January 30th, 2009

Cutest baby talk at this time: “Pookie-oh” for Pinocchio. Sometimes rhymes with Yugioh. We haven’t read or seen the story but we have a Pinocchio funnel that Katya plays with in the bath.

Also, more Katya-speak for “that” or “what is that?”: “dum,” somewhere in the dum to doom range.

20 Months!

January 30th, 2009

For a while now, Katya has had some fairly set answers to a few questions. What does that person/animal eat? Beans. What were they doing? Hopping. Oh, wait, who was hopping? Grandma.

Milestones this week: Katya answered “No” to a question for the first time. Also, she actually told us she wanted to skip her bath and go to sleep. Plus, she fell asleep without bouncing twice since I don’t know when. These were both late and with a cold, but still.

Here’s another good video, from 2 months ago. Katya still does “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” this way. Please note the pumpkin “head.” Please don’t note the mid-organizing mess in the background. 🙂

\”Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes\”

For some time now, Katya’s favorite solo activity has been rummaging around in drawers and cabinets.

Carousel and Ernie books continue to be favorites. I also brought out a book called Robert Crowther’s Most Amazing Pop-Up Book of Machines and most nights Katya wants Bill to read it to her when he gets home.

Bajoo Bahjeh

January 25th, 2009

A video from a month ago, for you!

Katya on YouTube

Funny Little Person

January 21st, 2009

Sitting in the fridge with my homey, Tofu. (Who expired in November of 2006 and had been in hiding under the meat drawer since then.)

Bill’s favorite new toddler phrase this week: “Love you.”

Lightbulb Moment: “Max. Ears. Tail. Tushy. Poop. Daddy. Mommy.” It’s all coming together now! We ALL poop–and it comes out of our TUSHIES!

New tushy policy: Katya does not have to wear diapers (or pants) in the house, as long as she stays off the bed and couch. She is increasingly resistant to getting dressed in the morning, and when you try to diaper her, often responds by getting a wild, horrified look and says, “Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!” while trying weakly to escape. Ironically, the biggest cause of the conflict is that she has to put bottoms on so we can take Max out to pee. One day we had zero wet diapers from at home awake time. Katya’s still working it out. She saw Bill pee earlier in the week, ran into the bedroom, yelled “Pee!” and peed standing up on the floor by the fall-out-of-bed cushion. Maybe the “Pee!” came after the pee. Still. Laundry ensued. 

Best toddler joke: Pretending to start to latch on to Bill’s nipple when he jokingly offered to nurse her when she was requesting “nursies” and I was busy

A few of the new words we heard this week: lovely, peeps, halter, wiggle, shark, Chupa (Scott’s cat)

Most exciting celebrity sighting: GRANDMA. It was like Christmas. She couldn’t get down for her nap beforehand knowing Grandma was coming, and afterwards she couldn’t sleep until 11:30.

Favorite letter of the alphabet: O

Favorite shape: circle. She likes to take off my bracelet and coo, “Circle!” There was even softer cooing when I put it on her wrist. She said, full of wonder, in a tiny little voice: “Kaaatya!”

Thing that the little person most often requests that I draw: Ernie

Number of times Katya surprised us this week by responding to not-very-familiar men smiling at her by bursting into hysterical tears: 2. Or was it 3? I feel like I’m blocking something out.

Favorite book: Sam’s Cookie by Barbro Lindgren, which is translated from Swedish and so has a mom in blond braids and clogs saying, “No, no, doggie. Don’t take Sam’s cookie.”

Resulting favorite phrase of the week: “Nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh” at Max

19 1/2 Months

January 15th, 2009

I finally finished K’s eyes skirt, more or less.

Heard a lot around here this week for the first time: “Do it!” (more like, “I did it” than demanding) and “Doing?” Also, narrating or ordering around toys: “Sit.”

Things K likes to say because the words feel good in her mouth: rear, tofu, bell boots, T.V., boom, Oh dear, alfalfa.

Things K says over and over because she is interested in them: Mice mice mice mice, Grandma Grandma Grandma Grandma, Ernie Ernie Ernie Ernie Ernie, and Elphy elphy elphy elphy. Also, Mommy Daddy Mommy Daddy Mommy Daddy, not really to get our attention, just sort of randomly when excited.

Thing Katya says which may be in one of the above categories, or may be in the other: Emma Emma Emma.

Katya also still makes this happy noise I love to say too: “ba joo bajoo.” Also, for a variety of things, most often, “What is this called?” a word I can best spell “zhjoom.” I love it.

We solved the Moose Mystery. Two months earlier Katya rode a reindeer on a carousel. Interest in moose, reindeer, and deer continues. We hunt for reindeer decorations on some dog walks.

This week we had a very tired night where we both were too tired to put a lot of energy into a third effort to get K down, so Katya just ran wired between Bill, watching a game on TV in the living room, and me, reading in bed, until after midnight. I finally pulled out the bedtime books and got her down around 1 am. This photo was taken around 12:30. Around midnight, Katya looked up at the moon, which had been full a few nights before that. After a good long stare, she said, “Egg.”

More Bert and Ernie books this week. They are so long! 3 paragraphs plus on the average page, and Katya stays interested. Plus, “Bobbi!” AKA The Baby Beebee Bird. Oh, and I’m Not Scared by Jonathan Allen, about a baby owl who insists that it isn’t him who is scared of the dark, it’s his toy Owly.

Moose of Mystery

January 8th, 2009

This is Katya at Grandpapa Ron’s house. The girls took the birds out to show Katya, and Katya got very excited about the empty cage. Meanwhile the yellow one, Lemon, found Bill and tried to sleep hidden in a fold of his shirt.


Saturday Katya woke up  from her nap saying, “Horsies. Horsies!”  When I went in to check on her, she said, “Horsies! Up down up down up down. Horsies. Grandma!” We were actually able to make it happen. When Michelle showed up to meet us Katya got all shy and wouldn’t look at her at first. Then a minute later, Katya smiled and handed her a sweet potato french fry, one of her favorite foods. After carousel riding we went to the bookstore, where Katya picked up a book, yelled, “Grandma! Grandma!”, ran over and handed it to her, and then ran off to get another book, about 20 times. Katya has been talking about riding the carousel every day. Yesterday she started telling me about how she rode a moose on the carousel. There is no moose on the carousel, and she didn’t ride anything that looks like a moose either. It’s excitingly mysterious.

We have been watching moose on YouTube a little, so maybe that’s it. We’ve watched a little more Ernie stuff on the Sesame Street site too. It’s such a blessing to be able to show my kid footage of any kind of animal she wants, doing almost anything, constantly, 24 hours a day.

Katya’s enormous infatuation with Grandma Michelle has extended to a strong interest in Grandmas of the World and Grandmaness. She LOVES the book Where is Coco Going? by Sloane Tanen. Coco, a yellow toy chick, is using a different form of transportation on every page. On the last page she is Grandma’s kitchen, surrounded by many things of interest: Grandma, of course, sheets of cookies K calls “muffins,” a bowl of eggs, a bunch of bananas, a cat, etc. Katya’s other favorite page is the one on which Coco, holding her little dog toy, is riding a white pegasus through a cloudy sky, past a rainbow, over the ocean. “Horse!” Katya exclaimed three readings in a row. Bored to tears of hearing my same response every time, I asked her, “Tell me more about that!” Well! “Shopping.” “Really! What are they shopping for?” “Bananas.” Now she tells me that right off every time. Several days after we figured this out, Katya also let me know that the horse peels the bananas with her mouth.

What else? Katya is just amazingly generous these days. She loves to give people things. This morning I asked for a cracker and she started gently shoving more into my mouth before I could finish chewing. Bill was laughing so hard he just about fell over.

Stuff On My Baby (Happy 2009!)

January 1st, 2009

Daddy’s “bear feet” slipper

Mommy’s underwear (Katya came running from the laundry room like this, yelling, “Wear! Wear!”)

Mango. She had no idea.

Katya’s favorite thing this week is Grandma Michelle. She talks about her ALL THE TIME. Sometimes it sounds like “bamma.” We hung out with Michelle twice this week, going to see our horse friends both times. Yesterday I walked out of the room and they were both saying “Oh! Oh! Oh! Oh dear!” and laughing hysterically. Now it’s A Thing. Katya was telling Bill in the bathtub last night, “Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh dear! Oh…Grandma. Oh dear! Laugh.”

Mostly we’re just reading the same books we’ve been reading. A couple I may not have mentioned before are Tall by Jez Alborough and Carl Pops Up by Alexandra Day. Bunny books are popular as we have seen wild cottontails hopping around the stables.


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