Hayden and Layla's Place

That Scare Me August 13, 2012

Filed under: Mommy on Layla — karagoodwin @ 7:55 pm
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Layla is scared of a lot of things right now.  We hear frequently from her “That scare me,” or, “No like that.”  There is a growing list of things that scare her, including barking dogs (a frequent occurrence at our house, and one which requires being held every time), the big giraffe (Josie) in Hayden’s room, and any large characters in costume (Halloween might be hard work this year!).  Here are a couple of pictures which illustrate my point.  Monkey Joe enters the party room at Hayden’s birthday party.  Layla puts on the bravest face she can manage while observing from the furthest corner of the room in Mommy’s arms.   The day after Hayden’s birthday we went to Cincinnati for a fun weekend of playing at the aquarium and taking in a Reds’ game.  At the game there were these mascots dressed up like giant baseball people.  Our seats were way up at the top of the stadium, but Layla spotted the baseball characters straight away and told me they scared her.  She was a little better when I told her they were really far away and she was fine, but then later I was waiting in line for ice cream with the kids and one of the characters made a bee line for us.  I saw him before Layla did and I tried to gesture for him to go away but he didn’t seem to notice, so she saw him approaching and started screaming and trying to climb my leg, bless her.

Although I know that some of these scary things really are scary for her, she does play it up when it suits her. 🙂  There have been a couple of times when we put her to bed and she’ll start calling for us.  We’ll eventually go in and ask her what she needs and she’ll say, “froggie towel scare me” or “horsie scare me” (rocking horse).  These are things that don’t seem to scare her at other times, so it’s hard to take her too seriously although she has seemed to go to sleep once they have been removed.  My guess though is she just wanted a little more company before calling it a night. 😉


Sports November 15, 2011

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 12:46 am
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Hayden has been involved in a few sports lately.  He was on a soccer team in the early fall.  He was very keen to play before it started, but when they played actual games he was not into it at all.  To be fair, he was one of the youngest and the only one without an older sibling (so he had no frame of reference about what was going on).  John was the coach, which I know Hayden loved, but even with John being out on the field it wasn’t enough to make Hayden really enjoy the games.  We think he was just too young.  If he wants to try again next year we can see how he gets on.  I think it’s too early to rule soccer out.

He also started Tae Kwon Do a couple of months ago.  We were told it could be good to help him gain confidence and come out of his shell a bit.  I am sure that for a vast majority of kids, this is the case, but Hayden is not into it at all.  It is a huge chore to even get him to go, which is a great shame because the commitment we had to give was a full year!  I cannot believe that they make 4 year olds sign up for a one year commitment, but here we are.  We will see what will happen because if he continues to really not like it then we will work with them to lessen our commitment.  They know he is struggling with it and are working with him to try to help him through.

So next up is basketball!  Hayden has talked about  basketball being his favorite sport for quite some time now, so he is now old enough to be in a team and we have signed him up.  We had his first practice last week, and – surprise, surprise – he was not that into it!  lol  Again he is the youngest by quite a bit (although he holds his own in the height department).  It’s hard to get him to even practice dribbling at home or anything.  Hopefully we can figure something out to get him to dribble because otherwise he will be at a big disadvantage when the games start in Dec.

I think he will like playing sports eventually, but at this point I am putting a damper on any ideas he has had lately of playing baseball in the spring! 🙂