Tuesday, May 19, 2009
These Days Are Just Packed
A little Calvin and Hobbes reference for you with the title! I can't believe how long it's been since I wrote an update! Things have been so busy with work, remodeling and keeping up with Kailey. She is a busy little person these days. She has no interest in sitting around the house. We have been taking multiple trips to the playground (as in multiple trips in a single day!). She likes to be on the move, even though she isn't walking on her own yet. She loves walking with her cart. We take it across the street to the playground and she goes everywhere with it, laughing it up. And, last weekend we went to Yosemite for a Tuolumne River Trust event and decided to do a bit of hiking before heading home. Kai spent the first mile or so in the backpack, but then got sick of that so we let her loose, and she hiked about a 1/2 mile on her own (holding onto one of our fingers for support). She was shouting and laughing as she walked, as if to say "look at me!" I told her it would be more impressive if she did it without holding onto one of our fingers (I know, so unsupportive of me). She also likes to climb. If there's a way to get somewhere higher, she is all about it. There is a climbing wall at the playground across the street, which she has figured out how to get up. We were both amazed as we watched her/spotted her the first time. And now she has taken to moving the cart next to a couch/chair/shelf and trying to crawl up from the cart (which has wheels). A little thrill-seeker, that one.
Kailey's latest favorite work is "hi". When people come up to her at the store and wave and say "hi" she looks at them skeptically... BUT, as soon as they leave, she waves and yells "HI!" And, when I come into the room she'll wave and say, "Hi! Hi! Hi!" It's pretty cute. She continues to babble with the best of them, but still not many other words. I think she says, "up" - although, she also puts her hands in the air when she wants up, so I know what she means even if the word isn't quite there.
She knows plenty of words that she doesn't say. In the morning, we say "do you want to go play with Penny?" and she whips her head around like we just offered her the moon and thrusts her hands in the air emphatically. She loves spending her days with Penny and Doug. And, she has started using the "all done" sign on her own at meals. It used to be that we would ask her "are you all done?" and she would agree by putting her hands up and shoving them in our direction. But now, she does that on her own -- sometimes early in the meal (which leads to us saying, no... not all done. MORE. And then she pumps her hands up with a bit more force... ahhh, so funny).
It is so fun to be beginning to communicate with her and to watch her reaction to things.
Hopefully it won't be a month again before my next post!! Here are some new pictures: