Little things

Mingli does lots of little things that I don’t want to put as a whole blog post, but I still want to share, so I am going to start collecting several and then putting them all in one post.

One morning Mingli dropped a pack of tortillas in my lap and said “cheese,” so we had cheese quesadillas for lunch. Mingli was so excited, they are one of his favorites. He is getting better and better at expressing what he is wanting.

One morning I brought him into our bed to cuddle for a few minutes while we were all waking up, which is what usually happens in the morning.  For a while Mingli had been responding with “love you” when I told him I loved him, but this morning as we were cuddling he spontaneously said “I love you.”  He said it to me, and then a few minutes later he climbed onto Kaanas’s chest and said it to him.  It was so cute.

One evening Mingli was playing with his Duplos in the living room and he threw one of them.  He looked at me and said “where Duplo go?”  That was his thing for the rest of the evening.  He wandered around the apartment for the rest of the evening saying that and bringing me all the Duplos he could find.

We left our vacuum in the corner of the living room one day and it was still plugged in.  Mingli was walking by it and he dropped one of his heavy toys, right onto the button that turns the vacuum on.  He had never seen the vacuum come on without mommy or daddy touching it and he completely freaked out.  He wouldn’t stop hyperventilating(seriously, he was almost having a panic attack) until we put the vacuum in the closet and let him shut the door.  I had never seen him so freaked out, and I felt really bad.  Since then we have made sure not to leave the vacuum where he can accidentally turn it on, although he pretty much stays away from it.

My brother went out and got us Dairy Queen one night and I shared my blizzard with Mingli.  I took a bite and then I gave him a bite(though much smaller because I didn’t want him eating too much).  After a while of this Mingli stopped, pointed to me, and said “you,” then he pointed to himself and said “me.”  It was so cute, first because he was talking about us sharing the ice cream, and second because he has never used pronouns before and was able to get them correct his first time using them.

I got up with Mingli one morning and as we were going out into the hall we heard scratching coming from the laundry room.  Mingli’s eyes got really big and he pointed and said “what’s that?”  Just then my dad came out of his bedroom and Mingli started pointing and asking my dad “what’s that? what’s that?”  Dad said it was a door, but I told him Mingli meant the sound from behind the door.  Dad opened it and the dog ran out.  Mingli was a bit amazed.  That is also the first time he has ever asked a “what” question.

Moving and pregnancy

So we have moved and are working on getting all settled in at my parents house.  There is still a lot of unpacking to do, mainly because I can’t do to much or I get so tired.  Things are getting a lot easier now that we are here.  I am able to rest a lot more and my siblings and parents help with Mingli.  I am able to sit in my rocking chair crocheting for a good part of the day while Mingli plays with his toys on the floor without having to worry about cooking, cleaning, or doing anything else tiring.  Kaanas is also still home all day since he is looking for a job.  We are hoping that he is able to get a job soon, but he should, since he has put in a couple dozen applications this week.  There are still many things we are trying to work out, but Mingli is loving the extra attention and getting more time to rest is really helping me, which is good since things with the pregnancy are getting worse.  We have found a chiropractor here and she is really helping with my hips and back, but other things are now getting worse.  I am getting really dizzy a lot, to the point where I feel like I am going to pass out, and if I do anything I get really exhausted and out of breath.  Just taking a shower gets me so tired and out of breath that I need to lay down.  I don’t have an OB here yet, so I was having trouble getting into a doctor, so we finally decided to go to an urgent care place because even when I was laying down I would feel like I was going to pass out.  The urgent care told us that they couldn’t do the tests I needed so they sent me to the ER, which I really didn’t want.  They ran a bunch of tests and the only thing that came up was my blood pressure is low, but not low enough for them to need to do anything about.  They basically told me that my body doesn’t like being pregnant and I should rest as much as possible..  At least they did an ultrasound and I was able to see that the baby was ok.  

Hip relief

For the past several weeks I have been having a lot of trouble with my hips.  Some days I can’t walk on my own because my hips won’t support my weight.  There are times I have actually fallen over because my hips won’t support me.  On really bad days I can’t even move because my hips hurt so bad.  Most days I can manage to get around my small apartment, but I have to hold onto the wall the whole time because I feel like my hips might give out at any moment and I might fall.  Several people have suggested I go see a chiropractor, and yesterday I finally had my appointment.  It was wonderful.  I found out that one of my hips is rotated way back and my pelvis is crocked, and that combined with the fact that pregnancy loosens up your ligaments is what has been causing me so much trouble.  I have still been in a lot of pain today, my chiropractor said it will take a few sessions before things are really better (I have another appointment next week), but today I have actually been able to walk without feeling like I am going to fall.  For weeks I have been worried that I would get to the point in this pregnancy where I couldn’t even walk anymore, but now I am hopeful that things will get better.  Maybe I will even be able to go to the store without having to use an electric cart :).

Tot school-Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs

This morning our tot school theme was Oh My, Oh My, Oh Dinosaurs.

Since it is a book mostly about opposites, I decided to start off with a big and small sorting.  Mingli and I have talked about big and small a little, mostly at the part.  Some we will find big and small sticks and he likes that, but I have never asked him to figure out if something was big or small, he would just find a stick and I would say “you found a big stick” or something like that.  Since this is the first time we have formally worked with this concept I wanted to have all the items be mostly the same.  I thought about going to the store and buying something to sort, but I was tired, so I decided to pull out my Russian nesting dolls.  I was nervous about this, because I actually got them in Russia and they are special to me, but it was what I thought would work best, and I thought if I was watching him it would be ok.  I had 5 dolls, and I decided to just use the 2 biggest and 2 smallest from each doll so there is more of a difference in size.  I helped Mingli sort the first couple, then he did the rest my himself.  He seemed to get it pretty quickly and actually enjoy it.

He had even more fun when he realized that the dolls could be opened, put back together, and would fit inside each other.  He figured this out all by himself and this activity lasted much longer than the sorting.  He was concentrating so much on it and learning a lot.  He had to get the angle right to get the dolls to fit back together, he tried to put bigger ones inside of smaller ones, and he tried to put pieces together that didn’t fit.  I could see the wheels turning in his brain as he figured out how these dolls worked.  I think I want to get him his own nesting dolls that he can play with whenever he wants without me having to worry about him messing up my special ones.

 

Since we were reading a dinosaur book we of course had to get back out Mingli’s dinosaur play set and play pretend.  We had fun making the dinos drink, eat, go down the slide, and play peek-a-boo.  I know for some thing may not seem like school, but learning to play pretend is an important cognitive skill, so I figured why not take the time to encourage it.

Last we took the dinosaurs and did dino painting.  I made some paint out of flour, water, and food coloring then let Mingli dip the dino feet in the paint and use the dinosaurs to make prints on the paper.  Mingli LOVED this.  His eyes just lit up when I demonstrated how to do it.  This was the first time I have done painting at the table instead of the bathtub, but it actually didn’t get too messy.  I mean, he was covered in paint, and so was the table, but the paint was only on his arms and there was none on the floor, so I thought it was good for painting with a toddler, especially since I didn’t want to restrict him too much.

 

Of course he didn’t want to stick to just putting the dinosaur’s feet in the paint.

And in the end it turned into finger painting.

When he tried to dump out the paint onto the table I decided the activity was done.  I was really happy to have a day where Mingli finally liked all the activities I had planned and prepared.  Sometimes he is not quite ready for the things I think he is, but today the activities were just right for him.

Up in the mountains

Last week I was really wanting to take a drive up in the mountains, so we got in the car and went to the nearest canyon.  It was beautiful and fun to just spend time together.  Mingli started getting pretty restless just being in the car, so we found a little pull over spot by the river and got out for a few minutes.  It was nice just sitting there and watching it, very relaxing.  Mingli wanted to play in the water, but the river was moving pretty fast with the snow melting in the mountains, so we didn’t think him playing in it was the best idea.  We did let him just barely dip his toes in the edge while Kaanas was holding onto him tight, and he loved that.

Tot school-Bear Feels Scared

We had a tot school lesson with the book Bear Feels Scared as the theme.

We haven’t really done anything with emotions, so I wanted to introduce those to Mingli, and this seemed like a good book to do it with.  Our first activity was singing If You’re Happy and You Know It.  We did a verse with happy, sad, and angry.  I drew little faces for each of the verses, and we also practiced making happy, sad, and angry faces.  Mingli loved pretending to cry.

The next activity was sorting emotions.  I drew happy and sad faces and helped Mingli sort the emotions.  He didn’t really get it and had a hard time knowing which bowl to put each face in.

I still don’t feel like he has much of a concept of emotions, but we will keep working on it.  I also try to talk about emotions during the day by naming the emotion he is feeling and talking about how characters in book feel.  It is something that will probably just take time for him to learn, and I just have to be patient.

I also made rain cups by poking holes in the bottom of plastic cups.  Mingli took them into his bath with him instead of actually using them during tot school.  I thought he would really enjoy them, but he didn’t really seem to.  Oh well, maybe we will try again when he is older.

Yarn winding helper

So a while back I posted about my new yarn winder.  Since then I have been busy getting my entire stash of yarn all nicely wound and put into storage bags so it will not get tangled anymore.  As I was doing that I found out I am not the only one who likes my yarn winder.  Mingli came and started “helping” me wind yarn.  At first he was actually turning the handle to wind the yarn, but then he got tired of that and started doing this.

It was a good thing that ball of yarn was already a tangled mess, he didn’t actually make it any worse.  He loves playing with my yarn, but he doesn’t get to very often.  Since he could strangle himself with the yarn I only let him play with it if I can be sitting right beside him the whole time, especially since, as you can see in the picture, he enjoys wrapping the yarn around his neck.  Since I had many balls of yarn to wind I let him play with this one for a while and did my other one.  He was so happy.

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