Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Z's St. Patrick's Day dress. I made it last year just hopping it still fit and it did! I wish I had gotten a better picture of her in it since we aren't going to the parade today...someone is having a real bad teething day.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Note: Ziva has started teething again. If you haven't noticed all the drool then look again. Her outfit is soaked in these pictures. I keep fighting having to put a bib on her because I was so excited that she could stop wearing them.
Ashley and her "babies."
I need to start remembering a bib.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
*As I wrote the sentence above. I heard my daughter fussing behind me. (I had her "pinned" in today because we have a lot of boxes out and we were going in and out, etc.) Well, she had pulled her car over the edge behind me, crawled on top of it, was standing and trying to throw a leg over the top of the fence. I caught her just before she toppled over. So it has begun.
"What to order?"
Below is a clip of Ziva eating with a spoon. I did not force this on her. She wants to do it...herself. She does a good job with oatmeal, basically anything that sticks to the spoon. She ends up using her hands on the other stuff. I can tell by the way she insisted on a "big person" spoon and doing it herself that we're going to loads of fun in the months and years to come.
Ziva enjoyed Valentines Day. Her favorites were the balloons which you see in other posts. Here she is opening her cards. She holds anything she likes/loves up to her face to "love" it. She does that to one of the cards she got. The one I picked out actually. Good job Mom!
When we came back from our Christmas trips we instituted a few new "rules" for Ziva. One was no passie or taggie if she wasn't in bed sleeping. She took on quickly and doesn't mind at all. It also helps because I know when she is ready for a nap because she will go to her bed, get her taggie and hold it to her face. No hiding that from Mommy.
First, let me say that I am dealing with some parental guilt. I feel that I may have delayed my child's mental growth during the 9-11 months of her life. She had started saying a couple of words or what sounded like words. I thought is was a coincident. That they just sound like words. My mom said Ziva was saying real words but I though she, my mom, was...well...being a grandmother and over exaggerating things.
It wasn't until close to Christmas when Ziva continued to use these "words" but then added more words (with or without our encouragement). Now it seems that she says a ton of words. She has added and made up more signs and her comprehension skills are amazing. Which means she is getting in more trouble because we now know she understands what we are saying a lot of the time.
It has a been a lot of fun working with her in this area. We aren't pushing her at all. She is just a little sponge and loves to learn. Below are her "words" and the time she started.
9-11 months (a little iffy on this since I wasn't paying attention)
Yeah/yes – “yeh” (now in March she actually answers questions/requests with yes)
Hey – “hey”
Bye bye – “byby”
Between 11-13 months
Hi – “hi”
Dog – “da”
Cat – “ka”
Sera – “ssser” (she now says Sera Bear - "ssserabea" which is what we also call the dog)
Ball – “ba”
Balloon – “bao”
See it – “sssit”
Duck – “du”
Dad – “da da”
Mom – “mamamama”
Love You – “louoo”
Outside – “sssid”
Whats that – “waasstha”
She has added these since around the first of the March:
Shoe – “sho”
Sock – “soc”
Daddy – “dady”
Nanny – “nany”
Poppy – “pa pa”
Go Bye Bye – “go by by”
Outside – “ousssid”
Signs she has added since Christmas time:
Me/Pick me up (She made this one up. I pat my lap when I am asking her if she wants up. So now she pats herself on the belly if she wants up or in my lap. It is so sweet.)
She likes to:
Throw things away even if they are not trash
Turn off lights with help
Brush her teeth
Kisses and hugs
Below is a clip from February. If you listen closely you can hear her say duck..."da".
On Jan. 14, 2005, at her one year check up, Ziva weighed 20lbs 2oz (32%). She was 30.0" tall/long (80%). Just over two weeks later on Jan. 29th, 2005 she was the same weight but had grown an inch. I know she has gotten taller since then because the jeans that she was wearing at the time have gotten a lot shorter. They are "high waters" now. I need to go get longer ones. We can't believe our child is getting this big so fast. I think it's time I start coming to terms that my daughter is going to our grow me...big time.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
For instance in this picture, Z is working on teething (still). All she wanted to do is watch Cinderella and sit with Poppy. All he wanted to do was read his paper and sit with Ziva. It was so cute. They were inseparable.
Over Christmas Ziva had so much fun playing with her cousin's car that her daddy had to go get her one. This wonderful and inexpensive Wal-mart toy has brought hours upon hours of fun into Z's life. She loves it. At first she would just play around it, then with it and now she is playing on it. As usually she didn't perform for the camera like mommy wanted her to but you can get the point.
To help pass the time while Ziva was working on teething (all her back teeth at once...oh no, I'm serious) she got to watch Cinderella. I don't know why but only this DVD will help calm the major fussy teething child. To help her get more comfortable I brought in her little chair and Z didn't waste anytime getting comfy. Granted I'm not too thrilled with the belly showing but she still is a small child. I just can't get over how she is so much like her daddy when it comes to relaxing.
Note: Z's hair is so crazy right now. Once again I was proud and the Lord, in all His wisdom, had to fix that. I just knew that if I started early that I would get Ziva to allow all hair accessories to stay in her hair. I actually can hear the echos of myself telling this theory to other mothers. Alas, I was very wrong. I can't keep anything in Ziva's hair. She continuously takes them out. Many may ask, why I insist on putting stuff in hair and I answer...Have you seen her hair?!? It has nothing to do with vanity and everything to do with her being able to see. She runs around looking all crazy, pulling out the barrette and then "putting" it back by placing it on top of her hair, then it falls out and she fusses with her hair till it sticks out everywhere. Oh well, hopefully she'll grow out of this soon.