Posts Tagged ‘toddler’

A Big Day

December 9, 2010

Today was Clare’s annual well visit at the Pediatrician’s office.  We all know that what that means …booster shots!

Clare really does enjoy going to the “Cough Doctor” as she calls him, much more so than the “Needle Doctor” (AKA the Allergist).  Well, after today, I’m wondering if she’ll have a different name for the “Cough Doctor”.

We hyped this day up for Clare.  She went to bed last night wondering if she would weigh in at 38 pounds as she stepped on the scale (“the scale with the Elmo sticker on it!”).  We read the book “The Bernstein Bears Go to the Doctor” so Clare could see how well sister Bear did with her booster shot.

Clare was quite happy as we arrived at the Pediatricians.  The scale she was asked to use this time had Thomas stickers on it…we love Thomas the Train.  She kept watching the numbers edge just slightly above 37 and finally stop at 37.2 pounds.  No jump for joy as she would have had it hit the big 38 mark, but all was just fine.

They checked her eyesight and hearing which she liked a lot.  Then, once in the exam room, the nurse gave Clare a little paper sheet with teddy bears on it to cover herself up in.  That hit home with me how grown up she is getting!

The doctor came in and while talking about the booster shots which Clare would be getting, he made the comment about how this visit is usually tough for 4 year olds.  Keep in mind that for her 3 year shots, she didn’t cry at all.  Then as the doctor was looking over Clare’s info, an unpromising look came across his face as he realized Clare would need to get 5 shots.  Note to self…this may result in an unhappy child.

I held Clare down on the table while the nurse jabbed those little legs with the shots.  Our big girl yelled and cried SO hard.  Of course I could not stop the tears from rolling down my cheeks as I was holding her down.  The nurse made a comment under her breath about Clare being a strong one.   Once the shots were done, thankfully, Clare stopped crying immediately.  Shew!

The three of us went about our day.  I dropped Clare off at school before Robert and I both headed back to work.  As I was working, around 4:00, I got a picture message of Clare eating a gingerbread cookie.  I knew exactly where she was…Sweet Loralee’s Bakery at the Factory!  Which meant she probably had been to the Jumpin’ Bean.  A huge smile was instantly on my face.  Robert left the office early to pick up Clare (yes, Clare has the coolest Daddy!!) and took her to one of her favorite spots to spend a couple hours with Daddy.  Why?  “Because she had a big day.”

 

A treat with Daddy after a big day

A Treat with Daddy

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The Making of a Jack-O’-lantern

October 30, 2010

Step One:  Find the perfect pumpkin(s)…

Pumpkin Pickin'

Somebody found her some pumpkins

Step Two:  Enjoy the Pumpkin Patch (a must!)…

My favorite pumpkin of all

My Pumpkin

Fun times at the Pumpkin Patch

Fun times at the Pumpkin Patch

Step Three:  Get Paint (thank you to my partner-in-crime for battling Walmart on a Saturday!)

Step Four:  Prep the Pumpkins…

Prepare to Paint!

Prepare to paint!

Step Five:  Begin to Paint!

Our Little Artist

The Rainbow Pumpkin

Our little Artist

Decorating the pumpkin just right!

...putting on the finishing touches

Putting on the finishing touches

Operation Pumpkin Painting

Operation Pumpkin Painting

Step Six:  Make the True Jack-O’-Lantern…

Jack-O'Lantern, Complete!

Hello Jack-O'-Lantern!

Step Seven:  Display the Masterpieces and Get Ready for Halloween!

Ready for Halloween!

Boo!

Purple and Pink

August 1, 2010

A Sunday afternoon with just Clare and Mommy—say no more.

Clare  gave an emphatic “Yes” when I asked her last night if she would like to go get her toes painted today.  “I know, Mommy, how about I get purple and you get pink?!”

This is only the second time I’ve taken her to the nail salon and the first time I’ve actually gotten my nails done with her.  Clare picked out our colors and propped herself in the spa chair as if she knew exactly what to do.

She sat as still as could be as she watched her toes undergo their pedicure.  😉

Clare's Pedicure

The nail tech was awesome…when finished, she lifted Clare out of the chair and carried her over to the “drying” table.  I sat beside Clare and she looked down at my toes and made the comment of how beautiful our toes were but she REALLY liked her purple toes better than my pink toes.  😉

"Look at our Beautiful Toes!"

She discovered the candy bowl sitting on the table and asked me if she could have a lollipop.  As I gave it to her, she asked if this was one that had gum inside…how she knew what a Blow Pop was, I have no idea?!  Sure enough, there was gum inside (except she got tired of it before she got to the good part).

Somebody found the candy bowl!

She waited patiently for her toes to dry and made the comment that I should have brought my own flip flops like she did—“that way you could wear them home like me!”.

As we walked out the door of the Nail Salon she said “Ahhh, I can’t wait to show Daddy our beautiful toes!”.

Another wonderful Sunday.

A Carefree Sunday

July 25, 2010

As typical for July in North Carolina—it is  piping hot.  This weekend was no exception with 103 degree days both Saturday and Sunday.

Clare LOVES her park outings on the weekends; we headed out super early both days in an attempt to beat this intense heat.  The hot sunshine didn’t seem to slow Clare down in the least bit.  She rode her bike, swung on the swings and actually took off running with Robert and me on the greenway trails.  When we got back home this morning, she wanted to play in the yard with her Sprinkler Ball (thank you, Baby Will!). Talk about FUN—she had a ball!

It’s no surprise that she napped afterward (albeit 45 minutes).  Last weekend, Clare and her Daddy went to the local ice cream shop where Clare had her very first ice-cream cone (it’s always been in a bowl)!  She woke up this morning asking if we could go get ice-cream today (“but, pleeeease?”).   The deal was that if she napped, we would take her to  get ice-cream.  Easy to guess how this story ends, huh?!  😉

Dr. Clare

April 17, 2010

On Friday, we had to take Clare to see the “Cough Doctor” to reassure ourselves that her persistent cough was nothing more than allergies to the relentless, record-breaking pollen (“ponlen” in Clare-speak).   She has a Mickey Mouse stethoscope which she absolutely loves to play with.  She decided to take this with her as we visited the pediatrician’s office.

The Pediatrician commented on how that was the first time that a patient actually brought their own equipment to her office.  😉  Clare observed intently as the Doctor did her exam and then when all was over, she politely asked, “Where’s my sticker?”.  They say children have the memory of an elephant…I truly believe that.  It amazes Robert and I when Clare remembers such specific details of moments that occurred well beyond yesterday.

This Doctor’s appointment made me smile and think back to a few different times when Clare’s imagination kicked in (high gear of course) and she portrayed herself as a Doctor and a Nurse.

Doctore in Training

Doctor in Training

Band-Aids for the baby doll

Band-Aids for the Baby Doll

And most recently with her pet, Franklin (AKA Frankie):

Veterinarian in training

Veterinarian in training

Time will tell…

Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on Its Way!

April 1, 2010

Is it really April already?!  My how I would LOVE for time to stand still (or at least slow down).  Not gonna happen!

This first day of April brought with it nearly 80 degree weather, blooming daffodils, the end of basketball season for the Tarheels (toughest season in a long time) and the best part about the day—the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Clare’s school.  Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, Hoppin’ down the Bunny Trail!

Off and Running

Searching for that one last egg

It doesn’t seem that long ago that were doing this same thing last year.  Again, how time flies and what wonderful memories are made…

Last Years Egg Hunt...searching hard for those eggs!

April 2009--Easter Egg Hunt


Big enough for the front seat?

February 11, 2010

This evening as I was turning in the driveway with Clare in the car, she asked if she could sit in the front seat while I pulled the car into the garage.  This was one of those little moments that I knew would totally make her day; so I let her sit in the front seat.  She instructed me to buckle her in and then lifted her head as high as she could to try and see out the front window as we pulled in the garage.  Talk about a smile!

Here’s the conversation we had later tonight as she was lying in her bed just about to fall asleep:

Clare:  “Mommy…do you think I’m getting bigger?”

Me:  “Yes, I sure do.  Do you think you’re getting bigger?”

Clare:  “Yes, I think I’m too big for my car seat, Mommy.  I really need to sit in the front seat, okay?”

Me:  “Well, kids can’t sit in the front seat until they’re 8 years old.”  I then told her that her older cousins don’t yet sit in the front seat (hoping that would make her feel better).

Clare:  With a questionable look on her face…”What classroom will I be in when I’m 8?”

Me:  “I’m not sure, Clare…you’ll be in the big kids school by then.”

Clare:  Very seriously….“I won’t be at The Goddard School?”

Me:  “No, honey, you’ll be at the big kid’s school!”

Clare:  “What color will the walls be in my Classroom?”

Me:  “I’m not sure, we’ll have to wait and see.  What color are your classroom walls now?”

Clare:  “Green”  She then rolled over and went to sleep.

What goes through a toddler’s mind truly amazes me.  Since turning 3, every single day she has a new word, new sentence and new expression.  Each day I’m taken aback and reminded how quickly they really do grow up.  Before I forget this moment tonight, I wanted to be sure it got written down.

Cannot wait to see what tomorrow brings.

Nap No More

January 24, 2010

Each weekend it becomes harder and harder to get the big girl down for a nap.  I know it’s common for toddlers  to outgrow their naps but Clare is one toddler that NEEDS that nap.  She naps every day at school…no problem.  I suppose it’s because all her friends are napping with her…that “pack mentality”.

This weekend was no different…she tried to close those eyes for an afternoon siesta on Saturday but soon became giddy resulting in me throwing in the towel and enjoying her company.  😉  She hammed it up for the camera…

Clare's Gang...all covered up for nap time

"But my eyes ARE closed, Mommy!"

Playtime! 😉