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Some days... But... Wow! - Zer Netmouse
July 31st, 2012
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Some days... But... Wow!
So today has been pretty up and down.

Took Rosie to the dentist and got her teeth checked and counted (16! Everything but the 2nd molars), then got some fittings myself while Rosie hung out with the dentist, then took her to Target to get her a necklace to reward her for being so good... (a necklace because she'd been taken by the necklace-like chain that holds the napkin under your chin) And after wandering around in circles a bit and picking up some other things, failed to find a kids necklace but did find a sparkly purple double-wrap multistrand plastic bracelet that can *pretend* to be a necklace, and she likes it and it was only $2 so that's ok.

Left Target only a little late to meet some other moms at the Manzano spray park. Rosie has previously disliked another spray park, so on the way I promised that if this one was a bust we would go to the pool. Meanwhile we had snacks in the car on the way there.

Sure enough, she was very not-crazy about the spray park, so we headed out to catch lunchtime rec swim at the unm pool. On the way there I realized I was sugar crashing so I went through a Carl's junior drive through and picked up a couple chicken wraps for us, which took longer than I'd hoped. She fussed a bit until I threatened to go straight home w no swimming unless she quieted down. We get to UNM, park, rescue the chicken that fell out of Rosie's wrap, wait in line to pay for parking and *sigh* get to the gym only to read the hours and find out I'd misremembered and the pool was closing in 5 minutes.

I sadly told Rosie I'd messed up and the pool was closed. "Closed," she softly repeated after me. I said I was sorry and headed back to the car. Rosie, sensing I was sad, sweetly kissed me on the hand.

So I get back to the car, throw the diaper bag and swim bag and my purse in one side, wait for people to finish getting out of the car next to us, then carry Rosie around to that side and start to put her in her seat, and pause to clear out the mess I realized I sat her in -- the mushy remains of what had once been two peach Newtons before she'd poured water on them. That cleaned up, I closed her door and went around and sat in the driver's seat, grabbing my iphone to try to look up the nearest public pool that was open.

Rosie was whining. "What, sweetie?" I asked, glancing back at her. "Belt," she said, worriedly, "Belt!"

I looked again. There she sat, without her seatbelt fastened, and she was wise enough to know that was wrong, to let me know before I started the car moving.

Not even two years old, and she's already helping catch my mistakes.

So I fastened her belt and took her to Highland pool, which was nice, and now she's napping and I should too, I just wanted to record this for posterity.

Bad that I was sufficiently out of it that I missed fastening her seat belt but isn't it Awesome that she corrected me?

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From:studentbane
Date:July 31st, 2012 11:46 pm (UTC)
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Awesome that she caught it indeed! Go Rosie!

It's clear that A is picking up a *lot* of what goes on around her and a lot more of our language than she can construct for herself. She's formulating some high-order ideas with causality, which is really neat to watch.
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From:parsleigh
Date:August 1st, 2012 12:15 am (UTC)
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Awesome that she caught it and you were allowed a mistake that was caught in time. That is your big one for a bit. You have trained her well. You are a great mom:)
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From:mrissa
Date:August 1st, 2012 01:50 am (UTC)
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That is a grown up girl. A very little grown up girl. But still.
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From:dionysus1999
Date:August 1st, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
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Rosie for the win! And I'm always amazed how fast they learn language skills. Also a challenge for the "potty mouthed" uncle. I've slipped a few times around my sibs kids.
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From:jadesfire55
Date:August 1st, 2012 05:55 pm (UTC)
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That Rosie is a smart girl! And huge hugs to you for getting through a rough day.
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From:sorcycat
Date:August 1st, 2012 06:51 pm (UTC)
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You are bound to make mistakes, so don't beat yourself up. It's awesome that she's helping you. :)
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From:minkrose
Date:August 10th, 2012 02:43 am (UTC)
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(now I'm catching up on posts)

When I was a kid, my mom had a rule that she wouldn't move the car until we'd verbally confirmed that we were buckled. It wasn't enough that she could hear the click; we had to say it TO her. Sometimes that was annoying (for us kids) but I can see that it was a good ritual for BOTH parents and kids to have... specifically, at some point in high school, I was riding in a van with some friends-of-friends, and one of them asked me if I was wearing a "seatbelt-belt" and I said "no, that's my ACTUAL seatbelt," much to his surprise. I was surprised he'd even asked. I can't imagine getting into a car without one.
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