Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Her stranger anxiety, however, was out in full force. While she didn't cry when any of the older ladies talked to her, she definitely was Miss Clingy, and it took a good 45 minutes for her to sit down and work on her placemat with her new friend, Miss LaVerne.
We had a parade through the hallways, meeting and greeting as we went. Alex hung back a bit, just observing everything, but definitely had fun watching the older kids get high fives and handshakes from amused residents.
After the party, we headed for a post-party at Davanni's Pizza, where Alex tried her first cheese pizza. She seemed to think it was 'ok', but tons of it still ended up on the floor. She kept signing for 'nap', so we took off kind of early to head home. By the time we got home, she had passed 'tired' and was at 'overtired'. It took a long time to settle down enough to sleep-- It was a busy, busy morning!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Unfortunately, the 'sniffle' from last night turned into a fever- runny nose- coughing thing this morning. Poor kid... She's had a lot of quiet 'rest time' today, not too much actual napping, though. She's on Motrin, which seems to cool down her temp and make her a bit more comfortable. We laid low today (hopefully we'll be able to carry on with our plans tomorrow), and played at home. I tried to have her do some artwork, but all she really wanted to do was throw the crayons across the room. Mommy (who hasn't gotten too much sleep) decided that wasn't going to be our afternoon activity, and took away the crayons, which caused a mini temper-tantrum. Ahh....toddlers.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Alex has been working very hard to communicate effectively using sign language, and here is a small sampling of her signs. Right now she probably has a vocabulary of 12-14 signs that she uses and we're constantly working on incorporating 3-4 new ones. If you want to brush up your sign langugage skills, you can check out this cool ASL browser (complete with video instructor). Currently, Alex has her 'own' versions of quite a few signs-- but every day she gets more precise and clearer.
These are the 'official' versions of the signs-- you can see how Al either picks one part to do, or does the sign slightly higher or lower-- all completely normal for babies to do.
"Cracker" (one fist tapping your elbow),
"puppy"(One hand pats the lap and then snaps the fingers),
"kitty" (The fingers indicate a cat's whiskers.),
"milk" (The hand is squeezing the teat of an animal.),
"more"(Fingers tap together to indicate adding to a pile).
Friday, October 24, 2008
We spent the rest of the afternoon fighting our nap... What's that? I thought that we finally had it cemented to 10am and 3pm. Nope!! Today she spent two hours crying / talking / playing / screaming in the crib, refusing to sleep. She actually made it until 2:00pm before finally succumbing to the Sandman. Maybe it was just because Daddy was home - that could have thrown off her groove. Who knows? The bummer is that she's so happy and charming when she's fully rested-- and sooo grumpy when she isn't! Here she is, in a 'good' phase, taking care of her Baby.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
She made a stop at Playcare for a bit this morning while Mommy worked out, and actually had a GREAT visit! Not one tear, and when I came to get her, she was sitting contentedly on a miniature couch, paging through a book. What a good girl! She celebrated this minor victory with Copper when she got home (they split a plate of cheese cubes.....not my idea)
As we got ready to leave for Sign & Sing class this afternoon, I realized that I had no idea where my car keys were. I haven't driven the car since before Arizona, and I spent about ten minutes ransacking the house looking for them. Alex was concerned, too-- I kept asking her where are those keys? Her response (which is too cute) is to shrug her shoulders and put her hands up as in "I don't know!" Luckily, we found the missing item in a purse I used last week, and were able to make it to class on time!
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Alex has been formally reunited with her kitties, and today Percy introduced her to a new game, entitled "Peekaboo with Kitty". When Dave and I play this game, we often get our hands mouthed, but somehow Percy knows to take it easy with Alex.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Sorry, Daddy-- we're probably making you really hungry by talking about Reynoso's......we missed you, though!
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Alex enjoyed eating right along with all of the ladies, and then, when it was time for presents, Grandpa Bob took her out for a walk. She was a bit cranky and over-tired by that point, so it was a relief to all when she fell asleep in the stroller. Not wanting to wake her up, Grandpa sat out on the front porch with her until she was done with her snooze.
After her nap, she was all smiles and giggles (and she had a wardrobe change into some cooler attire). She played for a long time with 'Auntie' Jenny and even took some time out from her busy schedule to pose with the REAL star of the party, 'Auntie' Leah!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
These might be Alex's first words....I can't figure out whether or not to count them yet-- weigh in with your opinions!
Alex also was introduced to dinosaurs as a concept today. She has a new sippy cup with dinos on it, so we got out the models we've been hiding away for "later" in the closet. She was interested for a little while--and gave some kisses, but overall they're not too cuddly, so they were pushed to the side after snacktime.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
After running errands and going to the Little Gym this morning, we came home and played with our new 'toy'. I found some body part flashcards in the bargain bin at 'The Red Balloon Bookstore' a few weeks back, and went to Kinko's to have them laminated today. Alexandra knows almost all of the parts that are on the cards already, but she's having fun matching and playing "which part of your body should Mommy/Mousie/Bunny kiss?"