LTD is a big fan of space and beginning to get into science, but in reality what he is a really big fan of is asking the famous child question, why? PHYSICS: An Illustrated History of the Foundations of Science by Tom Jackson is part of Shelter Harbor Press’ Ponderables series. So I know what you’re thinking, isn’t a book like this way above LTD’s paygrade? Yes and No. The book features 100 landmark facts set up to show how universal problems were discovered and solved. So for LTD the following fact appeals to his sensibilities. “By complete accident, Luigi Galvani turns freshly cut frogs legs into a simple battery and sparks humankind’s link to electricity.” The book also features a ton of great pictures and yes a Tesla Coil is one of them. The book concludes with profiles of important physicists to show the little guy that one day he can be included in a cool book. Of course we both got a little flustered by the whole Einstein space and time are the same thing stuff, but the Atom Smasher section distracted us. A word of caution the 12 page removable contextual timeline is not for small, sticky hands.
For a while now, LTD has been perfecting his ability to annoy The Mommy and me in a very specific way. He says the opposite of whatever we say in a failed attempt to be funny. He says the opposite almost on automatic pilot when asked questions like, do you like dinner or today it’s raining? It also comes into play when you aren’t even addressing him for instance if I say I like this ice cream, he chimes in with no you don’t like it. This very frustrating pattern is even more frustrating because he thinks it’s so funny and it is so not. In the beginning I would try and trick him up by saying the opposite first, but now I just put a stop to it immediately as it is the verbal equivalent of a finger poke to the eye. Thankfully, he doesn’t do it all the time and we have pretty much cracked down so hard that it is effectively banned, but man-o-man is it frustrating.
It is not great that BB doesn’t sleep through the night and it’s not great that there are many reasons for that. However, one thing that tends to keep him up is his perma-cold caused stuffy nose. And when it comes to stuffy noses this household turns to saline spray. And this household also likes to use silly words (okay, just some of us). Boogie Mist gently sprays saline into a child’s nose and unclogs the plumbing. The saline is not treated and is natural, but unlike some other saline sprays Boogie Mist features a Schnozzle instead of a nozzle which is scented. The cool thing about saline sprays is that you can use them frequently so like most meds you don’t need to watch the clock to deliver another dose. Most kids react pretty strongly to having sprays shoved up their nose, but Boogie Mist name alone goes a long way to getting a kid to sit still while you spray.
Much like society during an episode of The Walking Dead, while on family trips LTD switches into what I call vacation mode. This setting is mostly known for one feature, bad behavior. On our recent Thanksgiving travels LTD was swinging for the fences in a quest to earn the award for worst behaved kid. Not only is he now old enough to chime in with the prerequisite car phrase, are we there yet? But he also seemed to fully understand that with the baby and the new settings it would be harder for us to enforce our household rules. He was daring us to give him a timeout in his room when he knew we were no where near his room. He seemed to relish in getting in trouble and pushing our buttons. I can’t tell you how many times The Mommy and I had to take a deep breath and utter Let’s Reset. Thankfully, by the end of our multi-state excursion he basically ran out of bad behavior and was forced to be good. I will chalk it up to the usual hungry/tired combo with a dash of off the routine-itis. Can’t wait until BB is old enough to join his brother in trying to break my will during long trips.
All know well BB’s reluctance to consume solid food and everyone knows this kid’s gag reflex has a hair trigger. However, the nutritionist wanted him to eat solids asap but that did not go well. After our 9/10 month appointment and a nice conversation with our doctor he explained that it doesn’t make sense to force solids on him if all he is going to is puke. He suggested doing it very slowly and that like all things it would take time. So every now and then we try different items in an attempt to get BB to use all those teeth he got so early. It looks like we will have to wait a little longer. Last week we went to dinner at Cosi and as I held BB on my lap I placed a single bread crumb on his tongue and figure that would be okay. I figured wrong as the little guy proceeded to heave up an earlier meal on both of us. Of course a few years ago this would have put me off dinner, but I was hungry and this wasn’t my first rodeo. I guess BB won’t be eating turkey this Thanksgiving.
Every so often I ask LTD what he wants to be when he grows up, his answer is always an artist. Even when he picks rock star or astronaut he adds, and an artist. Chip Kidd is probably the most well known modern graphic artist (check out the Jurassic Park book cover) and he has turned his talents to the world of children. Kidd’s design book for kids, Go, features an easy to understand introduction to the world of graphic design including form, typography, content and concept. The main theme explores the best way for a young designer to communicate their idea and share it with everyone. Lastly, Kidd includes 10 design projects like “design a logo for a cause you believe in.” LTD is a little young to appreciate all the concepts, but truthfully I am learning a lot so maybe we will be opening a family design shop, but if LTD has any voting power I’m sure the shop will just be about robots.
Recently, BB has discovered a new game of sorts. Whenever I am near him he likes to put his fingers in my mouth. So what’s the game you ask? I’m not sure how he keeps score but it feels like he is giving himself one point to stab my gums with his fingernail, two points if he can make me choke and three points to full on fish hook my cheek. Setting aside the grossness of how unclean his fingers are the real problem is that his new activity hurts. He especially loves playing when he is in the front carrier. He wiggles an arm free and up in order to hook my lip when I least expect it. We may need to take him to a specialist as he seems to laugh the more I yelp in pain. Thankfully with the winter’s fast arrival his weapons will be covered in mouth safe mittens.
Now that it is nippy out and I had to get down the family’s winter gear from the attic we could finally see if BB was up for my favorite game show, Will The Baby Keep His Hat On? I’m not sure if it counts as a win or not because the game show’s rules are a bit fuzzy, but BB does indeed NOT keep his hat on. Much like his socks there is nothing he does faster than take his hat off. Which is why we needed a something a little stronger. Dots on Tots, made from organic cotton, are double thick baby hats that feature Velcro on the flaps. Of course like most good baby products these hats are made by a mom in the good ole US of A. The flaps completely cover the youngster’s ears to try and prevent ear infections. Dots also makes a Noise Reduction hat with ear protection inserts in case you’re like me and you keep taking the baby to Metallica concerts. I’m still waiting for someone to make a hat that doesn’t just cover the ears, but also stops the little guy’s nose from running as it does all winter.
BB has a new habit that I don’t remember LTD having, unless I blocked it out on purpose, and I’m not loving it. BB won’t eat solid food but he does try and eat me. Any time I lie on the floor to watch him or play with him at some point he will crawl on me and head for my face. Like a python he opens his mouth to full maw and tries to either eat my nose or chin. One time I was on side, which turned out to be a mistake, and he saw a rare opportunity to hit a normally tough target, my ear. I’m not sure which was grosser the amount of drool he deposited in my lobe or the sound he made while doing it. Okay, the drool was definitely grosser. I don’t know what it is about my face that he finds so tasty but I need to bottle it and pour it on some real food to try and get this kid to eat solids soon or else we’re going to have to order a copy of, How to Raise a Well-Adjusted Cannibal.