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mean boys

I started this post yesterday, but had to update that just this morning my baby Marshmallow started crawling! OMG, what happened to my newborn????

Now for my not so nice post. My sweet not-quite-four-year-old Monkey has been getting his feelings hurt at school by a boy (I’ll call him A) who has been his BFF for the last year. We have not been fans of this friendship as both boys are way too rough with each other. They alternate between hugs and smiles and kicks and slaps. It’s been a trying year for all involved, but Monkey just thinks the sun rises and sets on A. He talks about him all the time, wants to bring him things, etc. Just loves this kid.

A couple of weeks ago, A’s mother approached DW and mentioned that A has been telling her that two other boys (L and R) don’t want to play with Monkey. Pissed us both off and we were like, well what do you expect us to do with this information (except be pissed off). A’s mom is from another country and English is her second language, so it’s hard to figure out where she’s going with stuff sometimes. Then DW and I went out of town for 2 nights on business and Grandma stayed with Monkey. She dropped him off at school and then texted DW that she asked Monkey on the way to school, “What are you going to do at school today? Play with A?” My boy said, “No, A won’t play with me. R and L won’t play with me. I’ll just be a helping hand.” When they arrived at school, Grandma witnessed A pulling L and R away from Monkey and telling them not to play with him. Monkey got teary and the teacher stepped in and got him involved in something else. My poor baby – and we weren’t home to smother him in hugs 😦

Monkey talked about it and cried a few times afterwards. A and the others were also name-calling, mostly about Monkey being a “baby.” Monkey is most definitely a “young 3,” so there’s some truth there which makes it even meaner, if you ask me.

Coincidentally, our school is having a bit of trouble (long story), so for a while we will be having 2 sessions rather than 1. We decided to move to the session that A (and L and R) are not in. It has been going well – no problems. Teacher says both A and S are doing well apart. Yesterday Monkey was invited to attend both sessions due to an absence (4 hour school day – woot!), as was A. When we arrived at the end of the day,  A and Monkey were all over each other (in a good way), smiling, hugging – Monkey just looked SO happy. His teacher said there was some trouble (and tears) in the early session (when L and R are there), but they had a ball during the afternoon session. So I guess that group together is an issue. I think it’s the A/R combo as L was in soccer with Monkey over the summer and we’ve had play dates with him. He’s a sweet, quiet kid and I can’t imagine him doing this.

Anyway, my heart is a little broken over this. We talk about it with Monkey but I’m not sure if there’s more we should do with him to help. Have any of you encountered this stuff yet? If so, what did you do?

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the marshmallow is 6 months old

Before I give stats on my baby (who is growing up TOO DAMNED FAST), I’d like to thank you all for your words of support on my last post. I am still a little bruised about not getting the job, but I realize also how good I have it in so many ways where I am. Here’s hoping I hear from Big Company again in about 6 months! If not, I’ll start actively looking at openings on their website and maybe some others, too. Now the fire’s lit and both DW and I were getting kind of excited about a move to Seattle.

Can you guys believe my baby is 6 months old today? Cause I sure can’t! He had his ped appointment this morning and he now weighs 18 lbs, 10 oz and measures 28.5″ in length. He got several shots and an oral vaccination as well, poor guy. Mama and Mommy also got flu shots, so at least he wasn’t the only one poked. Now onto some categories!

  • Milestones: The Marshmallow can almost sit up unassisted. He will sometimes fall over, but not always. He is also up on his hands and knees rocking, so crawling will be here before you know it. He’s able to scoot around all over the place at this point, even not crawling. He rolls from back to belly and belly to back all the time. Lots of verbalizing (he sounds like he is saying, “Mamamamamamama” when he cries – it about breaks my heart, because it really only happens when he’s in the car and I’m driving). He loves to be read to and likes all of his baby toys (rattles, plush animals, etc.). We get dimply smiles and belly laughs all the time. No teeth yet, but you can see them in the gums so it will probably happen soon.
  • Size: The MM is in a size 3 diaper and fits in 6-12 month clothes. As I stated above, he weighs 18 lbs, 10 oz and measures 28.5″ long.
  • Eating: The MM has been exclusively breastfed for 6 months. We are starting with solids tomorrow (banana first!). He still refuses bottles, so we are hoping that being able to eat solids will help in those times Mama has to be away for any length of time (which isn’t often).

Happy half-birthday, MM! I love you so SO SO SO much! I can’t tell you how happy I am that we decided to have a second. I can’t even imagine life without my little sweetie.

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