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Playing with Kitty

  • February 25, 2010 10:47 am

Kira and the kitty are slowly becoming best friends…or at least willing playmates.  The kitty is remarkably laid back with a baby constantly picking at her.  We’ve taught Kira to “be nice to the kitty” and she is relatively gentle.  Now and then she does still take a big handful of the kitty and a tangle of yowling ensues until we can rescue the cat.


  • February 19, 2010 9:12 pm

For all the talk of needing to buy this fancy toy or that advanced thing for your toddler to play with, they seem to be thrilled with the simplest of things.

Here is Kira having a blast walking around, jabbering, and holding her two new dollies – courtesy of Walmart for $1 each.

Who says treasure has to be expensive?


Breakfast at the Cafe

  • February 15, 2010 10:32 am

A new little cafe’ opened up down the road from us so we met my parents there for breakfast Saturday morning to try it out.  It’s a nice little place, still kind of getting up and running.  They don’t have an espresso machine yet, but their filter coffee was good.  They make really nice breads and pastries, and the breakfasts were quite nice too.

Kira had already eaten her breakfast before we went, so she just snacked on bits of everyone else’s food.  The owners asked if they could give her a cookie and brought her a huge fresh chocolate chip cookie.  Needless to say, she had one bite and the rest of us finished off that yummy cookie.  However, Kira managed to make a serious mess with just one small bit of that cookie.

Note to self:  Toddlers and chocolate = mess

Eating with a Spoon & First Snow

  • February 11, 2010 12:35 pm

I’ve decided to teach Kira how to feed herself with a spoon.  She seems ready. 

I set her up with no clothes and non-staining food and let her go at it.  She did surprisingly well.  She did eat a lot with her fingers, but she gave the spoon the old college try.  I was really pleasantly surprised at how little mess she made, although she did require a dip in the tub afterwards.  We’ll try lesson #2 next weekend.

We got somewhere around 18″ of snow on Tuesday/Wednesday.  Since Kira hasn’t been out in the snow yet and we went through the trouble to buy her boots, we decided to bundle her up and get a few shots.  She was fine with it as long as we stayed close by.  She was probably out for all of 5 minutes though; it was really cold and windy.



How Time Flies

  • February 6, 2010 11:49 am

It’s hard to believe just last year at this time that Kira was basically a little lump of a baby just shy of two months old.  We’d get all excited if she held her head steady without bobbing, or lifted it on her own, or gave us a tiny grin.  We longed for the day when she could interact more with us, when she could sit up on her own and play with toys…

Well, now it’s here.  Now she’s 13 1/2 months and she definitely is holding her head steady and grins and giggles all the time.  She thinks she’s pretty funny actually.  She interacts with us, talks to us, roars at us, chatters about 97% of the time.  She walks all over the place, says about a dozen “words”, understands basic things like “sit down”, “go get”, and “where is”.  She can point to her tummy and feet. 

She’s recently taken to closing doors, which is a bit of a danger not only of pinched fingers, but that she’ll go into a room somewhere and close the door and we won’t know it.  Aside from the worries of these two things, it’s also just annoying.  Every time we walk into a room, she follows behind and shuts the door.  I suppose next is opening doors, which means we need to get a lock on the door leading to the basement ASAP!