It’s official. July 1 was my first day back as a full-time employee at work now that I’ve completed my degree. I re-joined our team (Knowledge Management) as the Associate Director for Research. These are big shoes to fill so I’ll have to work diligently to make sure I do my absolute best!
In other news, last weekend we took Kaleya to a “bring your friend” day at a dojo and while she was a little timid at first, she warmed up to it. You go girl!
Merry Christmas everyone. Hope you are enjoying your holidays. Let me go back in time by sharing this video of Kaleya during her first Christmas season when she was 2 months old. My camera at the time only did video w/o sound and the quality is not the best, but it is too cute!
Today I took Kaleya to the Easter Egg Hunt in town that was sponsored by the Al Menah Shriners here in town. I went with my coworker and her family and we had a great time. The festivities began with general activities for the kids; they had dune buggy car rides, motorcycle rides, temporary tattoos, balloon animal, bounce “things” (cuz I don’t know the proper name), and then after all that, the Easter Egg Hunt.
I was surprised that Kaleya enjoyed the bounce things so much; she even attempted to climb the inflatable wall climb/slide combination. They had some older kids posted at the bottom and at the top of that one to help the younger kids, so she got some help getting up the wall and over to the other side. She was at one point upset though when one of the older girls slid down with her trying to help because Kaleya “wanted to do it by myself.” ah well.
The egg hunt part itself was fun too – there were way too many sugar eggs though – I have no idea what I’ll do with them all. Some pictures and and a video clip below. All the pictures are here.
Me to Kalonji: telling him how Jihad took the thermometer that is not intended to go in your mouth and put it in his mouth to take his temperature last week
Me to Jihad: “Raise your arm. I have to put the thermometer in your armpit to take your temperature. And remember, this thermometer is made to go in one of two places.”
Me: “Your underarm is one place. I bet you can guess the other.”
Jihad: “No, where?”
Kaleya interjects: “your bum-bum!”
HOW IN THE WORLD DOES SHE KNOW THAT? Is it possible she remembers the doctor’s office doing that a few years ago to her? She couldn’t tell me how she knew that, but i’m floored! And, good think I’ve never used that particular thermometer for a rectal temp
At the medical center where I work (Vandy), the staff often get emails of ongoing research studies as they look for participants. Last week, one came in my inbox that piqued my interest – they were looking for 4 and 6 year olds for a study to understand language processing. So, I signed Kaleya up.
We went yesterday and it took about 30 minutes. The researcher showed Kaleya two videos of people talking about toys and then asked Kaleya some questions about what they saw on the video. As I observed this, it was clear to me they were asking questions of Kaleya that she cognitively does not understand. When I asked about it, the researcher informed me that yes, the trend they were seeing is that the 4 year olds do not “get it” and the 6 year olds do. So, it was highlighting the issue that something different was happening cognitively around that age.
Then, Kaleya was shown a picture of a robot and asked a series of questions. Again, I could see that the questions asked were a little bit more than she could grasp. But, throughout the whole thing, I was very impressed with how well Kaleya interacted with the researcher. She was downright charming.
On Friday night, I took the kids to a birthday party for my coworker’s grandson who turned 5 this week. The great thing about this party is that it was a pool party! Kaleya & Jihad enjoyed themselves and Kaleya was particulary distraught to have to leave. Neither of them know how to swim, but it doesn’t stop them. However, this summer, Iam going to have to get them in swimming lessons. I can’t tell you how many times I panicked if Kaleya got too close to leaving the shallow end of the pool!
The kids on the DDR this weekend. On Sunday, I bought a second mat b/c one is just not enough. I love how much Kaleya is concentrating. She doesn’t really know how to coordinate her feet with the arrows yet, but she’s trying!
I went to Walgreen’s the other night. Kaleya sits behind the driver’s seat and as I was getting her out, the car in the spot behind me and one spot over was about to leave. So, I had pretty much already had her out when I saw this, so I held tightly right next to me so she couldn’t move and I said, “Kaleya, stay right here next to me, don’t move.”
Then the car left and Kaleya says “Mommy, why I have to stand right next to you?”
Me: “Because there was a car there and I wanted you close to me so it doesn’t hit you”
Kaleya: “Oh, so it won’t make me dead?”
Oh, that made me laugh! Then, as I was telling the story to Kalonji later that night, Kaleya started elaborating, saying that if the car rolled over her it would make her dead.