Gabbie Notes - June 2019

And Dominic too

For June, one of Gabbie's signature moves with me has been to shake my hand, followed by a thumbs up sign. I have shown her the thumbs up sign in the past, and recently, I started to shake her hands for play. And now at random times for unknown reasons, Gabbie grabs my hand to shake it, immediately followed by her giving me the thumbs up. It's hilarious.

Fri, Jun 7

Note fragments from my notebook.

Arrived around 11:00 a.m. CP and Brad were going shopping for a minivan.

Tue, Jun 11

Deb and I arrived after 6:00 p.m. We planned to watch Gabbie and Dominic to let CP and Brad go out for the evening. After arriving, Gabbie grabbed our hands before I had a chance to take my sandals off and set down my shoulder bag and whatever else that I carried in. Gabbie took Deb and I into Gabbie's room.

We played for a bit in Gabbie's room. Brad and CP left. Gabbie said, "Bye" repeatedly. Deb took care of Dominic while Gabbie led me to the upstairs play area. She directed me to sit down on one of the small chairs at her small tea table setup. She patted the chair seat, telling me to sit at the spot.

Like past tea time, Gabbie handed me a lot of toy kitchen appliances and toy dishware and toy food. She said, "Here you go." The tea table top was crowded with items. A baby doll was already seated in one chair. Gabbie sat down at another chair. We pretended to eat and drink for a while.

Then we went into the living room. We were instructed to have Gabbie in bed by 7:30 p.m. We arrived around 6:20 p.m. In the living room, I dialed up YouTube on the TV, and I played "Masquerade" from the movie version of Phantom of the Opera. I figured Gabbie would enjoy the costumes and the dancing of the large cast for that scene. It's the opening scene of the second act. I've been playing the Phantom of the Opera musical soundtrack CD in my car recently.

Gabbie enjoyed the Masquerade video. She held our hands and we all danced with Deb holding Dominic. Deb had me dial up Lion King musical numbers from the Broadway show. We watched a couple of those. Gabbie enjoyed pointing out the animal costumes.

I got Gabbie milk and a snack to wind down, while relaxing in a chair while watching the stage version of the musical Frozen, which we have watched in the past. Gabbie loves this version of Frozen.

I changed Gabbie's diaper, dressed her in jammies, and I helped her brush her teeth, although she did not like that process for some reason. Maybe I did something wrong.

It was around 7:50 p.m. when I had Gabbie go to her bedroom, but the wanted me to stay. It's hard to say no to Gabbie. She wanted me to sit in her bed too. I did.

Out in the living room before bedtime, she played with a dinosaur toy that had to be assembled in a building-block kind of way. I thought that she received a new building set for dinosaurs. I found out later that it was a toy that came with a meal from Wendy's. Whatever, she liked the toy. She took the dinosaur to bed, along with one blanket, one elephant taggie-like blanky, and a baby doll.

We played with the dinosaur in her bed. She liked to take it apart and put it back together. She has always enjoyed the challenge and the effort required to push things together and pull things apart.

Around 8:00 p.m. or shortly thereafter, I left Gabbie's room under light protest. Eventually, she said, "Bye" to me.

Deb was busy all evening taking care of Dominic who remained awake all evening, eating, pooping, and fussing some. He also enjoyed lying on his back on the ottoman, watching the ceiling fan turn.

At 9:30 p.m., I entered Gabbie's room quietly because I wanted to remove the dinosaur toy from her bed. When I entered her room, Gabbie looked up and said, "Hi." I gathered the toy dinosaur pieces, and we both worked on assembling the dinosaur in the dark. We put it together. I left it with her because she wanted it. I told her to lie down, and I said good night, and she said, "Bye."

I liked dinosaurs as a kid too. I had books and nice-sized models of dinosaurs. I watched TV shows that had dinosaurs, such as the Saturday morning show, Land of the Lost. I hope Gabbie takes an interest in dinosaurs too.

At about 10:00 p.m., Deb was making a new bottle for Dominic. I held D. He was a bit fussy. I decided to walk around the first floor of the house, living room, kitchen, dining room, play room, and hallways. Walking. Moving. Dominic quieted down. He remained awake but quiet until he fell asleep at 10:05 p.m.

At 10:15 p.m., Brad and CP arrived home. D was still sound asleep. Brad took Dominic and placed in the crib and covered him up. Apparently, around 9:30 to 10:00 p.m., Dominic falls asleep for a few hours, waking around 1:00 or 2:00 a.m.

Deb and I left around 10:30 p.m.

Fri, Jun 14, 2019

CP, Gabs, Dominic, and I visited the Toledo Zoo.

I arrived at their house at approx 9:15 a.m. Gabs and I played for while.

we left the house shortly after 10:00 a.m. we parked at the zoo at about 10:40 a.m.

Gabbie liked the seals, giraffes, and the elephants. she enjoyed the birds in the aviary.

Gabbie enjoyed running and walking all over, especially without holding my hand.

she got grumpy once, probably tired. temps were in the 60s to about 70 degrees. light wind. sunny. great weather.

lunch on the grass in the shade. CP fed Dominic two or three times.

Gabbie liked the hand-crank for the machine to make a flattened penny in the reptile area.

left zoo at 1:10 p.m. about a 2.5 hour visit.

Gabs ate well in the ride back home. CP brought food for Gabbie, but she liked our soft pretzels that CP and I ate during our shady lunch break on the ground.

Gabbie laid down for a nap at 2:00 p.m. and she awoke at 4:30 p.m.

Gabbie snuggled with CP on the recliner while CP fed Dominic.

Gabbie and I played in her bedroom for a long time. of course, she made me get into bed with her. toys, blanket, etc. not easy for me to fit into all of that.

Gabbie ate dinner around 5:45 p.m. she didn't want to eat. i brought her plate into her b.r. she ate on the floor while playing.

Around 7:00 p.m. i suggested that we go outside and Gabbie got up and left her b.r. and put her sandals on. I had to help some with her sandals.

she didn't have interest in playing with her backyard playground equipment. no interest in climbing the rock wall. once, she tried walking up the slide. no interesting in getting on the swing nor pushing me while i sat on the swing. she only enjoyed pushing the other swing that was empty.

Gabbie mainly wandered around the backyard. she likes to walk and run. in the front, i had to open the garage door to let Gabbie "play" with the side door on the garage. opening and closing the door, walking around that part of the garage and through the door.

Gabbie pulled her tricycle out and she sat down on it and pushed herself around the driveway. that was the longest that i have seen her use her tricycle. she didn't use the pedals. she used her feet on the ground to push herself around. she seemed fascinated with the neighbor across the street riding his lawn mower. her tricycle is too small now G.

We wandered around some more, and then I suggested that we go inside for a snack and milk and she went through the front door. she plopped down in a l.r. chair and i gave her milk and fish crackers.

Gabbie went to bed at 8:00 p.m. without a struggle. I walked her into her room and she go into bed and she repeatedly said, "Bye" to me. she fell asleep quickly, i think.

Sat, Jun 15

Brad's parents hosted a cookout and invited family over. Deb and I arrived around 3:30 p.m. The day had been heavy overcast with some rain. The rain had ended by mid-afternoon, except for some occasional sprinkles. Sky was still a heavy overcast. Temps were in the 70s, but it was humid.

When we arrived, everyone was seated in the garage, eating, and chatting. Gabbie wanted to play. She took my hand and Deb's hand and led us toward the front yard to play. I stayed back to eat while Deb went out front to play with Gabbie.

Brad's Dad used his electric smoker to smoke chicken, which I tried. After I finished eating, I went out front to relieve Deb.

In the front yard, we played with plastic golf clubs and golf balls. At one point in the afternoon, Brad got out the plastic teeball tee and baseball bat. Gabbie did okay with that.

For much of the late afternoon and evening, Gabbie occupied her time with running around in the front yard. She took her shoes off. She liked to step on the soft muddy areas of the front yard. She liked to splash on small puddles of water on the asphalt driveway. She was dirty at early evening when Brad scooped her up and gave her bath, which Gabbie protested, since she wanted to continue playing outside.

Before bath time, Gabbie loved to play with teenager Brianna. Bri would hide behind a tree, and Gabbie would take my hand and lead the hunt to find Bri. When Bri would jump up from behind a tree, Gabbie would laugh and giggle hard.

Gabbie did not like it when Bri took a water break or sat down to rest on the front porch. Gabbie would grab Bri's hand to lead her back out onto the lawn.

Gabbie enjoyed a lot of running around and laughing. I observed bird sounds. I heard a Yellow-breasted Chat sing from a scruffy area, located north of the front yard, on the other side of the road.

Gabbie did not seem to tire. She kept running around in the front yard with me, Bri, and Deb.

It was probably around 7:00 p.m. when Brad took Gabbie inside for bath. Eventually, we cleaned up the garage and we all went inside.

I tried Toledo Spirits's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, which is the distillery's whiskey that incorporates hops. It tasted different, but I enjoyed it neat.

Many adults played euchre in the dining room. I did not. I'm not interested in card games. I played in the living room with Gabbie who shared her time between me and Bri. I think this was the first time that Gabbie spent a lot of time around Bri, and it appeared that Gabbie and Bri were sisters. Gabbie loved hanging out with Bri.

I played with Gabbie and her toys on the living room floor. But then later, Gabbie crawled up and snuggled with Bri. Gabbie brought her blanket, baby doll, and elephant thing with her when snuggling with Bri. We watched a kid's movie on TV.

Bri's boyfriend Justin sat next to Bri. Justin was nice.

Later, Gabbie carried her things and snuggled beside me for a while. Then she went back to Bri, and then back to me. Time passed and Gabbie stayed up later and later.

At one point while she snuggled next to me, I thought that Gabbie might fall asleep, but she fought off the tiredness. Most people left, including Bri.

At 11:00 p.m., Gabbie was still awake, but she was done. She was lounging next to me, but she got up, gathered her things, and went into her bedroom at Brad's parents' house. Apparently, Gabbie tried to climb the high-walled crib. She wanted to go to sleep.

We all left shortly thereafter. I learned later that Gabbie stayed awake on the short ride home, and she got up at 7:00 a.m. the next day.

Fri, Jun 21

Gabbie spent the night with us. These are my raw notes that I will need to expand.

CP and Brad were going with friends to the Mud Hens game tonight. Great weather. Sunny evening with low humidity and temps in the 70s. Brad's parents were watching Dominic.

CP and Brad arrived with Gabbie around 5:50 p.m. Andy and Sarah arrived a little later and parked their vehicle in front of our house on the street.

When CP and Brad arrived, one of the first things they did was get Gabbie something to eat, since she had not had dinner yet. CP sliced up one of our pears, and they brought food for Gabbie.

Gabbie and I sat at the dining room table. Gabbie fed me a cheese cube. Sometimes when she puts food in my mouth, she makes the sound, like "aaaahhhhh" which I have done over the years with Gabbie.

Gabbie ate only small amount of food. She was more interested in going outside. We went out onto the back driveway. We played with bubbles. We had a tube of bubble soap and the tube contained a wand. Barney, Gabbie, and me were in the back driveway. Deb was not home yet from visiting a college friend who was passing through the area, and they met in Perrysburg.

After playing with bubbles, we sat on the walks and the little wall that borders our narrow driveway and the river rock bed of Kim and Brent. Gabbie likes to sit on the rocks and pick up the rocks and place them onto the wall of pavers. She has done this on previous visits to our house. I will stack rocks up and Gabbie will knock them down.

CP, Brad, Sarah, and Andy left around 6:15 p.m. while Gabbie and I played with the rocks. A short while later, Deb arrived home.

We got the sidewalk chalk out. A new box of chalk, and we all drew designs on the back driveway.

Then Gabbie wanted to move more. We walked to the Elmhurst Elementary school playground. We played on the playground equipment.

We played at the playground for a long while. We climbed up onto the smaller set of playground equipment. Gabbie's favorite part was the steering wheel. She liked standing and turning the wheel. She enjoys mechanical things.

We also walked over to the larger playground equipment, located near the swings. We always try to get Gabbie interested in swinging, but she objects. She only briefly climbed upon to the larger playground equipment. We walked back over to the smaller playground equipment that had the steering wheel.

The smaller playground equipment contained two slides that were side-by-side. At one point, Deb sat down at the top of one slide, and Gabbie, on her own, sat down on the other slide, and Nana went down her slide, and Gabbie followed by going down her slide on her own. She landed hard. She has not yet learned to set her feet down on the ground at the end of the slide.

Despite her landing at the bottom of the slide, she smiled. She enjoyed it. But that was the only time that she used the slide this evening.

A couple older kids arrived. Gabbie watched them. These kids used the swings. Gabbie wandered over to them, which was surprising. I thought that Gabbie might want to try the swing, but I think that she wanted to visit the older kids.

I used the swing, but Gabbie was not impressed. She walked back over to the smaller playground equipment. Then we went back to the swings, and I swung for a bit, and then we headed out, walking home by taking a different side street. We had good long play time at the Elmhurst playground.

Near our house, two young kids were playing outside on the lawn and the public sidewalk. Both kids were a year or two older than Gabbie. One boy spent the time using a scooter. The other boy, closer to Gabbie's age wanted to toss a ball with me and Gabbie.

Gabbie had a blast with the boys. We stayed with a good while with the boys' Mom seated nearby. Gabbie and the younger boy tossed the ball. Sometimes the spongy, soft ball would hit Gabbie in the face, and Gabbie giggled.

It was great to see Gabbie interact with kids near her age, and she did well. She was not ready to move on, but it was around or after 8pm when we left the boys and headed inside our house.

Deb changed Gabbie's diaper and put jammies on her. We got snacks and milk for Gabbie. We tried to settle down and watch a movie. It was around 8:15 p.m. or later when we started watching the movie "Ralph Broke the Internet."

Gabbie sat on the couch and ate dinner, since she ate very little when she first arrived. She ate carrots, turkey lunchmeat, cheese, and animal crackers. She finished eating around 8:30 p.m.

Deb setup a sleeping area for Gabbie on the living room floor. We all planned to "bat cave" it in the living room. We had a small mattress. We placed blankets and pillows on the floor around the mattress. I would sleep on one couch while Deb would sleep on the other couch. That was the plan, anyway.

We thought that Gabbie might lie down and go to sleep around 9:00 p.m. Of course. CP and Brad brought a backup sound box for us to use, which we setup in the living room.

We watched all of the Ralph movie. Gabbie was still awake. We turned off all of the lights. I turned off the TV. We turned on the sound box. Only the light blue glow of the soundbox provided light in the room. It was dark. Deb and I laid down and remained quiet. Gabbie had other plans.

Gabbie finally fell asleep around 11:00 p.m. For about 90 minutes, she flopped around on the mattress and got up and wandered around and laid back down and sat up and on and on.

At one point while it was dark in the l.r. she got up and came over by me and she grabbed one of Deb's paperback books, and she looked through it even though the room was dark, and the book contained mainly text. She knew that I was still awake. Several times, she opened the book and held the book up toward me like she was showing me something. I said, "That's a great blob text." Again, it was dark. And again she turned pages, and then she would move the book around so that she could hold up toward me with the pages facing me.

I turned the TV back on but only briefly, since Gabbie was still too active. Finally, she settled down and got quiet and drifted off asleep at or shortly after 11:00 p.m.

Sat, Jun 22

Around 2:30 a.m., I awoke, and Deb and Barney awoke too. I noticed that Gabbie was sleeping strangely and humorously. She had her head and upper body resting on the mattress while her knees rested off of the mattress and on the blankets that covered the floor. It was a modified downward facing dog yoga move but conducted while sleeping.

I decided to place Gabbie's lower body back onto the mattress to let her stretch out. She awoke briefly and made a yelling sound to turn the soundbox back on, and she fell back asleep. Funny.

Recently, Gabbie has enjoyed making fake sneezing noises by saying, "Ah choo." Around 4:40 a.m., Gabbie awoke and loudly said, "Ahh choo!" and she went back to sleep. She has a great sense of humor even when mostly asleep.

Gabbie awoke at 7:00 a.m. and was ready to start her day. We thought that she might sleep in since she had an active Friday evening and stayed awake until 11:00 p.m.

Sun, Jun 30

Deb and I arrived at Gabbie's house at around 11:15 a.m. It was a 90-degree day with sunshine. Gabbie was playing in and around her small inflatable swimming pool, located in the front driveway by the garage.

When we arrived, Gabbie brought a small, plastic, orange basketball over in our direction, and she throw the ball at us. We tossed it back or she gathered the loose ball and threw it again at is. She was ready to play ball.

Gabbie grabbed Deb's hand and arm and she tried to drag Deb into the swimming pool. Gabbie gets determined at times. Deb and I both stood in the swimming pool with Gabbie. And when Gabbie got out of the pool, she made us stay in the pool.

The small pool had a slide setup too. Gabbie would not go down the slide on her own. Occasionally, Brad would grab Gabbie and set her at the top of the slide, and give Gabbie a nudge to go down the slide. Gabbie enjoyed the slide, as usual with other slides, but she won't or rarely goes down any slide on her own.

I held a sleeping Dominic for a while. I stood in the shade at the opening of the garage door, near the pool.

At one point, Deb sat on a chair next to the pool, attaching the hose to a gizmo. Gabbie scooped up pool water with a small plastic pale, and Gabbie threw and dumped the water repeatedly on a seated Nana who could not get out of the way of the soaking fast enough. Of course Gabbie considered it funny, and we laughed too. It surprised Deb and me.

Gabbie liked to dump water on the concrete driveway.

Gabbie chased Deb around the vehicles with Gabbie carrying water in the small pale and throwing the water at Deb.

Eventually, I handed the still-sleeping Dominic to Deb, and I played with Gabbie who wanted to play with the garage side door, the usual: opening and closing it, and walking around the garage corner.

We played with the bucket of water and the balls. I would fill the pale and let it slide down the slide. I repeatedly tossed the pale of water up into the air to let it crash down onto the slide or the pull, which caused water to splash around. Gabbie enjoyed watching that.

Gabbie wanted to open a bag of toys that were set aside for CP and Brad's garage sale that is scheduled for this weekend. Since the bag of toys were not meant for play, Gabbie got upset and had a two-year-old meltdown.

We went inside for lunch. Gabbie sat on the living room couch with her plate on a tray that straddled her. I sat beside her. Occasionally, she fed me pieces of cucumber and goldfish crackers. She devoured her lunch. She worked up an appetite. I fetched her more plum and tortilla chips, which she ate.

Then she grabbed my hand to go play. We went into her bedroom. She brought in a container of toys. I pulled out an oven mitt, and then Gabbie gathered up the toys back into the container, and she led me into the play area.

The oven mitt made Gabbie interested in playing with her kitchen area. I sat at the small tea table. Deb joined us. Gabbie covered the table with play plates, cups, and food. We all pretended to eat and drink.

After playing in the play area for a while, we went back to her bedroom. Gabbie brought a container of toys. Gabbie seemed tired.

She made me get into her bed. She wanted Deb into her bed too. I got out and sat on the floor to let Deb get into bed with Gabbie. We played for a little while. Then Gabbie gathered up the toys and we placed them back into the container.

Deb and I left. We told Gabbie goodbye. Brad helped Gabbie lie down for a nap. Gabbie protested, but she quieted down quickly and went to sleep. She was definitely tired. She plays hard. Gabbie went to bed for a nap around 1:00 p.m.

We hung out with CP, Brad, Dominic, and the dogs for a couple more hours, leaving before Gabbie awoke.

Dominic is increasingly more aware of his surroundings. He likes to lie on his back and watch the ceiling fan blades rotate. At one point, Brad held Gabbie and Dominic smiled.

Deb and CP planned a family trip, scheduled for next March.

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