Learning Opposites

Up…Down, Up…Down. This is Tatum’s term for the Carousel

IMG_1887Then when walking in the HOT Phoenix sun, she knows a cold drink when she grabs it…COLD!

Or when we were at Starbucks and she spilled a whole cup of ice on herself! Now that is COLD!
Then of course the favorite, when I say, come “HERE” she wants to go “THERE!”



Finally, on the train, she knows GO until we come to a STOP



Coti demonstrates being “ASLEEP” when she wants to be “AWAKE!!” (ergh!)IMG_5183


Today she learned the opposite of “ON” when she kept turning “OFF” the music!

SAHM day

Can I do this?! Of course. Keeping Tatum busy means balancing what she needs to learn with a bit of fun.  I also want her to be a bit independent.

Therefore I started with….Beans. Yes, beans. Sorting, distributing and pouring. All you need is some cups and lima beans or beans of choice (dry of course). Then, in the background, the music playing sets the tone. I obtained some fun kid CD’s and the classics play, like “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Five Little Monkeys,” and “This Old Man” etc…When Five Little Monkeys started, of course we had to get up and dance. Tatum knows the “NO MORE MONKEYS JUMPIN on THE BED” part as she shakes her finger. For some reason, I know she is going to want to be the one in charge. IMG_5163 IMG_5164 IMG_5165


So, after beaning, we retired to the patio. I attempted to sit at the table while she exercised her little muscles. She slid down her slide and pushed her motorcycle around. I am a bit concerned because she just does not like to run around too much. The other end of the spectrum could be an OVERLY active child, so I guess it’s a blessing. However, she usually just wants to sit and read. Puzzles? nah.. Little people? Nah.. (well, for a minute. She’ll pick out the doggie and run around yelling “doggie!”).. Drawing? We’re getting there. So, at least IMG_5166 IMG_5167 IMG_5168



Upstairs, she jumped onto the rocker to read about the Little Bunny.

Then it was time to feed the baby her “ba ba”IMG_5170 IMG_5171

I attempted to introduce her AGAIN to pop beads. This may take, but she can get some fine motor skills pumping


We made it at least to lunch. I knew after that she would play a bit more then nap time from 2-4. After 4 is always fun (haha) IMG_1884
The pool? Of course! This involves more pouring of water and splashing. She continues to “challenge” me as she wants to jump on her terms, but when that happens? Bye bye pool and fun.

It was a great day. I’ve already seen a huge change in her behavior by just BEING with her. Hmmmm, what a concept!

Tot Table

Tables seem to make all the difference for a Tot. IMG_5174 IMG_5173

This Tot table is even a bit too high, but she loves to sit and then say, “Mommy,” pointing to the other chair.

Then upstairs, she has an antique table which serves four. Perfect for her THREE babies. Then she can thread beads, read or play on her mini piano.

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Being her mommy makes me truly smile.