Friday, February 29, 2008
So, the gist of that post was going to be that the worst thing about childcare is that you never know what your child is learning. Think: That awful song from last summer about being suicidal. I can't bring myself to look up the actual name or artist of that song because I hate it that much. But, if you've heard it, you know what I'm talking about and you know that no 2-year-old should be singing it.
But, the best thing about childcare has been that I never know what she's learning. Jayla never ceases to amaze me. It started with the small things like drinking out of a cup and feeding herself with a spoon. Things that I never showed her how to do - she just came home one day knowing. And then it was her ABC's and counting to 10 and then 20 and knowing her days of the week and every color that you can throw her way and then, potty-training (we're officially done with that and really, the school did 85.6% of the work!) and most recently she knows her right from her left and can count to 10 in Spanish. I obviously taught her none of this because I don't even know my right from my left!
So, I guess all of that is just to say that having her in full-time childcare has been an overwhelmingly positive experience for our family, despite the occasional trials. And I'm pretty sure that I shouldn't have done it any differently for her.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Those of you playing along at home know that Jayla was born on August 24 (AKA Sara’s half birthday!). I am convinced that she did that to spite me because I thought it would be cool to share a birthday with my child. August 24 is exactly 26 weeks after my birthday which means it is exactly as far away from my birthday as you can possibly get (except during leap year, I guess). But, now that I know Jayla, I understand that it is just in her nature to do things her own way.
However, since I continue to make a big deal out of my birthday, I must also acknowledge that my sweet little baby celebrated her half birthday yesterday. She is officially 2.5 going on 25 now. In honor of that milestone, I present three years of Jayla’s half birthdays in pictures (actually taken on my birthday each year but, you know - close enough...):
Jayla at 6 months -
Jayla at 18 months -
Jayla at 30 months -
Sunday, February 24, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
My birthday is on Saturday. I'll be 29. For some reason, that sounds just a little older than I think I should be. In my head, I'm not a day over 24 or something young like that. Several things, however, have happened in the past week or so that lead me to believe that maybe I am getting just a little bit older:
- For my birthday, I'm going to someone else's birthday party. Only old people celebrate someone else's birthday on their own birthday.
- My child said, "Mama is going to be 29".
- Last week I had a conversation with my mom in which she went on and on about how LONG she'd been married and 30 years (in March) was such a long time...yada, yada...I explained to her that I have been with my parents all but 11 months of that time. She giggled and said, "I guess I'm calling you old, huh?" Yes, my mom called me old.
- I had to renew my TX driver's license which, when I got it at age 22, I distinctly remember thinking that it would never expire because 2008 was SO FAR AWAY and I was going to be SO OLD by then (my new license expires in 2014 - on my 35th bithday - something tells me that'll go by faster than I think).
- In Subway the other day, the guy making my pizza (I'm so excited that the Subway closest to my building on campus sells pizza!) looked at me like I was crazy when I was telling him all about how it doesn't seem like it's already been 10 years since Jared's massive weight loss. He actually said, "But that was like, what, 1998 or something?" Umm, yeah.
Anyway, I'm kind of excited about my birthday because Jayla and I have plans to buy a birthday cake and wear party hats! She's been talking about it for weeks...
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Yesterday was dance day again for Jayla. I started working on her before school by simply giving her a run down of the schedule for the day. She is generally curious about whether she is going to school or church or wherever on any given day. So, yesterday morning I told her that she was going to school and then she was going to dance. I tried be very non-chalant, no big deal, "I didn't notice that tantrum last week" about mentioning dance.
Later in the morning, we were talking about dance again and I asked her if she was going to dance pretty? She replied, "No - I'm going to sit in the car!" with a big grin on her face. I ignored her comment and told her that she needed to dance and then we could come home and eat some more of her Valentine's candy. She said, "okay".
I got a little nervous once I picked her up from school, though, because in the car, she kept saying she wanted to go "to Jayla's house, not to dance". Again, I was still trying to play it cool and just told her that Ms. Crystal wanted to see her. I asked her if she wanted to see Ms. Crystal. She said that she did. So, I kept going with that and sparked an entire conversation about Ms. Crystal that got her mind off of talking about going home.
When we got to the dance studio, we were still talking about Ms. Crystal and Jayla cooperatively got out of the car, came into the studio, and waved cheerfully at anyone in her path. We got her clothes changed while singing a song that I made up (about bears not having to use the potty). Then she talked to Ms. Crystal who promised her a lollipop if she was a good girl.
Jayla was so excited to dance after that. And she did really, really well. She listened to the teacher, she participated fully, and it did my heart good. She seemed to enjoy it as much as she did back in the stoneage when she begged me to dance (November 2007). And don't think that the first thing she said after Ms. Crystal dismissed the class wasn't "Where's my candy?". I don't know if it was the candy or just the fickle nature of a 2.5-year-old but, whatever it was - we got over the first hurdle. Hopefully, we are on the road to enjoying dance classes again.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
So, I had to call in back-up: Daddy! We talked on the phone for a few minutes so that I could give him the scoop. He then came directly from work to the dance studio parking lot. He was determined to at least get her into the building. But, once he saw her determination, I think he had a slight change of heart. I had never seen her so adamant about something. And he didn't have the heart to try to force anything on her either. I eventually broke down because if you know me and how I feel about dance, then you know that my child had basically ripped out my heart and destroyed it. Plus, I have wanted to be a stage mother for my entire adult life and I was seeing my dream crash and burn before my eyes.
We never convinced her to dance tonight. Mama cried a bit, we came home, then mama sulked for a while. However, the rational part of me is fully aware that for a 2.5 year old to decide that she doesn’t want to dance one night is not her way of rejecting me. In fact, she showed genuine concern when she saw my emotions. It also doesn’t mean that she will not want to dance tomorrow or when she’s 3 or whenever. Neither does it mean that I will never be a stage mother. But, it does mean that I need to decide whether or not to keep her enrolled in the class because, seriously, when you are on a graduate assistant salary, there are better things to do with money than pay $50/month to be abused outside of a dance studio.
Friday, February 08, 2008
Tuesday, February 05, 2008
This morning on the way to school, we were sitting at a stop light and she says, "Mama, I don't want to go to school. I want to go shopping!" Again, what!?!? The word shopping is never used in our house because no one that lives here likes to do it. Except Jayla, apparently. I told her that we could go shopping this weekend, though I doubt she has any clue what we had just negotiated on.
This post was not about pink eye. You're welcome.
Monday, February 04, 2008
And the next time I post, I promise that it will be about something other than bacterial infections of my child's ocular region.
Friday, February 01, 2008
What a difference a day makes! This is Jayla happily ready to go to school yesterday. I was a little sad to see her go, actually. But, everyone was so happy to see her when she got there. It feels good to get back to normal and most importantly, we can keep our playdate that we have planned for tomorrow. I'm certain that I'm more excited about that than Jayla is...