Friday, October 30, 2009
that she was willing to smile for the camera!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I am baking sugar cookies for Grace's daycare Halloween party at school tomorrow AND cutting Boots' ears so her costume looks more like a monkey and less like a mouse AND trying to put a cowgirl costume together to wear to work tomorrow!
I have had Grace's costume for at least a month and have been avoiding all the cutting and sewing fixing the ears entails. Yes, I was in denial. I kept saying, "She looks like a monkey" but after Sunday at the zoo when people said Grace was a cute mouse - and an elephant! - and after today at school when one of my special needs students (who is very direct) confirmed it, I made the decision to change those silly ears!Stay tuned....hopefully there will be pictures of the parade and party tomorrow.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I was excited to take Grace to the first show Stellaluna, based on the popular children's book by the same name. But I have been pretty sick this week and didn't feel up to it, so Kyle stepped in and joined the ladies for a morning at the theater. Since I told Grace on Friday night that she would be going with him, she kept saying, "Daddy show" non-stop. And when I asked her what show they were going to, her answer was, "Soccer show". Yeah, it makes sense that she would think that.
As the story goes, baby bat Stellaluna’s life is flitting along right on schedule until an owl attacks her mother one night, knocking the batlet out of her grasp. The tiny bat lands in a nest of baby birds and Stellaluna is accepted into their nest on the condition that she will act like a bird, not a bat. Soon Stellaluna has learned to behave like a good bird should – she quits hanging by her feet and starts eating bugs. Eventually, she has an opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like.
As you can tell from that description, parts of this story are perfect for any child who is learning to be herself. But, there is a scary element to it when Stellaluna's mom is attacked, so I was a little unsure about how it would affect Grace.
From what Kellie and Kyle said about this performance, it was just "okay". The characters were puppetlike stuffed dolls and other than the owl, which was huge, you couldn't see the other animals' faces clearly from most of the seats in the theater. I am not sure how much Grace understood about the story, but my philosophy is to continue to expose her to as much as I can.
Friday, October 23, 2009
It is hard to believe, but these are real inventions that appeared in Life Magazine. All I can say is, "What were they thinking?"
Baby cages like this one were provided to members of the Chelsea Baby Club in London in 1937. The idea was patented in America in 1922 due to its many perks:
The problem: city apartment dwellers don’t have much space.
The Solution: store your babies in a cage attached to the exterior of your apartment window.
Perks cited in the patent:
- Baby receives fresh city air.
- Sufficient room to play with toys.
- Doubles as a place to sleep (like a crib). One variation describes curtains placed on the cage to prevent a draft.
Undocumented perk: Because of its mesh floor, spit-up and diaper leaks are a pinch to clean up. But what if the apartment above you has a baby cage too? Well, the patent describes a solid slanted roof that would easily sluff off any urine or feces raining down from above.
Oh, why not suspend a baby in a cloth bucket swing secured with one tether tied around the mother and one tether tied around the father while they both go ice skating? What could go wrong?
Thursday, October 22, 2009
The funny part is that after about 20 minutes of playing with the trains we managed to pull her away and wander into the Barbie area. She walked in and after just a couple of minutes, Grace said, "Let's get out of here!" What a tomboy!
Grace also learned about tunnels on this trip. There are multiple ways to get from Laguardia Airport into Manhattan. On Friday, our taxi driver decided to take the Midtown Tunnel. So as we were driving through it I told Grace we were in a tunnel and that the tunnel went under the water to get to the island where Nana and Ba live. Later that weekend, we also went through the Battery and Lincoln tunnels and each time she said, "Tunnel. Under the water" and did this funny swooping move with her hand.