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Saturday, August 18, 2012

20 Months

It's really hard to do these monthly now, even though I feel a bit guilty. But to be honest, it's impossible to get this toddler to pose for a picture plus she's changing so much it's hard to keep up! So I figured every couple months would be sufficient. So this is what she's been up to in the past 2 months:

Talking more and more each day. She's really starting to perfect words. Really pronounces the letters at the end of words. For example, booK, milK, wanT, all doNe, goNE, etc. She continues to amaze me with putting words together and forming short sentances. "I want ____ (milk, B, eat, play etc)" or "I yike(like) ____(fill in the blank again). She'll tell me things like where her B (B=Blankie) is. "B in woom(room)."

Introducing... B

Speaking of "B", she knows exactly where that thing is at all times. Some most mornings, I can't pry it from her little hands, so I let her take it with us in the car, and then we leave it in the car when we get to Auntie Jen's. She's getting better at understanding what I tell her. Like, I'll tell her "we have to leave B here now, okay?" and she'll say, "okaaay", and put it in the little car organizer I have next to her car seat (this is where I leave it each day, so she's learned that that's where it goes). And then as soon as I pick her up in the evening, she's excited to see me for 2 seconds, excitedly says, "Mama's here!" runs and give me hugs and kisses and almost immediately says, "B! I want B!" and then says bye bye to everyone, cause she knows B is in the car waiting for her. On the days that I can pry it out of her hand and leave it at home, makes for a long whiney car ride home. Telling me she wants B over and over. "B at home", she says.

We've been working on numbers and colors lately. She's doing great with numbers! She sort of even counted to ten! It went something like this, "One, two, fwee, fouwa, five..... eight, nine, ten!" and then she starts clapping and saying "yay!" when she's done. So proud of herself! I'm proud of her too! Colors we're having a bit of trouble with. I'm starting to wonder if she's color blind cause everything is blue. Or she'll just start saying names of colors even if it's not right. She's starting to get it though. Green, and purple and pink are starting to click in her little mind.

She can point out all of her body parts (and... um... she might just think her lady bits are called a butt), She's perfected most animals, and animal sounds.She calls our dogs, Lily and Gizmo, Wee Wee and Neeno. It's so cute!

I'm starting to let her help out with some "chores". Trying to teach her how to put things back in their places, letting her feed one of the dogs, and letting her help push the Swiffer around.

Helping Mommy make "cancakes". 

She loves her B(obviously), reading and pointing out objects in books, Watching TV (her favorites are Yo Gabba Gabba still, Dora, Diego, Fresh Beat Band and Peppa Pig), slides, climbing, playing "Doda games" on the computer, buckling buckles, rides (like a small merry-go-round at the mall), bossing people and animals around telling them to "stop it!" or "no, no Wee Wee!" or "Neeno, eat!",  Walking (she's getting really good at holding my hand as we walk into a store and not letting go and running from me. Every time we arrive at a destination she tells me "Walk. I walk."),  baths, and dancing. She'll spin around and try to mimick the "Great Day" dance at the end of each FBB episode. It's pretty much the cutest thing EVER.

Concentrating on Legos. I just LOVE watching her little mind work!

She hates: going to bed at night,  not getting her way, having her B taken away, when I don't let her walk, or if I did let her walk, but she starts being naughty and not following the number 1 rule of holding Mommy's hand and I pick her up, all hell breaks loose. Screaming, crying, kicking oh my!

I'm sure there's much more that I'm missing, but this post is getting pretty long. Maybe I SHOULD do this every month! haha!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

My Baby Was Bullied

So, let me start off by saying that I think this bullying thing is getting out of hand. Not everything is bullying. These days a kid runs by another kid and accidently knocks him down. Bam, you're a bully. There's a difference between being rude, teasing and bullying.

Anyway, now that I'm off my soapbox, let me tell you about how Cailin was totally picked on this weekend. So we went to this super awesome, totally fun place called Playgrounds Fun Zone & Cafe. This is an indoor playground with a cafe! We loved it and are planning on going back very soon. They have a Toddler area, and the rules say that you have to be 42(if I remember correctly) inches tall or smaller to play in that area. I totally get that bigger kids will wonder in there, and it doesn't bother me. It also doesn't really bother me when older kids run passed and knock down younger kids on accident. It's gonna happen. They don't pay attention, that's fine..

There was this little girl, I'm guessing she was about 5. She was at LEAST five. She came into the toddler area and passed Cai going up the steps, and into the tube. Then she turns around and goes, "nah nah nah nah nah nah!" I was like, wow that kid's a brat, but whatever. Then she came back around. At this time Cai was crawling through the tube. She straight up kicked her the whole way through, saying "move! Go! Hurry!" and then proceeded to kick her down the slide. Of course her mother is nowhere to be found, so I tell her straight up, "You need to play nicely." She ran away after that. But she came back, and every time she passed Cai she would PURPOSELY knock her down, or run into her. Cai wondered off to the big kid side and I followed to make sure she was safe (cause I know that she really shouldn't be playing on the big kid slides. I also may be a tad bit overprotective). This girl saw Cai and followed her. Went down the big slide after her and PURPOSELY ran into her. Now her mom was actually paying attention at this point (because she was sitting right there) and repeatedly told her to wait for my daughter to get off the slide before going, but she didn't listen. And she actually got in trouble for that. A while later Cailin ran off to the big kid side again, and I followed. This girl was coming down as Cai started to go up. Sat down and just started peeing. All over the place. I was stunned. Like this was not an accident, and she was definitely old enough to know better. She just sat down and completely emptied her bladder. When she was done, she sat there for a minute then started wailing. I had immediately picked up my kid and went and told my friend that this girl just pissed everywhere, and she went and told the staff. This little girl just sat there for like 5 minutes screaming and crying until her mom finally realized she was crying (How did she not hear? I can hear my kid crying from a mile away it seems. Yes, I'm judging) and went over there. I believe they left after that, thank goodness.

This is so me!
I kind of feel bad for this little girl. She must have something going on at home to be acting like that. She was pretty overweight too, so maybe she gets picked on a lot for that, and picks on kids smaller to make herself feel better? Or maybe she's just a spoiled brat. I don't know. It was honestly more than kids just being kids. It really was bullying. And my baby? Never shed a tear! My girl is a trooper (and used to getting knocked around by her cousins ;) ).

I mean, how could anyone ever be mean to this face?