Kate has taken to calling me “sister.” I’m not sure how this started, but if I ask her to do something, she’ll respond with, “no problem, sister!” or “you’ve got it, sister!”
She has also recently informed me (her sister) that the coins she’s collecting in her piggy bank are for college and that “college is expensive.” G and I have yet to discuss college with her, so apparently my little sister can add “mind-reader” to her application.
Kate had her first “traditional” movie theater experience this month (technically her 3rd birthday party at a movie theater was her first time) and we all had a blast! We saw Monsters University and our little popcorn-lover inhaled TWO large tubs of popcorn (she was double-fisting it at times), cheered for her favorite parts, offered up her popcorn to other movie-goers near us, and needed zero potty breaks.
Speaking of zero potty breaks…we took a road trip to Indianapolis this month and our drive – which should have been about 5.5 hours – was stretched into 7 when torrential downpours shut down the interstate just 11 miles away from our destination. We’d made several stops along the way so G and I could use the bathroom, get out and stretch, etc. but Kate wouldn’t take any bathroom breaks. Not a one! She was eating and drinking pretty much the entire car ride, and every time we stopped G and I urged her to “just try!” but she refused. When we finally made it to G’s cousin Chris’s house I insisted (okay, flat-out bribed) that she go potty. After dinner, we loaded back into the car to drive the 15 minutes to G’s Aunt Anne’s house where were staying, and as soon as Kate was buckled back in her carseat she said, “This time, no stopping – let’s just get there!”
This girl was made for road trips.
Prior to this trip the longest car ride Kate ever had was 2 hours. Now, whenever we go somewhere new she wants to know if it’s “a long drive” or “a short drive.” Aunt Mimi’s house set the bar for a long drive so in Kate’s mind anything less than 7 hours is now considered short.
In addition to her first experience as a human camel, Kate also went to her first parade and had her first gymnastics show. She was a little timid for both at first, but quickly figured things out and had fun.
My favorite Kate moment from this month happened one afternoon as Kate watched cartoons in our bed while I put away the laundry.
Kate: “Can I have a snack?”
Me: “I can’t think of a good snack that’s okay to eat in bed. Can you?”
She went back to watching TV and I thought the subject was dropped.
Five minutes later she gasped and said, “I know, Mom! How about those little plum bites [dried plums] we bought today?!”
“Kate!” I exclaimed, so impressed that she’d come up with such a great solution all on her own, “that’s a WONDERFUL idea!”
“Get over here and give me a hug!” she replied.