Hayden and Layla's Place

Time for a Change December 13, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 6:35 pm

We’ve gone to the same day care since Hayden was less than three months old.  We’ve had our ups and downs there – as you do with anything you stick with for 5+ years.  Hayden in particular has had a few periods of time where he REALLY doesn’t want to go, and we’ve had to work with his teachers and sometimes the director to sort through the issues he’s had.  Then he’s gotten back on track and we’ve coasted until we hit the next bump.  I’ve felt that it is only fair to let them know whatever issues we are having and give them a chance to address them before we leave.

Lately he’s been having a tough time again.  He is a gentle boy, and the boys in his class are pretty aggressive.  He says every day that the boys are mean in his class.  I’ve tried suggesting that maybe they are just playing, and pointed out how our dogs look like they are fighting when they play, but we know that even if it looks like they are trying to bite each other we know they are just screwing around.  Even when viewing it through that lens, he still keeps coming back to them being mean, and I feel that he is old enough and sensible enough to know if something feels like play versus aggression.

So, we’ve decided to try a new preschool.  I’ve toured this school before, in previous times of trouble with their current school.  I’ve always been impressed but our issues have always been worked through at the other school so I’ve never ended up taking the plunge and transferring.  Hayden is really excited about going to the new school.  There is one boy in particular who he doesn’t like in his current class, and he asked John if we could make sure he doesn’t switch schools, too, so he doesn’t have to deal with him in his new class.

They’ll start at the beginning of next year.  I’ll be off work for almost 2 weeks at the end of the year, so they only have one more day at their current school.  Hayden was sweet yesterday.  He said he wanted to get Carter – one of his classmates – a Christmas present.  I asked if he was going to miss Carter when he switches schools, and he said yes that was why he wanted to get him a present, because “I’m Carter’s best friend.”  I was glad to hear that he feels like he has a friend there right now.  That was another thing that has been bothering me about how things are going there right now – not only does he think the boys are “mean,” he doesn’t really seem to have any friends.  He was always excited to play with Oliver last year, but he’s now in Kindergarten at the public school.  When we first started back after the summer he was talking about Carter a lot and they seemed to be good friends, but when all this physicality started he was even saying Carter’s name when we were asking who was being “mean.”

So, here’s to change!  Let’s hope it’s a good one!


Growth Spurt October 31, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 8:16 pm
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We’re thinking Hayden is in the midst of a growth spurt, but it’s hard to see the outcome of that when you see him every day.  As I’m sure has been a blog topic in the past, he is a picky eater.  However, when we went to England he was chowing down!  Surprisingly, it was really easy to find food that he liked.  Layla on the other hand, not overly impressed.  She used to be such a great eater, but has been getting pickier the last few months and was particularly picky in England.  Of course, she had a nasty ear infection while we were there, was subsequently on antibiotics, and might have had a short stomach bug as well – so none of that is going to help the appetite.

But I digress.  Hayden, growth spurt.  Even since we’ve come home from England he is still doing better with his eating, in that he seems to be eating more (not necessarily more variety, but seems to want to eat more quantity-wise).  He’s also been sleeping later – in fact Layla has been too – so I think that body is working hard to add some inches.  I think his body had so much fun at Legoland that it wants to make sure the next time we go to Disney that he is tall enough for every single ride. 🙂


Hayden’s Family Drawing August 29, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 3:34 pm

Hayden brought this drawing home from day care last week, and I just LOVE it!  He’s managed to draw all of the people in his family and even included Lucy!  It’s easy to tell it’s Lucy because it’s so skinny and has a thin long tail.  Not sure where Mimi and Abbey are, or why none of us have arms, but I’m happy that we are all smiling and I managed to get eyes which John would be jealous of if he had any to see.  Layla has an uncanny resemblance to R2D2 – Hayden is pretty into Star Wars now (to John’s delight) so I can’t say for sure if this is a coincidence or not.


Happy Birthday, Hayden! Twenty Questions August 4, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 12:25 pm

Hayden turned five yesterday!  It really seems like no time at all since he was born.  I must think about those first few moments with him after he was born every day.

1) What is your favorite color?  Black

2) What is your favorite toy?  All the toys he got for his birthday (many Transformer/robots, Lego and Batman themed toys)

3) What is your favorite fruit?  Strawberries

4) What is your favorite TV show?  Team Umizoomi.

5) What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  Peanut butter and jelly

6) What is your favorite outfit?  He says robot clothes, but he doesn’t have any of those.  He was pretty excited about a couple of Star Wars t shirts he got yesterday.

7) What is your favorite game? Monster truck Wii game

8) What is your favorite snack? Vanilla bar (granola)

9) What is your favorite animal? Tiger

10) What is your favorite song? We Will Rock You

11) What is your favorite book? Robot book (new one he got for his birthday)

12) Who is your best friend? Oliver

13) What is your favorite cereal?  Chex

14) What is your favorite thing to do outside? Help Daddy grow flowers

15) What is your favorite drink?  Lemonade

16) What is your favorite holiday?  Christmas

17) What do you like to take with you to bed at night? Borris bunny, owl blanket

18) What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Pop tarts

19) What do you want for dinner for your birthday?  He had pizza because his party was at Monkey Joe’s, but he doesn’t really like pizza that much.  He says his favorite thing for dinner is peanut butter and jelly.

20) What do you want to be when you grow up? Police man (“But can Daddy be a police man too?”)

Hayden seemed to really enjoy his birthday yesterday.  Every year we go to the Monon Center water park on his birthday with Jesse, Robby, Tami, and Grandma.  We did that as normal and he was LOVING it (mostly because Robby was there).  Then we had his party in the early evening at Monkey Joe’s.  He had a great time running around with his friends.  It was fun seeing a huge mass of friends running from one bouncy thing to the next.

The time is just going so quickly!  It is really crazy for me to think he is already five.  I’ve been saying to John for a couple of months already, “How is Hayden going to be five??”  He is a really sweet little boy, especially to Layla.  For instance, as I mentioned before Layla says everything is yellow.  Yesterday Hayden was doing Legos.  He had a yellow piece and he showed it to Layla and asked he what color it is.  He knows she knows yellow, and he’ll ask her about a yellow thing and tell her what a good job she did for getting it right.  “Yes, that is yellow, good job Layla!” 🙂

We love you so much, Hayden!


Cars 2 July 25, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 6:51 pm
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Hayden used to LOVE cars when he was not quite 2 – 3+.  Then, as we all know, he turned his focus to trains, and in the last few months he has decided he loves robots, transformers, beyblades, and ghosts.  So it is really funny to me that in the last few weeks, he cannot get enough of the Cars 2 movie.  It seems so old-school-Hayden!  Truth be told, though – although he wants to watch the whole movie, we think it’s actually the preview for a new Disney movie called Planes which he is obsessed with.  Regardless of the reason, he literally watches the movie about 4 times a week (and asks if he can watch it 100 x week).  He gets to watch a movie or cartoon while Layla naps, and incidentally now Layla tells me several times a day she wants to watch a movie, even though she has a very short attention span for TV.


Trains vs Robots May 16, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 7:22 pm
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Hayden is obsessed by trains.  Has been for a long time.  So imagine our surprise when he said to John a couple of weeks ago that he doesn’t love trains anymore.  He clarified that he still liked trains, but now he loves robots.  Yes, robots.  I have no idea where that came from.  A couple of days later I realized he was talking about Transformers, but I still don’t know how the pieces fit together because I haven’t seen him play with Transformers in a very long time, or take any interest in any robots apart from Bot in the cartoon Team Umizoomi (about which he is also obsessed), and he made it clear when I asked that Bot was not the kind of robot he loved.

Well, since this declaration I have seen very little real interest in robots or transformers, and the same amount of interest in trains.  He has a very thick catalog book on model trains which we got at a model train show, and he can sit for hours looking at each train in that book and talking about what it does.  This is a book that just has tons of pictures of model trains and gives the model number so you can order it, and he looks through it like it holds the answers to life’s most complex problems.  In fact, I have had some nice cuddle time with him the last few days reading the names of the trains to them as he points them out.  So, I think the train love is in full effect, whether he chooses to accept it or not. 🙂


That’s The Problem April 12, 2012

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 2:37 pm

Hayden has really mastered the whole talking thing.  It’s few and far between that I have to translate for him anymore – most of the time people can understand him even if they have an untrained ear.  He talks quite a bit, and it cracks us up to hear some of the things he comes up with.  For instance, at the moment he ends many sentences with “…that’s the problem.”  He has an excuse for everything.  Any time we ask him to do anything he will have a reason why he didn’t do it or can’t do it, and he will round things off by saying, “that’s the problem.”

“Hayden, you didn’t take your allergy medicine.”  “Oh!  I forgot that it was there.  I didn’t hear you tell me it was there.  So, that’s the problem.”

“Hayden, you need to put your shoes on.”  “Well, where are my shoes?  See, I didn’t know where my shoes are, that’s the problem.”