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.

I do myself II

I forgot a big one.

Up until a day or two ago, Baby T was driving me a little nuts with asking for one DVD or VHS tape, interfering with pressing buttons while I was trying to rewind or whatever, and then repeatedly changing her mind as to which video she wanted.

We've recently settled the issue by me letting Baby T operate the VHS and DVD player herself.  She still needs my help to rewind, but it's a much happier division of labor!

I do myself

Our Baby T is in the middle of a big outbreak of "I do myself."  Unfortunately, not everything she wants to do are things she's either capable of or allowed to do.  On the bright side, her struggles 1) keep her busy and 2) lessen my responsibilities (until cleanup time, of course!).  I need to bear in mind that we need way more time to get ready to go somewhere than we used to.  (Yesterday it turned out that 30 minutes wasn't quite enough time to get Baby T out of the house after a nap.)  Here are some highlights:

  • Baby T graduated herself from the feeding seat a few months ago.  The first sign of the handwriting on the wall was her insisting that the feeding seat was just for her stuffed animals.
  • Baby T has also been insisting that her stroller is primarily for her to push her stuffed animals in.  But I still manage to get her into the stroller, probably 50% of the time.
  • Baby T wants to open the minivan doors and if she finds it already open, she is indignant.  Ideally, I should wait until her hands are on the handle and then push the button to open the door.  She thinks she's opening the door as long as she's touching it.  
  • She wants to do the buckles on both the stroller and her car seat.  She manages the top buckle in the car seat pretty good, but it takes so looooong for her to do the stroller snaps.
  • Related:  If I start doing something for her that she wants to do herself, she has to go back several steps to the beginning and start the whole process again.
  • Baby T is now primarily using open cups at home.  She is very fond of the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse toddler souvenir cups I bought the big kids when we went to Disneyland 4 years ago that the big kids never really used.  
  • She likes filling her cups up with water herself.
  • She is constantly pushing the stepladder around the kitchen to get at the sink and cupboards.
  • She likes getting her own spoons from the drawer and her own dishes from the dishwasher.  Fortunately, so far she just goes for the baby stuff.
  • She is now able to open the lids on her baby yogurt pouches.
  • She likes opening up packets of crackers.
  • She wants to pour milk and cereal.  I got a Rubbermaid cereal keeper and a quart bottle of milk and provide a little discreet help.   
We've also removed her crib from her room leaving her with the crib mattress on the floor, so she is freer than ever before in her room.  I also often find her asleep face down in the carpet or on a blanket on the carpet. 

Saturday, July 25, 2015

So adorable!

Baby T was watching an Elmo segment on soccer.  She went off, got the family soccer ball, and brought it to the living room to play with.  Awww!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015


Here's some of what's happening:

  • C had her final cake decorating class.  She did a two layer chocolate mix cake with (good) store pudding and Wilton frosting.  She took it to class filled with pudding and iced with chocolate and in class, she added red flowers and green stems and leaves.  Her leaves were really good!  We were all impressed.
  • Ideally, I'd just put C in the cake classes until she finished out all of them, but we are all EXHAUSTED by her cake decorating class.  That sounds silly until you realize that my husband made the famous Hershey's cake on Saturday for C's birthday, C had to take two layers in to class on Monday to ice in class, and on Wednesday she needed to bring in an iced and filled two layer cake.  So, the better part of a week has been consumed with hunting up ingredients, baking cakes, cooling cakes, icing cakes, washing up pans, transporting cakes, icing cakes, and disassembling and cleaning equipment afterwards and then doing it all over again in a day or two.  Hence the mix cake, store pudding and Wilton icing... 
  • But, that said, I think we can pull ourselves together to do a class at least once a year, especially if C is able to take over more of the process.
  • We had a surprisingly passionate family discussion on the subject of cupcakes versus cakes.  I'm pro-cupcake.  C and my husband (who are coincidentally the primary bakers in the family) are anti-cupcake and pro-cake.  We united in deploring the cupcake cake.  Blech!
  • Speaking of cake controversies, C may skip learning to do fondant.  No matter how adorable the fondant cakes on Cake Wrecks are, none of us like the taste.  I hear rumors that a better-tasting fondant is in the works, but I'm skeptical.  
  • Now that D has new furniture, D and I went through everything in his room, bathroom and closet.  It looks fabulous!  I'm so tired.
  • Baby T somehow got a bump during her nap this afternoon, so we removed her crib from her room tonight.  Tonight is her first night with just her crib mattress in her room.  So far, so good.  Baby T first started to try to get out of her crib about a year ago, so my husband sawed the legs off of her crib to make falls less dangerous.  That produced a much safer bed situation and bought us a year.  She's mostly stayed in her bed (even though she could get out), but for the last week or two, she's been coming and going at will.  We've been finding her curled up on her carpet or change table first thing in the morning and at the end of naps.     
  • Once the dust settles, we should get Baby T a twin mattress for the floor and some big girl bedding.  For the moment, we'll also probably get her a large laundry basket to keep her stuff handy at night.