Looking back over the last three years, I can definitely say I have been extraordinarily lucky. My beautiful baby turned three in November. If you haven't seen an adorable baby lately, I invite you to review her on YouTube. Just search for amacrine72.
I, of course, am doing many things I said I would never do as a parent. First - activities. She JUST turned three and is in dance class and I have been looking into swimming, Spanish, gymnastics, and martial arts. Things she does not really need. She will start kindergarten in 2015 and I am already looking into pre-schools thinking she is a genius who should be nurtured as such. Well, I was until I read a great article in Slate that pointed out pre-schools only really make a difference to the poor disadvantaged. She is neither. And surprised me yesterday by spelling her name backwards and telling me how many E's are in her middle name. Incidentally, I don't talk to her about her middle name. I wonder if they do at school. So, maybe she's not a genius, but she is pretty bright.
We stopped at the CVS last night and she was checking out the magazines. She named all the colors on the cover of a cooking magazine (stuffed peppers) then we had to count the "gross" stuffing. She thought they were grossed out pumpkins for Halloween. I am amused at her desire to count and classify things.
My current gripe is the Pillow Pet people which leads me to the SECOND thing I said I'd never do: indulge her. They advertise on the kid channel we get on the free TV. Pillow Pets, CuddleUpIts, Stompeez, Dream Lites, and now Glow Pets. She obsessed over the puppy Dream Lite, asked two Santas for it and sleeps with it every night. Now its the Glow Pet. And her little face is so happy and expectant when she sees the commercial that I can't think I could ever deny her something she wants so bad. But they are 30 bucks. Ack. I hate that company and their snappy jingles.
I am thinking about moving and therefore ridding myself of the extraneous and anyone who knows me knows I have a problem with clutter. Not to the point of being a hoarder, but problems. Did you know hoarders actually have a brain deficit that prevents decision-making? I wonder if as this brain ages it might slip into that. Someone please intervene if it does. In fact, if anyone wants to come intervene on my clutter issue, I would buy you lunch.
We had a great Christmas and New Year. Looking forward to our second year in the Mother Land.