Thursday, February 25, 2010

Want to See Huge Spiders? Try Youtube. Or Australia.

Some of you may know that I'm not so good with spiders1. I've tried really hard to keep my kids form being afraid because I am, but it hasn't quite worked. There are just those times like when I opened my front door to a giant spider hanging down in front of my face that you can't prepare for. I screamed and slammed the door and Atticus, who saw all of this, was terrified and sobbing. No matter how much you talk about how friendly spiders are, things like that mean a lot more than words.
We got a Crocodile Hunter video from the library for Atticus to watch that we didn't realize had big spiders on it. After that Atticus has been having some nightmares with big scary spiders and I feel terrible for him. I feel like this is mostly my fault. So this evening we got on Youtube and watched some spider videos. At first he totally didn't want to, but I held him and told him how friendly the spiders were and I think maybe we made a little progress.
Here's a good spider video we watched.
We had to stop this one part way through. This guy was freaking out way too much.

We really liked this one.

Potty training is also going pretty well. Definitely not perfectly, but well. I'm excited for the idea that this will all be over in a few months2 and we'll never have to buy diapers again!

In Esme news, she's now rolling over from front to back like crazy! She also goes from sitting to her stomach to her back pretty fast. She's discovering how cool her toes are. She's also showing definite recognition of things like her pacifier and some of her toys. We think she's pretty awesome.

1And those of you who know that much know that that's a big understatement.
2Give or take. I'm trying to find that perfect line between being hopeful and being realistic.


  1. A good movie for Atticus would be Charlotte's Web. At least the spider in that one is a good spider and it is a really good movie also. I am happy the potty training is going so well. Congrats to you all for sticking with it. You know that it will be much easier to potty train Esme since she is in cloth diapers.
    But yeah try and get Charlotte's Web for Atticus to watch. Love you all.

  2. That's a really good idea. He's seen it before and liked it -- we'll have to get it from the library. Thanks for the suggestion!

  3. I watched the first video you had posted. Personally I love spiders, but even I would freak out if something that size landed in my lap while I was driving, or even crawled over my visor. *Shiver.*