Wednesday, February 9, 2011

New Milestones

Avalon has hit some interesting milestones here as of late. I know that most kids reach most of these milestones but when your own kid does it, it's 1. way funnier 2. way sillier or 3. way more puzzling.

* Avalon has had a huge leap in the amount of imaginative play. She is better at pretending about things that are not acutally there or tangible. And in the last week and a half, she has had a new friend accompany her and I most places. "Snake" as she calls her imaginary friend goes to the store with us and plays with her and like to watch Spongebob. Today, unbeknownst to me, Max joined the group. She has a Max in her preschool class so I just assumed that is who she was talking to. But when she mentioned that Max has "sore feet" too, I wondered if she was just making that up. I asked her if Max goes to the doctor too and she replied that he came with us.

I never had an imaginary friend so the whole thing is rather new to me but I know that its not uncommom for children to have them. And for how imaginary they are to me, they are very real to her and you'd best not sit on him when you sit on the couch.

* She has also taken to throwing the biggest tantrums ever! For example, last night she kept asking to go to Grandma and Grandpa's house and it was too late so we asked her if she wanted to call Grandma and she said yes but as soon as she got on the phone she started crying hysterically begging to go over. So we hung up and she got progressively worse. Soon she was shrieking at the top of her lungs. She had the option of going to her room to calm down or time out. She wouldn't choose so I put her in time out with the warning that if she wasn't calm when the buzzer went off she would get another minute(This happens from time to time so she knows I'm serious). When the buzzer went off she was calm and we discussed why we couldn't go over that evening but that she was gonna spend the next afternoon at Grandmas. The worst part though: Jeff and I couldn't keep a straight face for any of it. Its hard for us to keep a straight face whenver she gets imeout because its so far and few between that she actually does anything requiring punishment.

I think also because these tantrums are rather new to us, we just didn't know how to react and it was amazing that she could be so emotional.

* She also has taken to talking her own little language, mostly gibberish. I always ask her what she is saying and she'll translate. Today however, she said, "That's how you say it in Spanish." Yes I have a degree in spanish and occasionally give her commands in Spanish but I don't beleive I have ever once said, "That's how you say it in Spanish."

* Today she gave me a huge kiss square on the lips complete with teeth, spit and smushing of faces. "That's a princess kiss," she smiled proudly.

* Lastly, Avalon is asking me questions I really don't want to answer. Holding a newborn of one of the other mother's in her preschool class. Walking away, she said, "We should get a baby like that one."

"Oh really?"

"Yeah, How do we do that?"

"I don't know. I'll let you know when I figure it out."


  1. "I'll let you know when I figure it out" -- Now THERE'S a great answer for.... everything.

  2. I used that when I was teaching and had questions I didn't know right off hand. You don't lose all credibility that way.