sign language

language aquisition for the 2nd kid

language aquisition for the 2nd kid

(Today’s post is brought to you by my amazing husband and mother-in-law who have taken the kids out to let me get some things done.) We’ve been trying to teach Graham sign language, really we have.  But it’s a much more difficult task when your hands are busy doing something for the first born child.  […]

He walks!  (and other updates)

He walks! (and other updates)

Four days after his first birthday Graham took his first solo steps: into the arms of a daycare staff member at the health club. Sigh. Okay, I’m a little bitter. I stay at home with the kids, in part, to be able to see these milestones myself rather than get a report from a third […]

The Center of the Universe

The Center of the Universe

Violet won’t be an only child much longer. In fact… really soon, I think. I’ve been trying not to do the guilt thing about what this huge upheaval will feel like to her. We’ve done everything conceivable to prepare her for it. But, come on, like anyone is really prepared for a new kid. Still, […]

Violet by the Numbers

Violet by the Numbers

months – 24 (can we just say “two years old” now?) teeth – 18 (two more molars to go. Gulp.) weight – 26 lbs 5 oz (25th percentile) height – 33 inches (45th percentile) haircuts – 3 attempts at trimming bangs signs – used only when mouth is full or for emphasis spoken words – […]

Wajee

Wajee

I was a little ticked off at our pediatrician a couple months ago during the year-and-a-half well-check. She asked how Violet’s verbal skills are progressing and I told her she has about a 50-60 word vocabulary. This seemed to impress her until I mentioned that those words were all signs. Her spoken vocabulary at that […]

Holy crap! (Violet update)

Yes, crap is the main subject of this entry. Or, since we’re talking about babies: poo. And it is not for the squeamish. Avert your eyes if necessary. On Tuesday we went to a free class at My-Gym (coughwishlistcough). While we were waiting for the other moms to show up, Violet looked at me very […]

Violet update

We’ve turned the coffee table (actually an old steamer trunk) up on its side and pushed it against the sofa. That way, Violet is not tall enough to climb on it… yet. Yes, the climbing has begun. I have visions of tiny bodies flinging themselves off countertops onto tile floors. The kid has no concept […]

Baby Sign Language

We were excited to start teaching Violet sign language, hoping that this kind of tool would help ease the frustration she so obviously felt about not being able to do everything herself all the time. So, at about 8 months, we ordered a book and video (Dr. Garcia of the giant mustache) and got started. […]