This is not the third week of the What I Learned This Week Carnival, but the third time I've participated. (Apparently I didn't learn anything the week before last!) Last week was VERY busy: I did the volunteer tutoring twice and helped out at the book fair, and made preparations for Mr. Blue's birthday party. Well, actually, I waited until Saturday morning to clean the house, because then Justin would be there to help me. But everything went smoothly, so I guess I learned that sometimes it's fine to procrastinate.
My belief that toddler birthday parties should be low-key (and inexpensive!) was reaffirmed. Some of the guests couldn't make it, but Mr. Blue never noticed. The kids played, we had cake, they played some more, he opened presents, they played some more, we handed out goody bags, and a couple of families stayed later so the kids could keep playing. It was great!
There was one minor problem when Mr. Blue couldn't get the candles blown out and my dad helped him--and then everyone cheered loudly and the birthday boy burst into tears. Oddly enough, I had been reading a book called Your Three-Year-Old: Friend or Enemy (love that title) which stated that the new three-year-old will often feel overwhelmed at his or her birthday party and have a meltdown. I remembered then that Miss Pink cried at her third party too. Back then, as a new parent trying to make the party run smoothly, I got irritated at her. This time, I knew I shouldn't blame him. Luckily, a do-over with the candles and a piece of cake dried Mr. Blue's tears.
I also learned that little boys like to own every kind of toy vehicle available in stores. And that my son will try to take most of them to bed with him.
Finally, I found out that my daughter is braver than I thought she was! She had the nurse pull her first loose tooth at school yesterday. Unlike her recent behavior in the morning, she woke up bright and early this morning to find that the tooth fairy had left three dollars and a note. (The Tooth Fairy did not know that pink glitter, aka fairy dust, is the thing right now. Next time!)
Right here would be a good place for a picture of Miss Pink showing her new gappy smile, but I don't have a picture yet. I'll take one soon!