We have the cold that never ends. Actually I’m pretty sure it’s two colds, one from Kate and one from Denis. I had a very minor sniffle for about a week and was feeling better when it felt like a second wave hit me upside the head (and throat). Both girls have runny noses, and Kate had a croaky frog-voice for a few days that was both hysterically funny and kind of sad. The good side is that no one’s sleep has been messed up this time around, which is huge!
On the bad side we hadn’t left the house in over a week. Kate gets extra dramatic when sick, and add that to not getting out and having fun enough and she was a friggin disaster by the weekend. Denis came home on Friday and I said, “BYE!” and grabbed my purse and ran out the door. I am still not feeling great but since I am an adult and don’t rub my snotty nose on everything in sight I figured it was safe for me to be around some other adults for a little bit. It’s amazing how much it helped for me to get out for a couple hours a day! I no longer feel like locking myself in the bathroom to sob while Kate throws yet another tantrum. And because I am in a better mood and able to spend quality time with Kate she is responding well and getting back to her happy not-a-little-shit self. Also, could be because Denis – the fun guy – is home and playing with her too.
Kate is being quite the little chatterbox lately, and a lot of what comes out of her mouth is amazing, sweet, or hysterical. (Although if I hear her yell “Mama!!” in my ear 50 times in a row again I may lose my shit. I AM RIGHT HERE! I keep saying “Yes Kate?” and she just keeps yelling “MAMA!” Aggghhh!) I have a lot of funny things to share – some I already mentioned on Facebook but I wanted to put them down here to keep them!
Den trips on toys frequently. Now when he does it Kate glances over and admonishes, “Careful, Daddy.” (You can tell we say that to her often!)
When he managed to stub his toe and gave a yelp she asked, “You okay, Daddy?” He gave me a look that very clearly said OMG my heart is melting!
Hiding and finding are big games around here. Kate always says the same things, with the same toddler inflection.
“Where paci?” (Or whatever object she’s looking for.)
“Don’ find it.” (= I can’t find it, or I can’t see it.)
“Dere ’tis!!” (= There it is)
I put Ember straight down for a nap when I got back from an outing. When she woke up I went and got her but apparently Kate didn’t see. After a little bit Kate turned around and saw Ember sitting there. She gasped. “Emmer! You back!!”
Kate has very nicely been offering toys to Ember, but is unprepared for the grip on that kid and her inability to get the toys back. The other day they are playing nicely and then I hear Kate’s sweet little voice: “Emmer, let go! Let go! Thank you, Emmer.”
Kate’s big into the alphabet and phonics right now. She was pulling out flashcards of animals and we were practicing letter sounds.
“Guh. Guh. What letter says guh?”
She’d go and pull out her G letter. “G! Guh-guh-guh! Goat!”
Kate was following along a video for letter sounds, she gleefully shouts out as it goes along.
And so on through the alphabet.
Then it showed a parrot for P. “P-p-…. bird??”
Not to be outdone Ember is also making noises. Happy shrieks, “Ah!” sounds, and now some close-mouthed “guh” sound that she keeps experimenting with. She’s not a particularly loud kid, though…. she gets very intent on what she’s doing. (Unless you count the noise from her banging her toys around. She really likes to whip those suckers and smack them around. Dainty, she is not.)