The Weekly Peanut, Issue 34
After last week I did not have high hopes, but the kid really managed to turn it around.
When I picked the kid up from day care Thursday, she was suddenly capable of calming the f*** down and being pleasant for more than 10 minutes at a time. She snuggled, draped herself across our bodies, kissed the dogs, and even remembered how to have fun in the bathtub.
Hockey season started Thursday, too. This may not have been D's first game, but she seemed a lot more into it this year.
Friday morning, October 4th, Daphne turned 15 months old! Such a grown-up little peanut. To celebrate she finally added another word to her vocabulary besides doggy. Mama? Dada? Heck no. These words don't do anything for her. "Up." As in "pick me up and carry me around," "help me up on the couch," "lift me up to the sink so I can wash my hands." Yes, handwashing. Daphne is a fan.
We had big plans for Saturday involving the MiniMaker Faire at the Science center. We got a late start, so by the time we got done with lunch at Hawkers D was due for a nap. Figured she'd go down for an hour or so, then we'd still hit the Faire. D slept until 4, putting the kibosh on those lofty plans. We rerouted ourselves to Oblivion Taproom for Oktoberfest and to wish our friend, Krista, a happy birthday. Daphne is waving again, and happily greeted strangers in their cars from the parking lot.
Saturday such a wash, Ian woke up determined to get out of the house and have fun Sunday. We'd been talking about treating each other to annual Disney passes for some time as an anniversary gift, and it seemed as good a day as any. Off we went to the Magic Kingdom! Daphne was a CHAMP. We had to wait in lines at the ticket counter, then got delayed at the monorail. Speaking of, D was a big fan, staring out the window. We took a family picture in front of Cinderella's castle and shared a root beer float in adventureland. Crossing our fiingers, we strolled into the "20 minute" wait at the Haunted Mansion. Turns out we pretty much walked on, and Daphne got to go on her first. ride. ever. I was worried walking in, there was a 3 year old behind us in line who was TERRIFIED. D? Not so much. She's so curious about everything, she absolutely LOVED the ride. It is pretty great that Disney has so many options for a kid that tiny. We wandered down to the new Fantasyland and went on the new Under the Sea ride (it's pretty much the Haunted Mansion with different decor). D loved it! She smiled and pointed at ALL THE THINGS. By this time it was well after 2 and well after D's normal nap time, so we called it a day. The monorail was down AGAIN so we took the ferryboat back to the parking lot. D loved it, and made a point of making friends with all the other kids in the vicinity.
Monday was D's 15 month check-up at the doctor. We went back to Dr. Smith, our second favorite, since Dr. Trout isn't an option anymore. D's in the 10th percentile for weight, but the 50th for head circumference (as always) and over the 50th for length! Grown, peanut, grow! Dr. Smith mentioned that most kids at this age tend to keep similar proportions throughout childhood, so she will probably end up being on the tall and slender side. GOOD FOR HER! Didn't get that from me, nosirree. Developmentally he says she's doing great all around. He also remarked that she's very socially well-adjusted, that most kids her age have such stranger-danger that they scream the minute he starts trying to examine them. Not my peanut! She was friendly and curious the whole time, even managed to not cry for her first shot! (The second one finally did the trick and brought on the waterworks, but as soon as I picked her up she stopped). I didn't mention that, had this check-up been even a week before, she probably would have been a complete turd.
Here's hoping we can ride this good mood for a few more weeks, at least through the trip to St. Louis we're taking!