Thursday, January 31, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

It's On Her

Our MOMS Club held a restaurant fundraiser today, to help build a playground in Newtown, CT, that will be a memorial to those lost at Sandy Hook Elementary.

The three of us went for lunch, and then Peeper and I stopped for dinner on the way home from dance class.

Here she is, "signing the check."



Sunday, January 27, 2013

Panda Pics: Fifty-One Months



This is one of her latest library finds. (Actually, they just got it, and the librarian held it for Peeper, because she knew she'd like it!) It's about all of the presidents' mothers.


Fifty-One Months

Dear Peeper:
You are fifty-one months old today. Four-and-a-quarter. I've got to remember to teach you to say that when people ask.

You don't actually know about this (other than what you might have picked up from our conversations), but last week, we turned in both admission and financial aid applications for the local Montessori school, for next year. Mommy and I visited it last month, and it's amazing. If you get in, and they give us enough money, you will love it!

We had to answer a lot of questions about you, and some of them had to do with what you're like at school, so I met with one of your teachers to get some answers about that. I gave her a list of things that I wanted to know about you, and she wrote everything down, and talked to me about it.

As it turned out, you were in my lap the whole time, but I explained that I was just finding out about all the cool stuff you're learning and fun stuff you're doing at school.

Here's what she had to say:

January 23, 2013
Peeper Shrike-Whozat
Although Peeper won't be going to kindergarten for another year, we are starting to investigate our options, and trying to find a school that will be the best fit for her. To that end, we'd appreciate if you could give us some feedback about her behavior and performance in your class, as well as your professional opinion as to how that compares to where she "should be" at her age (4 yr, 3 mo). 
Social 
How is Peeper's behavior in class? Does she follow directions and cooperate with teachers?
Peeper has wonderful behavior. She follows directions well for her age. She is always pleasant and cooperative.  
Does she participate in classroom activities or "do her own thing?" Does she participate in class discussion? Does she volunteer answers without being prompted?
Peeper is paying attention and takes everything in. She will participate in class discussions if asked, but does not initiate discussions on her own.  
How self-reliant is she? Does she need more help from teachers that is expected at her age?
She is pretty self-reliant. Normal in all ways for her age. We do still remind her about going to the bathroom, as requested by the parents. 
How does she interact with the other students?
Peeper gets along with the other students, but often engages in parallel play. If another student asks her to play, then she will join in. We are encouraging her to ask the other kids to play.  
What would you say are her strengths socially? Areas of concern, or where growth is needed?
Peeper has the personality where she can get along with anyone! She never has any problems or complaints! I would like to see her grow in her communication with the other kids, volunteer her answers without being prompted and "come out of her shell," so to speak! 
Academic 
How is Peeper doing relative to where you would expect her to be in the following areas:  
Reading Readiness - Knows all letters. [And you can read words with them, but they've not asked you to, so they've never seen you do it.] 
Math / Math Concepts - Identifies numbers 1 - 10. Still working on writing her numbers. [She didn't write it down, but she commented that you "Can count to ten." Actually, you can count to 29 consistently, usually to thirty. With some prompting about the 10s, you can count to 100, and you can also count to 100 by 10s. Again, they don't know that, because they've never asked you to do it.]
Writing / Fine Motor Skills - Fine motor is still developing. Proper holding of the pencil, writing her name. her drawings are still developing. Same with scissor skills. 
What activities are you doing in these areas, and what can we do at home to complement and reinforce your instruction?  
Reading Readiness - Letters make sounds, sounds make words.  
Math - Counting objects, more or less than, writing numbers, estimation 
Language - We work on a nursery rhyme a month, play with words, identify letters and sounds.  
Give plenty of opportunities for free cutting activities. Cut various objects from paper, crepe paper, straws, newspaper, playdough. It will exercise and develop those muscles. Practice holding pencil properly, writing her name and other letters and numbers.  
What would you say are her academic strengths? Areas of concern, or where growth is needed?
No areas of concern. On track - above average for her letter and number identification.  
*Would recommend three days next year. 

And here's what we had to say about you on the Montessori application:

1.  Please describe your family:  applicant’s siblings, relationships, and activities of the family unit.
Peeper lives with her mothers, Whozat (Mama) & Shrike (Mommy), and her two dogs, PerfectPut and BigGaloot. Peeper was conceived by in vitro fertilization using Shrike’s egg and anonymous donor sperm, and Whozat  carried the pregnancy. She has had this information since birth, and can tell you the whole story, from “The doctor took Mommy’s egg,” to “Mama puuushed me out!”

Whozat's family of origin lives in Southeast Texas and she and Peeper travel to visit them four times a year, so Peeper is quite experienced at air travel. To date, she’s made 16 round trips! When in Texas, she visits her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins, two of whom are in their twenties and two of whom are twins a year younger than her.

Shrike’s family of origin lives in the area, and Peeper enjoys spending time with her grandparents, great-grandfather, aunts and especially her cousins who are 12 and 15.

Shrike works evenings and Whozat has been a fulltime stay-at-home mom until recently, when she began working a few hours a week.

We are very active in the local MOMS Club; Whozat  has been a board member for three years, and Peeper attends activities regularly and has formed many friendships with the other young children in the club.

Peeper currently attends Mother’s Day Out at XYZ Presbyterian Church two days a week, and takes gymnastics and dance class weekly. She also enjoys going to SuperCool Children’s Art Studio, but spends more of her time in the play area than the art area.

We try to attend story time at the library each week. Peeper loves to be read to (and is right on the cusp of learning to read, herself) and enjoys checking out books, both fiction and non-fiction, on a variety of topics that interest her.
2.     Characterize your child’s social characteristics (sense of humor, assertiveness, self-reliance, shyness, etc.).

Peeper is usually a pretty easy-going kid, who adjusts well to about any situation, as long as she’s with us. She’s had a more difficult time adjusting to being away from us for MDO. She is fine once she’s there, and has fun, but “the bye-bye is hard.”

Her teachers at MDO report that she “pays attention and takes it all in” but does not usually volunteer information, or initiate discussions on her own. She does respond to questions, both during formal instruction and informally.

Peeper seems to be well-liked by her peers. She has several “special friends” among the MOMS Club kids, more than one of whom have claimed her as their “best friend.” She says she’s not, and when asked who her “best friend” is, she says, “You, Mama.” We have explained that “you can have lots of best friends.”
Her MDO teachers say that she gets along well with her classmates, but often engages in parallel play, rather than interacting. If another student invites her to play, she will join in, but rarely asks the other students to play.
When she is “out and about” with us, though, and is not put “on the spot,” Peeper is happy to converse with just about anyone; she recently got up in front of a classroom full of college students to show off her new pink sparkly cowboy boots, when prompted by the professor. At other times, such as a “What do you say to the lady?” situation, she’ll clam up and just giggle.

The MDO teachers also report that she follows directions in class, is “pleasant and cooperative” and can “get along with anyone.” They note that she seems to be quite adaptable to changes in routine and new situations.
Peeper has a great sense of humor, and loves to be silly and make jokes. Usually, they are the kinds of things that you’d expect for her age, but occasionally she’ll come out with something that makes us ask “Did she  hear that somewhere? Did she really just make that up?!”

She especially enjoys retelling real-life stories that she’s heard, recasting herself - or her fictional puppy - as the protagonist.

Being an only child, with a stay-at-home mom, Peeper may not be as self-reliant as some other kids her age, because we are usually there to help her with things, and not having anyone to compare her to, we don’t always realize what she should or could be doing on her own.

There are many things that she can handle just fine on her own when she wants or needs to – like going to the bathroom independently at MDO, or putting on a full set of clothes and shoes when creating a costume of her own design – but would prefer help with when she can get it – such as going to the bathroom at home, or getting dressed in “real clothes” to go somewhere.

Recently, we’ve been trying to encourage her to do more things for herself; I’ve set up a couple of “snack stations” for her in the kitchen, where she can help herself to some simple, relatively healthy snacks, I try to hand her clothes and shoes and ask her to put them on. Sometimes she goes with it, but she still wants quite a bit of help with things.
3.    Are there any family circumstances about which we should be aware that might affect your child’s adjustment/performance?
Whozat has been a stay-at-home mom since 
Whozat has been a stay-at-home mom since Peeper's birth, and has just recently begun working part-time.
When she began attending Mother’s Day Out this school year, Peeper had a tough time adjusting to leaving Mama and going to school two mornings a week. Although she is always fine within minutes of me leaving, and she very much enjoys it while she’s there, it was mid-December before we had any “no tears” morning drop-offs, and tears are still the norm both there and at dance class.  
I suspect that there will be an adjustment period at the beginning of the next school year, especially going from two mornings a week to five, but when she starts Kindergarten the following year, I think she’ll do much better if she’s going from five mornings to five full days in the same classroom than from three mornings at MDO to five full days at the public school.
4.    Has the applicant undergone any special educational testing?     YES     X   NO
If yes, please submit results and reports from testing with this application.
5.    Please make any additional comments about your child and/or your family which you feel might be helpful to us.
Peeper is very imaginative, and loves to act out stories, and has an extensive cast of characters that she plays or with whom she interacts, both ones that she’s read or seen in videos, and original ones, being made up as she goes. She especially enjoys bringing inanimate objects to life, and some of them have ongoing storylines. Every evening at bedtime, I witness the interactions between the members of the Toothbrush family and their neighbors, the Combs.

She also enjoys dressing up and has several “costumes” that she’s created herself for certain characters. She especially enjoys pretending to be Santa Claus, and has asked for a “real Santa suit.”

She loves to learn things. I’ve done some home-preschool with her, and she will ask to do “Peeper School at Home with Mama” and play with some of the materials that I’ve put together. Last summer, we did some unit studies, based on just asking her “What do you want to learn about?”

We ended up reading, talking and learning about bears, birds, insects, gardening, African animals and Australian animals for a couple of weeks each.
Peeper's interests are rather eclectic. Like most kids her age, she’s into Sesame Street and that sort of thing, and she fell in love with The Wizard of Oz and The Nutcracker after seeing them performed, then her Nutcracker obsession led to interest in ballet in general. She loves animals of any kind, especially our two dogs, and she very much still misses our cat that died a year ago.
                            
She enjoys helping me cook, and is very into “eating a rainbow” of fruits and vegetables, at least in theory. In the summer, we enjoyed visiting the farmer’s market and tried a few new things, because she picked them out. She’s looking forward to planting a garden again this spring.

Over the past several months, she’s become very interested in the US Presidents, and was very interested in the recent election. It started with asking “Who’s that guy?” when looking at coins, and after several trips to the library, and a couple of sets of president flashcards, she can probably identify more of them by their portraits than most adults can.
6.    Why do you want your child to attend Montessori Academy of Hometown?
When we toured the campus, we didn’t see anything that we didn’t like. Especially when observing the primary class, but even when talking about the curriculum and activities for the older students, we lost count of how many times we thought, “Oh she would love that!” or “That would be perfect for Peeper!”
We think that the individualized learning atmosphere of a Montessori school would be a very good fit for her. She seems to be ahead of her peers in many areas, such as reading and math, but a bit behind in other areas, primarily fine-motor skills.

We are somewhat concerned that at her current preschool or in a public school, she might not be adequately challenged in her strong areas, or receive the needed extra help and adjustments in instruction that she might need to address her areas of concern.

We are told that she follows directions and is well behaved at MDO, but from what we’ve seen in other classes that we’ve attended with her, she is often the kid who isn’t quite doing what everyone else is doing. While the class is marching in step, she’s dancing to the beat of her own drummer.

For example, during “Sporties for Shorties” class in June, everyone else was standing in line for another turn to shoot a basket, and Peeper was lying on the gym floor, flailing her limbs about. When I asked what she was doing, she said, matter-of-factly, “I’m making snow angels!”
Another time, at a mommy and me art class, she was supposed to be painting a flower pot, but the first time she rinsed her brush off and saw the water change color, she completely lost interest in the project. She spent the rest of the session experimenting with mixing different colors of paint in the water.

She wasn’t “misbehaving” in either of those situations, just doing her own thing and following her own interests, which is something that we see as a positive trait, but which we recognize can be a poor fit for a traditional classroom.
She seems to use role play and dramatization to process new information, and often begins acting-out what she’s learning, almost as soon as she’s heard it. For example, when I read her a book about bears, and how they give birth while hibernating, she jumped up mid-story, and declared “I’m a pregnant bear! I’m going to have my babies!” and crawled under her easel, into her “cave.”

We very much want her to be in an educational setting where that kind of a learning style is not only accepted but encouraged. We also like the small class sizes, and the emphasis on individualized learning, while also being a member of a community.
We also very much like the idea of Peeper attending a school that is more diverse, in many ways, than our neighborhood public school, and where we know that our “non-traditional” family will be respected and honored. 
And, as always, here are your greatest hits for the past month:





Peeper: mmmaaaaeeeehh
Mama: Are you an elephant? Or are you just whining?
Peeper: This is an elephant (trumpet)
Mama: Then what are you?
Peeper: I'm a flyin' whinin' monkey!




You were in the shower with Mommy. I don't know what was going on, but I heard say "Whoa! Slippery! That was a cleaning mistake!"




"Bok! Bok! What's under me? An egg? Seriously, an egg? Seriously? An egg is under me? Seriously?"




It was the night before our trip to Texas, you'd been saying "I'm so excited about Texas!" and "I wish Texas was today!" for about three days, and I thought I'd never get you to sleep.
During a trip to the potty, (after telling her that "No, you are NOT going to sleep in the closet," I asked if you were having trouble sleeping because you were excited about the trip, and told you that if you could settle down and sleep, then morning would come faster, and then it would be time to get ready to go to the airport.
You said, "So, let me see if I've got this right. You're saying that I need to get unexcited, then I can sleep, then it will be time to go to the airport?"
Yes. That is what I'm saying.
As we were getting back into the bedroom, I saw you yawn, and right after that, you told me, "I'm not so excited any more."
You were asleep shortly after that.




The next morning:

Mama: Peeper, we need to get up and get ready to go to the airport.
PeeperYAY! YAY! YAY!





The night we got home from Texas, you were on a roll.
After having stopped for both pizza and ice cream on the drive in from the airport (at 7ish) you walked into the office at 10 pm, and asked, in all sincerity, "What's for lunch?"
A bit later, while trying to snuggle in bed with Mommy, Galoot was in your way. You tried to move him with your feet, saying, "Ugh! You big beast!"




AuntyKay gave you 3 sets of BOB Books for Christmas. The first time we tried one, you read half the book herself!
(Technically, that means that you sounded out 4 different words, multiple times. Then you wandered off to play and said she'd finish it later.)
You're really starting to get the idea of decoding (sounding out words), and have a few sight words. You are getting so close to reading. If I just figure out what it is I should be doing with you to help you out, you'll be there soon!




While on your third two-week-old sugar cookie (we made them Christmas Eve), you were going around singing "Sugar is so yummy, I can't stop eating it."
Yes, exactly. That would be the problem.




You woke up the morning after we got home from Texas, asking "Why was today the day to come home from Texas? I LOVE staying with Grandma!"




When I came back from getting you a cup of milk, and found her sitting at my desk, scrolling through Pinterest. I asked, "Whatcha doin' there?" and you said, "I quit. It's for you now," and went back to what you were doing.




Mommy was annoyed with you for getting water all over her desk.

Peeper: Mommy, calm down, just calm down.
Mommy(through clinched teeth): Am I yelling?
Peeper: Not now.




Rules I Didn't Realize Were Necessary:
You may not but water in a bowl and carry it around the house.




You had been bugging me to make sugar cookies since we got back from Texas. You started up with it again and I told you that "I'm just not up to sugar cookies this evening. And besides, I don't think we have the stuff to make them."
A few minutes later, you came over, rubbed my arm and said, "Mama, Giant's always open."
I pulled you into my lap and ask "What?"
You leaned over, cheek to cheek and whispered in my ear, again, "Giant's always open."
"Why are you telling me about Giant?"
"I thought you didn't know."
"Why do I need to know about Giant?"

Again, with the cheek-to-cheek whisper, "We can get cookie dough."
You're nothing if not persistent. I bought cookie dough the next day.




While pretending to be the Cowardly Lion:
If I had courage I'd be King of the Wood.
But I'm just a coward. This lion is no good.

You claim you made that up on your own.




You were playing a word / reading game on my phone, with pictures and 3-letter words. The word was "man" and it was illustrated with a fellow wearing and suit and tie. You identified him as "a president."
When I told you it was a man, you argued with me, saying "But he has a collar! I thought only presidents had collars."
It's possible that by "collar" you mean "tie," but at any rate, perhaps we should be hanging out with a classier crowed.




Mama, your hair's kind sticky-uppy. In the morning, you should put some, some...
Gel?
Yeah, gel. 'Cause nobody wants to see your sticky-uppy hair.




Mama, I started to sneeze and it turned into a yawn!
(Later): Now I call that a yawn!




You found a Chuck E. Cheese token\, and I explained it to you, so you started pretending that you were "Baby Chuck E. Cheese." Then we had this conversation.

Peeper: I want to know: Is Chuck E. Cheese a boy or a girl?
Mama: He's a boy.
Peeper: Sooo, he has a penis?
Mama: Um, yes?




We were trying on hats at Target, and they all seemed to be too big for me. I asked "Do I have a really tiny head? Peeper, am I a pin head?"
You told me, "No, you have only the greatest head in the world!"
I guess my hair isn't too sticky-uppy that day.




Maaaamaaaaa!
Are you still whining about Goldfish?
Noooo, I'm whining about Cheerios!




You picked up your toy phone and says, "Hello, what seems to be the problem? You're out of milk? That's embarrassing!"
Then you said to me, "Moo-cow, somebody's running out of milk!"
I said, "Moooo," and you replied, "Yes, Cow, I know you're hungry, but somebody's running out of milk."




In the tub one evening, you were pretending to be a fish who'd just been stung on the fin by a jellyfish. You had a washcloth "bandage" on it, and various other fish kept swimming by to ask about your injury.
At one point, you said, "I'm thinking about all the things he can't do with a boo-boo fin. Like juggling, or eating sausage."
Later you added "typing."




Mama: Please stop whining!
Peeper: But you said I'm whining because I'm grumpy.
Mama: Well, are you grumpy?
Peeper: My belly doesn't feel like it usually feels.
Mama (concerned): Oh. How does it feel?
Peeper: It feels like it needs to whine.




You're something else, kiddo. And we sure do love you.


Love,
Mama

Home Improvement

Peeper made us a "brand new carpet!"


Friday, January 25, 2013

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Puffy Snowman

Tonight was the first library story time since before Christmas, and it was all about snow and snowmen!

The kids made puffy paint (shaving cream + white glue) snowman, similar to this one from Pinterest, but just using black crayon and black puffies for the decorations.

Peeper worked very hard on hers.


Nailed it!


Mommy's Jammies

Peeper: I like wearing Mommy's jammies.
Mama: Aw, does it feel like a hug from Mommy?
Peeper: No, it feels like doggies!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hand Me Downs

This is what she is sleeping in tonight.


And this is what she did before bed.


Measuring Up

I forgot to say last week that when we took Peeper to the doctor, she weighed 37 lb exactly, and is 37 3/4" tall.

Well, That Escalated Quickly

After getting Peeper started on antibiotics last week, I got jealous and went to see my own doctor the next day, in hopes of scoring some for myself, because I have also been fighting a respiratory thing for weeks, and was starting up with the sinus headaches again.


Since I've probably been on antibiotics for sinus infections at least three or four times within the past eighteen months, my doctor decided that it's time to figure out exactly what's going on. 

"Let's image your sinuses," she said, and I imagined smiling pretty for the x-ray machine. Then she continued, "We'll take a look at the CAT scan . . . . "

CAT Scan?!?

". . . and if your sinuses are a mess and it looks like something that antibiotics will help, we'll give you three weeks of a good, strong antibiotic and look again. If that didn't clear it up, then we'll send you to an ENT to discuss whether you're looking at a surgical solution."

Surgical Solution?!?

How did this go from "I got boogies" to "Let's operate inside your face?"

Let's hope that it doesn't come to that!

So, tomorrow later this morning, I'll be having the CAT scan, and I have no idea when to expect to hear about the results, and know what the next step will be. 

Meanwhile, she's also referred me to an allergist, and I have an appointment with him in a couple of weeks, presumably for allergy testing, to see if that's what's causing all this. 

The thing is, I don't feel too bad at the moment. You know, since I called and made the appointment. Of course. I'm a bit sniffly, and have a mild sinus headache from time to time, but it could certainly be worse. Of course, it probably will be worse again in a few weeks, if we don't figure out what's causing it and do something, so I suppose this is all called for after all. 

As for Peeper, she's a week into her two-week course of antibiotics without a lot of change. She's still coughing on exertion, especially if she's outside in the cold, and sometimes without any particular exertion. It's often bad enough to gag a bit, and she's thrown up a bit once this week. 

We had hurried into Target from the parking lot, and by the time we got into the bathroom, she was coughing. After we pottied, she kept coughing and even went and leaned over the toilet. I asked her, "Do you need to throw up?" 

Cough-cough-gag-throwup (just a bit). "I guess I did need to." 

Poor baby.
I'm trying to decide if she's getting winded any more quickly than she should be, but it's hard to tell when I have no one else to compare her to. Today, she was jumping on her mini-trampoline and "exercising" and got to breathing pretty hard - and eventually started coughing. I tried putting my ear on her little chest to see if I could hear any wheezing or anything inside, but what the hell do I know. 

Hopefully, it will clear up during the second half of the antibiotics, but the longer it goes the more I worry that we're looking at something like exercise-induced asthma. (That was my doctor's guess, when I told her about Peeper's symptoms, in the context of mine.)

I guess we'll wait a week and if she's still coughing, we'll go back to the doctor and see if he can tell us what's what. 

And maybe by then, we'll know what's inside my head. If anything. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Monster

I believe we may have found a jacket that she'll actually wear.



Sunday, January 20, 2013

Missed Opportunity

Yes, I could have gotten a photo of her running around Shrike's workplace wearing my winter coat, but noooo, this is what we have instead.


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Self-Serve

For quite some time now, Peeper's been able to get a cup from the bottom cabinet, open the refrigerator and get herself some water from the Brita dispenser. She doesn't always manage to turn the water off in time - or at all - but mostly, she's got that down.

So, I've been saying that we need to get her some snacks within reach, but haven't bothered to actually do anything about it. A few days ago, though, she "fixed herself breakfast" when we were both still asleep, which involved the remainder of a loaf of bread and a cheese stick that she couldn't open.

So, I started saying it more often and more emphatically, and today, I finally did it!.

Introducting: Peeper's Snack Station(s)!

This is the set-up for now. If I find that we really need that shelf space for bowls of rotting crap leftovers, I might switch to deeper baskets and put them inside the produce drawer. I really need to find a better (non-refrigerated) place for those two apples anyway.

I also need to get some tape or something and a Sharpie and make a more permanent label. That's just dry erase and it's coming right off.


In the fridge, she's got one basket for protein and one for "rainbow things" ie fruits and veggies.


The "rainbow" basket:  sliced apples (left over from Sonic the other day, but I cut up a real one after the photo was taken), spinach, bell peppers, black olives and a carrot.


The protein basket: turkey lunch meat, pepperoni, meatballs, cheese sticks, "zipper cheese" (Baby Bel) and yogurt.


I also have another basket in the down-low cabinet, with non-refrigerator snacks, like Goldfish, raisins, apple crackers, jerky, "squeezy" apple sauce and some all-fruity things that she's probably not going to eat.

When I showed it to her, she was so excited! But the first thing she did was look at the label I was pointing to, and open the drawer underneath it. Oops!

She took out an apple, took one bite, spit it out and told me to get rid of the skin. (See above, re "I cut up an apple . . . .")

After I pointed her in the right direction, she checked it all out, and by bedtime, she'd had Goldfish, apple crackers, two cheese sticks, 3 slices of turkey and about four tiny cups of milk. (We declared that "dinner.")

When she started pulling on the gallon of milk, I decided that she could have a "Peeper-sized" container from which she can serve herself. For now, I've only put a few ounce in it, and refilled it several times, but we'll see how it goes and maybe I'll start making it fuller. First, we have to see if she can keep up her end of the bargain, which is that she can only have her own bottle of milk if she can not spill it.


I've explained that "sometimes foods" will stay up high, and a grownup will have to get those for her, but she's welcome to have these any time. I think I mentioned that she should eat from all the baskets, but if I didn't, I will tomorrow.

Since I've got so many things portioned out in Ziplocks, I've told her to put it on a plate or in a bowl, and leave the bag in the basket for a refill. I said that if the bags not there, I'm not putting more in. (Pretty sure that's a bluff.)

Of course, I'm not going to be rushing to refill everything right away, especially things like the Goldfish.

So far, she seems pretty happy about being able to fend for herself.


Pop Party

Bubble Wrap!

Friday, January 18, 2013

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Sick of Being Sick

After the museum, we took Peeper in to see the doctor, not because she's actually been sick enough to warrant a trip in, but because it just won't go away.

She has (as have I) been fighting some sort of respiratory thing since, well, since before Thanksgiving. At least.

The sniffles and sneezes get better and worse and better and worse, but even when she's on the upswing there, she just can't shake the cough. And she sounds just awful.

Particularly when she exerts herself enough to get breathing heavily (especially outside when it's a cold), she started coughing and gagging and has actually vomited several times.

(Including - with no exertion - tonight. In bed. On me.)

The doctor says it's probably a persistent infection somewhere, most likely in her sinuses, that's periodically flaring back up. So, we've started a fourteen day course of antibiotics and if she's not all better, then we consider whether asthma is a possibility.

Yeah, not thrilled to hear that.

A note to doctors - Some words that aren't as reassuring to a parent as you might think they'd be:

"So, it's probably not asthma."
"So, I don't think she has pneumonia."

Which means that, based on the story I just told you, right up until you listened to her breathe, you thought it might be one of those things?!?



Bless her little heart, though. She may be freakishly cooperative and compliant with exams, but she's not the most patient of patients. Both on the way to the car from the appointment, and again just seconds after swallowing her first dose of antibiotics, she said, "But I don't feel all better yet!"

We went straight from the doctor's office to the pharmacy to pick  up her medicine. While we waited, she checked out everything in their associated store. She really wanted these bracelets.


When I told her that they're for grown-up ladies, and they aren't "kid tough" she wanted to get them for Mommy. When I told her that "Mommy and Mama aren't bracelet kinda gals," she said, "But I need a bracelet kinda gal!"


They really were quite pretty. I can see why she was attracted to them.


Oh, and I have an appointment in the morning, in hopes of getting my own prescription for antibiotics. And of finding out that I also probably don't have asthma or pneumonia.

Morning at the Museum

Peeper and I went to a children's museum with MOMS Club this morning. It's near Shrike's work and we had taken her niece and nephew there many years ago, but this was a much different experience.

For one thing, they have about four times as much stuff as they did then, and this time I was with children who are in the target age range.

Back then, it didn't take long for our nephew to declare that, "This place is lame!" and we had to agree.

Peeper (and her friends), on the other would definitely not agree!

These photos are just from one room, the agriculture display. For preschoolers, that translates to "a store with lots of plastic fruits and veggies" - which translates to Peeper Nirvana!




Monday, January 14, 2013

Big Baby

Peeper hasn't used a high chair in almost two years, except at Baskin Robbins, where she always insists on climbing up into this one to play. What's up with that?




Sunday, January 13, 2013

Sesame Street Live!

We surprised Peeper today with a trip to see Sesame Street Live, about an hour from home!

She had no idea what we were doing, just that it was "a surprise." When she started talking about "We're going to get a surprise for me," we did clarify that "We're not getting a surprise, we're doing a surprise."

When we arrived, we were discussing "Are we there? Is this it? It says "... Theatre," so she guessed that we were going to see a show or a movie, but we still wouldn't tell her what, just that she had to "look for clues."

As soon as we walked in, of course, there were CLUES! everywhere. She kept pointing to Sesame Street things and saying "That's a clue!" but when we asked, "So, what do you think the clues mean?" she said "I don't know."

Eventually she said that it looked like we were going to "see a Sesame Street movie" which was pretty close.

As you can imagine, she rather enjoyed herself.



And, as last time, there were tears when it was over, but once we got to a restaurant and got some food (and ice cream) into her, she was okay.

Caught Up! (Sort Of)

I have a few videos to upload, but I now have posts and photos from our trip.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Show Me Your Hand

No the other one.


This one? 


Yep, that's the one.


Friday, January 11, 2013

Cranky in the Car

Peeper and I went over to T's house this evening for dinner (more homemade pizzas), catching up and wedding planning. (T's helping us with wedding planning. More on that soon.)

We had a great time, but I think we may  have stayed too long.