baby-preparedness

Posted by kyden on Tuesday Jun 28, 2011 Under Uncategorized

my baby bro/sis is coming soon, so mama and dada have been doing lots of things to prepare.  i’m doing my part, too.

for one thing, i’ve been working on my photography skills.  mama is so disappointed that she doesn’t have more photos of me (iphone photos don’t count) from when i was a baby.  but mama and dada were just too tired to take too many newborn shots.   so i’m going to be the family photographer and i will take lots of photos of the new baby.  my first goal is to be able to lift the heavy camera and lens so i can take pictures of something other than the tabletop.  one step at a time.

mama and dada have been doing lots of things to prepare me for the baby, but nobody has really been preparing them.  so i thought i’d help out.  i have been sleeping in my race car bed in my new room for almost two weeks now.  i was napping well and sleeping my usual 9-10 hours at night.  but since this past weekend, i started climbing out of bed and waking up mama and dada (and koda) at 3:30am… 5am… all hours of the night.  in preparation for the new baby, i want to make sure that nobody gets used to sleeping more than a few hours at a time.  just like earthquake or fire drills, i’m running baby-preparedness drills for the whole family.  isn’t that nice of me?

i think we’re all ready for the baby to arrive!

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a day of firsts

Posted by kyden on Friday Jun 24, 2011 Under Uncategorized

i’m a big boy now, and i’ve done a whole lot of things in my (almost) 21 months.  so it was a little surprising to experience so many “firsts” today.

FLASH MOB

i’ve been to the children’s discovery museum dozens of times.  they change some exhibits once in awhile, but for the most part, i’ve been there, done that.  today however, mama took me to my first storytime at CDM.  and it wasn’t just stories — we also played games and sang/danced.  i actually wasn’t into the story, at all.  while the storyteller was reading the book, i wandered off and explored other areas of the wonder cabinet.  (the storyteller wasn’t very good.)  but when the music came on, i rejoined the group.  but guess what — i found myself in the middle of a flash mob!  all the kids started doing the exact same dance moves.  everyone except me, that is.  i guess i missed the youtube video with the dance instructions.  i’ll find it, though.  i’ve gotten really good at navigating youtube.

I AM BEAST.  RAAAWR!

i’ve been going to the little gym for a long time now.  i went to one “bugs” class and i completed two whole sessions in the “birds” class.  but  tonight, i was a “beast” for the first time!  the format of the class seems similar to the previous ones, but there’s more focus on cooperative play (rather than parallel play) and more advanced skills (galloping and jumping, identifying colors, standing on the high-beam unsupported, and doing rolls by ourselves without being spotted).  oh, and most importantly, the ratio of girls to boys in this class is way higher. and since i’m on the low end of the age range, that means i’m surrounded by older women 😀  i’m liking being a beast, already.  RAAAWR!

MY UNCLE IS A ROCK STAR!

after gym class tonight, mama, dada, and i went out for dinner.  when we got to the restaurant, there was a band setting up.  i don’t think i’ve ever seen a live band before, so that was pretty cool.  and guess what.  uncle jamie was the drummer in the band!  how cool is that?  it was my first time seeing uncle jamie play the drums.  i know a real-life rock star!  i had fun watching and listening to the music even though it kept me up past my bedtime.

this is not uncle jamie’s regular band — he only plays with these guys part-time.  they are a classic/freedom rock cover band.  i dunno what that means, but mama and dada seemed to know all the songs.  and gung-gung was totally rocking out and singing along.  if anyone ever wants to go have dinner with me and listen to the band play, mark your calendars for the last friday of every month at sonoma chicken coop in campbell 🙂

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use your words

Posted by kyden on Thursday Jun 23, 2011 Under Uncategorized

i like getting food for koda, but i don’t like it when he rushes me.  when he starts whining, i make him wait even longer.  use your words, koda. that’s what mama and dada say to me when i whine.

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one-baby household

Posted by kyden on Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 Under Uncategorized

since mama was playing hooky from work today, she invited auntie sophie over to visit.  so after lunch, auntie sophie came over, and she brought a new friend for me to meet — baby max.  he is 10 weeks old.

our first meeting was a little awkward.  when i sat next to him on the couch, he made the biggest poo explosion i’ve ever heard in my life.  i don’t actually know if there was an explosion in there or not, but it sure sounded like it.  and i wasn’t taking any chances.  so i quickly moved away from him, then decided to climb off of the couch altogether.

after that, i tried to keep my distance from baby max, but mama kept encouraging me to hang out with him.  i just stared at him, wondering when the next bomb was going to drop.  but eventually, we were okay.  we high fived.  we fist-bumped.  i even showed him lion, and i think he liked him.  he wasn’t interested in playing with my cars and ride-on rockets though, so i mostly played by myself.

at one point i looked up and saw mama holding baby max on her lap.  i pleaded “no, no, no” in the saddest, most pathetic voice i could, but she didn’t listen.  she just told me that she still loved me and asked me to sit next to her so that she could hold me with her free arm.  but luckily, baby max listened to me.  he started fussing, so mama gave him back to auntie sophie.  i hugged mama and signed “thank you”. there is only room for one baby in this house!

while auntie sophie was feeding baby max, mama tried to put me down for my nap.  okay, seriously?  you think i’m gonna leave a cute baby alone with mama? needless to say, i refused to take my nap.  when i came back downstairs, i didn’t see baby max.  i ran all around the house calling “baby?” and looked for him everywhere.  i even checked under the table and under the pillows on the couch.  he wasn’t there.  but then i saw his toes sticking out from under auntie’s nursing cover!   he was hiding from me 😛

once i realized that baby max was not going to steal mama away from me, we became friends.  i even gave him a hug.  next time we hang out, i hope he’ll play cars with me. or at least, i hope he doesn’t make poo explosions so close to me or try to steal mama again.

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sharkie turned into elmo!

Posted by kyden on Tuesday Jun 21, 2011 Under Uncategorized

this morning, mama, dada, and i headed out to the shark tank (hp pavilion).  i thought hockey season was over, but whatever… i went along with it.  when we arrived, matthew and his family were there!  we all went inside, and i knew right away that something was weird.  instead of going to our usual seats, we walked all the way down to the arena floor.  and there was no ice!  instead, there was a big stage with bunch of lights.  matthew and i looked around for sharkie, but we couldn’t find him anywhere.

next thing we knew, the lights went out and a bunch of big furry characters came on stage.  i didn’t know any of them, but mama and dada said their names were bert, ernie, zoe, and some others that i can’t remember.  (actually, mama and dada didn’t know some of the monsters’ names, either.)  i wasn’t all that interested until cookie monster appeared.  a real life cookie monster!  i leaned forward in my chair and waved at him while he sang and danced around.

it turned out that matthew and i were watching elmo’s super heroes (a sesame street live production).  mama, dada, auntie audrey, and uncle alan all played hooky from work to go with us.  cool, huh?

mama was pretty sure that she was going to have to chase me all around the arena since i usually cannot sit still.  but i shocked everyone by sitting through most of the first act (bouncing around between mama’s lap, my seat, and dada’s lap).  after intermission though, i was done.  i spent the second act walking around the aisle, high fiving other kids, and trying to pull mama toward to stage to high five elmo.

what a fun way to spend a tuesday morning!  my favorite parts were:

  • seeing elmo and cookie monster in real life.  since i don’t watch “sesame street” on tv, they are the only ones that i really know from my books.
  • the song and dance about brushing teeth in the “elmo’s world” act
  • watching all the stars move across the arena ceiling during ernie’s “i don’t want to live on the moon” performance
  • doing the fab five cheer.  it involves clapping hands and stomping feet.
  • high fiving all the characters that danced by me — one of the perks of having an aisle seat 7 rows from the stage!

best of all, i got mama and dada to play hooky and hang out with me on a school day!

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(grand)father’s day

Posted by kyden on Sunday Jun 19, 2011 Under Uncategorized

in honor of father’s day today, i woke up an hour early so that i could spent extra time with dada.  and then, i took him swimming for the first time.  for some reason, dada didn’t seem too excited about my father’s day plans for him.

last summer when i took swim lessons, mama always swam with me.  but mama said that there’s no way that she can fit a swimsuit over her big belly, so i had to show dada the ropes.  i called for mama the whole time, but she wouldn’t come into the water — she just watched from the viewing area.  the skills we practiced today were all review for me, but since dada is just a beginner, i didn’t mind the refresher.  dada did pretty good for his first time 🙂

after swim class, we went to lunch with grandma, grandpa, and uncle randy.  we went to a fancy place, so i had to wear a collared shirt.  and even though we were going there straight from swim class, dada wouldn’t let me wear my crocs — i had to wear real shoes!  mama had to wear real shoes instead of her usual flip flops, too.  so i guess it was only fair.  here we are:  three generations of tanaka men.  we’re a good-looking bunch, dontcha think?

i am a super lucky kid to have 2 grandpas.  so at dinnertime, mama and i celebrated (grand)father’s day again with gung-gung.  dada couldn’t come because he had to work.  boo 🙁  we went to a thai/vietnamese restaurant in a ghetto part of hayward.  i know, there’s nothing about that that sounds good, but it was nice inside, and the food was delicious.  mama said that every dish we ordered was the best version of that dish she’s ever had.  (and she’s eaten a lot of thai and vietnamese food in her life.)  everyone agreed that we should go back there again soon.

when we got home from dinner, dada was still at his office working.  even though it was past my bedtime, i stayed up to wait for him so i could give him his father’s day card.  when he came home, i ran to the door and yelled “dada!”  he liked the card i gave him, but he said that the best present was hearing me call him “dada” 🙂

happy father’s day to dada, grandpa, and gung-gung.  i love you all!

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kiddie funland is… well, fun!

Posted by kyden on Saturday Jun 18, 2011 Under Uncategorized

the first time i went to kiddie funland (a.k.a. gilroy gardens), i had so much fun that i convinced mama to buy season passes for our family. (i’m good, huh? ;)) mama used her membership for the first time today, and we spent the day there with maddie and kai and their families. dada had to work. boo 🙁

today was a completely different experience than the last time we went. first of all, maddie is a kiddie funland regular (and also 9+ months older than me), so she knows her way around the park and likes to go on some of the scary rides. there was this one hot air balloon ride that went up in the air and then flew around and around really fast. what kind of hot air balloon flies around in circles??? i kept saying “no!” but nobody listened. it just kept going around and around and it made me (and mama) dizzy. there was nothing i could do but bury my face in mama’s lap and wait for it to stop. last time when i went with matthew, we only went on non-scary rides that were more my speed.

but it wasn’t all bad. we went on a lot of fun rides, too. and since the weather was warm, all of the water attractions were open! there was a splash & squirt area that had giant frogs that spit water at us, and a huge splash garden with a water slide, a super squirter station, and lots more. my favorite was the water that squirted right out of the ground. we got soaked! (kai even took his shirt off. he said he was letting it dry in the sun, but i’m pretty sure he was just trying to impress maddie.) and just as we were drying off, we’d find another water play area and get soaked all over again. we also walked under the giant waterfalls… where we got even more soaked. it’s a good thing that i was prepared with my towel, swim trunks, and rash guard!

there are still so many rides and attractions that i haven’t tried at kiddie funland, and i can’t wait to go back and check them out. who wants to come with me? i can bring a guest for FREE on july 25-31, august 15-21, and november 5-6. now you want to be my best friend, huh?

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shout out to daddy

Posted by kyden on Friday Jun 17, 2011 Under Uncategorized

daddy thinks that i hate him because i refuse to say his name.  it’s not that i can’t — i just don’t want to.  but i don’t think it really makes daddy sad.  it’s actually kinda funny 😛

daddy has been okay with me saying “mama” and “koda”,  but now that i’m calling my aunties by name, daddy is starting to feel left out.  so in honor of father’s day this weekend, here’s my shout out to daddy.

see daddy, i DO love you!

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racing off to dreamland

Posted by kyden on Thursday Jun 16, 2011 Under Uncategorized

two nights ago, i slept in my big boy race car bed with my brand new mattress for the first time!  my new bed is awesome because i can climb in and out all by myself — no more crib rails to trap me in 🙂

1st NIGHT

i took a bath and went through my beauty routine like usual, and then i went to my room to change into my pajamas.  but then, instead of sitting with me in the glider, mama brought me to my car bed in my new room.  she laid down next to me and told me my usual bedtime stories and sang me my usual nighttime songs.  then she kissed me goodnight and went downstairs.

about 5 minutes later, i needed my diaper changed.  (stomach flu.  you get the picture without me having to go into details, right?)  so i climbed out of bed and was planning to sneak downstairs to find mama, but koda busted me.  by the time i reached the top of the stairs, koda was already standing at the bottom, barking loudly.  koda is such a tattletale!  mama didn’t know what koda was barking at, so she was telling him to be quiet.  she didn’t want him to wake me up.  she obviously didn’t know that i was waiting for her upstairs, so i called for her.  “mama!  mama!”  mama came upstairs, changed my diaper, then put me back to bed.  then she kissed me goodnight and went back downstairs.

about 10 minutes later, i climbed out of bed again.  “mama!  mama!”  mama came upstairs and put me back to bed.  i told her that i was thirsty, but she didn’t believe me.  she figured that i was just faking it to have an excuse to get out of bed.  she laid down with me again, told me my story again, sang me my songs again, kissed me goodnight again, and then went back downstairs… again.

mama was preparing herself for a very long night, expecting me to climb out of bed many more times.  but that was it.  i slept through the night in my new room, in my new bed.  not too bad for my first night in a new bed — especially being sick, and all.

2nd NIGHT

same nighttime routine.  but this time mama didn’t lay down with me — she just sat next to my bed.  she got up and left the room after my story and songs, even though i was still awake and kicking around.  and guess what.  i slept through ’til morning and didn’t get up one time.  i figured that even if i tried to sneak out of bed, koda would just bust me again.

mama says that i’m going to get cool car sheets and decorations for my new room soon.  she is going to move my clothes, books, and toys into my new room, too, but i’m in no rush.  i like having two rooms all to myself 🙂

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bye bye birdies

Posted by kyden on Tuesday Jun 14, 2011 Under Uncategorized

i graduated from my “birds” (that’s what they call us 10-19 month olds) class at the little gym today.  does that sound familiar?  it should, because i wrote the same thing in this entry 5 months ago!  wait, so why did i graduate from the same class, twice?  i thought that i had flunked out and had been held back, but mama said that i was continuing in the same class because i was still in the birdie age range.  plus, i had made some friends that i really liked, and logan had joined my class!

our graduation tonight was very exciting.  our gym instructor was planning to call us up to the podium one by one to receive our medals.  but i couldn’t wait, so i just stood at the podium and stared down my instructor.  he got the hint, and he gave me my medal right away.  it was my very first medal!  (last session, we just got ribbons.)

even though i had repeated the birds class, i learned some different skills and developed new favorites.  at the top of my list are swinging from the bars, bouncing on the springboard, and walking across the balance beam by myself.  i wonder what’s in store for me in the next session.

now that i am 20 months old, i will be moving up to the next class.  starting next week, i will officially be a “beast” (19 months – 2.5 year-olds).  so much cooler than being a little birdie, dontcha think?  GRRRAH!

 

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