Monday, September 24, 2007
chibiguri @ Two
chibiguri was quite funny. He was very excited as we decorated in preparation for the party, which entailed putting up balloons, pushing the furniture against the walls and hanging streamers. Once the guests began to arrive, he was initially very shy as his home was invaded by a large number of children and their parfents. However, once he realized that the day was in his honor, he entered into the spriti of the occasion, including having 'Happy Birthday' sung to him by the assembled guests. He was very pleased with himself, and I think he understood the significance of the day, unlike last year, when he was mostly noncomprehending.
My sister was a huge help, watching chibiguri while amaguri and I dealt with the cooking and the general tasks associated with hosting a gatherinbg such as this. However, all the guests and the children were extremely well-behaved and overasll it was a very good day for all.
On the Sunday, we took chibiguri to my brother-in-law's ranch north of San Fracnisco and he was able to see his vfavorite animals- cows and horses. We also flew his big kite a bit and enjoyed the leftover food from the previous day's barbeque. All in all it was a very enjoyable weekend, and I think chibiguri had a wonderful time. A truly fitting event for his second birthday. Thanks to all who attended and helped to make it such a wonderful day for him.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Vocabulary & Music
In addition, chibiguri has at last managed to make sounds on one of my horns. I received a little baritone, or possibly alto horn from a friend (it was his father's, who recently passed away) and I was playing it last night. I offered it to chibiguri, and showed him how to blow, and he was able to make distinct sounds on it. I was quite pleased wiuth him, and he was able to make both a a semi-high note and a lower note. He is a long way from being able to play, but he has clearly made a start.
Friday, September 14, 2007
chibiguri has discovered an affinity for exercise equipment. At a friend's barbeque a couple of weeks presviously, chibiguri was attached to the resident treadmill, and it was only with great difficulty that we persauded him to loosen his grip and accompany us home. At Joshi's apartment, chibiguri was fascinateed by the machine as soon as fully wakened, and he soon discovered how to use it. i hope to have pictures posted soon to show how immensely chibiguri enjoyed the cardio machine.
I dread the day when chibiguri is old enough that we have to break down and get him something similar, though the jungle gym mentioned in my previous post will undoubtedly suffice for the nonce.
chibiguri has developed a bad habit of waking in the night and then needing parental companionship in order to go back to sleep. The typical process is thus:
1. chibiguri starts to complain, though he reamins asleep
2., This complaining wakes amaguri and me. (This usually occurs around 2 or 3 in the morning)
3. chibiguri wakes, and toddles into our room, where he insists that he needs to occurpy the majority of our bed
4. chibiguri goes to sleep, but we are too tired to remove him to his own bed (especailly on work nights) and we all0ow him to remain
5. chibiguri rearranges himself to be horizontal, thus decreasing the amount of space that his mother and I can occupy. he also has developed the habit of kicking in order to clear up space for himself.
6. chibiguri sleeps. We don't.
So the upshot is that our brilliant plan of moving chibiguri's bed to his own room did not exactly ease our own slepping situation. I look forward to the day when chibiguri is able to go to slepp and remain in hios own bed.
i had initially thought that a pedal car would be a good choice, but since his aunt was kind enough to get him a tricycle, we made a small change. As has been noted here on this blog, chibiguri is quite the climber, and he loves to be physically active. Therefroe, we deteremined that a jungle gym might be a good choice. Unfortunately, our backyard, like so many Bay Area domiciles, is approximately the same size as a typical mouse run, making the larger sets impossible.
As chibiguri's wonderful Aunt had also mentioned the possibility of a jungle gym, we called her on the phone and spoke to her regarding the possibility of splitting the cost of a set with us. She was delighted to do so, and we chose a set we thought would be suitable. One problem- getting it home taxed the carrying capacities of our not-so-large vehicles to the utmost. However, we did succeeed and set it up that very evening.
The set is the Little Tykes Double-Decker and chibiguri loves it. He has already discovered the joys of the slide, and he also has tried every possible climbing method associated with the set. Now our only concern is that he occasionally wants his mother and me to accompany him on his slide and climbing forays. As the set is not designed for the weight of such as we, this occasionally creates a problem, though he usually is content to have us walk beside him as he does the actual climbing and sliding!
This is good for us, as it makes it somewhat easier to tire him out, making bath and bed slightly less strenuous. I highly receommend jungle gyms for almost-two year old boys. In my next post, I will talk about the preparations for his party.
Friday, September 07, 2007
The Terrible Twos
However, the most worrying behavioral symptom is that he has become prone to throwing temper tantrums when he does not get his own way. This is new behavior, and he is even doing this at the day-care provider, where he was heretofore considered a very exceptional child- never causing problems.
There are soem postiive signs as well, though. he will give things back when requested, and he still shows politeness in most areas. So we can hope that this new temper is merely part of the two-year-old process and is not soimething that will persist once he passes this necessary stage.