Archive for the ‘family’ Category
She’s 19 months as I write this but we had a doctor’s appointment just in time for her 18th month birthday so here’s her stats:
12.1 kg (~26.7 lbs.)
87.1 cms (34.3 inches)
I’ve officially been in Europe too long – I know my the family’s weights in kilograms, the weather in Celsius, and all children’s clothing is based on height in centimeters, so I know these too.
Spring/summer finally sprang into being in March and April was so beautiful overall. A complete 180 degree change from February which was non-stop gray. Little A loves to play in the backyard with her tricycle, on the swing, and with whatever else catches her fancy… rocks, her watering can, frisbee, balls. She points out every airplane or helicopter that flies overhead. First she hears it, then she looks, then she shows me or D.
So lately we spend most afternoons outside, and most weeknights too, when we get back from the day mother’s. Our apartment has quite a few children and I often invite them into our part of the yard to do the activity du jour. Today it was finger paint. One boy who is almost 3 came over and I was trying very hard to keep his fingers off his pants…
Little A still loves tomatoes and most other vegetables. She also like chicken (preferably dark meat if given the option), and lasagna, and ketchup. For dessert she likes strawberries and raspberries and yogurt. And she rarely says no to at least a bite of something chocolatey.
She talks in her own little language, and says about 5 intelligible words consistently. The bottle of milk she gets in the morning and at night is called “Bah”. She generally likes going to bed for naps and at night – she’s tired, we can completely understand and appreciate this.
– Feeding herself yogurt
– Waving hell0/goodbye
– Reading books with Mama and/or Papa
– Wrapping various things in wash clothes (random??)
– Sorting toys of any kind
– Telling Papa about her day (in her own language)
– Raw tomatoes, especially sliced cherry tomatoes
– Walking/running by herself
– Putting on shoes (not necessarily hers)
– Taking off one sock
– Peppers and mushrooms
– Ice cream
– Someone wiping her nose with a tissue
– At times the car seat
So, what has happened since err, umm.. November? First place to look is at my photos folder, which, at the moment is in a terrible disarray. Sigh..
[… Scanning thumbnails … ] Right, Christmas, let’s start there. The holidays were fun, despite this being the second year that we stay in Europe for Christmas. It’s the hardest time of year to be expats, away from family and friends we love and miss. But hey, we had some crazy snow.
Me and Little A in the backyard.
Big D and Little A, my darlings:
At one point D tried to use electrical wire to pull her “sled” but this was slightly disastrous. We just pushed/pulled instead. Okay, fine, D pushed, I took pictures…
This is the first year that we bought a Christmas tree (and a mini tree and a wreath and ornaments and lights).
Little A visited Santa, at our gym, but sadly, there was no cardboard tree.
Christmas morning, with new boots from Grandma, and new toys.
It gave our spirits a boost when D’s parents came just after Christmas. They caught a cold on the plane (of course), and it made it’s way around to all of us during the following week, yuck!
So we stayed in… took naps, visited, cooked. Little A loved the attention, and the time with two of her important people. She was saying Grand-maman, though it sounded more like “Grah-MAMA!”
This photo says it all:
So I starting thinking about gifts early… like a month ago.. but did I buy anything? Not so much… And now I’m officially competing with all the crazies since it’s after Thanksgiving.
Luckily, I’m doing most of my shopping online. And I’ve spent some “mental time” on the process… that has to give me at least a partial leg up on the task.. Right?
Baby A is running around the house yelling “MAMA!” all day long. It’s quite endearing, especially when I answer “yes?” and she grins.
She has also in the last 2 months, learned to walk backwards, which makes her look like she’s trying to moon walk over to us since she’s always do it to back into me or D’s arms, lap, etc..
Baby is becoming a loose term now… she’s quite the little lady sometimes. And quite the opposite at others. When mad or frustrated, she will sit down and bang her head on the floor. Wow, and she completely came up with this on her own.
Right now she’s an adventurous eater, eating most any vegetable, cooked or raw. She also tries to shove entire pieces of deli meat into her mouth, which amazingly, is half the time a successful, though cumbersome, technique.
She can put together Duplo Legos now with no problems and loves books, especially the ones we sing together. She dances to songs by swaying and stomping one foot… only her right foot so far.
Just in the last two weeks she will give me a kiss when I ask for one. And a few times I’ve gotten open mouthed kisses without a request. She also gives super hugs that include patting on the back.
and a party at the zoo.
This was actually a month ago now since she’s just turned 13 months old, but we’ve been moving and cleaning and busy and now sick, and so on. Turning 1 IS a big deal, and we had fun throwing her a party.
The table and some decorations, with a view of the lake:
Chocolate and vanilla cupcakes (I made) and pieces of German style birthday “kuchen” – donauwelle (chocolate), apple cake, cherry pie, plum cake, cheesecake, raspberry-currant cake:
A small area we set up so the children could play inside:
Just outside, with lots of birds and ducks to feed:
The lucky girl got lots of presents, though she isn’t really interested in unwrapping yet. (she still loves all her gifts) :
A few of her presents were more for me:
This toy has an English and Deutsch mode:
I really loved the idea of a party at the zoo and it turned out that, in actual execution, it went well (if I do say so myself). The zoo staff was really helpful and the room was clean and the perfect size. I think everyone had fun, whew!
A few more photos, just because. Here is Baby A at the old apartment with flowers from the party. D says this shirt looks makes her look like she’s at a Renaissance festival.. :
Outside with her 1st year birthday present from mama and papa:
Earlier this year I counted 9 of our friends/family who were pregnant. Nine!! And that was off the top of my head so I’m sure I probably missed a couple.
D’s sister is “up to bat” next – today she’s 5 days late, so it could happen at any time now. I realized that we will be expecting news now for every month for the rest of year, awesome!