Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Around Super Bowl time, there was a great sale going on at Randall's on 12 packs of Coke. I never shop there because they are too expensive (they are, Mom!), and I don't usually buy Cokes, either. But we were having a Super Bowl party, so I figured I'd stock up. We got there and on our way to the Coke aisle ( I almost put Isle - some isle that would be!) I walked by the meat to see if there were good deals (there weren't). But we did pass the lunchmeat section and I decided to get Addison a Lunchable. She's never had one, and she was really into putting things together, so I knew she'd get a kick out of layering the meat and cheese and crackers, plus the Capri Sun and cookies would make it super special. I put it in the basket and told her it was a Lunchable and she was intrigued. She kept looking at it and asking questions, and I told her how she would put it together and that it was a special treat and what not. I got the Cokes and drove home, and Addie held the Lunchable the whole time. When we got home, I unloaded the 12 packs into the garage, while still explaining to Addie about her Lunchable. She ate it and loved it, the end.
Except a week or so later, when Matt brought in a 12 pack from the garage, she said, "Oh, Mama, I love Lunchables!" She ran over to it and pried open the end and took the Cokes out and stuffed her toys in the box and drug it around and played with it. She kept calling it a Lunchable, and when we'd go to the car, she'd see the stack and call them Lunchables too. I laughed frequently and repeatedly told her that those were not Lunchables, they were Cokes, even though we got them at the same time as her Lunchable. She appeared to comprehend this, and then kept calling them Lunchables. To this day, she still calls the long skinny 12 packs of drinks Lunchables. What a nut!
Also, I may have mentioned this before, but she calls all medicine "Addison". As in,
- "My itchy bite hurts, I need some Addison on it."
- "You need some medicine? Here, let me get the medicine. Medicine makes it feel better."
- "Yes, Addison makes it feel better. Lots of Addison."
I know she can say medicine, she's just choosing not to. I have a feeling that this is going to become one of our family jokes. Just like I wonder if Ryan is going to be Baby Ryan till he's 18.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
He's also been letting go and balancing on his feet for up to 3-4 seconds at a time. He loves the pool and can walk all over the baby pool in his floaty, although he is a little too tall, or it's too low. It's giving him lots of balancing practice. He has started yelling at us when he's mad, and did I mention that as soon as I start to sing Pat A Cake, he will begin clapping on his own? I don't even have to touch him, he just is very smart and knows that we clap during that song. I am excited and grateful to see these changes in him as he gets older and can communicate and interact so much more. He's really turning into my little boy now instead of just my baby.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
This afternoon, we were upstairs going through stuff and Ryan was touching everything that Addison was playing with, and she was having zero patience, even when I sharply reprimand her. After pouting for a bit, she said, "Mama, I want to play downstairs, and Baby Ryan can play somewhere else." I said that Ryan had to come with us, and she frowned and said no, he needs to play somewhere else since he can't share toys (I tell her that sometimes). On the way down the stairs, she said, "Baby Ryan can play with doggies," and she ran down and got her big box of plastic dogs and set them all up and said, "Mama, you put Ryan here and he play doggies and you come in here with me." Miraculously, Ryan is still in the other room while Addie is playing with a set of nesting dolls I had.
Ryan has been in a fantastic mood lately. His first bottom tooth is finally breaking through, after about 5 months of teething-related fussiness. Addison had two teeth the day she turned 5 months, so he is about 3 months behind. However, twice today, and a couple of times over the past few days, he has let go while he's standing up and tried to balance on his own two feet. He has been pulling up for over a month, but hasn't been cruising much. He's still pretty stationary and prefers to crawl. But I don't know where this letting-go thing came from. He can only balance a second or two before grabbing something or falling. I wonder if he'll be an early walker. Addie walked two weeks after she turned one, but she'd been pulling up and cruising since 7 months old.
Monday, June 8, 2009
In the living room, we moved the furniture yet again and I think Matt and I are finally happy with how it turned out.
Speaking of cute and sad, last night we were out shopping late, and when we got home it was time for bed. She ran into her playroom, but Matt told her it was time to go upstairs. She said, "But I just want to play just a minute, I want to play just a minute." We said no, and she crumpled up again and sobbed, "But I just want to play just a minute." She cried as she walked up the stairs and was completely miserable. It was so sad and there is still a part of me that wants to let her do whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Because she is cute and precious and adorable and my baby. Even when she's fussing or crying, it is cute.
Ryan is making his presence known loud and clear. He is crawling everywhere, pulling up on everything, and getting into everything too. His favorite thing is to crawl into the bathroom to see if we've left the toilet open, because if so, then he like to reach into the water. It is so gross and the bathroom door is shut all the time now. He also delights in crawling into Addison's face and lap, usually while she is diligently working a puzzle or reading a book. This has resulted in lots of pushing, shoving, and some clawing on Addie's part, and I try hard to keep him away so I"m not constanly having to discipline her reactions to him. He is just so in love with his big sister and everything that she does, and she is still too little to understand much about him. We have had a few instances of them really playing together...she gets a kick out of him laughing, so she will sometimes do things to get a reaction out of him, like hiding and popping up, or throwing the blanket on his head and letting him pull it off. Ryan likes to yell and bang things a lot.
He pounds his tiny fists on his high chair tray, and drums his hands on his legs and boxes and the dog. This morning, I heard him clapping and turned around and realized it was the part of Dora where they sing, "Where are we going? (Clap clap clap)" . I couldn't believe it. He is very smart. He has also somehow started "smiling" for the camera. I am not sure what's going on, unless maybe the red light on the camera makes him squint and makes faces. I got probably 8 shots in a row of him doing this as soon as I pressed the button.
Addie starts swim lessons tomorrow at our neighborhood pool. They run for 4 weeks, and we are both excited. Addie has been in the pool several times already this year and is like a little fish. I can't wait to see what they teach her. I will chill out in the baby pool with Ryan.