Monday, December 28, 2009
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Sunday, December 13, 2009
Harper seems to understand so many new things lately and new words are popping up left and right.
Lately she demands, "Draw! Draw!" or a slightly less understandable "Color! "Color!" (sounds the same as her word for towel to me) and forces a crayon or piece of chalk into your hand. We're working on politeness, but we're realizing that in her mind it's kind of a separate subject. We ask her to say "Please" and she refuses, but whenever we're done with the activity, if you ask her to say "Please", she says, "Peeeees" without any trouble.
She got five little tops while we were in Kansas, so another favorite is "Top! Top!"
She has a word for "sun" that I really couldn't begin to spell, but it's the same word every time. Some of her new words: balloon, tree, cup, cat, tray (from her high chair). I love listening to her baby babble when she's playing by herself. I can only imagine what she's pontificating over.
She still says all the old words/names: One of the funniest to me though is still how she talks about Papaw Mark. We go through all of our names, Mama, Dada, Grammy (MiMi), Grandma, Grandpa, and then when we get to Papaw, she says, "Papawwwww" and does this guffawing-chuckling thing that Mark always does. Never fails to entertain.
Anything that resembles a purse - pretty much anything with a handle long enough including buckets gets hitched over her arm and carried around. She loves to collect things and then take them out.
That's it for me for the moment. Back to work!!
Friday, December 4, 2009
Where does the time go?
November was a whirlwind of travelling to Kansas and Washington for business trips and grandparent visits and then an overwhelming amount of work since then.
Here's Miss Harper in the Cincinnati airport eating one of her new favorites - pretzel sticks. We had quite an airport/airplane adventure which included lots of fun getting through security (I forgot to take off my shoes) and then lots of Harper wrangling. Oh yes, and the leaky diaper on the airplane. I had managed to pack tons of toys and entertainment, but no extra clothes. What was I thinking?
Harper got used to spending lots of time in cars and airplanes. Well, maybe not completely used to it, but at least we got better at it each time.
Somehow I didn't manage to get a photo of Harper with Grandma and Grandpa, so I had to go dig this one up from their trip out to visit us in September. (Harper, I'm still sorry about the haircut.)
That brings us up to now. Life has been busy, but we've been sure to stop and watch how fast Miss Harper is growing up. She's getting more independent and likes to hang out. She has quite a sense of humor which seems to range from Three Stooges "nose honkers" that her Grandpa Mark taught her about to thinking that the cat's tail is pretty darn funny.She likes to sing and chatter.And sometimes she stumbles and falls down, but she's usually quick to get over it.We put up the Christmas tree (the only decorating that's going to happen around here for the holidays, I'm afraid), and Harper is pretty entertained by it. One of her favorite words is "ball", so having a tree covered in them is good stuff in her world.She's growing up before our very eyes. And we're trying to soak it all in.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
I am a wee bit on the coo-coo-birdy side today because I have packing and work and planning and fun and friends on the brain.
Miss Harper and I are headed out tomorrow morning for a big two week adventure. We're going to Kansas for a week and then Washington (state) for a week. All in the name of business, but we're squeezing in as much fun as possible along the way.
This post is an attempt to stop freaking out and to start enjoying the ride. It's going to be a lot of work navigating across the country with a toddler, but I'm starting to look forward to it.
I'll try to take photos so I can bring back some of the fun to you too!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
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Tuesday, September 8, 2009
She also now says "animals" but it sounds like amm-mi-mull.
I haven't given much of an update lately on what Harper's up to, so I guess this is as good a place as any. Poor girl is going to have to live with her virtual baby book because this is the best I can manage!
Harper's "words" at 16 months: Harper (Haa-paaa), apple, book, animal, baby, bubble, hi-ya, bye bye, mama, dada, more, ball, banana (nan-naaa), march (this one sounds just like ma, so you have to see the accompanying high stepping to go along with it), "that" (a multi-purpose word she uses with pointing), ba ba (bottle), up, down, go, MaMa (Grandma - accompanied by pointing so I know it's Grandma and not me), PaPa (Grandpa), MeMe (Grammy), PaPaw (distinctly different than PaPa for my dad) often followed by huh-huh-huh laughing because that's what PaPaw does, Jack (for her favorite Jack's Big Music Show), TV (bee bee), and Yippeeeeeee!
Harper's animal sounds at 16 months: Animal sounds for cow (lately occasionally with do-do-do singing for the Hershey singing cows), sheep, wolf, duck, chicken (doo-doo-dooooo for the rooster), frog, bird, pig (sounds like nock-nock), horse, snake
Harper's antics and activities at 16 months: climbing stairs, opening and closing cabinet doors, running outside, standing on her tippy-toes to reach things, asking for a book at bottle time, spinning around to get dizzy, stacking blocks (a recent activity - she was only content to knock them down until lately), "singing", dancing, getting the TV remote and clicking her tongue or saying Jack to try to get us to let her watch her favorite show, twirling her finger in the air at the ceiling fan if it isn't on, points at her mouth and says "mmmmmm" if she's hungry
Harper knows where: her hair, ears, teeth, tongue, toes, belly, and nose are
Harper's favorite foods: bananas, strawberries, apples (the diced, cooked baby kind), pears, french toast with syrup, cheese, applesauce
Harper tolerates these foods because we keep putting them on the tray: pasta with red sauce and veggies, toast, cheerios, ham, turkey, yogurt
Harper will not eat: anything breaded or not of a distinct shape, anything spoon fed to her unless she's in the mood