Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Language developments

Alden has really slowed down in the growth department lately and also seems much less interested in perfecting new motor skills (he has the speed crawl/pull himself up using any object at last a foot off the ground/lower self/and repeat down to a science)... And, instead, he seems intent at learning how to begin to communicate!  It shocks me when he busts out with a word that I understand.  This weekend he pointed at a ball and said "BA".  When I affirmed that he was right, his face lit up.  So proud to be understood!  He did the same thing with "dog" and "hi".  And he has started waving hello to people,clapping and waving goodbye.

This morning when he woke up he crawled on to my chest and thrust his hand in my face signing the word for "milk".  I asked him if he wanted milk and he smiled so big... So pleased to have expressed his wish and pleased further still when his wish was granted.

Alden always has his pointer finger ready... Asking us to name the world around him.  It's fun to start communicating with him.  I remember this time with Kai, too (although she was STUBBORN about not signing!). It's amazing to begin to be understood (for both him and us!)

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

11 Months!

Alden is now at an age where he loves being outside and playing.  The park has become a fun place to go -- because he can actually go on the swings and the slide (with the help of his big sister) or play on the other baby toys.   He has his pointer finger ready whenever we are out, pointing at every little thing he sees and looking at us expectantly so we can name the object for him.  It's so cute. 

He also has loved music class this session.  We missed many classes because of illness and work schedules, so I almost didn't sign him up again.  But, he has such fun dancing and playing the instruments and bopping along to the beat.  After taking him last week, I decided we had to do it again.  He loves it.  We listen to the songs in the car and he pushes his feet against the back of the seat, bouncing up and down to the music and shaking his head from side to side.  It's hilarious to watch -- and quite distracting.  Hard to keep my eyes on the road when he is putting on such a show in the backseat. 

I cannot believe he's already 11 months!!  Birthday party planning is in full swing.  We'll be spending the day outside (weather permitting) and I'm thinking we need to have lots of music at the party since this little guy really loves a song. 

And she scores!

Kai has loved playing basketball this winter.  Sort of surprising, really.  She didn't love soccer, even though she's more of an outdoorsy kid.  And she completely lost it her first basketball game because the combination of an audience and the very loud buzzer freaked her out.  But, since that time, she has gotten into a groove with basketball. 

Kai is a bit on the short side and the baskets are high, so I also thought that would frustrate her.  Instead, Kai spent the season perfecting the granny shot. And she's full of hustle on the court.  This last game, she made every basket she attempted. 

Neither Eric or I like basketball much, but we've had a blast watching her this season and seeing all the improvements. Next week is her last game, and we're both already looking forward to next season.  Crazy how parenthood changes every little thing.


Kailey cracks us up every day.  I wish I spent more time writing down the funny things she says. But, here are two recent things that cracked me up:

We were walking around the Capitol grounds with my parents on a day that there was a swarm of teenagers in fancy suits running around.  They were there for YMCA week, which is a chance for teens to visit the Capitol, meet their representatives, and participate in some mock hearings and law making.  We walked past two teens who were taking photos of each other.  They were dressed in suits that looked like they could double as nightclub attire.  Very low cut.  High, high heels.  Lots of make-up.  They were giggling and being girly and they asked if we would take a picture of them together, which we obliged.  One of them threw her arm around the other and they posed with their hips jutted out trying to look grown up but, really, looking every bit a tween.  Kai watched them, wide-mouthed, taking it all in.  After we returned their camera to them and were walking away, Kai turned to us and said, "well, that was awkward."


Kai doesn't really get the morning rush to get out of the house.  She is easily distracted by every little scrap of paper or pencil that crosses her path, stopping whatever she is supposed to be doing in order to doodle or write a note.  It drives me batty.  Last week, Kai was failing to get her shoes and socks on and was, instead, drawing a liberty bell.  I implored her to get going and she said, "Mama! I'm drawing the LIBERTY bell."  I told her that this was really not the time for drawing bells and she corrected me, "it's not A bell... it's the LIBERTY bell."  I told her it wasn't the time to draw liberty bells either to which she replied, "WHAT?!  Do you want LIBERTY?  Do you want FREENESS?"

Freeness from the morning madness.  That's what I want. 

Lost Tooth

Kai finally lost a tooth the old-fashioned way -- wiggling it over many (many!!) days until she finally ate something (in this case a Swedish fish) that just popped it out.  Kai has had two of her bottom baby teeth pulled because the adult teeth were coming in behind the baby teeth and not pushing the baby teeth out.  But this was the first one she actually got out on her own. 

She loves collecting silver dollars from the Tooth Fairy!