Eat dirt!

1 May

Jade and I had a wonderful weekend together.  We had sunny weather, even if it wasn’t quite as warm as summer yet.  The ground has dried up in lot of places, creating more room for Jade to explore. 

We made a couple of trips to the playground down the street, and Jade even walked most of the way herself.  She could have walked all the way by herself, but she is not yet into taking a lot of direction from me as to where she should be headed. 

For example, I carried her across the street and put her down on the sidewalk.  Nanuq and I proceeded to follow the sidewalk toward the park, but Jade spotted a mouldy bun on Tom and Tammy’s lawn and went for it.  I picked her up and moved her back onto the sidewalk further on.  She followed the sidewalk for a few feet, and then turned onto Tom and Tammy’s walkway.  I pretended to go on without her, telling her I was going to the park.  She "cried" when she realized that I was going away from her, but when she saw I was watching her, she turned around and kept going up the walk!  I called to her and walked on a bit.  She "cried" again…but again, when she knew I was looking, kept running toward Tom and Tammy’s front door.  To get to their front door, one needs to go up 5 or 6 steps, and I realized she was going to climb them.  So I gave in and went to grab her.  When she realized I was coming, she quickly turned around to climb the stairs EVEN FASTER.  Troublemaker.

At the park, Jade managed to climb up parts of the play structure that really are meant for older children.  She had to struggle to get her little body up, but she did it!  She also loves the swings and learned on Saturday how to push herself down the slide so that I can perch her at the top and still have time to run over to the end to catch her.  She seems to get a lot of pleasure out of having this control!

The one bad moment at the park was when she spotted an intriguing rock and went down on hands and knees to inspect it.  She batted it with her hands, watching the sand spray from side to side.  Then she lowered her head to sample it with her mouth.  I shouted in dismay, but was not in time to keep her from eating dirt.  Do you realize how difficult it is to get sand out of a child’s mouth (and snotty nose, too!) with no washing implements?  It’s darned impossible is what it is!

Since Jade doesn’t like the texture of small grainy things such as rice or couscous, I figured the first mouthful of sand would be the end of that experiment.  But no.  She did it again!  And because I wasn’t expecting it, she was successful the second time, too.  After that, I was much more vigilant, and kept my hand on the hood of her sweater so that I could yank her mouth from tasting distance of the ground.

Some other fun Jade moments this weekend were when she happily climbed into her tobaggan (which is sitting in the backyard waiting to be packed away) and when she pulled all the cutting boards out of the cupboard, placed them on the floor, and stood on them.  I’m not sure if the added half a centimetre of height was thrilling, or if she’s just learning cat behaviour from Crook.

I’m also finally convinced that Jade’s first word is "banana", or, as she says, "nana".  Michael first reported this a few months ago, and I thought she might be doing it, too, but I wasn’t sure she wasn’t just copying what we were saying.  Yesterday, however, I was bringing a few groceries into the house, and there was a banana bunch sitting on the floor by the door.  She picked up the whole lot of them and started saying, "Nana, nana!" in a plaintive way.  I took the hint and peeled one for her, to her great satisfaction. 

Well, if she isn’t learning to take direction, at least I am.

7 Responses to “Eat dirt!”

  1. Selena May 1, 2007 at 6:35 pm #

    Once, when he was about 2, my brother picked up a slug (and then ate it when Mom came running, purely to defy her). I don\’t think he ever tried eating dirt, but then again, I did and the doctor made all of us take worm medicine, just to be on the safe side… Perhaps it\’s a rite of passage!

  2. Fawn May 1, 2007 at 11:13 pm #

    Eek!  Worms!  I never thought of that!

  3. Uncheck box & type name May 2, 2007 at 12:00 am #

    Ha, luckily we don\’t have too many worms up here. But just think of all the bugs! Not to mention the dog crap! Or was the play ground one dog-poo free refuge?

  4. Fawn May 2, 2007 at 10:36 am #

    Well, the playground definitely isn\’t dog-poo free, but it\’s actually pretty decent.  In the area where Jade decided to do her taste-testing, there was no apparent dog poop — definitely something I watch out for.  I imagine she *could* get worms from eating dog poop!

  5. Nemmy May 5, 2007 at 2:24 pm #

    They say that kids who get dirty build better immune systems. 😀 That\’s why I\’m disgustingly healthy.

  6. Fawn May 5, 2007 at 3:46 pm #

    Yes, well, Jade gets to eat lots of Nanuq and Crook hair at home.  She doesn\’t need to go picking up foreign dirt to build her immune system.

  7. Nemmy May 6, 2007 at 2:59 pm #

    Well, TECHNICALLY it\’s domestic dirt, not foreign dirt. Unless they import their dirt… (heehee… I think Michael would like that one…)

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