Friday, February 29, 2008

Letting Go

Moving Day! A group of friends from the Young Marrieds came to help us. They were a huge help and they made a stressful day fun. Mabel not so much. She found a way to be right in the middle of the action. She had a pretty rough day since she was sure we were leaving her for good, but I'm happy to report she's been eating good and loves sniffing around our apartment grounds.

In the course of the move, I realize now that I let some things slide. Like helping Maizie get dressed....

...and knowing when it's time to bring out the next size of pajamas.

And letting her do this.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

For All My Cold-Weather Friends

So, long time no blog. We have a lot to catch up on (like moving to a new apartment with a packrat 16-month-old), but for now, I just thought I would taunt you, my beloveds that live in Colorado and Michigan and Chicago and Maryland. Taunt, taunt. It's your turn to taunt me in July.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Laptops, Buggars, and Ring around the Rosy

New developments in the world of Maizie.

Hard at work or hardly working? This new laptop toy I got at a consignment shop is a big hit. It's like a modern-day speak and spell, but right now, she just enjoys the "jukebox" setting.

"This gets mommy's attention for some reason. She makes funny faces at me when I do this. I'm going to do this all the time because I love mommy's attention!" Not sure how to get past this one. Every once in a while I will "catch her" not picking her nose and will praise her for it. She then proceeds to pick her nose.

So, the bath issue has been resolved, knock on tub. Jason has given her two baths this week with no freak-outs. I still haven't attempted, but hopefully his mojo wears off on me. What does this have to do with "Ring Around the Rosy" you ask? Well, I talked to my mom about the bath issue and she told me that at this age so much is going on in the wee one's brain that it gets overwhelmed easily and can lead to temper tantrums and new fears. She said swinging motions and circular motions really help the brain "reorganize". Out loud I said, "Cool, I should try that," but inside I thought, "Sounds a little hokie to me."

Anyway, the very next day I was watching Maizie play by herself and she just started turning in circles. Sorry, mom! You were right once again. I guess I should always trust an Early Childhood expert! The next few days, when she started getting fussy, I would twirl her or play ring around the rosy with her. She loves it, especially the part about falling down. And, in case you were worried, no babies were harmed in the making of this film.