Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

Catching Up August 5, 2014

Filed under: Family,Kids — bonniep @ 10:15 pm

“My” computer (the one with all my photos and photo editing software, and a comfortable chair, and not in G’s office) has been on the fritz for months. Sigh. G is in the process of fixing it but to say it isn’t top priority is an understatement. In the interest of getting some of these photos and thoughts up before they are completely forgotten I am giving in and blogging from the kitchen computer—sans editing software, sans comfy chair. At least I have photos though!

Let’s catch up on baby C first. When we last met…baby C was a delayed walker and the doctor finally insisted we see a physical therapist. Well, it took a few weeks to get in and wouldn’t you know, baby C took her first steps a few days before our first appointment. She was about 16.5 months old. Basically, at the first appointment the therapist agreed she was a delayed walker. And at the next two appointments she confirmed that baby C had caught up and was walking fine. Kind of a waste of three appointments (but ever closer to reaching our insurance deductible) but better than the alternative I suppose. Now baby C is a walking machine—up and down stairs, on and off curbs, running, dancing, you name it.


Oh, and climbing. For instance, she can climb onto the counter in the bathroom and get stuck between the mirror and the sink. No pictures of that, due to panicked rushing to grab her.

Baby C has graduated to sandals, as seen (barely) in picture 7. As had M before her, she loves to take off her shoes in the car and then look very concerned when you arrive at your destination and open the car door to find a barefooted baby. She then gestures vigorously as if to say, hey! I need some shoes on here! However we do not have non-sandals for her due to the incredible tantrum she threw at the shoe store and her continued refusal to allow me to put such shoes on her (although she is kind of OK about the water shoes in picture 6. At least she wore them that day, although refused to try on at the store). She is also a hat lover.



Eating wise she continues to try new things. She prefers stone fruits with the stones in…not much fruit actually gets eaten but she likes to dig the stone out. No ice cream pictures but that is definitely a recent favorite. Popsicles however continue to elude her.



In addition to banged up legs and various scrapes baby C had one bad injury on the 2nd last day of school, during the playground portion of M’s kindergarten graduation. C was running while carrying a hula hoop on gravel (it was a crazy time) and in falling managed to tear off a fingernail. I am not sure if there was more blood or more screaming. Not sure if you can see the damage here:


She bounced back quickly but for weeks afterwards, if you said “C, do you have an ouchie finger?” she would look worriedly at each hand and then show you the bad finger with a sad face. The funny part of course was that she couldn’t tell without looking which hand it was! All has healed now.

She loves being outside, especially on our new deck (er, in the blog silence G built an enormous deck in the backyard) and is earning her baby explorer credits.



Her clear favoritism for G continues.



Current favorite things include all the Bear books by Stella Blackstone. Refusing to give kisses or hugs. Finding rainbow loom bands all over the house. Helping at clean up time (but who made the mess….)

We have officially transitioned to one nap a day….and it is a 3.5 – 4.5 hour nap. Seriously. I don’t ask why, I just count my lucky stars! (Non-napper dues quite paid up with the first two kiddos though thankyouverymuch). 15 teeth with that last one very close to breaking through.

Not much talking. Well, not much understandable talking. Lots of babbling but her words are fairly confined to maaa, daaa, hi, and boo. Opting for now not to stress about it. Much. Her head size is near the top of the charts, height is 75ish percentile and she is a solid 27 lbs. Feels like a good baby size.

She is our happy, fairly easy going little sprite and despite a penchant for getting into things she shouldn’t be getting into I think the whole family is enjoying baby C immensely.





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