Update on The Girls – 2012 – #19: Scouting “Naughty Spot” Locations & Rethinking “The Big Girl Chair”

The Girls continue with their amusing, high-energy antics –

E (30 months) – We went down to The Alabama Thrift Store Saturday and bought a bunch of books for The Girls. E loves Dora the Explorer and Winnie the Pooh. MojoWoman & I keep saying “Swiper, no swiping!” which is a line that the characters in Dora use to keep a thieving fox away from their stuff.

As a family, we have settled in to a regular “snack time” in the afternoon when The Girls get up from their naps. E has a huge sweet tooth, but C does not. E often cons her Dad out of his “hurprise” after she gobbles hers; Dad is willing because it’s much more fun to see E eat Oreos than it is to eat them yourself.

E is maturing. She has fewer tantrums and it is easier to calm her down when she does get upset. Also, she has started to play on her own quite often. As a parent, it’s both wonderful and a bit sad to see this.

She is also eating more, though she is still much pickier than is her little sister. When she doesn’t eat, things can get rough, as she will wake up in the middle of the night and cry for food. That’s tough when the parents have to work the next day.

We have had her sitting in a “big girl chair” (i.e., an adult-sized chair) @ the table. We’re rethinking this one. She isn’t able to sit still & eat, so each meal becomes a clash of wills with her parents. We’re probably going to buy her a cheap booster seat until she’s a little more mature.

She continues to grow like crazy. Her 3Ts are now almost too short for her. It makes sense because we saw her next to a 4-year-old at the park and E was the same height as was the older girl.

The other night, I went for a run around our neighborhood just before The Girls went down for the evening. The MojoWoman put The Girls down by herself. When MojoWoman finished E’s bedtime story, E said “Daddy read,” because I always read to her before she goes to bed. After hearing that, I promised myself that I will be there to read to her every night.

C (16 months) – is definitely more willful than she has ever been in her life. She wants to eat on her own and complains when we try to feed her; but she does not have the motor skills to control her spoon. She dumps her drinks on her car seat when we travel and it creates huge messes; we are going to invest in some dump-proof cups.

Unfortunately, MojoWoman & I know that we are going to have to establish a “naughty spot” (time-out location) for her when she is around 18 months. Fussiness is just part of growing up, but it’s tough when your kids start to let you know their candid opinions on your parenting.

Everywhere, there are signs that she is changing. She still takes her morning nap most days, but it is inconsistent; some times it is long; other times it is short; often, she does not nap at all. Walking and running are still new for her and they offer huge thrills. She runs and screams at the joys of moving through our house.

Another thrill is carrying (not pushing) her toy shopping cart and stroller through the house. She loves to bang them on the tile floor. It’s very, very loud at our house. The other day, she looked in the stroller and realized that it was empty. So, she walked back to her room and got her doll. She carried the doll back to the stroller and placed it in the cart. It’s true what parents tell you – you never know what they are learning.

At the Alabama Thrift Store last Saturday, an older man was in there with his grandson. He talked to C and got her to interact a little bit. E is much more bashful; she would never have done that.

She is in 24-month clothes now. Our Girls both seem to be big for their ages.

Well, the MojoWoman informs me that C is waking from her nap now. Gotta run…

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About mobilemojoman

I have been a Mobile resident for about a decade. Working as a college professor keeps me off the streets and pays the bills. I am married to a woman (the MojoWoman) who is a much better person than I am and we have two beautiful girls who keep us both jumping. My interests are varied - food & drink, sports, politics, exercise, books, travel, Mardi Gras, and all of life's rich pageant. In the future, I'd like to learn more about sailing, photography, Cajun/Creole cooking, making beer and wine, and writing.
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