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Dec. 30th, 2013

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Baby update. Baby steps

It's not the first step, but it's a first step. I have a bunch of six second videos of her looking like she's going to walk and then sitting down, diving for a handhold, or smoothly turning it into a crawl. Come on, Fizzbuzz, you can do this.

She's talking all the time now. Every day we get a few moments where she says "nana" to a banana, "god" to a dog, "turta" to her turtle, or "boo" when uncovering the bear in the peekaboo book. "Did that happen?", we ask. "Was that a coincidence?" Unclear. Either way, her babbling sounds like English now and she has a lot to say.

Her little paws are getting good at manipulating objects. She puts things into other things and gets really excited when they fit neatly together. She waves at people all the time too. She's ridiculously social. My parents took care of her for all the time we were in Zurich and got very used to saying "No, sorry, we don't speak any German" to people she waved and smiled at. She has zero stranger-danger and currently would go home with anyone. This is kind of alarming. Joel and I are still all stranger-danger all the time, so we don't know where this gregarious small person came from.

She thinks books are great. She thinks phones and things shaped like phones are amazing. This is because bad parenting. She's cheerful of disposition and it's very easy to make her smile, but it's hard to make her laugh. You can do it, but you'll work for it.

She likes soup and ramen and cheese and crab and crackers and corn and fish and sometimes egg, if you get her in the right mood, and enchiladas and chile rellenos within reason. We've mostly managed to avoid sugar so far, though we'll see how long we can keep that going. We'd like her to not be a picky eater, but a bunch of people have told us that no matter how epicurean your one year old, a two year old will suddenly refuse to eat anything other than pasta and cheese, and you can't do much about it. I hope it's not true.

We still haven't officially shortened Elizabeth, but sometimes she's Liz and sometimes she's Fizz, and daycare calls her Lizzy, which I like. She's Baba and Babacakes and Caca Baba and Baba Milis and Elizabeth J Reilly Votaw the Third even though she's not really the third anything.

She is so great. I can't even really communicate how much fun she is, and she gets even better every day. She's a reasonable dinner companion now. I can go to a restaurant with her, just the two of us, and we can sort of hang out and have a good time. She's relaxed and curious while travelling: you can tell that airports try her patience, but she's less grumpy than we are. I can't wait until we can talk properly. We're going to do some cool stuff together.

A year of pictures is at hhttp://whereistanya.smugmug.com/Family/.

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gothwalk
Dec. 30th, 2013 08:09 pm (UTC)
I am really pleased to see this posted on LJ. :)
cartographer
Jan. 1st, 2014 03:36 am (UTC)
I have half an urge to grab everything I care about from googleplus from the last year and backfill it here. Not being sure what the RSS feeds would do is part of the reason not to.
m_nivalis
Dec. 30th, 2013 08:16 pm (UTC)
She sounds like an awesome little kid (or is she still a baby to you? I'm not quite sure when the cut-off point is).
cartographer
Jan. 1st, 2014 02:38 am (UTC)
I was filling out some form online for her today and the options for age were "infant", "toddler", "preschool", and I realised she's probably a toddler now, officially. Mad. She's still a baby though :-)
mbarr
Dec. 31st, 2013 03:55 am (UTC)
OHai!

:) We now have a 2.5 month old :)
mbarr
Dec. 31st, 2013 03:56 am (UTC)
And I meant to say that the only down side is that we now live in Boston, and thus, they can't meet any time too soon :(
cartographer
Jan. 1st, 2014 03:35 am (UTC)
Wonderful! I completely missed that. Got links to photos, etc? C'mon!

And you moved to Boston too? Busy year for you guys.

yellowpigs
Jan. 1st, 2014 07:34 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
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