End of the year musings

Oh, my poor, neglected blog and 5 or so readers out there. Sorry I haven’t been as attentive lately! Some updates:

I started a part time job recently. It’s only 30 hours a week but it’s nice to get out of the house and be productive again. Also, the extra time away from the kids has increased my patience for their antics (lately, goofing off for 30-40 min instead of going to bed).

My twins started N1 at a new school this week. So far, jiejie has adjusted quickly (didn’t cry during drop offs this week), while didi took longer to adapt (only whined during today’s drop off instead of screaming like a banshee). I am putting them full time starting next week, so fingers crossed.

A few weeks ago, we attended a parent teacher conference at our twins’ old school (complete with a progress report–I guess they start early here in Singapore). Apparently my daughter is the mother hen of the class and likes to instruct her classmates to eat, drink water, line up, etc. Not surprising! My son has issues with sharing and hates being interrupted. Surprisingly, though, he’s very tidy at school and always wants to clean up his messes–not the case at home!

We started introducing the potty a few months ago. After researching various methods of potty training (3 day method?? No thanks!), I’ve decided not to train formally and just let my kids figure things out. We bought IKEA potties for the living room and reward them with one M&M (yes, I’m stingy) for every pee or poo. It’s worked well so far! My goal is to have them fully trained by age three, but we’ll see.

Our kids are really engrossed with Play Doh and Duplo lately, and they’re still obsessed with Magna Tiles. I’m trying to keep our toy clutter to a minimum, but it’s so tempting to buy fun toys for them! During our recent Legoland trip, we bought them some Duplo sets (tip: Legos are much cheaper in MY than SG). We got them a Brio train set for Christmas, so that has taken up even more living room space.

2017 was the hardest year for us so far. Our twin toddlers have developed so rapidly, but these amazing changes have also brought much frustration. I really can’t explain it articulately, so I’ll end with a few cute quotes.

Didi always pronounces “chocolate” as “cocholate.” It’s so adorable.

Jiejie pronounces “cook” and “corn” has “took” and “tworn.”

Didi: [waving his arms] “I do magic! Boom boom!” (I now use this quote at work when I’ve accomplished something.)

Jiejie: “Mommy, do you love meeeee?”