Eight Random Facts About Thingamadad

Adrienne at Baby Toolkit meme-tagged me with a request for eight random facts about myself. I hate blog memes, but I figured if I could tie these “random” facts to parenting or the blog, the narcissistic journey might be worth it.

1. I wish Thingamababy was named on a nautical theme, such as The Crow’s Nest, so I could call myself The Cap’n.

I feel stupid writing “Thingamadad.” Does anyone have a nautical idea that doubles as a baby theme?

2. The morning after I photographed Kid K’nex building toys for a review, my daughter saw her K’nex in the living room laid out on a white sheet. She asked why her K’Nex were moved and I told her that when she goes to bed every night I play with her toys.

Nearly two months later, at bedtime, she asked her mom, “Why does Papa play with my toys?”

3. Although I start blogging after my daughter has gone to bed, we talk about it once in a while and I show her photos of herself when I use them online. Last month she began asking to use our computer so she can write her own blog entries. I set up a blog with her on my lap and she named it The Vinks and the Dinks. I only bothered to post her first entry. She writes in MS Word and I fix the screen whenever she pulls open a menu.

4. At 3.3-years-old, my daughter has not yet had a haircut. One of these days I’m going to cut it when her mother is at work. How short? Daddy short. She’s on board with the idea, too.

5. With our second child arriving in March, I’m experiencing a new feeling. Time slows down when you have your first child. It’s easy to get caught up in buying a ton of baby gear and toys because everything seems of paramount importance. Looking back now, it was just the blink of an eye. This time around I’m hoping to be more make-it-myself with baby toys.

6. I hold sway with my daughter at the dinner table.
Me: “I want to name the baby Lamb Shanks!”
Little Miss: “Me too!”
Me: “That’s a majority. The decision is final.”

*For the record, we don’t actually eat lamb.

7. We picked up 1,000 mini-stickers at a dollar store. Little Miss pretends they are Band-Aids. If she catches me lying on the sofa, she’ll proceed to place stickers over freckles and any other skin imperfection that she dubs “an owie.”

8. In my own toddlerhood, my beloved mother nicknamed me Commander Demander because, supposedly, I would shout “Donald’s!” whenever we drove past the golden arches.

She told me that story when I was 7- or 8-years-old. So I made a point of shouting “Donald’s!” on long car trips just to annoy her.


8 Responses to “Eight Random Facts About Thingamadad”

  1. Paul says:

    Hi … I’m new to your blog but since you posted some random facts, here are a couple of random questions.

    I can see that you are very proud of the way your daughter has developed and the influence you had in raising her. With a new child on the way do you think you will be able to (or even want to) try to give the child all of those same devoted experiences, or spend time on more whole family activities which might exclude the “baby” things you did with your daughter when she was a baby? We have an almost three year old daughter and a five month old son and we’re working to find the best balance between the two extremes.

    October 22nd, 2007 at 5:47 am

  2. Justin says:

    Potential blog title:

    “Changing Diapers on the Poop Deck”

    October 22nd, 2007 at 7:28 am

  3. Bev says:

    I’m so glad to see that Little Miss goes for quantity instead of quality, just like me!

    October 22nd, 2007 at 8:39 am

  4. Diana says:

    OK, so I love The Vinks and the Dinks! Anytime she wants to type in her entries (with your commentary), I’d be happy to check in! Bet she’ll be blogging for real within 5 years…

    October 22nd, 2007 at 8:45 am

  5. AJ says:

    Paul’s question has been responded to in a follow-up post:

    Justin, that’s a good blog name, but googling reveals several Poop Deck blogs. None seem specifically about babies, but the Lopsided Poopdeck has a pretty good title graphic.

    October 22nd, 2007 at 9:26 am

  6. adrienne says:

    Thanks for playing along with the meme!

    They’re like chain letters, aren’t they?

    Anyway- could I send a homemade sleep sack (like this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=198297.msg2101926#msg2101926) for the new baby as a thank you?

    Commander also works in a nautical theme. Maybe your blog should be nautically themed- YAAAAR Baby?

    October 22nd, 2007 at 3:10 pm

  7. Beckie says:

    FUNNY! What are the chances that you would mention Lopsided Poopdeck. I am a loyal reader of Thingamababy, many times’ I have commented, and I am the Daughter In Law of the Capt’n of the Poopdeck ;)

    October 22nd, 2007 at 11:01 pm

  8. Jim says:

    I am surprised that Commander Demander didn’t end up being your blog’s name.

    It’s somewhat nautical isn’t it?

    Hmm, perhaps “Commodore Demander”…

    October 23rd, 2007 at 6:47 am