Tuesday, March 29, 2011
On the way home we stopped by the pond and threw some cereal to the ducks. Despite hearing them quacking excitedly, Ellie still maintains that a duck says: "ba-ba"... Guess she doesn't have her q's down yet.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Friday, March 18, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
I'm trying to work with Ellie on compromise and patience. So instead of telling her "no" all the time I've been trying to reward her for asking nicely for things (i.e. asking 'please' instead of just grunting or pointing at what she wants...) or for waiting while I get something done. My keys are highly coveted in her world. Each day when I bring her home from daycare she gets so excited about them and asks over and over to have them. Our current routine has been that she has to wait while I unlock the door, and then she gets to hold them for a minute while I set down the 10 things I'm carrying and let the dogs out.
Well... yesterday she wandered off with the keys and I completely spaced about it. That made for a frantic search this morning as Brian and I tried to discern the most likely place a 19-month-old would store a set of keys. Quite a riddle.
The low point was when I started digging through the kitchen trash after realizing there was a good possibility she put them in there trying to be helpful. (I might need to accelerate the lesson on how a dirty tissue is different from other things that aren't supposed to go in the trash, such as mom's contact case, her blocks and the occasional sippy cup.)
The high point was when Brian found the keys a minute later. They were flung into a small space between the sideboard and the wall in our dining room. Can't think I didn't look there first...?
Oh well, at least the keys were located. But I'll have to find a new prop for my lessons with Ellie.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
We also did some swimming in the motel pool and hot tub. Ellie decided to dress herself for this, which consisted of draping mom's swim suit around her neck and wearing hers as a hat. She's beach-ready, for sure.
You can check out this week's column here.
Friday, March 11, 2011
I've felt some pangs of sadness recently when I realize in different ways how much of a "big girl" Ellie is becoming. We celebrate all of her developments and growth, for sure, but it's bittersweet when she doesn't need us in different ways. She fiercely insists on things like feeding herself and walking without holding our hands. Such an independent girl. I even notice little things like these grubby, little-kid hands she has now... instead of those chubby baby digits. Silly maybe, but it's another one of those signs that baby Ellie is no longer a baby.
(Here she is showing off her garbanzo bean-eating prowress...)
I am loving Ellie's exuberance for life these days! She gets so excited about things that we see on our walks or when we're out running errands. Some of the stuff is downright hilarious... the random twigs or muddy rocks that elicit an excited "oooohhhhh" from her as she leans over to retrieve them. Some of her zeal is contagious. I find myself getting excited every time I see a bus (even when she's not with me) because Ellie goes nuts when a big yellow school bus or one of the city buses drives by. That makes me especially happy because of memories I have of bus trips with my late godmother. I'm planning a special bus field trip with Ellie sometime in the near future.
Thursday, March 10, 2011
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Friday, March 4, 2011
Now if I could just figure out what happens to all those missing socks... although there's a good chance Muzzy is involved on that front.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
OK, so it's not good to joke about... but our recent playtime outdoors this week has me wondering if Ellie has some hoarding tendencies. It takes us about 30 minutes anymore just to travel the block-and-a-half from the park to home. That's because Ellie has to stop every few feet to pick up rocks and sticks she finds on the ground. With an excited "ooohhhh," she'll point out her find and quickly bend over to retrieve the dirt-covered stone or stick. But oftentimes she already has 5-6 others in her hands, which presents a problem since her hands aren't very big! I offer to help carry some of her treasure, but my request to help is brushed off with a brisk "uh-uh." Suit yourself.We sure to have fun in the silliest ways sometimes... that is until we arrive home. The real "hoarding" question comes up each time because Ellie wants to bring all of the rocks and sticks in the house. So far my explanations of outdoor toys vs. indoor toys isn't getting through. So the enjoyable outing usually ends with me or Brian having to rip the muddy objects from her hands and then carry a screaming Ellie into the house. Good times?
p.s. Happy 19-month birthday to Ellie today. Can't believe what a big girl we have now.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Here's Ellie loading up the babies for a spin around the house.