Friday, November 28, 2008

Mathmetician and magician

Last night I made Jessica a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Sometimes she likes them cut into pieces and sometimes she wants it whole (but NEVER with the crusts). So, I asked her if she wanted 4 small pieces or 1 big piece. She answered 5 pieces. I said I couldn't do that, thinking I couldn't cut 4 equal pieces. So I cut the sandwich in half, and then into quarter. She then told me to cut one of the quarters in half for: 5 pieces!

Then, this morning she wanted pancakes. It was a daycare day, which means we run around like crazy things trying to get out the door in time. I told her I didn't have enough time to make pancakes from scratch, but there were a few leftover from last time we'd made them. She complained a little when I put only 4 (silver dollar sized) on her plate. "I want more," she said. Again, I explained about the time limit.

A few minutes later she said, "Look, Mom! I made more!" I looked at her plate and she had cut the 4 pancakes into pieces. Yep, there was now more then 4 pancakes.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Jessica in the current issue of Family Fun. Sort of looks like a fish out of water, huh? ; )

In her recent shoot for the March 2009 issue of Wondertime, an article about picky eaters. (Blurry because I couldn't use the flash while the real photographer was shooting). She's "pretending" to hate brussel sprouts.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Introducing....the -Ator family

Hari's nickname for Xander is the Nikalator. Don't ask me why. Then Jessica became the Jessinator. Well, now Jessica is calling us the Mominator and Dadinator.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Infinite Loop

As much as I hate to admit it, Jessica likes Barbie and stuff related to Barbie. This includes these animated Barbie movies, of which there seems to be an almost unlimited quantity. I've somehow gotten myself into a bit of a situation with these movies.

We get them from the library. Unlike the books, which carry no fine (and which I'm probably at this point known as the lady who never returns her books on time), the DVDs rack up $1/day for late fines. Being as frugal as I am, I am never late with the movies. However, I am lazy, in that I never seem to be able to get to the library before I pick Jessica up from preschool (which is right across the street from the library). Therefore, we always end up returning the DVD after I pick her up. And every time she asks for a new movie. By 3:30 I'm pretty tired and worn down, and saying no is not a battle I wish to have. So she gets a new movie.

I may be able to get off the hook this week, though. We've been returning the movies on Tuesdays, because that's the day we took out the first one. However, the library is closed this Tuesday, so it's not due till Wednesday. I just have to figure out how to get to the library without Jessica on Wednesday, since she's not in school at all.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

"And (she) was a beautiful butterfly"

--the Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle

I couldn't get a good shot of the wings.

(Note the CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS behind her, in the Mall, on HALLOWEEN).

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

I don't know who was more upset today

Me or Jessica. However, if you had to base it on the amount of screaming, crying and struggling, I would say it was her.

It was check-up day. Last year she had 4 shots and she remembered every single minute of it. This year she had 2 shots and a blood draw. I needed to get some of my own blood drawn, so I had put it off so we could do it together so she could see it wasn't a big deal. That didn't work out as I had hoped. In fact, it might have freaked her out more, if that was possible.

The good news is she's a healthy 5 year old who doesn't eat enough vegetables. And a friend told me no more vaccinations till high school! Woohoo! At least by then she'll be a more rational human being. Well, about shots anyway.

39 lbs

After last year's Screamfest, I told Hari he was taking her this year because it was awful, holding her down for shots. It wasn't much better this year, but I thought about it beforehand and decided to let her choose who she wanted to take her. After all, it wasn't about me, it was about her. She wanted Mommy, so she got Mommy.

And a new toy. Daddy probably wouldn't have done that.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Pretend real life

I love it how Jessica doesn't want to listen to anything I say to her but she'll happily play "mom" and "daughter" with a friend and listen to whatever her pretend Mom says. Maybe if I can persuade her that I'm just her pretend Mom telling her to brush her teeth and get dressed, she'll do it.

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Being played (TMI warning)

Jessica is playing me for a sucker. Ever since she was potty-trained I've been wiping her when she poops. I don't actually know why I've been agreeing to this, other than the mistaken idea that she couldn't wipe herself properly.

Yesterday she had a playdate with Kemper & Rowan, while Hari and I went for a tour of Waltham with their father. When I got back, Kristin announced that she had pooped and then wiped herself without even asking for assistance.

Things are going to be changing in our house, I can tell you that.