Kids say the darndest things, wake up edition.

Vivi didn't sleep well last night. (Her pattern for the past few weeks.) Last night she slept so poorly, in fact, that at 2:45 after I had fed her and rocked her and was awake for a few hours trying to get her to stay asleep when I set her down, I gave up and decided to let her cry. She was fed, she was tired, so it was my only option if I wanted a wink of sleep myself. After a half hour of…


WV Goes to the Movies

We Otts love movies. If we could choose one form of entertainment only for the rest of our lives, we would agree—Hollywood all the way. So we were pleased when we took Wally on our first road trip when he was almost 2 years old, and he fell so in love with the medium that he was up at 3 in the morning requesting more Lion movie. (Well, we weren't in love with the timing, but it did make an 18…


My kids, side by side

I am told all the time that Wally Ben looks like me. Just as often, I'm told he looks like Wally IV. My theory is that he looks just like Wally IV when he is serious and angry. Otherwise he looks like me (when he is happy and laughing, of course). This is a joke, although his brow furrowing is truly Wally IV-ish. I expected Vivi to look like Wally V had. When Wally Ben was newborn, he resembled…


"I'm Yours", WV's favorite song

Several months ago, Wally started occasionally talking and saying, "I...no...no...I...am...no...more...no...more...I...hmmm...", and eventually I picked up on the fact that this talking with pauses was, in fact, him singing "I'm Yours," by Jason Mraz. The "no more"s gave it away. This song was one that came up here and there on our favorite Pandora stations, and he had decided that he liked this…


Wally Ben: On being a big brother.

It finally happened--my mommy went to the hospital to get rid of that big old belly and pick up Vivi. I stayed with DeeDee and Gramps for a few days. When I went to the hospital to meet her, my sister was very sleepy. Actually, she's still always very sleepy. She gave me a few presents, like an Incredibles book and a Cars movie, so I liked her pretty much right away. I said I wanted her to crawl,…


Kids Say the Darndest Things

New names for things...close but no cigar. WV: (walking by a park with a big tube slide) Look at that really big big tuba! -------------------------------- His American Idol WV watched this show a few times with his dad, and always asks everyone's name. Then I watched it with him a few weeks later. WV: What's him name? Me: Phillip WV: Phillip Phillips? Yes, that was this idol's full name. Which…


Kids Say the Darndest Things: Potty Edition

The potty training thing makes for interesting toddler conversation—some in private, and some of the most amusing in public bathrooms. We haven't done diapers since February, but it is still a challenge requiring constant reminders and fights in heading to the potty. We've found one of our greatest motivators, though, is that he really cares about our feelings. This is a daily conversation: WV: I…


Kids Say the Darndest Things, March 4, 2012 Edition

Sudden observations WV: We all have socks on. Let's walk in them! ________________ Healing WV was sick for a few weeks, and then got an ear infection. We saw the doc, and as the doc left the check up room: WV: I'm all better now. ________________ Song lyrics Me: What song do you want me to sing for bedtime? WV: I've Got a Song in My Nose. [a song from his CD] Me: Okay, and what other song? WV:…


Potty Training Boot Camp

We did it. We didn't want 2 little ones in diapers, so we decided now was the time to teach WV to use the potty. Whether he or we were ready or not. Before last Thursday, he didn't know much about his own eliminations (that is the polite, gross-sounding, grownup way to say what WV now calls "peeps and poops"). He knew he hated diaper changes, and so did we. So we decided the way to go was a 3-day…


Kids Say the Darndest Things

Thoughts on Mommy's Beauty WV: Daddy has beard. Mommy no have beard. Mommy only chin. ---------------------------------------- Wally's big boy phrases he uses often WV: It's a mess! WV: What should we do today? WV: What should we play? WV: (After playing with his trains.) See you next time, choo choo! WV: (After every song on the radio.) Good song! --------------------------------------------…