The toys, Elsa and Minnie Mouse, are crickets. They chase the rolly polly, TikTuk .
As Christmas becomes more tangible, Fleur has gotten more excited. Like 12 dimension strings, she was vibrating with excitement.
The neurotransmitter for anticipation was clearly in effect. The clockwork of her mind churned over what she will get from this.
The first Christmas was her trying to crawl to the tree. And playing with wrapping paper. The second was playing at tearing open gifts.
This one she understands the concept. And is all in.
Another pretend game we play is “Dinosaur.” Basically, I am big terrible lizard chasing her.
- I am constrained to the hallway and bedrooms.
- I roar. She screams.
- Lots of running.
- Me hiding to jump out.
- Sometimes something is a sword for defeating me.
Often the game morphs into sick dino.
This is a good activity for rainy or very cold weather .
Outside, the same game is Big, Bad Wolf where I howl and chase.
The other day, Fleur told Ada and I that:
- Fleur would only identify as Elsa
- Ada asked to be Anna
- She also asked for me to be Kristoff
- And the Elsa doll is? Olaf!
So ever since, we have to maintain these roles within the home dynamic. If we slip up, Fleur gets upset that the game has stopped.
However, around others, the game is not in effect.
I think she is ready for the role-play aspect of Dungeons & Dragons.
Years of singing Louis Armstrong’s “What a wonderful world” has culminated in Fleur singing it herself. Love. It.
We have a book version which I use to sing and have read to her over a hundred times.
Huh, I only just noticed it was written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss. Going to have to look up that story.
When Fleur does something hilarious but don’t want to encourage, it is impossible not to laugh. The best we have is to turn away and silently laugh.
I have seen parents do this forever. I just didn’t realize how often it would be the case.
Listening to “Love is an open door” from the Frozen soundtrack…
[Hans:] Can I say something crazy?Love is an open door
[Hans:] Will you marry me?
[Anna:] Can I say something even crazier?
She throws in the NO louder and just before Anna can say yes. And just laughs so hard at herself it is infectious.
After bath, Fleur wants to air dry by running away from us. We encourage her to put on the first step of getting dressed, the Pull-Up, by calling it the Pull- Up of Protection. I have not decided the bonus yet. Maybe +5 as it is powerful enough to stop us.
Of late, it has not worked so well. Maybe we need to put more effort into getting her. So she understands how powerful the bonus.
She has gotten too comfortable hearing us encourage her. Time to restore the fear.
When Fleur breaks something, she probably exclaims, “Humpty Dumpty!” Thankfully, most of the time it is easy to put back together again. So, she uses it wrong. Plus, neither she nor her family are horses or kingsmen.
Also, where did the anthropomorphic egg originate? Maybe because eggs cannot be put back together once you break them. Still, kind of odd. Like the English. Especially if it is true the song really is a pun of identical slang terms for a clumsy drunk and a drink.
Nursery rhymes are dark!
Of course, I am pretty good at fixing some things, for which I get her momentary adoration. For the things I cannot, I get her long last complaint. I guess really that means I need to work on my DIY fixing skills.
Daddy = personal handyman
An unexpected example of entropy is doll clothes. We have a number of nudist dolls.
It seems the dolls tend to lose their clothes. Fleur takes off their clothes. At times, she will ask us to dress them. I think because the motor skills for dressing them have not yet manifested, she needs help. But, she doesn’t often.
So, the dolls go without clothes most of the time. As I write this, I think the doll named Emma has been wearing one of Fleur’s newborn dresses for a while now. She did say Emma was pretty in the dress. Maybe I need to track which dolls go with or without clothes and for how long to determine if there is a pattern. Perhaps, displeasure with the clothes is why all these dolls are going nude.