• Liv

    reading about Leta’s first experience with a pool brought back all my memroies of teaching swimming for 5 summers straight. good luck, hopefully Leta learns to love it! it just takes persistence and practice.

  • http://hasg.blogspot.com Heather G.

    Re: Getting kids in the pool
    Water toys are definitely the KEY. My son is 8 and didn’t like the whole group pool experience until the last couple of years. But the 2 ft deep pools where he discovered he could walk around and throw a ball was his favorite. We didn’t force him in and spent the first day sitting on the edge. Then I discovered throwing the ball with him WHILE standing in the water.

    Re: cold medicine for kids
    Be careful with that stuff it can make them pass out and then wake up 4 hrs later in a coma-like state. The cough suppressant ONLY (dextromethorphan) meds are good if the cough is keeping them awake. But pseudoephedrine is scary scary stuff. I just heard that Crack is a derivative of that stuff.

    Maybe a shot of tequila would help with the cold, the fear of Bocelli, and the pool. Just sayin’……….

  • http://kristied.blogspot.com KristieD

    aww. sick kids suck. Being sick with a sick kid sucks more. Hope everyone is better soon. My son doesnt get sick often either and it shuts our lives down as well…we had to try out a few different kid’s meds until we found one that actually suppressed his cough and cleared his nose enough so that he could sleep. Good luck.

  • http://www.jolie1.blogspot.com jolie

    lady, you are one hell of a writer.

  • http://tuckle.net Rori

    the badge thing is gone! where did it go? my life has no meaning. I need to go to that style badge thing! *screams* *SCREAMS LIKE LETA*

  • http://www.monkeythoughts.com monkey

    Connor doesn’t seem to get into Elmo as much as I would like to think. But he does go into a trance and dance when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air comes on. WOO!

    Sick kids are just heart breaking. Connor is less dramatic. He just goes from running on high gear to moping and sitting quietly with me. It’s so tragic without his giggles and hijinks.

  • HighlandAmy

    Aww! Poor Leta. I wish her a speedy recovery.
    Sorry to hear about your hand.

  • Brooke

    Ahh…Bocelli….killing Elmo softly with his song…

    The only thing worse is Bocelli AND Celine Dion. What a divine combination THAT was.

  • tygermama

    Alright! Hello from Vangroovy!
    I just HAD to come out of “Lurkersville” for this one! You are fricking hilarious!
    …Can’t catch my breath from laughing at the vision of this all.
    Hope you are all well soon.

  • Scarlett

    Poor baby, intimidated by the water… I was one of those children whose moms took them to the YMCA infants swimming class: Throw your 6-month-old in and she’ll make it.

    Which, I guess, I did – and I’ve always been a swimmer and haven’t feared water. I have some friends pushing 30 who still cringe at the idea of anything bigger than a hot tub, though.

    But, as spunky as Leta seems, I doubt she’ll let anything like a “big puddle” scare her for too long.

  • kathrynaz

    Sad to say, I too watched that poignant moment of Bocelli singing Elmo to sleep. It WAS emotional (a tear or two was shed); I can definitely understand Leta’s gut-wrenching reaction.

    That was some fine t.v.

  • kathrynaz

    oh, and the “waller” thing….?

    Pretty much par for a child of one who pronounces Crayola products as “crowns.”

    Jon and Elmo are STILL right. (sorry)…

  • Clairegren

    Wait until she gets her first Barbie.

  • skyhouseblue

    hey heather, have you checked out the “pygmalion’s wife” blog advertising on your site? it is a very well crafted scam. she claims to be living under an abusive husband with three kids (one disabled)and solicits donations so she can “leave her husband”. she deletes comments that question the truth to her claims. i hope most people are smarter than to actually make a donation or place an ad out of sympathy.

  • mom2jacieanna

    We spent all of last summer sitting in about 2 inches of water everytime we visited the pool (my girls are 4 and 2 now). This year they just jumped right in – they play in water all the way up to their chins! It just amazes me how they went from barely getting their toes wet to wanting to go swimming every day. Hope Leta feels better soon!

  • http://jens-space.typepad.com/ JenniferH

    Good job getting your butt in the water Leta. At that age my now four year old wouldn’t even approach the water. Sorry it led to a nasty cold though.

  • immi’s mum

    As an Australian, the key to getting kids into water is 1) toys – lots of water toys and 2) jumping.

    I got my daughter to swim in scary big waves (we have them over here) by getting her to focus on jumping.

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  • http://www.lifeorsomethingjustlikeit.blogspot.com KaraMia

    Awww, when there sick at that age your torn between wanting to baby them up and wanting to go on vacation to GET AWAY from all the madness the sickness brings on…lol. Good luck, colds are never ever fun

  • kalkiwendy

    hope she feels better. down here in memphis, where, sorry to say, we (most of us that i know anyway) say cray-on (like day-on), we’re all hacking and sneezing. don’t you miss the allergy capital of the world????

  • StephJ0428

    Coupla things:

    1) My 5-year-old daughter, Maya, talks like a character straight out of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When she was 2 and we were at the pumpkin patch, she said (and I quote), “I’m not about that pumpkin. That’s not what I’m about.” Current phrases she uses include “Peace out, yo” and “Dude! Bummer.” Guess where she gets her fabulous linguistics training?

    2) Paula Poundstone said it best: “I have the perfect attention span for movies. I’m the only person I know who can watch Hoosiers over and over again and still have anxiety that they might lose the big game.” I get way too invested in television and movies, man. Next year, they’ll have a disorder named specifically for this. (Explosive Character Attachment Disorder? ECAD doesn’t make a good acronym, though.)

    Peace out, yo! :)

  • JennJenn

    Pictures! We need pictures of non-swimming!

  • advancedsalad

    brandy’s remark about dreaming Big Bird’s death reminds me of a story told by an English actor about the time he appeared on “Sooty”, a kid’s show over there. His kids were sitting at home all excited that he was going to appear, but then in the course of his sketch Sooty and friends started punching him up (as puppets will do in Britain), and, apparently, his children were quite shaken by the whole thing.

  • http://www.svmomsblog.com Jill Asher

    You may want to read more about “night terrors”. This is pretty common at your daughter’s age. Unfortunately, I know way too much about this area – my daughter had apnea (and had to have her tonsils and adenoids removed at age 2 1/2) and now has constant night terrors.

    Good luck….
    someday, she will sleep :)

  • http://chaithere.blogspot.com AndreaBT

    Dude…Elmo TOTALLY pronounces crayons right ;)

  • hype12

    Elmo totally rule(d) our household when ours were little. Love the SIIIITTT DOOOWWNNN part, how true!

  • cate

    1. Triaminic Nighttime, grape and only grape flavored right before bedtime.

    2. Every single freakin time my kids go near a public pool, they get bacteria laden illnesses. Cesspools. bleh.

    3. My lip has been doing that thing like yours on and off for a month now…isn’t it freaky? I find my self grabbing it and dragging it back down or pressing really hard on it, which are both way better looks than the twitching. Right. Thank you for the penis connection, and the visual, now at least I can chortle to myself as I spasm.

    You are da bomb!

  • http://kimbanelson.blogspot.com/ dancingnancy

    Perhaps Elmo came to Leta in her dreams and told her to save him from The Great Bocelli. Leta was The Chosen One!!!

  • PixieMegh

    Poor Leta. Opera sucks.

    It’s CRAY-on. How we can prove it? How do you say Crayola? Cray-oh-la. CRAYola makes CRAYons. ;)

  • http://www.billygean.co.uk Billygean.co.uk

    Aaaah that is soo sweet and made me cry! Okay, I’m on my period but that’s totally unrelated!

  • http://wouldbewritersguild.com TiffyWiffyPooPooWanna

    Sorry to hear Leta is sick. Also sorry to hear about your first penile sighting. I agree that they don’t look anything like those naked statues.

  • http://valerie.beautifulexchange.org Valerie

    You can curl the left side of your lip? I can only do the right side. I sat here and tried and tried, but when I tried to curl the left side, my dog left the room out of fear.

  • iamjenlindsey

    i too wore a green snot mustache the first time i was forced to look at a penis.

    i wonder, did you give her a drink of waller to settle her nerves?

  • http://sheelagh.us JC

    aw, poor baby. not fun having a sick one. i’m sure it only gets worse as they get older and can more eloquently communicate their distress.

  • http://claudia.hidden-identity.net Claudia

    Aw, I hope you guys feel better. :D

  • http://the-water.blogspot.com CannonballInto

    a few of my friends and i went swimming last night. or we did a combo of swimming and hot tubbing. the hot tubbing did us in sleep wise. health wise? yes, i am feeling a bit of a ringing in my ear. so i cried for more sleep instead of attending class today. leta knows exactly what to do.

    and the early you start loving TV shows, the earlier your life beings to make sense.

  • http://kayayarai.blogspot.com kayayarai

    instead of repeating it Leta just said, “That’s right, Daddy. Good job.”

    Yes, it’s moments like these where I stop and reevaluate how I’m parenting and why, because my daughter has obviously already done that evaluation and determined that my anal retentiveness on items like pronunciation is for my own benefit and not hers, and has rejected it for herself.

  • http://www.misszoot.com Z

    During the second season of Survivor (dont laugh) my son, who was about 5 at the time, got very upset that Tina’s tribe kept losing the challenges. He was rooting for her because she was from Knoxville (my hometown) and at one point, when they lost, he starting crying and wailed: “They need to win! Or they’ll STARVE TO DEATH!”

    I had to explain there was no way Mark Burnett would let that happen. “But why does Mark Burnett let the poor kids in Africa starve?”

    I gave up at that point. What do you say to that?

  • http://www.ugagrad1995.blogspot.com/ Paige

    At least she is cautious about it! My 2 year old will take a running leap into the pool whether you are ready for him to or not! LOL

    Poor girl. I hope she is feeling better soon.

  • http://wwwranting.blogspot.com Muffin

    Maybe she really just wanted Bocelli to shut up and was trying to get to the mute button on the tv? That’s my general reaction to him…

    (Do you think the people at Crayola pronounce it wrong? Because all those commercials? Its cray-on.)

  • Cape Cod Mel

    Andrea Boccelli freaks me out, too!

    There’s better stuff than Benadryl out there – it’s made by Tylenol and it’s called Peditric PM Cold Medicine (or something similar – we buy the generic). It’s like NyQuil or vodka for kids.

  • Les

    I was in Spain on holiday last week with my 3 boys, the twins Rio and Byrn love the water / pool. But Evan my 3 year old is not a fan of the pool, he just sits there with his feet in the water. He might go into his waist sometimes, but not often.
    It’s all about confidence building and taking one step at a time.

  • http://www.hollyrhea.com HollyRhea.com

    I feel that empathy for ANYONE Andrea Bocelli sings at.

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    (No really. That is all I have to say about that!)

  • http://www.mochamomma.com Mocha

    The ONLY reason I go to the pool is to eat the goldfish crackers. When I forget to bring them for my own kids I make them go make friends with some kid whose mom remembered.

    And also so the ladies at the poolhouse can talk about me stealing goldfish crackers. I get more joy out of watching them yak on about me than anything. That one lifeguard with the amazing tan doesn’t hurt either.

  • NinasMom

    So sweet, goobers and all.

  • http://www.thebeatys.com becky

    Three words: Ben A Dryl

    Even without the snotting and the coughing and the sneezing, it’s REST medicine. Just sayin’.

  • Mack’sMom

    My 2 year old daughter absolutely loves swimming ‘outside’ verses ‘inside.’ Last winter I took her to our health club (that we never use!) pool and she would hide her face in my neck. She hated every second. I feared this summer for that very experience.

    A couple weeks ago we ventured to my friends’ pool and she absolutely loved every second of it. My girlfriend’s 3 year old daughter refused to get off the first step- I was a proud mamma!

    My daughter will cry for JoJo in her sleep…from JoJo Circus on Disney. She doesn’t wake up, just cries in her sleep. First thing out of her mouth when she wakes up, “JoJo Mamma!” as she points towards the living room TV.

  • Chris

    My son who is 18 months old and sick with the same oozing snot and smokers cough react the same way when Elmo shut his eyes this morning? Maybe it is some kind of odd vibe between NYC and Utah. Good luck with the snot fest – Benadryl worked at night for him… We are on day 5!!!

  • http://www.justsayjes.com jes

    I’m giving my nephew swim lessons this weekend. He’ll be three in September. I fear that THIS is what I am looking forward to.