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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Communication is key

Recently, Gibson has started asking for the things that he wants instead of shrieking at me and making me follow him all over the world to stare at kitchen cabinets.

We're all VERY happy about this development.  VERY VERY HAPPY.

Because with his burgeoning communication skills comes a happier toddler.  HE'S HAPPY.

...most of the time.  I mean, he's still Gibson.

Anyway.  Gibson and I have the following conversation roughly 27 times between 7:00 and 4:00 every day:

Gibson: Need more!
Me: More what?
Gibson: More!  Need more!  PLEEEEEEEASE!
Me: Okay, buddy, what do you need more of?
Gibson: More!  Snack!  Need snack!
Me: I can get you a snack!

And then I get him crackers, and all is right with the world.

Crackers can solve pretty much all of the world's problems, as it turns out.  Except sometimes he doesn't *really* want crackers, and he gives two-thirds of them to Ellie.  Then we have this conversation:

Me: Gibson, if you keep giving Ellie your crackers they'll be all gone.  And you're not getting any more.  No more crackers, okay?
Gibson: KAY!
Me: You eat your crackers, okay?
Gibson: KAY!  *Eats one cracker, and then keeps giving crackers to Ellie*
Me: Alright, but you aren't getting any more crackers when those are all gone.
Gibson: *feeds Ellie the last cracker* NEED MORE!  CRACKER!  PLEASE!  NEED MORE!
Me: No, you're all done.  You gave Ellie your crackers, so you're all done.
Me: Nope, you're all done.
Gibson: *tantrum*

So...communication doesn't always work in toddlerland.  Oh well.

But yesterday he was freaking out about something, and he was able to express what he needed to me!  It was wonderful.

Gibson: *freaking out* CAR! CAR! CAR!
Me: What's wrong, buddy?
Gibson: NEED MORE!
Me: More what?
Me: What do you need help with?
Gibson: CAR!  HELP!  PLEASE!  *points behind the tv stand*

It turns out that he has eagle eyes, and was able to see a tiny car in the far corner behind the tv stand.  Because he asked so nicely, I got it for him.  Except in order to get him the car, I had to move the tv and then try not to impale my humongous belly on the corner of the tv stand while I leaned over to get it.  It was a very precarious situation.

I succeeded, in case you wondered.  No belly impaling happened at all.  And Gibson said "Thank you!" when I handed him his car...without being prompted.  He's so polite.  Sometimes.

My favorite new thing that Gibson does when we have conversations is answer questions with "Sure!" instead of yeah or no.  Last night we were at Danny's band concert and had this conversation:

Gibson: Need more!  Need snack!  Cracker!
Me: You can have a snack, but maybe not crackers.  Do you want a banana?
Gibson: SURE!

It's really stinking adorable.  And it's a nice change from hearing "NO!" as the answer to every single question I ask him.

So yeah, I would say that we're all pretty pleased with the arrival of communication skills.  Now if we could just teach Ellie to tell us when she needed to go outside instead of barking her fool head off, we would obviously be the happiest family in the world!
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Me and my sinus infection

I have, yet again, failed at blogging regularly.

But I have a reason this time!  I've been sick for approximately five thousand years.

Not an exaggeration.

Also I just tried to spell exaggeration like this: exxageration.

So now you know that I'm not lying about being sick.  I would NEVER do that in good health!

Anyway, I have the sinus infection that never quits.  I mean, perseverance is a good quality.  Unless you're a sinus infection.

Our days have been filled with snot, headaches, and lots of Netflix.  YAY.

Also, Danny has worked most nights this week, which means that my adult interaction was pretty much limited to Wednesday.  Which means that I'm dangerously close to speaking in a dialect only understandable by toddlers.


Did you know that it's really hard to sleep when you can't breathe?  Because it is.  I'm so tired.

Also I spent Thanksgiving in the dark in my bed watching Gilmore Girls while both of our families had jolly good fun in my living room.  Gibson was adorable...or so I heard.

It was a sad Thanksgiving.

My extended absence from blogging means that I have approximately one million things I want to write about!  I thought about doing the longest random information post of all time, but I'm pretty sure that would overwhelm all of us.  So I'll just tell you a couple of things.

I've been trying to get Gibson to say his name.  It usually goes like this:

Me: Say "Gib"
Him: Dih!
Me: Say "son"
Him: NO!
Me: Say "Gib"
Him: Dih!
Me: Say "son"
Him: NO!
Me: Say "Gibson"

...he calls himself "DeeDee."  It's adorable.

Also he can count to 10!  Usually he forgets seven, and two and three sound the same.  And sometimes he gets really excited and just says "TEN!  TEN!  TEN!  TEN!"  But still.  So adorable.

Colors are a new obsession in our house.  Almost everything is orange.  Sometimes he can identify blue and pink, but mostly everything is orange.

Gibson is currently wearing footie pajamas and a seersucker blazer.  I told him it was his fancy jacket, and now he knows how to say fancy!  Except he says it "Sancy."  <3

Danny and I are now "Da" and "Ma."  Also, Gibson still won't say "I love you."  I'm pretty sure he thinks it means goodbye...because whenever I tell him that I love him, he says "BYE!"

He knows so many letters.  Letters are ALWAYS GOOD AND FUN!  I made him a poster with all of the letters on it, and he wants to point at the letters ALL THE TIME.

Gibson has started asking for things nicely (ish) instead of screaming at me!  HOORAY!  Although sometimes he still screams at me, but I refuse to get him what he wants until he asks for it...I know he has the words to ask for milk, a snack, water, and help, which are the things he usually needs.  It was hard at first, because he cried a lot, but now he asks more often than not!

...this is a seriously great development.  He screams less, and I follow him around the house aimlessly less.  WIN WIN!

Okay, that's enough of that.  I'll return sometime soon (or maybe a month from now, who knows) and tell you even more fun things about my life!

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