Archive for July, 2007


July 28, 2007 By: turtlegirl Category: Claire

Now, I don’t actually understand why restaurants and stores sometimes give balloons to kids as they leave.  Most end up going up, up, up before you even get your kid to the car.  I decided to give in tonight because Claire had peed and was trying to take off her shorts and diaper and streak through the store. 

The nice woman gave her a yellow balloon and it did its trick of distraction.  I tied it to her arm and we left the store, changing her diaper as we got to the truck. 

After getting settled into the front seats, Devon grabs Claire’s balloon so that it is safer for me to drive home.  Claire freaks out, demanding her balloon and whining that we took it away.  We explain to her that we are two minutes from home and she can have it back then.

I turn right out of the parking lot, drive a mile south, turn left onto the main street to our house, then make another left into our complex.  Claire, recognizing the intersection, immediately screams "we’re home – i want my balloon back!"

After relishing in the glory that is my intelligent, young daughter, we further explain that the car needs to be stopped before she can have the balloon.  Claire cheers the whole way home, getting increasingly excited as we near the house.  Outbursts of clapping ensue as we pull in the driveway.  "We’re home, we’re home!" 

potty training 201

July 28, 2007 By: turtlegirl Category: Claire, Parenthood

Claire has been potty training for about a year now and we’ve experienced forward and backward momentum.  She is very vocal about, well, everything, but she loves to run around shouting pee pee and poo poo or poopy.  I had thought that teaching her the lingo and having her express herself would help to support her training, but it has primarily only provided humorous moments.  Specifically, when we are in a quiet place and screams "poopy come out my bum" while grabbing her cheeks.

Friday I was home from work and decided to put Claire in panties instead of diapers.  We quickly went through the first pair and had a nice discussion about not peeing our pants.  I tried to explain – again – how we sit on the potty when we have to pee.

Pair #2:  We continue training while having a snack on the couch.  Suddenly, I notice that my leg is wet.  Crap!  No, not really, just pee, but come on!  We clean ourselves off, then have Claire help me clean up the couch (which means she watched, while I did the work).  I prop the couch cushion up in the kitchen to dry, knowing that I would sit it the wet spot at least three more times if it was left in position.

Another talk – "Claire, don’t pee on the couch – pee in the potty".  Claire:  "no pee pee couch".  OK, hopefully that sunk in.

Claire puts a new pair of panties on and I prop her up on a pillow in the empty spot on the couch.  We read a few books and she entertains herself for a little while as I browse newspaper adds.  Claire slides off the couch, stands at my feet, and states "no pee pee couch".  Yes Claire, we don’t pee on the couch.  Then I realize that she’s not verbalizing her earlier lesson – she’s telling me "Hey mom, I had to pee and remembered to get off the couch first!" 

I thank her for not peeing on the couch (or pillow) and we return to the bathroom.  This time, though, we proceed to the bedroom and grab a diaper.  Claire decides to take a nap…

and I retreat to a much needed break.

Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows

July 23, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Literature


I, like the millions of others, waited with bated breath for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. (Actually it was more like trying to bust my butt to finish the book I was reading and dreading going back to work 40 hours after I got my hands on the new book!). I talked to my friends and wondered what would happen. I speculated (as we all did that Hermione & Ron HAD to hook up, that Harry would die in the end, that Snape just had to be good, and Draco might be good too, and that Dumbeldore could not be dead) what would happen in that final book. My friends and I bantered back and forth about it.

I got the book around 2pm Saturday itching to begin reading, and I actually started it as we drove away from the mall. Donna asked if I was going to begin reading immediately, and I just gave her a look like… ummm we’ve waited for YEARS for this exact moment, and then I broke the spine. She wanted to clothes shop for her new job so we spent 2 hours in ROSS and I was 100 pages through with the book by the time we left there. It stormed when we got home and Donna suggested I sit on the dark porch and read with raining rolling off the roof above me; I loved the idea! I read another 250 pages before I was falling asleep reading. It was good and there was some cool things going on.

Sunday morning I had to go to work until noon. I took the book with me. What if I had to use the toilet? I could read what I walked (or sat) there. Claire napped when I got home and I shut myself in the bedroom. Later she woke up and we had dinner. I couldn’t read while I ate, but I sure did read standing up in the kitchen while I cooked. I was 2/3 done now! I was on a roll. My brother-in-law called around 6pm. I told him what I reading and I made a wild goal outloud. I told him I would not go to bed until I was done with it. Totally done. My wife raised one wary eyebrow and didn’t comment.

Claire went to bed. I began to read again. As the night wore on and my shoulders ached from laying across the bed propped up, my eyes got heavy. I knew it had to be getting late. Donna had let me alone (Thank you!) and I read, I read about the final battle, who died and who lived, what speculations I made were true and which were false, and I finished the book. Read the whole damn thing in 10 hours.

Most of the book wasn’t better or worse than I wanted. There were only two real parts were I cheered and my heart lept. One was at the very end. You’ll know when you get there. Great book. Nice capstone. Wonderful. Wasn’t my favorite HP book. That would be Order of the Phoenix (no, I’ve not see the movie yet), followed by Prisoner of Azkaban.

I will have one spoiler here. Just one. But I’ve warned you. I LOVED when Molly Weasley called another character a BITCH before attacking her and beating the warted toads out of her!!! Go Mrs W!

An update

July 21, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Claire, Leisure, Parenthood, Work

I’m a heel. Nothing else I can tell you really. I looked at this site today and realized it’s been about 3 weeks since I wrote anything. I promise one of those weeks I had a very good excuse. And I guess that’s a good enough place to begin this post. With a new computer. After Seattle, Claire and I got back into the swing of things, and I made a very long list of all the stuff I had to do before the students came back to school. One morning I began working on that list while Claire was running around the house playing. In my PJs I set myself up with my work books, my papers, my duffel of all the stuff I knew I would need in the summer at home (that I hadn’t even unzipped), my laptop and my coffee. Yes, dear reader, I know you see where I am going with this. Coffee+laptop/2year old throwing a ball in the house=Oops. Claire threw a ball that then bounced backwards and landed square on the full coffee cup that was way too close for Donna’s comfort. The coffee flipped up and over the entire laptop. There were good and bad things about my laptop. I loved it. It had character, but it was getting older like an old dog. Someday you gotta put it out of it’s misery. And I guess it was Claire’s time to help me do this. I grabbed my steaming hot, sticky keyboarded laptop and sopped coffee off of it, and ignore it all over myself. It took about 1 minute before I heard a crackling fizzle and got the BLACK SCREEN OF DEATH. I didn’t want to tell Donna that Claire killed my computer because I knew she’d believe I set the whole thing up because she didn’t believe 3 whole years was long enough between new laptops. So I think it took about a week of checking email on my Treo and sitting on my butt doing nothing before i convinced her that I needed a brand spanking new MacBook Pro. I’ve not used a Mac since I was a newspaper adviser, and I remember saving my little WordPerfect documents on floppies on the Apple IIes in the very new computer lab during high school. I gave Donna several options of computers, and she begrudgingly agreed to the upgraded, and later that night I walked out of the store with a new 2.4Ghz Due Core Processor MacBookPro. It sure does take sometime getting use to learning OSX and this keyboard after being Mr. PC since 1992.

So what else is new in our lives? Claire’s been in swimming now for over a month. She’s been doing "bubbles" where she goes under the water like a champ. She doesn’t even cry anymore. She also does gymnastics and her new instructor has been showing her more techniques. Claire’s a precocious 2 year old, and she does need redirection. My mother just laughs because of how much my daughter is like me at that age.

This past week Claire went back to day care. Last year she was a tall runt running around with boys bigger than her, and this year most of those boys have turned three and left the room. She’s now like Miss Mother Hen in there. She’s taller than everyone and bigger. The youngest kid in the room just turned one, and Claire’s her self-assigned bodyguard of sorts. Although sometimes Claire doesn’t understand the difference between her baby dolls and this "baby". The girl’s name’s Helen, but Claire calls her "baby". She comes home and rattles on and on about "Baby" this and "Baby" that. We’re all trying to teach her the difference between her Cabbage Patch baby doll she lugs around and the very really baby Helen who should not lug around at day care.

bad bad parent, me

July 11, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Work

No one to really blame about not posting by lil’ ole me. Donna’s been yoyoing between her new job and her old job, as she doesn’t begin officially for another week and a half. Then there’s me. I go back to work next Tuesday, and it feels like it gets earlier and earlier. What’s new? Well, the last post was about Claire flipping out of her crib, and I can officially say that it’s in pieces in the garage now. Her friend Eli graduated to a big boy bed, and Claire now has his old toddler bed. She loves it! She loves to go to sleep in it! She even helped me carry it into her room for her.

Now for the bigger stor. After I got back from Seattle I was ready to settle down with my daughter and kick out a ton of work to do. I made my to do list and everything, grabbed my coffee and sat down last week to get to it. Then Claire, playing with a ball, bounced it off he coffee table. It hit my coffee, which flipped onto my laptop. OMG! I ran into the kitchen to clean it off, and suddenly it shut down. Just turned off and fizzled kinda like. I spent a good part of the day trying to air it out, clean it up, and rescue everything! I was relatively successful with the data, but the laptop was fried. I felt it was going down hill after 3 1/2 years, and I when I bought the Toshiba I felt like I was buying a great machine. I definitely had my share of problems with it though. Anyway, Donna and I discussed it, discussed it, researched it, discussed it, and last night I went down to the Apple Store and bought a new MacBook Pro.

I’m eager to use it, and I don’t want to put it down, but I also know that I know diddly about Macs. Although I am quicker learner and have the basics down. I got a ton of educator discounts and free stuff with it, and the thing flies. I wonder what I should call it? I should name something this nice. Dear readers, pick a name. Post your suggestions in the comments, if any of you read this.

new beds

July 01, 2007 By: nooccar Category: Claire, Parenthood

Got home safely from Seattle yesterday, and I talked to my daughter. She said "I jump bed dada". Ummm…. "what does that mean?" I asked Donna, and it was as I feared.

Claire was whining that she wanted her expensive, silk and fluffly blankets in the livingroom where she liked to drag them all over and get dog hair on them. Donna always refuses, and told Claire that she had to get into her crib with her blankets if she wanted them. Claire quickly agreed, and Donna picked her up and stuck her in the crib. She walked out of the room and left the door open and lights on. Not even three minutes later Claire was standing in the living room with her blankets, rubbing her elbow, and giving Donna a look like "what, did you think you were trying to make it hard for me to get my own way?"

Ooops. Time to buy a toddler bed. Damnit.

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