Monday, August 25, 2008

Suggestibility

Jessica is very suggestible. We were driving down to the beach last weekend and she was complaining she was hot. Or cold. I forget. She's like Goldilocks that way.

Now, our van has an option where the back seats can either be controlled by the people sitting there or by the person in the front row. The person in the front row gets to decide who does the controlling. So I told Jessica how to manipulate the controls to make it colder/warmer with more/less air. She fiddled with the controls until she decided she was comfortable, and was very satisfied.

I didn't tell her the controls were set so I was the one doing the controlling and whatever she was doing didn't affect the temperature.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Keen observations

Xander was sick for a couple of days. He was very crabby, lots of screaming and screeching. Now that he's better, he's much more of a joy to have around. I was saying how I was glad that the "other baby" was gone, and that Xander must have an evil twin. To which Jessica kept saying, "But Mom, it's the same baby." Then she offered to prove it by annoying him till he screeched again.

Modesty?

Jessica doesn't mind walking around naked. But there are been several times when she's been either in the house or in a semi-public place with her underwear showing. Then she says, "Mom, I'm so embarrassed. People can see my underwear."

Stall tactics

Jessica has become a champion staller. It doesn't matter what it is, she always has a reason not to do something when asked, or to ask for 2 more minutes. This happens every morning when trying to get her dressed, hair combed, teeth brushed. What she frequently says is "Wait a minute, wait a minute, I have something to tell you."

My inevitable reply is a deep sigh, and then, "What?"

This morning, her response was "Well, I don't like to do things I don't like to do."

Friday, August 1, 2008

Alert! Alert!

This is Jessica's new way of informing us something is going on that she thinks shouldn't be. Usually it pertains to Brother, who may, for example, be holding choking hazards, or there may be an insect of some type in the house. I have no idea where she picked it up, but it kind of makes me feel like I'm on Star Trek.