Small child full of itch-defying joy

March 23rd, 2009

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Well, the eczema continued to spread. We eliminated Altoids when Katya’s hands got super itchy after she was holding handfuls of them. I think we’re in the waiting-for-it-to-finish-working-through phase.

This is a photo of the new kiddo corner that was created by the addition of a couch and small shelf to our living room. The blocks were busy being a tower elsewhere, but you can see the lid to their box. Right behind Katya’s shoulder is the nature basket, which was formerly the nature table. Behind her is the dress up box. The other blank spot belongs to the Big Bag Of Puppets.

The Sesame Street media explosion continues. This makes it a little harder to leave the house but we have still been getting out and spending some nice time with our horse friends.

21 1/2 months quick update

March 18th, 2009
  1. Katya is REALLY into this slightly hokey early reader version of Johnny Appleseed by Patricia Demuth. I often read it in bed when she wakes up from her nap.
  2. We have been searching for a singable dinosaur song. We have resorted to singing “Miss Mary Mack” with a dinosaur that jumps over the fence. Also, “Three Blind Dinosaurs.”
  3. Katya is suddenly NUTS over the peanut butter cracker sandwiches from Trader Joes. Katya also has a nasty, itchy, slowly spreading rash that the doctor said is eczema. I am really hoping these 2 things are not related.
  4. I have been doing some cool toddler arts & crafts projects. And when I say “I”? I do mean, me. I had a fabulous time rolling a marble around in a shoe box with some paint in it today while the intended crafter sat next to me eating  Altoids and playing with a package of tampons. Katya does like painting, drawing, and doing occasional other artsy stuff with stickers, tape, etc., pretty much every day, so it seems reasonable to keep on introducing/trying new things periodically.

She’s 21 months old, I’m (almost) speechless

March 12th, 2009

So, you know, we’re big fruitcakes when it comes to early (and all, really) education. We like to have lots of stimulating stuff available, but we make a point of NOT teaching Katya preschool facts/skills. We figure it’ll just come naturally from pursuing her interests. We thought it would take a while but that was fine with us.

Well. About a week ago I was trying to keep Katya distracted on the way home from somewhere. I had run through every song we sing together and a lullaby. I launched into the ABC song, which I had only sung to her maybe once before. I was singing slowly, “A B…” and she chimed in, “C.” And so on. “L M N,” “O P.” etc. I am pretty sure this is from the Sesame Street clips she has been choosing and watching while I have been sorting boxes. Now she asks to sing it and watch different versions all the time.

Then last night Katya was in the bath and Bill and I were talking nearby. At the same time, we noticed that she was saying, “seven…eight..nine…” We looked at each other in shock and said, “Honey? Are you counting?” I almost NEVER count anything. I don’t, to be honest, actually BELIEVE in teaching kids to recite a string of number names before they have a real sense of what the words mean. We have counting books, but we just read them, “One baby, two kittens,” etc, when requested, which is rarely. Bill thinks maybe Katya picked this up from a hide and seek book he’s been reading, in which you count to ten several times. It makes sense because she has been saying to herself, “1 2 3 4 6 7 8 9 10” a lot the last few days. Then again, maybe it was that one hour I wasn’t paying any attention to what she was watching on Sesame Street.

On a related note, my kid, who has no food restrictions (aside from things she has trouble digesting), twice this week yelled at random “Egg! Egg!” requesting hard-boiled eggs. You know? She has free access to a shelf full of favorite freeze-dried fruits, crunchy veggie snacks and crackers. She knows we have cookies. But she really wanted eggs. My God, our fruity parenting is WORKING!

Riding Dinosaurs!

March 9th, 2009

That’s our neighbor, Patty the Apatasaurus. She is really just next to someone’s door in our complex.

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These photos are from the local dino themed park I found. I have discovered that Katya only has a hard time getting and staying asleep on days without much big motor activity. I have a new love for parks.

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This one’s just a sleepy bonus shot.

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21-months-ness

March 6th, 2009

Favorite thing to wear: necklaces

Reaction to my attempt to make pasta necklaces: “Pasta! Eat!”

New foods tried: radish and orange (again)

Favorite toy activity: knocking over and now also MAKING block towers

Favorite non-toy activity: holding various objects (especially the computer mouse) to her head and saying, “Heh-oh?”

Favorite book subjects: “Berternie,” dinosaurs, naughty dogs

Number one requested “food”: ice chips–I now have several containers with thin layers of ice in them at the freezer at all times

Personal best regarding staying up late: 1:30 or 1:45 am, I’m too tired to know exactly

Favorite phrases: “that one,” “carry you” (As in, “Do you want to walk or should I carry you?” “Carry you.”)

Examples of K’s belief that one should work smarter, not harder:

  • dumping the cup of water over onto the paint-with-water picture–done!
  • removing the lid with the funny holes from the shape sorter–now they all fit!
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