Ready for the New Year
Sometimes babies have physical growth spurts, and sometimes they have cognitive ones. It would seem that in the past two weeks, Petals has had both. It’s been a very exciting time around here as Baby Girl has put on about two pounds, lengthened out quite a bit, and begun interacting with the world in a way that’s fascinating for the grown-ups.
New Year, New Tricks:
- Yesterday, Petals clapped her hands together for the very first time. And then kept clapping. And kept clapping! I wasn’t sure if this was a fluke not, so of course I had to keep testing it throughout the evening. The three of us headed out to party the night away with a few good friends, and it was great ringing in the New Year with a baby who was able to cheer with us.
- Petals “gives kisses” by throwing her forehead (or cheeks, or nose) at someone’s face and can do this rather reliably. She also comes at faces with an open mouth. I’m still not sure if she’s trying to give a kiss herself or eat my face. This started about a week ago.
- Petals now “dances” when she hears music, bouncing up and down to the rhythm.
- She can say “Hi, Dada” – she says this to everyone she meets – and attempts to mimic other sounds. We could have sworn that she copied her daddy saying “Kitty Cat” last night, but it could have been a coincidence, as we haven’t gotten her anywhere close to anymore “k” sounds since then.
- The other night she got supremely frustrated with me when I was still trying to play at about 5:00 instead of feeding her. She screamed, crawled over to her high chair, and sat in front of it – as if that were the only way she could get the “feed me!” message across. It worked.
- Petals likes to play the “wiggle your body” game in her high chair. I think that at some point I got an “attitude” head with her while eating, and she decided to copy it. It’s a thing now. She also likes to tilt her head to one side and enjoy watching other people do the same thing.
- Petals LOVES Cheerios and scrambled eggs. These have now beaten out sweet potatoes as her favorite food. She still can’t stand to see anyone else eat anything that she’s not eating. Don’t even think about trying to sneak a sandwich or a bowl of cereal into your gob when she’s not looking – it’s like she can feel someone trying to snag a bite without her.
- Petals got new toys for Christmas that really seem interesting to her. There is her baby walker (Which currently holds the Abominable Snowman in it’s passenger seat. He’s a good companion for someone who’s just learning how to walk and falls alot, because as you know, “Bumbles Bounce”) which she still isn’t so sure about. There is her new baby doll, which giggles, coos, and blows raspberries. And then there are the host of other toys that help her developmentally – blocks for putting things “in” and “out”, a Baby Einstein keyboard for figuring out cause-and-effect relationships, and a teether/toothbrush from keeping her two pearly whites pearly.
New Year, New(ish) Goals
Of course every new year people set out resolutions like “Exercise” or “Eat better”, admirable resolutions made more earnest by the recent holiday excesses of eggnog and pie. However, since I started those goals in 2011, I’m just going to resolve to keep it up for 2012.
- One of my Christmas presents was a membership to the local YMCA. This is awesome, because they have a nursery – staffed by some lovely people – which will make it easier to work out with a baby. They also have Mommy and Me classes that I can’t wait to start with Zooboo.
- I’ve also been trying to cook healthier meals on a more regular basis. It’s not that I don’t know how to cook or don’t have any ideas about what to cook, it’s the actual doing it that’s difficult. Between baby wrangling, grading papers, and trying to keep up with simple hygiene, it’s a lot to handle. When it’s a choice between listening to the baby screaming in her high chair, trying to stir a hot pot of what’s-it with a baby on your hip, or sending The Hubs out to pick up some hibachi…well…the hibachi,as delish as it is, wins out too many times. I used the past break to try to hone my quick fix meals skills. My goal was to cook a good dinner at least five nights out of a week. I’ll write about those unsuccessful results later.
- I’m also going to finish the application, and actually get it in on time, for a fellowship with the local university. This 18 month fellowship offers opportunities to conduct educational research and get some great experiences that I can take back to the classroom. I’m tired of complaining about stagnating in my career and ready to get out there and do what it is I’ve wanted to do as far as edumcation is concerned.
Pshew! I’ve got a lot to do in the coming months! I’d better go get started!