As you can only imagine, New Year's Eve for a single mother and preschooler is not exactly filled with a trip to Times Square to watch the ball drop. While we may not have had the usual festivities, we had hats!
We had Happy Birthday New Year's Eve hats:
We had Magician New Year's Eve hats:
We had Painting New Year's Eve hats:
And then we had Pet:
Pet is a new addition to our household and is, thankfully, a nice stuffed plush Guinea pig courtesy of Ikea (and $3.99). After the big New Year's Eve hoo-ha, cousin Bonnie, Eliza and I braved the wind swept river to venture to the Redhook, Brooklyn Ikea. We love Ikea. They are Swedish: they let kids like Eliza ransack the toy section and no self-respecting Swede would ever raise an eyebrow when Eliza hoists her bottle at the age of almost-four.
Eliza has never really taken to stuffed toys. Normally she finds them kind of creepy. But not Pet! And yes, she has named him "Pet." This should not be odd to those of you who know that my cat was named Cat.
Pet and Eliza had a wonkingly huge breakthrough today:
Eliza ate four bites of banana and then she shared the rest with Pet (yes, she placed Pet exactly where you see him).
Oh I know some fine readers are saying "puh-leese, her first bites of banana were at age almost-4?" Why yes they were! Sure the average 24 pound 15 month old scarfs down a few bananas a week, but this little 26 pound almost-4 year old ate her first banana today.
Eliza may never try another banana as long as she lives, but today, January 4 2010 is the day Eliza and Pet shared a banana!