Hayden and Layla's Place

Abbey May 16, 2012

Filed under: Mommy — karagoodwin @ 7:33 pm
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Boy, are these kids interested in our cat Abbey lately!  They love to pick her up, and bless her kitty heart she tolerates it.  It was funny enough seeing Hayden do it, and I about fell over laughing when I saw Layla waltz up to her and pick her up.  Of course, I rushed over to assist – Abbs is little for a kitty but still a lot for a 2 year old to hold.

There’s been a lot of attention on all of the animals by the kids lately, and with it a lot of coaching as well.  They usually mean well, but they are usually a little too rough or pokey.  I think the most overused terms in our house currently are “Gentle!” and “Not the eyes!” 😉  I love seeing them enjoy the pets.  I remember being little and loving picking up my cat, too (and I remember being told off for not holding her the right way, too) and wanting to ride my dog like a horse like they seem to want to do.  I also love watching how patient the dogs and cat are with them.  I’m sure it helps that they know John and I have their backs and are watching carefully that they aren’t getting hurt, but it’s very endearing to see them tolerate getting laid on, kissed, smooshed, and pulled.  Lucy even started giving Layla kisses this morning when she was messing with her and saying, “Good girl, Lucy.”

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Walk, or not to Walk October 21, 2009

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 12:17 am
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Hayden is starting to become somewhat of a handful when we go with walks.  It breaks down like this.  If we take his stroller then he just wants to push it the whole way instead of riding in it.  If we even touch it then he gets cranky at us and has a mini fit.  Attempting to put him in the stroller without his written permission – parental suicide!  Sometimes he’ll change his mind half way on the wall and start to climb in the stroller, and then he will either just want to play straps, or might let us push him the rest of the way depending on his mood.

Well I’ve started to have enough of this.  While I’m pretty patient, if I’m on a walk I do actually want to walk a little bit rather than crawl along, and if we have the dogs they defiantly get very restless and will just start pulling so I want to shake his habit.  So the other day we tried to go on a walk without his stroller.  The first big mistake was to go out through the garage, so he immediately walked over to his “trailer” and started to push it and told me to open the garage.  I tried to explain to him that today there was no stroller – it was clear that one of two things was going to happen.  We were going on a walk with the stroller, or we were not going on a walk and Hayden was going to scream and roll around on the floor for twenty minutes.

OK so next time I wasn’t so dumb and I made him go through the front door.  Genius I hear you say.  Well this worked find except he just ran off towards the garage and complaining it wasn’t open so he couldn’t get his stroller out.  I was determined to walk without it, so I pick him up and started to walk.  He kicked screamed for at least two houses when I finally managed to distract him with a fountain in the pond near our house and then we had a nice walk from that point forward.  Obviously no talk of the stroller from me.  So now I know he’s good to walk you just have to break the connection…

We tried this again at the weekend, and this time the same sequence occurred.  I was thinking it might have given it up, but nope – he still wants his stroller.  So my latest plan was to leave the house carrying him so he can’t run to garge to get his stroller – genius! 😀  Well almost – he had a bit of a fit about “want down, want down” but i went with him the opposite way to the garage put him and down and asked him which way are we going – he pointed off the way i wanted and away we were with perhaps just one tear…   I think we’re getting there 😀

He loved the walk by the way – he likes to grab the dogs leash and walk them – he thinks it’s the funniest thing in the world!!