Saturday, February 25, 2006


The past one week, Summy has been sleeping in her own bed (voluntarily). About three hours after she falls asleep, she wakes up with a pathetic "Mama." and outstretched hands. Then I go get the warm bundle and snuggle down with it in our bed for the rest of the night.

Yesterday, I slept like a log. This morning, I heard the happenings of last night from Kiran. She fell out of her bed in the middle of the night. Then she stood up and got back into her bed while mumbling. After giving her a couple of minutes to settle in, Kiran covered her up with a blankie again, and she slept.

We were always a little afraid she would fall, but it didn't seem to have fazed her much at all. By the way, she slept in her own bed all night yesterday. I don't expect it to happen everyday, but I think she's moving herself out of our bed bit by bit. It's a little sad, but it's nice that we don't have to lie down with an octopus/mule (she wriggles like the former, and kicks like the latter).

Thursday, February 23, 2006


Who is Kachu? Her first doll with hair.

Why Kachu? Because she named it so. Her first choice was a boy name. When I pointed out the doll was a girl, her next pick was the gender-neutral, one-of-a-kind name, Kachu.

What does Kachu mean? I'll have to ask her. I'm sure she can explain. She has an explanation for everything.

Yesterday, I found Kachu in her cubby at school, minus the clothes. So I asked her about it, and she knew exactly where to find everything. Kachu's shirt was hanging on Summy's coathook, and Kachu's pants were in the winter gear shelf.

Kachu gets to ride on the front bar of Summy's trike everyday. Summy even gave her a shampoo the other day.

Attention Span

Her attention span is now super-long for books. I remember when I used to buy her books with just pictures and no words, because she wouldn't listen to me reading. Not anymore.

Now, she wants books with longer and longer stories (the better to delay bedtime). Yesterday was a record, when we read a 64-page Amelia Bedelia book in one stretch.

We have broken the record for number of books read at bedtime a month ago though. Every night, as we reach the end of the last book, she starts to get anxious even before we finish it. She starts peering at the book shelf to pick another one and beg "Last time!". So one night when I was feeling patient, I thought "Why not read to her heart's content? She's sure to get sleepy at some point. I know I get sleepy after I read for a while" Twenty books and more than an hour later, I changed my mind. Requests for "Only one more!" kept coming. Whether it's love of books, or dislike of going to bed, or both, I now know that she won't voluntarily stop.

If a train goes "choo choo"...

How does a potty train go?

"Poo Poo!"

This is the first joke I heard from my potty-training daughter. Even though it's gross, I want to save it for future laughs :)

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Been a long time

Since I got time to post an entry. I know lots of things have happened in between, but I've forgotten most of them. When your child says the funniest things, you think you'll remember it forever, but a mommy brain overloaded with keeping track of the details of daily routine forgets quickly.

Here is an excerpt from one of my emails:

For Valentine's day, Summy made valentines for her friends and teachers, and gave them out at school. She practised saying "HappyValentine's Day" but when she stepped in through the classroom door,she was too excited to remember. She just yelled "Balentime!" She was very happy to get cards from her friends too. After the day was done,on the way home, she asked "Mommy, is it my birthday?" :) Next morning,she said "Can I do Balentimes again?" Little children are the sweetest(when they are not being little devils - ofcourse at Halloween, they are sweet little devils).

Friday, February 10, 2006

Quote of the Day

"There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings."

Monday, February 06, 2006

Progress in Home Education

Was it Mark Twain who said "I never let school get in the way of my education."?

On similar lines, in spite of me, Summy is making progress by herself. She can now count to twenty in English, to ten in Telugu and to five in Spanish, though not always in the right order :). She recognizes her favorite letters ('S' for Sameera!) and numbers, and knows that letters make up words.