Miles can read numbers now. For instance, he remembers that our mailbox is "eight one" and the page his favorite story starts on in his Disney bedtime book, even without looking directly at either stimulus. "Sure," you might say, "but so what? It's not like he can read words or sentences yet." This is true, … Continue reading Year 4, Day 117
Miles recently started swim classes again after taking last year off (for obvious reasons). While he wasn't having any of it the first evening, he's warmed up more and more with each successive class. It doesn't hurt that he gets a treat at the end of the session, food being the exceptional motivator it is … Continue reading Year 4, Day 104
Miles is getting increasingly good at playing mind games with us, learning our weaknesses and exploiting them in ways that are, frankly, horrifying considering he's only three. His primary tactic with me, which would surely get under my skin were it true, is exemplified by this recent exchange. I was introducing Miles to the Disney … Continue reading Year 4, Day 98
Me: "What did you learn about at school today?" Miles: "I didn't learn something at school." Either I need to reassess Miles's daycare or he's entered his teenage years a bit prematurely.
After stomping his first Goomba by himself in Super Mario Bros. 3: "I got this game!" He's just taken his first step (stomp?) into a larger world.
It's hard to explain death to a child. Miles is still figuring out what it means to exist; trying to rationalize ceasing to exist is impossible (not that it's much easier for adults, in all fairness). But this is where we've found ourselves this week, as Miles's Papa passed away this morning. Jaclyn left early … Continue reading Year 4, Day 83
It is with great sorrow that I must announce that Miles has learned "Are we there yet?" I'm not sure where he learned this, but I already heap curses upon this unknown source. Not only does he know the phrase, he also knows that saying it once will never do. No, it's a sentence that … Continue reading Year 4, Day 81
During some drawing/writing time this evening: Jaclyn: "What letter is that?" Miles: "What is it?" Jaclyn: "You tell me!" Miles: "No, YOU tell ME!" Later, to prove he knows some of his letters, he insisted on adding a 'h' to my name. I've got to hand it to him. Most people forget the 'h.'
Miles is learning about ocean life at daycare this week. The easiest way to find out about this is to ask him what the hell that thing on his head is. "It's a jellyfish."
We are doing our best to set the expectation for Family Dinner TimeTM in the new house, where we all sit down when dinner is served (it's a work in progress for Miles), eat when food is served (also a work in progress), and chat about our days (talking? NOT a problem for Miles). Miles … Continue reading Year 4, Day 47