Friday, December 30, 2011

Natali's word list at 16 months







All Done








Thank You


Lilo (One of Kelli's dogs)

Nite Nite

Off (turning off light switches)




Here You Go

I flew with a guy yesterday who has an 18 month old boy who has yet to say a word. I was a bit shocked, but "they" say girls develop faster than boys. I think Natali is a little too intelligent. She's been able to reason with us for a while. Reminds me of my niece Haley....another smart cookie. Haley was able to reason and negotiate from around age 2 I think...definitely by age 3. I fear Natali is on that path.

Sure it might sound great to have an intelligent kid, but there are downsides.

I've accepted the fact that Kelli is more intelligent than me...but I am smarter. There is a difference. If Natali becomes more intelligent than me...well they could rise against me.

I'm totally content with an average child. I was average....average is well...average. Eh.

Finally...Natali has her first set of Legos. I bought the Duplo 200 piece set for Christmas. She kind of gets how to put them together and pull them apart. I built a small house only to have her take it from me then have me dismantle it for her. Nice.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Still my baby

Natali is growing up fast. I miss when I could hold her in my arms without her protesting. It's rare that I can hold like a baby much anymore. When I try she squirms right out. Every now and then she lets me be a dad and she becomes a baby.

Today she wasn't feeling the best. The only thing that calmed her down was laying on my chest and letting me hold her. And I was totally okay with that.

She's still my baby.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Does a cheaper daycare = a more sick kid?

Last week a notice was posted in our daycare about a child having Strep throat.

Natali was acting a little funny over the weekend. She stayed home with my Monday and Tuesday. I noticed something was up right away.

She was much more lethargic than normal. Sleeping more often than normal. Not much of an appetite. Then I noticed the same in a sore throat Tuesday afternoon. It got worse Tuesday night.

Wednesday morning we both went to the doctor. I tested positive for strep. Natali was clear. It likely had it but was on the downside by Wednesday morning. We were both prescribed anti-biotics.

This got me thinking. Are more expensive daycare centers more free of sick kids. Follow me here.

In theory the higher priced daycare centers have families that make more money and there fore can likely take days off work to watch a sick kid. The inverse being true for lower priced daycare centers. If you are barely scraping by you might not be able to take a sick day each time your kid is sick.

Kelli burned through all her sick days early in the year due to Natali being sick so often.

I tossed the question to my facebook friends. Turns out I was wrong.

I have friends that work at expensive daycare centers. Here is a direct quote, " I work for a very nice upscale montessori school and we have the same issues. The parents are "too busy" and/or out of town and the nanny drops them off. Yep, even when they have Nannys they do it. They feel their health and time is more valuable than yours. Once one parent does it, the domino of sick children begins!!!"

When Natali is sick I can't justify taking her to daycare. She already feels crummy. Taking her to a school with a bunch of loud kids won't make her feel any better. I guess we are fortunate that I typically work weekends while Kelli has them off. We are much more flexible this way.

Thankfully Natali was back to her normal self Wednesday afternoon. This morning she was a little off by not wanting much to eat. She did take her medicine fine though (helps it was super sweet!).


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

All Kelli's fault

Natali is too intelligent. I blame Kelli. She's the smart one with a Masters degree and a white collar job. I'm just a blue collar worker (Union=blue collar).

This week Natali turned 16 months old. She's so big. When she sits on my lap I am in awe at how much she has grown.

Natali is now on her second pair of shoes. She started at a size on a size 5. Her feet aren't size 5 yet....but they are bigger than a 4.

I have a few friends who had their first kids within the last 16 months...and are preggo again. No thanks. I said it when Natali was born and I still feel the same and done.

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Kelli has done an amazing job at dropping the baby weight...and then some. She has lost over 40 pounds in the last 5 months. She weighs less now than when I met her. Maybe this vague mention will get her into blogging again?