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Tuesdaily with Toddler Entertainment

I have a few stories from our trip to Oregon, but they are still in bits and pieces in my head, and will require unpacking.

I was surprised by a few items of entertainment that worked ridiculously well on our trip:

Beans

My mother, having survived me as a child, knew just how to distract the Guppy: beans. Most of a bag of white beans, a spoon, and a few tupperware containers, and this child was happy as a clam - for HOURS. And she remembered it the next days, too, pointing at the cabinet and demanding "Beeeeeeaaaaaaans!" like a good little zombie.

Apparently, when I was young, I managed to get one far enough up my nose to require an ER trip, so it does still require a little supervision. Though possibly, Guppy is smarter than me.

Also to be noted, she would not tolerate the sole black bean in with the mix. "Little racist!" I scolded her. She threw the bean across the room.

Baby!

The in-flight magazine had an advertisement with a photo of a baby in a hat. And you'd think, okay, baby in a hat. *flip*

Not so, for Guppy.

I swear, she spent over an hour, each direction, 'losing' the baby so that she could ask "Where's the babeeeeee?" "Where's the babeeeeee?", find it (or make me find it) and exclaim in delight, "BABEEEEEEEE!" With the occasional addition of "Babeeee in a hah!"

Where's my hand?

"Where" is a repeated theme in her entertainment. We've been playing a low-key 'where'd your hand go?' while getting dressed over the last couple of months, and this trip, she volunteered it, sucking her hand into her sweater and asking, "Haaaan? Where's the haaaan go?" Then she'd peek the fingers out and cackle in glee. Over and over and OVER again.

Feeding the ducks

There were tame ducks in a nearby park, and we went to feed them. That was a HIT. Such a hit that she woke me up at 5:30 one morning. "Feeeee the duck? Quack? Quackow? Quackoooooow?"

I was not amused.


She took her duck-feeding duties very seriously. I couldn't capture her with a smile.

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jenny_evergreen
Feb. 4th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC)
This makes me want to fly out there and visit before she grows up too much! That child is so adorable I cannot stand it!
kelkyag
Feb. 4th, 2014 07:07 pm (UTC)
<giggles> I loved feeding the ducks when wee small, too. There was one point where a goose decided it would like the whole bag of bread now, though, and Mom had to intervene.
browngirl
Feb. 4th, 2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
Also to be noted, she would not tolerate the sole black bean in with the mix. "Little racist!" I scolded her. She threw the bean across the room.

*cries laughing*
frigg
Feb. 4th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's cheap toddler entertainment!

(With me it was a bead. I still remember the loooong instrument the doctor at the ER stuck up my nose)
laylalawlor
Feb. 4th, 2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
My mother, having survived me as a child, knew just how to distract the Guppy: beans.

ahahaha. We had my nephew for a month last summer, and I was astounded at how easily both my mother and my husband's mom (each of whom raised three kids) could wrangle that child. It was like MAGIC. He was a pretty well-behaved kid in general, but a real attention hog, and trying to get some time by myself was a constant struggle. My mom would just work some kind of mom spell, whip out some paper and markers or a travel-sized game to play with, and he'd settle down for hours and let the adults do adult things.
wood_dragon
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
She is very serious. But very cute. :-)
blitheringpooks
Feb. 5th, 2014 01:24 pm (UTC)
She's adorable! Keep the stories coming.

I have a picture of me somewhere at five years old, mortally offended because the duck I was feeding 'bit' me, and instead of consoling me, my grandmother took a picture of my expression.
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padparadscha
Feb. 5th, 2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
Ducks are SERIOUS BUSINESS.

What do you feed them? I've been trying to figure out a good thing to give 'em now that I know bread is bad for them.
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