Last week, Scott and I took Amaya to see Santa. I've decided this Santa is as real as they come. I mean, I think he may have actually been Santa. A huge improvement from last year's Santa, whom I think was Billy Bob Thorton's body double and/or the runner up for Billy Bob's role in "Bad Santa." So, anyway, Amaya enjoyed seeing the man in red as far as we can tell, but continues to prefer the fake ones in everyone's yards and on our tree. She insists on kissing them, but didn't have kisses for the Santa pictured above. She just politely sat for the picture, then waved goodbye. side note: for some reason blogspot wouldn't let me post the scanned in image, so i took a picture of the picture and uploaded that image...thus the blur of light and the less than stellar quality.
O.K. On to other things. Haven't had that much time to blog lately, but thought I'd share a few tidbits from the life of Amaya.
#1. It's a given that if one evening your child figures out how to unsnap the closure snap, and then proceeds to figure out how to unzip and take off their footie pajamas, the next morning will bring big surprises. Now, of course they leave the pj's on all night. Afterall, it is winter and it's chilly. So that's good. But, when they wake up the next morning, what fun it is to practice their new found skill. BUT ... you just know that the next morning they'll decide to take the diaper off too, and you just know it's going to be a poopy one! There in lies the big surprise. Smile, smile. Fun, fun!!!
#2. Amaya isn't ready to settle down yet. She's playing the field. She recently broke it off with Barney, she wants nothing to do with him now, and she is now seeing Elmo exclusively. She is obsessed with Elmo. Elmo, Elmo, Elmo. It was love at first sight. She saw a little stuffed Elmo at babies'r'us awhile back, and she forgot about Barney instantly. The next day I let Amaya watch Sesame Street, and when she saw her little red friend on the t.v., she couldn't have been more excited. The rest is history. It's fascinating to me the obsession kids have with Elmo. It was literally love, or obsession, at first sight with Amaya. And out of all the other characters on Sesame Street, it's so interesting how so many kids are drawn to Elmo. It doesn't sound like it's just Amaya. So, bye-bye Barney, hello Elmo. I wonder who will be next.
#3. Even though your child gives it a try each day while you shower without any luck, one day she will eventually succeed. One day, she'll scale the side of that jacuzzi tub, swing herself over the ledge, and turn on the water. This will all take place during the few seconds it took you to rinse the shampoo out of your hair. You'll hear the water come on, open your eyes with shampoo in them, and see your fully clothed toddler gleefully enjoying an extra bath. Aaaahhh...isn't childhood fun, Amaya?
#4. 12-18-08: The day Amaya discovered she can open the dresser drawers, then use them like stairs to climb up and get on top of the dresser. Oh what treasures you can find there. Fun, fun. And oh...it works for the bedside tables, too. She can finally get on the bed while mom's not looking. Trampoline anyone? Make that head injury anyone? Hmmm, you literally can't look away for a second, can you.