It's only fair to post my Parent of the Year moments after sharing Tony's in Broken Plastic = Broken Dreams. After the hectic yet fun weekend of family, friends and house guests, Jill decided to get up at 3:30 Monday. Too much excitement? I think so. She would not go back to her bed. We were too exhausted to make her. I caught myself pushing Jilly's hair out of her eyes. Constantly. The holiday and time off lasted through the day while Jill kept pulling elastics, barrettes and headbands off her head, sometimes violently. Fast forward a few alcoholic beverages later, and suddenly Mom had garnered the confidence to cut Jilly's hair. Just a few snips across the front. Not exactly the first haircut story I had in mind. Maybe we will count the "first" with an all-over snip, snip at the salon!
Disclaimer: Our neighbor Stella gave this Santa top to Jill last year. She seems to like it! She picked it up this morning to wear on top of her jammies to her holiday party at school. (It was a combo pj/Christmas deal.)
I photoshopped a pimple off her cheek. You can judge; that's fine.
Jill came home with this frame wrapped in candy cane paper with a tag,
"To Mommy & Daddy"
I've mentioned in the past - at least I think I have - that I enjoy receiving weekly newsletters from Isis Parenting. I found a portion of this week's update to be very interesting, informative, even comforting. Take a look at the reason behind "terrible two" behavior:
Emotional growth and brain hemisphere
You may have heard of someone who was described as being "right-brained" or "left-brained" at one time or another. It's true that the different sides of the brain control different functions that make up the emotional and behavioral things we do. It's also true that in toddlers, the left and right brains grow at different rates at different times, almost in an alternating pattern. Since the right side of the brain controls a great deal of emotion and emotional growth, don't be surprised if your toddler is sometimes a model of good behavior and happiness and sometimes a "terrible two." As the sides of her brain alternate in their development, her behavior and emotions will follow.
The look on Jill's face this morning was priceless. She must've hit the English-Spanish switch because she looked very perplexed when her activity table started the ABC song in Spanish. It was the, "Hey! I thought I was getting the hang of this song. What the hell is this?" look.
Just before we left for school, Jill discovered a new magic game. She stuffed her hands into the pockets of her pink fleece and waited for us to ask her where her hands went. Out flies her hands with a huge smile on her face. Repeat 12 times.
Thirteen days from now we will welcome a new year. We'll enter 2012. Although our wedding anniversary isn't until June - another six months away - I'm thinking of it as a year-long event. It's 10 years. It's a big deal.
And while something tin is the traditional gift by year, I'm thinking of something warmer, sunnier, sandy-er. I'm thinking of a trip to somewhere tropical.
Now taking destination recommendations and donations. Will accept PayPal.
Words and pictures can't begin to describe the fun we had Saturday night at the New England Aquarium. Jill wanted to stop at each window as we made our way up the ramp by the four-story ocean tank. She squealed, pointed and yelled, "MORE FISHIES!" She loved the penguins, the turtles, the fish, everything. She bravely touched a ray at the Shark & Ray Touch Tank. The look on her face reminded me of why I became a parent.
Watch a video of the touch tank here on YouTube. (We didn't see any of the larger sharks while we were there.)
Jill's two year check-up was last Thursday. Poor thing had to get a shot and have blood work. It was miserable! The stickers and pink bandage made it more bearable though, I would say. Jill also received extra hugs and attention from Miss Cindy at drop-off.
The stats: We are holding steady in the 94th percentile for height and 40th for weight. She hasn't gained much since the last visit; she's just stretching out!