Not only has Frances been nonstop energy 18+ hours per day since she was 13 months old, she has always sought or invented alternative methods of transportation.
At the age of three, she began asking for a “motorised vehicle,” but we’ve always thought that she moved around enough without the assistance of a motor. The last thing we needed was a way for her to move around more or faster! 😂
At any rate, using her imagination has resulted in great things.
In the photo, she is eight years old.
What I love about this photo is not only does it show her cleverness, it proves that “toys” are what the child makes of them. Frances hasn’t played in a typical way nor has she usually used toys in the way that the manufacturer intended; however, she has always found ways to occupy herself and to learn and to have fun.
Frances: During a zombie apocalypse, I wouldn’t trust you to watch me while I sleep. I think you would lie down and read and eventually fall asleep. If I wake up dead during a zombie apocalypse, I’ll blame you.
From last summer (July 15, 2015):
Bouncy kid meets bouncy tent
When I told her that her playroom was too messy to play in and that it needed to be cleaned, her solution was to warn others not to play in it…
We definitely weren’t on the same page. 😉
Frances has been home sick since Friday.
We know that she is truly sick (as opposed to being merely disinclined to attend school) when she is still — and she actually has been on the sofa every day.
(We had to reschedule our first home visit with the behavioural therapist this week.)
At any rate, I have never before now seen her colouring in the same colouring book twice!
Thankfully, her illness has not altered all of her behaviour; she woke me up with the following question this morning: “Do ghosts need to breathe?”
Yesterday, we had summer-like temperatures, and Frances knew just what to do.
Frances: I love you more than a thousand suns…
In my ongoing quest for sleep amid Frances’s sleep disturbance, I recently bought a book entitled, The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep by Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin. It aims to put the listener to sleep using words with “psychological purpose”.
So, I’ve pretty much resorted to hypnosis. Does that say “caring parent” or does it say “desperate”? 😉
(While I was reading it to Frances, she got up off the bed and said, “That’s making me tired.” She then left the room.)
One day recently, Frances and I were going to the toy store because she wanted to spend her allowance. Seeing as how she had bought a baby doll the week before, I insisted that she not buy one on this trip to the store.
I know that I’ve spoken about her intense, uh, focus on dolls of every type, so it won’t be too much of a shock to learn that she actually bought horse figurines (i.e., horse dolls). Well, she didn’t, in fact, buy a baby doll, so that’s something.