Saturday, 21 July 2007

He's really growing up

I turned around recently and realised just how big Doo Dah is getting. Apart from the obvious -weighing more than 3 times his birth weight and being more than 70cm long, he has really grown up a lot lately. He has some new party tricks, like, he eats, he sits and he chats. But he also pays more attention to things going on around him. He doesn't just smile and laugh all the time, rather he giggles when he is tickled, and he smiles AT his big brother. He lets us know when he wants more of something - food, sleep or games. It doesn't take long for them to go from being a helpless newborn to a big 7 monther. It is such a joy to watch them grow and develop. My mother-in-law summed it up beautifully the other day when she said "Oh! He's becoming a person". Mum always says that "they get good". I think we are starting to see the beginning of the good phase. Bless you little man.

Thursday, 19 July 2007

The rise of Dicky Knees

When we named Doo Dah, before we finalised the choice, we thought about the possible nicknames he might have. We came up with nothing too terrible.

For safe measure, we ran his name by the 8 and 10 year old niece and nephew. Figuring this would be the age of playgroup taunts at their best, if it got past the 8-10 year thought police, we would be on a winner. They didn't come up with anything too rude and obnoxious. Goal!

Nugget has had another idea.

While his language development is very good for a boy of his age, he has some very strange sound substitutions. "n" for "l" is one of them. I have gotten used to "I nike it" and "I nove you Mummy" and even "Nugget Nees".

But his latest attempts at Doo Dah's name have me a little stumped - "Dicky Nees". Who'd have thought that I'd be the parent of Dicky Knees?

Two year olds are priceless.

Has your two year old put their own stamp on their siblings name? Cute? Or Nasty?

Friday, 6 July 2007

Is nothing sacred?

We have been having the usual dramas with Nugget's sleep. He is in the bed, he is out again. It goes on for hours. At times we have been so overwhelmed with everything we have given him a light smack on the nappy - to break the cycle and get him to listen to us. It does seem to work and the threat of a smack is equally successful (to a point). In typical Nugget fashion though, he has decided to take matters into his own hands. He is now administering his own smacks! He's disciplining himself. Is nothing sacred?

When we first introduced praise, he would say "Good boy Noah" after every little thing he did so that this became a useless form of behaviour management. Then we introduced the "naughty corner" and before too long he started taking himself to the naughty corner after every little thing he did wrong. And now this - Self-discipline. You don't read about this in the baby books, but then, nothing Nugget has ever done has been well-represented in the baby books! He really is a fascinating child.

We love him dearly, smack him very rarely and still wish that something we did would help him sleep.
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