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salt dough

By Tara Zandra | October 11, 2006

This morning I made salt dough so the kids could make ghosts. Daisy wouldn’t even touch it at first, but Tabitha thought it a great activity. Eventually Daisy poked her little dough round and proclaimed “I did it!” We baked it as is and though she refused to decorate it with a marker (she did not exercise the same restraint on her hand, however) it is sitting proudly with Tabitha’s 6 ghosts named PeeWee, Mrs. Beanst, Ms. Kelly, Batchelor Steve (in underpants, no less), Mr. Clark Knent, and Miss Knent. I love how she doesn’t just stop at making them, but takes it one step further and gives them names and personalities.

Lessons are getting harder with Daisy around. I try to give her something specific to do but she stops after only 3 minutes and then stands at the table just jabbering and whining. It’s non-stop too, not just a little bit of talking. That’s a new thing over the last few days, constant sounds coming from her. She used to talk when she had something to say, now she just talks all the time, some of it words and some of it her gibberish. But it’s giving me a headache. It’s the old “be careful what you wish for” of course since I was afraid of a speech delay. I know I’ve mentioned that a few times but I’m not sure I ever mentioned why I had that concern. Mainly she never babbled as a baby. She never made baby sounds at all. She would grunt occasionally but that was it. So I kept an eye on the charts of when to worry about language delay. Until about 14 months she was at the bottom of the chart, meaning she did the bare minimum and that was it (less than 3 words at 12 months is perhaps cause for worry, she said exactly 3 words at that age). Once she started though, she didn’t slow down at all. I would honestly rate her above those charts now and people constantly comment on how much she talks. I would say she is less easy to understand compared to Tabitha at this age, but we all know that Tabitha was and still is insanely advanced in the talking department. Daisy does take after her older motormouth sister by talking in her sleep. Always fun to be awakened at 2:00am by the ramblings of a baby.

Anyway, back to the topic of Daisy interrupting lessons. I’m not sure what has changed, she used to very happily color at the table or head off and do her thing. But since we returned from vacation she seems to expect Tabitha to play with her non-stop and therefore does not like when Tabitha is otherwise occupied, such as during lessons. I don’t want to put lessons off until nap time because I use those couple hours to goof off and recharge myself. Some days it’s unavoidable based on morning plans but for the most part, lessons and anything that needs to be done are done in the morning so we all have the rest of the day to do as we wish. So Daisy being constantly irritated and voicing that irritation is a problem that we have not been able to solve yet. Tabitha and I are working on it though and I’m sure we’ll come up with something.

In my internet wanderings today I found a perfect birthday gift for Chris for next month. I’m positively thrilled because I was a bit unsure of what to get him. We are planning on spending a day at Universal Studios just the two of us because that’s what he wants to do. But the actual gift part was eluding me until today. I can’t share a link because he reads the blog but it’s a gooder :)

Topics: Life, The Kiddies |

2 Responses to “salt dough”

  1. Mandi Says:
    October 12th, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    OMG! Daisy is sooo cute!! Just want to grab her and kiss her all over her adorable face. LOL So cute!

    It’s always interesting to hear people’s voices. You sound different than I imagined you would. Don’t ask what I imagined you sounded like, I have no idea. LOL

    Share more vids please!! They make me smile. :D

  2. Mel Says:
    October 13th, 2006 at 10:02 pm

    that was insanely cute!!!