Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Walking Tall

I think sometimes as mom's we end up putting our children in boxes, and deciding for them what they can and can not do. Simply by spending a lot of time with Allison I feel qualified to determine her skills even before she's tried them out.

On Easter Sunday Kyle and Andrea stopped by, and while I was doing dishes Kyle was playing with Allison in the living room. I heard him mention her trying to walk, and then noticed him getting out her walking toy. "She can't do that yet", I told him. I went on to explain that she has hardly any interest in walking, and that if you set her up on that walking toy she will promptly lean on it (causing it to roll forward) and then bump her head on the handle.

I was ignored, and Allison was set up behind her toy and asked to come toward Frank. Sure enough, my baby started taking steps and was able to walk directly to him! I was in shock, but happy to be proven wrong. I got her on tape that day "walking" with her toy. Since then she has picked up speed and now she will go find her toy, climb up it, and take off!

She doesn't steer very well, which is understandable since the wheels only go straight. I walk along with her and readjust her direction when she needs it. If she ever gets enough confidence to let go, I think she'll be walking by her birthday! Anyway, from all this I've learned to let her try things even if I "know" she can't do them. It makes for a nice surprise when I'm wrong. I'm so proud of my baby!

Thursday, April 16, 2009

My Fat Tree

I haven't had a chance to post as often as I would like lately, and I feel like I've missed sharing some of Allison's moments. I don't necessarily share them for your enjoyment, but more to help me remember. You forget the little things among the big ones, and I want to capture as much as I can.

One of the things that Frank and I laugh about the most regarding Allison is how much she hates being cuddled. She has to be REALLY tired to lay her head down on your shoulder or allow you to cradle and rock her. I want her to crawl into my arms and just let me love her so bad, but that's just not going to happen. Frank loves the irony here because I'm even more anti-mushy than she is, yet I want the one thing from her that I refuse to give.

Before we had Allison, Frank and I were talking on IM while we were at work. Somehow we got on the subject of my "anti-mushiness" and Frank told me to "put my quills down". I knew he was trying to call me a porcupine, but I didn't know how to spell it so I used my phonics and got "porkypine" - as in a "fat tree." lol. Anyway, that term stuck and I've been a fat tree (instead of porcupine) ever since.

Now I've got my own fat tree, and it's not so much fun. It's not as easy to be on this side of the quills! I really hope she'll grow out of this stage, but I'm not so sure. My mom says I had the same temperament as a child and Frank will tell you that it stuck.

Other things about Allison.

I've mentioned before that she loves music, but she now dances to it! We were watching American Idol this week and she had pulled herself up to get a better look at the tv and was standing at the couch watching with us, and anytime someone sang she started bouncing up and down and making noise as though she were trying to sing along. She does that with any toys that have music too.

She understands the phrase "show me how you bounce". When you tell her that she'll start kicking her legs at the same time very quickly. It's so cute!

She can say 'da da' and 'mama', but we don't think either mean anything to her. Mama usually comes out while she's eating as in "Mmmmmm-aaaa Ma". Although at other times she'll crawl in my direction, look right at me and say it very clearly. We're pretty sure she's behind linguistically. That's ok, though. Frank's Dad jokes that he thought Frank was retarded as a baby, and look how he turned out. LOL.

Books are her favorite toys. She loves to sit alone and turn pages while "reading" to herself. I've read them to her so often that I have a few of them memorized. I know she recognizes the words in the book because I can say "Hello, sheep in the pen. Hello, Duck. Hello, Hen." and she will go get THAT book. I'm not at all exaggerating. She's a genius.

She's not that interested in walking. When I try and stand her up and get her to come to me she implements her "noodle legs" and then crawls to me. I think she realizes that she has some good speed at crawling and sees learning to walk as a hindrance to her exploring. She has a push toy that she can kind of walk behind. She leans on it heavily so I have to hold it to keep her from falling on her face.

That's all for now because she just woke up from her nap! The pictures are of her at the park last week! Daddy got to go with us for the first time! She loves that swing! Check out her Keds!! (Thanks Grandma!)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Baby Dedication

Two Sundays ago Frank and I joined a few other parents in dedicating our little one to the church. We do not personally believe in infant baptism, but this is the Baptist equivalent. It's basically stating that we as parents promise to raise our child in church and teach her Biblical principles.

We were asked to choose a verse for the dedication and we selected Deuteronomy 6:5-9.

"Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates." (NIV)

Allison was given a certificate and a really cute pink Bible from the church that has been put in her box of baby keepsakes.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ten Months!

Yes, I know this is late, but I did actually take these pictures yesterday. However, I took them in the evening and by the time I got Cranky to bed it was too late to blog. Sorry, Serra! :)

The shoot didn't go very well, because I live in Texas so therefore of COURSE it was cold and windy in April. I wasn't about to put her in winter clothes though, and my neighbors felt sorry for her and insisted that she wear the colorful leggings which actually ended up being really cute in the pictures. Allison did not want to be there. She was tired, cold, and mad that I wouldn't let her lick my reflector.

Here are the ones where I got a decent expression.

And here is how she looked in the other 100 or so pictures I took... (lol)

Ok, she just woke up from her nap so I don't have time to elaborate any more!