Friday, February 27, 2009


Things have been beyond crazy this month for both Eric and I, which is why I haven't posted much lately. That, and Eric and Kailey have both had terrible colds all month. I still am too swamped to really come up with a real update - but I just got a CD in the mail from my friend Laura who visited us last month (from LA) with her daughter, Hannah. Laura is an excellent photographer and took several wonderful shots of Kailey. I love these!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Kai and Penny

Sarah took some great pictures of Kai and Penny the other morning -- Kai is simply in awe of Penny. I love these!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Jammin' and Cruisin'

Kailey's favorite things are animals (especially Oscar and Abby), standing and trying to walk, and music. She spends a good chunk of every day pulling herself up on the couch and cruising from one end to the other. Here she is cruising over to bug Oscar (poor dog):

I also finally got around to buying her a bunch of instruments. I don't know why I didn't do this sooner. She LOVES music class, particularly when the instruments come out and she gets to bang on something. But, it took until I was in a toy store yesterday before it occurred to me that I should get her some instruments on her own. Here she is playing her new instruments:

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Social Skills

It appears our daughter considers herself a dog. Or, aspires to be a dog. Or, is simply paying more attention to the dog then to us (or else we behave like a pack of dogs, rather than the considerate, socialized adults we fancy ourselves to be).

Let me explain. Oscar growls. He growls at his toys. He growls when he hears a strange noise. He growls when he is drifting off to sleep. He growls at Kailey -- yes, he growls at Kailey. And us. He growls at everything -- and it is a meaningless growl. He is harmless, he just fancies himself something mightier and likes to give himself a little pep talk now and again. Of course, we should have trained him not to growl years ago. We tried. Some. We did train him not to growl at the other dogs in the dog park, so we could have conceivably carried that over to training him not to growl ever, but the growling is harmless and we got sick of saying "no Oscar" every few minutes and we didn't anticipate having a daughter who absolutely ADORED Oscar and decided that he should be her role model.

When Kai wakes up in the morning and sees Oscar for the first time, she lets out a squeal of delight. Anytime he enters the room, she whips her head around and tracks his every movement. She crawls after him and tries to get him to eat her toys offering them with her outstretched arm (Oscar has been trained -- yes, he's trainable... the dog park... remember?! -- to not touch her toys, and so he considers her offers an attempt to trick him, and he refuses to take the bait, much to her dismay). And, in her careful study of Oscar, she has decided that growling is an acceptable way to communicate. A preferred method of communication, even. It started with her growling at Oscar:

I think at first she figured that Oscar might hang out a bit longer if she could just speak his language.

But, she has clearly decided that growling is just the thing to do in order to express one's self, and now she growls while she crawls, when she is playing with her toys, when she's attempting to stand. She is a growler.

On Sunday we were at a friend's for dinner. They have a three year old who was quite interested in Kai and asked to hold her. So, she sat on the couch and we put Kai on her lap. She was excited and gave Kailey a big hug, and Kailey reciprocated with a big growl and a bite. Our friend's daughter thought that was hysterical, and Kailey growled again and did her kitten attack maneuver. They started wrestling a bit, both giggling and growling. Well, only Kailey was growling. It was hysterically funny. Our friend called Kai a "baby Godzilla" and we accepted that characterization, rather than explaining that Kailey was imitating a dog (a dog who happens to spend a lot of time growling. At her. And, no, we aren't going to put him down because of it. Yes, we know that growling is a warning sign and often precedes a bite, but Oscar wouldn't bite her. He just growls and we let him because we're terrible, terrible pet owners). The baby Godzilla story worked better.

So, we're raising a puppy! At least we have some experience in that department (and we all know by this post how well that has turned out).

In other news, Kailey is now cruising! She can get from one end of the couch to the other, step by careful step. I'll have to capture it on video soon. She'll be walking in no time. Maybe once she's up on two legs instead of crawling around on the ground she'll realize she's no dog. We'll see!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

9 Month Checkup

Kai had her 9-month checkup today and all was well. All is well. She has continued on her growth trajectory, although, she is no longer jumping trajectories as she did in the beginning (recall that she started in the zero percentile, and now is in about the 30th for height, weight and head circumference). She is 18.5 pounds and 27 inches. It turns out doctor's appointments are a bit more challenging with a 9-month old then with a 6-month old. Now that Kailey has figured out how to crawl, stand and get into things... well, that's what she would like to do. She tore up the paper on the table, shouted and babbled, wriggled, spun... anything she could think of to make herself known. But, when the doctor examined her, she was very calm, transfixed by the stethoscope. Smart piece of equipment! Still no dairy for Kailey. So, we're sticking to fruits and veggies. But, there are plenty of those in the world... so, we have lots to explore still. I have some new videos of Kailey that I just love:

And her 9-month pics:

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sweet Tooth

This has been a trying week for eating. In part, because we've all had colds and Kailey is not really into solid foods when she's sick. Also, because I introduced peaches. Well, that's my theory.

A little history into Kailey's adventures in solid foods. I started her with rice cereal (of course) and then a vegetable (sweet potatoes). Then we moved to avocados, which she LOVED and bananas, which she also quite enjoyed. Then squash, carrots, peas... which she ate, even though she'd make quite a face while eating them. But, hey! She didn't know any better. She'd only ever tasted 6 foods -- most of them veggies. For all she knew, most foods just tasted kind of vegetablish!

Then, we moved to pears, and it was hard to go back to the peas, but, she would still swallow a few bites if you started with peas. Or, if you mixed the peas with squash or something slightly less offensive then pure peas. Squash and carrots stayed on the approved list. I introduced apples and edamame at the same time. The apples were approved, the edamame not right away. Although, I am persistent in my efforts with the unapproved foods. Things she likes immediately she gets every few days. Things she rejects she gets every day or every other day. Aren't I a nice mommy?! Corn was rejected, which I chalked up to the texture. Corn tamales approved -- they are, after all, quite sweet.

Because I would stick to foods for several days, Kai seemed to eventually accept most everything I gave her and I felt like we were making progress and building up the menu of foods to choose from. That is, until this last week. Up until now, nothing has really been rejected outright (even if it was rejected for a particular meal). She just had more enthusiasm for some things (pears, apples, avocados) then others (everything else).

And then I screwed it all up. This last week, I introduced peaches. It turns out pureed peaches taste like pie. Seriously. Try it. They are really, really good. I had no idea. And, Kailey agrees. I gave her one bite of peaches and her eyes got all wide, and she popped her little mouth open for another bite. And another. And another. Like feeding a baby bird. More, more, more. She finished the baby cube in mere minutes, and then I tried to move onto some avocado. AVOCADO, people. One of her all time favorite foods. But, at the first taste of the non-peachy food, she hollered. And then cried. If she could have said, "MORE PEACHES" she would have. I tried again, she cried again. I shrugged, declaring two ounces of peaches a solid meal and made a mental note to not do peaches again for a bit.

The next meal, we tried oatmeal and bananas. Two foods which are more than acceptable to Kailey. And she cried. And hollered. And spit (so gross). She ate some, but the whole meal was a struggle. Repeat over the next few meals. After a day in a half, I decided to try peaches again and voila! baby bird mouth, enthusiastic eating. The little fink!

So, I blame the peaches for our setback. I never should have let Kailey know there are things that taste of pie.

p.s. this post may contain some slight exaggerations. She hasn't really rejected all foods since the peaches. Today she has eaten oatmeal, a quarter of a banana, a container of applesauce, a few bites of edamame and carrots... so, we're still hanging in there. But, man on man, she loves peaches.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Colds and Coughs

There hasn't been much to report this last week. We've all been sick, Kailey the least so, but we've just been getting through the days. Everyone has runny noses and I have my usual chronic cough that accompanies every cold. So annoying. We decided to ignore our illnesses and treat saturday like any Saturday -- swimming, breakfast, errands (this week it was finding a spot for Kai's first birthday party!! And grocery shopping), making baby food, dinner, bedtime... and that was it! Sunday we watched the Super Bowl with Sarah, Doug and their family. Good game!

Kailey continues to be in constant motion. She has gotten quite proficient at pulling herself up on just about anything. And, after a couple of BIG falls, she has learned how to get back down as well (or at least to bend her knees when she starts to go, to cushion herself on the way down). She is almost never still. Doug has taken to creating a big playpen made of couches, pillows, chairs... so that she has a big area to crawl around without fear of injury. So smart. We need to do that too. As it is, at the moment, we spend our time with her just following her around, removing all the dangers in her path, or pulling her back from the edge of danger. But, it's fun to be exploring the world with her and seeing her take such pleasure in everything around her.

Even though we were all sniffly all weekend, it was nice to have a weekend together. We are going to dig back into the home remodeling in a serious way soon, and then our (limited) time together will be even more limited. But, the trade off is we'll have a tub!