Monday, February 6, 2012

on the sixth: sitting and swinging and coughing

Aunt Judy picked up this Sit 'n Spin for Cate at the DI on Saturday. $1.50!

Cate sat on it and said, "Look! People sit on it and they spin!" Looks like Sit 'n Spin was the perfect name for that thing.

A little friend came over to play this morning. Those girls are too cute together. They immediately started pushing doll strollers around the house, like they're just drawn to them. Cute little mommies taking care of their babies.

Ray Ray, Cate and I made a little stop at the park this afternoon. It was chilly and extremely sunny and not the least bit windy so I figured we'd be ok. It was all Cate's idea anyway. Ray Ray was pretty happy about it too.

The park. IN FEBRUARY. I'm still not used to this weird winter stuff we're experiencing. I guess I should stop worrying about the no snow situation and just be happy about a half hour at the park on a brisk February afternoon. It could be a lot worse.

And bonus points to me for having a spare cup in the car (the big 44 ounce refillable soda kind). The park bathrooms are locked from October until April and a certain little someone needed to empty her bladder shortly after arrival. Don't worry. I carry anti-bacterial wipes. Everybody's clean.

I even had an hour of quiet time this afternoon (while both kids were awake in their bedrooms!) to work on Danny's Valentine's. He's got to take some to class on Friday so I wanted to get a head start. I only ruined 2 glow sticks when I tried to insert them into the light saber handle. You've got to be very careful with those things. No bending at all or CRACK and then they start glowing.

And then Cate started coughing.

Coughing and coughing and coughing. So much that she'd puked twice by the time Dan came home from work. It has nothing to do with playing at the park in the cold either. I googled it. Bill Nye even said so. You don't catch a cold from being in the cold. If Ray Ray gets sick too then maybe I'm wrong. Or maybe it's because he spent most of the day around Cate inside the house and he caught her germs that way.

While Dan bathed the little ones I went to Target to get some cough medicine. Looks like it's not recommended for kids under 4. Even for ages 4-6 the label says to ask the doctor first. Sheesh. While I was there I passed a guy talking to his whiny kid. I swear this is what I heard him say. "If you cry I'm not gonna let you take your inner child to bed with you." Weird right? I'm thinking he said something else but that's really what it sounded like to me. I think I need my ears checked.

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I'm thankful for my cute little girl and her enthusiasm for the swings and going down the slide head first (although that one makes me extremely uneasy).

Making her happy (even if it means sitting on a cold park bench instead of folding laundry from the warmth of my own bedroom) makes me happy.

Here's hoping we all get a good night's sleep and she feels much better in the morning (or else I'm going to feel really badly about taking her to the park...even if it was all her idea).


Janell R. Cropper said...

Pretty sure those Valentines may be some of the cutest things I've ever seen. Good work :)

Cathy said...

Aren't they perfect? Too bad I can't come up with great ideas like that on my own.

Sell...Party Of 4 said...

I just have to say that you have to be the best Aunt ever. One day I want to be able to take my nieces to do fun stuff, and babysit, and love on them. You are a great example.

Rachel@I Heart Crafty Things said...

Those Valentines's are the coolest ever! I've been reading through your blog and I love that you write every day. I can tell what a dedicated and wonderful Mother you are.