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This blog captures my thoughts and observations of Amelia since there are so many wonderful things I want to just bottle and enjoy. Time doesn't stop and while I will have memories, it will be nice for both her and me to have these in-the-moment snapshots of her life.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007


Here are a few things I forgot to include in the 16 month update.

Amelia likes to walk backwards and Daddy says it looks like she's moonwalking.

The other day, I put some food on the porch for a stray kitty I saw limping through the yard. When I came back in I was welcomed by Amelia who was in the process of bringing me Daddy's shoes (which are big and heavy, making the sight of her with them even cuter). She knows that we are supposed to wear shoes when we go outside! She did this again this morning, but to Daddy when he was letting one of our kitties come back in from the cold.
She adores applause and will wait for applause after just one note on her tiger piano/xylophone. It's so cute, we can't help but indulge her, which results in an encore performance of course! And if we don't clap soon enough, she'll clap for herself.

Her dancing now consists of spinning in a circle - and it's amazing how many times she can go 'round before she plops on her butt or stops and kind of wobbles, looking like a little drunk.

But it's not all sweetness and light (as my friend Cathi would say), she is biting a lot now. At first it was kind of cute when she would go after Daddy's feet, as seen in this picture. But now she'll bite our knees when we're sitting or come hug my leg while I'm working in the kitchen and then sink her teeth into the back of my thigh. I don't know what to do to dissuade her from this horrible habit. I think it's related to teething (she is still drooling enough to drown small animals) and if she hasn't eaten recently, I usually offer her a cookie (and then slightly worry that it could be viewed as a reward). I've tried telling her no, which makes her laugh. I've tried relocating her, which doesn't always work as she quickly returns like a bee to honey. Yesterday I even tried gently flicking (splashing) a little water in her face (since I was at the sink) and firmly saying "no" after she bit my thigh, but she thought that was fun, backing up a little with her pseudo moonwalk and laughing. Hmmmm.

[pictures dated 1/25/07]

Monday, January 29, 2007

The Consequences of Height

A problem that arises when Amelia decides to start moving the chairs around the kitchen is that it leaves the area below the table open. The reason this is a problem is because the pieces of wood that run below the top of the table to support and stablize it are shorter than she is and she will inevitably walk along following a toy and hit her head. I know it won't be long until she doesn't even fit under the top of the table!

[picture dated 1/18/o7]

Friday, January 26, 2007

The Fake Cry

I love this series of pictures.

Clearly Amelia is going to have to become a better actress if she's going to stay in the Fake Cry-ing business.

[pictures dated 1/19/07]

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Playing Trains with Daddy

Thanks to Jeannine for passing along this great toy for Amelia and her daddy to enjoy! Amelia got such a kick out of walking around "chasing" the train and then bending over for a closer inspection. She delighted in pressing the button that makes the train noise - complete with a whoo-whoo whistle and the sound of wheels clacking on rails. She didn't quite understand why the train couldn't go over her leg when she sat on the track, though!

[pictures dated 1/15/07]

Monday, January 22, 2007

16 Months Old

Wow, our little blessing is 16 months old today. I was trying to remember the details of her birth today and realized that I am just now getting over the shock of it all (it was a very fast birth).

She is such a joy, jabbering up a storm and pointing at everything saying, "That?" or "This?". If she sees something she really likes, she still says, "Oof! Oof!" but it's not her exclusive word anymore. She says things that resemble words and we're working on bunny, cat and dog. If you ask her what a dog says, she say "Oof," so I think we're getting somewhere because she doesn't say it if we ask her what sound a cat makes.

She's becoming really precise and more methodical with the way she touches things and places things. I think she's ready for blocks and large legos, both of which I have tucked away for her. She will pick up stuffed animals and press appendages and tummies until she figures out how to turn it on (and she doesn't realize that not everyone's teddy bears sing).

She gets really excited when I put her down and is almost in a full run at times - which means if she trips she goes down even harder now. For the most part she just bounces back up or acts like, yah, I meant to sit down.

She holds books right side up almost all the time now. For a while there we thought maybe she was going to be left-handed because she would hold a book upside down and turn the pages like she was reading. The reason I had this idea was because my sister (who is left handed) said books were backwards for left handed people.

She isn't in awe of the cow that moves on its own anymore - she will touch it while it's moving.

She still loves to hug her bunnies and does such a nice job petting them. I was hoping this would translate to the real bunnies so I took Philip out the other day since he is more docile than Rebecca. Amelia did so well at first - but then she grabbed him from both ends in one sudden gesture. He did the usual rabbit thing of just hunkering even further into the floor and I quickly removed her hands from him and gently returned him to Rebecca. We'll try again at another time.

The only TV she watches remains the occasional Baby Einstein video which I use on mornings when she is awake while I shower. She is glued to the TV while it's on so I know she'll be safe while I'm out of earshot and eye contact. However, she rather than just passively watching the entire time, she now will laugh occasionally when the dragon does something silly. And she has figured out how to put her hand in the dragon puppet and is amazed!

She has also developed this great giggle which is so much fun. However, she has also developed this almost evil laugh. She will push food out of her mouth or toddle over and bite your leg and then look up and laugh her evil laugh with her eyes sparkling. It is so cute it's hard not to laugh. She especially likes going after daddy's toes when they're up in mid-air thanks to the recliner. I really don't know why she does that - she certainly doesn't share mommy's aversion to feet. Blech is all I say.

She understands everything I tell her and so I've been spending extra time telling her what things are. With her puzzles I'll name the pieces and show her where they go. She can now put many of her puzzle pieces where they belong - even in the 1-10 puzzle. She is really consistent with 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 8. And she's making connections - she recently brought Daddy her stuffed, wind up horse (something she does regularly) and then brought him her horse puzzle piece! I realized the other day that I've spent months talking to her like one of the cats, assuming she doesn't really understand more than two or three words. These last couple of weeks have been really transforming now that I know she understands so much! I really feel like a mommy now. There's just something about this next level of interaction. Perhaps it's the promotion from caretaker to teacher that has done it.

Her newest thing is madly but purposefully bicycling her legs when she is on her back (usually during a diaper change) while simultaneously laughing. It is so cute!

Her hair is really coming in now - it's wispiness is coming down over the tops of her ears (so I smooth it around towards the back) and it's starting to go further down her forehead and neck. Sometimes the back will even have a little curl (I call this carseat hair sometimes.)

She has transitioned from two naps to one long afternoon nap.

She likes moving the chairs around in the kitchen - she must get the furniture rearranging gene from daddy because it's not my thing.

She's trying so hard to eat with a spoon. And when I'm feeding her (or she's helping me feed her) the yo baby yogurt, she gets so excited when she sees the baby on the label. And now when she sees pictures of herself around the house and starts pointing and jabbering in recognition. (It helps that there's an 8x10 in her room of me with her that is close to her eye level, thanks to Tia Polly.)

She has this fake cry now ... SO SOON?!?!?!

She has discovered her belly button and will often lift her shirt looking at her belly. Usually there's a onesie underneath and she just winds up looking at her undershirt-clad belly. Yesterday, though, she just had an undershirt on beneath her dress and was walking around pulling up both the dress and the undershirt. I was afraid that she would do that in nursery at church, but apparently the novelty wore off before church - but she did perform an encore later that afternoon at Livia's house!

I'm sure there's much more - and all things I've meant to blog about by now but with being sick and the usual busy-ness, it just hasn't happened.

(And for the record, there was no 15 month post because we were in KY for a game.)

[pictures dated 1/07]

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Our Little Monkey

Well, we're all finally feeling better. After taking Amelia to the doctor a week ago yesterday, she came down with some horrible stomach bug a week ago tonight (which I'm convinced she picked up at the doctor's despite all my efforts to keep her in my lap or on the exam table - the doctor even asked me if she could walk yet). Then Daddy & I got it and we're just now feeling better. Amelia, thankfully, showed improvement faster, although her appetite did not return until yesterday.

Amelia's vocabulary is still slow in resembling English. She does make lots of sounds, though, including a great "ooh, ooh, ah ah" complete with pursing her lips for the "ooh" and opening her mouth wide on the "ah". Daddy pointed out that she sounds just like a chimpanzee. Combine that with her love of bananas, which she can eat all by herself straight from the banana, and we're beginning to wonder ....

(By the way, it was her daddy who voiced the observation that his daughter may actually be a chimp.)

[picture dated 1/17/07]

Friday, January 12, 2007

Ear Infections

Went to the doctor for a check-up. Both ears are infected but we're going to wait it out for 2 weeks since her appetite has recently improved. Her weight was 19 lbs., 13.5 oz.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Tis a Gift to be Simple

All those toys and what fascinates my little one these days? Yep, the straps and buckle on her portable high chair! Yep, Amelia, I'm talking about you! (too bad the flash made her blink)

[photos dated 1/9/07]

Monday, January 08, 2007


A couple of mornings ago, I think it was Friday, Amelia said hat! It came out 'at but I know she was referring to her hat because we were getting ready to leave and I put her new blue hat on (the one pictured). As I did so, she said "'at!". So I took her to the mirror and pointed to the hat on her head and said, "Yes! Hat!" I'm so proud! Then on Saturday we were out on the sunroom and she found her birthday party hat. She tried putting it on her head and said, "'at!" again. So I know she is trying to say hat and knows what it means.

Since there aren't many "real" words that she is saying yet, I don't realize how much she understands. If you ask her to get a certain toy, she'll go and find it and bring it to you. Daddy likes to sing one of the songs her animal train sings. When he does this, she'll stop whatever she's doing and go make the train sing. The other day she was pointing at pictures in one of her books. She could tell that flowers on opposite sides of the page were identical because she kept pointing to them. When she pointed to the frog I asked her where the other frog was and she pointed to it! Then when I asked her where the dog was, she pointed to it, too. Smart girl!

[picture dated 12/25/06]

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Swingin' in the New Year

Thanks to global warming, we had a great day yesterday for taking a trip to the park with Livia & her mommy. Amelia loved swinging - the giggles of glee were wonderful. She also really enjoyed "racing" Livia down the dual slide (both with the help of mommies who never quite let go).

Walking around in the fake mulch was also a lot of fun. Before going to the park, we changed shoes since walking in that stuff isn't a great idea in her cute but soft-soled Robeez. So Amelia wore her jelly-like sandals that Grandma doesn't like (but that Mommy bought anyway because she's such a child of the '80's).

You can really see in these pictures how Amelia's hair is coming in - there's enough to blow in the breeze!

[pictures dated 1/6/07]

Friday, January 05, 2007

New Favorite

This is one of Amelia's favorite new toys. I think these pictures show how active she is - always on the go unless she's sitting with a book, something she loves to do. And notice her new shoes - she couldn't wait to wear them and she loves them!

The way she squats when she plays with her toys is something I've noticed. (I'm jealous of her flexibility!) She'll do that when she's playing with the piano portion of her tiger xylophone. Our neighbor commented on how it reminds her of Schroeder from Peanuts (Snoopy/Charlie Brown). She definitely is musical. She'll turn around and start directing most of the time when she hears music. She also loves to have more than one noise making toy playing at a time. At first we thought this was a foreshadowing of a DJ career, but Daddy says he thinks she'll be a choir director.

And here she is on one of her old favorite toys, taking a break to investigate the shiny wrapper on a piece of candy found in a Christmas gift bag.

[pictures dated 12/26/06]

Thursday, January 04, 2007

Phone Fun!*

We went to KY just before New Year's to see a basketball game in Rupp Arena (Go Cats!). In the hotel room, Amelia discovered the phone cord and thought it was SO much fun to walk it out and then let it snap back. Here are pictures of her walking it out and then her reaction to it snapping back. The pure glee on her face is SO wonderful!

Whenever she has something long - whether it's a toy or food like a banana - she will hold it up to her ear and talk on it like it's a phone. She makes this "zsh zsh" noise (think Zsa Zsa Gabor with the -ah and Gabor) and sometimes lah-dle lah-dle lah-dle noise. Here she is playing with Daddy's stuffed possum as if the tail were a phone. (By the time I got the camera, she was using the tail more like a microphone.) She can be easily amused - and it's so fun to watch her mimic more and more of our behaviors.

*I was realllllly tempted to write Phone Phun!

[pictures dated 12/29/06]