Last Thursday, we got her flu vaccine. Since she turned a year old, the vaccines have really started affecting her. Meaning, she gets really PMS-y (Please! Mama! See!). It’s non-stop attention seeking, whining, faking tears – the works. But there is something wrong because she is normally easier to console, distract and ignore (yep, sometimes I just ignore and she moves on). So what’s a mom who allows her to watch one video a day to do?
Let her watch her favorite video – non-stop- and fast forward to her favorite part of course! Mind you, her favorite part is a measly 2 minutes and we did this for an hour. But hey it made her forget about her discomfort and it is Sesame Street so she learned something… right?
The toddler's choice for Best Picture aka Mommy's sanity saver
What does your kid do to make you break your own rules?
Sometimes, I forget to give my husband more credit. For all the idiosyncrasies that he has slowly revealed in the past several years, there is one revelation that I am most thankful for: he’s an awesome dad. My daughter lights up at the sound of his distinctive doorbell ring. She drops everything and runs to the door “Daddy? Daddy? DADDY!” They have a way with each other and it’s amazing to watch. She pulls him to the computer to watch her favorite YouTube video, pulls him to her cabinet to pull something out, picks the cap he’ll wear for golf (caps are the only hats she wears), picks his clothes for sleeping.. It’s this by the way:
It looks old because it is old as in circa 1985-1990. But she LOVES it is so he wears it.
Daddy is THE man. She’s his biggest fan. He makes the silliest faces, the strangest sounds and comes up with the best games/pranks. She laughs differently with him. It’s the kind when you crack up without expecting to like when you’re watching an Adam Sandler movie. Like that. For a time, she would wake up around 6am to hang out with her daddy. He’s a morning person so he’d use the time to work out, read the paper, drink his coffee and relax. I guess she saw this as a great opportunity so for a good week or two, she straggled out of her bed and plopped herself on his lap for the whole morning. And when she dresses up, she walks over to daddy to show off and get approval. There’s a spring in her step when daddy’s around and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Here’s one of daddy’s newest discoveries during one of their lap sessions (get your mind out of the gutter!):
Alphabet Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DK9VPtz3EHQ&feature=related
and a regular favorite
Elmo’s Song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiQHzx8It2M
I’m not a fan of TV for my child. I have a fear of an eventual addiction that would display zombie-like behavior. Save that for adolescence right?
So in terms of media, there’s TV..there’s Dvd.. and then there’s YouTube. A happy medium.
When I used to look up American Idol performances on YouTube, I never thought I’d access it to teach my kid about the alphabet! But lo and behold, Elmo and India Arie rocking the alphabet is exactly what got my baby girl to sing it out loud– in the bath, in her crib, while playing, while hanging with dolly.
Check it out. It’s catchy.