Saturday, March 28, 2009

17 months old & toddler in every way

Today Isabelle is 17 months old. I can't even believe it- when I called her doctor's office to schedule her next well-child check, I couldn't remember how many months old she should be (18 months) at the appointment and I chalk that up to denial and repression! I just can't believe she's grown so fast.

Every single day she learns something new. Yesterday she put puzzle pieces in her puzzle and understood the concept. The day before she learned to say "Rafa" when shown magazine pictures of our favorite tennis player. Now she runs around the house with his picture saying "Rafa" and giggling. It's hysterical. She also got preoccupied with lawn mowers this week. She saw several neighbors' gardeners mowing lawns and insisted on going outside to get a closer look. So her favorite word(s) right now is... yes, "lawn mower." One neighbor couldn't believe she could say that so clearly. Who would have guessed lawn mower would be an early word?!! She's also become generous with blowing kisses and even giving hugs if you ask her to.

Here's Isabelle perusing the DVD options. She's convinced that Pocahantas is me, as everytime she sees that movie she points at Pocahantas and says and signs "Mama."

She's so energetic- pracicing running, playing hide and go seek all day long, and dancing in circles. She loves sitting on her little booster chair, and the "mommy chair" (on my knees) to read a book or offer her babies milk. Last week when Nanny Shari watched her Isabelle hit a new record for what she ate in a meal and proved that yes indeed, her stomach and appetite are HUGE. I guess she needs to fuel all that energy. In this one meal, she ate a quesadilla wedge, a spaghetti graduates bowl, a vegetable baby food jar, grapes, and some chicken. IN ONE MEAL!!!

She's so excited that Nanny Shari showed her how to sign for "crackers" as she loves her animal crackers more than anything. One day of seeing us tap our elbows, and she now taps her little arm constantly hoping for some more animal crackers. We're thrilled that she now says and signs "please" if we ask her to before giving her something she wants.

This week Paul got to take her to a make-up music class, a first for him. I was so excited to have him experience it with her as she just loves her classes so much. But unfortunately she was starting to get a cold (we now know) and didn't feel well, so sat on his lap the whole class long (even for baby massage!). Miss Rebecca (the teacher) was shocked as normally Isabelle is a "whirling dervish" all class long. Apparently we are lucky to have such a nice group of kids and moms in our class, as there was a hellion in this make-up class named Angus (great name for a bully, eh?) who got into fights with 3 kids, scratched Isabelle's mouth while grabbing her face, and actually BIT another girl's cheek HARD (left marks!). Yikes.

Now poor Isabelle and me are both sick with a cold this weekend. I guess we're lucky to be sick on the weekend so Paul can help take care of her and give me more rest. She's been cute about holding a kleenex up to her animal or baby's nose and making "fssing" sounds to imitate blowing her nose.

Here's a picture of the "Daddy Medical Clinic" checking out an owie on her foot after falling today.

Sick, but still playing:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

"Mimi," "Papa" and the ER visit

Wow it's been a busy week! We enjoyed a nice visit with my parents who flew in from Utah. It was their first visit since October so they were amazed by how much Isabelle had changed, with her walking, talking, sign language, and social skills. I was really surprised to see how quickly Isabelle attached herself to my mom, preferring to hold her hand over even me the very first day they arrived! I speculate that they had early bonding when my mom helped for the first few weeks of Isabelle's life.

She just loved both of them- immediately calling my mom (Omi) "Mimi" and my dad (grandpa) "Papa." It was adorable- she'd constantly ask for them and look for them, crying if they left the room. She really enjoyed the toys they brought for her and continues to try to identify all the animals in the puzzle.

A few days into their visit, things took a surprising turn. I had been planning to go to a friend's book-sharing party when Paul slipped on the last stair while holding Isabelle, and took a really bad fall. He so generously protected her from injury but by doing so, couldn't cushion his own fall at all. His head hit a corner on the wood bannister and took quite a chunk out. Isabelle was hysterical as she saw her daddy laying on the floor bleeding, and of course I was also quite scared. I roused my parents who had just awoken to drive him to the ER while I watched Isabelle. While there, Paul had another fainting/seizure-like episode which worried everyone and led them to do a C/T scan to ensure he didn't have brain injury from his fall. The doctors ended up putting staples (yes with a staple gun!) into his head instead of stitches. He's since been referred for an EEG and neurology exam just to rule out the possibility of a seizure.

Not quite the Saturday we had planned for any of us! But it was a great comfort to have my parents' help during such a stressful time and luckily Paul is feeling ok except for his head being sore. Poor Isabelle had a few nightmares we suspect were related to the fall.

The rest of their visit was a little more restful. We enjoyed playing some boardgames with them in the evenings, a visit to Lake Sammamish Park to visit the ducks and play on the slide at the playground, and several nice meals out together. More than anything, it was just wonderful to see how much Isabelle enjoyed her grandparents (and vice versa). My parents babysat while I joined Paul at a follow-up doctor's appointment, and they all seemed to enjoy this alone time together.

Isabelle is already missing her Omi and Grandpa as she has asked for them several times, and has enjoyed looking at their photos often. We are looking forward to seeing them again next month when we all head to Utah for a friend's wedding.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Rain, snow, and play

Not a lot has been happening around here other than snow, more snow, and more snow! Isabelle has learned the sign for snow and is constantly showing us the snow falling. She's enjoyed walking (or stomping) outside in the snow with her new rainboots which are now doubling as snow boots. :) We have enjoyed the snow as well, although it did lead to us canceling our babysitter Saturday and missing out on our date-day. Paul took full advantage of the recent snow and has skied several times the past few weeks.

One day (in between snow storms), Isabelle handed me her snow bibs and kept signing "help" and clearly wanting me to put them on her. So I put them on and she walked straight to the door thinking snow bibs meant it was time to play outside. I took advantage of her outfit (on a sunny day here) to let her play on our totally soggy back lawn... in her snowbibs. :) She's decided that putting on any coat means she gets to play outside. Here's a recent sampling of her raincoat, snowbib, and winter coat all put on with the same idea in mind.

Every day Isabelle becomes more and more of a little girl. We bought a booster seat, knowing we aren't ready for it yet, but thinking it might be fun for her to play with until we are. Day one of seeing her little "chair" involved constant attempts to sit on it, and reading in her chair on her own. It's one of her favorite pasttimes figuring out how to get her bum in the chair.

The most exciting thing Isabelle has been doing lately is all of the pretend-play she's been into. She now enjoys using her doctor's kit to pretend to take her various animals and baby-doll's temperature, blood pressure, and give them shots. She offers her sippy cup of water to everyone as well, making cute sound-effects to show they are drinking. She also rocks them in her arms to "rock-a-bye baby" very sweetly. She's been even sharing her lovey with her animals (making sucking noises as she holds it to their mouth) and offering it to me as well! Generous offer but really nasty yucky blankie she chews on constantly, so I graciously declined. Here's a picture of her brushing her teeth and her baby's teeth.

We also danced the "hokey-pokey" yesterday with Isabelle giggling as she wiggled her foot in the air enthusiastically. How much cuter can it really get? We keep feeling like we are so lucky to have her and it just doesn't get better than this age.

Here's a recent "spaghetti face" picture to show off Isabelle's distant Italian heritage (Paul's side):

New words lately include: flower, no, ball, apple, more, ah dun (all done). New signs include: daddy, bear, lion, pear, airplane, snow.

We're looking forward to my parents' visit later this week.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Silliness with Daddy

So this is what happens when Paul is left in charge of Isabelle. Yes she has like 5 barrettes in and about 200 hair clips and rubber bands all over the floor.

Here's another example of what happens when Paul's in charge: