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Vivian at 15 months [Jan. 16th, 2017|12:08 am]
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She is very active these days--running around, picking up things, putting them somewhere else,
and trying to copy things she sees. For example, she likes to grab a tiny handful of had
whenever she sees the Guinea pigs and drop it in their feeder. Or when she saw me emptying the
dishwasher she tried to put the toy form from her kitchen sit in the silverware bin. She can
move pretty fast when she wants to, but she still trips and wipes out from time to time. She
loves to climb up on chairs to reach things on tables she shouldn't be playing with. In a
pinch, she can push a chair closer to what she wants and then climb on it. She likes to climb
on the piano bench and hammer on the keys, especially if one of her sisters is playing.

Vivian still loves music, and will attempt to "sing" music she has heard. She can't carry a
tune, but she does vary her pitch and occasionally I can guess the song which prompted her.
She loves the Baby Einstein videos and will clap her hands if you start to play one. She's
not good with computers, phones and such, because she cannot keep her hands off them. the only
way for her to watch a video is for you to prop it up somewhere out of reach where she can see
but not touch it. Even so, she gets bored and wanders off and them comes back later.

She loves to eat apples (which she picks up whole and gnaws on), noodles, rice, ice cream, soft
meats, cereal and blueberries. She wants to do everything herself, but if she grabs a spoon
or such everything is going to wind up on the floor. (It usually does anyway.) She has no
tolerance for spicy foods, but does not realize this and will grab things off your plate which
will give her a big surprise. She can drink from a sippy cup, but greatly prefers a bottle.
She still nurses, and seems to get a lot of her milk consumption (12 oz?) at night while her
mom is trying to sleep. It's probably time to wean her, but she is very resistant to this idea.

Vivian can say a dozen or more words, plus lots of nonsense syllables and phrases we can't
really make out. Occasionally she will come out something which sounds like a real phrase in
an appropriate context, but it's not repeatable and her enunciation is very challenging to
understand. She's just starting to use two syllable phrases ("Bye Dad" as she climbs off
the bed to wander off) in a clear context. She's also starting to use a few multi syllable
words, though she has trouble changing consonants (peek-a-boo becomes "be ba bo").

Words she uses consistently:
Nai (milk)
Ba (book)
Bao (carry me)
Jie (big sister)
Gou (doggy)
Peek-a-boo (hides her face)
Woof (dog sound)

Probably quite a few others I can't remember--I'd have to check with the rest of the family.
Words come and go out of fashion with her, and some of the ones she used a lot a few months
ago she doesn't remember as well now. Gou gou (Chinese for doggy) used to represent almost
all animals, but it's starting to dawn on her that if may not apply to birds and cats, for
example, though she doesn't know the words for those well yet.

Her hair looks a bit like a baby mullet. It's growing longer and a bit curly in back, but she
still doesn't have much in front. She's never had a haircut yet, and I'm not eager to try one
on her. Her eyes are getting darker and you can see they brown starting to come. They are a
puzzling mix of blue, brown, grey and green, depending on the light. She has about 10 teeth:
all eight incisors and the bottom two position 4 molars with a gap where the canines should be.
The top position four molars are also coming in now. She likes to bite things, and (if she is
bored) people. She's getting longer and skinnier, and is only putting on weight slowly now.
She might be about 22 pounds now. She's also quite strong and has no qualms about using all
her might to try to get her way.
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Courage [Jan. 13th, 2017|12:06 am]
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The Guinea pigs used to flee in terror whenever I made a slight movement. Now they've gotten
used to me enough that when I come with a scoop full of food, I sometimes have to nudge them out
of the way to reach the food bowl as they are so eagerly jockeying for position with each other.
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Technique [Jan. 11th, 2017|05:54 pm]
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Vivian claps by holding her left hand still and moving her right hand side to side to slap
against it. She does this when hearing loud music or when you start a video for her, and
she seems very enthusiastic.
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Devious [Jan. 10th, 2017|06:09 pm]
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Vivian hid two bottles of her milk today. One under the changing table and one in the lego bin. She actually put the lid back over the lego bin, which is something she never does when she's playing with them.
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Good intentions [Jan. 5th, 2017|02:14 pm]
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Michelle will respond to some English words and phrases, but will reply in Chinese.
For example: "Shall we get you some milk?"
Her: "奶奶" (milk)

Or if I talk about the Guinea pigs in English, she will comment "狗狗" (doggy).
All four legged animals are still doggies to her at the moment.
She really loves the Guinea pigs, though, and will try to put hay for them in their feeder.
They return the thought by being terrified of her.

Edit: It has been pointed out to us that Vivian is the baby, and Michelle is actually our
third daughter. After 8+ years as the youngest, Michelle will probably always be synonymous
with "the baby" in the back of my mind. We regret the error.
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Phony [Jan. 1st, 2017|11:15 am]
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I gave Vivian the tube of Desitin to hold while I was changing her poopy diaper. (Otherwise
she tends to reach down and get in the way with her hands.) She held it up to her right ear
and said "Hi. Hello?" as if it were a telephone.
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Hey hay! [Jan. 1st, 2017|02:42 am]
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Christine reports that Vivian wandered into her room today, took a handful of hay from the
bag, and deposited it in the Guinea Pig feeder. She also dropped quite a bit of hay on the
floor, but at least she is trying. Vivian is delighted by the Guinea Pigs, who in return are
terrified of her.
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Siri Easter Eggs we've found so far [Dec. 14th, 2016|08:04 pm]
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If you ask her to call you "dude," sometimes (about 50%) she wills say "OK, dude" in a stoner voice.

She has special responses if you ask her to identify the songs "Space Oddity" and "Never Gonna Give You Up." Probably others too.

You can tell her to "Open the Pod Bay Doors."

If you ask her her favorite animal she will say "Domo-Kun! Domo-Kun! Domo-Kun!"

She has various responses to being asked to sing or tell poetry. Poetry gets you a Hitchhiker's reference.

She will not participate in knock-knock jokes.

You can tell her "I am your father."

She will complain if you call her "OK Google."

Probably many others...
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Cooking is just chemistry [Dec. 13th, 2016|05:58 pm]
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I found a recipe for Halogen Beef, the creatively translated dish we saw in a Chinese restaurant a few years ago. The translation quality of the recipe is about what you would expect.
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Connections [Dec. 12th, 2016|11:38 pm]
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This week, I woke up from dream with the odd realization that the colony Abowaku from the Gundam
series is probably named after the mythological A Bao A Qu mentioned in Borges' "Book of
Imaginary Beings." Thanks, subconscious. I wonder where that came from. It may even be true.
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