Lead, Follow, or Step Aside…

November 3, 2010 at 9:11 pm (Ladybug, sisters)

For me, the decision to put Ladybug in Sunshine’s class this year was not even a question.  Of course they belonged together.  Sunshine’s classroom was the classroom that Ladybug saw each and everyday.  Her teacher greeted Ladybug each day like she was a member of the class.  It was only natural that when it came time for her to start school, she start in this class.

Her teacher did not feel the same way.  It took me months to convince her that this would work, that the girls could each be their best in the class, that the older one wouldn’t overshadow the younger one.  And I don’t think she was truly on board.  Until this week.

It was Ladybug’s turn to be the host.  Her turn to choose what snack the children would have that day, to pick a helper who would help her prepare the snack, to arrange the flowers that would make the classroom beautiful.  And Sunshine Could. Not. Wait. to be Ladybug’s helper.  And yesterday morning went a little something like this…

Sunshine: Ladybug, Can I be your helper?  Please?  I really want to be your helper.

Ladybug:  Yes!  We’re going to have cucumbers.  I love cucumbers.

Sunshine:  No, I want to have grapes.  Could we have grapes.  I don’t want to have cucumbers.

Ladybug:  No, Sunshine, we’re having cucumbers for snack today.  If you don’t want cucumbers, I will find someone else to be my helper.

And she did.

And I could not have been more proud.

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She Speaks!

October 28, 2008 at 4:13 pm (Ladybug)

I’ve written before about Ladybug and her amazing use of body language to communicate.  Her lack of speech doesn’t really bother me.  She’s not frustrated.  She really communicates very well.  I’ve long suspected that she’s capable of saying far more than she lets on.  This morning, it happened.  

Ladybug and I were putting together a puzzle.  It’s a fabulous magnetic animal puzzle that doubles as a book.  Got to love Melissa and Doug, and thank you Auntie Sharon.  Anyways, her favorite is the monkey.  She can OOOHHH  OOOHHH, AAAHHH AAAHHH with with best of them.  Today I asked her where the panda was.  Not only did she point to the panda, she said “PANDA.”  I asked her where the zebra was.  Same thing.  She pointed to the zebra and said, “ZEBRA.”  Of course when I clapped and cheered, she looked at me like the floor show portion of this morning’s entertainment was over and dashed away oohhh ooohhhing like a monkey.  (Perhaps I need to learn to be a little more low key when she hits little milestones.)

I don’t think she’ll be reciting Dickinson anytime soon.  But it’s a start.  

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She’s found her bliss.

October 23, 2008 at 2:01 pm (Ladybug)






And these days it involves wearing, on her head, any pair of discarded pants or underwear that she can find.  She runs through the house with them on her head, giggling maniacally.  She even goes through laundry baskets in search of pairs within easy reach.  Just a little incentive to make sure the laundry is done the next time we have guests over!

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What’s in a Name and Other Goings On

October 22, 2008 at 8:12 pm (Ladybug, Sunshine, The Husband)

The Husband is very unhappy with being called “The Husband.”  Totally understood.  I wouldn’t want to be The Wife.  Although people have called me that, usually when asking The Husband if he’s allowed to go out for the night.  Like he needs my permission.  I guess I’m just glad they didn’t call me the old ball and chain.  In any case, I’m looking for suggestions.  Anyone?  Something tells me calling him “The Man Formerly Known as The Husband” just wouldn’t sound right.  

Today, as we were playing on the playground after dismissal from school, Ladybug decided that whatever Sunshine was doing was the best thing in the world to do.  She followed her all the way up onto the big slide platform.  She really wanted to drive with the little wheel, but Sunshine had a different idea.  I was chatting with another mom, when I see Sunshine pick Ladybug up and seat her at the top of the slide.  She shouted “Mom, Catch” and proceeded to give Ladybug a huge push.  Thankfully I’m a quick sprinter.  

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Doing a Happy Carpool Dance

October 16, 2008 at 9:23 am (Ladybug, Nothing)

We’ve hooked up with another family that lives nearby to carpool to school. Woohoo!  Yes, I’m happier that we’re now a little greener.  But actually, I just love the free time in the morning.  So does Ladybug.  Right now she’s dancing to Sesame Street.  We never get to watch Sesame Street.  We’ve danced, read countless books, enjoyed a hot cup of tea together, gotten dressed in a leisurely fashion, and done two loads of laundry.  All in the hour we save by not driving Sunshine to school in the morning.  It’s the little things.  

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