Monday, October 27, 2014


Here's a public service announcement:

"Unbreakable" toddler dishes are not, in fact, unbreakable.

That is all.

Monday, October 13, 2014


Our Baby T has developed the following quirk at some naptimes and bedtimes:  she painstakingly chooses her outfit for bed and then wants to take a big pile of clothes to bed with her.  She can put on elastic-waist skirts, but probably not other stuff, but I guess she wants to keep her options open.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Already 2!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • We are experiencing a tsunami of birthday parties right now.
  • Baby T turned 2 yesterday and we celebrated with a store cheesecake topped with a white chocolate unicorn that C made specially.
  • Baby rejoiced in the following gifts:  a pile of boardbooks (a couple on the bedtime-is-awesome theme plus a spectacular interactive cat boardbook that I picked out) plus some Hello Kitty stuff.
  • Wow, it's getting early now.  But the days are still hot--up until today, we've been having highs in the high 80s topping out at around 90 degrees.
  • C went to horse riding this morning.  Unfortunately, next week is her last day (we did a half term), but the bright side of it is that we will be able to take full advantage of the FREE (did I mention that they are FREE?) group ukulele and guitar classes offered at Guitar Center on Saturday mornings.  
  • My husband took C and D to the fair this afternoon.
  • C won a 1st prize for a wire horse sculpture at the fair!  

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Almost 2!

Here's some of what's happening:

  • Baby T is almost 2!!!
  • She's been to parents' day out three times and is doing fine.
  • Baby T loves her kitty and her monkey and is almost never without one or both, including at meals.
  • C has been trying to work out "Ode to Joy" on the ukulele.  There are free ukulele and guitar lessons at Guitar Center on Saturdays (but not each instrument every Saturday), so I'm really looking forward to C being able to start doing that.
  • D is almost done with his 6-week robotics after school course.
  • C (with a little help) melted a bar of white chocolate and molded it into a white chocolate unicorn cake topper for Baby T's birthday cheesecake.  


The delightful Simcha Fisher discusses the difference between expecting a first baby and a tenth baby.  I especially like the last one.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Baby T deals with groceries

Baby T and I went grocery shopping today.  When we got home, I was unpacking groceries.  Baby T was pulling out various items that she thought would make a nice lunch and setting them out on the dining table near her high chair.  Eventually, she discovered my HEB brand frappuccinos (HEB calls them "cafeccinos").  Baby T pulled out one of the frappuccino bottles and carried it carefully over to my place at the table.


Baby T is getting better and better at understanding where things go and what you do with them.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Laundry chute

Baby T and I were hanging out in T-ville (her playroom).  She mentioned something about "poop" and yes, indeed, she had a dirty diaper.  Eventually, we got moving out of the playroom, but not before Baby T had unzipped and taken off her footed fleece pjs.  I suggested "laundry" and was amused to see Baby T walk by the laundry room, shoot up the stairs, and head straight to the laundry chute.  She needed help opening the hatch and putting the pjs down (good!!!), but she had obviously fully assimilated the relationship between dirty clothes and the laundry chute.