Monday, July 27, 2009

General Update: Baby

As a general update to all. Elliott can now do the following with relative reliability:
- Give kisses when asked (and when not distracted)
- Point to things
- Point to a short list of things (fan, stuffed fish...) when asked "Where's the ______?"
- Clap along
- Dance to music
- Climb stairs with the best of them
- Say "dada" and also "dada..da....dadda...daadaa"
- Say "dog" and "all done" (in her own way)
- Stand on her own for more than 10 seconds
- Play basketball (Playskool style)
- Climb onto the open dishwasher door (not endorsed by her parents)

There are so many things happening these days and it is really exciting to see her cognitive skills advance day by day. She turns 11 months tomorrow.

We love our baby.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Sunday, July 19, 2009

The Over Under Game

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Not to Divide Your Attention from Elliott but C-mon!

What's for dinner? Why, J Andy Kane's baby, of course.

Sadie looks delicious!

Zip Zip Zip!

We just booked a three our zip line adventure through and we are totally stoked!

Zip Zip Zip!

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

New Plan

Summer has not come to New England as we have hoped this year. This caused some disappointment in the beginning but I have had to buck up and get over it. We have been pretty much under a cloud for weeks. Today was tops when there was even a tornado warning. Jer was driving right into the heart of it. Sans motorcycle, fortunately.

This weather has dashed my hopes of spontaneous trips to the beach, pool and park fun galore for baby Elliott and I have had to rethink summer plans. Four mornings a week we are going to the gym sometime between 7:30 and 8:30. Elliott is playing with her baby peers for a hour while I get some exercise. We come home and Elliott plays a bit more and then gets a nap. I can take a shower and get ready for the next part of the day - PLAYDATES! We are booking them people! You want to play? Call me, email me, send me an owl. We love to play. Elliott is having a great time. SO far she has played with Jonah, Kayla, Atticus and Will - and she wants to play with your baby too. Playdates have been a great way of making my friendships better, connecting on the mom level, sharing ideas and tricks of the trade, and general support for baby life. I love them. Elliott has so much fun. She loves to play. Perhaps your baby should play with her. After our playdates Elliott takes her second nap and we get ready for part three of the day "daddy's home!" Jeremy walks in the door and Elliott points and smiles like she is saying "YOU! I know you! I love you!" - it's the best.

In other news Elliott took 3 spills today. One drew blood. Poor baby. She pulled herself up to stand by the wooden chair in her room, somehow dropped down and bit her lower lip with her top teeth. She was not happy. I was proud that I kept my cool. She enjoyed the sensation of ice when I put it on her poor little lip and she sucked on it a little. I know she has got lots of bumps and bruises ahead and I am so proud that she bravely takes on the world a few minutes after life throws her a challenge.

That's our girl!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Addendum Re: Clapping + More

Elliott has also been spotted crying and clapping as well as crying and waving.

She is now standing for a few moments on her own - at least 10 seconds if she hits the "sweet spot".

Elliott can now be heard saying mama, dada, dog and (we think) cat.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Elliott's First Fourth

Elliott had her first fourth of July today, and what a fourth it was. The clouds finally left for a day and revealed the sun that had been hiding for the entire month of June.

As you will see in the video, Elliott is now able to stand unaided for several seconds. She is growing so fast and we love her so much.

Enjoy the pictures and happy fourth.