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Claire: *is thirsty* Milkmilkmilkmilk please!

Me: *hands over milk*

Claire: Milk, awesome! Thank you!

Me: Did you just say "awesome?"

Claire, Yep, awesome!


And a girls moment from just now:

Elizabeth: Mommy, I'm Bat-girl Princess and this is my spooky servant princess. *both girls face me with big smiles and cardboard-cutout masks, Elizabeth's of bat wings, Claire's of bloodshot monster eyes*

I ROFLed.

Dancing

Sep. 7th, 2008 02:36 pm
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I put on my Celtic Woman CD (or rather, opened iTunes and played it from there.)

And my daughters danced.

Claire dances by spinning in circles, and occasionally jumping or stumbling around dizzy. She stops long enough to regain her balance, and then starts again. She dances with total abandon and no thought - emotion to motion, no steps in between. It's one of the most joyous sights I've ever had the privilege to witness.

Elizabeth is older now. She used to dance with abandon. Now she dances thoughtfully, changing her movements to match the rhythm and feel of the music. I remember the exact moment she made that switch, when she was a bit past two. I remember feeling that something had changed forever about my daughter, that she wasn't a baby anymore in that moment. Today she was dancing in a form I can only call proto-Irish - lots of legs in fast movements to match the beat, very little with her arms. She was concentrating so hard. Her cheeks were flushed and her hair was flying, and she was so, so beautiful. What she lacked in abandon she made up for in enthusiasm.

More than any other single thing, watching my daughters dance brings me joy as a parent.
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Claire has been sleeping worse than usual lately - crying hard when she goes to bed, waking up frequently and crying, that kind of thing.

I figured out why, while lying half-awake and trying to work myself up to get up with her.

She's got all the symptoms of an ear infection, except the fever. I asked her if her ear hurt (leading question, I know) and she nodded and pointed to her right ear.

I'll try to get in at the doctor's office today, for her and me. If it's already at the point where it's keeping her up at night, there's no point in waiting to see if it clears up on its own - antibiotics, here we come.
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Last weekend, [livejournal.com profile] sassy_fae gave me a copy of, "A Toddler's guide to Parents."

Just now, Piet caught Claire sitting on the kitchen floor, the book open in front of her, making notes in the front cover with one of Elizabeth's pencils.

I believe this says all that one needs to know about the personality of my 15-month-old.
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I was in a room at the hospital, in early labour, with my water broken - and nothing much happening. An OR was being prepped for me. There were contractions, but they were short and five minutes apart - not how you want them to be, five hours after your water breaks.

Claire was born at 10:21. The OR staff kept remarking on how alert she was, and how porcelain her skin was, and, "Look at all that hair!" "She's going to be a redhead!" Within half an hour I was in the recovery room, with the midwife giving Claire her once-over and my mom there for me. That was when Claire's clicky hips were first diagnosed - within an hour of birth. I nursed her, and she latched on beautifully right from the start, staring up at me with those big eyes that have changed colour, but never spirit. I sang her her first lullaby as she nursed.

Happy birthday, my Claire bear. I'm such a lucky woman, to have the privilege of being your mommy.
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Claire just took her first unassisted steps - three of them, followed by a plop on her bum just as daddy walked in. So I'm the only one who saw her. I feel so privileged. :)
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Claire just rolled from her back to her front, all on her own!!! When she got there, she naturally started to scream because she couldn't get back. :)
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. . . is that it's often difficult to determine when, exactly, a baby has done something for the first time.

For example, a newborn baby will often "smile" when a bubble of gas is making its way through. This can happen when they're awake, but it can also happen while they are asleep. It continues to happen while asleep for months thereafter. The theory is that babies do these gassy smiles, get positive reactions and social smiles from the adults around them, and decide to smile socially in order to get that reaction. But their efforts in this regard develop over the space of several weeks, so it can be very hard to determine which upturning of the lips was actually the first social smile, and which ones were proto-smiles.

Today's example: we're pretty sure we've had a few proto-laughs from Claire; that is, she made sounds that could have been giggles while smiling. This morning, she did it consistently four times in a row, in response to something vaguely funny in a baby way - Daddy beeping her nose. So is this the first verifiable giggle, or do we wait until the sounds get more giggle-like to dig out the baby book?

First words are similar. Many babies will say things by nine or ten months that are proto-words and have definable meanings for them, but their parents don't recognize it because the same sound can mean several different things to their baby - not because they can't distinguish between objects but because their vocal apparatii are not sufficiently developed to form the ends of words. Thus "Baa" refers to both the lamb toy (that is constantly being shaken in their face while mommy makes the noise that lambs make) or the bottle, or possibly their blanket. They know which one they mean. It's when the parent figures it out and establishes its consistency that the baby book is dug out and the blank for first word is filled in.

If I were writing one of those ubiquitous "baby firsts" books, I'd provide more than one space for things like early words and smiles, because the decision about which one is the first is so arbitrary that it's nice to record more than just one. On the other hand, considering how many people leave their baby-books half empty due to hectic lives and the decision to "do it later," it's really not that useful to speculate on what I'd put in one. I like livejournal for recording my baby's firsts and attempts at firsts.

So, today's first or really good attempt at a first: a real laugh, in response to having her nose beeped by a smiling Daddy.

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