Taylor was sick last week with the flu. It was probably the most sick she’s been so far – she was very unhappy with having a stuffy nose. Unfortunately, there’s really nothing that we can give her when she’s sick and it made us feel very helpless that we couldn’t ease her symptoms. She actually rubbed under her nose raw, so she had what looked like a little “Charlie Chaplin-esque” mustache for a few days. Luckily she healed up quickly. The one upside to T.J. being sick is that we were forced to stay home for a few days. I know, it doesn’t sound like an upside to be cooped up in the house with a sick 2-year old for days at a time. It happened to be raining outside anyway, and so we just hunkered down indoors and played together and did nothing much at all. I enjoy all of the activities that we normally do, but it was so nice to have a couple of days just hanging out without the hassle of piling in and out of the car all day. Don’t get me wrong, I was getting a little bit of cabin fever after several days in a row of being home, but I also realized that we should plan more “down” days at home every once in awhile too.
Last year, we took Taylor out to the roller rink, but it didn’t go so well. This past weekend I was in a store when I saw some kid’s skates and it occurred to me that it might be fun to try skating with Taylor again. We asked if she wanted to give it a try and she was very interested, so Zach and I got her a set of skates and we brought her out once again. This time it was a huge hit. T.J. was thrilled to be out learning to skate with mom and dad. Before long, she was even trying to take tentative little strides on her own, with some close parental supervision of course. We had so much fun with her and were very impressed with how well she handled having wheels on her feet.
Recently, we’ve begun thinking about preschools for Taylor and I’ve been doing research into the various philosophies: Montessori vs. Waldorf vs. Reggio Emilia, etc… (What, you’ve never heard of the Reggio Emilia approach?! Well, neither had I, but according to brainy-child.com, Newsweek hailed them as the best preschools in the world.) We’re very fortunate to have a great selection of preschools in our area to choose from, however we may have missed the boat if we wanted to enroll Taylor for next fall. Apparently, I should have been submitting applications while she was in utero, because the waiting lists are so long for the “best” schools. I’m also finding that I’m a little ambivalent about preschools anyway. I definitely believe that they can be of great benefit, but what I want her to get out of preschool is mostly the social elements – I’m less concerned about making sure that she’s reading before kindergarten. Primarily, I just want to make sure that she’s learning how to develop positive relationships with her peers and getting a little more independence from mom and dad. So the question becomes…do we really need to get her into the “perfect” school now, or can we relax and just find a nice, comfortable place for her to play for awhile? I don’t know yet, but I’ll keep you posted.
Who needs preschool when she’s got such a bright future as a rock star:
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This week we took a trip down to Fresno to visit Grandma C.R., Uncle Steve and Aunt Dot. It’s about a 3 hour drive to get there from our house and I’m always a little unsure of how the drive is going to go. Normally I plan our trips (packing, snacks, stops, etc) down to the last detail, but this time I found myself scrambling to put everything together at the last minute. I knew that if I packed nothing else, I had to be sure to bring the portable DVD player (the peacemaker). Sure enough, that blessed technological wonder kept Taylor happy for the majority of the car ride down. After her movie was over, I was driving along and it was quiet in the backseat when I heard her say, “Look Mommy, look at me”. When I glanced in the rear view mirror, I could see that she had put a hat on her head…except it wasn’t a hat, it was a diaper. I burst out laughing and she was thrilled that she had made me laugh, so for the next 10 minutes or so she repeated her little stunt. What a comedienne!
Taylor really enjoys going to Fresno, and if I had to guess, here’s why I think she likes it so much:
1. She gets to be the center of attention.
2. Good food!
3. Books, books and more books.
4. Having people around who never tire of reading those books.
5. Houses that have fun things she can’t find at home like pianos and big wrought-iron beds.
6. Drawers and drawers of jewelry that Grandma lets her try on.
7. A mail slot where she can put mail in, take mail out, put mail in, take mail out, put mail in, take mail out…
8. She gets lots of hugs, kisses and L-O-V-E.