To the beat of her own drum

Monday, March 31, 2014

The Big Sis got a new bathing suit this past weekend, and it’s quite an understatement to say that she loves it. She wore it basically all weekend long, sometimes underneath her clothes but sometimes just the bathing suit only.

At dinnertime on Sunday, I told her that she needed to take her bathing suit off because I didn’t want her to accidentally get her food on it. Without too much complaint, she left the table and came back — wearing nothing at all! I really didn’t want to laugh, but it was so unexpected that I couldn’t help it.

The Husband, through his own stifled giggles, told her that she “needed to wear something” at dinner. So off she went again. This time she came back wearing, well … something. She had put on her winter hat, a fleece scarf, and nothing but her birthday suit. I couldn’t help but be reminded of the Brady Bunch episode with Greg’s “exact words” argument as The Big Sis pointed out, “You just said I needed to wear something. This is something!”

We did convince her to put on undies, and that’s how she ate dinner. I’d post a picture of it, but it’s not that appropriate to share publicly.

Well, at least she wasn’t wearing her bathing suit?



Meet the babies

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meet The Little Sis’ current favorite baby dolls:

From left to right:

1. Ariel. This one is technically The Big Sis’ plush doll, but The Little Sis sort of took it over. She is greedy with babies like that.

2. Soft Baby. This was the baby doll we got her for her first birthday. Soft Baby is the mom of School Baby, per The Little Sis.

3. Lilly. Named by The Little Sis after the daughter of one of her teachers. This is one of her favorite babies; she gets lots of extra attention and nurturing. She is the mom of Ashley, according to The Little Sis.

4. Ashley. This was The Big Sis’ first baby doll (back in 2008), but The Little Sis found it and took it as her own. This is her overall favorite baby doll.

5. Belle. This is still technically The Big Sis’ doll (sense a theme here?), but she is “borrowing” it.

6. Big Baby. We got this baby doll for The Little Sis for her second birthday. We’ve taken Big Baby to the grocery store before and we’re always stopped by people who think the baby is real!

7. Grandpa. No idea why she named the baby Grandpa, but there you go! Grandpa is the dad of School Baby, per The Little Sis.

8. School Baby. This is a baby doll that we found at my dad’s house — no idea where it came from. Maybe my sister’s from a long time ago? I’m not really sure. She named it School Baby because she likes to take it to school. School Baby is the daughter of Soft Baby and Grandpa, according to The Little Sis.

You say potato

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Some of The Little Sis’s current word mispronunciations (I’m blanking out on a lot of them right now, but will come back and add more as I think of them):

Chex sticks = chapstick

La-la-la-la = Cinderella

Iguana = Tiana

tea = bottle of water with ice (because she sees my iced tea and thinks anything with ice is tea)

blelly = belly

Air-wuh = Ariel

some-scream = sunscreen

pancapes = pancakes

‘licious = delicious

callipater = caterpillar

Cap it

Thursday, March 13, 2014

I got a call from The Big Sis’ teacher yesterday, telling me that one of her fillings fell out at lunch. If you’ll recall, the filling on the upper right fell out back in September and they did a resin fix, hoping to get a few years out of it, but unfortunately it didn’t last that long, so that means she’s going to need a silver cap. I hate the idea of having to put so much money into a tooth that’s going to fall out eventually, but that won’t happen until she’s about 12, so it can’t be ignored.

I called the dentist, and the earliest they can get us in for it is April 15. Ugh! Thankfully The Big Sis isn’t having any pain with it (and we’re supposed to call back if she does) and we are on a cancellation list, but that seems like a long time to wait to get a cap on a tooth whose filling has fallen out. Aside from potential pain, I worry about food particles getting up there and making the tooth even more susceptible to cavities. Hopefully that won’t be an issue, though.

What’s up, doc?

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Husband took The Big Sis for her (belated) 7-year well check. As I wasn’t there myself, I don’t have firsthand knowledge of the visit, but he took some good notes for me.

Height: 48.75 inches (Here we come, bigger amusement park rides!) (50th to 75th percentile)
Weight: 52 pounds (50th to 75to percentile)
BMI: 15.5 (50th to 75th percentile)
Blood pressure: 98/56

Milestone questions:

*Can your child tie his/her shoes?
*Can your child get him/herself dressed without any help?
*Can your child catch a ball?
*Can your child repeat back four digits in sequence?
*Can your child count to 30?
*Can your child write four words?
*Can your child read some of a page?
*Can your child skip with both feet?

Tuesday tidbits

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

I sat down to look at my photos on the computer so I could find a good one for Wordless Wednesday. And then I realized it wasn’t Wednesday. So wait, it’s only Tuesday?! Ugh!


*The Little Sis is probably more princess-obsessed than The Big Sis. Send chicken soup and casseroles, please.

*I thought The Big Sis was sort of easing out of her princess obsession — until the movie Frozen came along. She has been hit with the bug badly. For as long as I can remember, her favorite color has been pink. But yesterday she told me that her favorite colors are now white and blue. “Because of Frozen?” I asked. A little embarrassed, she admitted that was why.

*I think there should be more evening entertainment options for people who don’t want to go out to bars/clubs. The Husband and I enjoyed a late-dinner date night this past weekend, as it’s easiest if we can get The Little Sis to bed before we go out, so the earliest we can leave the house is 8 or 8:15 p.m. By the time we finished with dinner, it was 9:30 p.m., and we weren’t close to any movie theaters to catch a late showing. The original plan had been to find a venue to watch a band play, which sounded good beforehand, but The Husband and I just generally aren’t “go-to-a-club-to-see-a-band-we-don’t-know-play” kind of people, so we decided to go get ice cream. An ice cream shop is much more our speed. But…then what? It was still just 10:30, and we didn’t want to waste the use of a sitter, but we ran out of things to do that didn’t involve drinking or eating. Not sure what the solution is there, though our solution that night was to go to Walmart and wander around a bit. I did find some new sunglasses, so it wasn’t a completely lame and pointless trip, at least!

*Warning: Potty talk in this tidbit. The Little Sis has been practicing using the potty for  a while, but she wasn’t making much forward progress, so we decided to take the plunge and switch to undies to see if that did anything. This is not how we did it with The Big Sis (who basically trained herself, and we switched to undies and she never had any accidents), but it’s what felt right this time. The problem? She was a poop-hider, meaning it was almost impossible to catch her before she pooped in her undies. (Which, I must say, kudos to The Husband for taking care of the many undies cleanups.) I’d watch her like a hawk for the entire time we were home in the evenings, then in the 15 seconds I’d turn my back to get her toothbrush ready, she’d poop in her undies. So frustrating! I don’t want to jinx it, but I think we might have finally turned the corner this past weekend and she’s actually pooping in the potty instead of in her undies, and her wet accidents are almost nonexistent. The only diapers I’m buying are the ones for her to wear at night (she’s definitely not ready to switch to undies at night), so fingers crossed that continues.