Monday, May 31, 2010

Indy 500 Parade

We hit the road to see friends in Indy for the holiday weekend. One of the big events was attending the Indianapolis 500 parade. A first for Gilbert, we were not sure how he would react, but being a laid back little guy, he loved it!

As floats came by he would just stare wide-eyed.

He clapped the entire time and when the Purdue Boilermaker train came by he was incredibly excited.


Kristen cleaned up her bike and has started to ride in preparation for her upcoming triathlon. Gilbert has decided to train as well. He particularly likes to wear Kristen's helmet. The scary part is the helmet fits both of them!

We couldn't get the helmet off him either! He wants to wear it all the time!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Bathtub Runway

Gilbert needed a place for his airplane to land. Problem solved!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I'm So Glad

Enough said.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Al Fresco

Kristen spent last night cleaning the balcony. Quite dirty from city life, we want to spend more time outside eating and being in the nice weather.

Well, the next moring Little Man and Kristen ate breakfast al fresco! He loved it!

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Art Day at School

Friday Gilbert's school had an art show. Each classroom displayed work the kids have been doing lately. For the parents it was an opportunity to tour the school. Lots of fun!

For the kids it was an opportunity to be, well, kids! As we toured room to room, Little Man and his classmates seemed to end up in the same places at the same time and were happy little sprites running around. A true joy to watch!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Can't and Don't

Gilbert's two favorite words (after 'train engineer'). He is in that phase of wanting to establish his independence (like school doesn't do that enough for him already!) and control over decision making.

Now when we asking him to do anything his immediate response is, "I don't want to do that," or "I can't do that." The 'can't' drives me bonkers. I loathe that word. Don't even know what it means.

We've learned, though, to ask him to do something by going opposite so he feels as if he's making a decision yet we don't banter back and forth. Kristen still battles with him a bit, but I've mastered the Machiavellian approach to getting him to do what I need/want him to do.

Time for shoes? "Gilbert, please put on your sandals."

"I don't want to put on my sandals."

"Okay, then how about your shoes?"

"Okay." Mission accomplished!

As for the 'can't', that is a bit tricky and we have to work with him to show that yes, indeed, can can do it.

Compound these situations with 2 1/2 year old whining, and ARRGGGH!

This morning I called him out on it. He was whining wanting breakfast and just being a grumper (imagine that; the result of him wanting to wake up at 5:30!). I put him on our bed and told him to stay until he stopped whining. A few minutes later he called down and said, "I'm not whining anymore." And then crawled off. A small victory, but sometimes it is just tiring!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Stunt Man

Gilbert is enjoying being more physical. On a lazy weekend morning, he decided to work on his flips.

Monday, May 17, 2010

The Weekend

Kristen's mom was in for the weekend as they celebrated her birthday (and with Kristen's coming up on the 18th). That meant Gilbert got to enjoy cake!

Kristen and her mom then met a friend and enjoyed a dinner out. On Sunday, the three headed to the Field Museum for the Mammoth exhibit. They had a good time and Little Man ended up with a large stuffed Wolly Mammoth animal!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Moment on Television...

You must be thinking all Gilbert does is watch television! The last few posts involve him staring at the tele. We do not believe in television for him and in fact he's lucky to see a 1/2 of it a week. But more recently, he's seen more. Is this the natural evolution of kids and the boob tube?

So far, we have limited him to stuff with a purpose... the shows that I mentioned before that are about trains, helicopters, etc. and the occasional 'treat' such as a Neftlix Thomas the Train.

And then we do leave on golf and he can watch the Bears during Football season. His interest is not in watching television, but watching something specific on the television. The goal is to keep it that way. Fingers crossed!

Monday, May 10, 2010

National Train Day

Saturday was National Train Day. Festivities took place in a few cities around the US, but Chicago was one of the main locations. I stumbled upon this kernel of knowledge by accident, but with a train lovin son, what a great way to burn a few hours!

We didn't tell Little Man about the event, rather just explained we were going to a new train station. That was all he needed to hear. He insisted on wearing his Thomas the Train shirt and Metra hat. Sidenote, ask him who he is and the response is, without exception, a "train engineer."

The event was fun and crowded! We didn't stay long, but the impact was dellible! Gilbert loved it all. We even snuck onto a freight engine (the line for the official tour trains was too long!).

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mothers's Day!

I think these pictures sum up the great day Kristen had today!
Even as Little Man offers up a smooch to his mommy, he's looking out the corner of his eye as a Metra train was going by!

Winding down on Sunday, we were watching the episode on trains we recorded on the History Channel's Modern Marvels. Good snuggles! About the show, I highly recommend it. We've seen ships, helicopters, boats, and more. Actually good learning tools and enough information to keep us informed. Before this picture Gilbert was sitting up on his knees yelling, "Rail Yard." "Diesel engine." "Boxcar." YELLING! It was hysterical!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Soldier Down

Gilbert had his first casualty yesterday. Walking down a steep hill to the neighborhood park, he picked up speed, lost his footing and tumbled over. He must have twisted his ankle, because Little Man was in pain limping around. He lost any interest in the park and wanted to be picked up and go home.
At school, any booboo gets ice. As such, he's conditioned. He immediately wanted ice for his pain. Now, imagine trying to conduct triage with a 2 1/2 year old. Where does it hurt? "My knee (As he grabs his ankle). I ask again, Does your knee hurt? "No, my ankle." (and then grabs his ankle). He knows his body parts, but it is clear something hurts he just isn't sure where. So we ice the ankle. Thought it would be fun to prop it up like a 'big boy'.
To keep him placated, he got the treat of watching Thomas the Train (thanks to Netflix streaming through my Wii!). A few minutes later he announces he is 'feeling better' only to get up and run before crumpling into a ball on the floor crying after about three strides. His ankle really does hurt. Cause and effect took root and he walked around the rest of the night slow and deliberate.
I'm pleased to say that this morning he is doing better. Still walking somewhat gingerly, he was more spry, but I have money on the over of at least five times today at school he repeats his fall to floor as I'm sure he will run around too much.
How do you tell a child to 'take it easy'?
P.S. His Bears hat. Kristen bought two. The same hat fits both of them! His head is large and Kristen's is small. Nothing like meeting in the middle. On me, the hat looks like a tea cup.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sleeping (Bad) Habits

Recently, Gilbert has taken to sleeping on the floor. At first, we thought, "no big deal." But now we have to go back to the basics.

A few months ago, Little Man took a renewed interest in all his stuffed animals (we had them stored away in his closest). At first it was just a few and then the whole animal kingdom was roaming his room! He has favorites, but otherwise they all get some attention.
Still sleeping on his bed, they would be on the floor, on his bed, and in some instances he would be snuggling with some of furry creatures. Initially, he would get up from sleeping, move them all down to the floor and then go to the floor as well. At least he was sleeping. Now, though, he rolls around on them and loses his bed space resulting in not being able to fall asleep.

We put him back on the bed and we get a "my back hurts. Need to sleep on the floor." He's a bit of a yarn spinner so we don't know how much of what he says is legit and what portion is bs. And then this past week he started moving all the animals, pillows and blankets behind the door!

As of today (er, tonight) it is back to the bed. All animals will be relegated to the window sill and he can have 2-3 to sleep with. We explained the new plan this morning to him at lunch so by dinner it will not be too much of a shock. Stay tuned...

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Ring Around

Who says you need other people to play this game!

A 45 set on 33 speed.