Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Haircut!

Just shy of two years old, and Kai got her first haircut today. Truth be told, there was very little to cut. But, the child has no part -- her hair just grows straight into her eyes. So, she needed a little (very little) trim to keep her hair out of her eyes.

In true Kailey spirit, she embraced the experience of a first haircut. She watched the child before her... marveling at the television that was playing a cartoon to distract the haircutee, but also marveling at the haircutee as well. But, what really cinched the deal for Kai was watching that little girl get a balloon at the end of her cut. Kai's eyes got huge and she shouted "BAAAOOONNNN". I told her she could also have a balloon after her cut was over. Kai ran to the chair and pointed at it, as if to say, "well, let's get this thing going then."

The little girl that went before us had been sitting on her mother's lap, so I started to sit in the chair. But, the salon owner said, "no, no... let's see if she'll sit in the booster on her own... I have a feeling she will... she has no fear." Well, that's true. He plopped the booster seat into the chair, picked Kai up, and plucked her down. No problem. Kai was ready to go.

She kept pointing at her hair as he trimmed her bangs, noting what was going on, but also putting her fingers in imminent danger.

Luckily, this guy was a true professional. At the end of the haircut, I said - "smile" and, of course, Kai obliged:

And then she got her balloon!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Rendition of the ABCs with Kai:

Kailey: "A... B... B" (to the tune of ABCs). Then she points at me to continue the song.


Kailey: "NOOwwwwwwwwwww" - points at me to continue

Angie: "I know my..."

Kailey: "AB Bbbbbbbbbs" - points at me

Angie: "Next time won't you sing with me"

Kailey: *clap* *clap* *clap*

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Conversations with Kailey

Kailey still isn't quite talking "human" yet -- if talking human involves complete sentences complete with nouns and verbs. But, as far as nouns go, Kailey seems to be getting those down! So, "conversations" with Kailey consist of a non-stop commentary of the world around us. "Sky", Kailey notes as we head outdoors, pointing upwards. "Tree", "flower", "stick", "dog"... yes, we agree, noting all of those things as well. "PLANE"! Kai shouts, pointing overhead. "Where?" we ask... and Kai points emphatically. She's never wrong. A moment later, we notice a small blip in the sky. "Ahhh, yes... plane." We repeat and Kai smiles her smug smile, as if to say, I know what I'm talking about.

Kailey loves identifying objects. She even seems to have learned her shapes. We bought her a little puzzle the other day -- well, she picked it out. It is very simple -- 9 shapes, each a different color, that you can remove and then put in the appropriate place. We took it home and Kailey immediately took all the shapes out and started putting them back in the appropriate spots, pointing at each shape as she picked it up so we could tell her what it was. Then, she would put it where it went, clap for herself (she loves clapping for herself... her own best audience), and then proceed to the next shape. We did the puzzle twice and then went on our way. A couple of days later, we were out to eat, and Kai was happily drawing (the best part about going out to eat, as far as Kailey is concerned). I picked up a crayon and drew several shapes and then asked Kai, "where's the circle?" which she identified... "star"... "square"... "triangle"... check, check, check. I was amazed. She knew shapes!

It's so fun to identify the world with Kailey because she is so keen on knowing what everything is and how it works. Increasingly, she likes to do puzzles and "read" her books, identifying things as she goes along. The funniest book she "reads" is "Goodnight Gorilla"... which, if you know the book, doesn't have many words. "Night night" Kai says on each page, as she flips through the book. Then she gets to the page where they turn the lights out, which consists of a black page with a bunch of thought bubbles saying "Good Night". "Night", "night", "night", "night", Kai repeats, pointing at each bubble. Then, on the next page, where the zoo keeper's wife turns on the light, Kai says, "uh-oh" and laughs. Then, when the zoo keeper's wife takes the animals back to the zoo, Kai says "bye, bye". It is too funny.

So, that's what we're "talking" about these days.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

See How I'm Jumping

Kai has taken to jumping as a mode of transportation. She says, "dump, dump, dump" as she hops around the house. It's more of a gallop -- one leg, then the other. This video cracks me up because once she decides to join in the game - and before she starts running around like a mad woman in the wrong direction - she gives one of her little hops. She's a hopper!

She isn't as proficient at the two-legged hop, but she's working on it. And, she seems to have decided the best way to practice the two legged hop is to climb up something (coffee table, couch, chair) and jump OFF of it -- because, then, you get some air -- and, clearly, that is the point of jumping. Until this week, Kai would climb onto objects that were more than two feet off the ground and squat down, threatening to jump but not actually jumping until someone grabbed her hand to spot her. Not anymore. No spotters necessary, apparently. Freaks me out.

Her other favorite move at the moment is the donkey kick -- which she has taken to do as we are walking along. Middle of the street and Kai is suddenly in a triangle-position, hands on the ground, bent at the waist, kicking one leg up behind her and disrupting the steady flow of foot traffic. We never know when she is going to be inspired to start donkey kicking. It's funny to us -- maybe not so much to the other pedestrians. (OK... I know in the video I ask her to do a mule kick... impossible to capture on video otherwise. Just imagine her randomly stopping mid-stride and doing this in the middle of the sidewalk):

Of course, all of Kai's maneuvers lead to inevitable injuries. Kai has an amazingly high pain tolerance. But, she "tattles" on the offending object (whatever it was that got in her way and caused her to tumble) -- pointing at it in a most accusatory fashion. Then, she reenacts the injury in slow motion and, upon completion of the reenactment, points again at where it all went down. If she was crying before the reenactment, she'll stop long enough to walk us through exactly what happened and then resume her crying. I have to get it on video one of these days.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Heard Around Penny's House

(well, I didn't hear it... but Sarah relayed this to me):

Penny: "Mama, when is Kailey going to start talking human? I don't speak baby."

I have had the same question, Penny!! But, she's getting there. This morning she repeated "purple" (aka "pu pu") and then told me I was wearing "bu-ew". But, we may be a bit off from clear "human" talk just yet!