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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.
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:
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:
I’ve always liked September. It’s a good month. And since both the boy and the baby are Virgos, it has become an even bigger month.
This particular September though, is chasing D and me around in circles. Just one thing after another, you know how those things go. This post for example has been a draft for about a week now.
We spent a good part of D’s birthday at the new apartment, getting paint on old clothes, and the walls – Happy Birthday!
I didn’t suggest it though, he did, so it’s not so terrible. And we did do proper celebrating later.
We‘re moving moved Saturday (yesterday) if all goes well, and it went pretty well. One of our friends came over to help move the big stuff and my other friends watched baby A all day, which was a relief.
Baby A has been moody all day today, while we have been unloading/cleaning/discussing what to do with this and that. You would think she would be in heaven with so much lying around for her to inspect. But I guess it’s a little too much for her at the moment. She finally fell asleep just now for a nap. Right now D is at IKEA, getting random various things we need.
The kitchen, that we bought from the old owners, is our problem area right now. There is no hot water in there, and the faucet doesn’t properly shut off. On the oven, which was also part of the “deal” from the old owners, the temperature dial has no temperature indications anymore (we already decided we are buying a new oven/cooktop). On the bright side, the refrigerator that we bought new is very nice! Go figure.
Okay, back at it, while I still have a sleeping baby!
Another post about the little one, because well, she’s amazing.
After a few weeks of kinda-sorta crawling she finally figured it all out last week. She’s been mobile for a while but last week she perfected her form. So now I have to be careful not to step on her when she’s under my chair and wrestle her away from bags of potatoes and boxes of tomatoes. She is getting more agile every day.
She also goes from crawling to sitting to crawling again. I’m thinking the physical therapist will be impressed next week – as long as baby A doesn’t get shy and act like a turtle (like she did last week). Just yesterday she’s starting climbing up:
Up her bouncy chair,
Up the first stair,
Up mama and papa.
It reminded me how much I’m dreading the long flight this summer.
I’m puréeing at home. So far it’s been easy. Peel, slice, steam, blend, freeze. It does create a few dishes but not enough to cry about. The taste is the biggest advantage that I can see – freshly mushed is better than not.
Maybe it gets harder when you have to grind up meat, etc… we’ll see. I also had to play around with the consistency. It seems runny, like the consistency of a cream sauce, is the best way to get more inside her right now. It also just depends on the day.
- rice cereal and toast
- sweet potato
- avocado (ate it yesterday, we’ll see how today fairs)
Last week she also cut her first top tooth, making a total of three. The other front top will make four very soon.
She’s wearing 74/80 cm (6-12 mth) sizes in most everything, though closer to 12 mth. I think she’s on the bigger side of average but not overly so. I ordered a pair of crawling shoes that are 12-18 mth sized and they are gigantic on her so I’ve ordered a different pair sized 6-12 mth.
She’s not sleeping through the night (sigh..) and she’s gotten the feed-me-NOW wail down to a science. Luckily, she drinks and goes back to sleep so it’s not so terrible on us.
Since Baby A is crawling now she seems to be looking for trouble. Anything that looks like it’s not for her is what she wants. She also likes tags and zippers – on clothes, on toys, on furniture.
We’ve had a 3 week break from swim class but it begins again next week. The weather has warmed up so we have been taking longer walks, and I’m hoping we can do blankets on the grass soon too.
She likes the Baby Einstein’s Baby’s First Moves. Books wise, she loves Moo, Baa, La La La by Sandra Boyton. She likes to slap the animals on the pages, What more can you ask for in a book when you’re six months old? We have a play date with a couple of her baby friends about once every two weeks.
Papa coming home from work is the favorite time of day.
My mother visited with us last month. (Of course) we enjoyed it. It was her first trip across the Atlantic and she was excited to see everything, including her first grandbaby. We picked her up in Frankfurt and then spent the week at home and visiting the local sights. We did the Cologne cathedral, shopping in Aachen, visited the castle here, and drove to The Netherlands to walk around Maastricht.
My birthday fell in the same week she came to visit, on purpose! and it was definitely a day I will remember. After a cold afternoon visiting the cathedral in Cologne (and the souvenir shop where my mother had a field day), we arrived back home to have some small birthday celebrations. D and baby A came down the stairs after dinner with what appeared to be my gift, a diaper pail with a red bow on top. Wrapped in a few unused diapers was this:
D downplaying our need for one was all part of the master plan! I love it! I also got a few nice gifts from my sisters, which were sent along via mom.
After my mother left we got into a good little routine: gymnastics class, baby massage, swim class each week which was good until baby A got her first infection, which was still on-going this week. We had 2+ years of just about zero doctor appointments and now it feels like I’m going to one once a week. Maybe next week the routine can begin again.
Our Valentine’s Day was cozy. We went to the gym. There were flowers (the photos are still on the camera). It snowed. We enjoyed a special dinner/movie night at home after the baby was in bed.
A joint effort was put forth to finish a school project my cousin’s daughter sent us. We took “Flat Stanley” around a few places and wrote about his adventure in Germany.
Our beauty is in her 5th month now. She is working on crawling, and every time I look down at her on her play-mat, she is in a different position/location. Just this week we are able to feel her two bottom teeth have pushed through her gums – they should be visible any day now!