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“Mom, why you not happy?” Adelaide asked as we ate lunch and listened to her new Frozen soundtrack.

I wasn’t not happy, but I was feeling exhausted and just trying to make it through the next 30 minutes until her nap. “I’m not unhappy,” I said. “I’m just not smiling right now.”

“You need to smile when I’m talking to you.” she said.

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Adelaide says…

A few weeks ago Adelaide refused to give Tim a hug and kiss before bedtime. It was my night to read to her and before going upstairs, she usually says goodnight to Dad and gives him a big hug and kiss. For whatever reason she didn’t want to do it that night, so I took her upstairs to brush her teeth. Afterwards, we were getting dressed for bed when she started whining that she didn’t give Daddy a hug and kiss and that she needed to go back downstairs to do so.

“Why didn’t you give Daddy a hug when we were just down there?” I asked. “He asked you for a hug and you said no.”

“Because I’m a bad guy,” she said without hesitation. “I’m a stranger.”

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Last year Maryam from the blog Hi and Hello surveyed daughter Margaux on a series of questions right around the time of her 2nd birthday. I thought it was cute and wanted to steal the idea for myself last year. But, at age 2, I knew Adelaide wouldn’t be able to answer most of the questions. I figured I would get blank stares, and it wouldn’t make for a very interesting blog post. Fast-forward a year and I dug up the list of questions again. Adelaide is incredibly verbal now, so I knew she’d be able to do it. I thought it would be a fun thing to do each year at her birthday to see how her answers change over the years.

15 questions to ask kids on their birthday  |  nextlifechapter.com

 

Here are Adelaide’s Birthday Questions & Answers at age 3:

  1. What’s your favorite toy?  “Baby” (When I followed up with “which baby?” she replied, “Annie,” as in Raggedy Ann.)
  2. What’s your favorite thing to eat for lunch? “At school?” she asked. “Sandwich–peanut jelly sandwich.” (When I prompted her to follow-up with her favorite thing to eat at home, she said, “For dinner? When I wake up? Banana.”)
  3. What’s your favorite TV show?  “Frozen” (She doesn’t really distinguish between tv and movies at this point, and she just got Frozen for her birthday and saw if for the first time this week.)
  4. Who’s your best friend?  “The reindeer” (meaning Sven, the reindeer from Frozen) When I prompted, “Whose your best friend in real life?” she said, “Sadie” (a friend from school).
  5. What’s your favorite thing to play outside?  “The slide. And the balls.”
  6. What’s your favorite thing at bedtime?  “The book. The doggie one.” (When I asked which doggie one she said, “Go Dogs Go.”)
  7. What’s your favorite food?  “At school, Mommy?” she asked. “Anywhere,” I said. “Orange.”
  8. What’s your favorite song?  “Twinkle Little Star”
  9. What’s your favorite movie?  “George” (meaning the Curious George tv show–see above about not differentiating between tv and movies)
  10. What’s your favorite color?  “Green” (holding up the green crayon that happened to be in her hand at the time)
  11. What’s your favorite fruit?  “Pineapple” (which if funny because up until about 2 weeks ago pineapple was about the only fruit she wouldn’t eat)
  12. What’s your favorite snack?  “Goldfish” (crackers, obviously)
  13. What’s your favorite drink?  “Nilk and water,” she said immediately. “And juice!” (I asked her what kind of juice and she said “fruit juice.” Then she added, “I like grape juice.”)
  14. What’s your favorite holiday?  “Princess”
  15. What do you want to be when you grow up?  “A singer”

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Over the weekend, Adelaide extended her hand to me and said, “Shake my hand, Mommy.” I grabbed her soft palm and slowly shook it up and down a couple of times.

“Hi to meet you,” she said.

I smiled. “Nice to meet you,” I corrected.

I always think it’s funny when Adelaide displays some new skill or idea that she’s clearly learned from daycare. We didn’t teach her that.

“Hi to meet you,” she said to Tim, extending her hand for a formal shake. “Hi to meet you, Daddy.”

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http://nextlifechapter.comAdelaide’s language is developing so quickly. She’s constantly saying words and phrases that surprise me. She’s even speaking in complete sentences. This is likely perfectly normal for someone who is almost 28 months, but she’s my first child and it’s still fun and exciting for me to see how quickly she learns and picks up things. Her dad and I are going to have to start being very careful what we say around her.

Adelaide was sick a few weekends ago. She had a fever and we gave her medicine. Now, she ofen tells us that her baby is hot–that she’s sick and needs medicine or needs to go to the doctor. She also is starting to get into make-believe scenarios. She puts her baby in time out. When you ask her why the baby had to go to time out, she says, “hit my,” meaning, “hit me.”

Adelaide also likes to play grocery store. She wants us to give her money and then she gives us invisible foods. It’s actually more like a restaurant counter. She gives us pizza or peas. “Hot, Mommy,” she warns me, “blow it.”

Today, Adelaide was playing with her Grover doll and she told Tim that Grover was sad.

“Why is he sad?” Tim asked.

“He no have eyebrows,” she explained.

Yep. I guess that would make me sad, too.

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Last year, on October 1, Adelaide moved out of the infant room at her daycare and into the young toddler’s room, and I blogged about it here.

This year, on Monday, August 26, Adelaide moved out of that young toddler’s room and up to the two-year-old room. I don’t know what she’s going to do without her Kiki and Saddie. (Kiki was her teacher and Saddie is her friend who is a few months younger and not yet moving up). Adelaide talks about “Kiki Saddie” all the time. As if they are one entity. Kiki Saddie. Kiki Saddie.

Adelaide even has a “Saddie shirt.” (It’s actually the t-shirt with the daycare’s logo on it, but Saddie has one too so she calls it her “Saddie shirt.”)  Adelaide also has a Saddie cup. I’m not sure where that even came from because I’ve talked to Saddie’s parents and while Saddie does have sippie cups (don’t they all?) she doesn’t have one like Adelaide’s “Saddie cup.”

I don’t know if Saddie is just an easy name for a toddler to say, or whether this girl has really made that much of an impact on our daughter. All I know is she seems to have Rock Star status at our house.

It’s not as if Adelaide doesn’t know the kids in the two-year-old room. She’s been going to our daycare three-days-a-week since she was 12 weeks old. Most of the other kids in her class were in her toddler room or even her infant room at one point. Our daycare is so small that Adelaide will still see Kiki and Saddie regularly. They all play together in the morning and during pick-up, and they sometimes do other activities together throughout the day. And, with a late October birthday, Saddie will likely be moving up to the two-year-old room later this year.

Although today was day three of being in her new room, Adelaide walked straight into Kiki’s room when she got to school today. Old habits are hard to break, and I don’t think Adelaide quite understands that she’s not in Kiki’s room anymore. While getting dressed this morning and talking about school, it was all “Kiki Saddie.”

To keep the tradition going, here is the new “first day of school” photo from Monday in addition to the photos from the previous two years. It’s so fun to see how much she has grown and changed (and how long her hair has gotten).

First Day of School | http://nextlifechapter.com

First day of school in the two-year-old room – August 26, 2013

First day of school in the young toddler room - October 1, 2012

First day of school in the young toddler room – October 1, 2012

First Day of School | http://nextlifechapter.com

First day of school in the infant room – October 20, 2011

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We bought Adelaide a little potty a few weeks ago. She was super interested in it at first and wanted to sit on it all the time (clothes on). When we came back from our trip to Illinois, Tim and I decided to see if she wanted to start sitting on it without a diaper and had her sit on it when we went to the bathroom.

She’s been talking a lot more about the potty and accurately reports when she has gone poop, or “poot” as she says, but we had low expectations and didn’t really know what we were doing. (I have a book on potty training, but I haven’t had time to read it yet!) Anyway, the second day we had her sit on the potty, she actually peed in it. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize this at first and didn’t see the pee in the potty until several hours later. No proper praise given for a job well done. Later that evening I put her back on the potty. She stood up and walked into the hall where she peed on the hardwood floor. I immediately called Tim over to help clean it up and we told her that we don’t pee on the floor, we pee in the potty.

That was a couple of weeks ago. Ever since that incident, Adelaide’s interest in the potty and sitting on it (clothed or not) has waned. When we mention sitting on the potty she just says, “no potty floor.” I think we’ve traumatized her.

One thing I did read is that parents need to be consistent in the terminology we use. I admit I find this a challenge. I tend to call both the toilet and urine “potty” although I’m trying to refer to the toilet as the “potty” and urination as “pee.” One time she called the pee “water” and I tried to explain that’s the pee.

The next day she referred to pee as “poop water” — hilarious!

Our adventures in potty training have barely begun, but I’m already that mom talking about it on the Internet.

We got this 3-in-1 duck potty on clearance at Target for $5.99. It's supposed to play music when it senses liquid in the basin. We thought that would be annoying, so we never got batteries for it. Now I'm rethinking it since I didn't even know she actually peed in it. The music is supposed to be a reward for the kiddo, but it would also be an indicator for me. Or, I could just check better from now on.

We got this 3-in-1 duck potty on clearance at Target for $5.99. It’s supposed to play music when it senses liquid in the basin. We thought that would be annoying, so we never got batteries for it. Now I’m rethinking it since I didn’t even know she actually peed in it. The music is supposed to be a reward for the kiddo, but it would also be an indicator for me. Or, I could just make it a point to actually check.

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For the last month or so, I have regularly been awakened by the call “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy, Mommy-Dow” coming from Adelaide’s room. Depending on the time, I am sometimes extremely annoyed by this summon. But some mornings, I think it’s the most beautiful sound. “Mommy, Mommy, Mommy,” she calls. “Mommy-Dow, Mommy-Dow.” I can only assume this means Mommy Down (?), my daughter calling for me to be the first person who greets her in the morning, the first person or thing that comes to mind when she awakens. However, this could just as likely be a call for Tim. She calls him “Mommy” just about as often as she calls him “Daddy.”

 

UPDATE: Adelaide is pretty good about saying “Daddy” now. I wrote the above a couple of weeks ago.

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One of my favorite mom blogs is Dear Baby by Melissa Jordan. I discovered it before I was pregnant with Adelaide, shortly after Melissa’s daughter Everly was born. I liked it so much that I went back to the beginning and read each entry in chronological order. It took me several weekends, but it was like reading a memoir – a peak into this woman’s most intimate moments of pregnancy and childbirth. The Jordans have two kids now – Everly is three and their son Arlo is almost two. Every so often Melissa will post “Everly Says.” They’re humorous or poignant musings of the child mind, something reminiscent of “kids say the darndest things.”

Although Adelaide is not yet putting together poignant musings, I thought I would follow this practice and start posting things Adelaide says.

Recently, Adelaide has begun to understand a little more about numbers and letters. When you ask her how old she is, she’ll hold up one finger and say “two.” A couple of weeks ago, I was giving Adelaide a bath and she was playing with the foam letters and numbers Aunt Gina gave her for Christmas. They stick to the sides of the tub and the tile on the wall and in combination with the squirt toys Aunt G gave her, it has made bath time much more pleasant.  So, I was playing with Adelaide in the water and she held up the number two and said “two.”

“Yes, that’s the number two,” I said. I was so impressed.

Then, Adelaide held up the letter F and said, “two.”  Ah yes, apparently every number and letter is “two” right now. Oh well, she’ll get it some day. And if she sticks to this convention for another three months, she’ll actually be right when someone asks her how old she is.

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