Saturday, November 1, 2008

Zoe Words

While I am thinking about it, I wanted to make a list of Zoe's one hit wonders. If you are a diligent reader of this post, and you should be, Mom and Dad, then you'll remember that Zoe said "Oh Yea" on multiple occasions when she was about 3 1/2 months old. It wasn't a pure Oh Yeah -- there was always a little baby gurgle and some alphabet soup inserted in random spots. But she would say it relatively frequently. Suddenly as miraculously as it appeared however, it disappeared. Probably when we started noticing it and commenting on it a lot

For a long time though, she just had fun with babble, and we enjoyed the sounds but didn't bother to attempt to translate.

Now, she has started to come up with what I'm calling "one-hit wonders" -- just one-time utterances of understandable words that make sense in context. But that she has never repeated since. Lest I forget them, I am making a list here. I'll include a little bit of the background.

*Up -- today we went on a hike in Millcreek Canyon. We were encouraging her to look up, when out of her mouth comes "Up."

*Adios -- Mom & Dad gave us a great educational toy -- La Granja Sonora -- also known as the Talking Farm. It's a fun bilingual 'farm' that has different animals you can press and they will say their name & the noise they make -- in either English or Spanish. If you neglect it, it encourages you to come back and play. After 2 or 3 tries of this encouragement, if you are simply otherwise occupied, it will say "bye bye" or "Adios". She plays with it constantly. About a week or so ago, it said "Adios" and she said it back.... with a little bit of that baby babble alphabet soup attached at the end. She's also starting to get more items correct when the man asks her to pick the right animal -- the other day she got three right in a row, in Spanish -- el caballo negro, la pata amarilla & la oveja blanca.....

*Oh My Goodness -- Zoe & Rolf were spending a lot of time playing together about a month or so ago -- Rolf is my nephew -- about 2 1/2 and quite the talker. Like most children his age, he repeats some of his favorite phrases with regularity. He was oh-my-goodness-ing a lot and Zoe got caught up in his exclamatory zeal and threw one out there. If I had to spell it, it would be " omigoognigabrladn"

*bagel -- We camped out in Jeff's parent's backyard at the beginning of the fall season to check out Provo Canyon & the beautiful fall colors. We found an awesome hike, by the way. Afterwards, we went through a drive through to get a bite to eat and were discussing the merits of bagels. Suddenly from the backseat (and with no alphabet soup trailing) comes "bagel". All of these happen so quickly and without precedent that you always wonder if you really heard what you think you heard.

*I know -- I say this a lot apparently, when trying to comfort Zoe when she's upset about something. The other night she was having a sad baby moment, and crying about not being able to sleep or some such thing. During the middle of her crying, to comfort herself she said "I know...." and resumed her sad baby tears.

These ones are the more popular ones that keep coming out:

*doggy -- This has come out on several occasions, not quite fully formed but in the proper context more or less. I haven't heard it come out without some extra letters attached.

*baby -- she says 'ba ba' so often that this one is almost a question mark. Of course we like to call her baby a lot so maybe she is saying it just as often as we do.

*mama -- does a lot of mama's which I interpreted to me from the get go, even though they may have meant something else originally. I guess I'm not the only mama who has done that ; )

*no no no -- I first noticed that she was copying me doing the infamous 'no' word when she shut my computer off in the middle of working. Buttons are obsessions with her; She also keeps making my page disappear as I type right now because she has figured out some function of the mouse that I myself have no clue how to use-- and does a little 'no no no' to accompany her naughtiness.

*ahem -- Jeff is a chronic throat clearer so Zoe does a little imitation of him...all the time, each time he does it

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Baby Flashback

Jeff just figured out how to get some old photos from our old camera -- Zoe when she was a little over 3 months old, and Jeff was a novice at baby dressing. It's pretty cute -- I'll try to post some other pics so you can see the mismatched socks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Rolf sticks it to Zoe

My sister Angela (hi Ang) -- has been very helpful with tending Zoe when I am in the office. Today, Rolf her 2 year old had fun decorating Zoe with stickers.

Friday, July 18, 2008

baby tales

it's been such a long time since i've written -- and zoe is so different from the last time I checked in with the blog. She has a new nickname -- Mrs. Baby Lady. She says more things, she crawls, she has a few teeth. All these new little personality traits coming out. She's really quite adorable, and yes I am biased. But I'll be posting a few vids for y'all to contemplate.

Here she is below playing with the keyboard. She does more with the keyboard then shown in this video -- she's really good at changing the rhythms and adjusting dials. She's especially fond of the Wa Wa bender.

In fact, I have been taking this mom & baby yoga class, which has given her a chance to practice her skills with buttons & dials. She is the only crawler in the room; the other babies are relatively stationary. To keep the mood all calm and Namaste, they play your typical Eastern chanting type songs -- softly and quietly, so as to be soft and quiet, I guess.

She made everyone laugh when she crawled over and cranked up the music really loud. I guess she wanted to hear it better. She was the DJ for the day, or so said the instructor. I guess she doesn't know what DJ means, because it really upset her and she started to cry. 'Course we all thought she was adorable....

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Pants Hair 2

Pants Hair

I'm going to start a new baby trend for all little girls who don't want to be too froo froo but yet sometimes miss the long hair of their older counterparts. It's called Pants Hair. Basically you just find a cute pair of pants and put it on your head, making instant hair, which can be worn in a variety of ways.

Zoe is modeling her white pants hair here.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Zoe's imaginary friends

red cow
twin plugs stand on collective head
I have been meaning to do this post for a long time.

When Zoe was about 4 weeks old we started 'elimination communication' -- As I've posted before.

She often was a baby in a fog at that time -- at least like most little babies she got upset a lot
But whenever we took her to try potty she would start smiling and chattering in baby babble.

I think it was the fun of seeing herself in the mirror as much as anything else.  In fact that's probably what it really was since she's going through a "potty strike" right now where even if she does have to go she doesn't want to.  This is normal and common from what I've read.

So she gets mad if I try to potty her now sometimes, but if I turn around and show her the other mirror, her mood lightens considerably.

And then she has her friend Elephant Towel Hook to console her.  I noticed one day that she was unusually interested in the towel hook.  I  then noticed it looks a lot like an elephant.  It has  screws painted blue by the last tenants forming the eyes, and a gold hook trunk.  So I had fun with that and drew the rest of the elephant on the wall.  

Now if she's upset, I can go show her the elephant and she'll start cooing and talking to him.

She's made other friends -- most notably Red Cow -- whose picture I shall post.  She's not as enamored of him anymore since Mosha broke him in half.  But besides the mirror, he used to  be the main bathroom attraction.  I was going to make a mini movie of her conversations with Red Cow, but the footage was never right.  I will eventually try to get the sound on it since it was so cute.

She also had a brief friendship with Twin Plugs which I didn't want to encourage, since I don't think they make the best of friends....

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008