Down with the sickness

8:36 pm Lily


From 20110313


This winter has been rough. Long and cold with TONS of snow, and at least one of us has been sick almost non-stop since Christmas. Not that this is much different from any other year (see http://woyak.com/?p=197) but I’m still sick of it, nonetheless.


From 20110313

Pretty much ever since Lily’s first birthday, people have been warning me about age 3. “Forget the terrible twos, it’s three you have to worry about!” Now, having all of 3 months under our belts, I completely understand where these warnings were coming from! There are times I want to throw my OWN tantrums, to cover my ears and scream and pretend I can’t hear the whining, the lack of respect, the outright DEMANDS my child is making of me. There are times I want to just use the “because I said so”, “because I’m the boss”, and “why NOT?” fallbacks, because trying to satiate a three-year-olds curiosity can be utterly exhausting.


From 20110313

But, as much as I may eat these words over the next 9 months, I think 3 sometimes gets a bad rap. Like most things tend to do in life, they manage to balance themselves out. For all the tears and frustrations, there are just as powerful moments of wonder and amazement. To realize that your child is GROWING UP, forming their OWN thoughts and opinions and meanwhile they still have the ability (and the desire!) to share their view of the world with you – what an incredible, amazing gift.


From 20110313

I haven’t been very good at keeping up with all the “Lily-isms” she’s been saying lately, but rest assured that she says SOMETHING humorous/witty/amazing almost every single day. ;) Probably my recent favorite was when she decided that she’s going to open a restaurant called “The Ugly Baker”, and its specialty will be potato sauce. I’m not completely sure what potato sauce is, or how to make it, but those are just the little details. :)


From 20110313

Since the last update, and in between illnesses, we have kept fairly busy! Lily attended a free “trial” class of tumbling at The Little Gym, and I found a Groupon for 4 more sessions for a reasonable amount. So far she’s had 3 of the 5 classes, and I think she really likes it! The Groupon came at the perfect time since we’d already been visiting a few tumbling classes as I’m trying to decide where to enroll her for classes next fall – and if she should do tumbling or dance. I don’t think we’ll be doing The Little Gym full time, even though I like a lot of what they do – it’s just SO expensive!


From 20110313

Along with tumbling classes, Lily has also begun her 2nd round of swimming lessons – and it’s her FIRST round of being in the water without Mommy or Daddy! I’ll admit, I was a bit nervous about this at first, but they are actually VERY safe, and have usually had at least 2, sometimes 3 teachers for the small class of 6 kids, as well as the normal lifeguard on duty. Last night Lily stepped off the bench they were standing on, and started to go under, and before the water even hit her eye level one of the teachers had grabbed her arm and pulled her back up. She didn’t even cry!


From 20110313

In both of these activities, it has been so interesting to watch her interact with other adult “authority figures”, and her peers without us standing there holding her hand and/or coaxing her to do something or talk. What has surprised me the most is that Lily really seems to be struggling with some separation anxiety and spent the first couple of lessons for both Tumbling and Swimming CRYING because we weren’t right there with her. For Tumbling, Jason and I had to spend the first couple of classes sitting on the floor IN the Gym instead of behind the windows with the other parents.. but in both cases, as soon as the class really gets going she quickly becomes an active participant and “forgets” that we’re not right there with her. Last week in Tumbling she even reached out and grabbed another girls hand… and held it next to her without letting go, so that part we need to work on a little bit. Then she proudly told us after class, “I had fun.. and I even made a friend!” Too bad she never remembers to ask her “friends” for their NAME. heh


From 20110313

Speaking of friends – Lily is now up to 4 imaginary friends. Her naming technique could use a little work, but at least they’ve been consistent for the last year or so! Her friends are: Lily Woyak Pee-Pee, Lily Woyak Poo-Poo, Choo Choo Doo-Doo, and Allah. LWPP and LWPP2 make an appearance the most, and honestly have nothing to do with any bathroom behavior. Choo Choo Doo-Doo apparently has brown skin, and is sometimes her husband… (we’ve heard the story of their wedding a number of times already), though one time he was her baby, along with the other 3.


From 20110313

We’ve spent some time recently with cousins Claire and Abby, including a recent sleepover, a shared Tumbling class, and Disney Princess on Ice! I think it’s safe to say that Claire and Abby still rank among some of Lily’s favorite people IN THE WORLD! ;) We’re looking forward to seeing them again tomorrow!


From 20110313

Other than those exciting adventures, Lily has most of Grandma and Grandpa’s phone number memorized and LOVES to dial them and call them BY HERSELF. Luckily Grandma and Grandpa love talking with her, too! She even called Auntie Lisa and left her a “get well soon” message while she wasn’t feeling good. Along the same lines, Lily has gotten REALLY good at using a computer mouse now, and is able to sit at the computer and place Purble Place, starfall.com, and zoodles.com which she LOVES! :) She got hooked on zoodles.com from our phones (kid mode app), and still loves to access it through the touchscreen but there’s some slightly different content on the computer so it’s nice she can do that, too.


From Eliza's Bday Party

I’m excited for the weather to get warmer and for us to really get outside again, as I’m sure “outside play” with Lily will be much different this year than it was even last year! I’m pretty confident she’ll rediscover her love of the park(s), and think we’ll try to do a lot more bike riding this summer as well, since she now has a small bike with training wheels. Whatever the summer brings, I’m excited to share it with my adorable little 3yo girl, watch her grow and learn, and share the adventure with her.


From 20110313

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