Sunday, March 26, 2006

A few profound moments in recent days

Because my scattered focus precludes me from vignette production, I offer these brief observations front the life of kks.

#1 While working in the home office, kks played with puzzles and playing cards in the living room. We made eye contact as I came out to check on her--the she proceeded to sprint past me shouting, "I gotta go poopy! I gotta go poopy!"

She made it to the poopy. We encourage that activity in this household.

#2 Kks grasps privileges. No movies until toys are placed in their proper containers. No treat until you sit on the potty, and so on. I like negotiation. Since I never pursued the fantasy of being a baseball general manager, I negotiate now with a three year old, and I get my kicks that way. I can hear my mother, Dr. Spock, or someone else saying not to negotiate with a three year old (or maybe I'm making this up). On this topic, I'm going for enjoyment. Let's negotiate, munchkin.

#3 Kks is getting into doing chores. She set the table today. If we ate together more often, we might be able to use this skill to its full potential. At least she eats dinner with us on most days. I wonder how long it is before she can fetch me a beer...

Friday, March 10, 2006

Annual check up for kks

We went to the doctor today for the annual "well child visit." Kks remembers the doctor, not because of the health care he gives, but because of the balloons he gives. At least she remembers.

Vital statistics for this 3-year-old

40.5 inches (100th percentile)
37 pounds (85th percentile)

The doc asked a few developmental questions.

Can she brush her teeth? Yes--if I brush my own teeth simultaneously. She is able, but it is still difficult.
Can she wiggle her thumb? Yes, after I showed her what to do. She thought is was damn funny.
Can she put on a t-shirt? Depends on how good her aim is on that particular day.
Can she walk on her tip-toes? Okay--enough performing, doc and dad.

This was not a complete developmental screening. However, the Sioux Falls School District does free developmental screening so that they can deal with any issues before Kindergarten starts. It's nice to know Sioux Falls can do something well--I'll reserve my judgment until after the screening.

Kks did receive her balloon--two heart balloons twisted together to form a butterfly.