Saturday, May 28, 2011

You never know

Jeff and I love diners, and luckily for us, our town isn't lacking in them. We found a new one Wednesday evening and liked it so much that we went back tonight.

We had been out and about and wanted something quick and cheap, so I asked Jeff if the diner was good with him. He said yes, then I asked Biscuit.

Our conversation went like this:

Me: "Biscuit?"

Biscuit: "HUNH?"

Jeff: "Say 'ma'am', Biscuit."

Biscuit: "Ma'am."

Me: "Biscuit?"

Biscuit: "HUNH?"

Jeff: "Biscuit, say 'ma'am' when Mama calls you."

Me: "Biscuit?"

Biscuit: "Hunh, yes ma'am?"

Jeff: "Good job, Biscuit."

Me: "Biscuit, would you like pancakes for dinner?"


I went to a cooking class with a friend this morning, and Jeff and I decided we'd run some errands once I got home. When I called Jeff to tell him I was on the way home, he said he and Biscuit were ready to go, but Biscuit hadn't had a nap. I figured he'd sleep while we were driving to our first errand destination.

I was halfway right. Biscuit did fall asleep in the car, but he had only been asleep about 10 minutes when we got to the first store. I got his stroller from the back of the car and set him in it. I told him he could go back to sleep. He looked around, then said, "No, Mom. I awake. I look around."

He seemed to be in a fine mood ... until we were at our table at the diner.

I ordered silver-dollar pancakes and bacon for Biscuit. I asked them to make it crispy because I worry about Biscuit trying to eat chewy bacon. I've heard of kids getting choked on it.

Biscuit started chowing down on his pancakes, then he asked if he could eat the bacon. I said yes and told him to chew, chew, chew before he swallowed. He took two bites and didn't want anymore.

He handed the rest of the bacon to me. "Are you done with this?" I asked.

"Yes, Mom. I done. I done with bacon," he said.

It looked really good, and I wanted to taste it. So I did. And apparently that was a bad, bad thing.

"NO, MOM! That MY bacon. You give it back, Mom. You take bacon out of your mouth. You give it back, Mom." Biscuit whined.

"You said you were done with it, so I ate it. I can't give it back." I said. And the wailing commenced.

Wednesday night when we were at this diner, the manager came over about halfway through our meal and complimented us and Biscuit on his manners. "He's so independent and well-behaved," the manager said. "You can bring him back ANYtime." And that made us feel really good.

I bet he wouldn't have said that tonight.

I shouldn't complain. Biscuit and I were coming out of the grocery store the other day, and Biscuit was just so happy. He was laughing and singing and talking. Then we heard a noise across the parking lot that sounded like a wounded animal. It was a little boy probably about 3 years old who was pitching the worst fit imaginable. And his mama just kept saying, "I mean it. I MEAN it. STOP."

Biscuit said, "Why he crying, Mom?"

"I'm not sure, Biscuit. He must be pretty sad," I said.

"Yeah, he's sad. I not sad, Mom. I happy. I happy, Mom," Biscuit said.

So the moral of the story is that with a toddler, you never know what you'll get. Sometimes they're perfectly behaved. Sometimes they're whiny and can't be satisfied.
Sometimes they're wild as animals. And sometimes they're just happy. We like that one best.

Well, THAT's new!

When I was in kindergarten, we learned the letters of the alphabet using The Letter People.

There was Miss A-a-a-choooo, Mr. T-t-t-tall teeth and Mr. S-s-s-super socks (which I just noticed is missing from the picture below). These Letter People were inflatables that were about as tall as we were at the time. And they made learning our letters a lot of fun.

I went online to see if I could get some Letter People for Biscuit, but they were horribly expensive. You can't just buy the people, you have to get a whole kit of Letter People puppets, DVDs, books and workbooks. No thanks.

But I've got a while before I need to worry about teaching the boy letters.


Biscuit was sitting on our bed with Jeff and me, watching TV. There was a show on PBS that caught his eye, so we stopped there. It was a show for early readers, and as part of their story, they flashed letters on the screen.

"What is this letter?" the little boy asked as an "R" flashed on the screen. Then he paused, giving the kids at home a chance to answer.

"R!" Biscuit yelled. "It make r-r-r-r sound."


"What is this letter?" the little boy asked as a "D" flashed on the screen.

"D!" Biscuit yelled. "It make d-d-d-d sound."

Jeff and I had no idea. We are just constantly amazed at the stuff that child knows.

Friday, May 27, 2011

We got the giggles

I'm not sure what's gotten into Biscuit and me lately, but sometimes we just look at each other and crack up. I don't mean that we find something humorous. I mean we laugh until we're crying and having trouble breathing.

Two nights ago, Biscuit and I were lying on my bed. I was watching the last few minutes of a TV show, and Biscuit was climbing all over me. I twisted and dumped him off my back onto the bed, and then I looked at him, and we cracked up. Neither of us had said anything. We just looked at each other and lost it.

Sometimes I say that I'm glad nobody has a hidden video camera in our house or they'd think we were nuts. But two nights ago, I would've loved to have those moments recorded. It was pure joy.

I did feel kinda bad, though, because Jeff walked into the room and asked us what was so funny. Biscuit and I looked at Jeff, then looked at each other and lost it again. We weren't trying to exclude Jeff, but I honestly have no idea why we were laughing.

It happened again tonight. I was holding Biscuit across my lap, getting him to say hard words. (What can I say? I am terribly amused by my kid butchering complicated words.)

"Say 'antelope,'" I said.

"Antewope," Biscuit said.

"Say 'carburetor,'" I said.

I can't begin to spell his pronunciation, but that set us off. We laughed and laughed and laughed.

And before we could get settled down, Biscuit looked at me and said, "N-n-n-mickanus."

First of all, I wrote about his pronunciation of his friend Nicholas' name in March, and Biscuit is bringing it up again two months later?!? I can't believe he remembered us practicing Nicholas' name that long ago.

Secondly, he said "mickanus" knowing it would make me laugh. The fact that he's starting to hone his sense of humor makes me so happy. I love to laugh, and so does most everybody in my family and Jeff's family.

And I hope Biscuit realizes that I'll be the first one laughing with him, any time, anywhere.

He found it

Nobody at our house could get going this morning. We were all supposed to be getting ready for the day, but things just weren't moving very fast.

As I was sitting on the edge of the bed, I looked over at Jeff. He was sitting in the rocking chair holding one of his shoes. He wasn't trying to put it on. He was just holding it, looking kinda dazed.

Biscuit has had bad dreams this week, and that means that Jeff and I have been awakened at least a couple of times each night for this entire week. It's made for a long and tiring week.

I was supposed to be getting in the shower this morning, but I walked back into the bedroom where Jeff and Biscuit were, then I flopped across the bed.

"I can't seem to find my gumption," I said.

About 10 seconds went by, then Biscuit reached his hand into his imaginary pocket, pulled it out again and said, "I found it, Mom! I found it!"

"What did you find?" I asked.

"Your gun-shun," he said. "Here it is." And he reached over and put his hand on mine like he was handing me something ... apparently, my gumption.

Oh, that it was that simple, Biscuit baby.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The name game

Biscuit has a motorcycle with a helmeted man on the back of it. The motorcycle driver's name? It's Motorcycle Man, of course.

He also has a stuffed puppy that he sleeps with every
night. The puppy's name? Puppy.

Are you seeing a pattern here?

But recently, I told him to go get his little horse if
he wanted to take it with us.

"That not Horse, Mom. That Pinto," he said.

It took me a few guesses to figure out what he was
saying ... pickles? pencils? Ohhhh, Pinto.

"Why do you call him Pinto?" I asked.

"Cause he's fast. And he's wild. And he's Pinto,"
Biscuit said.

That sounded good enough to me.

Tonight, my family was dubbed the Goose Family. I was
Mama Goose, Jeff was Dad Goose and Biscuit was Baby Goose. I'm guessing those were our names because yesterday when Biscuit touched my nose for no reason at all, I said, "HONK!" really loudly and scared the daylights out of him.

"You sound like a goose, Mom," he said laughing.

As a sidenote, I really miss that he doesn't say "geesen"
anymore. It was so cute. Instead of "goose" and "geese," he would say "geesen" and "geesens."

Biscuit has been really verbal for a long time now, but
as his letter pronunciation improves, it actually makes me a little sad. Saying his words better makes him sound too grown up.

But before Biscuit went to bed tonight, he reminded me
that he's still my baby. He crawled up into my lap, squeezed me around the neck and said, "I wuv you Mama Goose."

If this were a mushy-gushy blog, this is the part where
I would tell you how my heart poured out of me and onto the floor.

Dinner with a 2-year-old

Most of the time, Jeff and I have dinner with our sweet Biscuit baby. But sometimes, like tonight, we have dinner with a 2-year-old. An obstinate, argumentative, whiny 2-year-old.

"Biscuit, eat your chicken nuggets," I said.

"Noooooo. That not chicken nuggets," Biscuit said. Technically, he was right. It was chunks of stir-fried chicken. But they were the same size as the chicken nuggets I make. The meat was the same consistency. I even sprinkled a little bit of panko bread crumbs on the chunks to make them look a little more like the usual chicken nuggets.

"That bite too big. That bite too big. That bite too big, Mom," he said, like if he repeated it several times, it would make me agree with him and tell him he didn't have to eat any of it.

"That one too hard, Mom. It too hard. That not nugget. It too hard." Honestly, it was excuse after excuse after excuse.

He did eat a bowl of pinto beans. He still seems to love most kinds of beans, well, as long as they're brown. No green peas, no lima beans, no navy beans. They don't look like what he considers beans to be. He wants pintos, crowder peas, black beans, baked beans or black-eyed peas. And that's good. I'll shove veggies in him any way I can.

Since Biscuit wasn't eating his chicken, Jeff reached over with his fork and stabbed a piece. When he got it about an inch from his mouth, Biscuit noticed. "NOOOOOOOOOOOO, Dad! That MY chicken."

"You're not eating it, so I can have it," Jeff said.

"I eat it. I eat it," Biscuit said. So Jeff stuck the forkful of chicken in front of Biscuit's mouth. Biscuit proceeded to take the chicken off the fork and put it on his plate. "I put it on my pate, Dad."

"If you don't eat it, I'm going to," Jeff said. "There's no reason to waste it."

That's when Biscuit took a couple of measly little bites of chicken. "Mmmm. That good," he said. But of course, he wouldn't take another bite after that.

We've also been struggling with eating utensils. When he's not using them to eat, he waves them around, rubs them through his hair, bangs them on the table, all the things we don't want him doing with eating utensils. Now, it's like those lessons have leaked out of his little head. I bet it was 14 times that I said, "If you're not using your fork and spoon to eat, put them in your plate or on the table." He would set them on the table, then not two seconds later, they'd be waving through the air again. I came really close to saying something akin to, "If you don't put that fork down, you're going to put your eye out!"

Yep. Dining with a 2-year-old is a whole different experience than eating with my sweet Biscuit baby.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dancing the night away

Biscuit's day care had a Dance Through the Decades party Friday night. We were supposed to dress up to represent one of the decades, and they had set up food in one room, a Wii system with dance games in another room and a dance floor in another room, complete with bright-colored disco balls.

I had completely forgotten about the dance until I picked up Biscuit at about 6 p.m. Friday. One of the teachers asked if we were comin
g, and I told her I had forgotten about it, but we'd try to get back.

After Biscuit
and I left day care, I did what I always do in these types of situations -- I called my Mama. I told her about the party and asked if she knew some easy costumes we could do. She suggested we do the 1950s, and that sounded like the easiest thing to me.

Jeff and Biscuit wore jeans with the
cuffs turned up and white T-shirts with the sleeves rolled up. Jeff said he needed a pack of cigarettes to roll up in his sleeve. I told him that we were not going to promote smoking at day care, so we improvised by rolling his cellphone up in his sleeve. Jeff wore saddle oxford shoes, and Biscuit wore his Converse All-Stars with the flames on the side, aka Fire Shoes.

When we got to the day care center, we chec
ked out the teachers' outfits. The 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s were represented. The 60s teacher had on a mod-looking shift dress with go-go boots. The 70s teacher had on a tie-dyed shirt with a peace symbol necklace and a huge afro. She was really funny as she walked around patting her fake hair. A couple of the teachers dressed up in 80s clothes -- one had the Valley girl look with layered polo shirts, sparkly fingernails and a side ponytail and a male teacher had on a satiny gold shirt that looked like something a "Solid Gold" dancer would have worn.

We walked into the dancing room, and this woman yelled out, "See? I TOLD you they'd dress up! They ALWAYS dress up! The only way I could get my husband to dress up is to tell him that you guys would be here."

I thought that was a funny thing to say for a couple of reasons:

1. I don't know this woman at all. We had one
conversation at Halloween where she did all the talking. She said Biscuit is a sweet little boy. She said he seems to be growing up too fast. She said she likes my car and would love to know more about it. And then before I could respond to any of her comments, she said, "Ooo. They've got cake and ice cream" and ran away from me.

2. "They ALWAYS dress up!" the woman said, but the Halloween party was the first after-hours day care event Jeff and I had been to. We did dress up, but that was the first and only time.

I did like that we were the reason they dressed up. I think the other parents should dress up, too. It doesn't take a whole lot of effort, and the kids seem to really enjoy it.

Anyway, here are a few pictures of us in the 50s:

Sunday, May 22, 2011

To protect and to serve

A post from The Daddy Man:

I love 60s and 70s TV cop shows. I watch them as much for the cars on the streets as I do the stories, which tend to be hokie and corny by today's standards.

Kimmy has bought me several seasons of "Barney Miller," "SWAT" and my favorite, "Adam-12."

For the uninitiated, "Adam-12" was a spin-off of "Dragnet." It follows two L.A. cops in their patrol car (which started out as a 1967 Plymouth Belvedere), as they rode through their district, Adam-12.

Biscuit is really into police cars, fire trucks, ambulances, basically any rescue-type vehicle with a siren. So he and I watch "Adam-12" episodes together pretty frequently.

Over the past couple of days, I've had to laugh at two things he's picked up from the show.

The first happened when we were outside playing in the backyard. Biscuit was about to mount a ride-on toy motorcycle, but before he got on it, he put one hand on the handlebars and one hand on the seat. Then he jumped up and down a couple of times, making revving noises with his mouth.

"What are you doing?" I asked him.

"I crank up motorcycle, Dad," he said. I thought for a minute, then realized that in a recent episode of "Adam-12," we had seen a guy kick-starting his motorcycle. That stuck with Biscuit enough so he had to try it on his own motorcycle.

The other thing happened tonight at a dinner party we had with some friends.

Biscuit would hold his hand up to his mouth and say something, but none of us could figure it out. We kept asking him to repeat himself.

Then it hit me. Biscuit was holding his hand up to his mouth just like Officer Reed holds the police radio in "Adam-12." And what was it that Biscuit was saying? "One-Adam-12, Roger."

My boy has no idea how cool he is.

Corn on the cob

We were invited to dinner at a friend's house tonight -- Southern fare featuring shrimp and grits, corn on the cob and peach cobbler. We tried to share with Biscuit, but he wanted to stick with the individual-sized pizza that was made for him.

But after he watched us gnawing on our corn on the cob, Biscuit suddenly grew quite interested. Every time I took a bite, Biscuit would say, "It my turn, Mom," and he would grab the handles on either end of my corn.

Finally, the hostess and another one of our friends cut off a small piece of one cob, stuck handles in either end and let Biscuit handle it himself. He shows no interest at all in whole-kernel corn, but for some reason, that cob was speaking to him. And he did a pretty good job eating it, too.

Check him out:

The dish of shrimp and grits had pieces of bacon sprinkled on top, and Biscuit somehow slipped a piece of bacon off my plate. Here's what he had to say about it:

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Guest star for the evening

We had an extra member of our family this evening. A couple of our friends had a wedding to attend, so we kept their 1 1/2-year-old son. He's a very sweet baby, but he's never stayed with us before, so we had to win him over right from the get-go.

Like most boys I've met, I lured him away from his parents with trucks, trains, balls and something he could bang on. He never even noticed that his parents left. His dad said later that he felt like they were deceiving the little boy, but shoot, we still sneak out on Biscuit when we go on a date, and he's 2 1/2 years old. I don't see it as deception as much as distraction. Seeing us leave is always worse than Biscuit realizing later that we're not there. Mainly because by the time he figures it out, he's already having a good time with whoever is babysitting him.

We headed out into the backyard to play, and apparently, Biscuit decided the other little boy should be part of our family. The boys were playing with plastic baseballs and bats, and Biscuit said, "Throw that ball to our Mom."

"What did you say, Biscuit?" I asked.

"I say him to throw the ball to you, Mom. Throw ball to our Mom." Our mom. I like it.

Biscuit did have one moment of jealousy. I was talking to the other little boy, and Biscuit thought I was ignoring him. There was a bit of whining, so I grabbed Biscuit up and covered him with smooches. I had to remind him that although I was paying attention to this other little boy, I hadn't forgotten about him. It took all of about 2 minutes of attention, and he was fine after that.

We had some pizza for dinner, and then came bath time. I put the 1 1/2-year-old in the tub and before I could even start washing him, Biscuit came running in, started taking his clothes off and said, "I get in, too, Mom!" They had a good time splashing and playing in the water.

The little one went to sleep right after his bath, and I told Biscuit he had to be quiet so the baby could sleep. "Okay. Shhhhh," he said. Which is funny because Biscuit still touches his finger to the tip of his nose when he says "shhhhh."

I put the baby on my bed surrounded by pillows, and Biscuit asked if he could watch TV in our bedroom. "I be quiet, Mom," he said. So I turned on cartoons and got him covered up with a blanket. Every time the baby took a deep breath or moved, Biscuit just stared at him. It was funny to watch. I sat in a rocking chair in our bedroom and tried to read, but those boys had tired me out. I almost dozed off a couple of times.

When our little visitor's parents came back to pick him up, they walked into our bedroom to scoop him up. Jeff and the baby's dad were talking in their regular voices. Biscuit's protective side kicked in, and he said, "Shhhhh. The baby asleep." He scolded the baby's daddy about his own son. Of course, the dad thought it was cute and funny.

We had a fun night, but I'm played out and ready for bed.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Biscuit ... The Book

I enjoy writing this blog. Mainly, I think it's because Biscuit is by far my favorite topic to talk about. But also because it helps family and friends keep track of what's going on with Biscuit, and Jeff and me, too.

One of my friends at work said it would be nice if I could have the blog entries in a book. At first, I just laughed and said, "Who do you think is going to read it?!?" But then, I thought it might be a nice keepsake for my Mama, Jeff's Mama and one day, Biscuit.

So I did it. I copied the first two years of blog entries into a file, uploaded it to an online publisher and had books printed. It's nothing fancy, but it includes all the blog posts and photos from 2009 and 2010.

I used a website called Lulu ( to publish the book, and what's funny to me is that it is now available for anyone to buy a copy. Not that anyone will, mind you, but it just seems odd that a book about my child's life so far is published.

Here's the cover:

Jeff keeps fussing at me because I go back and forth between feeling proud and feeling embarrassed at my pride in it.

It's 150 pages, though, and I guess proud or not, just writing that much is pretty good. We gave copies to our Mamas for Mother's Day, and they were both excited about it. And the last page says, "To be continued ..." so I guess that means I have to keep writing.

Of course, with what my Biscuit baby brings to my life every single day, there is never a shortage of things to write about!

A quick family trip

Jeff, Biscuit and I took a quick trip to Georgia for my family reunion last weekend. We drove 6 1/2 hours down on Saturday, had the reunion on Sunday, then drove 6 1/2 hours back home on Monday. It was a quick trip, but I'm glad we went.

This year was the 46th year of that reunion. It started with my Granny (my Mama's Mama) and her siblings. There were 12 siblings -- 6 girls and 6 boys. So by the time they had children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and now, even some great-great-grandchildren, the reunion turned into quite the event. Back in its hey-day, there would be about 200 people there. It was pretty cool to look around and realize that either through blood or marriage, I was kin to everybody there.

Now, there's only one of the original 12 siblings left. My Granny died in 2009 leaving her younger sister as the last one. Only about 50 or so people were at the reunion this year. The reunion is always the same weekend every year, and it's always at the same state park. So it's frustrating to me that there are a bunch of people who live within a couple of hours of the park who don't bother coming. It just seems like there are fewer and fewer people there each year. And that's sad because I wanted Biscuit to have the experience of being around his extended family.

But I guess we'll just keep going and see what happens.

I can say that this year, Biscuit held court. Mama set him up on a picnic table, and he sang and said his ABCs and counted in English and Spanish and held conversations with everybody who came by. They all got a kick out of him. Jeff and I just sat there and watched as Mama showed him off. And of course, it made us very proud that everybody was making a fuss over him.

My aunt (Mama's sister) has the thickest Georgia drawl you've ever heard. She makes Paula Deen sound like she's from the city. She said she could listen to Biscuit talk all day long. "Kim, it's scary how smart that baby is," she said. Well, actually, there were many more syllables to it when she said it. It was more like, "Kiiiiiii-um, it's scary how smaaaaaart that bay-bee i-uhs."

We spent the first night in the same hotel as my brother, sister-in-law and their kids. They love Biscuit, and Biscuit loves them. When we were a few hours into our drive, Biscuit said, "We go home, Mom?" I told him we were going to see our family, and he started naming over everybody. "We go see all my peoples, Mom." It tickles me every time he says that. Biscuit has no idea how many "peoples" he actually has.

Our hotel room had two queen-size beds, so Jeff slept in one bed, and Biscuit and I slept in the other. We have a cool little fold-up cot for him to sleep on, but I figured he might sleep better if he was with me. I was afraid he might roll off the bed, so I backed a chair up against the edge of the bed on his side. About 3:30 a.m., I heard this tiny, sleepy, little voice say, "OH NO!" My eyes flew open just in time to see Biscuit starting to slide between the bed and the chair. I grabbed his arm, dragged him over to my side of the bed, cuddled him close and told him he was okay. He went back to sleep within seconds, but I wasn't so lucky. At that point, my adrenaline was pumping. I took catnaps from then until dawn. I'm not a coffee drinker, but as sleepy as I was the next morning, I seriously considered getting a cup at the continental breakfast the hotel laid out.

We spent the second night at my uncle's house, where my parents were staying. My uncle has a small dog who isn't used to being around kids, so we had to keep Biscuit and the dog separated. Biscuit wanted so badly to play with the dog, but I kept telling him that the dog didn't know how to play with little boys and might get too rough. The dog's name is Luke, but instead of the "L" sound, Biscuit uses a "W." So he spent the entire day saying things like, "No bark, Wuke," "Go outside, Wuke" or "Wuke pway with his toy."

We left Monday about 11 a.m. We stopped and had lunch in Griffin, the town Biscuit was named after. As we were driving through Atlanta, I was trying to point out the tall buildings and some of the cool signs, but Biscuit was fascinated with the "tunnels." That's how he referred to the overpasses. Most of them are several lanes wide or either have covered walkways on them, so I guess they are sort of like tunnels. They're wide enough that they have lights mounted on the side walls. "Tunnels, Mom!" he said. "And another tunnel and another tunnel and another tunnel, Mom!"

The majority of our drive is on I-85, so we saw lots of 18-wheelers along the way. "Look at truck's whistle, Mom," Biscuit said. Whistle? I couldn't figure out what he was talking about. Then finally, Jeff said, "I think he's talking about the exhaust pipes on either side of the truck's cab. They're like train whistles." Sure enough, as we questioned him more about it, that's exactly what he was talking about.

Biscuit was so good during our whole trip. There were a couple of whining incidents but no big meltdowns or tantrums. He was also good in the car. I hear about some kids who fight tooth and nail about getting in their car seats, but we've been lucky so far. Of course, with Jeff and me both being car people, maybe Biscuit is just excited about getting to be in the car, regardless of being strapped into his seat.

We all slept so well Monday night. It's fun to travel, and it's really good to see family, but there is nothing like getting back home and crawling into your very own bed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Restroom routine

Biscuit and I walked into the store this evening, and he yelled out, "Mom, do you need to potty? You go to potty, Mom?"

I guess I do use the potty at this particular store quite often, but it's mainly because they have a family bathroom. It's a big, open private bathroom with a toilet, a sink and a changing table.
Like most 2 1/2-year-olds, Biscuit loves to touch and feel and discover. And those are just not things you want to have happen in a public bathroom. So the family bathroom is perfect.

As I enter the store, I can put Biscuit in the seat of a buggy, then wheel him right into that big ol' bathroom. The buggy keeps Biscuit safely contained, so I can do my business, then wheel him out.

Apparently, I use the family bathroom at this one store more often than I thought. Enough so that Biscuit put two and two together and made it a routine.

So we walked into the store, and he yelled loudly enough for everybody in the area to hear, "You go potty, Mom?"

And I said just as loudly back, "Nope. I don't have to potty right now, but thank you for asking."

Monday, May 9, 2011

The taste of victory

Last year, when Biscuit was in the toddler room, he bit a little girl in his class. This didn't set off any alarm bells to me because at that age, it happens. Griffin was on the receiving end more than once, too.

Kids that age are getting more and more teeth, and their mouths hurt. So they chew on things and bite things. And unfortunately, sometimes they chew and bite on each other.

The thing that made this particular incident worth mentioning is that the teacher in the class was new, and she told me that Biscuit bit a little girl. And she told me in front of the little girl's mother. That is a big no-no. You never tell the parent of the bitee who the biter was. The kids forgive and forget almost immediately, but unfortunately, parents don't.

And that's what happened. The mother of that little girl wouldn't speak to me anymore. It's been about a year, and she has still been holding a grudge.

Biscuit's day care had a Mother's Day lunch for us Friday, so I went there on my lunch break from work. The lady who does the cooking made some really good lasagna, and they served salad, bread and an apple pie. I got Biscuit from his class, and he was all excited about us eating together. I fixed our plates, then I looked around the room to find a place to sit.

Do you remember that feeling in high school when you get your lunch tray and then you have to find a place to sit? And there's a table of smart kids, a table of athletic kids, a table of band kids, etc. Well, that's how I felt.

There was a table full of women who have babies in the infant room. Then there were the 3-year-olds' moms. And then I saw a table with two seats open. And who should be sitting at that table but last year's bitee and her mom.

I walked over and put mine and Biscuit's plates down. I got Biscuit all settled in his seat and got us drinks. Then as I sat down, I said hello and asked the mom how she was doing. "Fine," she said in a very short tone. And that was it.

All I could think was how ridiculous it was that she wouldn't talk to me, and that she should act like the grown adult she is and get over herself. All kids bite, and if the teacher in that class hadn't been new, that mom would never have known Biscuit was the biter.

So I started talking to her. I asked her some open-ended questions so she'd have to answer me. And I talked to the little girl. I kept making that mom talk to me until it was time for her to go back to work.

And guess what? In that time, I won her over. As she was leaving, she smiled at me, wished me a Happy Mother's Day and said she'd see me later.

Biscuit and I were left at the table by ourselves, so we finished our lunch, and I took him back to his classroom just in time for naptime. What was really comforting to me was that Biscuit laid down on his cot, I covered him with a blanket, he told me he loved me and closed his eyes. No crying. No whining. No drama. His teacher said that wasn't the case with some of the other kids, so to me, that was a sign that Biscuit feels safe and comfortable there.

Anyway, the food we had was so good, I had to go to the kitchen and hug the cook. She's a sweet lady, so I wanted to make sure to compliment the chef.

One thing I didn't tell the cook was that I had something sweeter than her apple pie for dessert. After my lasagna and salad, I enjoyed the taste of victory.


Update (5/10): I saw the bitee's mom at day care this morning for the first time since our chat. And I'm happy to report that she was very friendly to me. Now that Biscuit has a mouthful of teeth, maybe his biting days are over.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

My Mother-In-Law

This woman has been my mother-in-law since 2003. Of course, I've always joke that I feel like I've known her for 30 years.

I don't remember having to "get to know" my in-laws. I just hit it off with them from the start. I guess it's partially because they're a lot like my parents - what you see is what you get. No pretentions. They're just good people.

And like my birth Mama, my marriage Mama likes to laugh, too. We always have a good time together.

I consider her more of a second Mama than I do a mother-in-law. And I hope she feels the same way toward me.

So to celebrate Mother's Day, here are a few pictures I like.


She loves my baby.

She has a silly side, too.

Who knows what that boy said, but whatever it was, it was funny.

My Mama

This woman has been my Mama since 1968 (no comments about how ancient I am!). And since 1968, I can't begin to tell you how much we've laughed together.

That is my favorite thing about her. She loves to laugh. And once she gets started, there's no stopping her. And she's never concerned about what other people think. She does the silliest things at the most inappropriate times, and it always ends end us giggling together.

So to celebrate Mother's Day, let me share a few photos of her doing what she does best.


Mama says you can ride in a convertible without a headrag. I didn't have a headrag, so she grabbed a dishtowel. She's pretty, huh?!?


Step right up and see The Crab Lady!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The ballgame song

Jeff, Biscuit and I went to a baseball game tonight, but we ended up leaving early.

Here's a list of reasons why:
  1. I completely forgot we were going to the game until late this afternoon, so I didn't have snacks or a sippy cup for Biscuit.
  2. Jeff and I didn't have jackets, and it was cool tonight. We had a light-weight jacket for Biscuit, but he still said he was cold.
  3. Jeff was having some sinus/allergy issues and ended up with an earache. I'm sure the cool wind didn't help.
  4. I got a sinus headache after lunch today, and it never really went away.
It was just a weird night, and we probably should've skipped the game altogether.

Jeff and Biscuit both said they were cold, so we left where we were sitting and walked around for a while. We visited with a couple of friends who were there. Then we wandered into the gift shop to look around.

Biscuit (like his mama) has a thing for cowboys, so when a guy walked through the store in a cowboy hat, Biscuit was staring him up and down.

"Hey! Where'd you get that hat, Mister?" Griffin asked with a scowl on his face. Jeff and I cracked up. I have no idea where that came from.

The guy didn't hear him, so Biscuit said it again, "Hey! Where'd you get that hat, Mister?" But the guy still didn't hear him. Of course, with the tough-guy look on
Biscuit's face, the guy might have been to scared to answer!

I finally told Jeff that we should just go home. Biscuit said, "We not see the baseball mans anymore, Mom?"

"No," I told him. "But we'll come back another night, okay?"

"Okay, Mom. We come back another night to see the baseball mans."

We got to the car, and as I was pulling out of the parking lot, Biscuit said, "Sing baseball song, Mom." I wasn't sure which song he was asking me to sing. "Which baseball song?" I asked.

"Sing baseball song about root, root, root, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 strikes, Mom," Biscuit said. He was talking about "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."

I'm not sure which baseball game he knows about, where they give you 6 strikes. But I sang the song anyway. "Sing again, Mom." So I did. "Sing again, Mom." So I did. "Sing again, Mom." This was getting old.

"I've sung it twice already. Is there another song you'd like to here?" I asked.

"Nope. Sing baseball song again, Mom," he said.

I ended up singing the song 6 times between the ballpark and home.

Biscuit can sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star," "Old McDonald," the ABC song and "Itsy Bitsy Spider." I guess the baseball song might be next in line.

The more times I sang it, the more times he heard the words. By the time we got home, he was singing several lines of the song. Maybe The Daddy Man will have a baseball buddy.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Biscuit and I ran by the store to get a little shopping done this evening.

As I was getting Biscuit out of his car seat, he asked if he could carry his race cars into the store. He was holding one car already. I held up two cars, one in each hand, and said, "You can take two cars."

He reached up, grabbed them both and said, "One car, two cars, Mom."

I was outsmarted by my 2 1/2-year-old.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Your pants are where?

Some people have their pants on the ground. But our Biscuit baby, he has his pants on his head.

Our yard

My in-laws live up north where it's still cold. So about this time every year, I take pictures of the flowers in our yard and send them to my mother-in-law.

I do it partly to make her jealous and so I can say, "See? If you'd move down here with us, you could see flowers a month or two earlier than you'll see them where you are." I also do it to give her something pretty to look at until all their cold weather goes away.

I grabbed the camera earlier this
evening and asked Biscuit if he wanted to go outside with me. He yelled yes then starting yelling "wahoo!" Have I mentioned that Biscuit likes to go outside?

I told him to go get his sandals. And he said, "We go out and see the ocean, Mama?" The ocean? Yep. He put it together that he wears sandals at the beach a
nd figured that's where we were going.

I explained to him that we were just going into our yard to look at flowers. I figured he might be a little disappointed. But he wasn't. "We go see flowers? Flowers are so coo-uhl," he said.

We hit the front yard first, and I sent Biscuit on a hunt. "Can you find
a purple flower?" I asked him. Then he looked for white flowers then yellow. When we were done there, I opened the side gate, and we walked from the front yard into the back yard. I'm not sure how it's happened, but Biscuit has never been through that gate.

We walked through it, and you'd have thought we were walking into a fairy tale land. "WOW, Mom! Trees! Grass! Flowers! This so coo-uhl!" I was a little confused, but hey, he
was so excited and pleased with that he was seeing, I just went along with him.

e are a couple of pictures we took:

The sound of silence

I talked to a friend of mine on the phone the other day about lunchtime, but her voice sounded scratchy and almost like she just woke up. She works at night, so it didn't surprise me that she would sound that way.

"I'm so sorry," I said. "Did I wake you up?"

"No, no." she said. "I've been up for a while. I just haven't spoken before now."

She lives by herself, so that's perfectly understandable. But at the same time, I can't remember the last time I had that long of a stretch of silence.

I got home from work about 20 minutes ago. Jeff picked up Biscuit and planned to stop by the grocery store.

That means I'm home all alone. All by myself. Nobody here but me. Do you get that being alone might be a bit of a rarity for me?

Anyway, I'm watching "Cash Cab" on Discovery Channel. I LOVE that show. Jeff teases me because I want to go to New York, not for the Empire State Building or a Yankees game, but rather to be on "Cash Cab."

The host asked a question the contestants didn't know the answer to. They talked to each other and tried to come up with something. So of course, I figured if I yelled out the answer, they would hear me and not get kicked out of the cab.

I got the answer right, but until I yelled it out, I had spent 20 minutes in absolute silence. Now first of all, those who know me know that unless I'm sleeping, I hardly EVER spend 20 minutes in silence.

But my own voice made me jump. It sounded so odd. It had been so quiet, with nothing but the TV, and then this voice out of nowhere.

It's not quiet in here now, though. Jeff and Biscuit came in a little while ago. Jeff went straight to the kitchen, and Biscuit started running around looking for me while yelling my name. He went straight to our bedroom, then our bathroom, then back to the kitchen, then into the living room where I was.

"Mom! Mom! Mom! Dad got surprise for you! Dad got flowers for you! Dad get you flowers!" Biscuit yelled.

"Surprise!" Jeff said, laughing, as he came around the corner. He was holding a bunch of beautiful peachy-orange roses. Today is our 8th anniversary.

As I think about the years Jeff and I have had together and then the years since we've had Biscuit, I realize it wasn't that long ago that I lived by myself and silence was the norm. But nowadays, the noise is a dull roar at best. And I'm okay with that.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Hit the road, Jack!

Hit the road, Jack. And don'tcha come back no more, no more, no more, no more.

Take a good look at this picture. If all continues to go well, this will be the last photo you see here of my precious Biscuit baby with that pacifier stuck in his mouth.

We went to Mama's house for Easter, and I almost forgot to pack the bowl we use to store Biscuit's pacifiers. The thought crossed my mind to just leave it home, but I panicked at the last minute and threw them in Biscuit's bag.

We got to Mama's, and Biscuit got busy greeting "all his peoples," and he never asked for a pacifier. We had been keeping it from him during the day anyway, so he would usually only ask for it close to bedtime.

As bedtime rolled around, he asked for it, "I have paseefier, Mom?"

"Let's go brush your teeth," I said. He asked again, and I came up with something else to stall him.

Finally, he fell asleep without it. He didn't ask for it again until we got home two days later.

Biscuit is routine-oriented about a lot of things. (I have no idea where he got that from.) So our first night back at home, he wandered into the kitchen and called me.

"I have paseefier, Mom?" he asked.

"I don't see one," I said to him.

"Yeah, Mom. Right there," he said as he pointed to where we usually keep them. Luckily, as I was unpacking, I stuck the bowl in a cabinet, so he couldn't see them.

"I think we left them at Grandmama's house," I said. "We'll have to get them next time we go down there."

And he hasn't asked for one again.

I never had a strong feeling one way or another about Biscuit's pacifier usage until a girlfriend of mine asked him a question one day. He answered her question without ever taking the pacifier out of his mouth. You could sort of understand what he was saying, but he's so good at talking, I just hated for him to try to talk around that thing.

It's certainly been a lot easier than I thought it would be to get rid of them. I'm not sure if he's forgotten about them completely or if he might ask again.

But as far as I'm concerned, his pacifiers have hit the road, Jack!