31 January 2010

Musician

A sweet family in our church gave us a bunch of their baby stuff that they were getting rid of. Thanks to their generosity, Daphne now owns a piano that is nicer than mine.














Isn't this just the cutest thing? It takes up half of our living room so I have to find the perfect spot for it.

Daphne LOVES it. Her face kind of says it all.



















Praisin' Jesus:



















She really is a natural.

27 January 2010

Best Day Ever

I admit that I was concerned several months ago when Daphne went through that severe separation anxiety phase. It's not a big deal if she's shy, I told myself over and over again. But it brought to mind when I was teaching and the students who would freak out when their parents left and then hang off my arm for the entire school day, timidly breaking off every so often to whisper to themselves in a corner. Although, those children sometimes grow up to be NASA scientists and invent iPods. I've never invented anything except my own unique way of typing, so like I kept telling myself, it's OK if she's shy and off in her own little dream world.

But suddenly she outgrew that and became this social butterfly who thrives around people and action and excitement. She feeds off attention from others and becomes a little show-off who wants to keep the crowds entertained. Maybe this is also just a phase and she will revert back to being terrified of strangers again, and in that case we'll keep the NASA internship idea open. But I admit there's so much more to work with when your baby becomes brave.

Daphne's current most favorite thing to do is be around other children. She can be the grouchiest baby in the universe (not just world, but entire universe) while at home, but as soon as we get out to where other people her size are playing, she is the most cheerful baby you will ever see. Because of this I've been looking for local playgroups, etc., to get her involved in, hoping to encourage the happy side of her to come out more often. I usually get together with a friend or two and her kid/kids at least once a week, mostly for my own sanity, but I still wanted to find group events made just for babies.

Today was our first day of attendance to the Tiny Tots reading group at our local library branch, the group for 1 year olds. As soon as we walked in the door Daphne was pushing at my arms to get down and play. All the other moms were sitting in a quiet circle with their little darlings calmly in their laps. Daphne escaped from me, crawled to the nearest boy and stole his water cup. Smiling charmingly at him while doing so, of course.

At one point we each got our own book to read with our child. Daphne was sitting in David's lap (he came, too, although he said he felt dumb and doesn't want to go back. Something about cheesy songs), but she pushed away pretty quickly to go sit with another mom and her little boy instead.


















So far I don't think I need to be nervous about leaving her on the first day of preschool. Way to stay loyal to the team, Daph.

She loved crawling around the circle, smiling at everyone she passed. One little boy to our right was closest to Daphne in age and the only one also not walking yet. Although he outweighed Daphne by a good 10lbs, that did not stop her from grabbing his shirt and pulling him right over. It reminded me of an outfit she used to wear and that said "don't let my size fool you." Don't worry, this little boy wasn't intimidated by her brawn; he had a great time pulling the flower clip out of her hair and trying to run (crawl) away with it. And when he went over to the wall and stood up to play with the safely-covered plug-ins, Daphne crawled right over and copied him. I think the teacher was mildly annoyed at the twin trouble makers who were not participating in the cheesy songs.

It was strange how Daphne mostly ignored the girls in the class.

The class ended with play time and bubble blowing, both which were a great hit. We are now huge Tiny Tot fans, and are planning on spending many a future Wednesday and Friday mornings encouraging Daphne's very colorful social skills.



















And finally, a little lesson on how nice it is to share:

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Beauty

Sorta freaky:













Pretty freaky:













Very freaky:













Silly:













Coming soon: Discovering Daphne's Boy-Craziness.

23 January 2010

She Makes Me Laugh

Sometimes I take pictures even when the flash is bugging her because I think her faces are funny.

She loves me so much.














































21 January 2010

Fresh Air




















It was so nice to have a semi-warm day today. I love being able to take Daphne outside when she's grouchy, because there is nothing like some dog watching to brighten her mood.

The doggies are always happy to have us spend time with them, too. Lola likes to lick her dirty tongue on Daphne's face.



































Daph doesn't mind.

19 January 2010

I Discovered Something Amazing

People have always said that Daphne looks like David. I think it's hard to look at your own baby and see anything but your baby, but I can see that David and Daphne both have blondish hair and I do not. So I have just been following the crowd and saying she looks like her father.

The other night I decided to do a little digging to see if there were any baby photos of me that maybe, possibly had a little Daphne in them. That is when I discovered something amazing.

































Take away the blond hair/blue eyes and tell me you see it!! And we have the exact same hair, except for the color. Hers is the same length as mine was at this same age, and it's doing the same curly/longish-on-the-back-and-sides mullet thing. We're practically twins! Why has no one who knew me as a baby mentioned this? Did you all forget what I looked like?





























































Fortunately I was never caught making any sort of face like this:



















Then this afternoon I discovered another amazing similarity between Daphne and I. Last night she did not sleep well, and then did not sleep during her morning nap this morning. She was pretty much a mess all day today. So this afternoon as I was bouncing her around the living room I asked her, "Daphne, do you wanna go shoppin'?" It was like turning on a light switch as she suddenly got very happy and bouncy. She is truly a girl after my own heart.

So from now on, everyone has to say that Daphne gets her good looks from me. It's just the right thing to do.

18 January 2010

We'll Be Lunching at the Pine Cone Today

I grew up in a small-ish farming community. People drive by your house and honk (probably because they are related to you). You wave at the person driving the tractor that you're passing on the road (and see it's your dad or grandpa). You can see the stars at night. Your dad shoots bottle rockets at you when you're out late looking at said stars with friends. And, you go to the Pine Cone for lunch.

Think of a small truck stop diner set in the middle of a bunch of fields and you've got the Pine Cone.

We went down to Albany for a quick little visit today and David said we needed to take Daphne on her first visit to this fine establishment.













She loved it. But then, she does love any place that provides pickles. For some reason she thought it would be a great idea to start smearing the pickle all over her face and head. And since we were all hooting and hollering with laughter over this, she just kept right on smearing. It was weird.
































It was nice that her bangs crusted over with pickle juice.

My favorite thing about the Pine Cone is that there is a big fish on the wall that my grandma caught in Mexico in 1995. I love that she is famous enough to have her fish hanging on the wall of the Pine Cone. I mean, no one else can say that about their grandma.



















We stopped by Daphne's grandpa's work for a bit, and I just had to share this picture of Daphne hanging out by the wall. She just scooted over and started licking it. Also very weird.



















So between the pickle and the wall I would say Daphne had a pretty good day.

14 January 2010

Maybe Some Videos

I thought you would want to see how quiet and peaceful little Daphne is. Demure, if you will.

She takes after her mother.

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13 January 2010

Model Measurements

Daphne had her 12 month well baby check today.

You'll be happy to know that she is healthy as a horse, and has achieved the body type we all strive for: skinny with a gigantic head. That's right, she's in the 0 percentile for weight and 91st percentile for head measurements.




















It's a good thing she wears cloth diapers, because with a disposable her 9 month size pants slide right off her body.

Way to be a super calorie burner, Daphne!

**Update from my original post...
I forgot to mention that Daphne's doctor says she's very advanced in her waving skills. I think that's good, because I think if there is anything you want your baby to be advanced in, it's waving. Definitely.

11 January 2010

She's Kind of a Toy Hog

It's so nice that Daphne could have a birthday and Christmas so that she can own some age appropriate toys.

Playing Duplos with her is pretty fun. Except that she always wants the exact ones we're playing with. And when we build an amazing house or tall tower, she immediately tears it apart. What's up with that? Someone needs to learn the art of cooperative play.































I had a cute video of Daphne and Brynner to post here, but for some reason even though the video shows up, when I try to play it it says it's unavailable. Whatever. I know it should be available because I put it there! Three times! I knew my new "skill" was too good to be true.


08 January 2010

A New Thing

Look what I can do!!

I'm not very good with our video camera, so while I can turn it on and push 'record,' there is no way I would know how to actually view what I just recorded. It never occurred to me to use my picture taking camera to take videos! Because I know how to put pictures onto the computer! And then Blogger has this handy little 'add a video' button I can push...and now I can put videos of Daphne on here every day for the rest of eternity.

Or maybe not, because it takes a seriously long time to upload videos. (You may have to pause the music on the side of the blog.)



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05 January 2010

So Stylish

I mentioned months ago that sometimes David dresses Daphne in some very....questionable outfits.

Take this, for example:













It was a chilly day so I put Daphne in tights and a onesie to go under the real outfit she was going to wear. After her tights were on I asked David to put her braces on while I went to grab the rest of her things. I came back and he was heading out the door with her just in the tights and onesie, thinking it was her full outfit. You can see her shocked expression. She was so relieved that I stepped in to save her from being paraded around in her undergarments.

Last night for the first time ever David gave Daphne her bath. Typically when I bathe her, I make sure to comb her wet hair down so that it will dry somewhat nicely. David did not do this, and my, was she lookin' good this morning.







































She's a very lovely little girl, don't ya think?

02 January 2010