Archive for the 'Jace' category

Following Directions

July 12, 2010 6:17 pm

Yesterday after some playing, Jace wanted to move onto another activity. I told him that was fine but he needed to put his playdough animals away and make sure he put the lids on [the containers]. Well, Steve went into the living room a few minutes later and found that Jace had very carefully put the lids on top of each cut out animal shape.

Not quite what I had in mind but technically he followed my directions.

Hard work

June 29, 2010 10:27 am

Me: Would you like me to help you with your zipper?

Jace: Yeah. [big sigh] It’s hard work being a child.

(well, it’s funny when you hear your little toddler say it.)

tech savy

June 7, 2010 8:20 pm

When I was in college, I taught an intro to computers class to the incoming freshman. As part of the university alumni outreach, the class was also open to alumni so I had a smattering of grandmas in my classes. I remember trying to teach them how to use a mouse. Turns out my almost 3 year old is more capable than many of them were! I knew the older boys at April’s daycare got screen time to play “educational” games on her computer and that Jace and Tyler (her youngest) like to watch. What I didn’t realize was that Jace was actually using the mouse too.

This past weekend we checked out the pbs kids website so that we could listen to the dinosaur train theme song. I was looking to entertain Jace for a bit so I clicked on the games link. For a couple of minutes I played a game or two with him telling me what to do, then I decided to let him have a go for kicks. Turns out he is pretty good at moving the mouse around to tell the dinosaur where to sit. He isn’t so good at clicking yet but partially I blame that on Steve’s mouse which is really hard to push down on the buttons. Apparently Jace did much better when he clicked on the laptop buttons instead.

Forget programming the VCR (or the modern day equivalent),  I figure by the time he is 5 he will be writing computer programs like his dad.


May 25, 2010 8:26 pm

Jace love dinosaurs. And he knows quite a few, probably thanks to our daycare provider’s oldest son who is 7 and thus an expert on all thing dinosaur. Jace seems to like the ever popular tyrannosaurus rex and often refers to himself as “baby T-Rex“. Baby T-Rex seems to squeal a lot. Apparently, I am his second favorite dinosaur, Diplodocus. Mostly when Jace decides to run and we start to race. Diplodocus seems to always have to lose, however. I am not sure how I feel about plodding along as a Diplodocus and coming in last but it seems to make him happy and somebody has to support those herbivores. And yes, Jace knows all about herbivores and carnivores, although he also thinks Baby T-Rex should enjoy a good pancake as well. Is there such a thing as a carbivore?

Testing 1 2 3

May 24, 2010 8:23 pm

We survived 1, 2 and  now he is almost three. And Jace has started to really test his boundaries. He loves to run away when you ask him to come do something then he tries to hide under my desk or in our laundry basket, giggling while doing it. I have realized that I have to begin getting him dressed 15 minutes before we need to leave because the more urgent the timing, the more he tries to see what he can get away with.

We have started to utilize the time out. Most of the time it is for hitting or other out of control behaviour and we phrase it as he needs to take a break and calm down. But some times it is utilized when he is just whining whining whining and no matter what you do, he won’t stop. Then it is really a time out for mommy to regain her cool. (I love wine, not whine).

However, this weekend at a birthday party he took it one step too far. We were taking a break to go run up and down the sidewalk to calm down as the party was a little crowded and Jace was definately getting ansy. This was a great idea the first couple of times then he decided to test those boundaries again and he ran to the fire hydrant then kept on going. I yelled stop several times but he just looked back, laughed and kept on going. I finally caught up to him and we had a very serious talk. A little while later he started to run off to race again and turned away from the fire hydrant and ran. Again I told him to stop and he kept going. When I caught up with him I told him it was time to go home (which it actually was) and when we got home he was having a time out rather than playing with Oliver. He readily agreed! And even went straight to his room without a fight once we returned home. I guess even he realized that he had seriously overstepped a boundary with his testing. Perhaps there is hope after all that this is just a phase, and perhaps will be a short lived one.

What is this?

May 12, 2010 6:29 pm

Well, according to Jace, it is a

Hickup truck

Just one of the many Jace-isms but probably my favorite

It was nice while it lasted

April 16, 2010 11:39 am

This week, at 2 years 9 1/2 months, Jace learned how to open the doors in our house. No more contained child. We have a true free range Jace.

He had already figured out the lever handles at my parents house as they learned when he came to stay while Steve and I went to Puerto Rico. Every morning they woke up to the pattering of little feet and “Wakeup. It’s wakeup time. It’s light outside. It’s wake up time”.  However, we have knob handles that are rather stiff to turn so we still were able to put him in timeout in his room and keep him there and put him to bed at night and have him stay there. Now, not so much.

Some people have recommended the child safe door knob covers but we have a potty training little boy on our hands so we really do need to let him out of his room at night to pee. And frankly, I would like to encourage that he learn to go on his own rather than laying in bed yelling “mommy mommy” everytime he has to go use the potty.

Oh well, guess all good things come to an end eventually. Hopefully there will be other good things (like a solid night sleep for me) that eventually comes from this new skill.

Good Night Mommy

March 6, 2010 7:20 pm

Last week I went to Vermont to check on the construction of the building I have been working on for the last year. I left in the afternoon and got to Burlington just in time to eat some dinner. After I was done, I called home to wish Jace goodnight. After a brief exchange I got off the phone and headed to the Bed and Breakfast I was staying in. As soon as I had settled in, my phone rang again.

Heather – Hello

Jace – I can’t go to sleep. I need to say good night to mommy

Jace – Good night mommy

Jace – <kiss>

Heather – I love you, sleep well

Jace – bye mommy


I wouldn’t be surprised if he figured out how to dial the phone on his own too.

Toddler Phrases and Phases

February 14, 2010 2:52 pm

It started out with no. “Jace do you want a snack?” “No Mommy, no”. No was the answer to everything, even if he clearly wanted it. Then we moved onto “what’s that mommy” which was kinda cool as Jace was trying to identify the things around him. Plus there is an answer to that question and it left us all feeling satisfied. Next we entered the “why” phase. “Why” is in interesting concept and is fairly simple to answer the first few times but when every answer you give gets responded to by another “why”, it gets rather frustrating and harder and harder to find an appropriate answer. Luckily April (our daycare provider) gave us a useful trick on how to deal with the why’s. Once Jace started to get into a repetitive loop, we started to ask the question back to him. “I don’t know why the truck is blue. Why do you think that it is blue?” He was pretty good natured about this line of questioning and came up with some very creative and interesting answers. We have officially moved out the of why phase (luckily for us, this was a fairly short phase compared to many toddlers) but have moved into something much worse! The dreaded “I can’t”, which is usually followed by “you do it mommy/daddy” in a very demanding tone. Most toddlers around this age are trying to show their independence and insist on doing everything themselves, even if it takes them 20 minutes to put on their shoes. Not our son. He is totally capable of putting on his shoes by himself but outright refuses. “I can’t put my shoes on”, “I can’t pick up my toys”, “I can’t” “I can’t” “I can’t”. We try to be patient and suggest that he tries and if he needs help we will assist but really, you can’t make him try to do something. Shoes need to go on in order to leave the house so at times we feel like we are slaves to our 2 year old. Hopefully he will outgrow this phase and phrase soon, but I wonder what is next in the pipeline!

Baking Cookies

January 28, 2010 1:06 pm

Last night Jace and I decided to bake cookies. I had been thinking about it the night before as my friend from work has been having a rough time and I knew she would appreciate it. Then spontaneously, the next morning, Jace mentioned making cookies. After getting home from daycare Jace debated whether we should make oatmeal raisin (his idea) or chocolate chip (my idea). We settled on chocolate chip and got to work. Jace was a great helper, dumping all the ingredients into the bowl, mixing the dry ingredients together and “helping” me turn on the mixer. He did, however, impose one rule on the task. He had to taste each ingredient. Sugar, brown sugar (tasted several times for quality control), chocolate chips, flour, salt, butter, and even baking soda and vanilla extract. But, once we added the eggs to the mixure, he was very good at following my direction that he could no longer eat the batter “because of the little bugs, right mommy” that might be in the eggs. Yes, our family is not fair. Mommy can eat the batter (when Jace isn’t looking) but he is not allowed to. My justification, his tummy is much less experieced with bugs and much smaller than mine so a little salmonella would do him much worse than me. When it came time to put the cookies on the cookie sheet, Jace had his own spoon. He ended up scoping about 1 chocolate chip plus batter at a time but he got the idea. We had fun working together and yes, he thoroughly enjoyed the end result. Chocolate from ear to ear.

(C) Steve and Heather Leibman, 2007.