Photographic memory

Filed under: baby's progress,funny — by Lex on January 29th, 2008 @ 11:51 pm

Tonight during dinner, Anya eventually decided she could only eat while Lauren showed her various photos of other babies we know.

Anya would call out the name, Lauren would scramble for the photo, and Anya would be satisfied…for two seconds, before calling out the next name.

Forgot to mention…

Filed under: doctor — by Lauren on January 28th, 2008 @ 9:36 am

At Anya’s 15 month well check last week, the nurse weighed her at 21 lbs, 12 oz and measured her at 31 inches. I don’t know how she determined her weight exactly since Anya struggled so much and the numbers on the scale ranged from 20 1/2 lbs to 22 1/2 lbs, but I’ll trust her judgment. I do think Anya’s actual height is probably closer to 30 1/2 inches, as I had measured, since Anya happily lay still on the paper for me, but desperately tried to escape the nurse. The first time she measured Anya, the nurse got 33 inches, and she knew that was wrong!

The doctor said Anya is healthy and looks fabulous. We had been concerned that Anya has been so picky with food, but he reassured us that at this age, finicky eating habits are extremely normal and we should not worry. This particular doctor is very big on making sure that his patients are eating a vegetable and a fruit at every meal. He said that if Anya is rejecting most finger food vegetables, by all means let her keep eating baby food veggies. That surprised me, since I thought the common advice was that after 1, children should move away from baby food, but I guess what’s important is that she keep those foods in her diet. I suppose the fact that she is perfectly capable of feeding herself with a spoon helps.

Funny from today

Filed under: funny — by Lauren on January 26th, 2008 @ 9:47 pm

Today I left Anya’s shoes in the playroom by accident. She kept bringing them over to me, saying “Shoes! Feet!” I was in the middle of something so I told her to go put her shoes on Elmo. She picked him up and brought him over to the spot by the door where I usually put her shoes on when we go out. She told him “Sit down” and plopped him onto his tush, but being that he’s a plush doll, he promptly fell over. She exclaimed “Aboom!” and picked him up, telling him to sit down again. Of course he fell over again, and so the scene kept repeating itself, with her getting a little more indignant each time that Elmo wouldn’t get with the program. It was very silly.

15 months old!

Filed under: baby's progress,funny,photos — by Lauren on January 20th, 2008 @ 10:37 pm

Anya turned 15 months old yesterday! We go to the pediatrician on Thursday for a well checkup, but I measured her myself today since I don’t expect she’ll be particularly cooperative with the doctor. I got 30 1/2 inches for her length, and 22.5 lbs fully clothed for her weight. I’m not sure the weight is accurate, but I think I did a pretty good job getting her height. She hasn’t grown too much since her birthday – only 1/2 an inch and probably about a pound and half, since she was 20 1/2 lbs then. Anya’s got 11 teeth with 5 more currently making their way through. Those bottom molars were the worst! I hope we don’t have to go through that again until she’s 25 or something like that.

She’s walking like a pro (or at least like a pro who trips over her own feet several times a day) and talking up a storm! If I had to guess, I would say she knows somewhere between 250 and 300 words, and she adds new ones on a daily basis. Sometimes she picks up new words with just a couple of exposures. She’ll also repeat just about anything said to her, so we’ve got to be careful.

Here’s a mishmosh of some of the things she’s been saying recently:

  • It snowed significantly for the first time this winter a few days ago (it didn’t end up sticking, though). Anya looked outside, pointed, and announced, “Snow!”
  • I think some of the words Anya knows are funny words for a toddler to use. For example, she gets very excited about the two space heaters we use at night (“Heater! HEATER!”), and she surprised me when I took her with me to the mailbox and she exclaimed, “Mail!” when I opened it.  These are not things that are usually involved in the day-to-day affairs of a 1 year old.
  • When Lex goes away on business, we try to video chat with him at least once a day, and Anya loves it. She misses him when he’s gone and asks for him frequently, so video chatting is a great way for her to get some time with him. During his most recent trip, I had been asking her if she knew where Daddy was and then telling her California. Well, on the third day of his trip she asked for him, and I told her he wasn’t home. I asked, “Where is Daddy?” Her answer: Computer! (She pronounces it as “puter”).
  • Speaking of where, that’s another frequently said word in our house. If I ask her where something is, she’ll repeat “Where?” and then start looking around for whatever we were talking about. What’s really funny is if it’s something she can’t find, she often responds “I no know” (I don’t know). This is accompanied by a very cute shoulder shrug.
  • Anya has said “All done” for months, but now she occasionally also says “Away” as in “Take/put that away.”
  • Anya’s love affair with transportation continues. I had her at the supermarket with me last week, and she was practically jumping out of the cart, shouting “Car! Car! OH BOY!” in the parking lot. In addition to cars and airplanes, trucks and buses have become extremely exciting for her. In the afternoons when the school buses are out and about, she’ll run over to me if she hears one and say “Bus! See? See?” (meaning she wants me to take her to see the bus). I always feel guilty if I don’t get her to the window in time.
  • I posted about this a little over a week ago – without a doubt Anya understands that her name is Anya and that she can use her name to refer to herself. We’re seeing that a lot during meals, since she usually insists on feeding herself. If she sees me coming with a bowl and a spoon, she’ll try to grab the spoon from me and will chant “Ah-nah!” until I let her feed herself. Today the little stinker got her spoon, held it out to me and said “Mommy,” then snatched it back when I reached for it and giggled, “Ah-nah!” Thankfully, she’s actually very good at using a spoon if the bowl is suctioned to the high chair tray. I gave her a bowl of applesauce thickened with baby cereal earlier this week, and 95% of it made it to her mouth. She’s getting there with her fork, too. The blunt edges on the toddler forks we use make them less than ideal for spearing food, but she’s able to make it work with pasta and bananas. She’s SO proud when she’s able to do it. She’ll cheer “Hooray!” for herself.
  • We’re seeing more and more word “combinations” from her. I put it in quotes because it doesn’t seem very fluid when she does it, so I can’t say with 100% confidence that she’s actually combing words. She’ll say things like “Eat……Charlie” when he’s at his bowl or “Mommy…airplane” when she wants me to pretend to be an airplane, but there can be a big pause between the words or she’ll repeat one or both words a few times. It’s more like she’s connecting thoughts than truly combining words, at least to me, but I’m really not sure what early phrases should sound like. She has said one pretty good combination several times, though: “More more blueberries please!” (There are always at least two mores, sometimes more). I used to prompt her word by word, but now she’ll say the whole thing if I give her an expectant look. That reminds me, I need to go get more blueberries!
  • There are several songs Anya can “sing along” to, usually with just a word here or there. Some of the songs she knows are “Hush, Little Baby”, “Row, Row Your Boat”, “Acabaca”, “Ahh Ahh Baby”, “Happy Birthday”, “Ring Around the Rosies”, “ABC”, and “Rock-a-Bye Baby”. There are others, but I can’t think of them right now. She can be kind of like a drill sergeant when she wants me to sing – she calls out one song after another, sometimes before I finish the one I was already singing. I think my favorite is “Happy Birthday” because according to Anya, it is ALWAYS her birthday. She can also supply the correct words when being read a couple of her books.

Daycare is going well. It took a few weeks, but Anya has grown to like her new classroom. She still cries a lot when we drop her off (although she didn’t on Friday, yay!), but when I pick her up she doesn’t want to leave! She doesn’t want me to leave, either; she wants me to stay and watch while she plays.

The sleep situation in our house is an ongoing roller coaster. Nap time continues to be a battle, though we’ve been trying to keep her up until 12:30 (daycare nap time), and that helps since she’s exhausted by then. This becomes really difficult when she gets up at 5:30 am, which she did almost every day that Lex was away. However, on Friday I didn’t get her from her crib until 7:45 am! She started waking up around 6:15, but would talk to herself and then fall asleep again. At one point I was watching her on the monitor. She was rubbing her frog-patterned sheet, and said “Ribbit, hi!’ She also piled up her pacis and sort of snuggled with them. I was hoping for a repeat performance, but no such luck. Yesterday she was up at 6:15 am; this morning it was 5:30, although for the first time in MONTHS she went back to sleep in our bed.

All of these things make it all too apparent that Anya is growing up, but I know she’s still got some baby left in her. The other night she fell asleep while nursing on the first side. I was able to cut all 10 of her fingernails, unzip her pjs, pull her legs out, cut all 10 of her toenails, put her feet back into her pjs, zip them back up, nurse her on the other side, and put her into her crib without waking her up. Only a baby can sleep through all of that!

The Keys to Anya’s Thoughts

Filed under: funny,photos — by Lex on January 14th, 2008 @ 12:06 am

Yesterday, Anya was being slow and hesitant with eating her dinner-concluding grapes before bedtime.

Lauren, in an attempt to amuse herself as much as Anya, cut up and arranged the grapes in a silly way:

Anya's Grape Piano

Anya saw the layout and immediately announced: “Piano!” She started “playing” the piano, singing “Doo doo doo!” as she did so.

She is one smart — and funny! — cookie.

(Eventually, she ate the grapes… Once we gave her a spoon and a bowl so that she could feed herself.)

And speaking of shapes…

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on January 13th, 2008 @ 11:49 pm

Anya has added triangles to the list of shapes she can identify. The way she says it is cute, kind of like kwi-an-gle. It now joins the ranks of hearts, circles, happy faces, and stars.

No Need to Get Bent Out of Shape

Filed under: funny — by Lauren on January 11th, 2008 @ 12:05 am

Yesterday Anya and I were playing with the shape sorter on the refrigerator door of her Laugh and Learn Kitchen. She was having a little trouble fitting the square and the triangle into the right slots. After several fruitless efforts, she finally exclaimed “Open!” as if to say “This is stupid!” She then yanked open the door to the fridge and shoved the shapes into the large slot in the back.

She was very pleased with herself.

Under Construction

Filed under: funny,video — by Lauren on January 9th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

Know Thyself

Filed under: baby's progress,funny — by Lauren on @ 7:01 pm

Anya definitely has a sense of herself:

Anya was drinking her milk in her high chair today when she accidentally flicked the straw on her cup and got milk all over her face.  I said “Oops!” in what must have been a comical way, because she cracked up and then asked for more oops.  The game that followed involved me pretending to drink from her cup or drop a fork and then saying oops while she laughed hysterically.

At one point I gave her the fork and she got to drop it and say oops, which was even funnier to her than when I did it.  I took the fork back and got ready to drop it again.  As she had all of the other times, she said “More more more please please!” but this time she reached for the fork and said “Anya Anya Anya!”  She wanted to have another turn!  After that, when she wanted me to drop the fork she said “More more Mommy!” and when she wanted a turn it was “More more Anya!”

Airplane and Fork

Filed under: baby's progress,video — by Lauren on January 7th, 2008 @ 11:53 pm

Video from tonight’s dinner:

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