Monthly Archives: March 2011

Love those Dishes

The Parakeet and the Huz have had so many heart-to-hearts lately – it’s getting ridiculous. Nothing like parenting and money to make you just WORK.ON.COMMUNICATING.
So…after some passive-aggressive attempts, the Parakeet straight-up asked for some more help around the house.  She needs those two hours after bed-time to follow up with clients and book more appointments.  The Huz has been very obliging and often cleans up the dishes and kitchen before plopping on the couch for the rest of the eve.
Last night, the Parakeet made chocolate chip cookies, meatloaf, brocolli and mashed potatoes.  at the same time. -They brought dinner to some friends who are new parents and then they ate the rest themselves.
While she was on the phone and clicking away at the computer, the Huz poked his head out of the kitchen, “I know what I want for dinner tomorrow night.”
“Oh yeah, what?”
“Something that takes just one pan.”


Books in the Bed

Little O did very well transitioning out of the crib.  His parents moved him around Christmas to help with potty-training.  In the morning, he didn’t always understand that he could get out and tell them he was awake.  He did understand he could play in his room until he fell asleep at night, though.

They created a little routine of putting all the toys back in the toy chest and saying good night.  This prevented a lot of the play because he can’t open the toy chest on his own. He did, however, have access to his books.  It seemed to be he was sleeping in later and later.  The Keet and Huz would find a few books stacked on his bed or up on his toy chest.  Some  nights they would pull 9 or 10 books out of his bed when they went to check on him before going to sleep themselves.

Then, one morning, the Keet heard him rustling around in his room.  She went in to see him on the floor playing.
His shelf looked like this:

And his bed looked like this:

Hilarious.  Little O now understands that books sleep in their shelves.  There haven’t been too many instances since this huge pile-up.  The clean-up entertained everyone for a good 15 or 20 minutes and these days that is saying something.

His Feminine Side

There are many ways that Little O is “all boy” as they say.  His love of trucks nears obsession.  He does not stay still for more than 30 seconds. When he has been inside too long, he yells like a caged animal.  He often  hugs other children just so he can throw them to the ground to wrestle.

But he is also a sensitive kid very concerned about who is crying and why.  He often asks if we are ‘very sad’.  He will tell me when he needs “to cry a little bit” and when  he is “just a little sad”.  He is often looking in the mirror perfecting his pout lip when he says these things – but that is for another post.   He also has  a lot of time with Mom who sells skincare and other beauty products.  He asks to go to Arbonne parties and he is very determined to get into that makeup case.  Here he is below having some QT with his mama:

Can’t go to bed with wet hair in February

Who doesn’t need Gold Heels?

Ok. Vacuuming is not feminine, but the Parakeet does so few chores – there had to be documentation.

Toddler and Teen

“They” say there are many common behaviors among the Toddlers and the Teenagers both struggling for independence but still needing lots of guidance.   Little O has said and done a few things lately the Keet and Huz didn’t think they’d see for at least ten years.  Again: The Naivete of Parenting.

*  Little O has started to take showers.  The WIN: the bathroom is much cleaner, bath-time is a little shorter, and there are WAY less battles over ‘splashing’ and general rowdiness.  The Surprise:  Little O often asks his parents to leave the bathroom saying that he needs his privacy

* Little O takes long afternoon naps – for that his parents are eternally grateful.  He doesn’t always wake up in the best mood.  Around 4 or 4:30 PM, the Parakeet tried to wake him the other day.  He yelled from his bed “I Sleeping!”  When she left the room with the door ajar – she promptly heard it slam 10 seconds later

* During the testy after-nap period, the Parakeet was putting underwear on Little O.  He was fussing and she said, ” I Love you”.  He looked at her and said, “I too cranky to love you”

* Little O turned around and around in circles in the living room sometime last month.  Completely dizzy, he fell to the ground.  He stood up and said, “Mom, the House is falling down.”  The Parakeet really thought she could put off that conversation.

* The Huz often ends his day with a beer. To each his own.  The bottle was sitting on the end table in the living room.  The Parakeet walked in to Little O setting the bottle back on the table and grinning, a frothy little mustache over his lip.  “I tried the beer, Mom”.  Oh. My. Word. He. Liked. It. (see above conversation)

Parenting Note: A Much Closer Eye is being kept on all alcoholic beverages

*Pretty much anytime they are putting Little O into his car-seat he exclaims, “I want to drive!”. Teenager.

* Little O is pretty close to potty-trained.  After doing his business today, he ran streaking out of the bathroom and proceeded to place his bare tushy up against the front living room window.  The Parakeet tried to get him to come back to her. He was contradictory and spent two minutes in time-out.  When asked what he did wrong he said, “I Naked in the Window”

So…here’s hoping the next ten years are LONG…….the Parents in this house are gonna need a little respite.