Games, get stronger, overload

July 11, 2017

1. ‘Ammal!’ Rachel exclaims, followed by ‘tack, tack, tack’. I guess ‘you’re a duck!’, and on we go with one of Rachel’s favorite games. We kind of take turns giving the other an animal noise to guess, and she’s pretty good at it.

2. I’m not able to do my pushups with Rachel flopped onto my back. Also, she’s too tall to walk between my legs, especially when I’m in the middle of side lunges.

3. Library story hour was a little overwhelming today due to the huge number of babies, toddlers, and responsible adults. No wonder Rachel went to a quiet spot and laid on the floor.


Goofy things I don’t want to forget

July 8, 2017

1. This may sound gross, but she hasn’t actually used her potty chair, so it’s not so terrible. Rachel was in the bathroom with me the other morning. She pulled the bowl out of her potty seat, told me ‘pretend’, while nodding her head for emphasis, and started gnawing on the plastic. I thought she must not understand what pretend means, but upon further reflection, I think she may, after all, she can’t really eat it, so she is only pretending.

2. I’ll preface this story by saying I’m pretty sure Rachel does not have pica. I started hearing ‘yum, yum’ sounds from the front door area while I was in the kitchen preparing lunch. I had given Rachel a few crackers a while before, so I thought that’s what she was eating. She meandered into the kitchen, and the dirt around her mouth was not cracker crumbs. I took her hand and asked her to show me what she had been eating. She led me to the front door and pointed at the grime on the threshold, saying ‘yum, yum’. Then she started trying to chew on the waterproofing strip on the door frame.

3. Making faces at Rachel while she eats her lunch. Things geta little bit silly here sometimes, and she makes the best faces back.


Stall, dessert, more stalling

July 2, 2017

1. Rachel is getting quite proficient at stalling, especially at bedtime, by asking for more hugs. We love her hugs and I will go in for an extra squeeze if she asks for it.

2. Steve and I enjoyed delicious almond flavored frozen souffles after dinner. It contained raw egg, so I made Rachel some coconut milk pudding earlier in the day so she could be part of our dessert. ‘Yummy, yummy’, she said as she cleaned out her ramekin.

3. Speaking of stalling, Rachel wanted to sit on her potty after last night’s bath, and she didn’t want to get off. I don’t know how long she sat, trying to go, chatting with me and insisting that the shower head is a fan.


Confused, anniversary day, holding hands

June 22, 2017

1. I’m looking forward to when Rachel can tell me, or I can figure out, what she means when she says ‘pem’. It’s not ‘pen’, and she says it in different parts of the house and different times of day.

2. Yesterday was such a lovely day. S took off work for our anniversary and we trekked up to a bird sanctuary, where we walked one of the paths. It was so peaceful there. We didn’t see many birds, but we heard them. The path was pretty level, so Rachel walked a good portion of the 3/4 mile trail we chose. Afterwards, we had a picnic lunch at one of the gorges, then decided to go ahead and hike it. Rachel had to be a backpack baby for that one. My legs were trembling on the stairs on the way down, but it felt so nice to be out. After we came home, we whipped up an orange parfait dessert for later.

3. ‘Hand, daddy. Daddy, hand’, are some of the sweetest words I heard from Rachel on the walk at the bird sanctuary. She was very independent most of the walk, but sometimes wanted a little extra support.


Happy things

June 20, 2017

1. Rachel trying to nurse her monkey, complete with saying ‘milk’ and making slurping sounds.

2. Planning a hike.

3. Going on a slightly longer drive than normal today, playing a Baby Einstein traveling melodies cd to keep Rachel distracted, Rachel fussing for more music in between tracks, and clapping every time the next song started.


Toddler negotiations

June 15, 2017

Today, Rachel was convinced to:

1. Help me pull her shorts up when I asked if she could while she was fighting getting dressed.

2. Stick her hand in some paint so I could get her hand print. I was surprised how much she didn’t want to do it, considering the way she dips her hands into her yogurt every evening. I had decided to give up on it, when she asked for the paint, and let me make the print.

3. Let me put bug spray on her before we went outside. She hates having lotion or anything applied and seemed afraid of the spray bottle. I showed her how I would spray it on my hand first, then put it on her, and told her we couldn’t go outside until it was done, and she relented. When we have the time and when going out is just something we want to do, instead of something we have to, I think it’s good to work her through these things.


Summer days

June 13, 2017

1. Rachel tagging along while I set up the hose and watered the garden. We detoured to the front yard when we heard the school bus, which she enjoys watching.

2. Rachel waking up happy from her naps. I’m finally switching her to one nap a day, and she’s been giving me a nice 2-2.5 hours so far, plus waking up so happy. I’m having a little bit of a hard time with the change in schedule though. I’m spending the same amount of time with her during the day, but it’s only broken up by one nap instead of two, so I’m feeling extremely talked and peopled out. I love being with her and talking with her, but it’s intense having to be turned on for such long stretches.

3. But, I do feel like overall the one nap day is a better schedule. There’s enough time while she naps for me to work on a bigger project or whatever, and the longer awake times means that snack time and coloring and outside time all fits in the day better.