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Vivian at 11 months [Sep. 16th, 2016|09:06 am]
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Walking
She can walk now. A couple weeks ago she might walk a step or two if she stopped paying attention and let go with her hands of whatever she had been grabbing for support. By now you can almost see the change every day. She can walk a dozen steps or more from one room to another with only a little stumbling. She seems pretty excited about it too. She moves around like a small, drunk person, happily wobbling from place to place.

As for teeth, the top two incisors have erupted, but are just a faint line. She loves to eat fruit, bread, noodles, soft meats like steamed fish, and most of all, milk. She's still nursing, and is very clingy to her mom whenever Mom comes home from work.

She loves her sisters, but goes to Mom and Dad for comfort. If she's left with someone else for a while, she becomes extremely clingy and whiny when I come back, until she is reassured I'm not going anywhere. She still needs about 3 naps a day, typically a long one in the morning and about 2 short ones in the afternoon, then sleeps from about 11 pm to 7 am.

She likes to throw things on the floor when she is done with them, or if she gets bored. "Uh-oh," she implausibly claims. She loves to pull books off shelves and scatter toys everywhere, but doesn't actually play with them very much. If you read her a board book she will pay attention for a little while, but then her attention tends to wander. Not sure how much speech she understands. She is alert and interested when you speak to her, and seems to be picking up a bit from tone and context. She babbles all the time with a variety of consonants, but only a few clear words used in context. (Nai, Ma, Da and Uh-oh) She may be saying more than these, but if so, I certainly can't interpret them. More updates when she turns one next month.
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The cycle [Sep. 12th, 2016|10:55 pm]
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1) Notice floor is covered with scattered Guinea pig bedding
2) Get out vacuum and clean floor
3) Guinea pigs freak out at noise from vacuum
4) Retreating Guinea pigs kick up bedding out of cage

Repeat as needed.
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Trying too hard [Sep. 11th, 2016|08:43 pm]
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We lost our salt shaker somehow, so I bought a container of Himalayan salt from
the grocery store to see if it tastes any different. The label has all sorts of
bizarre health claims:

Gluten-free
Non-GMO
Kosher
Powered by 100% renewable energy

etc. Why any salt would have gluten or GMO residues is unclear. And any salt deposits
dried by the sun are renewable energy powered, so that's not much better. (Well, the sun
isn't really renewable either, come to think of it, but it's a few billion years too soon
to split hairs.)

In spite of boasting of being formed 250 million years ago, the label has it expiring in 2025.
I guess they harvested it just in time.
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Some may fall, while some are pushed [Sep. 8th, 2016|03:57 pm]
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While changing Vivian, I gave her a toy to distract her.
I asked her to see if you could say a few phrases:
me: "Can you say 'uh-oh'?"
Vivian: (throws stuffed animal off the table) "Uh-oh!"

That was no accident...
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Hungry baby [Sep. 2nd, 2016|12:43 pm]
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Wow, Vivian ate a ton for lunch today. She finished an entire piece of bread and a toaster waffle. Well, except for the "Angel's Share" which would up on the floor. (Or would that be the Devil's Share?)
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Weird Series [Sep. 1st, 2016|10:17 pm]
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From Annie's math class: show +1 -1 +1 -1 +1 -1 ... = 1/2

Seems weird, but OK, I'll try this. Break 1 into 1/2 + 1/2 and -1 into -1/2 -1/2

(+1/2 +1/2) + (-1/2 -1/2) + (1/2 + 1/2) + (-1/2 -1/2) ...

rearrange the parentheses to get:

= 1/2 + (1/2 - 1/2) + (-1/2 + 1/2) + (1/2 - 1/2) ... = 1/2

Seems legit...
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Dwarves in Tolkien and the Jews [Aug. 31st, 2016|02:31 pm]
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Apparently Tolkien himself admitted that the Dwarves in Middle Earth were analogous to the
Jews, and that he gave their language a Semitic basis. I'd never heard of any of this...
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Unprecedented Growth [Aug. 29th, 2016|06:18 pm]
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Every time I put Vivian in her car seat, it seems like the shoulder straps are too tight.
I know she's been growing, but this seemed a bit much to believe. Eventually I realized that
when she gets bored in the car she can reach the tightening strap and yanks on it.
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First steps [Aug. 22nd, 2016|06:42 pm]
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I think the baby can walk now. Sort of. She cruises around handily if she can grab something,
but today I saw her let go and take a couple steps without a grip on the couch. Most of the
time she is still cautious and will drop to a crawl when she wants to get somewhere.
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Vivian at 10 months [Aug. 16th, 2016|08:57 pm]
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Four
Now that Vivian is 10 months (I almost called her Michelle again), it's time for an update on her development. Vivian is very active these days. She crawls around at good speed, and takes every opportunity to grab something and stand up. She can stand unaided for a few seconds, then carefully lowers herself onto her butt and crawls off. She can open drawers, doors and cabinets, and will merrily disperse the contents. Most everything goes in her mouth for at least a taste. She likes to eat paper, which we discourage.

She is fine crawling off on her own at home, but if she has been left without mom or dad for a bit, she becomes extremely clingy when we return. She still nurses, but enjoys a variety of solid foods, including meat, bread, berries, baby biscuits, eggs, and much else. She becomes irate watching adults eat if we do not give her "tribute" by letting her try things.

She babbles constantly, but only has a few true words. "Nai" (milk) is used when she is hungry, wants milk, wants Mom, or wants to talk about her love of milk. "Da Da" is used in babble when I'm around, but not consistently. "Uh oh" is one of her favorite words, but she uses it in contexts when it doesn't obviously apply. "Ma" was used she was hungry and irate, but seems to be replaced by "Nai" these days. She probably has other words, but they are mixed in with babble and not well developed yet.

She takes 2-3 naps a day, and sleeps at night on average from 11 to 7 or so. She likes to rotate in bed to be sideways or with her head towards the foot of the bed. Sometimes she falls off, but she prefers the bed to a crib. She will wake up often if she's on her own and not calm down until a parent is next to her. She likes a pacifier for comfort, but not if it's used to try to shut her up or make her go to sleep. She has a sense of humor, and enjoys ridiculous things, such as an adult pretending to act like a baby.

She's getting longer, but not much heavier as she moves around a lot more. Her eyes are still grey-blue, but are starting to show hints of brown at the center. She likes going out on walks and drives to see new things, unless she is tired. She hates shoes and socks, and is usually barefooted around the house or in her stroller. They wind up on the floor or in her mouth (or worse, both).
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