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I'm not spoiled

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We were having dinner with some friends recently, and in an effort to get Nicole to finish her dinner, Lauren hinted that we might have something else to eat (i.e., dessert) when she finished her food. She plowed right past Lauren's hint and exclaimed, "A treat!" Her expectant response prompted one grown-up friend to say, "Wow, Nicole, you must be spoiled!" Nicole piped right up and replied, "I'm not spoiled, I'm a girl!" Looking into the brain of Nicole, I figure she was thinking something along the lines of "They just called me a spoiled. I am not sure what a spoiled is, but I know I am not a spoiled because I am a girl." All that happened in a split second and then she came back with her retort. To her, I figure, she might as well have just been called a boy. She knows she is not a boy, she is a girl.

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Nathan is growing like a weed. He is finally cutting his fourth first-year molar. He loves to eat, so this is a really great advancement for him. Like most one-year-old kids, just about everything goes in his mouth. Just the other day, I was sitting on the couch working on my computer when all of the sudden my foot was suddenly warm. I probably wouldn't have noticed that except that seconds later, the warm spot turned into a spot of sharp pain. I shook the pain off my foot and looked down to see an open mouthed Nathan with matching teeth marks on the top of my foot. His favorite foods right now are yogurt, applesauce, cheese and bread (toasted, sandwiched, plain and otherwise). Well, I guess that doesn't count dessert. In fact, today, he just learned a new word: cookie. He says it more like gook, but it is pretty obvious what he means. He has also figured out the animals sounds for half a dozen animals. Like Nicole, the dog noise was right at the top of the list.

Along the lines of development, we have found the 'time out' to be a very effective discipline tool with our kids. With Nicole, we started at about 18 months with a one minute time out where she had to go sit, facing the corner, in the north-east corner of the living room. She doesn't like time outs and it is a fairly good deterrent against bad behavior. Plus it means that we don't need to use physical force to convince her to listen to mom and dad. However, this has had a strange new effect on Nathan. About a week ago, I used a louder than normal voice to tell Nathan not to do something. He understood that I was upset with him and that he was in trouble. He gave his sad face, ran into the living room and put himself into the timeout corner. He sat there for about 30 seconds and then came back to join us. So I am guessing that it is about time that Nathan can start in on the time-out regimen as well.

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From the I'm-so-glad-they-are-growing-up department, Lauren and I are pleased to note that Nicole and Nathan are starting to play together. Without us. Last night after dinner, Lauren and I were cleaning up the kitchen and we suddenly noticed that the kids were both in the living room playing. After being required to be Nicole's constant playmate for the last 3 years, it is nice to see her playing someone closer to her own size. While I am rambling on here, Lauren said that the last time they went to go play at the park, Nicole just ran right off to play with the other kids rather than clinging to Lauren. Once again, we are making progress towards a socially well-adjusted child. Yay! This is especially good since Nicole will start pre-school this fall. Nicole is excited.