Adelie and Staley's World

Adelie and Staley's World

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Cuz It's Fun

Because Staley's day care provider was on vacation this week, she spent Tuesday with her Uma (Grandma Sancken) and today with her Grammie (Grandma Walles) while I was at work.  To add to the excitement of spending time with her grandmas, Cade (Staley's 7 year old cousin) was at Uma's house all day on Tuesday and Elliott (Staley's 3 year old cousin) was at Grammie's house all day today.  So Staley soaked up quality time with her cousins.

Apparently she just couldn't get enough of them.  She played with them and watched them play and followed them around all day  On Tuesday morning, she reportedly was having a blast bouncing on the bed upstairs with Cade.  After her nap later that afternoon, Staley was playing downstairs with Cade and Uma.  She crawled over to the stairs, signed 'more', and said 'bounce.'  So when Zach showed up to pick her up, she and Cade were bouncing on the bed, and Staley was squealing and laughing and didn't want to leave. And according to Grammie, the last word Staley said before her nap today was 'Ayet' (Elliott) and the first word she said upon waking up from her nap was 'Ayet.'  I'm so glad that Staley loves her cousins and had so much fun with them.  My only disappointment is that I didn't get the joy of watching them together.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Staley's First Christmas

I love Christmas.  And I love Staley.  So, of course, I LOVED Christmas with Staley.  We celebrated on Christmas Eve with Zach's family, Christmas morning at home, Christmas afternoon with my family, and the day after Christmas with the extended Sancken family.  It was a lot of Christmas, but Staley enjoyed it all.

Staley always loves spending time with family.

Cousin pictures are not always perfect...

especially when the cousins are distracted by ornaments.
Waterskiing with Papa is high excitement.

Spending time with Great Grams is always fun.

And although getting presents was good, the best part was...

...the unwrapping

...and playing with (or eating) the wrapping paper.

And even though Christmas was busy, Staley still found time to enjoy her presents.

Staley shared some literary time with Jake.

Staley was big stuff with her new table and chairs.

Beep, beep.  She's on the move.

And even new clothes can be fun.

Staley's first Christmas was great!  Family time.  Wrapping paper.  Lights.  New books, new toys, new clothes.  Christmas trees.  Did I mention wrapping paper?  There are so many things to love about Christmas...and now Staley loves them too. 


Tuesday, December 20, 2011

No Means...Maybe?

Staley understands the word 'no.'  And to make sure that I realize that she knows, she will now tell herself 'no.'  Staley will crawl over to the DVD shelf, sit in front of it, look at me, and shake her head 'no.'  She will reach out, touch a DVD, pull her hand back, look at me, and shake her head 'no.'  She does the same thing with her wipes warmer.  She will open the top, close the top, look at me (because I think if I wasn't watching, she'd probably go ahead and empty it), and then shake her head 'no.'  Over and over again.  Eventually she'll take it a step farther (like pulling out one wipe and grabbing one DVD), I think just to test me--to make sure that it's still an off-limits activity.  (And it is.)

Staley is also starting to test some limits at meal time.  When she is done eating what's on her tray, she will grab a piece of her food, hold it over the edge of her tray, and look at me and smile. If I ask her to hand it to me, she generally will.  Otherwise she'll smile at me as she opens her hand and lets the food fall to the floor.  She does it with such a cute expression on her face that it's hard to stay stern.  But since Staley is testing the limits, we have to stay firm and remind her that no means no...not maybe.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

'S' is for...

She may be an author.  She may be a journalist.  She may be an English teacher.  One thing is for certain.  Staley seems to love the written word.  Her love for books continues, but she has now developed a new love as well.  It's not just words that she loves.  Staley also loves her letters.  Staley has foam letters to play with in the bath tub.  We put about 10 letters in the tub along with her squirty toys, her bath cups, and her rubber ducky.  But although she plays with all her toys, lately her letters have been her favorites.  And the best letter of all?  S!  Staley can pick out her orange 'S' from the other letters in the tub and loves to say 'Esss.'  Tonight after bath time, Staley held onto her 'S' and her 'O' when getting out of the tub.  She didn't let go of them while Daddy carried her from the bathroom into her room.  She held one in each hand as she was dried off, lotioned up, and dressed in her PJs.  She fell asleep while nursing, still clutching an 'S' in one hand and an 'O' in the other.  Now I know what you're thinking.  'SO?'

Monday, December 12, 2011

Eleven Months

 My baby girl will be a year old next month.  I can't believe it!!  At 11 months, Staley weighs around 20 lbs.  She is starting to outgrow her 6-9 month clothes.  She still wears her size 3 diapers and her 6-12 and 9-12 month clothes.  Staley eats 3 meals (with her 8 teeth), nurses 3 times, takes 1 nap, and sleeps for about 11 hours at night (8 pm-7 am).

Likes:  Staley is still social and likes being around other kids.  She loves water--bath time and swimming are great fun!  She loves to explore, eat things she finds on the floor, and pull things off shelves.  Her favorite activities are emptying her dresser drawers, playing with refrigerator magnets, looking at books, and playing hide and seek.  Her favorite toys (apart from anything in my purse) are her Little People toys, her mega blocks, and her balls.  She still LOVES all her books.  Current favorites include:  'Good Night, Gorilla', 'Baby Play Things', and any book with pictures of cats, balls, or kids.  Favorite foods remain Cheerios, Puffs, fruits (peaches, pears, apples, prunes), soup, pancakes, and grilled cheese.  Staley still gets very excited about Jake and Elwood, she is intrigued with our Christmas tree, and her favorite people in the world are Mommy and Daddy.

Dislikes:  Staley does not like vegetables or eggs.  She is starting to exhibit some stranger anxiety.  (Just ask Santa.)  She can get fussy about diaper and clothing changes, although gets over it quickly if she has something to hold or play with.  (Her Desitin is always a super-fun distraction.)  Being strapped in her carseat for too long is no fun.  And 'no' is her least favorite word!

Skills:  Staley amazes us on a daily basis.  She is a crawling champion, can crawl up stairs, pulls to stand, and cruises along furniture.  She will even let go when standing and stand alone for a few seconds.  Staley is starting to enjoy pointing and poking with her index finger.  She loves to gently touch the Christmas tree and Christmas ornaments, point at things in her books, and poke her finger in holes (which is why we have to make sure all the outlets are covered.)  She loves to put things in and take things out.  She is good at activating cause and effect toys, and loves to lift flaps, pull tabs, and push buttons in her books.  Staley is talking up a storm with 36 words and 4 signs.  Her favorite words remain 'up', 'book', and 'hi.'  Staley loves to imitate what we do and say.  She understands much of what we tell her.  She can identify or point to objects in books and pictures.  She can follow directions that we give her, like 'get your ball' or 'give me your bow' or 'put that toy in.'  She can identify her own toes, tummy, and nose.  She can identify eyes, nose, mouth, and ears on someone else.  She can tell us what the fish say, what the snake says, what the bunny does, and what the ladybug does.  She can give five, give hugs, dance,  blow kisses, do actions to 'Itsy Bitsy Spider', and raise the roof.  But the one skill I would list as my absolute favorite is the way she fills each and every one of my days with joy.

Eleven months of joy!

7 + 1 =

The number of teeth Staley now proudly displays when she smiles.  She now has 4 bottom teeth to compliment her 4 top teeth.  Hooray!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Word Explosion

Staley is talking up a storm, adding more words to her vocabulary on a daily basis.  Zach and I sat down tonight and wrote out the list of words that Staley says.  By our best count, Staley currently has 31 words and 4 signs in her vocabulary, about 25 of which she uses consistently and spontaneously.  Now some of her words may sound the same--'hi' and 'hide', 'dog' and 'duck', 'up' and 'apple'-- and some have her own special pronounciation--'bose' for 'toast', 'Ayet' for 'Elliott', 'yaish' for 'yes'.  Many can only be understood in context.  I will spare you the entire list, but Staley's favorite words remain 'up', 'book', and 'hi'.  She must be partial to the men in her life because Mama is the only female on her word list, while Daddy, Papa, Gabe (her friend at daycare), Elliott (her cousin), Cade (her other cousin), and Jake (our cat) all made the cut.  And although I'm not sure how useful this is in daily language, Staley will say 'burp' after she burps, which I find very amusing.  Her two new signs (along with 'more' and 'drink') are 'help' and 'please.'  And when all else fails, Staley will try to get her point across by yelling or screaming.  When she does this, we tell her 'use your words.'  And although they may not cover all the bases, she does have 31 to choose from. 

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


We were curious, so we let her try.  We wondered, "Can she?"  And the answer...

Yes!  She can.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Meeting Santa

The concept of a large, strange man hidden behind a mask of facial hair who spys on you throughout the year and then sneaks into your house once a year is creepy. 

Staley agrees.

Now the sleigh and presents...that's okay.

I'll be honest--since I can be on my own blog.  I think the Santa thing is overdone.  I'm not sure I like the idea of tricking my child into believing something that's not true.  I prefer the idea of teaching Staley about the true meaning of Christmas.  I wasn't sure about doing Santa pictures this year, but State Farm decorates the atrium with different Christmas backgrounds, lets you take pictures with Santa, and gives a gift to the children of employees, so we took advantage of the opportunity.  Staley liked seeing the other kids.  She liked her gift.  The jingle bell that the elf was ringing was pretty fun.  So the overall experience was positive.  But Santa...well, we both still think he's a little bit scary.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Setting Boundaries

Now that Staley is mobile and exploration is the key to her happiness, our role as parents has amped up a degree.  We have entered the parenting world of boundary setting.  We want Staley to explore her world, examine her surroundings, and discover how things work.  We are okay with messes.  We are okay with extra clean up.  We are okay with the occasional bump or bruise.  We are trying to keep our off-limit activities to those that are unsafe, unsanitary, or that will pose problems in the future.  Emptying clothes drawers?  No problem.  Emptying BBQ utensil drawer?  Unsafe.  Pulling to stand and playing at the refrigerator?  Sure thing.  Pulling to stand and playing at the toilet?  Unsanitary.  Removing DVDs from the rack?  Fine for now, but poses a problem in the future when Staley learns to open DVD cases or gets tall enough to pull the top row of movies down on herself.  Unstable tables, glass knick knacks, lamps, cords, cat food bowls, stairs,...why are all the most fun things off-limits?? 

Unfortunately, with our boundaries, we've had to add a new word to our parenting vocabulary.  "No!"  And Staley has already discovered that she does not like this word.  When she is crawling towards or playing with an off-limits item and we say 'No!', she will generally stop, look back at us, and continue on her way.  However, when we remove her from the area or take away her off-limits item, the drama sets in.  I hope this isn't a preview of future melt-downs and tantrums, because her lower lip, big tears, and tortured cry would make one think that the only thing in the whole wide world that Staley ever wanted to do was stand at an unstable table and play with a lamp.  And being the boundary setting parents we now are, we must stifle that dream and just say 'No!'