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Little A, 18 months

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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.

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May 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm

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Little A, 17 months

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– 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

– Puzzles

– Baths

– 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

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February 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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What’s happened since then

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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:

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January 31, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Almost 14 months

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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.

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November 5, 2010 at 9:01 am

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No more living like Harry Potter

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I don’t know if it will be the last time that we sleep under the stairs, but I’m kinda thinking the odds of it happening again are slim.

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September 19, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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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!

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September 19, 2010 at 12:23 pm

10 months

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She’s officially 11 months old today, so here’s my hurry up and post about it already for baby A’s 10th month.

It is amazing how much of personality can fit in such a small body.

Madame curieux

I can’t say I know that many babies, but she is by far the most curious of all her baby friends.  Her inquisitive nature makes feeding her almost impossible when something else is going on in the room.

She’s also turned into a little copy cat.  After her baths she gets lotion, and we rub our hands together, in a lather motion,  before applying it, which she loves, and just last week she is able to do it herself.  She gets her own tiny dab now.

Big milestones

But by far, the biggest news for baby A at 10 months is two part:

1.) She’s walking!

2.) She’s letting her parents sleep through the night – thank you, thank you, thank you.

She’s an early walker and it makes me both proud and a little sad – life is changing all the time, and I love her at this age.   She loves practicing walking around outside now, and purposefully turns away from me, her minder! – the nerve I must have to follow her around!

The sleeping through the night (most of the time) is rather fabulous.   I actually have the energy and motivation to be preemptive again, if I choose.  So sometimes the floors get cleaned before you know, you can see debris rolling in the breeze.

She also loves to climb the stairs when we forget to place back the security gate back right away – she’s training us pretty fast.

Also, just last week, she started to wave bye-bye and actually said “bye-bye” to papa.  It was seriously adorable.  It could just be my imagination, but she seems to be focused a bit more on other things now, like talking and hand motions, now that she has the walking thing mostly figured out.

We were at shoe store in Aachen a couple of weeks ago  for D, and along with some great finds for him (2x pair), they had some perfect little baby shoes there.  The sales woman said that babies should be able to run in bare feet before buying lauflernschuhe (learning shoes), which sounds a bit backwards to me, but okay, I’m not in a rush.  We checked her size anyway and she’s a EU size 19 but will probably be a 20 by the time she’s running.  For now I have her in some Tip Toey Joey’s, that are considered “prewalking” shoes – she has to wear something when she’s outside (and I think they are sweet):

Emphatic head shaking

D and I do this to her, when she’s acting silly so I have no idea if she really gets that a head shake means no.  Still, she does this, vigorously, when she doesn’t want to eat something, or when she’s done eating.  She also does this when I ask her if her fruit is good, or if she’s ready to get out of her high chair, so who knows.

First face to object infraction

This week, while I was 2 feet away and strapping on the baby carrier on so we could take out the trash, she walked over and fell into the stand for the neighbor’s big sun umbrella.  And then back onto the floor.  There was a little blood.  She has a cut/scratch under her lower lip. Sigh.

We went blueberry picking in Belgium last Friday.  I can’t say this is a 10 month old friendly sport but it was fun anyway.  Baby A liked the blueberries straight from the bucket.

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August 10, 2010 at 7:54 pm

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About the little one, 20 weeks

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I would like to start posting more, mostly for historical reference.  Yes, I do see myself forgetting when she did what and when, and hmm wouldn’t it be nice to be able to look back.  So this post is mostly for that.

I oscillate between wanting to talk about her all the time, to wanting to talk/write/think about something (anything) non-baby related.   I think moms now have it a little easier than in the past for this one particular point.  The internet makes it easier to converse with the outside world, even with a minimal amount of time during the day.  Of course it’s not face-to-face, and it does nothing for cabin fever, but it helps.

Right, so back to the baby I adore!


For the last 2 weeks at least, sleep has been more uninterrupted than not.  All of last week she would go to bed around 8:30 or 9 p.m. and then wake up at 4 a.m., almost like she had a mini alarm clock tucked inside her crib.  While 4 is slightly better than 2 or 3 in the way-too-early in the morning, it’s really not by much.  You can’t realistically get up at 4 a.m. (nor would you want to).  So most often she will eat and go back to bed, but sometimes this is a longer process, and it’s really not good for mama and papa’s sleep.  Last night she woke up at 4?, took a pacifier and went back to sleep until around 7.  Seven never felt so good.

We’re working this week on moving her bedtime to 8 p.m. sharp because a.) she’s tired by then and b.) we like having the time to clean up and be just the two of us.


She’s eating about less often now, maybe 5 times?  a day, and the usual amount is around 165 ml.  Sometimes she leaves 40 ml, sometimes she can do closer to 200 ml.  (We don’t measure by ounces but I think it’s between 5 and 7).   No solid foods yet, maybe in another month. We need to get a good baby food book because there seems to be about 25 different opinions on what/when/how for making and feeding a baby “real” food.  Anyone have suggestions?

Baby A is still spitting up pretty regularly.  It’s less than before but it’s still something we watch out for all the time.  She’s teething now and chewing on everything she gets her hands on.  Drool wears  slightly nicer than spit-up since it’s clear..


The original physical therapy sessions we have been taking for her one-side preference (from birth) was continued this month for another 10 sessions.  The doctor thinks she looks great and doesn’t have problems there now (yay!) but would like to make sure she gains strength in her arms and stomach muscles evenly and on time.  I’m pretty sure at this point it’s more of a follow-up than a real concern, but I’m happy for the extra attention and care.   She doesn’t cry quite so much now during the exercises we “practice”, so I’m not feeling so much the baby-torturer in training like I did in the first few months!

For about the 3 weeks she’s been turning over from her back to her belly, and she does this almost every time we lay her down.  She’s grown more fond of her tummy time lately, which is a good step towards crawling, but when she gets tired she still cannot roll herself to her back (yet), so she just starts complaining very loudly.

Everyone comments baby A is very alert.  She was born with her eyes wide open and hasn’t changed since.  I also get many passing comments that she’s big or tall, and quite a few surprises when I told people she was 4 months old.  She’s wearing 6-9 month clothes now and even some of the 12 month stuff fits well enough to wear.  This is pretty normal from what I’ve heard, but it makes planning ahead difficult.

Personality wise, she’s a “good” or an easy baby.  She’s rarely grumpy without a cause,  not overly sensitive to stimuli, and will let new people hold her without any crying.  She doesn’t cry when we change her clothes (unless it’s her winter suit which constricts her movement), and she smiles all the time.   Finding ways to make her laugh is more difficult, so if I find something she thinks is funny, I stop and save it for when papa comes home so we can both see her laugh.

We walked to the doctor’s this morning for an 8 a.m. appointment.  She got her third and last vaccinations until she is 1 year-old.  She weighed in at 7.3 kg or 16.09 lbs, and was pretty brave with those needles!

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January 29, 2010 at 4:24 pm

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Merry Christmas Eve Eve

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December 23, 2009 at 9:34 pm

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Almost 3 months

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Being pregnant was all about how many weeks.  Now that we have the bundle o’ joy, it’s all about the months and she’s already almost 3!

We’re still getting used to the new existence.   It’s a 180 degree change for me, going from working overtime every week as an engineer to working overtime every week as a new parent.   It takes a completely different set of brain skills to keep her and myself entertained all day.

So it’s hard work but  she’s amazing and makes laugh so much during the day:

I’m grateful that this is where I get to be right now.

Sleep wise we’re all getting more through the night, yippee!  Baby A goes to sleep between 9 – 10 p.m. and usually wakes up around 5 – 6 a.m.  for a bottle and then goes back to sleep until 8 or 9 a.m.   Not bad eh?  She doesn’t nap too much during the day on this schedule, which I miss, but I definitely prefer this to the 10, 3, 6 schedule we used to have.

This week, for the first time, she’s been trying to pull herself up into a sitting position when she holds my finger.  She does this almost any time she’s reclined but she doesn’t have much strength when she gets there so I only let her keep this position for a short time.

Who knows what funny thing she will try to do tomorrow!

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December 4, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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