Sunday, March 13, 2011


Kai watches a lot of Sesame Street podcasts. They cover different letters of the alphabet and different vocabulary words. One of the podcasts is about the word "goulashes".

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, Kai is quite the California girl, and doesn't like to leave the house in the rain unless properly attired. What that has meant is her snow boots (that Ava gave her), a raincoat and an umbrella. But, she's been eyeing the goulashes at Target and shouts out, "there they are, the goulashes!!"

Given that rainy season is nearly over (and that they were not exactly cheap) - I told her we couldn't buy them. But, that's what grandmas are for!! A few days ago, a package arrived from her Nonny with a copy of Toy Story3, a new dress (Kai LOVES dresses these days... so much better for dancing in), and pink and blue goulashes. Kai was smitten. Immediately. She has only worn the goulashes since they arrived, except when we went to gymnastics this morning and we hid them in order to get her to wear her sneakers. When Eric went to pack her suitcase to go to Penny's, Kai threw a fit that Eric would dare even PACK another pair of shoes, even thought he wasn't trying to make her wear them.

She keeps falling down in them because they aren't exactly the easiest things to navigate around in -- but, she's completely undeterred. She just laughs and says, "I stumbled in my big boots!" (stumble is another Sesame Street podcast word).


Saturday, March 12, 2011

Doctor, doctor

We've had a month of sickness. Starting with the stomach flu a few weeks back - always fun to be puked on in the middle of the night. Multiple times. The next day Kai started complaining that her neck hurt, which - combined with her fever and general lethargy - made me call the doctor (because my head went straight to meningitis). My tendency towards hypochondria is not really an asset as a parent. Eric is much more level headed. In fact, when I called Eric to tell him we were going to the doctor he said, "her throat probably hurts and she thinks its her neck". Possibly a more reasonable explanation for the neck pain. And, of course, when we got to the doctor, the first thing she said was, "usually when a toddler complains of neck pain it's actually their throat." Ahem. So, anyway - it was her throat. Strep throat, to be precise.

The next day, I was the one up in the middle of the night puking (although, I didn't puke on anyone else... which I thought was quite nice of me). Then, the last three days I've had terrible throat pain and ear pain -- so back to the doctor to see if I had strep.

During all of this, Kai has been incredibly sweet. As I mentioned in the last post, she cuddled with me when I was sick with the stomach flu, singing me songs from Toy Story. And she'd get her doctor's kit out and give me check ups. This morning, she checked me out again - poking her toys into my already sore ears and patting my hand declaring me, "all better!" When we got to the doctor's office, Kai said, "are we going to the doctor?" I told her we were. "For you?" she asked. "Yes, for me." She clarified, "not for me.. just for you." I assured her that she wouldn't be getting a checkup. "I AM a doctor," she announced. I nodded. "But, mama... I'm not a REAL doctor. Just pretend. Okay?" "OK." I replied. She cracks me up -- such a realist, even in her pretend.

Once we got in the doctor, Kai was incredibly concerned as the doctor looked in my ears and at my throat. She kept patting me and saying, "now you all better, mommy?" and then she'd start wringing her hands. The doctor was quite amused at how worried she was. And, Kai has spent the rest of the day giving me multiple hugs and kisses and saying, "I love you, mommy." Such a sweet girl.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Things I Want to Remember

I wish I had a computer with me at all times these days so I could write down the gazillion funny things Kai says each day. Obviously, that isn't happening (and would probably make the moments less amusing and enjoyable) -- so, here are a few anecdotes from the last couple of weeks that I can still remember!


Recently, we were at Ava's house (Kai's best friend from daycare). Ava was having a moment -- not wanting to say "thank you" to Kailey when Kai handed over a marker. Ava's mom was insisting and had taken away the marker until Ava could tell Kai "thank you." I have been in this place with Kailey. Many, many times. Over the holidays, Kai went three hours without the new gifts she had opened from Eric's mom before she finally relented and muttered "thank you" under her breath before snatching the new bath toy and running away. And, the other day, Kai (somewhat accidentally) kicked me and a two hour battled ensued to get her to say she was sorry. She was sobbing in her bedroom, somewhat remorse but clearly not willing to relent. We acted out her stuffed animals saying sorry. We talked about why it was important to apologize. Finally, FINALLY, she whispered, "I'm sorry" in my ear. I gave her a huge hug and told her I was proud of her for apologizing, to which she replied, "I'm NOT saying it again."

So, we've been there.

While Ava was having her meltdown, Kai was ignoring her and playing with the pretend kitchen, although, she kept glancing at Ava, clearly concerned about the situation. After about 30 minutes, Kai walked slowly over to Ava, shooting sideways glances at the four of us adults who were sitting around the table. Kai got up to Ava, looked at us again, and then leaned in reallllyyy close to Ava and hissed in her ear, "JUST SAY IT." She paused a moment while we all tried hard not to completely crack up. Ava looked up at Kailey and Kai whispered again, "Just SAY it!" It was so conspiratorial -- Kai was really trying to show Ava the way out of her bind. I guess that's what best friends are for!


Kailey was singing songs in her room the other day and suddenly grabbed her little guitar that I bought her last summer to play me a song. As soon as she picked it up, she said, "Nonny broke it. But, it's OK." And, indeed, Nonny had broken it -- like 8 months ago when she was watching Kailey. And this is a toy she plays with somewhat infrequently. If I had a memory like that, I wouldn't need to tote a computer around with me to keep track of all Kai's stories!


Kai gets to have her first sleepover this week at Penny's house (while Eric and I are away for a night in Los Angeles). We've told Kailey about it and she is VERY excited. Every day when she wakes up she asks, "Am I going to sleep at PENNY'S house today?" This morning at breakfast she asked again and then said, "when we are done eating, can we got to Penny's house?" I told her no and explained that the sleepover was still a few days away. "Penny's house is closed today?" she clarified. Well, sure.. I suppose that's one way to put it.


Kai is now a movie aficionado. She has seen each of the Toy Story movies multiple times and LOVES them. She sleep talks about Woody, Buzz and Jesse. She plays pretend with a Jesse pez dispenser and a Buzz bank (Eric took the sawzall to it and cut off the bank part). She QUOTES the movies, walking around saying, "There's a snake in my boot!" and cracking up. And she LOVES Jesse's song from Toy Story 2. The other day when I was sick in bed with the stomach flu, she cuddled next to me, rubbing my head, and singing me the song. It was very comforting and adorable. And, once I was feeling better, I asked for a repeat performance so I could get the song on video:


Kai is a total California girl. We've had a VERY wet year and everytime it rains, Kai has to completely suit up -- raincoat, boots, umbrella. If she was a Oregon girl, it'd be gortex and she'd be out the door.