Thursday, August 30, 2007
Mommy led sing & sign for 8 kids and then I "rode" my trike (OK, Mommy pushed me) all the way to the park and back.
I also said "Dada" today - and meant it! Daddy says I've been doing that for weeks. Mommy says I've been calling everyone "Dada" for weeks.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
We played with a stuffed dog and when Mommy told me it was a dog, I got really excited and said "dog, dog!" and scrambled across the apartment to look for Coby. But Coby was tied up outside so Mommy took me to the window, where I screeched to get Coby's attention.
When it got to be noontime, I signed "eat" so Mommy dutifully put me in my high chair, put a bib on me, and gave me some meatloaf. I threw the meatloaf on the floor and signed "eat" again so Mommy cleaned me up and put me in bed. She's finally learning!
Later we went swimming with my friends Shelly and Amitai and their mommies. Then we all went out for ice cream to celebrate my "unbirthday." Daddy let me eat the ice cream with my hands.
After that I was SO tired I sang the blues (as Grandma would say) all the way home. Mommy washed the ice cream off me (I was covered in it from head to toe) and I went straight to bed.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
I also discovered something really ingenious: Cheerios in milk! First I let Mommy feed it to me with a spoon. Then I grabbed handfuls of Cheerios and fed myself. Then I tried drinking straight out of the bowl. Next I took a spoonful olf Cheerios and then used my hands to get them from the spoon to my mouth. Finally, I tried usin the spoon myself. I think this "Cheerios in milk" phenomenon is going to be BIG!
Mommy is getting really frustrated with me and sometimes she wonders if she ever should have taught me sign language. I will finish eating, tell her I'm all done, and she'll take me out of the high chair, clean me up, and put me on the floor to play. A few minutes later I sign "eat" again, she puts me back in the high chair, puts my bib on, and finds me something else to eat. Then I throw most of it on the floor (I'm very into throwing things lately - not just dropping but throwing them as far as I can), maybe take a couple of bites, and tell her I'm all done. I will repeat this four or five (or more) times and start getting really mad when she offers me food but she doesn't know what else to do. Then when she sees how cranky I am she decides to put me in bed. Which is what I was trying to tell her in the first place. It's not my fauly she never taught me the sign for "sleepy!" Either I just think "eat" is the sign for "I need something," or maybe I'm using it to sign "I want to nurse," which means getting ready for bed. I hope she either figures out what I'm talking about soon, or else teaches me to sign "sleepy," because this is getting ridiculous.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Later when I was eating, I said "duh!" Mommy didn't understand at first, but then she asked me, "are you done?" and I signed "all done" to show her that's what I meant.
Then Mommy wanted to read me a story but she was too lazy to get up and walk to the book shelf. So she asked me to bring her a book. I crawled to the book shelf, got a book, and came back to her.
Today I was playing with the Alphabet Pal that Saba Raba and Bubbie got me for my birthday. I pushed the buttons and they made letter sounds like "k," "t," "g," and "d" and I immitated them!
Zayde says not only am I smart but it's scary how smart I am!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
After I'd eaten lots and lots of pretzels today and Mommy took them away, I pointed at them and said "dut." Mommy thought I was saying I wanted "that," and that I say it about all the "dut"s that I want. But I say "dut" "dut" "dut" all day long, so who knows?
In the bathtub this evening, when Mommy said and signed "bath," I signed it right back at her!
When I was talking on the phone I said what sounded like a very clear "hello," but I didn't repeat it after that. I guess we'll find out whether I meant it if I do it again tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
I refused to keep my hat on so Mommy put sunscreen on my scalp. That's a lot harder to do now that I actually have some hair.
First I played with Daddy while Mommy and Denny went on the big kid rides. Then we all played together.
Then Mommy and I dried off and lounged on the astroturf while Daddy and Denny went on rides. I made lots of friends - I climbed on people, stole their hats and sunglasses, went through their bags, and ate their food.
When I was eating their potato chips, Mommy is pretty sure she heard me ask for "more."
Aside from chips, pretzels, and some fruit, I didn't really eat anything today. My second tooth popped through and my gums are bothering me. Mommy was so desperate to get some nutrients into me this morning that she gave me a cup of milk for the first time. I drank it happily.
Monday, August 20, 2007
When I was ready to get out of the bath tub this evening I stood up, put my hands out and said "up." Grandma thought she heard me say "up" yesterday but Mommy dismissed it (again) as coincidence. When I said it tonight, Daddy said "I TOLD you she's been saying "up" for at least a week!" At least somebody believed me!
I also understand lots of words and signs, like "book," "ball" and "balloon." (I guess I like "B" words.) I will look for these things, or go get them, when someone says or signs the word.
I am on a food strike again. Now that I know what cake tastes like, I know there is better stuff out there than all this healthy food Mommy and Daddy are trying to feed me. I will only eat yogurt, pizza, or pasta. And maybe some fruit if they're lucky. I ate all the cheese off three slizes of pizza for dinner. Some of the crust, too, but Mommy didn't want me to fill up on empty calories.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
On Friday at bath time, when Mommy held out the washcloth, I put my face right into it to help her wash me. I am learning so many things.
On Shabbat morning Daddy fed me leftover birthday cake as dessert after my breakfast. Mommy told him I don't get junk food (unless it is a special occasion, like my birthday party) until I am old enough to ask for it. I AM asking for it. It's not my fault they don't understand me!
I love to play with my new Bimba (ride-on car) from Aunt Tahli, Uncle Tomer, Yuvali and Yoavi. Mommy taught me how to open the trunk, and I am trying to figure out how to sort the shapes into the right holes. I like to watch Mommy put them in and I hand her the shapes so she can show me where they go.
Sometimes when I stand up and hold onto the Bimba it starts rolling away. I have to walk very fast to keep up with it. Mommy and Daddy clap and cheer when I do that, but I'm not really doing it on purpose - yet.
Over the weekend I discovered that cabinets open and close. Every time I find a new cabinet, Mommy locks it. Except for the ones with my toys in it. She switches the toys in the cabinet with the ones in the toy box so I'll be surprised. I like to open and close the cabinets again and again and again.
This morning during breakfast Mommy thought she saw me signing the word "eat" but she wasn't sure. Later at the park I definitely signed "eat" so she took me home for lunch. I signed "eat" throughout the meal. When I want a drink I just reach for my cup, though.
"Eat" is the second sign I know. I have been doing "all done" for at least a month. I do it when I'm done eating or ready to get out of the tub - but sometimes I'm lazy and I just wave instead of really signing. The sign for "eat" is much more recognizable.
I also have much more patience now that I am one. I can sit and wait and watch Mommy preparing my food, instead of just screaming that I'm hungry.
When we were playing this afternoon, Mommy cradled my dolly and gave her a kiss. Then she asked me to give the dolly a kiss and I did!
Soon I will try to get all these tricks on video for you.
Friday, August 17, 2007
There were pizzas, fruit and two beautiful cakes that Mommy made for me. Everyone had to share the big one, but I got the little one all to myself (it looked pretty big to me)!
I mostly played with the frosting. It was so fun to play with that I'm not sure I actually ate any of it.
I tried to take one fairly dainty lick from the top of the cake, but Mommy missed the photo op...so Daddy pushed the cake into my face. Then Coby helped clean me off.
When we finished eating and singing,
it was time for the pool party. All us kids got into our bathing suits and splashed around until my friends had to go home.
Then I went upstairs to open my presents. (Well, Mommy opened them while I climbed on them.)
Grandma called to sing me "Happy Birthday."
I put her on hold a couple of times - I was really busy. I also hung up on her by accident, so Mommy didn't let me talk to her anymore after that.
I went to bed nicely. Mommy says I didn't know today was different than any other day, because I always think everyone and everything around me is there just for me. She also says that I probably forgot about the party as soon as it was over.
Little does she know that all night I dreamed of chocolate cake with pink icing.
P.S. Unfortunately the Tigers lost today. Daddy was right, they needed me at the game. Oh well, we'll get 'em next year!
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Here I am with Mommy and Denny in our matching hot pink and denim outfits.
We went to the mall and the Gymboree dressed like this. I held my arms out for everyone to pick me up. A saleslady in a clothes store, the lady that worked at the Gymboree, and the daddy of some random baby I was playing with.
Here is a picture Mommy FINALLY got of my tooth!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Yaya and Yuvali made me little pool of my own. I had fun climbing in and out of it.
I tasted the sand. It was ok. Saltier than the sand at the park, I think. That's probably from the salty ocean water.
I also collected lots of seashells.
I was NOT happy when the grownups said it was time to get out of the water and sit in the shade so I wouldn't get burned. I screamed and flailed and tried to get them to put me back in the water, but no such luck.
Instead they brought a bucket of water for me to play with in the shade.
I played catch with Mommy for awhile. Yaya said I'm so smart she's going to start calling me Smartina. Saba, Daddy, and Yuvali went to buy popsicles and I got a lick from each one!
When it was time to go home, Mommy held me under a cold shower and then put me in a really cute new outfit.
On the way home, Daddy and I stopped at the Likud election and met the Moshe Feiglin clown, who drew my caricature.
I had fun in the bath. Mommy rinses my hair with water from an empty Trixera bottle. Sometimes I try to drink the water from the bottle. After my bath I brushed my hair all by myself!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Mommy has been working hard to make me the perfect birthday cake. She started early to make sure she'd get it just right. It's a good thing, too, because when we got home yesterday afternoon, 2/3 of the cake was on the kitchen floor and Coby was sick as a dog (no pun intended). Luckily Mommy has plenty of time to make a new cake.
Friday, August 10, 2007
I entertained myself with sugar packets as usual, until the food came. When I got bored I turned around in my high chair and joined the family at the next table. They offered me some of their omelette, but I just wanted to chat. Later when Mommy released me from the high chair, I went over to another table and made more friends. I cruised back and for between tables, and then I sat on a lady's lap and read the paper with her and played with her phone.
I have been busy since yesterday, pulling the last few books out of my book shelf so there will be room for me to fit inside. Now that I can play in my club house, I have to redecorate. Sometimes I'll bring one book in to read, but other times I'll grab a pencil and a marker and threaten to make major architectural renovations.
Mommy and Grandma watched me playing with te laundry hamper for a long time. I don't know what they thought was so funny. When I was done, the hamper was empty and the dirty laundry was in the washing machine. (OK, so it was only one shirt. Do you expect me to be doing whole loads of laundry? I'm only a baby!)
I wonder when Mommy will find her credit card, which I hid at the bottom of the hamper (answer: 2 days later).
When I realize that Mommy is getting my bath ready, I get SO excited. If Mommy picks me up and takes me out of the bathroom to lay out my clothes for after my bath, I start screaming that she is taking me away from the tub! She has to learn to get everything ready before she turns the water on. Otherwise it's just plain mean.
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
We ate lunch at Roladin. They just opened and didn't get the high chairs in yet, which was a great excuse for me to crawl around and make friends. I grabbed a slice of lime and some ice cubes out of my water glass. I didn't quite know what to do with the ice cubes so I threw them on the floor. One bite of the lime and it was on the floor too. Yuck!
After I removed everything from the water glass, it looked pretty empty, so I put some bread inside to keep the water company.
I also (debatably) took my first step today. I stood up, wobbled for a second, took one step toward the couch and grabbed on. Daddy said that's not REALLY my first step (I think he didn't want Mommy to feel bad that she wasn't there.) Mommy says yes it is.
Monday, August 6, 2007
My favorite words these days are "duddle duddle" and "wuh-wuh-wuh-wuh."
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Later in the day, some friends of Mindy and Denny came by. Each time someone new walked in, I reached my arms out to them so they would pick me up. Nevermind that I'd never seen them before in my life. Friends of my cousins are friends of mine!