Saturday, August 15, 2015

Still a minion!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T is still a minion.  In fact, she's now a "little yellow minion."
  • I was contemplating getting a really cute $9 or $10 (!) minion soap pump at the store for Baby T, but I'm pretty sure she'd start taking it to bed.
  • Baby T is still on an insane independence kick.  She wants to do everything herself, and if you do anything for her, she'll squeak and start all over again.  But, as my husband suggests, this may mean sweet liberation for us within a year.  It also bodes very well for potty training.
  • Baby T can put on shoes, shirts, dresses (the no-button kind), shorts and she is starting to work on pants.
  • She's starting to develop a taste for frozen treats.
  • She says she is 3, not 2.  (She's 2, but she'll be 3 in early October.)
  • Got to get that party planning in gear!  I'm thinking some sort of drive thru safari type thing (very common in Texas).
  • D continues to shine at the college climbing wall.
  • D's 5th grade teacher threw the class a pool party this weekend.
  • C is starting 8th grade very soon! 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

New minion!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T wants to be called "minion."
  • C had a playdate with a chum yesterday.  The chum left the kid's school after 6th grade, so this was a big deal.  We had lunch with the chum and the chum's mom, C taught D and her chum how to do cupcake decorating (with beautiful results--a sunflower, some roses, and various squiggles!) and then the kids played Skylanders.  There was not enough time for as much Skylanders as the kids wanted, but it was a three-hour playdate as it was, so...
  • Baby T has been saying a lot of "I love you!" and "I like you!" as well as telling less favored individuals "I don't like you!"  Somehow, being more favored means more diapers to change...

Monday, August 3, 2015

Zoo on foot

I forgot to mention that Baby T did the whole zoo on foot today when we went with friends.

We normally don't do the zoo during the summer, but this morning it was relatively cool at 9 when we met friends.  It wasn't by the time we left!

Baby T wants bed

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Our neighbor and her three big children brought by a slice of something and the announcement of a new baby at their house!  They're doing the rounds of the neighborhood.
  • Baby T asked to be put to bed around 8:30 PM tonight and headed upstairs of her own accord.  As usual she and I dressed several animals in her extra pajamas, dressed her for bed, and did some puzzles.
  • Thank goodness we haven't been reading potty training books at bedtime lately!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

More independence

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T is riding less and less in the stroller and pushing it more and more.
  • She likes to push everything--strollers, grocery carts, her push tricycle.
  • I had a strategic error yesterday.  I thought I was going to push her to Starbucks on campus in the Kettler trike we recently got back and get something to eat there.  She had just gotten up from a nap.  Well, Starbucks was closed and it was super hot.  I had water for her but no food and I didn't have anything to eat, either.  Baby T wanted to push the trike home but kept flipping it over.  I wound up carrying her most of the way home.  Oh, yeah, and I discovered at some point that I'd left behind a favorite sippy, a water bottle for me and a big pack of baby wipes, but there was no way that I was turning back to get them.  (The only regret is the favorite sippy--it was a really nice one spoutless one that the dentist had given us.)  Also, Baby T is able to stick her feet on the ground in front of the wheels and impede motion.
  • So, I don't think I will repeat that trip anytime soon, and particularly not during the summer.  We could take the trike in the van to the campus loop and do that.
  • Baby T went to bed this evening without a snack--her choice.
  • She has realized that she can pull her kid chair over to the light switch and turn it on.  So from now on, we'll need to check her room for lights when we go to bed.
  • We may need to consider a night light.
  • Bedtime for Baby T currently involves first dressing critters in her spare pjs and then her being dressed in the remaining pair.  (She zips the animals into her pjs but I need to do the final snap.)  She tries to do as much as she can during the process, even putting her arms into the sleeves.  She also changes her own wet pullups a lot of the time.
  • She also has a thing for restaurant high chairs now.  Only problem--she likes both getting in and out of them.  She also likes pushing them to our table, which is not a problem.
  • One of today's new experiences was Baby T attempting to manage a paper towel dispenser.
  • She also was filling her sippy from a drinking fountain.
  • I have never seen a child so determined to master the adult world.  But she's so small!  And it's so big! 
  • We went to Petco today and Baby T was out of the stroller, so she got to see everything at her pace.  There weren't any kitties, but she got to visit the ferrets, the birds, the little iguanas, and the fish.   

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New stuff

Baby T is lately very taken by the concept of "new" things.

So, she's been talking a lot about the new ducky and the new Dora and Diego toothbrush she got at the dentist.  We also got back an old Kettler trike with pushbar we had lent out and T has been told that it is for her.  Baby T can see it from her playroom out on the patio and she's very excited about it.  (By the way, I haven't tried it out myself, but the Kettler trike is about 10 years old and is apparently in fine shape.  Yay, German engineering!)

Monday, July 27, 2015

I do myself III

One more thing.

You may wonder, well Xantippe, what about the potty training?  Isn't Baby T clamoring to use the potty by herself?  Not so much.  She still occasional visits the potty, but to no effect.