Sunday, January 30, 2011

Just playin' around

Does this kind of pastime make me a bad mommy??

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A turning of the tables

So, I am all about parents uniting when you have a child that is acting up. For instance, when G was trying to discipline D after she tossed all her blocks onto the floor and he was getting her to pick them up, I did not interfere though she tried to run over to me as a diversion...
However, the other day I had a conference call and G had left the house to run a short errand. I knew he'd be back soon and the conference call was internal so it was okay if D was in the background making any noise. Unfortunately, D was not on the program and refused to play by herself while I was on the phone. In fact, she was wailing her head off because she didn't want to play blocks by herself. I was trying hard to ignore her but finally, my colleagues basically said they couldn't hear anything because she was wailing. Okaaay, let me get off and continue this call in 15 minutes. Once off the phone, I blew up. I was so angry at her I lost it. I very loudly admonished her for not being able to play by herself while mommy was working.."You have all these toys to play with, why can't you be more cooperative!!"
So, she is crying very loudly. I am ignoring her and then daddy comes home. He wants to know what's going on (and he is not oblivious to the fact that D is getting to be very temperamental and will erupt in wails for no reason) so I explain that I had a conference call and D was not cooperating even though I had brought out her blocks for her and asked her nicely to play by herself.
Daddy picks her up and tries to reason with her, "D, you should be able to play by yourself. You know mommy has to work sometimes and we have to be quiet." And she does not stop crying. Just gets louder, crying and crying. And G does not put up with that. So, he puts her down on the couch and "abandons" her..."If you're going to cry then daddy is not going to carry you. You can just sit there and cry."
And, despite the fact that I was mad at her, I then felt sorry for her. I felt like she was abandoned by her father for the moment (when this would've been the opportune time to get some coddling from daddy since mom was being so mean).
So I walked over to her and dried her tears and tried to speak to her in a gentle manner and just coddle her a little.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Bitter apple spray for babies?

Does anyone manufacture a "bitter apple" spray for babies??! Cuz, I'm 'bout to git me some!!
D will not stop putting snow in her mouth or grabbing ice chips off the ground and putting them in her mouth. Where's the harm in that? Well, besides the fact that she is pulling snow off of the grass where I know all dogs pee and poo, there's the small fact that G informs me that the snow here in Nashville is toxic...with the refinery nearby and all that. And with a daughter who thinks saying, "Noooo!!" means, "why don't you have some more and laugh while you do it", we are not having any luck keeping her from the snow. Ick!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sick child = YouTube and lots of it

Y'know...for a while I was a bit skeptical about having D watching so much YouTube...she is obsessed with certain videos and sometimes, when I just want her to get her food down at meals without much fuss or mess, I just let her zone in on the Tube.
Last week, she somehow contracted Pink Eye (possibly from Monkey Joe's) and had a cold so we spent a lot of time on YouTube - it's the only way to engage her quietly without her running around exerting too much energy. Sure, there's reading but you can only get in so much of that before she wants to stab herself in the eye.
And now, Daddy's decided to turn Mommy's old iPhone into D's personal iTouch. Wow, isn't she lucky. But she still asks to play with Mommy's phone b/c I think she really loves to watch videos of herself.
By the way, I swear she learns things off of YouTube so certainly it can't be all that bad...
Another funny thing about being sick, I'm not quite sure what they put into those antibiotics, but it must be something akin to CRACK. Case in point - Conversation while D is glued to Mommy's iPhone:

M: D, can mommy have her phone back? I need to make a phone call.
D: No!
M: Okaaaay.

Shortly after,
M: Oh, it's time for your medicine, D!

That girl put down that phone so quickly and ran over to my side clamoring for her meds. Craaack...

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Sometimes, D says the funniest things. Today at dinner, she had a piece of rice by her ear so I plucked it off. She whips her head around and says, "Don't. Touch. My. Ear."
Whaa?! I replied, "What? Did you just say, 'Don't touch my ear?'!"
I can't even remember what she replied. I thought that was pretty funny. Where did she get that?
Then in the bath, she is crawling and has her butt in the air. I am cleaning her and she says, "Don't. Touch. My. Pee-pee."
HAHAHA! Hilarious.