Amazing, our two turned five today - and not four as per the b'day cards I bought. Whoops! You're both our little dudes in so many ways, but in others you're all grown up. Case in point is holding hands while we're at the shops. Alex attempted to give up a year plus ago where Taj will dig my hand out of my pocket if I let him. Until today, when Master T also decided he didn't need to hang on. Good try but we were in a car park so not an option for another few years yet! So love that Alex makes me sing Rock a Bye Baby to him every night. And to catty, and to hospital teddy and to any other friends (of the soft squishy variety) he can con me into singing to. Or yawning to more precisely as I can't get through it without wanting to put myself to bed.We celebrated their birthday by going bowling with the cousins on the weekend and then had my parents over today for cake. Kids get to share special treats at the end of the kindy session on their b'day, and it sounded like they had a ball with lots of singing and hugs. It's kid party season with four invites in recent weeks, so happy we didn't cave for "Old McDonald's" for the destination just yet. Even happier that we still managed to restrict to family for I'm sure the last time.
Presents have been high on Alex's radar ever since Nik got back from Malaysia a few weeks back (his reward for being full time dad for five years was a week off) as they knew he was going to buy gifts while he was away - and Master Way Too Smart picked there was more than they'd be given due to the size of the suitcase vs the pile in front of them. I don't think I'd be exaggerating to say every cupboard in this house must have been searched at least twice - with the hunt only called off after we said I'd taken the two b'day pressies each to work. We had one very sad not-so-little man when there was nothing to unwrap first thing this morning as no work for me until I can shake this virus (even though the gifts were here all the time), so good thing the Present Fairy saved the day with some new clothes and slippers. She's very into recycling and uses pillowcases instead of gift wrap. Tajy demonstrated how you can still have fun by instantly putting it over his head. Malaysia pressies (Transformers) were finally unwrapped at lunch time and we all agreed the helium balloons are going to last longer. We obviously have very high safety standards for kids toys in Aust! Portable DVD players for the car from the grandparents may end up being the best present yet. How to Train Your Dragon merchandise and board games were also big hits.
We're into term 3 at kindy and they are still super loving it. Interesting to read on the recent report cards that Tajy played more with the other kids in term 2 (I wonder if he got banned from the arts and craft table - haha), where Alex is "very sociable and displays leadership qualities". We visited their primary school today and the structure is going to be great for both of them, and they'll know lots of kids as half their kindy class have enrolled. The focus is - rightly - on numeracy and literacy, with this done by the entire school for the first two hours each day. Even the principal won't interrupt this time. I still reckon he's ex military as the students we saw were very well disciplined.
So what else have they been up to? Just started gymnastics, visiting the grandparents weekly, train spotting, slippy shops (play cafe), the library, money cars (that they jump into at the shops but I never put money into). And medical. Lots and LOTS of medical. Tonsils and adenoids, glasses, opthamologist re the wobbly eyes, hearing test still not completed as fluid in ears again (so more grommets coming up), weekly speech lessons - and that's just Tajy!! Alex continues to go for the dramatic which generally results in a trip to emergency, with the fab scar on his forehead a result of bouncing off a picture at the grandparents when he was "running faster than Flash" about two months ago. Yep, you may have been running faster buddy but I think Flash may have missed the wall... Love how they've each claimed their own hospital, but Alex is willing to share if Tajy has an emergency too. The Freckle Fairy has visited Alex a few times lately and has left tiny little dancing feet prints over his nose and cheeks. She popped in to see Taj last week and danced on his nose too.
I think medically is where we see the biggest differences between these two - you can do just about anything to Tajy ("so which hand are they going to put the needle in this time?"), where Alex would just about deal with the devil. He cracked the entire hospital waiting room up when he told the nurse he just needed a bandaid to fix the gaping hole in his head (says child covered in blood with visible skull) and then proceeded to negotiate with me a zillion times regarding how long the stitches had to remain in for ("I'll never run again if you leave them in", to which I'd point out how this occurred in the first place). Was thinking we'd have to knock him out to get the stitches out when it was finally time, but a good hour later (and buckets of tears) the 5 stitches were out. Then the cheeky bugger tells me on our way back to kindy that he was going to tell everyone it didn't hurt. Compromise was he could say he thought it would be really bad but wasn't. He can also tell you when they need to have their next holiday medi shots (travel vaccinations) and he's right - after Santa comes twice more, so early 2016.
An added bonus of Tajy having his tonsils out was the sudden growth spurt, which was an inch in a month! I hadn't stopped to think of this, even though we've noticed how much he now eats (due to no longer being obstructed it's quicker to eat) - his new funny name is an oldy but a goody, Hollow Legs. He no longer snores like a freight train, so the better rested, better fed child now has "so much enerrgggyyyy". There's still about two inches between them so it will be interesting to see if this narrows further. Alex's new oldy but a goody nickname is Eagle Eyes as he has incredible vision, much to his disgust as he wants glasses too.
I'm loving watching their brains develop and enjoy the ongoing questions about how things operate, such as how long is it until we get somewhere in the car. A new one is to go visit a cow being milked, so we'll definitely be doing that one shortly. White lies are also starting to appear, so they're testing boundaries in lots of ways. Don't mind this at all, but it resulted in paint being peeled off a freshly painted door and two little people swearing it wasn't them. The first got caught out with paint under his nails, the second through a process of elimination. Consequence was quickly learnt as this happened when Nik was away, so we had to ring to tell him to buy fewer presents as he had to buy paint when he got home.