Sex Education

Filed under: funny — by Lauren on April 16th, 2009 @ 1:33 pm

“First we walked up your knees, then we opened it, and then we climbed in your belly!” — Anya, on how she and Sierra came to be in my stomach during my pregnancies

My cute little Anya

Filed under: Anya,funny,photos — by Lauren on March 31st, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

Anya has done a few things that I have found quite amusing over the last few days:

At the end of her bath, she started pushing the water toward the drain. I asked her what she was doing, and she told me, “I’m helping the water into the thing.”

This morning, she examined my pajama pants and told me, “They don’t have any feet.” I asked, “Who, the snowmen?” (See the picture below) “Yeah, they have hands and heads and hats, though. And they have star cookies!” Me: “Those are cookies?” She replied, “They can eat them!”

Normally I don’t like it when Anya plays with her food, but I had to laugh at dinner tonight.  She was enjoying her salad of fresh spinach and shredded carrots.  She picked up a carrot, bent it into a circle, and launched into this dialogue:  “Look, I made an O.  What does the O say? Nothing?  No, the O says Ahh. Should I make another letter?  What does it look like?  It’s a Q.  Now I made a P.  And an A…”  This game continued until the carrot broke and she ate it.  Then she picks up a spinach leaf, holds it out to me, and says, “Look at my guitar!”

Baths and breakfast

Filed under: Anya,funny,moments,Sierra — by Lex on March 21st, 2009 @ 8:13 am

This morning, as Anya sat eating her breakfast (banana appetizer), I took out a bag to feed Charlie. “No, Daddy, I don’t want to eat dog food,” Anya said.

Last night, I had a first: I bathed Anya, and then Sierra, in rapid succession. I don’t think I’ve bathed both in the same night before.

They seem to enjoy baths in different ways. Anya has non-stop conversations with herself, the water, a couple bath toys, flips over to swim, and wants me to “make a faucet” (a game I accidentally invented a year ago, where I pour from her bucket to create a, well, fake faucet).

Sierra, though, likes to smile and kick. Kick kick kick, splash splash splash.

Good times.

Anya on the Potty

Filed under: Anya,funny — by Lex on March 13th, 2009 @ 8:35 am

Lauren: Are you all done?
Anya: I’m almost all done. I want to make a peepee.
Lauren: You already did that.
Anya: I want to make a poop.
Lauren: You already did that, too.
Anya: I want to make a fart!

Funny From Today

Filed under: Anya,funny — by Lauren on March 2nd, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

Lex, on getting Anya into her pajamas post-bathtime:

“I imagine it’s what dressing a cat would be like.”

Conversations with Anya

Filed under: Anya,funny — by Lex on February 16th, 2009 @ 11:50 am

(She walks in holding toy pizza)
Anya: Daddy, do you want some pizza?
Lex: Yes! Mmm, this is delicious!
Anya: You want some more?
Lex: Yes! Do I really put in my mouth?
Anya: Nooooooooooo.
Lex: I just…
Anya: … pretend.
(She scans the room for more fake foods. She spots the reflex hammer from her doctor kit.)
Anya (cont’d): Do you want some hammer cheese?
Lex: Hahahaha, yes, I would love some hammer cheese.
(She spots the cone from her toy ice cream cone, and holds it like a cup.)
Anya: Do you want a drink, Daddy?
Lex: Yes, yes I do! I’m so thirsty. What is this?
(Forcing the pretend drink in my face.)
Anya: It’s yog– it’s… it’s… it’s… it’s… (HUGE GRIN) V8!

Happy Brushing

Filed under: Anya,funny,moments — by Lex on January 20th, 2009 @ 6:33 pm

When we first started brushing Anya’s teeth, she had a heck of a time remembering to keep her mouth open. While I was on a trip to LA, Lauren found a cool way to get her to do so; namely, by declaring what the “O” says (hint: “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh”).

Nothing lasts forever, and that didn’t. But I soon got Anya to keep her mouth open for extended periods of teeth brushing by having her sing with me. We would sing songs — mostly “Happy Birthday” — replacing each syllable with “Ahhhh”:

Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhhh ahhh ahhh!

Ahhhhhnya finds this hilarious, and does a great job keeping her mouth wide open while singing during the brushing process. When I try to switch up the song, she says “NO! We have to sing Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh Ahh!”

Recently, I let her solo on the brushing tune. She sang as follows:

Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh
Ahhh ahhh ahhh ahhh AHHH ahhhh
Ahhhh ahhh AHHH AHHHH dear Ahhh Ahhh
Ahhh ahhh ahhhh ahhhh ahhhhhhh ahhhhh

The “dear” killed me.

The Endless Loop

Filed under: Anya,funny — by Lauren on January 15th, 2009 @ 12:05 am

I love to listen to Anya sing, which is a good thing because Anya loves to sing. It’s not always pretty, but it’s always cute. However, there are a few children’s songs out there that are written in such a way that causes Anya to get stuck. An example:

Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world…

And so on. That one I understand, since the words at the end are the same as the words at the beginning. There are a few others where the words at the end are similar to the words at the beginning and she gets a little confused, such as:

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain…

And so on. Then there are the songs where Anya doesn’t know all of the words and doesn’t realize that she doesn’t know all of the words (because if she does realize she asks what they are). These, I’m not such a fan of, because one can go a little crazy with too much of this:

Did you ever see a lassie
A lassie
A lassie
Did you ever see a lassie
A lassie
A lassie
Did you ever…

And so on, And on and on. She reminds me of a skipping record/cd/mp3 (depending on your generation). You need to give her a little nudge to avoid getting caught in an endless loop!

Anya: The Good and the Less Good

Filed under: baby's progress,funny,photos,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on December 29th, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

Anya is definitely two. She’s got all of the impish qualities mixed with the amazing sweetness and wonder that go with the age. Sometimes she makes me want to pull my hair out, but I can’t help loving her to bits.

She can be so polite when she wants to be, like when she and I crossed paths in the kitchen and she said, “Excuse me, Mommy!” She says please and thank you as well. Then other times she whines and whines and WHINES. She’ll burst into tears and throw tantrums when she doesn’t get her way, and you never know what will set her off. It’s like living with a very tiny teenager. Good times.

We’ve been having trouble getting her to listen to directions, and we count to three a lot. Luckily that works, because I’m not 100% sure what happens after three some of the time. Anya even earned her first time out last week. The infraction? Taking the remotes out of the family room into the playroom in order to bang them on the glass sliding doors.

A big issue has been a sudden increase in mouthing of objects (this started before Sierra was born, just FYI). It’s weird because Anya wasn’t a big mouther of toys as a baby and almost never put things in her mouth as a toddler. We’ve been handling it for the most part by giving one reminder and then taking the object away if she puts it in her mouth again. It’s helping get the message across, sort of.

One thing that has been much improved is nap time – Anya is finally going to sleep by herself again. We accomplished that with bribery. The deal we made is that Anya can watch a video in the afternoon if and only if she goes to sleep by herself. It only took one or two times of not earning her reward to get her back on track. Lately the only thing she wants to watch is Dora the Explorer. Maybe soon we’re going to try using the video reward to improve the waking up process. She is SO cranky after her nap, but perhaps Dora will help her snap out of it.

Anya is very funny when she watches Dora. She gets really excited about certain parts, especially Backpack and Map, and she participates a lot now. The other day she cracked me up because Dora asked where the ball was and Anya gleefully shouted, “It’s in your backpack, Dora!!!” She gets what the characters want her to do and often gives correct answers. She even told me that Dora was going to need a boat to get across the river before the characters got anywhere near the water. The one element of the show Anya really doesn’t understand is the last segment, when Dora asks what the audience’s favorite part was. Anya invariably answers, “Purple!” I very much enjoy watching her watch the show. We are thinking of taking her to see Dora Live! in March.

After Anya gets to see her Dora “bideo” she often spends the next 30+ minutes telling me about the episode and then acting out elaborate fantasies which usually incorporate parts of what she just watched. This kid just loves to pretend, and I think what she imagines is very real to her. A few weeks ago she brought me an empty gift bag and told me she had a present for me. That started a fun game of giving each other imaginary gifts. I had just given her a “snowman” when it was time for dinner, and she actually took the time to put her snowman on the couch before running off to the kitchen. Also, though she often “plays” with characters from her books and Dora or her LeapFrog videos, it seems she has her first imaginary friends of her own creation – two bears, Bearney the brown bear and Jack the blue bear.

Just a few other fun things:

Anya was sitting in her high chair eating some tomatoes, and I heard her say to herself, “What letter does tomato start with? Tomato starts with T!” It turns out she can do that with a lot of words. Who knew?

I was reading Mister Dog (a DUMB book, by the way) to Anya, and when I mentioned the author, she said, “Margaret Wise Brown? Just like Goodnight Moon!”

Anya knows her politics. She can tell you that “Bach” Obama is going to be the next president, Joe Biden the next VP, and Hillary Clinton the next Secretary of State. She’s a really big Obama fan. We were all hanging out in the family room and Lex and I realized she was saying “That’s Barack Obama!” over and over again. It turns out she had found one of Lex’s magazines and had correctly identified a picture of him. Lex was given a book about Obama for his birthday and I let Anya look at it while I combed her hair yesterday. She was in heaven – “That’s Barack Obama, and THAT’S Barack Obama!”

The first one’s still very cute, too

Filed under: Anya,funny — by Lex on December 13th, 2008 @ 10:48 am

A smattering of cute stuff that Anya has said over the past few days:

“I’s eating my iPods!” (while eating her peapods)

Lauren announced that she was going to cut her nails later. Anya said: “You will get to watch a video, Mommy!”

This morning, after an especially dramatic breakfast (lots of crying over a booboo on her thumb), things had finally calmed down. After her banana, Cheerios with milk, and ricecake, Anya declared: “Crackers.” I prodded: “Would you like some crackers?”

She softly replied: “I want some crackers now, Daddy. Crackers will make me feel ALLLLL better.”

As I was writing this post, Anya sang a song, which I believe is a parody she wrote all by herself. First, she noted that the leaves were falling down outside. Then she sang:

“All the leaves are falling down
Falling down
Falling down
All the leaves are falling down
My fair lady”

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