Embarrassing Moments as a Parent

Yesterday Lucy and I went to Ballard Market to pick up a few groceries. Lucy knows that the espresso stand there has toys, so while we were checking out, she started to wander over that way. She looked back at me and said simply, “Toys?” “Sure, go on. I’ll be right there.” I followed and figured I might as well have a latte.

Shortly thereafter, an older man came in and ordered a coffee. While he waited for the barista to make it, he sat down beside me and started to unwrap a bite-sized piece of chocolate. Lucy watched him intently. He noticed her watching and said, “Oh hey, I have an extra. Do you want a piece of chocolate?” I thanked him kindly but said “no thank you, she doesn’t even know what chocolate is.” He apologized. “Oh sorry, I wasn’t even thinking”. No big deal.

Less than 30 seconds pass. Lucy is still watching closely. He pulls a bottle of wine out of his grocery bags and studies the label. Lucy gasps loudly, points, and shouts, “WINE”. He looks at me skeptically. “Hmmm….she doesn’ t know what chocolate is, but she knows wine?” How could I respond? I’m glad she didn’t start in on her rendition of “Goldfinger”!

My Thanksgiving List for 2008

I have many things to be thankful for this year. Here is my list (also posted on my family’s Thanksgiving blog). If you’re so inclined, please feel free to hop over and post your own list (instructions).

I am thankful for:
Fog that burns off
a daughter who is affectionate and generous
a husband who lets me run every Saturday
Quaker meetings
the smell of freshly roasted coffee
visiting relatives
friends who watch Lucy so Gordon and I can have some alone time
enjoying the best fall colors in Seattle in recent memory
real maple syrup
restaurants that offer decent, vegetarian/fish options
a good pie crust
Facebook- for allowing me to reconnect with old friends and keep up with existing ones
a health insurance plan that covers acupuncture
being excited about an election
a good jogging stroller
snow-capped mountains
camping as a family
car pool lanes

books: The Book Thief (Marcus Zusak), Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer)- also the movie, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Khaled Hosseini)
movies: I haven’t see very many. See above.
albums: I’m in a music rut. Probably Vampire Weekend. Also enjoyed the Allison Krauss and Robert Plant album.
meals: Nothing leaps to mind.
runs: doing the ultra-Ragnar Relay with Gordon (specifically, running across Deception Pass Bridge at sunrise).

She Poops!

Imagine my surprise when I picked Lucy up from day care tonight and her teacher informed me that she pooped in the potty today. Oh, and by the way, she did it yesterday too. WHAT!? She’s never done that at home! We’re pretty casual and laid back about the whole potty thing. Perhaps too much? Lucy occasionally sits on the potty, often fully clothed. But she’s never actually done anything on it.

Anyway, her teacher reports that she is now waking up from her nap with a dry diaper and using the potty. By golly, our girl is READY! And man, is she growing up fast or what? She’s now weaned (7 days and counting. Sniff, sniff), sleeping by herself all night and is whipping out all sorts of other wonders! She can count to 10- well, sometimes. Usually, it’s more like 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 7, 8, 7, 6…but sometimes she gets it right. And she can sing the start of her abc’s.

Make no mistake, folks. Our Lucy is no mere toddler anymore. She is a KID- who talks, and runs, and demands that the world pay attention. And she POOPS IN THE POTTY. Did I mention that she is eating us out of house and home? All of a sudden! It’s “Beef! Egg! Yogurt! Muffin! More!” She’s unstoppable. Growth spurt, developmental spurt, all of the above. And for the first time, I feel awfully sad about how fast it’s happening. It’s almost a blur, and I think this is a time I should be savoring. Don’t grow up too fast, little one. You have your whole life ahead of you.