Archive for December, 2005

Tikka tikka

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

Lauren also says “tikka tikka” and looks at you in anticipation and waits patiently to be tickled. She’s especially ticklish under her chin and on her belly, and giggles and says “tikka tikka” again.

She also growls. One day last week during dinner she looked at Ryan and went “Grrrrrrr!” and he growled back. It’s become a nightly ritual for them, growling during dinner as they eat their food. She now varies her growl sounds and tries to growl while she is nursing, which tickles me and when I laugh she growls more.

So, language development is cool. She understands many more signs than I give her credit for, and she is consistently signing a few things to us and saying “nummy yummy yummy” for food, saying “no no” while she shakes her head, and asking for tickles.

Climbing small mountains

Thursday, December 15th, 2005

I was just sitting here writing an email back to Diana about Mari learning to crawl today and I looked up from the laptop to find my daughter eye to eye with me. It’s a bit unnerving when your 30″ tall child is level with your eyes and she was playing on the ground.

Turns out that she decided today would be a good day to master climbing. She’s been crawling over 6″ tall objects for a while now, and occasionally standing on them while holding on to something like a table.

We bought Lauren this cool green rocking toy from IKEA and Ryan really loves to turn it upside down and take her on flying space journies in it. Lauren really likes the rides too and often turns the rocker upside down and tries to climb in.

Well the toy has been living next to the coffee table in the middle of the living room floor when it’s not busy flying around, and today Lauren managed to climb up on top of it and pull herself up on the coffee table. When I looked she was balanced precariously on the rocker with both feet and grabbing at a water bottle on the table. Once she got the bottle she crawled up on the table to sit down and look around.

I fear the next year. I think we need to invest in a house with padded walls and no furniture or bolt the shelves to the walls.

Snowy day

Wednesday, December 7th, 2005

Lauren met snow for the first time face to face on Sunday. She thought it was pretty cool. You can see it here: Laurenzilla takes on snowtown.

No no no no no ….

Saturday, December 3rd, 2005

That’s what I hear. “No no no no no no no” as she crawls after the dog. I don’t think she understands what “no” means, but it’s all we say to Zoe anymore. No when she growls because Lauren is pulling her tail. No when she gets on the couch. No when she wants to eat all the food on Lauren’s tray. No when she’s just looking for a little attention. And Lauren caught on fast.

But in even bigger communication advances, Lauren signalled loud and clear to go potty tonight during dinner. Ryan took her, and when she was done, he spoke a long muttering about how DairyQueen softserve will never look the same again. Better that than cleaning her bottom and washing diapers, says me.

And finally, after only 3 days of signing it to her, Lauren emphatically signed “finished” during dinner tonight. Ryan tested her a bit by offering her a bite of food, and she frantically waved her arms while signing to show she was serious. Smart baby!

She understands the signs for milk, eat, potty, diaper, dog, finished, but has only signed milk and finished back to us so far. She did copy me on eat and dog, but has not initiated those yet.

Let it snow..

Friday, December 2nd, 2005

You know you live in Cleveland when you have 6″ of snow in the yard and less than 8 miles away it’s sunny and there is hardly a flake to be seen.

Lauren is eating. She’s eating so much it makes me wonder where she puts it. We have lunch and dinner every day together and it’s fun to watch her eat, she bangs on her tray for more, tries to sign “more” and “eat” and “all done” at me when I show them to her, and generally makes a big mess for Zoe to enjoy when she’s done.

Today for lunch she had a big piece of chicken, some potatoes, at least 1/2 cup of green beans, an entire banana, and a teething biscuit. I gave her the biscuit because there wasn’t anything else handy to feed her in the fridge and she was pounding on the tray for more.

So… she eats. And she eats a LOT!

On the yummy in Lauren’s tummy list:

apple sauce
chicken broth
green beans
sweet potato

Next up… hmm..
Carrots, peaches, blueberries, yum!