Gabbie Notes - June 2019

And Dominic too

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.