tomatoes or onions or whatever. I like to sautee onions and mushrooms and add those to the cheese quesadilla, but I didn't have time to deal with that on Monday.
debsters1101 From: debsters1101 Date: November 22nd, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
hey also, I've been thinking about leahmiriam... are they back? did everything go ok? she hasnt posted in a while...
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: November 22nd, 2006 04:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
They came back late last night. I wouldn't expect much posting from her right away.
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