- Walking by herself up and down the 2-step staircase into the living room.
- Trying to walk full upright up the full steep stairs to the second floor, especially if she has an adult's hand to hold.
- Walking away from Mom or Dad a few steps, slowly turning around the room, realizing that she's among less familiar faces in the room, and then returning back to start.
- Carrying toys that look comically large and that should throw her off balance. Notably picnic basket and Ikea dog.
Monday, December 30, 2013
Saturday, December 7, 2013
Thursday, November 28, 2013
Vera actually got some snot blown out of her nose today into a kleenex. She's been watching Griffin and she does a great job huffing and puffing. Today it finally turned productive. She's been snotty because of cutting teeth. So we've been wiping her nose a lot and coaching her on the nasal action. It all came together today! Yay!
Friday, November 22, 2013
Sunday, November 17, 2013
Vera took two steps yesterday - her first ones ever. Saturday November 16. She's been threatening to do it for a few weeks - mostly by standing up on her own two feet with no support. And she's done plenty of finger grab walking and pushing around the toy shopping carts. All of which is adorable.
But yesterday she officially took her first steps. We were in Griffin's room after he woke up from nap and she took her two steps to get to his toy shelf. Way to go peanut!
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
- She smiles when I come home from work. Griffin announces his traditional "Dad's home!" when he hears me walk in the door. I peaked my head around the corner from the front door into the kitchen and she grinned like crazy. Vicki says this is her (Vicki's) favorite part of the day.
- When I went upstairs to change clothes, Vera booked it up the stairs, saying "dah! dah! dah!" (Don't worry - Mom was following her closely after about step 2)
- She climbed up my leg to a standing position and smiled and laughed at me while I was taking the air conditioner out of her window.
- I lifted her over my head and set her down on our bed and she was super giggly.
- Griffin came upstairs and the three of us snuggled for a minute (okay, 12 seconds) on Mom and Dad's bed. Vera smiled like crazy at her brother laying next to her.
- She does this super cute thing where she tucks her leg underneath her to go from laying down or crawling positing up to sitting. She ends up sitting half indian-style, with the other leg stuck straight out to the side. Its almost always followed by clapping. Its like she's saying "hold on a sec - I gotta stop crawling and celebrate what just happened." She also does this right before she puts her hands over head as if to say "up!" So yeah, she did that tonight a few times.
- Poop face. Litterally its totally obvious when she's filling up the diaper. And she does it in almost the same leg-tuck position, only halfway completed so she's kinda propped up on the ankle she has folded underneath her, the one outstretched leg, and both hands flat on the floor. Adorbs.
- She says "please" now in sign language. Vicki said she saw Vera do it for the frist time earlier today while eating yogurt bites with her friend Ben Sither. And she did it again at dinner tonight and again asking for toys in the bathtub.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
My dad is here visiting and whenever he comes to see us, he stops at the Chinese supermarket to bring me all sorts of frozen goodies. This "tradition" reminds me of how Italian or Jewish moms always bring or cook lots of food for their broad. This trip, my Dad brought bags if mini frozen dumplings, soupy pork buns, and scallion pancakes (my favorite). Here is Vera trying (and liking) her first bite of scallion pancakes!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Awwww. I'm sitting in the parking lot of Runamuck after just dropping off Griff and Vera for their first day of school together. Griff moved up to the preschool 2 class today, and Vera joined the babies in the infant 2 class. Both kids did great. I now have 4 hours to myself but a list of 1,893 things to-do. Where do I start? Of to Starbucks. This Mom needs caffeine.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
I just let Vera pick a piece of honey dew rind from the trash and gnaw on it. Such a classic "second child" move on my part. Her being occupied by the trash kept her away from touching the carbon monoxide detector or eating shoes next to the staircase at least for a minute, and at least it was fruit!
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 15, 2013
Monday, August 12, 2013
Just a few minutes ago, Vera pulled herself up to a standing position next to the couch with ease, as if she's done it a million times before. In fact, this was one of the first, if not the first time she did it. In the past few weeks she has been pulling herself up onto her knees, and only standing up when she is holding a stair or something short. Yay! So cool. That's what you get from hanging out with your older cousin Cameron for the weekend... lots of new tricks.
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Vicki is the best Mom in the world for our kids. So good that I rarely have a chance to hear or get up for Vera when she wakes in the night (my very very heavy sleeping doesn't hurt).
But last night I had one of my rare chances (or, is it, responsibilities?). Vera has been teething and a little feverish the past couple of days. Last night about 2:45 she started wailing again. Vicki asked if I would go. I went. Vera and I hung out together for about a half hour and through the vail of falling-over-tired-ness, I loved every minute of it.
Even when she's a snot fountain, our little v is so endearing and cool. She sat in my lap and patted my leg while we read books (including "Good night little one" on which she kisses the animals on every page). She crawled in her sleep sack across the floor and opened her bedroom door while I changed her crib sheet. And she waited (somewhat) patiently while I bumbled through the doctor-dad stuff I only do rarely these days. Snot-sucking and searching for the ibuprofen and dropper were particularly trying for both of us.
And then when I'd rocked her back to calm and seen her yawn twice, I laid her back down. And she wailed again. And I sat down next to her crib. And she crawled over towards me, reached through the bars and touched my face and smiled and mumbled a "dada" through her pacifier. It's was one of the many "blink and you'll miss it" kind of moments that make being a Dad the most rewarding part of my life.
I'm just so thankful that Vicki does the lion's share of the midnight to six a.m. stuff.