The Weekly Peanut, Issue 79
I can't help but wonder if my kid knows when it's time to write TWP, because if I'd sat down to do this 24 hours ago there may have been some mud-slinging. This morning, however, she turned on the charm. "I feel better, Mahmee." THANK. GAWD.
MISS Remember demon baby? I hardly do. However my child, for a 24 hour span from Sunday morning through Monday day care drop off, was possessed by evil. Usually if she wakes up grumpy she can take an afternoon nap and start fresh. No dice. D's reign of terror seemed totally out of left field and nothing we did could please her. Oy. Maybe she was cutting another molar? I tried (several times) to have a little talk with her about, even when we aren't feeling our best, it's no excuse to treat other people awfully. Who knows if it stuck. Pray for me.
Other than those 24 hours, D's been her usual charming self. She's even displaying incredible feats of agility. HIT D loves challenging herself at the playground and learning how to do new physical activities. Check out my little Ninja Warrior ^.
Speaking of surprises, one evening during dinner while D was doing her usual declarations/ announcements of everything she sees (Tree! Sky! Moon!) watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, D showed us a new trick. HIT D loves animal sounds, and apparently actions, too. She froggied all around the living room, complete with sound effects.
We were pretty excited to return to Magic Kingdom after summer blackouts. Since I was only able to get Anna & Elsa FastPass for the afternoon, and because we'd never seen the Festival of Fantasy parade, we decided to take a stab at doing a later day at MK as opposed to our usual mornings. We had a nice breakfast then hung around the house, doing chores while Daphne got into the Disney spirit. HIT We watched Tangled with D, and she got Ian and I both pretty misty-eyed when she started singing along to "I See the Light," something we'd never seen her do before. *sniff*
I was tickled pink that Daphne actually took a nap on our way down to the park in the car. Although it rained on the way down we hoped for clear skies by the time we were in place for the 3pm parade. Not... so much. We did get to meet up with one of Ian's former coworkers and his family and D made some fast friends.
We finally gave up waiting for the delayed parade to go use our Peter Pan FastPass. D again showed increased engagement in the rides, actively pointing out things. She's a big fan of "Tick Tock Croc" (the name they gave the croc who chases Captain Hook on Jake & the Neverland Pirates).
I'm currently on a serious Villain mission (asset gathering and all that jazz), so we hightailed it over to see Gaston outside his tavern. I'd witnessed him doing meetings before, and he was quite impressive. D got one look at Gaston in line and, as with previous villain interactions, she was NOT interested. Fine by me, Ian broke out his phone and got ready to snap photos of our cowering child with me and Gaston. Gaston, however, was not having it. I'll be darned if he didn't manage to get D from hiding with her face buried in my neck to not only high-fiving, but even giving Gaston a hug before we left. Touché, you charming bastard. Gaston is our most surprising HIT.
Tinker Bell was on the agenda, since Ian hadn't had a chance to go with D and I the first time we met her. She spent a LONG time with D, too. The two of them put on quite a show for the waiting crowd, as Tink tried to get my kid to perform any number of tasks which D would agree to and then not do. Such as: Spin in a circle, sit cross-legged, pose for a picture. Either way it was adorable and we had a pretty great time. D also started a new (MISS) behavior that would persist for the rest of her meetings: poking at or grabbing the costume in some way. With Tink it was the wings.
At last our Anna & Elsa FastPass window had arrived. This was our first time going since the girls got separated. I can see the reasoning from a timing perspective, and I'm sure Aurora is thrilled to be out of that cursed slot, but I did miss the chemistry between the two characters. Ah well. D didn't seem to care. From the moment we entered the room she started pointing enthusiastically "ANNAELSA! ELSAANNA!" (she can't just say one or the other). Anna was up first. D grabbed at Anna's wig first (oops!), it never occurred to me that D's recent fascination with ponytails and braids would rear its head at Disney. She also wanted Anna to explain the decorations on her dress.
I can always tell when my kid is taking too long with a character if the next Princess is already waiting for her in the wings. Elsa was waiting, so we said our goodbyes to Anna. Yes, D tried to yank Elsa's braid, too.
We were not going to be permitted by D to walk past Prince Charming's carousel again without a spin. After a quick outfit change, we unleashed D on the ponies. Man does that kid love a carousel ride. I was very pleased that we didn't get any negative reaction when we had to get off the ride this time. I took time to explain to her while we were waiting in line (and she was impatient) about taking turns, and how those people were getting their turn while we waited, and while she got her turn other people would be waiting for theirs. Who knows if it worked or if the one ride was good enough for her.
Our last FastPass was for Pirates of the Caribbean. I had some trepidation about taking D on the ride; the last time we'd gone she'd been starting to show some fear of the dark and it's only gotten more significant the past couple months. I told D we were going to "See Pirates" and she seemed excited enough. She was acting pretty spooked in the dark line, but I told her we were just going on a boat ride. On the ride Ian and I talked her through the dark parts and she never flinched. In fact she seemed to have a great time. Way to go, brave peanut.
We were all done by then. Although we got rained out of the parade, the overcast skies kept the temperature reasonable for the rest of the day.
There you have it, another busy week in the life of the peanut.