Reading: soooo fallen by the wayside. I red news online and that's about it. My playgroup does a book club too and I resisted for a while, knowing I wouldn't be able to keep up. But maybe I'll jump in when they start the next book. Might be good for me to be held accountable for doing some reading.
Sorry to hear about Moo, HF. We dealt with the death thing a couple of months ago, too. Our cat, Cleopatra, a gorgeous black Manx (no tail breed) had to be put down. She was 17 yrs old and had been enduring a long battle with a hyperthyroid. It just got the point where she was obviously miserable. We had been debating putting her down for a while, but then one weekend, she did nothing buy lie in one spot for a couple of days, and then she peed on the carpet in our bedroom (she NEVER did that before) and we knew it was time.
John took her to the vet and did it (she was his cat), brought her home and buried her in the backyard. I've never seen him cry (weep) like I did that day. It was soooo sad. Mia kept aasking him "are you feeling better, daddy?" over and over again.
We were honest with her about what happened, telling her that Cleo was old and sick and she died. She didn't seem too phased by it at the time, but since then, she has asked about Cleo and few times and said things like "Cleo died to her mommy." I think she is processing the difference between birth and death. Trip out, huh? Deep stuff for a two year old to be thinking about, but in general, I think children have the capacity to udnerstand much more than we usually give them credit for. Hence, our honesty with Mia about the situation. So yeah... RIP Moo and Cleo.
Speaking of toddler development, Mia is starting preschool in two weeks! She is in an awesome Montessori program and I am so excited for her! She LOVES her classroom and teachers and peers and is constantly talking about "going to school". The fact that her big bro goes has her excited about starting it for herself. I also have a feeling she will bridge the gap and start using the potty. She is always VERY interested in what the Big Girls are doing (at the library, park, etc) and once she sees them using the potty, I think she will be interested, too. Let's hope, anyway.
Big sis is a big helper, but her version of "helping" isn't always so helpful, if ykwim.
But I keep her busy with stuff she can do (she's the Official Wipe Holder during Jett's diaper changes) and she's very proud of herself.
Speaking of diapers, Jett has completely outgrown the infant prefolds. Weeks ago, in fact. I need to order some med pocket dipes, but in the meantime, I've been putting some of Mia's LARGE fuzzibunz on him and they actually almost fit him! CHUB ROCK! He has to be ~20 lbs by now. Not even 4 months old. My arm feels like it's about to fall off. Thank goddess for slings.
Movies I've seen lately: Man on Fire (thought it was great, despite the violence) and even better than that was The Machinist with Christian Bale. SOOOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD. I highly recommend it. It deals with sleep deprivation and the effects on the brain, and a whole bunch of other deep psychological stuff that I won't mention because I don't want to give it away. I was literally on the edge of my seat near the end, trying to figure out how it would all come together. Truly Riveting.
Oh my non-crunchyness... let me count the ways. Disposible dipes with Jett (the constant diaper changing was making me
: so I gave up, but am trying to get back on the cloth train with him now) and for Mia when we are out and about. Waaaay too much tv for Mia. Occassional fast food. I use too many paper towels, but I'm constatny trying to use less. We have a chlorinated swimming pool (sorry, the idea of a saltwater pool grosses me out). We do timeouts for Mia and not in the most GD manner. But I finder her to be extremely stubborn and the TOs are effective for her and I have
to have some sense of control around here. I laid off the TOs for a while (gave some other methods a try), and she became a crazy child. She truly seemed out of control and miserable about it. Non-punitive disciple maight work for some, but I can't wrap my head around it and I'm not willing to live in Chaotic Toddler Running the House Land. I'm sure there are zillions more non-crunchy things I do, but there are too many to list here.
Jstar, I used to have a hobby of going to open houses just for fun. I love seeing hte insides of other people's homes! No wonder my mom calls me Nosy Rosy. If the shoes fits...
Okay, I gotta go. Mia has set the table with plates from her kitchen set and is telling me "peppers and grapes for lunch are all ready maaaaaaaamaaaaaaa!"