Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Monday, August 29, 2011

Fun in the Sun

Temperatures in the low 80's, sunshine beaming down, slight breeze to keep things cool.  Weather like this just begs you to play that's what we have been doing.

Eureka Fest provided prime opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors.  Between Friday and Saturday, Staley got to visit the petting zoo (although watching the other children was more entertaining than seeing the animals), meet some clowns (one of them looks SO familiar), shop at the craft booths, cheer on the runners at the trail race, and relish the attention showered on her from other Eureka Festians.

More worried about standing in the grass than watching the turtle

Clowning around with Ida Know

We designated Sunday as Family Fun Day.  Zach has been working so hard on school work and on the house project, so he took the afternoon off to just enjoy some family time.  Staley experienced her first visit to the Peoria Zoo.  Her favorites?  The zebras, the active monkeys (not so interested in the ones that weren't climbing around), and, of course, all the other kids.

Don't judge the zoo by Staley's serious expression.

Picture time was serious business, but the zoo was great fun!

And today was another perfect day, so Staley and I played out at Eureka Lake.  Staley LOVED swinging in a big girl swing for the first time and going down the slides with me.  She also enjoyed looking at the lake, visiting with the ducks, and watching other kids play on the playground.


Life with Staley is so much fun.  But life with Staley AND perfect weather--well, it doesn't get any better than that.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Okay, so it's not a first word...YET.  But Staley's expanding vocal experimentation has grown to include various consonant and vowel combinations.  Her favorite?  At this point, it does not seem to correlate to my presence, but I'm hopeful that her enjoyment of the sound and my incessent imitation while pointing to myself may merge to create an official first-word scenario.  She also makes sounds that are similar to 'hi' and 'yeah', but we're focusing on 'mama' at the moment.  If we can nail down a first word within the next week or so, we may still have time to work on 'Go Bears!' as a first sentence before the NFL season opener.

Monday, August 22, 2011

I'm Doing Laundry!!!

Yes, the multiple exclamation points ARE necessary.  Yes, laundry is that exciting.  Why am I so excited about laundry day?  Because I'm doing laundry with  my own washer and dryer in my own laundry room at my own house for the first time in about three and a half months.  Getting the washer and dryer out of the living room and into a functional laundry room is one step closer to being finished with our project.  Once the cabinets and the trim are up in the laundry room, I'll post some official laundry room pictures.  For now, I will continue to enjoy a laundry day where I don't have to leave the house.   

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Lost and Found

Staley started playing 'so big' at a little over 2 months of age.  It was so very cute and we were so proud, but she suddenly stopped doing it about a month after she started.  We searched high and low...we practiced and demonstrated for her and tried to re-teach the skill, but to no avail.  For whatever reason, 'so big' was lost and there was nothing we could do about it.  Well, never fear.  'So big' is back!  I'm not sure where it went for those few months, but Staley is once again happy and proud as she smiles big and answers the pressing question of 'how big is Staley?'  And the answer...

"So big!"

Friday, August 19, 2011

Only Seventeen More

Teeth, that is.  Tooth number 3 (top left front) made it's official appearance today.  You may not find reading about each new tooth edge-of-your-seat exciting (and when we get into double digits, I may refrain from providing a tooth-by-tooth introduction), but for now, new teeth remain blog worthy.  However, for those of you who were hoping for more than a new tooth up-date, I am including a picture of Staley's oh-so-cute toothy grin.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Permanent Wave

I mentioned in Staley's 7 month post that she had started waving, but not consistently.  Well, scratch the 'not consistently' part.  Staley is a waving machine!  She waves all the time.  She waves at us when we get her out of bed in the morning and when she is getting her diaper changed.  She waves when people come, when people go, and when people aren't paying attention to her.  She waves at the cats.  She waves at cars.  She waves at dogs and trees and herself in the mirror.  And Staley doesn't have the ordinary open-and-close-my-hand wave that many babies use.  She has adopted a more Miss America style wave (although trust me...pageants are NOT in her future) with her arm extended, hand open, using forearm and wrist movement to communicate her greetings.  I waited a few days to type this post, hoping to get a cute waving picture to share.  I still haven't captured the moment on film, so you'll just have to close your eyes and smile as you imagine my sweet Staley happily waving her hello to you.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Makes You Want to Read, Doesn't It?

The photos from Staley's 'Read Campaign' modeling sessions are in and on display at a public library near you (if you live in Eureka).  Of course, they are also on display in this post, but we would encourage you to visit the Eureka Public Library anyway...if for no other reason than to thank them for making my cute baby girl a local celebrity!  : )


Friday, August 12, 2011

Seven Months

It was hard for me to even type that heading. Weighing in at 16.4 pounds and smiling big with her two bottom teeth, my baby girl is growing up fast.  Too fast.  Staley has just moved to the top slots on her infant carseat, is wearing size 3 diapers, and is out-growing her 3-6 month wardrobe.  She can ride in shopping carts at the store and sit in restaurant high chairs.  Staley now eats solids twice each day, nurses 4-5 times, takes 2 naps, and sleeps for around 10 hours at night.  She is happy and alert and so interested in the world around her.

Likes:  Staley finds so much joy in life that it is hard to list all her 'likes' anymore.  She lights up when she sees Zach and I (and will sometimes cry when I leave the room).  When she is outside, she enjoys going for walks and runs, swinging on the porch swing, watching the trees, feeling the wind, playing in her pool, and listening to dogs barking in the neighborhood.  Her favorite inside activities are rolling around in her room, reading books, watching and petting the cats, and sitting up to play with toys.  The best toys are not really toys:  cell phones, empty water bottles, crumpled paper, and her bowls and spoons keep her attention.  Her favorite toy-toys are her stacking cups, stacking bowls, and her shape sorter shapes.  Funny games like animal noises, peek-a-boo, tickling, and zerberts bring out the laughter.  And eating real food is great long as she is eating sweet potatoes, apples, pears, rice cereal, or store-bought carrots.

Dislikes:  Staley fusses when she is really tired or really hungry.  She does not like the texture of her homemade baby food carrots, green beans, or broccoli.  Getting dressed is less fun these days, and occasionally loud noises (bathroom hand dryers, loud cheering) can be scary. 

Skills:  It is so fun to watch Staley's world expand as she learns and understands more and more.  She sits up so well, and can now get from sitting up to lying down by slowly falling backward or leaning forward.  She rolls across a room quickly now, and can pivot a little bit when on her stomach.  She LOVES to stand while holding onto furniture or someone's hands, and she is quite serious about 'water skiing' with Papa.  (Don't worry--no water is actually involved.)  Staley enjoys examining toys, moving them from hand to hand and turning them around to look at them.  She bangs toys together at midline and will deliberately drop toys from her high chair or carseat.  She enjoys rolling a ball back and forth, knocking over towers, turning pages of her books, and lifting flaps in her books.  She is starting to bring a blanket over her own eyes for peek-a-boo and is starting to wave, although these skills are not consistent.  Staley is not saying any words yet, but continues to explore all the various noises she can make from low growling noises to high pitched squeals.  Her understanding of language seems to be emerging daily and she definitely identifies mommy, daddy, splash, and kitty.  She is also understanding some of her daily routines.  She leans in with mouth wide for her favorite foods, keeps her mouth tightly closed for her not-so-favorite foods, opens up for teeth brushing, and fusses when I say 'the end' for her pre-nap book (which is the very end of her going-down-for-nap routine).  I may be biased (okay, definitely biased), but I think she is one smart cookie...and one stinkin' cute baby!

Staley at 7 months

Life is just so good!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Pool Time

It has cooled off enough outside that Staley has been spending some quality time in her pool on the front porch.

The water feels so nice! 
(Probably because it was hand-delivered warm from the kitchen sink.)

Stacking cups are fun no matter where you are.

Just catching up on a little light reading.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oh, Fun!

At almost 7 months old, Staley's refined sense of humor requires quality jokes and hilarious games to elicit the huge smiles, giggles, and belly-laughs that we love so much.  Staley is a happy, fun baby and there are lots of things that make her smile, but some of the current games and activities that tickle Staley's funny bone include:

1.  Peek-a-boo
2.  Animal sounds-made by animals or by humans (preferably Daddy)
3.  Swooping and horsey rides, which are other games that Daddy is very good at
4.  Belly zerberts
5.  "This Little Piggy" (mainly when we get to the 'wee, wee, wee' part)
6.  Tickling, although I think Staley enjoys the anticipation as much as the tickles
7.   Laughing.  This is a fun game where you laugh at Staley and then she laughs back.
8.  The ''s cold" game.  This game is super-fun.  When I have a cold drink in a glass, Staley will reach out, touch the glass, and look at me expectantly.  I will pull the glass away saying "'s cold."  As I'm sure is evident by my description, this game is hilarious and can be played over and over and over again with lots of giggling and laughing.  I'm surprised it hasn't already been marketed.

So if you are having a bad day or just need something to make you smile, feel free to pick an item from the list and enjoy.  Hours of fun for the whole family are nestled away in these 8 little gems.  And if you don't believe me, just ask Staley! 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Drop It Like It's Hot

There are fun games that babies play.  Peek-a-boo is fun.  Banging toys together is fun.  Rolling a ball back and forth is fun.  Dropping things onto the floor from the high chair or carseat and then complaining about not having anything to play with...not so fun.

Friday, August 5, 2011


I am sitting here in my fabulous, climate-controlled, 3 zoned, geothermal central air conditioned home.  The blessed silence with no window units whirring in the background is a beautiful, beautiful thing.

Basement.  Done.
Heating and air conditioning.  Done.
Plumbing.  Done.
Electrical work.  Just about done.
Drywall.  Done soon.
Deck and yard.  Let's not talk about that yet.

Instead let's talk about my central air conditioned home.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

House Up-date

Our house project is moving right along.  Maybe not as quickly as I would like, but moving in the right direction nonetheless.  The basement itself has been finished for about a month.  The plumbers should be done fixing their mistakes by the end of the week, the heating and air conditioning guys have less than a day of work left to do, Zach and his dad have just about finished all the electrical work, and the men are coming tomorrow to hang drywall in our new stairwell and laundry room.  If everything goes according to plan (which hasn't really happened yet with this project), I may have a fully functioning laundry room by next week.  We still have a long list of things yet to accomplish before our house no longer looks like a construction zone, and we won't even begin to talk about the yard, but we are slowly but surely moving towards the finish line.

Our new stairwell into our new basement.
The laundry room is behind the stairwell.

Framed up and ready for drywall.

Monday, August 1, 2011

The World is Starting to Make Sense

Staley is at such a fun age.  She is learning and discovering and understanding her world more and more each day.  It seems that Staley is starting to connect a few words with their meanings.  When we say "splash, splash" during bath time, she will smile big and kick her legs.  When we say "where's the kitty", she looks around for Jake and Elwood.  Zach picks her up on the days that I work and when he says "let's go home and see Mommy", she gets a big smile on her face.  And when we ask, "what does the kitty say?" or "what does the cow say?", she gets very excited because animal sounds are one of her favorite games.

Staley is also starting to play anticipatory games.  She will get excited when I slowly move my hand towards her for tickling.  She loves peek-a-boo, and will watch the top of the blanket for my eyes to appear (and then giggle when they do).  She has a few favorite books and seems to get excited before we even start reading them, presumably by recognizing the cover.  ('Moo, Baa, La La La' is top of the list right now.)  She is also getting a little more hesitant around new people, occasionally crying but generally just regarding them seriously or burying her head into my shoulder.  And, although part of me loves the fact that she knows me and loves me and wants to be around me, Staley is starting to get upset when I leave the room.  Which makes me feel good, but also makes taking a shower or using the bathroom a little tougher.

With Staley's ever-growing understanding of the world, I wanted to use the summer to expose her to fun new experiences like the swimming pool and the zoo and the playground.  Unfortunately, the weeks of living out of suitcases followed by the weeks of incessent heat have grounded some of our plans.  But Staley did get to enjoy a short outing to the Fondulac Farm Park on Saturday, where she rode around in her stroller, relaxing and giggling at the farm animals she saw.

Not ladylike, but comfortable