Amelia

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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.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Halloween!

BEFORE:




The cutest, most energetic cheerleading cat there ever was. (You can't see the pom-poms she is shaking as she says, "Go TEAM!")










AFTER:





The energy was all spent and she didn't make it home awake from Nana's.




IN BETWEEN: sampling the goodies with Livia.





Tons of fun, lots of running. Totally caught onto "Tigger Treat" (that's what is sounded like sometimes.) However, she would stand so close to the doors, people couldn't open them. And that was after either repeatedly pushing the doorbell or constant knocking. Patience is a virtue she has yet to acquire. No, she doesn't get that from her mommy. (Hey now, be nice.)

[pictures dated 10/31/08]

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Dress Up

Remember at the photo shoot when Amelia told the photographer she was going to be a cat for Halloween? Well, this morning she bounced into my bed and said, "Going to dress up like a cat!" Then Daddy called me at work this afternoon to ask if our Halloween plans got changed. I said, "Let me guess, she told you she was going to dress up like a cat." He said she took it one step further and said she was going to dress up like Tallulah and I was going to dress up like Chessie. Then in the background I hear, "And Daddy will dress up like Maynard!" Talk about taking a theme and running with it.

Looks like I may be making a trip to CVS real soon to investigate the possibility of adding black ears and a black tail to her cheerleading outfit!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Snow!

It snowed this morning and Amelia couldn't wait to go play in it. She said, "That's snow! Is it winter?" I was like, "Yeah." And she responds, "We have to wait for Spring." Oh, little girl, you have no idea.

She had fun making snowballs and sliding down the hill in the front yard. I went in and got a garbage bag so she could slide easier/faster and she loved it. And she adored wearing her gloves - such a novelty!!

After pre-school much of the snow had melted so she couldn't slide but she had a lot of fun throwing snowballs in the driveway and then stomping on the parts that broke off on impact. Tallulah wanted to go out with us and then proceeded to follow us around whining about how cold it was. When I convinced Amelia to go back inside by promising her a popsicle (to replace the snow she was trying to eat), Tallulah was nowhere in sight. She soon figured out how to let us know that she was unhappy that we were inside and she wasn't, though. Cats, they're so hard to please, but we love them anyway.

Amelia really likes the yak on her LeapFrog globe - but she keeps calling it a Jack. I've tried emphasizing "yeh, yeh, like yellow" but she smiles and says, "Jack!" I think she knows and is just yanking my chain. Three year-olds are good for that I am discovering. Yep, I'm onto her!

Daddy buried Amelia in leaves the other day - before winter came - and she loved it. She insisted on outside time yesterday when it was really, really cold (in preparation for the snow) but she would not be distracted by anything - painting, play-doh, etc. So we all went outside and spent a lot of time burying her in the leaves - much to her delight.

Speaking of play-doh, when I got it out for her this afternoon she said she wanted to go to Christmas. Our neighbor is Christy, but it was clear she hadn't said Christy, so I asked her to repeat herself and again she said Christmas. I asked her why and she said, "Because Christmas has yellow and green play-doh." Ohhh ... lightbulb goes off .... the other day when she was opening her red and blue play-doh she said she wanted yellow and green play-doh, too. I responded with, "Well, that might be something good for Christmas," meaning her list. Since she really doesn't know about Christmas yet, she didn't understand and assumed it was a place. I love how her mind works!

[pictures dated 10/28/08 and 10/26/08]

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Show and Tell

Today was Amelia's snack day/show-n-tell day at pre-school (and my day to volunteer). She needed to bring something in that started with the letter E, F, G or H. I explained it to her and asked her if she wanted to bring in an elephant, a frog, something green or a horse. Without any significant pause she replied, "Grandma and horse!" Wow - I totally didn't think of Grandma for G!

When I went rummaging around her stuffed toys to find her two horses so she could decide which one to take I also found Eeyore and so I added that to her options, just in case. She still went with her horse, the puppet one that whinnies when you press its nose.

So we took a picture of Grandma (and Amelia) and a horse. I put it in the designated bucket the teacher sends home and placed it on the table so it wouldn't be forgotten. At lunch I looked over and couldn't help but think of The Godfather movie.

Last month she didn't do well with show and tell. She was very tired (they do it at the end just before playground time, and it's an afternoon class, too). She said she didn't want to share her toys and when encouraged to do so, she threw one at a child. Totally inappropriate behavior. She wouldn't answer any questions about her toys, either. Yesterday she was looking mighty tired at the end, putting her head down on her arms on the table at snack time, etc. But when we brought out the picture of her and Grandma, she was more than happy to tell them who it was. When Ms. Donna asked about her horse, she blurted out, "It neighs!" and proceeded to demonstrate. She very nicely shared it with each child, too. She was a little concerned about getting it back by the time the last child had it and she did her little grunting thing while holding her hand out towards the child. She hasn't done this in months, and then she only did it because she didn't have the word for what she wanted. (Since then she will ask for 'something' or the 'blue thing' or something along those lines, kind of like how she calls someone person if she doesn't know who they are, as in there's John and person.) I told her she had to use words and to say, "Eliza, may I have my horse back now, please?" She surprised me and immediately repeated the phrase word for word, except for the last one. So I re-prompted her on "please" and Eliza handed the horse back.

And despite being completely exhausted, she did not nap. However, she did not want to wear a pull-up for naptime, insisting on panties. Then took herself potty and pooped! (She usually waits until she is in a pull-up to poop, even though she has been doing fantastic otherwise.) So we had a little peanut M&M party and called Daddy so she could tell him herself. I wanted to make a big deal of it so maybe she'll do it again in the near future.

And the naptime thing isn't something we even try for much around here anymore. Mommy is less stressed if we just go with the flow and play, unless she demonstrates fatigue like she did yesterday. She winds up in bed by 7:30 pm, though. The other night she came to me at 6:30 pm and said, "Amelia wants to go to sleep." I put her in pj's, had Daddy read stories, then let her drink milk while she watched Pooh, our normal routine, just done a little slower. This took us almost to 7:30 pm - I was worried going to bed any earlier would give us a 4:30 am wake-up call courtesy of Amelia!

Today was also picture day. I had no idea they would be doing class pictures for pre-school, and didn't find out until we had already done her 3-year shots somewhere else. Since I opted for her hair down for those (and of course it wouldn't do the ringlets so her hair looks a little wild in them), I opted to put her hair up for yesterday's pictures. We did the class shot outside and Amelia wanted to look everywhere but at the camera and after about 3 seconds she would take off for somewhere else, too. (This is not unusual for her.) So the photographer, the teacher and I keep yelling her name and the photographer says, "I feel like the paparazzi, Amelia, Amelia, look here, Amelia!" I thought that was funny! Since the wind was blowing away from the photographer, I took some leaves the next time he counted to three and threw them in the air and all the children - even Amelia - watched them. Hopefully that shot came out good.

After that we all went to the room where he had set up a white drape and a little white rocker and explained to the children what was going to happen when it was their turn and then we all went back to the classroom to play. They didn't want any parents in there because the children tend to look at the parents instead of the camera/photographer, but exceptions were made if the child wasn't comfortable. When it was Amelia's turn, she did not want to go with him by herself (which I was glad about, honestly), so I tagged along until she was was seated and then stepped out. But I hung back where I could watch her in the reflection of some glass and it was so delightful. She was sure to cross her little ankles and put her hands on her lap - she looked so prim! And then he would ask her questions that could be answered with one word like, "Are you going to dress up for Halloween?" And when she said "Yes!" he snapped while she had the cutest and proudest looking smile on her face. When he asked her what she was going to be for Halloween she had to think for a minute so he prompted her with some choices like princess and then she said, "Kitty!" (That's news to me.) She did get up a few times because she just couldn't help herself, but she would always go back and sit, carefully cross her ankles and place her hands in her lap. I was really impressed with his ability to get her to sit still and smile - and probably not having me in there helped, too. It's also fun to watch your child when she doesn't know you're there.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The Leaves are Falling

She seemed to instinctively know how to jump into a pile of leaves.


[picture dated 10/20/08]

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Stop, Drop & Roll

This week Amelia learned about stop, drop and roll at preschool. It began on Tuesday with a Clifford and Emily Elizabeth activity book and culminated Thursday with a visit from the firetruck and Spot. Spot was a man dressed as a dog and Amelia didn't see him at first because she was in the bathroom. When she 'spotted' him, it was all over. Hugs all around!! (I was told about this and after witnessing her with person-dressed-as-Clifford at the fair, I only have sympathy for the poor guy and his knees.)

Stop, drop and roll comes with movements which Amelia is delighted to practice at any given moment - except when I took out the video camera. As Joe Biden's mother would say, "God love her."

Amelia is also obsessed with spelling her name and she has it down pat. I haven't tried the camera on that one yet. I have to be sneaky about it and just haven't had the energy. The only problem with spelling her name is when she decides to make a game of it. When I hear, "What comes after A, Mommy?" I am unsure if she is doing the alphabet or spelling her name, so I pick a really random letter like "R" and she of course corrects me immediately. "No, it's M!" (or B) whichever the case may be.

I am in the process of discovering that it's a little easier to let her do things with me than try to find something for her to be amused with while I take care of something - whether it's making a meal or doing laundry. Yesterday she helped put mushrooms and cheese on a frozen pizza. She was very proud of herself and had a good time. She did not realize that when we ate lunch, she actually had leftover ham, green beans and pasta (because I thought it was healthier for her) while Daddy and I ate the pizza. That probably won't last much longer.



Speaking of Daddy, she also likes to help him vacuum. Here she is doing just that - what you can't see is that she uses the upper handle the cord wraps around, thinking it's her very own for helping push the vacuum.


[pictures dated 10/18/08]

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Big Bed, Little Girl

Today, finally, I took Amelia's crib down and replaced it with a bed. This has been a while in coming and the last 3 weeks of delay had to do with the gas crisis. Now that we have gas again, we have a bed. Yay! It actually came Friday but today was the first chance I had to dismantle the crib with all its screws and small pieces without Little One underfoot since she was at preschool.

Daddy was a little concerned that she might be upset that her crib was gone when she got home from preschool. Au contraire! She was SO excited. Look and see for yourself. She wanted to take a nap, but that lasted about five minutes and we were up and down as usual, so I just let her play. Throughout the rest of the afternoon and evening she would run in there and say she wanted to rest or take a nap, and jump into her bed. She was really enjoying trying it out. After a neighborhood walk this evening, she made a beeline for her bed. Rather than the usual squeal of delight as she jumps into it I hear, "Maynard, can you get out? Can you come out of my bed, Maynard?" Apparently the orange cat - the one that likes her the least and is prone to swipe at her rather than just getting out of the way - has discovered that a twin mattress right on the floor is a wonderful place to curl up and groom, nap, etc. This may become a problem - one I didn't see coming as he was never agile enough or curious enough about her crib or toddler bed.

Amelia's newest thing to say when responding negatively to a question or suggestion is, "No, I don't want to." It's done in a very conversational tone, no belligerance (yet). Such a little person! I have so much trouble remembering what she was like before she could walk and talk. Seriously.

[picture dated 10/14/08]

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Homecoming Parade

We live in a small town with a small college and yesterday they had a, you guessed it, small parade. Amelia loved it. When the lion (mascot) came walking down early in the parade, she wanted to run out and hug it. I stopped her in time, though. Then the floats came along with college students throwing lollipops and candy. She wasn't sure what to make of that at first! She scored a small bag of teddy grahams and some dum-dums, so she was pretty happy.

Prior to the parade we walked around the quad area and Amelia was mesmerized about the fountain. It was her daddy who realized it had never been on during any of our early evening outings to campus. Her daddy helped himself to a couple of balloons and she enjoyed those immensely. She played in the leaves while we waited for the parade. After it was over the regular traffic just followed the parade and Amelia kept looking to see what else might come along - she didn't realize the parade was over! Daddy was trying to introduce her to some of his old friends and she kept turning her head to look towards the post office. Too cute.

Was on the receiving end of a Good Samaritan deed yesterday and it was awesome. We got home from her friend's birthday party and after putting Amelia in the bathtub the home phone rang. (See, there's a good reason to still have a landline). I answered and a guy said, "Who is this?" and I told him and asked, "Who is this?" And he said, "I'm Matt. You probably don't know me," (I am thinking the entire time he is calling on behalf of McCain since I live in a swing state and have had numerous McCain calls lately) "but I am calling from your cell phone." Turns out his grandmother and aunt were walking and found my phone on the side of the road - where I had turned on the way to the birthday party! Needless to say, Daddy took over bath duty and I went and got my phone - when I hadn't even realized it was missing. When I had, it would have been too late and I never would have found it! How awesome is that?!?!?!? I figured I had put the phone and Addyson's birthday gift on my car trunk, buckled Amelia in, threw the gift in the front seat, totally forgot the phone and took off. Thing is, I had turned right three times and it didn't fall off until I had turned left. Plus I had gone up two sizeable hills. Crazy.

Amelia had fun at the party, too. It was at a local park we hadn't yet been to and it had a few things, like a pseudo climbing wall that she really liked. It also has a spinner and Amelia and a girl named Macy had a blast on it, both of them squealing with Amelia yelling, "Go dizzy!!" (Even now, one of her favorite things to do in the living room is to spin around until she falls.) She also had her first porta-john experience - and went twice. I was a little wary at first, but it wasn't as bad inside as I was expecting. (The other two parks we usually go to have regular facilities.)
[picture dated 10/11/08]

Friday, October 10, 2008

3 Years Old

I love the way she says, "3 years old" and I was able to record it this morning. She usually follows up the two phrases with "I had my third birthday," but she didn't do that when the camera was on.

[video dated 10/10/08]
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Monday, October 06, 2008

Crashing the Photo Shoot

Remember that spaghetti social for daddy's brass band that I mentioned in the last post? Amelia not only had a blast running around the stage, she also crashed the post-supper photo shoot. See? What a ham. Or should I say meatball?

[photo dated 9/30/08]