Various Things

Filed under: funny,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on June 3rd, 2010 @ 9:37 pm

~Both of the girls came down with their first summer colds of the season over the weekend, which made them cranky on and off.  On Saturday, I put Sierra down for a nap, and a few minutes later she was crying.  I went to see what was wrong, and she told me, “Wocking.”  As soon as I sat with her in the glider, she put her head down on my shoulder and closed her eyes, a look of utter contentment on her face.  A few minutes later she was asleep and I put her in the crib.  I’m grateful that she can put herself to sleep most of the time, but I don’t mind if once in a while she wants to be rocked, because, honestly, I can’t remember the last time Anya asked me to rock her to sleep.

~So much for Sierra’s lovey “Fot” (Spot the dog).  Much like Anya, Sierra has adopted a “love the one you’re with” kind of policy.  She was a big fan of her Fisher Price Glow Seahorse (which she calls “Baby”) for a while.  It’s been a teddy bear this week.  Between the two of them, they take a different “friend” to bed every night.  Please don’t let this be a harbinger of things to come!

~A few days ago, Sierra woke up way too early and had no interest in going back to sleep.  Eventually she convinced me to get out of bed to take her to the bathroom, and during that time she proceeded to sing “Wain, wain, doh away” at the top of her lungs, over and over again.  Then she noticed her hat, drying from the previous day’s swimming, hanging on the shower door, and she insisted she had to have it.  It was still damp, so, bleary-eyed, I found her a different hat, and then took her to Anya’s room to play (because Anya and Lex were still asleep in my room) while I tried to get a little extra sleep hiding in Anya’s bed.  She gleefully ran around the room wearing that hat until everyone else woke up and it was time to get dressed. This child is crazy.

~I have a superpower!  Or, rather, my kisses do.  One kiss cures all ailments, be it a bump on the head or a scrape on the knee.  I don’t like when the girls get hurt, but I do love when they tell me, “All better!” after they get their kiss. Sierra keeps shoving toys in my face, though, and telling me things like, “Elmo! Hurt. Kiss.” I think that’s taking it too far!

~I took Anya to a make-up dance class to cover the one she missed while we were away.  I was trying to explain to her what “make-up” meant in that context while we were driving there, and she was having a little trouble getting it, so I gave her a more concrete example involving what would happen if I she bought 6 cookies from me but I lost one and only gave her five.  It turns out that wasn’t the right way to go; she understood what I meant, but she got very hung up on what had happened to the other cookie and the conversation just devolved from there:

Anya (for the billionth time): But what happened to the other cookie?
Me:  Oy, Anya!  IT BROKE!
Anya: How did it break?
Me: Um, I dropped it.
Anya: Why did you drop it?
Me: Because I tripped.
Anya: Why did you trip?
Me: Because you left your shoes on the floor.
Anya: Why did I do that?!?
Me: I don’t know, Anya. You should have put them away. Also, NONE OF THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
Anya: Why didn’t you put them away for me?
Me: Why didn’t you put your shoes away yourself?
Anya: Daddy should have put them away for me.

~Anya has effectively ruined the whole Biscuit series for me, which is a shame because Sierra is obsessed with it. The little girl in the books never gets called by her name, and one day Anya asked me what the girl’s name was. I said I didn’t know and asked her what she thought it was, and after pondering for a moment, she said, “Soap!” Now I can’t read those stupid books without cracking up every time I see “Soap” playing with her puppy.

~Yesterday while I was getting the girls into the car to take Anya to school, our neighbors across the street were having some trees trimmed. Sierra was very intrigued by this event, and informed me, “Mawn-moh-muh” (how she says “lawnmower”). I didn’t feel the need to explain that it was actually the trees getting cut, so I just agreed with her, and she went on to make sure I knew that, “Noise…..LOUD!” You can’t say she’s not observant!

~Anya has moved on from Dora to her new obsession, Diego! (Boy crazy already…sigh). It’s actually a decent show, more or less the same formula as Dora but each episode features an animal that needs rescuing. The writers include a lot of information about each animal, so Anya’s been learning a lot about each one, and she incorporates what she learns into her pretend play (she likes to tell us that she is a panda and that her salad is bamboo, for example). Sometimes she’s a little off, though, like when she told us that flamingos eat allergies (Apparently they eat algae). Sierra loves Diego as well, though I’m not sure I love how she chants, “Ayudame!” (pronounced in her own non-transcribable way) over and over. And over.

Ice Cream Truck

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on May 25th, 2010 @ 5:08 pm

This afternoon while we were playing outside, we heard a jingling melody coming around the corner that could only mean one thing: “It’s the ice cream truck!” Anya shouted with glee. Sierra’s comment? “DANCE!”

I love youthful innocence.

Nap Regression

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on May 23rd, 2010 @ 9:29 am

Sierra, who had been moving steadily towards one nap a day, has gone back to taking two naps consistently again. Anya – who hasn’t napped regularly since NOVEMBER – started falling asleep during her afternoon rest time a week or two ago, napping for 90 minutes or more. Apparently she really needs it, because yesterday she missed it and then was falling asleep at the table during dinner. She insisted that she wasn’t hungry, just tired, and went to bed at 6 pm for the WHOLE NIGHT. What is with these kids? Is it something in the spring air?

Things my children have said today

Filed under: baby's progress,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on May 5th, 2010 @ 2:29 pm

Anya told me on the way to school that she would leave her sunglasses in the car when we got there so they wouldn’t get lost. Agreeing with her, I said, “No, you can’t take sunglasses into school with you.” She then got a little upset and said, “Why do sometimes people tell me ‘no’ when I am right?” After I explained what I meant, she was quickly mollified, and she LOVED when I told her she was very observant – “Just like the man said to Fancy Nancy!”

At Sierra’s baby class, we went outside to play instead of going to the gym. Sierra was climbing on one of the play structures and was about to walk onto the little suspension-style bridge that connected the stairs to the slide. I asked her if she wanted help since it was a little slippery, and she retorted, “No! I’ll do it!” Talk about Miss Independent…

My Little Artists

Filed under: photos,the day-to-day stuff,video — by Lauren on January 30th, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

Here’s a topic I’ve been meaning about since October.  Oops.  Both Anya and Sierra love to color.  Anya started drawing some recognizable shapes (mainly happy faces) back in September that have since grown into “tadpole people” complete with arms, legs, hair, ears, hats, and whatever other feature tickles her fancy.  She still scribbles plenty as well, but her scribbling most definitely means something to her.  Sierra loves to draw, especially when she can make dots.

Anya’s first page of happy faces:

Tadpole person from October:

The girls drawing together in October:

Tadpole person from November:

The girls drawing together a few days ago:

Rough Night/Good Morning

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on @ 10:20 pm

Sierra, at almost 14 months old, is still not even close to sleeping through the night. We’ve been working on getting her completely weaned ASAP because my new gastroenterologist wants me to start a medication that should not be used when nursing. We’ve eliminated all of her daytime nursing sessions without any problems – she even naps without it – but at night it’s a whole other story. Sometimes Lex can get her back to sleep, but then other times she just can’t be convinced that there’s anything else she wants in the middle of the night. The last few days in particular have been really tough. The kid really knows how to work me, though. Last night when Lex gave up and brought her into our room, as soon as she was in my arms she cried out, “Mama! Mama!” and then wrapped her arms around my neck and kissed me on the forehead. How am I supposed to resist her when she does that, and then asks for milk???

Despite the rough night, our day started out pretty great. These were Anya’s first words, heard over the monitor, as she woke up this morning:

Mama! Daddy! Here comes Anya! Here I come!

There’s nothing like starting out the day laughing.

Going on an Anya Hunt

Filed under: the day-to-day stuff,video — by Lauren on January 27th, 2010 @ 10:05 pm

Big Girl Ambitions

Filed under: Anya,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on January 25th, 2010 @ 10:51 pm

Lately, Anya has been talking a lot about how she’s going to be a real princess when she grows up and she’s going to live in a castle. She also told me that when she’s a princess she’s going to have a little brother and he’s going to grow in HER belly.

I kind of wonder what being grownup looks like in Anya’s mind. A conversation from this afternoon:

Anya – When I’m big I won’t have toys anymore.
Me – Oh? What will you have?
Anya – Grownup stuff.
Me – Like what?
Anya – (thinks for a second) Scissors!!!

Everything is a Hat…

Filed under: Sierra,the day-to-day stuff — by Lauren on @ 10:21 pm

…at least, according to Sierra. She loves hats, and anything that can be put on or near her head has potential to be hat. It’s cute.


Filed under: the day-to-day stuff,video — by Lauren on January 9th, 2010 @ 5:17 pm

Anya got the Cranium game Cariboo for Hannukah (Thanks, Papa Duck and Grammy!). It became a fast favorite, and even Sierra likes to get in on the fun, even though she’s not that patient about waiting for her turn.

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