Vivian is a handful. I haven’t spent all that much time with very many babies / toddlers, so I can’t really say whether she is more demanding of attention than an average kiddo her age. What I can say is this: the last time my mother-in-law visited, she declared that taking care of Vivian was a two-person job. Or at least, taking care of her and also myself and my house and so forth. And yet, most of the time, it’s just me and her, but all those other things still have (ok, let’s say “ought”) to be done. Fortunately I’ve developed some tricks to make life easier and reduce the overall amount of crying and frustration.
Dishes are a fun one, and never-ending. Now that she stands and walks, she’s obsessed with the dishwasher. She loves the dishwasher. The dishwasher may be her favorite thing in the world. She particularly likes to take all the spoons out of the utensil holder thingy and carry them around the room. If it keeps her occupied and lets me get through washing dishes, then I let it go. Until she starts turning her gaze toward the knives, and then the party is over. I make sure the spoons are pretty well rinsed before they go in the dishwasher… Anyway, she also is interested in the other neat things that sometimes appear in the dishwasher, such as whisks and colanders. The dishwasher is a powerful entertainment tool.
Now, hold that thought for a minute while I tell you about a seemingly totally unrelated thing. Then you shall be rewarded with a cute video that unites the two.
We have been working on Vivian’s vocabulary. She isn’t saying any words yet, but she recognizes a few dozen nouns and will point to things when they are mentioned: her belly button, my belly button, the table, the cat, certain toys, etc. Unfortunately, sometimes things are called by similar words, or even the same word, but they aren’t the same thing. For instance, I asked her where the “mouse” was in one of her books recently, and she pointed to her mouth. It must be very confusing learning how language works.
Ok, so those are lovely and informative tidbits about life with Vivi – but mostly, they were buildup to this week’s cute video. This morning as I was unloading the dishwasher: