Long awaited pictures
Katherine is so funny. This morning, Katherine and Steve got up early. They came over to say hi, and Steve prefaced this with “be very quiet…shhh.” Well, Katherine walks over, looks at me and says (normal voice), “I see Mama, I see Mama.” After she clambers on the bed, she starts saying “Hi Dada Hi Dada” and waving at Steve. Then she peeks down at me and says “quiet…shhhh.” Of course, I’m trying not to laugh and am totally awake.
Katherine is mastering the two and three word phrase. It ranges from “please sit/open” or “see dada/b/etc” or other combinations. Her vocabulary is about 250 words, but she’s able to string them together now. She’s also learning her abc’s, which go like “aaaa bbbb seeda.” Steve and I have spent the last week saying “aaaa bbbb cccc deeee.” She would say “no ….aaaa bbbb seeda!” We try so hard not to laugh when these things happen.
Katherine’s Play Weekend
We spent much of the weekend with Katherine’s playmates. Friday evening we rode thru the watershed and ended up at a local restaurant for dinner. It’s funny to note that Katherine hadn’t been very excited about eating a quesadilla. However, once Audrey started eating her quesadilla, Katherine stuffed at least half of her down. Steve also ordered Katherine a side of guac, so she spent much of the dinner double, triple dipping chips in her guac. We also headed over to a nearby park, where the girls zipped down the slides and ran around in general. Katherine definitely wanted to imitate Audrey, deciding she wanted to sit in the choo choo rocker just like her friend. Needless to say, Katherine slept very well this weekend – all through the night no issues. 🙂
Yesterday, we visited Queen Anne, where we rode with friends to the fish ladder and then to lunch down in Magnolia. Katherine was not terribly syched about the trip, as we cycled along roads with cars. Biking behind Steve, I heard her say “out out out out…” for a good minute before squaking and then resignedly sucking her thumb. She got a big kick out of the fish “jump jump” and walking with her friend Sid. We then got back in our bikes, ate a leisurely meal (Katherine was on a tear with her food), and then cycling back up the hill. That was rather painful after lunch but we got Katherine back in the car by 2:00 for a super late nap.
Today we went to a park in Mercer Island where we spent an hour. I guess Katherine got more sun and heat than we thought because she slept 2.5 hours and woke up very hot. After she ran around for a while, we went to a friends’ house for dinner. Katherine was very much beside herself, and wanted to be held all afternoon. She didn’t want to eat and didn’t want to play. We left early and tried to cool Katherine down with a cool bath (hated it). Steve ended up holding her for an hour and I convinced Katherine to eat some corn on the cob and drink juice before she fell asleep out on our bed.
It’s Friday morning and Steve is hanging out with Katherine before Patty arrives at 8A. Patty arrives and Steve gets ready to leave but he cannot find his keys. Steve and Patty tear the house a part looking for the keys. Christine has in the past taken my keys to work by accident so I call Christine and “blame” Christine for taking my keys to work. After about a 1/2 hour, Christine calls back and says she doesn’t have my keys.
I asked Katherine where are Daddy’s keys and she points to the pantry. It turns out Katherine had taken my keys and put them in a glass pot in the pantry. I couldn’t believe it. So, I can no longer be so quick to blame Christine for misplacing my keys.
July 4th Weekend
Our web server has been acting up, so it’s taken a while to update our blog. We had a wonderful fourth weekend. Sharon and Jamey visited and babysat Katherine so Steve and I could go to our first movie in a very, very long time. (Spiderman 2 was a great movie!) Steve and I also took an afternoon to ourselves to go shopping! It was quite the luxury.
Anyway, we visited a couple different parks last weekend – the animal park, the new park with the slide & sand. We also spent quite a bit of time at the local mall, playing with Katherine’s toys and such. The weekend was fairly uneventful, aside from neighbors blowing up massive amounts of fireworks. We walked the neighborhood before sun down, watching neighbors send up bottle rockets and massive sparklers into the air. Thankfully, Katherine was not disturbed by the noise and she even managed to sleep thru the racket that evening.
Katherine has a new hobby – she loves to paint! Patty and Katherine bought new brushes and we cracked open her waterpaints. Katherine was so enamored that we painted Thursday evening, Friday morning and then Saturday morning. Really, the painting process consists of Katherine dipping her brush repeatedly in water, spilling her water, dabbling her brush in the paints and then eventually putting brush to paper. We have her first painting which seems to consist of blobs of paint.
Katherine’s most common words seem to be “Hold me.” Steve and I are building quite the muscular strength carrying our 23-lb daughter around. She loves to sit on Steve’s shoulders and pull on his hair (ow!)
Her vocabulary is growing almost exponentially. As of today, we’ve counted almost 170 words – and I’m sure we’re missing some words from our list. We’re starting to play games like “Katherine, is that a big or little dog?” For the most part, she gets the right answer, although she said that Bisco is little. 🙂
Yesterday night, we stopped at the Spaghetti Factory for dinner. We ended up having to wait for dinner and I said to Steve “we should go shop.” At that point, Katherine bent her knees, stopped and put her hands forward. She then waved them around saying “stop” (thought I said stop not shop!). We almost fell over. I knew that she had been practicing stop and go at gymboree, but hadn’t seen her in action. We practiced walking (go) and stopping (stop!) until dinner.
Learning to Share
We entertained friends and family at home this weekend. Yesterday, Katherine’s cousins, aunt and uncle visited for dinner and playtime. She had a great time playing with the boys – first on a small slide in the backyard and then scampering around her sand table on the porch. After dinner, she and Kevin made cookies with colored cookie dough. Katherine didn’t quite get the hang of it, or maybe she did. As I buzzed around helping the kids, I would see Katherine take a bite of the dough tentatively when she thought I wasn’t looking. I would say “Katherine, please don’t eat the dough – we have to cook it first!” and the dough would invariably end up in her mouth.
Tonight, we asked Katherine to share her toys with a younger friend. She got really inspired once, running after her friend saying “share share” as if to say “hey, check out this toy!!” I asked her to show her friend her table and chairs. She went running down the hallway, looking backwards to make sure that we were following, and plopped herself on the chair (“see look at me on my chair!”). Katherine was very hospitable, although she did grab a few toys away – but later giving them up when we prompted her to share. She’s learning 🙂
She definitely gets the sharing concept. For instance, she asked Paulette to share the whipped cream on her coffee drink on Friday!
Happy Father’s Day
We had a wonderful Father’s day. We woke up super early courtesy of Katherine and played around the house until 10AM. Our friends with their children then showed up on their bikes – we popped Katherine in her Chariot and took off for the local watershed park. About half way through the ride, Katherine was slumped over snoozing in her Chariot. Predictably though she woke up on the way back because of some tough bumps that jostled her out of her nap. We went home showered, grabbed some food and headed off to a friend’s house for more play time. Katherine loved her friend Audrey’s green jeep. Audrey took Katherine for a brief ride and it was a hoot to see Katherine clutching the handle in front of her and loving the experience. While the other children played, she lurked around Audrey’s Jeep finally sitting in the driver’s seat tapping the gas. We took K home, gave her a bath, cooled her down (it was HOT today!) and put her down for a nap.
After her nap, we headed into Redmond and checked out a local children’s toy store. This is where we learned what Steve really wanted for father’s day (but didn’t get from me) – a Brio railroad set! We picked up a super jumbo railroad set (156 pieces) and Thomas train table that fits under Katherine’s crib. After a quick dinner and shopping, K and Steve spent the rest of the evening putting the table together and selecting which train parts to start with. It was really funny to see Steve put together an intricate table design and gradually take more and more parts off the table as Katherine threw them around. We finally ended up with a simple oval track and 3 train cars. 🙂 I guess we’ve got a lot of upside yet still out of this table. Good news is that Katherine loved sitting on the table and playing with the track and cars.
What did Steve get for Father’s day? I’ll post the pictures soon, but Steve and K got matching t-shirts. One says “Katherine’s Daddy” and the other says “Daddy’s little girl.” Both have drawn and labeled pictures of a little girl and daddy. What was extremely cool was that Katherine pointed to the t-shirt and said “Katrine” and “daddy” – this was the first time she’s ever said her name!!
Pictures from the Last Month
We’ve been delinquent in posting new pictures, so here’s a fresh batch. You can see that Katherine is still growing like a weed. I tell people that Katherine is over half my height! 33″ at her last doctor’s appt vs. 61.5″ my height. She’s also still really skinny at just under 22 lbs. We put her in 2T clothing which fits lengthwise but is too baggy. Or we put her in 18 mo which is a tad short but fits well otherwise. It’s a great problem to have. 🙂
Sense of Humor
Katherine is developing a real sense of humor. The smallest things make her laugh. For instance, we were at a local children’s store buying PJs with feet. Steve and Katherine were checking out the sunglasses which were only 2 for $5. Steve would hand Katherine a pair, help her put them on, and then she would come running down the aisle with a big smile. It was almost like she was saying “look, ma, check out the glasses!” The more outrageous the glasses, the bigger the smile. We ended up getting two pink sunglasses, including the big round glasses in the picture and a more 70’s pair. She just laughed and laughed when we got home and put them on. She kept trying to put them on my head and I would keep telling her they didn’t fit.
Taking a cue from other moms, I started a list of Katherine’s words on the fridge. She knows over 70 words now!! Many of them just come out. For instance, we got her a long shovel for playing at the park in the sand and she ran around all afternoon yesterday waving the shovel (ow!) and saying “shuvel.” Certain words make her laugh like “stinky.” We tell her that Bisco is stinky and she giggles. We also ask “is Dada stinky?” and she’ll run to and sniff Steve’s knee. This is probably not a habit worth getting into but it’s really, really funny.
Shes also putting two words together. Today she said “more juice.” It’s still sporadic but she’s getting the idea of conversation. As we put the box of train parts and table into the car, Katherine kept pointing to the car and saying “box.” I then explained that Daddy had bought the box and it contained a choo choo train. We then had an interesting dialog where I would ask “what’s in the box” and she would say quietly “choo choo ….” and then “daddy.”
I can tell that she knows where she’s going now. As we pulled into Larry’s, Katherine said “shop” several times. She then said “houme” totally unprompted as we got within a few miles of home.
The Lamb Saga Continues
It’s now unclear whether the latest shipment of lambs to our local gift store will contain Lambey. We’re keeping our fingers crossed, since the store owner ordered every lamb that the manufacturer carries. We were in Gilman Village yesterday and I was shopping for a baby gift for our new nephew. I walked into our favorite clothing store and first thing saw a lamb that looked 90% like Lambey hanging in the display. I disregarded it because it was clear that this wasn’t going to pass the replacement test. So, I continued to shop. Katherine and Steve walked in two minutes laterl. First thing, Katherine points to the lamb and says “wawa” (lambey) and gets all excited. So, we got it down and asked her if she liked it. She hugged it and we were sold (or rather we bought the lamb). Of course, she doesn’t think that this is Lambey. We call it Mama Lambey. She gets a big kick out of it.
Our trip to Whistler
Overall, Katherine loved being at Whistler – the trip there was another thing. We were running late the Friday before Memorial day and got a late start. As a result, we stopped only a couple times during the 5 hour trip to Whistler. At the end of the trip, I was in the back seat singing and singing and helping K play with these magnetic boards. We have a Mr. Potato magnetic board. She would take the glasses and put them up to her eyes, lambey’s eyes and mine. This was about 30 minutes of the trip. Needless to say we left early on Monday AM and took our time heading back home.
There were some funny moments during our Whistler trip. Katherine experienced milkshakes for the first time. We stopped at Cows, an ice cream shop in the village. Steve got a cookies & cream milkshake and made the mistake of asking Katherine if she wanted any. Did she want any? She drank almost the entire shake. We asked her “can dada have some milkshake?” and she said “no.” Finally, I said “can mama have some milkshake” and she gave me a half empty cup! Given that she was such a good traveler the way home, we stopped at a local diary and got her a vanilla milkshake (see third to last picture). Our instructions were not to drink it too fast – of course she did and got brainfreeze. Poor kid. 🙂
Other funny moment was having to share her chariot with another baby. We rode to and from the village with both kids. On the way home, both girls feel deep asleep which is why you can’t see Katherine’s face.