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Morning offerings

Every morning our daughter brings gifts of dolls and stuffed animals to our bedroom. Tonight I found Mousey and Tiny patiently waiting for us to come to bed, apparently missed in this morning’s sweep.

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Thankful for the zoo pass

In spite of my encouragement to sleep till at least 8, J woke up early as usual today. So I checked the weather and saw that it was supposed to be in the 70s till after noon. It was a bit cloudy outside so it seemed perfect for a zoo day.

When asked what animal she wanted to see first, she told each of us separately that she wanted to see the giraffes. We decided a train ride past them could be a great way to see them today. After that we went to the children’s zoo and enjoyed the splash areas. It was great!

We love that having a pass means we can go for just a few hours and do 2 things instead of feeling like we have to see everything in one trip.

I thought it was too quiet

After eating some chicken minis from our favorite fast food place (Chick-fil-A), J went back to the kitchen and stayed pretty quiet.

I asked: “what are you doing?”
She replied: “just sitting here”.

I went in a few minutes later to see a very strange look on her face. She had just tasted a handful of some of the salt she had dumped on her plate. Yep, most of the previously full shaker was now empty.

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It now stays in the cabinet unless an adult is present 🙂

Home is a Sacramento hotel room

Since we have an early flight home, my folks put us up in their favorite hotel the night before. This is a great time for Joanna to explore every inch of the room and have a bit of an adventure before she’s cooped up on a couple of planes for the day.

Today’s adventure has us thinking that she may have outgrown the hotel-provided crib.

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Issues, not individuals

A couple of recent incidents have helped me decide to focus on how I talk about Joanna. She’s very sensitive to what we say about her and I’ve seen the hurt look on her face as Jessica and I discuss her while she’s in the room.

Tonight’s episode: saying she stinks, instead of saying her diaper stinks. Shifting the focus from the origin (J’s apparently rotten insides) to the source (Pampers full of expelled evil) of the not-so-heavenly aroma still addresses the fact that it smells like a New Orleans sewer 3 days after Mardi Gras, without the shaming effect on my developing toddler.

Seriously though, I’m making an effort to change how I address situations so the issue is what it’s discussed, rather than the individual.

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