That's my kid!
Here's some homework The Kid (five and a half) did tonight. The assignment was to write a "pattern story", where there's a repeating phrase that changes slightly each time. This was her response.
Rob, on Monday, December 12, 2011 at 6:31 AM:
How sweet; she’s cute like her mommy and she’s a bit twisted like her daddy.
Overheard at home
The Kid (3 1/2) and Miz Becky are in the bathroom. Miz Becky is voicing a shark doll.
Kid: "Good morning Sharkey! How are you?"
Shark: "Good morning! I'm a little tired."
Kid: "Why are you tired?"
Shark: "Well, I was up all night. I'm nocturnal you know."
Kid: "NO. Mommy. Sharkey is diurnal."
Miz B: (hysterical laughter)
Shark: "OK, then, I'm sleepy because I just woke up."
Kid: "You should have some coffee."
Heather, on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 at 5:26 PM:
This morning's dialog
The Kid, playing with play-doh, to Miz B: I'm a baker! what do you want?
Miz B: How about a croissant?
The Kid: (sighs) I don't know how to make croissants.
D: well, at it's heart, a croissant is a simple laminary dough, made with great flour and great butter. All of the leavening comes from the water in the butter turning to steam. All you do is roll it out, fold it over several times, let it rest, and repeat a few times...
The Kid: (rolls her eyes like she's thirteen)
D: Or, um, you could roll the play-doh between your hands and bend the ends in like this.
The Kid: (nods seriously)
GeoGeek, on Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 1:45 PM:
Know your audience, David.
The Kid makes some calls
Tori, on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 4:59 AM:
I love the eyes.
And the blase look on her face when she actually makes the calls.
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 6:58 AM:
That is the preciousest!
Heather, on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 12:43 PM:
It sounds like she was calling Santa?
Either you or Becky must do a lot of nodding and distance gazing when you're on the phone. Not when you're talking to me, of course :)
David Adam Edelstein, on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 1:15 PM:
Mmm hmm. Yeah? Mmm hmmm.
Aunt Stacy, on Friday, January 16, 2009 at 7:36 AM:
She's awesome! Tell her I said that, please, oh, and give her my phone number.
And now, a message from The Kid
Can't argue with that.
Heather, on Sunday, December 28, 2008 at 9:35 PM:
It is so, so true, Kid. It's good that you realize that now. It gives you a lot more opportunity to plan for how you're going to deal with it when you're a teenager :)
stacy, on Monday, December 29, 2008 at 8:52 PM:
I love her!
Conversations with the Kid
At lunch today:
The Kid: "I saw giraffe on ceiling!"
DAE: "That's surprising, considering how small their wings are."
The Kid: "Yeah! Oh my goodness!"
heather, on Sunday, August 31, 2008 at 10:49 PM:
You should see the herd of dinosaurs that live in the trees by our house.
Thankfully Tommy the Wonder Dog keeps them all at bay so we can sleep safely inside our home while they roam the lands around us foraging for food.
nocklebeast, on Thursday, September 4, 2008 at 8:19 PM:
Oh My Goodness!
She get that from Mz. B?
The Kid is two, by the way
And I'm already embarrassing her. Today on the drive home from school:
Kid: "I had blueberry snack."
DAE: "Was it yummy?"
Kid: "Yeah. Got blueberry on my blanket."
DAE: "Uh oh."
DAE: (bluesy) "Got blueberries on my blanket...
but it still will keep me warm.
Yeah, I got blueberries on my blanket...
but it still will keep me warm.
I tried to protect it, but my blanket came to harm."
Kid: "That silly, daddy. Stop singing."
Uncle Vinny, on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 8:20 PM:
Your flow is fresh... farm fresh!
heather, on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 10:01 PM:
Oh yeah ;-) So what did you do...
a) stop singing as requested
b) remind her to say please first and then stop singing as requested
c) keep singing, louder and with a sillier voice.
Damon, on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 12:20 PM:
I'll answer that: Any father worth his salt knows that the answer is C.
Savannah, on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at 7:24 PM:
What impresses me is that you managed to embarrass her, not only so soon, but when there wasn't even anyone else around!
Happy birthday to the blueberry girl.
Or, "Dave plays with his wacom tablet".
Happy St. Valentine's Day
... to my two best girls.
Squeaky Z is very interested in her cousin's technique.
The first week with The Kid
My first week as a stay at home dad passed relatively easily for two reasons: First, Miz Becky was only planning to work half days anyway, and second, she was sick Tuesday and Wednesday, so I was only alone with the kid half of Thursday and Friday.
I think overall it's going to be easier for me to be home with the kid than it was for Miz Becky. Partially that's because she (the kid, that is, not Miz Becky) is getting progressively more aware and interactive and less binary, sleeping/screaming. Partially it's also because as the dad I don't have the instinctive mommy responses and I don't take it as personally.
One thing that's definitely more difficult is feeding. Whereas Miz Becky only really needs to know the two-to-five-minute warning signs of hunger, I really need to figure out what the twenty minute warning signs are. That's about how long it takes me to get some milk out of the fridge, put it in a bottle, and warm it to the temperature that Herself has come to expect it.
We have a project we'd like your help with. We have five frames we're planning to fill with photos of strong, smart, inspiring women role models for the kid's room, and we're looking for suggestions to add to the list. NOTE that this is not a vote; the final five will be based on our autocratic and capricious choices. However, if you know of someone who should be on the list for consideration, we'd love to hear about her.
Here's the list so far:
Aung San Suu Kyi
Gro Harlem Brundtland
Ursula K. LeGuin
Zora Neale Hurston
GeoGeek, on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 7:31 PM:
That's a great list! I'd add for consideration Ms. Gloria Steinem.
Kerry, on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 7:41 PM:
Yoko Ono (that one is from Caleb)
Uncle Vinny, on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 10:59 PM:
Are you going to have biweekly burnings of a Laura Bush effigy?
Jay, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 4:17 AM:
Our chancellor, Angela Merkel, also meets your criteria but I would not recommend voting for her because her politics and personality do not agree with me.
Ani's room has photos of her when she was (more of) a baby, and she finds them quite inspiring. At 18 months she is primarily preoccupied with enlarging her ego. A great time!
Savannah, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 4:49 AM:
Belva Lockwood (ran for President in 19th century)
Victoria Woodhull (ditto)
Bessie Coleman (first African-American woman to get a pilot's license; this one courtesy of my daughter)
Laura Z, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 7:27 AM:
You've hit a lot of the ones I would have suggested, but here are some others for consideration:
Joshua Edelstein, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 10:27 AM:
Whoopi Goldberg (I'm serious--her story's amazing)
Heather, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 12:36 PM:
Bobbin's middle name is in honour of her specifically, because I wanted her to have part of her name dedicated to one of the many strong, intelligent, and compassionate Women of Canada's history.
Heather, on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 12:41 PM:
I meant to add - the link above is just a short list of her accomplishments. Her personal story is truly inspiring. I have a book if you're interested.
Sarah, on Tuesday, October 31, 2006 at 5:05 AM:
It's interesting that Elsie MacGill designed aircraft and Bobbin has such a fasincation with planes.
As for the list, I would recommend
Fanny "Bobbie" Rosenfeld - one of the greatest woman athletes in history, won medals in a number of both track and field events (100 m, 110 m hurdles, discus, shot put, to name a few)
Rosalind Elsie Franklin - without her cyrstallographic images, Watson and Crick never would have come up with the double helix; she died of cancer in 1959 before the Nobel prize was awarded for the discovery
Ben, on Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:02 PM:
Oprah Winfrey? She has a great rags-to-using-your-talents-and-overcoming-all-odds-to-riches story.
nocklebeast, on Friday, November 3, 2006 at 6:43 PM:
um... is it too late to suggest Xena?
Laura Z, on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 7:53 AM:
I second Xena!
David Adam Edelstein, on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at 9:41 PM:
Apropos of nothing, I'll just reiterate here that this isn't a vote. Apropos of nothing.
Sheryl, on Monday, November 6, 2006 at 7:15 AM:
Great idea! As a nod to my current home country, I nominate the always controversial Hirsi Ali, and as a nod to my ethnic background, Corazon Aquino. :)
Oh and of course Susan B. Anthony (poorly designed coin ('It's not a quarter, it's a dollar') in her image be damned!)
Stacy, on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 5:08 PM:
Hey, these are all great choices...but don't forget a mirror..so she can love her self and so you can all three look in it together and see the cool family looking back at you!
Aunt Stacy in Texas
Sunfriday, on Wednesday, November 8, 2006 at 9:04 PM:
Aaron, on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 5:22 PM:
In person recently, I suggested:
And Amanda suggested:
Hildegard of Bingen
ogglieBooglieBoo, on Tuesday, February 12, 2008 at 6:05 PM:
Elizabeth, or Bessie Coleman
first african american women ever to get her license, i really need to find out the names of hr family too!!!!
The cats are nonplussed
Mostly they seem to be wondering where the loud noises are coming from...
Sarah, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 5:58 AM:
Are they both male cats? I am not sure about male animals, but female animals seem to have an instinctive nanny aspect. It can be quite uncanny.
David Adam Edelstein, on Wednesday, August 9, 2006 at 7:32 AM:
Nope, Rusty is a former girl, and she has no interest in the baby.
She's already learned to keep an eye on mommy and daddy ...
... because Mommy and Daddy are not to be trusted.
One of the best things about the birth, for me, was that we maintained our sense of humor all the way through. We're very silly people, constantly doing schtick or playing little improv games (most of which are undoubtedly entirely unfunny to other people). You may or may not have noticed.
Through the whole birth process, from our birth plan (which caused our OB/GYN to laugh so hard she had to take a moment to compose herself), to the trip to the hospital (Doula: 'OK, turn right here.' DAE: 'Bear right!' Miz Becky: [paws up to the right, little roar]), to little jokes right up to the real pushing, we kept making each other smile.
At first the nurses and doctor were a little nonplussed by this, but eventually they enjoyed it, I think. At least, they were relaxed and silly during the post-birth cleanup and whatnot.
It probably won't surprise any of you that in my top five list of things I'm looking forward to in parenthood is "having another person to do schtick with." And if my own father says he wasn't thinking the same thing before I was born... he's lyin'.
Sarah, on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 6:20 AM:
Congratulations. She's precious.
GeoGeek, on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 at 7:33 AM:
She clearly has her father's eyes...
stacy, on Friday, August 11, 2006 at 9:50 AM:
She's so darn cute! I'm showing this picture to all my friends, your girl has got some friends in Texas!