Thursday, February 11, 2021

Lucy and Ellory recently.

Oh, how Lucy and Ellory are growing! They will be four soon! We are planning to celebrate in Des Moines with the Schut side, at home with the De Jong side, as a family, and have a friend party with a few girls from preschool/Sunday school. Ellory wants Paw Patrol and Lucy wants flowers, so we will have a Paw Patrol flower party! They are looking forward to it.

At the beginning of the school year, Ellory switched to a 10 shoe and Lucy to a 9. They both just went to the dentist last week and did amazing! Sat so very well and were very brave and let them do everything they needed to. In early January, they both switched to 5T clothes. I was originally going to wait until spring to switch, but they are growing and were ready. Fun to get some new outfits! They wear Norah's old clothes, but also need some new ones too to fill in the gaps and because there's two of them!

Lucy and Ellory had a big fall! They started preschool, which was a big endeavor as that was their first time really going anywhere without us. They are doing well and we are so happy about that. Occasionally one or both is clingy or cries a bit at drop off, but their teachers are so great and they say they are fine after a minute. They seem happy when I pick them up and say positive things about preschool, so we are glad they are enjoying it! They also were able to start the 3s Sunday school class, and on Monday mornings they go to Kindermusik. They've been going to Kindermusik for years, but this is the first year they are old enough to go all by themselves. They are enjoying that too! It's so fun to watch them be happy with their activities and doing well. We don't take that for granted and we are very thankful. It's so neat to watch them progress in coloring/writing and practicing their name.

Lucy loves to sleep with two of her stuffed animals that she calls Teddy and Leo. She falls asleep quickly, and usually is the first one awake. She occasionally wakes in the night to go to the bathroom or just wants us, but is doing much better than before and usually sleeps through the night, yay! She's a daddy's girl. She likes to be a leader and helper. She loves doing special jobs and is orderly- she's very good at cleaning up (when she wants to be), and knows where everything goes, helps remind me of things, and likes to set up her toys in an organized way. She has excellent verbal skills. (Just recently we have noticed a stutter sometimes, but are hoping that's just a phase, as we have never noticed that before.) Lucy is sensitive and reacts to hardships or being upset with tears. She loves to make crafts, which is basically just creating all sorts of things with colors, stickers, paper, scissors, and glue sticks. Her favorite shows to watch are probably Peppa Pig, Caillou, Daniel Tiger, and Butterbeans Cafe. She loves to play restaurant and family, Hot Wheels cars, playing outside, and she loves this building construction set she got for Christmas. She recently learned how to change her doll's clothes and loves to do that, and enjoys trying out her new bike.

Ellory loves to play and have a good time, but also loves to have her alone time too. Sometimes she likes to play alone or rest in her bed for a bit. Ellory is good at giving compliments and noticing things about people. Ellory is content being a follower- when they play family she always likes to be the baby and is fine doing what Norah and Lucy tell her to do. She has excellent verbal skills, but sometimes needs reminders to use them. She reacts to hardships with anger, but is usually incredibly sweet. She loves to pretend she is different animals, usually a dog, cat, or nice lion. She loves painting, magna-tiles, playing outside (but not when it's too cold), trying out her new bike, and reading books. Her favorite show to watch is Paw Patrol. She did well at her eye check up in December and was excited to get new purple glasses! She wears them well. Ellory sometimes takes a bit to fall asleep, but is a solid night sleeper and is somewhat often the last one awake.

Two other fun highlights were that Lucy was a penguin and Ellory was a cat for Halloween, and they got to meet their new cousin Averie over Christmas. They both recently tried ice skating for the first time and loved it! Lucy and Ellory, it is so fun to watch you grow. You play so well together. Being your parents is one of our greatest blessings and we are so very thankful you are our daughters. You are full of light and joy and we love you deeply!


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