toys: recommendations for dolls for a 9 month old? IMO presents for a 9 month old are mostly all about how the adults in their lives interact with them. I'd like to buy them an ergo carrier for their kid. Not sure if they'd use it or stick to the bjorn. But I could see big sis liking baby having a doll and I would make a matching doll shirt for baby's doll and niece's doll. Grandma is putting together an American Girl knock-off doll trunk for niece's doll. Suddenly I'm more interested in a gift -- I can make shirts to match girls + dolls + cousin girls + dolls. My girls + cousins are very into matching. It's like the sorority show.....
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I love the idea of matching clothes for cousins and dolls. My mom and I have made much of the girls American girl doll clothing as I cannot pay more for doll clothes than I do for girl clothes. My best so far was knitting Kirsten a sweater and hat. My mom has made some lovely dresses and I have painted the wooden trunk. I so enjoyed that doll. In any event, when making them to match we have been able to do things like get the same print in two different scales so that the doll dress was not ony smaller but the print was in a smaller scale. Even if the little girls don't notice we enjoy the planning and such.
Nick--can he just miss wrestling on the nights your DH can't take him? My bias, of course, is that I don't really see much value in wrestling, probably from a few years of trying to figure out captions for yearbook wrestling photos (all of which seem to feature people in unfortunate compromising situations that wouldn't look good if the word "wrestling" wasn't attached).
kerc--go generic with the 7yo and don't worry about it. Or get an Amazon gift certificate (and small inexpensive stuffed animal if you're giving it in person) and call it done. No dolls recs. My kids didn't get into dolls until later, and honestly, neither is much into dolls. Also, I wouldn't get an Ergo if they like their bjorn. If they're happy, no need to mess with the system.
Trying to get my mojo up for teaching tomorrow. After Thanksgiving, I'm always just done. We have guests coming on Thursday and I canceled the last class ('cause that's the night of R's choir and strings program ) so there's only one actual class left to plan for, plus the study guide and final, but the energy is lacking.
Then again, I found myself breathing heavily when walking up some steps tonight, so perhaps the exhaustion isn't just mental. Maybe I'll fortify myself with coffee tomorrow.
In stupid news, I realized yesterday that I'd forgotten I needed to knit J her own Christmas stocking this year. I'm hoping I can actually pull this off in time. It's super cute (Ravelery peeps, it's this one, but look at the other project photos because the main photo shows one where the knitter made the heel and toe extra big) and I picked up yarn today.
One other thing: after school today, one of the boys in R's class came up and hugged her. It was so cute. I've suspected that one might have a crush on her and that seems to be true. Apparently they were holding hands at some point today in class. And when they were waiting to go home, he kept hugging her in line until the teacher said "I know R is very huggable, but let's give her some personal space," which R thought was pretty funny.
These two have to be in class together for the next several years, so hopefully it stays sweet and low-key. Also, eek! I am not. ready. for this.
mommajb - Dingo Thanksgiving would be the best ever!
7 year old - I would definitely go generic. My mom has made some sweaters for Katie's AG doll that she has also made for Katie. It is super cute, and Katie thinks it's awesome. Of course, Katie has outgrown the sweaters and Molly hasn't, but she still loves the sweaters.
Gross warning: My dog puked yesterday on the rug. Not normal puke. He puked the dog poop he had just eaten. I can honestly say it was the worst thing I have ever smelled. Not sure I am ever going to have a nice smelling house again! Stupid dog. There is, apparently, a supplement I can give called "Nasty Habit" that will make the poop taste...er....Bad? Worse? In any case, unpalatable to dogs.
No exercise for me, as carpet cleaning became the priority. I'm hoping for SOMETHING today after work!
Happy birthday, Mel38. On the lying, I've told my dd that I'd rather be disappointed for a lot of reasons before dishonesty. She's been reflexively lying to deny things we'd be annoyed with lately. Just little things. She knows how we feel about honesty and integrity. Dh tends to be unpredictable when it comes to behavior and discipline, and I think the possibility of his going off the rails has her choosing dishonesty over confrontation. If we could promise reasoned, not-insane responses, would it help? Does your dd have concerns about any person's reaction in particular?
My mom likes to sew matching clothes for cousins (her grandchildren). Dd likes matching clothes and we're thinking of having similar dresses sewn for us here by the tailors who seem able to make almost anything. It would be super-cool to see the prints in different scales on two sizes of person. Cool.
I wanted to send gifts to two nieces. I can't send a package over 450g.
bec, I can barely stand dealing with cat puke when they eat grass. Barfed up dog doo is out of my league. Way out. I hope it cleans up.
We're dropping out of real estate negotiations. Feeling but have to trust that the right thing is happening at the right time. Just going to concentrate on other things for now.
I did 100 squats yesterday and am feeling it today. Tomorrow morning I am running on the beach (in shoes, though). Kids have another three day weekend, then just a week and a half before winter break begins. I seriously need to get back into running and working out. I'd made such strides and then *poof* lost all my mojo. Gone. This is the time when I am supposed to be out there. It's cool-ish, not hot until late afternoon, anyway, and far less humid. I misplaced an ipod, which is a problem. Ugh. I need to find that thing.
Jo, thank you!!
Although it's not the case with her teacher, who is a very calm person, I would definitely say that DD started the lying to avoid getting a negative reaction from DH and me. So there are those kinds of lies, but there are also lies like "yes, we have a horse" or something like that.
Oh, I'm sorry to hear that the real estate deal is on the back burner now. Maybe better to revisit after the holidays? Maybe the seller will be more likely to make a deal?
Bec, Dogs do the grossest things.
Geo, I also think that kids need more help to remember these kinds of purely organizational things. I am glad that my DD remembers to practice piano (mostly), feed her guinea pigs, do her homework and read - now the administrative part of getting stuff signed, that just seems to be secondary to me. I am also not a big fan of all the different reading clubs that are available now through the school, library, Barnes & Noble, etc., because it is basically just keeping track of what they are already doing. No value added, in my opinion.
Real, I love that pattern! So pretty! That's so cute how your DD's classmate wants to hug her. That's what's so cute about the really little boys, when they can still hug to show affection instead of teasing.
Mommajb and Kerc, about what ages did your girls do the AG dolls? My 9 yo has asked for one, but I almost feel that we would not get much use out of it, not enough to justify such a pricey doll...
So, my DD actually approached her teacher (I think rather that the teacher gave her one more chance to come clean) and admitted that she had lied. The teacher was fairly neutral about but did tell DD that she had done the right thing. So once we got home, we talked a little bit about it, but I can tell that we will need to continue the conversation. I didn't get the chance to talk about strategies for when she is in those kinds of situations. She was so very happy and confident acting yesterday, that I didn't spend too much time talking about the actual event. I hope that she felt happy because she knew that she had made the right decision.
To those suggesting gifts for DHs, I like that idea of signing up for some event. I am looking into something like that for DH. His favorite gift one year was a driving class at a racetrack. It was pricey, but that was for his 40th b-day.
RR: Did a birthday mile in the pool today.
Oh goodness, I just read on FB... Zub?
My kids (6 and9) have target knock-offs. They aren't as nice as AG, but they are also 40 bucks which is a h*ll of a lot easier to save one's money for.
Oh, Zub. I'm so sorry. You have had so much loss thrown at you. I'm wishing you strength and peace as you grieve. Please be gentle with yourself.
AG dolls - I won't spend that money on them, but my mom decided she wanted to. She has told the kids that she will buy them for them when they turn 8. Katie has loved her Molly for 2.5 years. Her and a couple of friends play with them a lot right now. Definitely, in the thick of things as far as playing with the dolls goes! My middle is very excited because she is turning 8 on the 11th, so will be eligible for her doll!
RR: No running, but I did get to the gym for strength for over an hour. I did arms/abs, and about 2/3 of legs. I was running out of time, so had to cut it short. I'm just trying to find a balance between working and working out! The job comes when I used to workout, so I am really working hard on getting that all in.
Can I get some Dingo feedback? I just found out that my two big kids did Wii Active today for their gym class. One kid in each class had the remote for the entire class, and the rest of the class followed along. I am feeling all manner of icky about this, but am wondering if I am over reacting.
Zub - So sorry for your losses mama. I wish we could all help you fill those empty places with light.
Bec - I'd ask the teacher what the idea is, nicely, at first. My initial reaction would be less nice though, I'd have to get to the cool place before calling.
Mel - Happy Birthday! Hope it was a great day!
Jo - I'm sorry to hear about the real estate hiatus but the story on NPR tonight is how not at the bottom we are yet so there may be great benefits in continuing to wait.
Geo - Our teacher also wants the kids to remember to get signatures on their own with no reminders. This year it's actually clicking with C. However the consequence of not getting a signature is just staying in during one recess to do the homework that supposedly wasn't done or to read and that doesn't phase dd at all.
Dolls: We've pretty much been oblivious to AG in general. A few years ago when we were in Chicago we went through the AG store on Michigan Ave and were totally freaked out by the entire experience. I just couldn't believe normal people could afford the prices we saw. And there were about 5000 people in the store, it being Black Friday or thereabouts.
For Christmas this year I'm pushing for experience-based gifts. I got dd1 tix to see two different musicals (Damn Yankees and Rent) which will spread the gift out until late July. And next week our trip to Whistler is a big present. I''m not sure how to convey that to dd2, she wrote a long long list today for Santa including things like a cell phone, a pony and a make-up bag. In contrast dd1 asked for some new clothes, a bunch of scary books and lots of hugs and kisses. As for dh? No ideas. But I'll have to come up with something that is cheap, useful and preferably pre-owned. Unfortunately the stuff he gets most excited about is stuff that I don't even notice because it looks like old junk to me.
For all distant relatives they will be getting dvds of my play (bwahahahaha!).
I guess I just think that it should be the teacher leading the exercise class, not a kid with a remote, kwim? I also have a problem with the goals that a lot of those programs (I have both the Wii Active and the Wii Fit, so I do know what they ask) present. They are really made for inactive adults trying to lose weight. It really does not do a great job with healthy weight growing kids. On the Wii Fit (for example), in the balance test at the beginning of the program are the basis for their "Wii age". If you don't do particularly well (as a growing child is learning balance and control, compared to an adult who is out of balance due to poor condition), you are asked if you are always feeling unbalanced. I just don't think that does much for a kid's self esteem. I also think that during gym class at school, they have access to so many resources, so much equipment, large groups that can be split into teams, that they should be relying on non-screen time physical activity! Ugh, I don't know. I have an email into her primary teacher. We'll see what she has to say.