20 April 2007

150 Things About Trinhity - Part Three

And without further ado, here's the final round in the 150 Things Triology...

101) Trinhity is ambidexterous. She can spoon-feed herself with both her right & left hand equally well. She can also use scissors with both hands.

102) She is usually asleep by 8:30 PM.
103) She is usually awake by 6:30 AM.
104) Between 8:30 PM and 6:30 AM she usually wakes up at least twice. Daddy sleeps with her, so he soothes her back to sleep and hopes that the ruckus hasn't woken up the Mama-san.
105) Sometimes this ritual involves Daddy staggering to the bathroom with Trinhity sprawled in his arms, then sitting on the toilet for 30 minutes with the (loud) fan running for white noise.
106) Sometimes this ritual includes dancing downstairs to "No Woman, No Cry".

107) Daddy often puts Trinh to sleep by dancing to music that she chooses. Historically this has included "Oh Yeah" by Yello, Cyndi Lauper's version of "Iko Iko", and recently, Glósóli by Sigur Rós.

108) Between 6:30 AM and 8:30 PM she usually eats a few times, has one or two naps, and takes a bath. That's as close to a schedule / routine as we've been able to achieve.

109) Trinhity has her very own castle. It sits in our den between the bookcase and the dining table. It has wall-to-wall carpeting and a splendid library.

110) When we go to a new place, she will often ask (in VN), "Whose house is this?"
111) Our house is referred to as "Trinh's house".

112) She likes to find fire ant hills and poke sticks into them.

113) She usually eats more if we take her out to a restaurant -- Japanese & Mexican are her two favorite cuisines. She's a regular at a few of our usual haunts, and the waitstaff knows her.
114) She eats sushi. And not just California Rolls anymore -- she likes raw salmon now.

115) She gets regular manicures and pedicures from Mama.

116) She often tells us when she has soiled her diapers. But after, not before.

117) She has had only 3 colds in 22 months, all of them after she was 12 months old.

118) To date, Trinhity has thrown three things into the toilet: a tennis ball, a baby doll and her comb. She has not yet flushed anything down that wasn't supposed to be flushed. At least, not to our knowledge.

119) She likes babies and wants a new baby in the family -- as long as it's a girl. And as long as she doesn't have to give up nursing. She has been very explicit about these terms. Honest.
120) She will *not* get a new baby sister until she gives up the boobs and sleeps through the night. Honest.

121) She will crawl into Mama's lap sometimes and say "Mama, talk with me."

122) She likes to play hide-n-seek.
123) She is a very good hider. She doesn't make a sound. We've lost her a few times.
123) She is definitely not afraid of the dark.

124) She is terrified of clowns.

125) She loves to read.
126) She has over 75 books that get read regularly. Roughly 25 of those get read every day or every other day.
127) Favorite authors include Dr. Seuss, Sandra Boynton and Jez Alborough.

128) She doesn't watch much TV, mostly because we don't have a TV.
129) She does, however, watch movies at nha ong ba ngoai.
130) Her current favorite videos are Jungle Book, Shrek, Lion King, The Little Mermaid and Monsters, Inc.
131) She will watch all of Jungle Book, only the first few minutes of Lion King, Little Mermaid and Monsters, Inc. -- and the beginning of Monsters used to scare her. She enjoys only the gross and violent parts of Shrek: the fight scenes and the burp / fart scenes. Sigh.

132) She is a daunting pillow fight opponent.
133) Before the match, she makes sure that all of her opponents are all armed with a pillow. Then she thrashes them mercilessly.

135) She likes to be upside-down. That's one of the first things she could say in English: "Trinh upside-down!"

136) Sometimes we watch videos on-line. Current favorites are Elmo + the Goo Goo Dolls, the new TMNT trailer, and Munny.

137) Trinhity has had two haircuts. This has yielded a whopping ONE inch of hair. All the clippings together wouldn't fill a tablespoon.

138) She has started to parrot what we say. Recent memorable repeats include: "quesadilla", "mayonanise" (drawled with a heavy Texan accent; we've never had mayo in the house before, and we tend to associate it with hot dogs and NASCAR), and "But you're naked!!"

139) A couple weeks ago Huong whacked her head on the kitchen faucet -- quite a sight, to be sure -- and said "Shit!". Trinhity crawled over to Daddy and whispered in his ear (in VN), "Mama said 'Shit!'."

140) She has Daddy's taste in cheese: Gruyère & Emmentaler. She'll occasionally eat provolone, but she seems to prefer the stronger tastes. She's never had Velveeta or so-called "American" cheese. So long as Daddy has a say about it, she'll never have to eat a non-cheese cheese.

141) One approach during our attempt to wean her has been for Mama to explain that some of her other little friends don't nurse. It took her awhile to comprehend that such a thing was possible; when she figured it out, she demanded that Mama nurse those babies too.

142) When she finds an iPod within her reach, she picks it up and tries to use it as a remote to control the stereo.
143) We've been able to substitute a small rectangular wooden block as an equally satisfying (and ineffective but less expensive) remote control.

144) She knows the difference between the hot and cold faucet, and she can reach them using her new stepstool. She sometimes prefers hot water.

145) She loves to cook, and she has her own small plastic kitchen with utensils. Her favorite dishes to (pretend) prepare are "meat" and "eggs".

146) She can brush her own teeth, and she doesn't do a bad job when she's serious about it.
147) She enjoys flossing.
148) She can use a toothpick. Sort of.

149) She has a pet ceramic frog in the backyard. She calls to it from the window. It has had its head glued back on once. That probably won't be the last time.

150) Trinh's two favorite playmates are Mommy & Daddy. This is a mixed blessing -- but a blessing, to be sure. And it won't last forever.

1 comment:

Suzy said...

Awesome on #117. Paul has had so many that I have lost count. That means -- you guessed it -- I have had that many too. And Greg at least half of them as well.