Saturday, October 13, 2012

Pink Lake

We went hiking at Pink Lake today with some friends - they have a little girl around Caitlin's age and the girls have a lot of fun together.  The weather was a bit crisp but it was nice and sunny and the fall colours were just gorgeous.

The trail is an easy 2.5km but what with toddlers and tantrums and snack breaks it took us a little over 2 hours to make it around.

Caitlin did a lot of the walking by herself, including going up and down many flights of stairs in the hilly parts - I was shocked she had so much stamina!  What a little trooper.

See the rest of the photos here:

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Monday, October 8, 2012

Twenty Monthiversary

Happy twenty months to my little toddler!

What a talker
Caitlin speaks in two to three word phrases now and can generally communicate what she wants (or what she doesn't want: "no sleep!").  She practices her colours everyday and is attempting multi-syllable words such as hippopotamus ("ee-po-mass?").

She has started singing songs by herself - often we don't know what she's doing until she gets to the end of Head and Shoulders and proudly says 'nose!' really loudly.  She also loves wagging her finger and saying 'No monkeys on bed!'

Caitlin added 'Oh Gosh!' to her list of concerned expressions this month.  Others being: "Uh-oh!" and "Oh no!"

Caitlin has been attempting to jump with both feet for a few months and finally did it for the first time without landing on her bum.

Potty advances
Caitlin has been going on her potty chair for quite some time now, but this month she went on a real toilet for the first time, at Dave's company meeting.  I had to hold her under her armpits so she didn't fall in.  Next step is one of those toilet inserts and a step so she can go herself.  I'm very much looking forward to the day we are diaper-free.

A musical prodigy
Caitlin learned to play the recorder this month. After saying 'doo doo dooooo!' into the instrument loudly many times she eventually figured out all she has to do is blow.  Next stop: Carnegie Hall!

And well-mannered
She learned how to say 'You're welcome!' in response to thanks and will often say '(fake sneeze) ah-choo, excuse me, I burped!' all in succession out of context.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Toddler Law of Attraction

When two or more toddlers are in an enclosed space, they will attract each other and bump into one another no matter how much space there is, and how sparsely populated the space is.

Corollary: The toddlers will also inevitably want to play with the same toy no matter how many toys there are available.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Eleven Monthiversary

11 months old - 1 more month to 1!  This month was my last one at home with my baby.  I've been back to work since Tuesday and have only locked my car keys in my trunk once so far.

Caitlin is doing very well at daycare: she doesn't cry at drop off anymore and is eating and napping well.  Since January she has become an awesome sleeper, sleeping an unprecedented 10 hours in her crib every night.  Just in time for me to go back to work :)

Her big milestone for the month is standing up from the ground on her own and taking 4-5 wobbly steps on her own.  She still thinks crawling is the most efficient mode of transportation, even though she has to use her mouth to carry objects from one place to another (the other method is throw-and-go).

Caitlin's new favourite thing to do is try to climb everything in sight.  It's a miracle so many babies survive with such little sense of self-preservation...