Friday, May 25, 2012

Toilet monsters and three bite charts

So we're into some gross stuff lately. Like bugs for instance. Nate has discovered the joy of bugs. Digging for them, finding them, squishing them (though he tries not to most of the time), following them and making me reveal where the bug in question is going (usually to find food or look for his mommy).  I can deal with the roly-polys, ants and worms. But that child better not start playing with spiders.

My little dirt ball

The other gross thing we're into these days is the "toilet monster." It was my brilliant idea to encourage use of the toilet over the diaper. Because the toilet monster needs to eat and drink every day, you see. Yeah, I didn't think this one through so much. There's something really disturbing about telling your child a creature eats poop and drinks pee. Nate thinks it's funny, and it is resulting in a bit more potty use, but who knows if the mental damage I'm inflicting on him is worth it. Only his future therapist knows.

My other brilliant idea was the "Three Bite Chart." Well, it wasn't so much my idea, as one I stole from But still. I put it into action! Any time my picky eater tries three bites of a new food, he gets a sticker on his chart. Ten stickers and he gets a jar of bugs to feed the toilet monster! No, I'm kidding. That's not what the toilet monster eats, silly.

The first day we had the chart, Nate got a sticker for eating my turkey cutlets. He's never eaten any meat I've prepared, so I was pretty psyched and feeling fairly brilliant. The next day he got another sticker. He ate my chicken! We were on a roll! And now, it's been like 2 weeks and we still only have those 2 stickers. At this rate, it doesn't look like he'll get a new puppy any time soon. Even the fake one I promised him.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Letter to Natey

Dear Baby Monkey,

This is my first very late letter (almost one week!) and I feel so guilty. Even though you won't read them for years and years to come. But we've been busy lately. Planting flowers, skinning knees, creating more sticker charts, blowing bubbles, bugging the dog. You know, very time consuming stuff.  

You continue to be just about the sweetest child on the planet (except when you're not, of course). You give me tons of hugs and kisses. Lately you've been randomly telling me that I'm pretty. I don't know if Daddy has been secretly training you, or what, but it's super cute. I received not one, but three Mother's Day cards from you. 2 hand made at school, one with a little help from Daddy. Best cards ever. I'm so lucky to have you as my son, Nathaniel. (Not because you gave me three cards, but because you are you.)   

The things that make you the most excited on an average day are art projects involving markers, playing games on the computer, going to the park and shredding. Not like on a mountain. Like paper. You know, old bills. Normal toddler stuff. 

In some ways you have started to seem more shy. You suddenly seem a bit uncomfortable around lots of new people for example. Often quieter around people you don't know very well. But then in other ways you seem bolder. And you are really ALL about music and performing. And not just for mom and dad. For other family members, friends, and anyone who will watch you. It's hilarious.  You dance, play air guitar, work the stage, sing and scream. Maybe a little piano in there too.

I feel like I've been a bit lax lately teaching you things in the reading/writing/numbers realm.  The other night I finished dinner before you did and so started writing out some three letter words for you to sound out. I wrote CAT, and you immediately knew it was cat. Same with HAT. I was so excited! I wrote BAT and you shouted "BUG!" Apparently I use the same words over and over again when we play this game and you've been taking note. Memorized the word and guessed based on the first letter. It's funny, because you know the sound that every letter makes, and you can say the sounds slowly, "Buh, Ah, Tuh" but with the exception of a few times (I think), you haven't been able to make that jump to sounding out the word. I feel like once it clicks, you'll be on fire.  I'll be in trouble though, since I like to spell all of the naughty words I use. I guess I'll have to switch to pig latin soon.

And I still think you're hilarious. I know I say it every month, but I do. Like funnier than most adults I know. 

I love you kiddo. More than tongue can tell.


Friday, May 11, 2012

EcoFest at Clark Botanical Garden

We went back for another round of EcoFest this year. Nate and his good buddy Jason had a blast riding alligators, throwing balls and crawling under and over all sorts of earth friendly plastic apparatuses. (In other news, I just learned that "apparati" is not a word. Shocking, right? I'm sure I'll find out next that "feti" isn't a word either.) 

And of course, Nate had to take a little time to practice his Tebow.

Then of course there was the mandatory cockroach petting, high-fives with frogs and running around like little maniacs. Basically, lots of edventures. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Hardcore T-ball

I know I have been severely neglecting the blog since I started working again. My time is now super limited and I figure it is better than neglecting the real-life Nater Tot.  Here are some spring action shots for our small, but loyal fan base...   
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Minus little faces

I made the mistake of presenting Nate's food to him the other day in the form of a face.

He's now demanding faces at every meal. So he's getting hummus hair, apple cheeks, ketchup goatees and peanut butter tongues. It's really annoying.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Somebody likes their big boy bed


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