Kid Hodgepodge

Ane was a total pro at her dental appointment yesterday. (DozeyMagz, pay attention!) She opened her mouth wide (having to be reminded occasionally when the hygenist was trying to get at her back molars), managed to get through the flouride treatment without throwing a fit, and walked away totally happy with stickers, stamps on her hands, and a new toothbrush.

Here are the pictures to prove it:

Ready for my cleaning!

What's going on in there?

Polishing the pearly whites

Everyone wears sunglasses during their cleanings and exams to protect their eyes from the overhead lamp the hygenist uses, and this hygenist was kind enough to give Ane a hand-held mirror to hold so she could watch the action. Ane loved every minute, and greeted our dentist enthusiastically when she walked in. “Hi, Dr. S!” she exclaimed. The dentist did a double-take at her. “Are you sure you’re old enough to be in here??” she asked Ane. “I remember when you didn’t have teeth!”

Dr. S later commented on Ane’s good cheer and willing patient attitude. “If only all kids were like that,” she said.

Stop it, Ane. You’re making the rest of the kids on the globe look bad.


Tad has discovered how to REALLY get his sister’s goat. I mean, REALLY.

Whenever he sees Dolly lying around, he will grab the doll, deliberately run in front of Ane so she can see that he’s holding her dolly hostage, and then he runs.

Did I mention that he has a manaical grin on his face when he does this? Ane instantly starts shrieking – “Mommy, he has my dolly!” – and she either grabs it away from him, or expects me to get it if I’m closer to Tad. When Dolly is finally back in her arms, she yells at Tad, who continues to just grin at her.

And the second he sees Dolly unattended again, the cycle repeats itself.

Tad has finally become the annoying little brother. It took him just shy of nineteen months to get there.


Lunchtime at my parents’ house yesterday…

My dad decides to check their email. The kids are sitting around the table, while my mother and I are nearby in the kitchen. So my dad starts the dial-up connection.

(Unmistakable sound of a modem dialing up.)
Ane: What’s that sound?
Me: That’s Grandma and Gichan’s computer dialing up.
(Blank stare from Ane, who has lived with high-speed access all her life.)
Me: (giggling as I realize this) The computer is getting their email.
My mom: You see, Ane, Grandma and Gichan still live in the dark ages.
Ane: Oh. (pause) What’s dark?


Tad’s current favorite book is It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny. I’m not quite sure why, but he gets quite upset if he doesn’t hear it at least once a day, either at bedtime or naptime. For a little boy, he is quite opinionated.


We had CW Mom and CW Dad, along with Carter the dog and baby Wocket, over for dinner on Monday. The kids loved seeing Carter, who, even though he is still a young dog, has been very well-trained and likes kids. However, Ane was equally interested in baby Wocket, who is now 10 weeks old and adorable. “Look at the baby, Mommy!” she exclaimed as she leaned over him – he was on his back on the floor.

We all told her to be gentle, and then continued to chat. Next thing we know, Ane has picked him up and is trying to pull him into her lap.

Have you ever seen four adults move in concert at the speed of sound?

Wocket didn’t complain about Ane picking him up, though, and Ane was reminded to be gentle with him – and not pick him up again.


Ane: Mommy, I too big for the nursery. I wanna go preschool.


Next fall, kid. Just a little bit longer.

3 Responses to “Kid Hodgepodge”

  1. Matthew
    March 8th, 2007 20:04

    Tad is trying to get attention from his sister. He wants to play with her!

    TheMonk has been doing the same thing when he wants attention from me. He’ll purposely go to the one place he knows he’s not allowed to be so I’ll come get him.

  2. Dozeymagz
    March 9th, 2007 08:29

    WOW! Ane did so well at the D.E.N thingie! Maybe she can give me a few pointers on how to be so brave and clever!!!!

  3. Erin
    March 11th, 2007 09:14

    I’m impressed with how well Ane did at the dentist! Even I don’t do that well!