Wednesday, May 16, 2007


Firstly, many thanks for your collective wisdom. I called the Evil HMO and explained that I wasn't sure I needed to come in and could I get a call back from a nurse or doctor, but when the customer service person (neither a nurse nor a doctor) heard me say "possibly broken" she switched from taking a message to making an appointment. So I went in to Urgent Care last night after the babies were in bed, careful not to touch anyone or breathe the air of people there because they had the flu or somesuch. The doctor I saw told me, as we all suspected, that it didn't much matter if it was broken or sprained, the treatment was the same. (Treatment = tape to next toe for support and wear shoes for protection.) She offered to send me for an x-ray if I was interested in whether it was broken or not, but confirmed that the only difference would be length of time to full healing (~2 weeks for a sprain and ~6 weeks for a break). We concurred that it didn't make much difference, and off I went. I did get to read a few pages of a new book, so the outing wasn't a total wash. Lesson? You and I know what we're doing better than the customer service rep. Also? I liked the doctor. And? Because I'm so often with the babies, I don't carry their pictures, so I have nothing to show a semi-interested doctor. Must fix that one.

In other news, um, actually there isn't much going on. Our fabulous babysitter is going home for the summer, so we're doing the babysitter/nanny search again. Ugh. She's here right now, and the laundry has been folded and high chairs wiped down and now we're just tiptoeing around because the babies are Still Napping. I'm not going to tell you how long it's been for fear of jinxing anything, so I'll just keep tiptoeing around.

Solicitation of input: I'm getting tired of reading the same board books (they're getting boring - ha ha, I crack myself up) and looking for some new books to add to our repertoire. Any suggestions?

I'm sure I had something interesting to say, or ask, or recount, but now I can't remember what. So this will have to do for now.


  1. Since I had the boys, I have had to change my reading habits to accommodate my inability to follow complex stories. Fortunately my sister is a big crime story fan and has a collection of Kathy Reich books.

    I do recommend them, they're relatively easy to read without being a complete wash and you can pick them up whenever....

    Hope that the toe isn't too painful now.


  2. HOping you dont' have all of these already:

    Dear Zoo
    The baby's catalogue
    each peach pear plum
    rosie's walk
    That's not my lion (and other 'that's not my')
    Hairy McLary (any)
    Slinki malinki (any)
    what shall we do with the boo hoo baby
    The eric carles
    good night gorilla
    dinosaur roar!
    we're going on a bear hunt

  3. Glad the toe isn't too awful... as a mom of twins, perhaps hanging out in urgent care reading a book was a pleasant break!

    I posted a while back soliciting book suggestions. And you can see all our books here:

    But our favorites (that don't overlap with your library) are:
    Amazing Baby Baby, Boo!
    Bear Snores On
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
    Freight Train
    Fuzzy Bee and Friends (cloth, not board)
    Here Are My Hands
    Silly Sally

  4. I broke my toe on a high chair and it healed funny, so don't stop taping too soon, okay?

    Silly Sally is excellent, my kindergartners love it. Anything by Boynton is great (Moo Baa La La La was my favorite) but it looks like you've got her covered. Loathe as I am to do this, the Baby Einstein: What Does Violet See series of books did all the "right" things for pre-reading and were not as hideous as you might expect, although still: ick, Baby Einstein. (I say this as someone who owned, and used, several of the DVDs, and on auto-repeat even.)

    I was one of those bloggers who reviewed a free copy of Reading with Babies, Toddlers, and Twos and even though I'm being a complete shill, do think it's a good investment. Here's a sample list, from page 62: "Blockbuster Fiction for the Younger Set"

    Angus and the Cat by Marjorie Flack
    Bark, George by George Feiffer
    Come Along, Daisy! by Jane Simmons
    Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
    Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin
    Have you seen my Duckling? by Nancy Tafuri
    Mr. Gumpy's Outing by John Burningham

    There's a much longer list of "the New Classics" on page 37 -- do a "search inside this book" at Amazon and crib the list. It's reminding me that anything by Rosemary Wells is fantastic.

  5. I'm no help on the board books. We read the same three Dr. Seuss books every. single. day. ABC, Hop on Pop, and Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb. If they're feeling wild, they may sit for Go, Dog, Go or Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You? Mostly they just like to get to the end so they can eat the books.

  6. bwhahahaha look at me thinking you were wanting to read a book of your own :-)

    I have recently started reading the boys a chapter from the Magic Faraway Tree each night. It doesn keep them interested (mostly) and they love the pictures).


  7. Your Personal Penguin, by Sandra Boynton. Please don't kill me when you find yourself singing the song even when you're not reading the book to the babies.

  8. :-)

    Go with bedtime routines as I haven't got my sh1t together yet :-)

    I will send a list of questions out soon I hope!