My sweet, smart little (big) girl

Filed under: baby's progress — by Lauren on April 26th, 2010 @ 9:34 pm

Sierra is doing so many new things these days; I’m afraid if I wait until her 18 month birthday update, I’ll forget about them, so here they are, in no particular order:

~Sierra is really talking up a storm and a half, saying tons of short phrases, including:

  • Here it is
  • I like it
  • I don’t know
  • Here you go
  • Come with me
  • I love you
  • Read it
  • Hear it
  • That’s okay
  • Fall down
  • I did it
  • Carry/hold me (sometimes she says “Carry you”)
  • Excuse me (after a fart or burp)
  • Achoo, bless you (after a sneeze)
  • Other side (when nursing)
  • Put it away

Also, she’s started combining “Hi” with various names all on her own!  I love when I walk into a room and she greets me with, “Hi, Mommy!”  She made me laugh last Wednesday morning, despite the painfully early hour, because she was looking at a lift-the-flap book in our bed and said to a picture of a dog, “Hi, doggy!”

~Sierra loves to sing and knows the key words to many of her favorite songs.  My current favorite is “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep” – she gets the tune perfectly but only sings “Baa baa baa baa” for all of the words.  She refuses to sing it if I try to catch her on video (I’ll ask her and she’ll squeal, “NO!”), but I’m still working on it.

~Following in her sister’s footsteps, Sierra loves books, loves to be read to, and loves to “read” herself.  She has many books that she asks for by name (or by shoving them in my face and shouting “Read it!” while backing herself into my lap).  It’s cute when she sits by herself and calls out the key words.

She does understand that letters and words are related to reading.  When she picks up something with words on it, she’ll point to the words and say, “Eee eeee eeee eeee” as if she’s reading.  More recently she’s decided that everything says “hi” or “baby” – but doesn’t it look impressive in this video?

~Sierra likes to count, too.  She gets the difference between having one and two of something, and now if I say to her, “One, two…” she’ll supply the “three.”

~We’re continuing with very laid back potty training, just following her lead.  Sierra very frequently forces me to get out of bed in the morning because she insists that she has to go to the bathroom, and indeed she does.  She’ll ask sometimes throughout the day, too.  Last week there was one day she went from 9 am until nap time without using her diaper!  She is not particularly interested in pooping on the toilet yet, but no rush.

~Miss Independent goes up and down the stairs completely by herself, albeit slowly at times.  She gets distracted by things like the flowers on the carpet runner or what Anya is doing.

~Sierra can be such a girly girl.  She just LOVES babies and princesses.  The babies can be real, dolls, in books, it doesn’t matter.  They all make her happy.  As for princesses, she has a sweatshirt with Ariel, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty on it that she adores, and she thinks it’s so much fun to wear Anya’s princess dress up clothes.  She’ll shriek, “Pincess, pincess!” while handing me one of the shirts or skirts and she’ll insist, “Wear it!” until I put it on her.  Then she looks in the mirror and tells me, “Pretty.”

~When she’s not being a princess or a mommy-in-training, Sierra wants nothing more than to go outside.  She walks over to the door and begs, “Outside!  Outside! OUTSIDE!” or will get her shoes and try to put them on.  We go on walks/birdie hunts (“Hi birdie!!!”) or play on the swing set.  She loves to “sfing” and this weekend learned how to climb up the ladder to the big slide.  I’m in trouble now!

Roseola Take 2

Filed under: Sierra — by Lauren on April 12th, 2010 @ 9:26 pm

Sierra had a pretty substantial fever from Thursday night until Sunday morning or so, with no other notable symptoms other than being cranky. I had mentioned to a friend that I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up having roseola, and lo and behold, the rash showed up this morning. She still clearly did not feel well today – a total Jekyll and Hyde case, switching from somewhat happy to angry tears with almost no notice. Poor baby. She ended up going to sleep before 7, so hopefully she won’t be up at 3 am (not that that would be any different from the last few weeks, unfortunately, but at least she usually goes back to sleep). Oh, and although the roseola rash isn’t supposed to itch, she’s been scratching at her head all day, which, oddly enough, was the same reaction Anya had when she had roseola.

Name, Puzzles, and Days of the Week

Filed under: video — by Lauren on April 9th, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

Sierra knows her name (!):

Puzzle time:

The Days of the Week, by Anya:

My kids are cute. ;)