Friday, November 9, 2007

Blah, Blah, Blah & Christmas Home Tour '07

Oh yes- my title is creative today. So, here's the blah, blah, blah part:

Hailey turned 13 months on Wednesday and so I thought I'd share a little of what she has been up to.

Now, I know that parents are supposed to be easily impressed by their own children- but the other night Hailey did something I thought was extra impressive. We were playing in the living room and I started reciting the words from one of her books. "Ducklings like to swim and they say 'Quack, quack, quack.' Sheep have woolly coats and they say, 'Baa, baa.'"

While I was reciting the words Hailey started looking around the living room at her various books that were strewn all over the floor. So, I continued reciting the words and she continued looking through her books. Then she found the book I was reciting from, picked it up, brought it over and handed it to me. So, tell me- is this a normal thing that she did or am I right to be impressed?

While I am bragging telling you about Hailey's latest accomplishments- here are the words she can say:
Da-Dee (Dottie- our dog)
Was sat (What's that?)
See it (If you were to hear her say this word you might think she was saying a four letter word that starts with an 's'. But I can promise you that what she is saying is "see it.")
Ahhh-O (Hello- she says this when she holds the phone up to her ear)
Ba (baby or ball)
She has other jibberish words that she says, but I haven't yet figured out what she is trying to say.

I have also used sign language with Hailey and these are the signs she uses:
All done
Thank You (she is just getting this one)

And, also for those who are curious- Hailey weighs 21lbs 8oz. as of today. I know her exact weight because she had to go to the germ filled pediatricians office today. When I went to get Hailey dressed this morning to go to story time at the library I saw that her little body was covered in a rash (except her face). So, off we went to expose her to many unknown germs. By the time she had her appointment she had hives as well. Well, it turns out that she just has a virus and the rash and hives are all part of the cold I thought was finally over. The hives do not seem to bother her at all but her doctor said that if she starts scratching I can give her Benadryl. But only at bedtime because the Benadryl might KNOCK HER OUT.

Excuse me? Come again. Did someone say that Benadryl might cause this child to sleep. Oh my goodness- don't tempt me.

Anyhoo- all that to say that I am pleased with Hailey's weight because at her last appointment she had lost weight. Due to the fact that she will not, you know, eat.... ANYTHING. Well- that's not entirely true- she eats cheese and Nutri-Grain bars. I had thought she also ate chicken nuggets- but now I know that she was really just putting them in her diaper. But apparently she's been eating enough as she has gained back what she lost plus a little bit, so I am feeling a bit better about her weight.

So, now that I am done with the blah, blah, blah part of my post, here is the Christmas tour part.

Just in case any of you do not read BooMama (which if you do not- I highly recommend you start today- as soon as you're done leaving me a comment of course) I thought I would pass this on.

On December 17th BooMama will be hosting a Christmas tour of homes. You post pictures on your blog of your Christmas decorations and then sign Mr. Linky over at BooMama's blog. Then you can visit all the blogs of the other participants and they can visit you. Sounds like fun to me! So, if you want all the information- click on this lovely picture to get all the details.

Christmas Tour of Homes

If you didn't see my post yesterday about my cousin Beka's brand new beautiful baby girl, please check it out. She is supposed to be going home today, so I assume she'll be posting pictures on her blog just as soon as she gets home. But really- just in case she's busy being a new mommy and can't get those pictures up right away- I'll be sure to let you know when she does so that you can stop by to say congrats.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Common Mom said...

If you don't appreciate the sign language thing already (and really who wouldn't - you can let g'ma and the babysitters know what your baby is saying before she can talk - how cool is that?!) you will when she's even a little older. When my kids are in gymnastics, which means they can see me but not hear me, I can let them know what I'm thinking when they're goofing off. If they're goofing off, I do the "stop" sign and they know what it means. If they are messing around and should be sitting quietly, I give them the Sit sign. Then there's the all important "NO!" sign - when given with the proper amount of "attitude" they understand totally. But my favorites are Please and Thank You. If they forget their manners, I can give them the sign as a reminder and they have instant manners - and most of the time, the "manner receiver" is totally unaware that I've even prompted them :-) So really, I highly suggest you keep up with the sign language even after she can talk. It's an invaluable tool.

And yes, Benadryl does knock them out - as does cough medicine with Codeine - I'm just sayin' :-)

Pam said...

Ashlyn got chicken pox at 12 months old and it didn't bother her so maybe Hailey won't be bothered by the rash/hives. Last year, Ashlyn had an allergic reaction to medicine and they suggested careful, most kids it causes them to sleep- my kid got more hyper! Figures!

And, a grat big huge jumping up and down yes! you should be excited by Hailey recognizing and finding that book! What a girl!

Kellan said...

Blah, blah, blah - I love it. I also love the sign language thing - my son is teaching himself lately and I love it. Have a great weekend. said...

Hi, I have a nice award for you over at my blog... when you get time you can come over and pick it up!!
Carrie who is 50 now said dogum for doggie!! I thought that was so cute love and hugs, grams

zamejias said...

Way to go! Hailey is learning fast. I can understand how thrilled you are because I AM like that with Matt!

I have to laugh when you said germ filled clinic...and has to read again because at last, I found someone who thinks like I do. Heheh.

BTW, I am joining Boo Mama's Christmas Tour.

Sharon said...

I think that you are doing a great job with your little one. How cool you are teaching her sign language.
The tour of homes sounds great but we will have to see if I can find my stuff in storage. We may just have to settle for a tree this year.

Andrea said...

Aww! She's getting SO smart! You can't help it but be proud of a smart little girl like that! :) And yes, I am STILL laughing over the chicken nuggets in the diaper story! hee hee! :)

my4kids said...

Sounds like Hailey is doing great! I love the ways they say words and I can totally hear the see it one because Madison said it that way also and I was always making sure people knew what she was saying! I agree with other comments about sign language it can be an awesome thing!
I still laugh about the chicken nugget thing!
I also wanted to add that Benadryl may not knock her out also. Two of mine it knocks them out the other 2? It gets them soo wired! So be careful if you do use it!

Caregiver's Diary said...

Hi Melanie, what a cute little girl you have and so smart, too! I'm sorry she's been so sick. You know...I think benedryl still knocks me out. I'll have to check out boomama's site, too.

la bellina mammina said...

Oh, how cute is Hailey, bringing the book to you:-) I've bought a sign book for babies too and I'm gonna try to sign with LP. Benadryl...have to check if my paedatrician will recommend it to me for LP - may need it as we'll be travelling soon to the US.

Andrea said...

You are right to be impressed with your little cutie pie. What a smartie pants!!

Jen said...

The book thing IS impressive. My question is this? When did you start teaching signs and do you use a video and which one? How long did it take her to start using them? I'm trying to teach almost 12 month old son, but so far he's not catching on.

tegdirb92 said...

woohoo! that is really cool that your daughter recognized the book you were reciting from!! Congratulations on 13 wonderful months!!

WorksForMom said...

I love your reference to "germ filled clinic". Guilty of that here too. Glad to know I'm not alone!

And we sign too, isn't it amazing how quickly they pick it up?

Damselfly said...

Wow -- it looks like Hailey is exactly one month younger than Fly. And Fly can't speak or sign nearly that many words! So I'm jealous! I know he understands many words, but he won't communicate them himself.