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.
- hug from Gabbie when I arrived
- G fascinated with YouTube video for kids, playing on CP's phone. video is part of an educational series.
- she took my hand and led me out of l.r.
- Gabbie got the crocheted ball from her play area and carried the ball with her.
- we went to her b.r. and she had me enter her teepee.
- G went into play area and carried into the teepee the heavy basket of the magnetic geometric shapes for building things. she went to the l.r. to gather her baby doll, blanket, and little elephant blanky. all were placed in the teepee with me, Gabbie, and Daisy joined us too in the crowded teepee. Daisy is a large, super friendly, female pitbull.
- we played with the magnetic shapes within the teepee. Gabbie found stickers and placed them on her arms and feet.
- then after playing in the teepee, she took my hand to lead me out of the teepee, although it's not that easy for me to popup up and out of small place, loaded with toys.
- Gabbie wanted to go downstairs, which we did. she brought the ball with her. she likes to carry the ball around when i'm present because we both throw the ball.
- while downstairs, Gabbie played with the Frozen cart and we climbed onto the exercise equipment, which is a recumbent bike-like thing, I think.
- Gabbie placed some stickers on the wall next to the exercise equipment.
- then back upstairs.
- we went back into Gabbie's bedroom. Gabbie still carried the ball. she started throwing it wildly and humorously, over head backwards and straight up, underhand forward and backwards, overhand forward. never know where the ball was going next but she enjoyed throwing it, and i enjoyed throwing it back to her.
- she took my notebook and add her customized scribblings.
- she moved toys from the teepee to her bed.
- Gabbie took the ball and placed it under her shirt, which was something i started with her downstairs on the steps back in October. i have done that since by placing the ball under my shirt and under her shirt, which made her laugh. now she was doing this on her own, which made me laugh.
- we played with the magnetic shapes in her bed.
- she made me get into bed with her and the toys. another cramped crowded situation. Gabbie not only grabbed my hand to direct me to enter her bed, but she also grabbed my forearm halfway between my hand and elbow. i guess that meant she was was serious about me doing what she wanted. in the bed were Gabbie, me, the pile of magnetic shapes, her blanket, the little elephant taggie, and the baby doll. I'm glad Daisy was not with us too.
- while in the bed, we played the fake sleeping game, which Gabbie enjoys playing. i fake like i'm sleeping, and Gabbie smacks me awake. I think that she enjoys whacking Papaw. She giggled and laughed. She has always had a great sense of humor, which was obvious back in the late fall of 2016 when she was only a couple months old. She likes to smile and laugh and have fun.
- Gabbie got out of bed and retrieved the basket from the teepee and helped me put the shapes back into the basket. we left the basket of shapes in the b.r. she grabbed the crocheted ball and she led me from the b.r. for the steps downstairs again.
- Gabbie climbed up and down the steps while holding the ball.
- then we went back upstairs because it was lunch time.
- Gabbie ate lunch from approx 12:10 to 12:36 p.m. She ate chicken fries, cheese, green beans, peanut butter and jelly on bread, and watermelon. she started eating lunch at the d.r. table like i directed, but after a short while, she wanted down and she went back into the l.r. After a short bit, I brought her lunch to her while she sat on a l.r. chair and she finished her lunch, eating well, while watching Transylvania 3.
- after eating lunch, we were back in the b.r. Gabbie dumped the magnetic toys onto her bed.
- she carried the ball around still. she tossed the ball in the d.r. and then carried the ball into her b.r. and she had the ball with her in the bed with the magnetic toys.
- and once again, she "made" get into the bed with her to play. i tossed her small pillow by throwing it up into the air and letting the pillow fall down on her head as she laid on her bed. again, she thought that was funny. we also played the fake sleeping game again with Gabbie smacking me awake when i pretended to be sleeping and snoring. when she hit me, i would pretend to wake up and say something and then i would fake going back to sleep. rinse and repeat.
- i kept saying nap time, since it was around or after 1:00 p.m. but she was not happy about that. when i mentioned nap, she said, "Nooo."
- occ, I turned on her music box, but she did not like that either, and she turned it off or i had to turn off the music. she did not like anything that reminded her of sleeping. she was too busying playing.
- in the b.r., i changed her diaper and while doing this, I sang the shark song.
- after the diaper change, Gabbie made me get back into bed. i gathered toys into the basket. eventually, we left her b.r. Gabbie took the ball with her.
- we went downstairs. Gabbie carried the ball.
- we played with the tent located downstairs. Gabbie placed Barbie toys into the tent.
- spun the plastic flowers attached to a sticks. at 1:26 p.m., we were still playing in the basement.
- we played with the Barbie camper and the large Lego-like blocks. with the Barbie camper, Gabbie enjoyed pushing the camper together and then pressing the button that caused the camper to expand. i tried to setup a camp site, but as usual, Gabbie preferred to play with the mechanical aspects of the toy instead of playing WITH the toys.
- we went back upstairs. we both sat on the couch, snuggled, ate fish crackers, and watched the Bee Movie, which is a movie that I like, but Gabbie has never shown much interest with the movie. I'm guessing that's because of the lack of music and the uniform colors for many scenes, especially early on within the bee hive. i got a little dozy during our snuggling time on the couch, but not Gabbie.
- Gabbie got up and led me to her b.r. i tried the nap rhetoric again, but she left her room and went to the upstairs play area and came back with a different basket of toys. this basket contained a small, narrow, colorful scarf that Rhonda crocheted for Gabbie last year. the basket also contained multiple pairs of sunglasses and toy, high-heeled shoes for Gabbie.
- Gabbie made me wear large, red sunglasses with heart-shaped lenses. I also donned the scarf around my neck. Gabbie wore white sunglasses. She had me place on her head the Mousekateers ears that were attached to a loop, but she pulled it down around her neck with the ears in the front, facing up, producing a humorous look. and she put on the high heels, one pink and one blue. she had two pairs but she chose one from each pair. we were both decorated well and ready for the town.
- Gabbie walked okay in the heels, slipping once on the wood floor. For some reason, she wanted to go outside. I carried her down the steps and out the front door we went.
- we walked around the front driveway, me wearing the red sunglasses and colorful scarf and Gabbie wearing the funking white sunglasses, mouse ears around her neck and her pink and blue heels. we wandered around like this for a while.
- then she wanted the garage door open. i could not remember the code. we went back inside the house and downstairs and through the hallway and into the garage. i opened the garage door from the inside.
- we played the door game. the side door on the garage. Gabbie likes to open and close this side door and walk through and around. and she likes it when i hide from her. we did this for a long while too.
- she got her tricycle out and pushed it around but she did not ride it. she got the basket ball and hoop out. i played with this, shooting hoops.
- we played outside for about 45 minutes from approx 2:15 to 3:00 p.m. it was a sunny, pleasant afternoon. not hot.
- while outside near 3pm, Gabbie started to get a little fussy. it was obvious that she was getting tired and fighting it. I carried Gabbie inside against her protests. I carried her upstairs and into her bedroom.
- i laide Gabbie down into her bed at 3:00 p.m. and she started screaming. major upsetness. while she cried loudly in protest, i went back outside to clean up and put things away and close the garage doors.
- by 3:15, however, Gabbie was quiet or mostly quiet, settling down. she was asleep then or shortly thereafter.
- CP and Brad arrived home while Gabbie napped. They bought a one-year-old Pacifica minivan, which looked great. i went home while Gabbie napped. She keeps me busy as usual.
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.
- her b.r., toys in bed, nursing toys, brushes and combs and lotion toys
- in her play area, she put away the toys that were still on her tea table from Tue night, and she chatted in a stream of conscience while putting away the toys, emphatically at times. i held D who spit up a little on my t-shirt sleeve. no big deal. but i started to walk away from G while she still talked. i planned to go to the kitchen to get a paper towel. when i turned my back to Gabbie, she yelled, "Stop!" i turned around. she had a stern look on her face. One arm was up in the air pointed toward me. her hand flared. like she gave the "halt" sign. the commanded me to stay. she patted the seat of one of her small tea table chairs. i stayed but i stood while i held Dominic. Gabbie resumed her stream of conscience.
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.