Talking With Tots (Vol. 1)

Linking up with Silica this week at The Adventures of McBaby – so if you enjoy hearing how little minds work, hop over for some more toddler gems. 🙂



While eating dinner one night this week:

Monster: Mommy, how many kids do you have?
Me: Three.
Monster: Who are your kids?
Me: You and the twins that are still growing in my belly.
Monster: You forgot to count Daddy.

While pausing for breath while he was talking to Daddy:

Daddy: One day you’re going to need to learn to stop and think before you start talking.
Monster: Why? So I can think of more things to talk about?

While eating this for dinner earlier this week:

Monster: I only like dinner when it has beans in it. (The boy does love beans.)


7QTs: Preschool at Home, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, and Nesting

So I started this on Friday and now here it is Sunday and I’m finally finishing this. Oh well  – better late than never, right?

— 1 —

We started “preschool at home” last week. I wish I could say it’s been fantastic so far, but unfortunately Monster and I have been taking turns being grumpy this past week, so neither of us has been super excited about it. BUT I’ve slept well the last couple nights (so I’m not so grumpy – yay!) and we made a trip to the library today to pick up some more books for preschool today – so I’m feeling better about next week’s lessons. We are loosely following “26 Letters to Heaven” by Sarah Parks. The mommy blogosphere I follow has raved about it, so I bought it last summer when it was on sale.

I’m still forming an opinion on it – so far I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it either.

With the twins making their debut in less than a month, I have low expectations for “preschool” this year. My goals are just for Monster to be able to recognize all the letters of the alphabet (both upper and lowercase), count to 20 or 30 and be able to recognize all the numbers up to that point, and learn the “Our Father”.

I’d also like to introduce him to some logic games as well, which might be a bit ambitious since he’s only 3…but if you got any suggestions for age appropriate logic games I’m all ears! 🙂

He couldn't start "preschool" until his pocket was full of pens

He couldn’t start “preschool” until his pocket was full of pens

— 2 —

This past week I went to the dermatologist to get a sore looked at on my hand. Based on my internet research I diagnosed myself with skin cancer. The doctor concurred with my self diagnosis, so he did a quick biopsy and rushed my results (not because it’s an emergency but because it’s way easier to get taken care of while the twins are still in utero). The results came back positive today for squamous cell carcinoma. Which means I got to go have it removed at zero dark thirty on Tuesday morning. All of this is really no big deal (I am fair-skinned and it runs in my family) because honestly most skin cancers are very easily treatable when caught early BUT what is a big deal that depending on how much skin they have to remove I may need to wear a splint for 2 weeks. Did I mention it’s on my right hand? And that I’m right-handed. That won’t be inconvenient at all…

— 3 —

While the nurse was explaining the does and don’ts of splint wearing during my initial appointment, she said “You won’t be able to play the piano, ride a bike, get it wet, or pick up anything heavier than 10 lbs for 2 weeks.”

Those were her initial instructions to me. In her defense, she did tell me that she doesn’t like children and I could tell Monster’s presence was ruffling her (Monster was actually being really well-behaved during my appointment and the doctor got a kick out of talking to him).

After receiving those instructions I chuckled to myself. I told her none of those things would be a problem (although the not getting it wet will obviously be a bit of an inconvenience). So I asked, “will I be able to type?”, knowing the answer would probably be no (which it was). Total bummer. I currently work part-time outside of the house and was planning to continue doing so for two more weeks (assuming the twins stay in that long) – but I’m not sure how much value I’ll be providing if I can only type with one hand. I still get a chuckle out of those instructions – I probably would have started out with the “no typing, good luck cooking dinner….” and gone from there.

Anyway – we’ll definitely be keeping our fingers crossed and sending up a few prayers over here so that I don’t have to wear a splint. Because the list of things I can do while hugely pregnant with twins is pretty minimal already and in my opinion I really don’t need it reduced down even farther! 🙂

— 4 —

 I started “Cutting for Stone” this week from my 2014 Reading List. It was recommended by several people – I knew it was about twin brothers in Ethiopia who become doctors. I don’t want to give any spoilers away, but I will say I probably should have waited to start reading it until after I have the twins.

— 5 —

I’ve been trying to “plan ahead” for Christmas this year, since I’m not sure what my sanity will be in those first few months after the twins arrive. I think I’m almost done shopping for Monster – which is definitely a new personal record for me! Santa doesn’t go crazy and bring lots of gifts, so that makes it easy too. Also, Target is currently clearancing “big boy” bicycles with training wheels and I saw one I think Monster will love (and he’ll definitely need one for next summer because he’s sort of too big for his Radio Flyer trike), so that helped too!

— 6 —

I still have a list of things that should be done already that aren’t, which includes (but is not limited to): packing my hospital bag, having the house in some semblance of order, finalizing the twin’s names, and installing the carseats. Clearly, these babies NEED to stay in the womb at least a couple more weeks. 😉

— 7 —

We are also still finalizing our names for these babies. One of my favorite suggestions that other people have given me is that we should let Monster pick a name/help decide on names. I don’t know if these people haven’t been around a 3-year-old in a long time or if Monster is just a goofball, but that suggestion is just not happening. When asked what he thinks the twin’s names should be he says “Garbage Taker Outer” and “Sawwer” (as in someone who saws things). Here’s hoping he doesn’t insist on calling them that once they’re born!

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