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This morning, a recap

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1am

Kai: (hi! hi! gimme milk!)
Mrs Bean: mmm.  here, have a boobie.  Now try this pacifier.
Kai: (no!!! no pacifier!)

2am (Kai is still latched on)

Kai: (hi! hi! gimme milk! wanna play?)
Mrs Bean: mmm.  Kid, I’m tired.  Try this pacifier.
Kai: (no!!! no pacifier!)

3am (…still latched on)

Kai: (hi! wanna play?  i love you! let’s roll around on the bed together, okay?  I want a snack!)
Mrs Bean: arrrrgh.
Kai: (no!!! no pacifier!)

4am (not latched on)

Kai: (hi hi hi!  wakey wakey!  My belly is rumbling…)
Mrs Bean: arrrrgh.  Why can’t you just sleep at night?  How about a pacifier?
Kai: (no!!! no pacifier!!!)

5am (…still latched on)

Kai: (tee hee hee.  is that the sun I see?  a glimmer in the distance?)
Mrs Bean: I’M SO TIRED.  Please, take this pacifier…
Kai: (no!!! no pacifier!!!)

6am (…still latched on)

Kai: [sits up, looks around] (hey!  A pacifier!  Wow!  I love my pacifier!)
Mrs Bean: HONEY…You need to take the baby out of this room.

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August 30, 2010 at 9:00 pm

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Friday the 13th

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It’s Friday the 13th and Kai is 9 months old today!  We saw the doctor today and everything is still fine.  She’s now 28″ long and 16lb 2oz.  She’s a tall and skinny baby!

Alot has happened since I last posted…or seems to have happened.  Lack of sleep has made time whiz by.

Food

She’s eating many more things now.  We were in SF and she loved the fresh peaches, red pepper and avocado from the farmers market.  She has had toasted Os, baby corn and lots of other fruits and veggies.  We try to offer her something from our plates when we eat dinner together.  She loves trying new things and has also learned to clamp her mouth shut and shake her head in a very emphatic NO when she doesn’t want anything to eat.

Teeth

Tooth #2 has made its appearance!  All the better to scrape yummy bits off of pear slices!

Mobility

Oh boy.  She can crawl pretty quickly now and loves to pull things off shelves.  She’s on the verge of mastering standing…hopefully she won’t be walking too soon!  Mrs Bean also caught her climbing up a step the other day.   She has become a master of crawling over obstacles (stuffed toys, mommies) and likes to head to the window if she can so she can peek outside.

Traveling to meet family (and to mimic them)

We went to SF for a long weekend, and Kai really enjoyed hanging out with her aunties and her mimi.  Little Auntie F (she’s 13) got her to start mimicking her saying “AH-choo!” – Kai’s comes out more like “ah-foo!”.   Crazy Aunt Momo (the circus aunt) had her sticking out her tongue.  So cute!

I can stick out my tongue, can you?

We went to the Golden Gate Park, to the Conservatory of Flowers and to the very cool Koret childrens quarter – Kai really enjoyed looking at all the flowers and being amongst little kids.  It’s pretty ‘cold’ there this summer, so we packed her winter hat – she doesn’t quite fit in it yet.

Maybe this hat will fit me in December...

Music

Kai loves music.  When a song comes on with a good beat or a certain class of guitar riff, she’ll start bopping away.  We took her to a kids concert at a local coffeehouse, and she loved being there with all the jumping kids and the music.  It’s free and happens every week with different artists so we’ll probably be going fairly regularly.

And…ukelele!  I ordered a ukelele and Kai loves watching me play (I only know ‘row row row your boat’ so far) and likes to whack it and pluck at the strings.  This is exciting for me because I get to learn to play an instrument while entertaining the baby.

Wow.  It’s wonderful watching Kai learn about the world and the different ways of interacting with things in the world.  I’m constantly surprised at all how things can come together in a baby’s mind.  Humans are pretty amazing!

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August 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

Toothless Wonder no more!

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How could I forget to note this??

Kai’s first tooth emerged!  It’s shy and can barely be seen unless you’re looking for it, but you can definitely feel it, and it’s SHARP!  She’s been gnawing on her fists and chewing on frozen washcloths.  Considering that we thought her first tooth would come in back in May, I have no predictions on when the tooth will finish emerging…

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August 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

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Clap clap

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Today, Kai figured out to clap with her hands open.  Her little hands make a tiny little clapping sound, and it thrills her so much she laughs every time she claps.  Last week, she was knocking her hands together, but hadn’t figured out how to make noise with her hands.  She’s so thrilled with her new skill that she loves showing off – she’ll clap for you if you just say “clap clap clap!”   She’ll also clap to her favorite songs.  It’s SO cute.

Kai is also getting comfortable with cruising across sofas and shelves.  She’s also getting really good at making a run for bins and bags and  emptying them when we’re not looking (and even when we are).

Language-wise, she’s starting to use the milk gesture (baby sign language) after having recognized it for awhile.  We’re teaching her “more” now.  She’s gained some warbly-ness to her voice – she’ll exclaim “oOOOoooOOOoooo!!!” and will often engage in conversations with the Kai-sized stuffed animals we have.  It’s amazing to watch all this happen!  There is so much happening in her little head!

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August 3, 2010 at 9:53 pm