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31 October 2008 @ 09:47 am
Adventures in language  
So I've been horribly lax in posting actual updates lately, and I realize this.

Our main focus right now has been on language. It's amazing and absurd how many words she not only knows, but can say now. We've fallen into the oft-used parent tactic of quizzing her on pictures in books, and what sounds various animals (and other things, like cars) make. I'd like to start working on colors soon, but we'll see. I'm awful about remembering when is too early for certain developmental milestones, so I should look into that.

And we're teaching her manners even! Huzzah! I've always been very impressed by small children with manners. Lily can say (and sign) please and thank you, and often does so in the appropriate situations without being prompted. It's absolutely wonderful, and excites me everytime, but has the unfortunate side effect of earning her far too many yogurt covered raisins on occasion.

We have, within the last month or so, discovered the Noggin channel at Grandma's house. It is wonderful, and Lily love love loves the Backyardigans and Jack's Big Music Show. I'm a little creeped out by Yo Gabba Gabba, and get a little tired of Wow Wow Wubbzy, but that's okay, since we don't have cable at home. I would be discouraging TV watching, and I don't often encourage it specifically, but honestly I think that she learns a lot. When we look at books, sometimes I'll ask her to point out something new, like... I don't know, a kite. Maybe not something we've asked her before, but she'll know what it is. I have to imagine that some of that comes from TV. But maybe that's just me trying not to feel guilty in this parents-should-be-saints internet world I've come to know since I set out on this path of parenthood.

On the no-my-child-is-not-perfect front, Lily is well on her way to perfecting the art of temper tantrums, but she usually goes for quality rather than quantity, so they don't last long. And we can usually redirect her to something relatively quickly. But she definitely knows what she wants, and some days that is only what you have. I've been told this is a natural part of learning possessiveness (mine vs. yours), and is a necessary part of development, so we deal with it. Usually by laughing at her. I'm not sure that's the best tactic, but it works for us. Plus she's even cute when she's angry.

Let's see, what else? She's still kind of a peanut. We run into other toddlers out and about, and she's usually smaller and shorter than kids her age. I'm actually totally okay with this. We're hoping she takes after her namesake, my great-grandma Irene, who my dad says weighed about 95lbs soaking wet with 10 penny nails in her pockets. Hee.

She still eats really good, though like I said, she's a huge fan of yogurt raisins, and really any dried fruit. She's eating pretty much anything now. She's getting the hang of using utensils, though I'm pretty lax on letting her try, on account of daddy not being a big fan of her getting so messy. She's getting some practice using a regular cup now too, but usually just with a tablespoon of water at a time, just to cut down on the flood. She has decided she's not a huge fan of bananas anymore, but loves noodles. Still not a big meat eater, but will do hot-dogs or the occasional ground meats. Loves cheese. Loves green beans.

And she sleeps so good! She goes to bed pretty much at 8pm on the dot every night, and sleeps solid until at least 7am or whenever we wake her up. We've got her "sleep stuff" which consists of a fleece pillow, a knit blanket her Grandma Jan made her, and Magic, the giraffe toy that my cousin haren bought her for her birthday. We still let her fall asleep with her nuk, but I'm considering weaning her off of that within the next month or so. She only uses it when she sleeps, so I'm not too concerned.

I'm planning on buying a potty chair (finally!) next week. It's been on my list since she turned one, and I've just never gotten around to it. But next week, that will be a new fixture in our bathroom. I'm not going to push the issue, but I figure it'll be nice to get her used to it before we decide to actually start potty training.

The only other thing I can think of is that we got our flu shots this week, and she was a champ, only cried for like 5 seconds. Also today is Halloween, and she should be here at my work for lunch within an hour or so! Fun! Hopefully I can get more pictures. After work, we're heading to her Nana's house for dinner with Nana and Pat, and maybe some trick-or-treating with the folks in Nana's building, and then we'll hit a few houses around Grandma's house before we call it a night and just hand out candy for the rest of the evening. Sounds like a plan, eh?

Happy Halloween, and I hope you enjoyed the update!!!

ETA: Okay, so she came for lunch in her Halloween costume, and we went trick or treating around the office. She made quite a haul. Lots of candy bars, fruit snacks, Oreo Cakesters, a Halloween popup book, some change, and some animal cookies. This is one spoiled little girl! Not to mention all the complements. =0) What a good start to Halloween. But now I really don't want to work today.