Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Guess What?

Kind of a tricky title for a blog post, no? But it goes along with the latest of Moana-isms:

Moana: "Guess what?"

Me: "What?"

Moana: (silence)

Kinda like the way a couple weeks ago she kept exclaiming, I have an idea! But then would never tell anyone what it was... lol.

So she picks up on things we do and say... no shocking surprise there. That's what 2 year olds do. The more shocking thing is that she is actually rubbing off on me too. For example, I now have purple toe nails. There is a first time for everything.
Moana is very proud of her purple toe nails and she shows them to everyone. And she says, "Just like mommy!" I guess she doesn't totally understand that this is the first time in nearly 3 years that my toe nails have seen nail polish. And since I don't own any nail polish remover they might just stay like this until it all rubs off on its own. And yes, it is January and we wear these shoes. Don't hate.

I know none of you want to hear how 'cold' it is here right now, but I will tell you this- there's not much circulation in those toes. Brrrr. Sometimes I wish I owned shoes (other than running shoes) that actually cover my feet. This morning I went running before the sun came up and wore a long sleeve shirt the whole time. AND, I could have worn gloves. But I don't have any. All I'll say is that it's a good thing I've got a good feel for my heart rate zones right now because I spent half the run with my sleeves pulled up over my hands so I couldn't see my watch. I did see a stunning sunrise though... right over the ocean the sun popped up on a very clear morning... I should have brought a camera.

Back to Moana... so we converted her crib into a toddler bed on Sunday. I wondered how it would go now that she has some freedom at night and in the mornings.

The first night I put her to bed in there I sat down and had a talk with her. We looked out the window and saw that it was dark. I explained that when it is dark, it is sleepy time. And when its sleepy time she has to stay in bed. So if she wakes up in the middle of the night, she needs to look out the window. Dark = stay in bed. If it is light out, then it's time to get up! I said, "Good deal?" She smiled and said "Good deal!" Then I left her room and she went right to sleep. Love that girl.

Scott and I came up with a plan of action of what we would do if/when she got up before it was time (basically just tell her that it was still dark/sleepy time and put her back in bed, calmly, as many times as it takes. I got that from Super Nanny.)

Times we have had to do that so far: Zero.

The first morning, yesterday, I was swimming so Scott was in charge. I asked him how it went and he said it was no problem. He heard her get up at about 7:20 and she went straight for her box of princess dresses and started "playing princess". Perfect.

This morning I heard her talking to herself a bit at about 6AM when I got up to go run. I knew she would hear me up but since it was still dark I wanted to reinforce that even though mommy was up, it was not yet time for her to get up. So I went into her room and explained that it was still dark out... but that when it got light she could get up and go see daddy. I got home from my run later and asked Scott how it went... he said fine. He said she waited til about 7 and then got herself up and started playing in her room. I described this to our day care Auntie this morning and all she did was shake her head and say "unheard of." Lol. I do feel blessed with a very obedient child, though I will say this- I am not a push over and don't give in to too many things with her. I read this once and live by it: Choose your battles wisely. But when you decide to engage, win at all costs. That's pretty much how I have been with her and it has paid off.

Anyway, I do expect a battle at some point with this new freedom she has, though I am pretty darn confident I will win that one.

Speaking of winning... I had a dream last night that I won my age group at Honu! (Yes- that was just a dream.) But then for whatever reason I got busy and forgot to go to the awards ceremony to accept pay for my Kona slot. I woke up with a very sick feeling in my stomach. Odd that it is only January and I am already having nervous dreams about racing.


jessithompson said...

I couldn't get past the picture of those toes... I love little toes. I love love little girl painted toes. :)

Kim said...

aww moana is such a big girl! it's amazing how she well she listens!

Rebecca DeWire said...

You have got a good little sleeper on your hands. We tried that Super Nanny technique and quit at 100 times.

Beth said...

Okay, I simply cannot get over the fact that you don't own gloves!!! HAHA!! I know this shouldn't surprise me but I just think it's hilarious. I really do have to move to HI... ;)

Anonymous said...

That's great about Moana!!

I had a similar dream about a week ago, but I missed the start of my marathon. :) oh well!

Anonymous said...

You don't own shoes other than running shoes? You wore a LS shirt the whole run? Really??? Agree with Beth, I need to move to Hawaii. Can't wait for Honu (and toast you after your win!)

Aimee said...

O-kay, I am so jealous of your weather! I would take your "cold" any day to mine in CO! :)

Love the toes, and Moana is too cute! Yay for no bedtime battles yet!

Running and living said...

This summer my son wanted us to pain our toenails and we did. Black. It was awesome. I still have some nailpolish on my big toenail, bc, like you, I don't own nail polish removal. Moana is a cutie and a smartie:)

Anonymous said...

Moana is adorable and love the foot shot too. I look forward to a Moana quote at the finish line of Kona 2011!

Mark said...

Love it. My girls (5,5, and 3) are very excited when I play Pretty Pretty Princess with them. Of course, I am the Handsome Handsome Prince... with earrings... and bracelets.

Lizzie said...

Growing up in a warm climate and then being transferred to a cold one - I KNOW your version of cold! If it's below 75, I'm not happy - which means right now I am 45 degrees not happy :)

N.D. said...

wow that is good to know! I dont expect this to happen with Nick.