Sunday, July 6, 2008

Maya's Vocabulary

I'm sure that one day, Maya will ask me about when she did certain thing. ie: Took her first step, said her first word, etc. So I should really record that here for prosperity. Let's start with her vocabulary.

Her first word was Mama. I want to say that she said "Mama" for the first time back in October but I couldn't tell you for sure. (Sorry Maya, I didn't write it down). Her next word was "Dada". That I did record and here's what I wrote:

Friday, November 16, 2007

Yesterday evening, Maya added a new "word" to her vocabulary. She started saying "dah dah dah" during dinner. When she started up again during playtime after dinner, I immediately ran for the camera. Mo was ecstatic when he saw the video. "She's saying Dada!" he explaimed. Well sort of... if Dada was "duh duh..." Hee!


Since then she has slowly expanded her vocabulary. She said "bose" (nose) and "douth" (mouth) and "bish" (fish) for a few weeks, and since, has never said them again. Boo!

Currently, she can say: cup, hot, up, hi (but like "Hi!!" in a very bright and cheerful manner), bye, wawa (water), dog, cat, O Rie! (Riley), Yaya (Sophia), MayMay (Maya), baybay (baby). Her favorite word at the moment is "No". I can't help but smile when she says it because in a very sweet and gentle voice, with pursed lips, she'll say "No"

She also loves to make animal noises. Cows, pigs and sheep all say "Baaa!" in Maya's world. She can quack like a duck, pant like a dog and meow (very well in fact) like a cat. She also likes to say "vroom vroom" whenever she sees a car, attempts to tweet like a bird and choo like a train. Finally she can sound like a monkey ("ooo ooo"), an elephant and roar like a lion/leopard/tiger.

I have to admit that she picks up animal sounds easier than actual words. Perhaps she'll be a veterinarian or zoologist one day.

We fail as ferberizers

You are probably wondering how things have been going regarding the sleep issue. Well, it is official. Mo and I are wimps when it comes to following through with the ferberizing. Everything started off well, and Maya was sleeping through the night a good 10-11 hours, and taking 1-2 hour naps.

Then came the trip to Canada.

When we visit Canada, we stay at my in-laws in their guest room and share the room with Maya. Since we were not alone in the house, we didn't let her cry-it-out for fear of waking the house. Instead we picked her up and put her in our bed. When we returned home, she expected the same treatment. I tried to let her cry-it-out, but she made herself throw up (this girl gags and throws up easily) and slammed her mouth on her crib causing her to bleed! That is where we totally wimped out, and gave up. She was getting so upset and all she really wants is to be held by us, so how could we (I) not?

At the beginning, I was a little upset by our failure, but now I've embraced it and am happy with how things are.

So this is the new lay of the land. I hold Maya before naps and bedtime until she's asleep and lay her in her crib. When she wakes up, I pick her up and she gets to sleep in our bed. Usually we're already in bed when she wakes at night, and it's no big deal bringing her into the bed. In fact, despite the occasional kick from her, I'm better rested than ever because she sleeps longer in our bed and doesn't get up until 8am. As for naps, if she's slept enough I'll just get her up when she cries. Otherwise, I'll pull her into our bed and let her finish her nap while I read a book or a magazine or putter away on my laptop. Occasionally, she'll have interrupted me in the middle of a task, but mostly... I welcome that it forces me to slow down and relax in the day.

... And I have to admit, Mo and I really love waking up with her beside us. As I watch her sleep, I always think that one day, she's not going to want to sleep in our bed. And then I feel a little sad and hold her closer.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

A picture is worth a thousand words

And if I were to choose one picture to accurately describe my style, this would be it:



I completely and utterly adore the whole look. It's simple and girly and frilly and classic all at the same time. You see just enough of the ruffled top peaking out from underneath the navy cardigan which is subtly adorned with a few pale yellow fish. The pale pink and grey skirt looks lovely and goes but doesn't "match" with the red shoes which give the whole outfit a pop of color. The heels and fishnets lend just enough sex appeal to keep the outfit from looking too girlish.

It's from the latest Anthropologie catalogue so its no surprise that I love it. If I had the money, I would buy probably half my wardrobe there. I'll be stalking these items until they go on sale. In the meantime, I'll try to re-create the feel of the outfit with items in my own closet.
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