Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here is Piper's year in review for 2008. I can't believe how much she has grown, from 3 months to 15 months. She has turned into her own little unique person with her own personality and opinions. She is definitely not my little baby anymore, and I kinda miss that.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Here is a video of Piper on her new pony. We just hooked it up to the t.v. last night, so she's still not sure what is going on, but she does like to rock on it. Hmmm...rock was not in the item description. She hasn't figured out the spin thing yet although she can bounce. I hope it holds up. She's so rough already on it, I'm almost afraid it's going to tip over.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas! We spent the afternoon at Erick's parents' home, and had dinner and opened presents. I'm glad I was able to talk to my cousin Lynn today, but missed talking to Grandma. Dad hasn't called me back yet, but I hope he had a good day. Merry Christmas Tabetha and Brian! I hope to see you soon! Jeni, I hope Jaxin finally fell asleep after his long and exciting day. We miss all of you!
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
She received two shots today, DTaP and PCV. She was scheduled to get the MMR, but Erick is concerned about autism risks and refused it. She needs it eventually, but since she's not in daycare, it's fine if we wait. She can get it at her 2 year appointment. This way she didn't have to have so many shots all at once today. The doctor says she is definitely not at risk and is advanced for her age. There's nothing to worry about. It's funny that she mentioned she is ahead of where she should be since I haven't told her even half the stuff that Piper can do.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Piper really likes her puzzles, but tends to only want to do them one time, then she's done for the day. I've tried many times to videotape her in action, but I can never get her to "perform" on command. We did this one early this morning, but then of course the camera ran out of space on the memory card before she finished. She was losing interest by the end anyway.
She can only do 6 of the 9 shapes consistently: circle, oval, square, rectangle, trapezoid, and triangle. We are still working on the diamond, pentagon, and octagon. The octagon is the hardest of all due to its many edges. I posted about this almost a month ago too, and she was doing 3 shapes consistently then, so I can tell she is making progress at least.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Physical abilities: has learned to walk up the stairs but still working on walking down alone, balance is really good and she is starting to stand on one foot for a few seconds without holding on to anything, still climbing EVERYTHING, wants desperately to ride the tricycle that we got from a friend, and pushes herself around with her feet, but hasn’t got the coordination yet to pedal successfully
Speech/language: vocabulary, sentence length, etc: not much growth unfortunately even though her comprehension and ability to follow multi- step directions is great. 1-2 word sentences still. Knows and points to about 20 body parts
Reading/pre-reading: Still very engrossed in pretend reading to herself, but demanding we read to her more and more. On average we read about 20 books every night, many more than once.
Number stuff: knows one and can show you on her fingers how many one is, points to the numbers in her book when I count them
Other cognitive stuff: puzzles, reasoning, etc: some interest in her peg puzzles, will do one time then she’s done with that puzzle for the day, remembers everything, knows how to get home when coming home with Grandma- we live in an apartment and she knew to climb upstairs to the second floor and which one of the three doors she should try to open, can find anything when we ask to go get something even when we don’t know where it is.
Creativity: loves her art time and always wants to sit at the table and color, I’ve been trying to branch out and give her more options of things to do. She’s enjoyed stickers and a couple other crafts we’ve done
Imagination:continuing pretend play with her dolls and stuffed animals, pushes them on her tricycle, rocks them in her chair, feeds them her sippy cup since we took the bottle away last month, talks on her phone all the time (opens phone “hello…babbling…bye” closes phone. Really wants the kitchen set we have “hidden” in the closet that will be from Santa this year
Social: still not around other kids much, so I’m not sure how she is in this area.
Character/personality: fearless and silly, loves to make you laugh, has figured out how to tickle us
Anything else/other: Amazingly enough she will go sit in her time out chair when we tell her to, although she still is testing us by standing up and waiting to see if we’ll make her sit down again. She’s becoming picky about what food she eats, and we struggle to get her to eat any kind of meat. She has totally figured the whole Christmas present thing out and ripped into a gift the other day that she received early. I didn't have to show her anything about how to open it.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Okay, some of you may think I'm horrible for video taping this, and some of you may find it humorous. Reminds me of the clips you see on America's Funniest Home Videos. Piper thought it was completely hilarious, and I have no idea how or why she came up with this idea. Like I've said before, she's a pretty tough kid.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Boy does this child like to climb. So much that she scares me to death at times. Like tonight, she was using her book basket to climb into the chair. And, she was rocking the chair by herself. Then she figures out that she can climb from the chair over the table to the couch. Yes, I was right there, you can see the camera jerk when I thought she was going to fall out of the chair once. You seriously have to watch her every second!
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Here is my funky munky figuring out how to get the ball out of the water bottle. I had to help her a little with the lid since she had trouble unscrewing such a large lid. She's good with smaller ones, but this was too much. I thought it was interesting to watch how she learned she couldn't just pull the ball out with her hand. It was too big to fit through the hole.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
FYI: I hate that Photobucket will nto let me add comments when I import my video to Blogger.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Halfway through our game the family across from us asked me what my name was because I looked familiar. It turned out to be a former student from five years ago. She had a friend with her from the same class. I had thought the parents seemed vaguely familiar, but didn't even think about it. The girls, Beth and Olivia, were so grown up. I can't believe it has been that long since they were in first grade.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
I showed Piper how to put pennies in her piggy bank last night. She had fun putting them all in there, and even figured out that there was a plug on the bottom to get them back out. Maybe she'll be a better saver than Mommy and Daddy are.