Sunday, July 25, 2010

How'd that happen?

I have not let Xander chew gum yet. Or at least I hadn't till about a week ago. This proved to be a wise decision.

The kids came home from a friend's house with gum. Jessica was chewing hers but Hari had told Xander he needed to ask me if it was okay. I was reluctant to say yes but he begged so hard and since I was in the middle of packing, I was susceptible to such tactics. I told him yes, but repeated about 10 times "DO NOT SWALLOW. Do you understand?" He nodded vigorously and preceded to stuff 2 pieces of gum into his small mouth.

I went upstairs for about 10 minutes to pack some stuff up there. When I came home I noticed a distinct lack of chewing on his part.

"Where's your gum?" I asked.

He looked down and then pointed to his stomach.

"Did you swallow it?" I know, stupid question.

He shook his head solemnly.

"Then how did it get there?"

He shrugged, as if it was a complete mystery.

He is now back to no-gum status.

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Xander has picked up on Jessica's annoying habit of needing accompaniment to the bathroom.

"I have to pee," he'll say. "Come on."

Then I'll whine about how I don't want to go and can't he go by himself and eventually I'll get up and go with him because it's way better then changing diapers.

Then recently he announced he had to pee. "I need privacy," he said. For a nanosecond, my heart leaped with joy.

Then he said, "Oops, I meant company."

Privacy, company, they're almost the same, right?

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Daddy daycare

Sometimes I wonder where I went wrong as a Mommy. Hari has an infinitely easier time watching the kids than I do. For example, there is far less whining involved when I'm not there, particularly on the boy's part.

Today, I took the van to the dealer to get fixed and Hari watched the kids. I came home and one of the first I noticed is no one running to me saying "Mommy! Mommm--mmmmeeeee."

"Where's Xander?" I asked.

"I dunno."

That actually worried me at first. What could have happened to him that he was so quiet?

Hari got up off the couch and spotted Xander, fast asleep on the stair landing. He'd just wandered over there and fallen asleep.

I'm not sure what bothers me more, the ease with which he fell asleep in Hari's presence or the fact that Hari hadn't even noticed he'd fallen asleep.

At the present time we're just stepping over him if we need to go up or down the stairs.


Every morning it's the same thing. I don't bother to take off Xander's diaper (no, he's not night trained yet; he could not be night trained until he's 8 as long as he's day trained) right away when he gets up. Inevitably, after a while, he says, "Mom! I have to pee!" Then, again inevitably, 10 seconds later he says, "Never mind. I'm peeing now."

aside: is the opposite of inhibited uninhibited or hibited? ; )

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Splash & Meow

Xander has been changing a lot lately. For example, his attitude toward swimming and the beach. Remember, this is the kid that had a 9 month bath strike. When he was 20 months old, we went to the beach for a week. Which meant, I went to the beach once or twice and he screamed so much that I stayed in the house with him the rest of the time.

He's now a completely different kid. Hari took him and Jessica to a few nearby ponds and told me how much Xander now likes the beach. But it wasn't until earlier this week that I realized how much he likes it. We went to Indian Lake after camp. I put his bathing suit on and he started walking into the water. He didn't need any encouragement to go right in.

Gradually he went deeper and deeper (I wasn't wearing a bathing suit, so I hovered near the shore). When he got in up to his armpits, I told him that was far enough. I think he would have gone in deeper if I had let him. I'm looking forward to our next beach vacation in a few weeks.

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One of Xander's favorite things to do recently is to pretend he's a cat. So I used this to my advantage this morning. His nails have gotten really long but he never lets me cut them. So I told him this morning, "Kitty, I'm going to trim your claws now." Worked like a charm.