If you're a regular visitor, you've likely noticed that I've spent some time complaining about Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, a children's program Disney produced in the previous decade that looks like a crude animatic and often has plot lines that are absurd to the point that potentially useful messages are muddied in problem solving that has … Continue reading Year 3, Day 217
I came home last night to learn that Miles "had a bad day" at daycare. Before Jaclyn elaborated further, I asked Miles about it. His lips were sealed but, like a dog with its tail preemptively tucked between its legs, his guilt was unmistakeable as he diverted his eyes and eventually made his way to … Continue reading Year 3, Day 212
With increasing frequency, Miles has been asking us to leave his light on as he's falling asleep. Tonight as we were tucking him in, Jaclyn flipped the overhead light off, leaving only the nite lite to illuminate the room. Miles immediately became agitated and pointed toward the corner of his room. "No, the dark!" he … Continue reading Year 3, Day 92: The Shadow War
A reckoning is coming.Up 'til now, satisfying Miles's needs has been free of much guesswork, because we were the ones establishing so many of them. He NEEDS to brush his teeth. He NEEDS to get dressed. He NEEDS to eat his broccoli. But lately, Miles has started to vocalize his own needs. And by "needs," … Continue reading Year 3, Day 57
In his journey to potty autonomy, Miles has reached a phase, however unwarranted, of prideful obstinance. He's good about letting us know when he has to go to the bathroom, and his propensity for accidents is reducing day by day. It's unsurprising then that he's started insisting on pulling his pants down himself.As I went … Continue reading Year 3, Day 45
I mentioned Miles warming up to his Uncle Ben on a recent trip back to Myrtle Beach. As a follow up, Miles's babysitter shared this video with us this week.
Just as his vocabulary is soaring, Miles's penchant for singing is rising at alarming rates as well. His music is starting to veer away from merely mimicking tones using a variety of babbling that at times sounds vaguely like the words he's trying to emulate but at other times is complete gibberish. Now he's actually … Continue reading Year 2, Day 282
Miles was watching an episode of Sesame Street tonight as I cleaned up from dinner. At one point in the episode, children at a school started singing a song about sharing. Now, Miles's awareness of "sharing" as a concept is largely dependent upon his experience at daycare. I'm not exactly sure what this has looked … Continue reading Year 2, Day 164
In true "parents kill all the fun" fashion, virtually all of Miles's bathtub toys involve letters and numbers. Because he doesn't know better yet and the resentment is still a few years off, Miles really enjoys passing the letters along to us, hearing us identify the name and sound, then attempting to repeat this himself. … Continue reading Year 2, Day 107
There's been another big advancement in Miles's quest to become a biped, as his daycare attendants have let us know that he walked several feet while using only one hand to hold onto his teacher for support. While he quickly resisted reproducing this at pickup, plopping down onto his butt instead, we were able to … Continue reading Year 2, Day 105 – Operation: Babywalk Update 3!