Saturday, September 18, 2010

Mid-month blurbs about the amazing Caroline Grace

  • Caroline learned this week to make farting noises and then say "uh-oh" or "i did it!" or "eww..." and then she laughs hysterically. Kev is wondering how she became a 12 year old boy all of a sudden.

  • Speaking of laughing hysterically, the other night I dropped something and said "oops" and she started rolling with laughter. So I said "oops" again and she laughed even harder. We kept this up for a good five minutes. I have video I really should post.

  • Is it normal for a 21 month old to be able to identify emotions? She regularly asks us to draw happy or sad (faces, that is) and she properly identifies happy and sad, not just in pictures, but in people. When babies are crying she signs and says "baby cying, sad."

  • She has been enjoying lots of quality time with the piglet made with love for her by Betty Schlieder. She especially likes piglet to join her for potty/story time. She has piglet turn the pages, or open the windows on hide and seek sort of books. Tonight she told me piglet pooped, turned him over, and pulled out a wipe to wipe his bottom.

  • Added to her favorite verb list is "feel"- she asks to feel the pages of books she reading... sometimes there are special things to feel. She wants to make sure piglet gets a feel too.

  • She seems to be going through an especially clumsy phase. Her face is covered in bruises. It looks dirty even when clean. One starts to heal and then she walks into a chair or a wall or spins in circles and throws herself at something hard. Are babies clumsier when going through growth spurts?

  • She REALLY loves "ring around the rosy" and really anything that allows her to spin in circles.

  • She's also currently big on saying "it huts" and signing "hurts" at the same time. She has plenty of boo-boos that likely do hurt. She's not quite so big on telling us where precisely she hurts, but we're making progress that she uses a word instead of just melting down.

  • She speaks in long and elaborate sentences now, though we can understand only about 1/3rd of what is in any given sentence. She's just adding vocab too quickly.

  • She seems to be saying "Kevin" a lot, or maybe she's saying "Caroline" not sure.

  • She put two of her bath toys on the side of the tub tonight and said "duckie sit, froggie sit, one, two, froggie." I almost fell over. I added the purple octopus to the side of the tub and asked her to count and she said "one, two, tee". Tried for more and no luck, but I didn't know she counted to three even!

  • She really likes the word "empty" though it sounds more like "atty." She kept filling and emptying cups in the bath tonight and declaring "blue atty" or "puhpuh atty."

She is amazing.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

other random thoughts about C at 21 months!

  • PUSH! She loves this verb. It means "to move an object any way I wish to move it."

  • She continues to be a GREAT eater. We ate out at an Indian place a few weeks ago (in lieu of our usual every other week Mexican because we were a bit Mexicaned out) and she was grooving on the tamarind sauce and eagerly gobbled up bits of both of our curries. Tonight she was eagerly eating veggies dipped in spicy peanut sauce.

  • Her favorite book at the moment is an old Colors book gifted to us by dear Mary Baird, in Wooster, Ohio. This was a book that belonged to her children. It has marvelous paintings in it and lots of words. It is a favorite potty read.

  • Potty time is story time.

  • She's fond of commanding people to "sit down!" Especially when she is seated on the potty. One of us should also be seated and reading at times such as this.

  • She still LOVES the outdoors, loves digging in the dirt, and loves making new friends she happens to meet outside.

  • She loves getting messy, but doesn't like being messy. After getting covered in dirt she ceremoniously wipes herself off. And she sometimes insists on getting her hands washed. Her face... well... that can ALWAYS wait.

  • She seems to be grasping the idea of "coloring in." She chose purple crayon and pen for decorating my birthday card and scribbled over every picture and word!

  • She's really into hugging now, especially upon saying goodbye. She says "Ag! Ag!" and stretches out both arms.

  • She's rarely distressed upon saying goodbye!

  • She is now fully capable of sleeping through the night and has done so frequently in the last month- not so much in the last week however.... the nap schedule being off has messed things up.

  • She is tall! Lately when she's been playing with 2 year olds, she's the taller one!

Tried to post a video... but blogger is not cooperating. Another time.

21 months!

When I begin to type in the subject for these monthly updates blogger always anticipates the subject based on previous ones. So when I typed 21 what it suggested was 21 weeks. 21 weeks.... what was that... five months and a bit... wow. We were amazed then at how much Caroline had changed, but now... at 21 months... SO DIFFERENT!

The last two days she has been blowing us away with how cooperative she has been. I've been taking Fridays off thus far this semester, an attempt at sabbath now that I'm preaching most Sundays (actually need to hit the road in a few minutes, but thought I'd get this started.) My intention is to spend the mornings doing fun things with her and the afternoon resting. This past Friday first she and I went to the Y together. She was SO excited to go. When we said Y, she said and signed "friends" repeatedly. How fabulous! She helped push open the door to the Y and greeted everyone with an excited "HI!" and then made her way straight to childcare where she tried to open the door herself. Even before we left in the morning she kept saying "Parker! Parker!" Parker is the 8 month old son of our friends Jenn and Sean and is one of the two babies for whom Kev is caring on a regular basis this semester. Caroline is smitten. He only comes over two days a week which is disappointing to her. Alistair, a 3 month old baby, comes over four days a week. He's cool! But Parker moves! She was a bit sad that only Alistair and not Parker came over before we left. So imagine her delight when she found Parker in child care at the nursery! "PARKER!" There were LOTS of small babies in child care on Friday morning and apparently Caroline and one other toddler were being excellent little helpers with the babies. Aww... we were a bit nervous about how she was going to adjust to sharing her daddy, but she has been so excited to have babies around that it has been FINE. And clearly she's learning a thing or two!

When it came time to leave the Y she was happy to do so. She said a quick "Buh-bye" and, this time with prompting, "Tank you." And then we made our way to the car. The plan was to go to the Monkey's Treehouse (a great play area for which Pa and Eepa bought us passes) and then to an athletic shoe store to buy running shoes for me (birthday present to self) and then to Las Paletas for popsicles and then home for a nap. When we arrive at the treehouse her eyes widened as she realized ALL the fun she could have there. I realized that it had been awhile since we checked the cloth diaper so I said (externally enthusiastic, though internally skeptical) "Caroline, we need to change your diaper before we can play, but I promise that as soon as your diaper is changed we'll come out and play." She didn't fight or resist this at all. We walked straight through all the glorious play areas to the bathroom in the back. She helped put down the changing table as if to say "Alright, mom, let's get down to business." We changed her diaper. She happily waited through hand washing and drying (she still loves to do this!) And then off she went to play! And, for the most part, she played independently. She wanted to do some courageous climbing for which she required my spotting, but otherwise she flitted here and there, happy as a clam. I wanted to get pics, and I did get a few, but she was just moving too quickly. There were two little girls in dress up clothes who told me that they wanted her to be their baby for whatever pretend game they were playing. I told them that if she wanted to play with them that was fine with me... but... she wouldn't stay anywhere for more than a few minutes. The girls were disappointed, but I wanted to say "Girls, this is what it means to have a baby! Chase her!" In any case, she played beautifully there. She was getting a bit fussy/cranky after an hour or so, and I realized we better go if I wanted to get my shoes without too much drama. I thought the departure was going to be rough for her, but so long as she got to slide a few more times, and do other things once or twice, we managed to get out without a meltdown. She almost stole a turtle on her way out the door. She had be fingering through various small animal toys for sale, right at toddler height, right by the door. She kept picking them up and putting them down and I kept telling her to leave them be and to say goodbye to them that we needed to go. She seemed to finally absorb this and head for the door saying a triumphant "buh-bye tuhtul" and I thought we were escaping clean, but the woman working saw she was taking the tuhtul buh-bye. Oops. For $3.50, nope. I'd rather buy popsicles. But even putting the turtle back didn't trigger a meltdown.

She fell asleep on our drive to the shoe store. It took me awhile to find the store which was probably a good thing as it gave her more sleep time. I was wishing a friend were with me who could stay in the car with her so she could keep sleeping (napping has been an issue lately with Kev's childcare responsibilities- it's hard for her to settle down when she might be missing something!) but no such luck. I quietly tried to take her out of her car seat, hoping she'd stay asleep. But she woke right up- happily, in awe of the flowering tree under which we were walking. She sat up on the bench next to me in the shoe store and entertained herself with a little light in a bucket next to her. She was calm and patient. The salesperson encouraged me to take the shoes she was recommending out for a little run, but I wasn't sure what to do about C. I said "Do you mind watching her?" She said "No problem." I told Caroline I would be right back. I did a quick run, came back and she was still happily sitting there playing with the light. She did a bit of exploring of the store before we left, but we delightful from start to finish. Wow.

We then went for popsicles. I think I left her sippy cup at the Y or the Treehouse and she had been asking for water for awhile. She was actually MORE interested in drinking water than eating popsicles. That's my girl. She knows what she needs! But she did eventually enjoy the popsicles.

And then home... and she was even cooperative on a quick grocery stop. Wow. Wow. Wow.

She did quite well at the birthday gathering at our home. She crowded the babies that were there a bit, but our five year old guest crowded her a bit. In fact, the five year old, Ella, played BEAUTIFULLY with Caroline and we were able to enjoy adult conversations. What a concept! We will definitely be spending more evenings with that family!

And yesterday we went up to Kentucky to see friends Matt and Jenn, and join them on a trip to Mammoth Cave. I needed to study so I didn't do the cave tour, but Caroline did. And apparently she was a champ! She was fascinated exploring the cave on a two hour hike.

Though she has rough days, and though she continues to be an INTENSE child, she has SO MANY good days and this is SUCH a delightful stage.

She seems to add 10-20 words a day. She signs like a champ. She is incredible.

Exciting language developments- YES!; correct pronunciation of "broccoli"; saying her name more; more intentional about her use of language in general, and putting things together "more please" said with puppy dog eyes is a favorite; lots of animal sounds; LOTS of colors... oh I don't know. So much. She says so much. She likes to hide things behind her back and say in a very curious tone "Where it go?" She might have picked up a swear word... or maybe she's just emphatically saying "Shirt!" a lot.

That's all for now. Pics maybe later. 21 months. Wow.