Monday, August 4, 2008

insect based menu for a car seat hater


She's a silly girl.

Not that our other children haven't trademarked their own special silly qualities...Julia being the "Scholar," Luke being the "Gravity Defying Stunt Man," and Hazel being the "Nonstop Face Maker," but Norah...she's a different kind of silly. She's the "Dry Sense of Humor," "Can't You Hear What I'm Tryin' to Say?," and "Look What I'm Getting Into" type of silly.

In Utero, she threw most of the sucker punches at her wombmate. She always measured to be gaining the most, the fastest. And, she was the first born of the two, by two minutes.

In this air breathing world, she is quite determined to get her requests across. She is the LOUDEST of all 4 children. She likes to experiment with the sounds she can make come out of her mouth. And she loves to eat. LOVES. To EAT! And it shows, too, since she tips the scales much more intensely than her other siblings.

She is 13 months old and completely uninterested in walking* by herself. She'll push around the walkers, laundry baskets, and kiddie grocery carts. She'll cruise around things. And just yesterday she decided she'd teach herself to crawl down the stairs. But walking--Who needs it?! And we're fine with that. We both figure she'll be walking by kindergarten. That's all that matters.

She's a tummy sleeper, slide lover, bathtub splasher, sand eater, and our one-and-only

This is where the silly turns into screeching screams.

Take for example, last Thursday. Mr. Marvelous invited obliged to us joining him on an out-of-town work trip he was planning for. "I promise. It'll be so much fun, honey," I begged, "Please can we come with?"

Unfortunatly it wasn't "so much fun" an hour into our 4 hour ride when our silly girl started screaming. I'll spare you the ear plugging details of our ride there AND back that led me to believe I--in a heartbeat--would have rather eaten bugs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the week prior, if it meant avoiding the screams from the silly CAR SEAT HATER.

*Hazel is consistantly taking 6 steps in one direction. And, OH, is she so excited about her successes! Her laughs and giggles are usually what knocks her right over.


Kristi said...

Ah, the differences in the kids that all come out of the same womb are just SO fun to see, aren't they??

I would agree...being trapped in a car with a screaming kid is pretty terrible and is a sure-fire way to get a nice headache.

But, bugs for every meal for a week, Tiffany? You are a tough cookie! Have you ever thought about going on Survivor? They serve up some nice bugs sometimes! :-) Just teasing!!

Hopefully Norah will grow to love her car seat here SOON!!!

Rachel said...

I think I would go with ear plugs before eating bugs, but you know to each their own. :)

Two more things, first, did you make those dresses that Norah and Hazel are wearing? They are adorable!

Second, your riddle/prize gift to Jennifer was AMAZING!! I was there this morning before she had received her prize. She was telling me all about it and was so excited about the riddles. It was so such a thoughtful and helpful gift.

Faith Hope Love Mama said...

You are so wonderful to MCK Mama. I bet she was so surprised and so happy at your thoughtfulness.
So, little lady hates her carseat. My number 2 was like that. My parents live 1 1/2 hours away when she was little and the first hour was ok but the last 30 minutes were pure torment. I've never gone further in the car with her. My oldest we drove 19 hours one way on a vacation when she was 2 and potty training. Funny how they are all so different. I bet it's fun to see those differences in twins. Hope you have a great week. :)

l e a h said...

Dry sense of humor? That's my kind of kid. Can she come visit me? Oh wait, that would involve a looong car ride and a CARSEAT.

And you, Miss Limelight Rockstar...I heard there was some difficult trivia about an '80s band and combustion...even my husband was stumped.

Lisa H said...

It cracks me up that your daughter isn't interested in walking but her twin IS. :) Cute.

Love the picture of your silly little carseat hater, by the way.

I've been catching up on blog reading this morning--I LOVE Luke's new 'do! How adorable. What a little heartbreaker with that stylin' hair and his little dimples!!

Holly said...

DON'T DO IT! I'm still trying to live down my one summer of eating bugs from my teenage years. (seemed like a good idea at the time)

4 Little Men and Twins said...

oh no! Our first was a car seat hater for the first few months.

you make me so dang excited to meet our babes.


Angela said...

I am so, so, so, so laughing and RELATING to this post! Haaaaa.... we are not awesome- I assure you- we are crazy... driving all the way to CO and then throughout the entire state up and down and back and forth- with a car seat hater of our own!! Oh, my- thank God for DVD players.

Gibson Twins said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog!

We, too, have a lovely carseat hater. Actually we got TWO of them. Amazing the strength a 27 lb kid has when they want their way. When we first put them in, they're alright because we're going somewhere. But only one stop is allowed in their mind, once they're out, its rock paper scissors who puts them back IN to their carseats!

I just bookmarked your site and I look forward to keeping up with your family!

4funboys said...

I was sooooo happy to say goodbye to 4 carseats...

I was the carseat hater- even more than the boys.

Angela said...

I feel your pain... I have a carseat hater, too! It sure does take a lot of the fun out of roadtrips, huh? But hey, they'll grow out of it EVENTUALLY... right???

gina said...

"We both figure she'll be walking by kindergarten. That's all that matters."-spoken like true veteren parents. That was pretty much my take on everything after the first...potty training, crawling,walking, talking, sleeping in their own bed... why add more stress for yourself?

I found your blog via the "what's in your tummy" post over at 4 little men- I had to see 4 under 3 for myself. I enjoy your writing and I've got to say I'm IMPRESSED. It's hard enough with four spread over a 10 year period, never mind 3!