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February 15, 2012

She’s missing something . . .

Filed under: Family, Motherhood, Personal, Videos — Tags: , , , — llcall @ 3:29 pm

“One.  Two.  Four.  Five.  Six.”

“One. Two.  Four.”

“One. Two.  Four.  Five.  Six.  Seven.  Eight.  Nine.”

Three’s not that important anyway, right?

The funny thing is that for months she has not only skipped three when she is counting on her own, but she has also refused to repeat it back.  It’s like there’s a mental block there.  We can get her to repeat back rhinoceros.  And awesome-sauce.  And today I got an okely-dokely, neighbor.  But three, don’t be ridiculous!

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This story is going to creep my brother out, but it must be documented.  Addison is quite accustomed to being in the bathroom with both me and Neal (not at the same time — wait, maybe that didn’t come out right?).  We don’t exactly live in a baby-proofed place, so it’s either she joins us in the bathroom or my Dad’s computer network gets a toddler rearrangement on a daily basis.  (Obviously, the Neal part of the equation is what weirds my brother out, but when the opposite-gender parent takes care of the little tyke for 50% of the day, what are you supposed to do?).

Addison never seemed to take much notice, other than wanting to look in the toilet afterward, so we didn’t worry too much about it.  Until one funny day, I went in to use the bathroom and as I was turning away from the toilet, she got a tad upset.  She said, “NO.  That way!  That way!,” and started turning me toward the toilet.  It could have been a teachable moment (Mommy and Addison go to the potty this way . . . ), if I hadn’t started laughing so hard.

Afterward, it made me think about some recent articles I’d read about parents and schools trying minimize or eliminate gender.  How do they deal with the peeing issue, I wonder . . .

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Also sleep.  She’s missing a lot of that.  As in, seemingly overnight, she went from taking two-hour naps to zero-hour naps.  How does that even happen?

We’re not giving up on quiet time.  I usually make her stay in her crib for at least 1.5 hours before she can get up, but after several weeks, we’re starting to be convinced that our little lady does not need as much sleep as Baby Center says she does.

Despite not sleeping, she still greets me with an ecstatic “Wake!  Wake!” when I finally go in to release her from her little prison.  Often she greets me with more than that — like furniture, stuffed animal, and clothing rearrangement:

But at least she’s honest about what she’s been up to.

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