Hey Jealousy

Widget2 is a youngest child who jealously clings to all the privileges the title “youngest” confers. As it happens, our Thanksgiving guests included a baby girl younger than him, and my son was none-too-pleased. When the girl placed her hand on my leg, Widget2 grabbed it and scolded her, “No! My¬†Daddy!” To show who was…

Wordsmith

Having been distracted by the unicorns in his head the day we taught him human anatomy, Widget1 has created his own name for the big toe. He calls it his “thumb toe.”

Birthday Surprise

What better way to celebrate Widget2’s second birthday than to shower him with gifts that horrify? The Tomy motorized Constructable stegosaurus sent him running for cover. So of course I rushed to comfort the lad in the way I know best — by chasing him down with the stegosaurus and roaring at him. Later, another…

Kiddie Slang

Tonight at dinner I heard our toddler say the word “kapeesh.” I had to look up kapeesh in a dictionary just to spell it on this blog (FYI there are multiple accepted spellings), and our toddler already knows how to say it — and not only say it, but use it correctly in conversation. How…

Life and Limb

The hospital across the street from Widget1’s new school should have been a warning sign. On the first day of kindergarten, my daredevil son fell off the monkey bars and broke his elbow. The teacher emphasized in her incident report that my son had tried to climb the bars without her help after she turned…

Brains

Do you know how hard it is to raise a child who can’t consume dairy products? We have to order pizza without cheese. WITHOUT CHEESE! Thankfully, they’ve got this almond milk ice cream we recently found that tastes a lot like the real thing. It’s also just as cold as the real thing — but…