Friday, April 28, 2006 (TAYLOR IS 50 WEEKS OLD)

Big news in Taylor’s world…she took her first steps on her own this week! So far she’s done it a few times. It’s just a couple of steps here and there, but she’s getting bolder every day.

Taking some very tentative steps:

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We put our house up for sale last week and we had our first open house so Taylor and I decided to lay low at my parent’s for awhile. After the open house, realtors kept making appointments to come through the house so one day at my parent’s house turned into an entire weekend. T.J. was really good the entire time, although she seems to be trying to get on Chiquita’s good side by slipping her treats now and again. T.J. loves to see Chiquita and so when she’s eating she’ll hang one arm over the side of her chair until Chiquita comes by and licks her hand. When Taylor doesn’t want a particular food or if she’s done with her meal she picks up her food, holds it out over the floor and drops it. Since most of what she eats is finger-food, little bits of carrots or bread or pasta end up strewn on the floor around her chair. Chiquita then takes on the roll of the cleaner, coming through and making sure that all of the little bits are licked clean. It’s really the least that Taylor can do for Chiquita, since she’s usurped her power position in my parent’s house.

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Daddy’s got some big shoes to fill:

Friday, April 21, 2006 (TAYLOR IS 49 WEEKS OLD)

Taylor celebrated her first Easter this past weekend. My mom’s neighbor hosts a big Easter egg hunt on their street – they close off the cul-de-sac and put out about 2,000 eggs in everyone’s yard on the street. There were probably about 75 kids there and they cleaned out the eggs in the blink of an eye. There was a “pre-kindergarten” yard for the little ones, where they hung eggs from a tree. Taylor got her egg and enjoyed playing with it and inspecting it. I think it’s going to take another year before she understands the concept of hunting for eggs.

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All this Easter activity tuckered Taylor right out:

Friday, April 14, 2006 (TAYLOR IS 48 WEEKS OLD)

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This past week, both the rain and Taylor’s cold were lingering, so we were getting a bit of cabin fever. By the time Wednesday rolled around, the weather wasn’t any better, but T.J. was and so she went to her buddy Cameron’s house in the morning while I went to work. Usually when I drop her off, she gets a little upset when I leave. Not this time – I think she was so relieved to see fresh faces and new toys because she didn’t so much as glance in my direction when I said goodbye. The weather finally seemed to turn the corner on Thursday and it was bright and sunny outside so we got a little dose of sunshine to hold us over through the coming rainy days.

Watching the rain:
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The word of the week is “cheese” – Taylor has said it a couple of times, so we’ll add it to her vocabulary list. She also has been saying “duh”, when she sees a dog. It sounds very similar to “dada” (daddy), but there’s a subtle difference. Somehow “mama” is still coming out as “dada” – we’ve still got some work to do on that one!

This one needs some explaining…I found Taylor sleeping face down (snoring) with her hands tucked underneath her and her bum hiked up in the air. Okay, maybe you had to be there, but it was SO CUTE!!


Friday, April 7, 2006 (TAYLOR IS 47 WEEKS OLD)

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We’ve been having record rainfall here in the Bay Area for the past couple of weeks and so Taylor and I have been cooped up inside a lot. I don’t really know why, but even when she’s not outside, T.J.’s mood changes when the weather changes. I’ve been wanting to take her to the park, but there hasn’t been enough sun to go there, so we’ve been creating our own “park” indoors. We made an indoor sandbox for Taylor using a plastic tub and cornmeal. She ended up eating a lot of the cornmeal which seemed wholly unappetizing to me, but she didn’t seem to mind at all. We also built a tunnel using blankets and her baby gates. The tunnel was really more entertaining for me than for her, although she did enjoy peeking out from under the blankets at me:

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I used to love Daylight Savings – it was really nice to have an hour more light in the day, but I have a new perspective on it now. When it rolled around this past fall, it took us two months to get Taylor back onto a normal sleeping schedule. So far this one is not starting off so well either. Taylor’s bedtime has been all over the map this week. We’re trying to get her back on track, but I can’t really blame her for not wanting to go to bed when it’s broad daylight outside! We also think that she’s getting her molars, which is causing her a significant amount of discomfort. That, combined with the fact that she’s been sick for over a week could also be contributing to the problem. If it takes us another two months to get into the groove again, I might just consider moving to a state that doesn’t have Daylight Savings Time (hmmm….I hear that Hawaii is pretty nice this time of year!)