Friday, April 11, 2014

Hat

James protests the tyranny of pants. He did bring me this hat and request that I put it on him, though.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

18 Months Old

James is a year and a half old!

We had his 18-month doctor's appointment a little bit ago.

Vital statistics (percentiles calculated with this chart):
Height: 31 inches (15th percentile)
Weight: 23.6 pounds (20th percentile)
Head Circumference: 48 centimeters (58th percentile)

Sam and I sat down to make a list of words that James could say before his appointment, and we had to keep adding to it throughout the week. I guess that means James is starting his big language leap already after a long period of just having a handful of words. He's making some two-word sentences, like "I stuck!" and "Dada, sit!"

Nouns

Dog
Nana (banana)
Bubble
Cheese
Mama
Dada
Boop (book)
Ball
Kix
Baba (baby)
Mouth
Teeth
Coat
Sock
Sandbox
Ca (car)

Verbs
Go
Come
Sit
Up

Interjections
Uh-oh!
Thank you!
Bye!

Adjectives
Mine
Stuck

Signs
More
Nurse
No
All Done

Here's a list of the body parts he knows:
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Head
  • Ear
  • Eye
  • Cheek?
  • Belly Button
  • Foot
  • Nose
  • Head
And some other things James is doing right now:
  • Running everywhere (it's especially fun to run away from Mama)
  • Climbing
  • Trying to jump 
  • Copying everything Amelie does
  • Looking through books
  • Throwing things
  • Dragging his baby doll everywhere
  • Directing where everyone should sit
  • Pretending to eat and pretending to feed us
  • Dancing
  • Singing (he tries to sing the alphabet with us and says "Whinny Pooh Whinny Pooh" whenever Amelie sings the song)
  • Absolutely insisting upon using a fork and spoon (I may or may not have put a bite-size piece of pizza on a spoon the other day.)
Here's the link to Amelie's 18-month appointment for comparison purposes: http://babybuffaloe.blogspot.com/2011/12/18-month-doctors-visit.html

I took pictures, but they're stuck on the camera. I'll update when I can get them off.




Monday, March 31, 2014

Snowsuits and Things

More fun animation from the Google team:



It's blurry, but I liked the contrast between Amelie in her snowsuit and James in his diaper and sun hat. He stayed inside.

Thanks for the 4T coat, boots, and snowsuit, Nana Jana!


Wearing my mittens gives Amelie giant hands!





Friday, March 28, 2014

More Artwork

While we're on the artwork theme, here are some pictures I've taken of the kids' creations. The first 3 are by James:

This one looks really weirdly like a sad bug/helicopter:


And the rest are by Amelie. 




This one I thought looked strangely like India:


Mixed media:


Painting

I'm having an inordinate amount of trouble organizing my photos (this is what happens when they get so backlogged.) BUT here are some from when we were snowed in for so long. A big thanks to my friend Cabell for the taping-the-paper-to-the-floor tip.

Look at those sexy legs in the background!


They paint really well together, though there's sometimes some jealousy over the water bowl.






And then my google backup made this fun GIF:






Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Bootheel Christmas 2013

Apparently, I never made a post about visiting the bootheel around Christmas. (And apparently I didn't take very many photos, either!) Here's an unfortunately slightly blurry picture of all of us who got together on my mom's side. We were glad Grandpa Leroy got to come home from the nursing home for the big gathering.


(Across the back, starting from the left): Uncle Darrin, Cousin Cameron, Grandma Doris, Grandpa Leroy, Cousin Josie, Aunt Tara, Nana Jana, Aunt Cheryl, Uncle Kerry, Uncle Ken, Cousin Bradley, Aunt Jess, Cousin Brad, Baby Hayes.
(Front row, from left): Aunt Lana, Cousin Darri, Oli (the dog), Amelie, Aunt Holly, Brittany, Great-Aunt Helen, Sam, James, Crystal, Cousin Layla.

James and his second cousin Hayes are just about the same size:



Well, at least all 4 of them are in the frame in this one! Hayes looks a little suspicious.

More cousins! Can you believe how big these two are getting?

Amelie and her cousin Josie were wild things! (They're just about the same size, too.)

And Holly worked on the scrapbook, as usual.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Playing the Piano

Always a fun activity. (I think these are from Christmas!)


Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Amelie Says

Sam was talking to Amelie about school, and she told him, "Mama says I'm not big enough for Kindergarten. ... I'm too medium!" 

Also about school: "I want to go to my English school every day." (She means Sunday School, because they speak English there versus her French school.) When that wasn't quite right, she decided it was Spanish school.

When we were watching the couples Olympic figure skating, Amelie made the comment, "They are going to get married someday."

I asked if she wanted her toast whole or cut in half, and when I went to cut it straight up and down, ,she directed me, "No, cut it the dangle way." 

We get Sports Illustrated, and when the swimsuit edition came, Amelie was looking at it on the couch. Sam asked what she was looking at and she said, "I'm only reading the words!"

When we were eating at Subway, I asked Amelie what she thought Dada was doing. She said, "Working." I said, "Don't you maybe think he eats lunch, too?" I asked what he did at work, and she replied, "Earn money." I laughed and asked what she thought I did at work, and she said, "Teach!"

In other news and notes, she drew a person with a body, arms, legs, and a life vest. This is a huge leap - up til now, her drawings have been scribbles. 

Sam and I need to sit down and come up with a list of words James can say for his upcoming 18-month appointment. The most common one is probably, "MINE!"