Merry Christmas Eve

I have been in a cookie frenzy the last few days, so I haven’t been online much.  We’ve had two Christmas celebrations already and we’re headed down the track for 3 – 5 more. I’m losing count!  Everything is a whirl.

It’s fun having a baby around for Christmas. And this last week, she’s really made a whole lot of changes. Actually, TODAY (technically yesterday) she made a ton of changes. At baby story time, she grabbed a book page and was reaching for a picture on the page. She can grab for cloth, but she’ll still only hold onto toys nearby instead of reaching for them. But she did latch onto a rattle and shook it, stared at it, tried to eat it and then laughed at it.  She’s started shrieking, squealing and making belly laughs. She can anticipate the “punchline” of a song, like the POP in pop goes the weasel — and if you sing it to her two or three times, she’s start laughing before you get to “pop!”  This was all just today. I don’t think she was doing any of this stuff yesterday. It’s like a switch flipped in her brain and suddenly all of this new stuff started popping out. It’s amazing. I feel like she gave me a gift.



I am such a clueless newbie

One thing that I have trouble getting used to as a new mom is that I don’t have much time to really sit down and study something to learn it. There are so many things about blogging that I don’t understand and don’t have time to learn. Right now, I’m wanting to add some widgets to my site. But on the widget sites, they offer up the html code for you to cut and paste. When I try to add widgets here, the boxes seem to only accept a web address — no code. I am sure there is some easy way to put in all the widgets I want and I just can’t figure it out.

I also got a BlogHer account and I really want to get to know how to use that so I can get good tips and get more traffic for this site. I am just so insanely clueless and I can only work in a few minutes between feedings and naps to spend learning.

Baby Story Time!

Unfortunately, I accidentally left the camera in the car and could not get pictures (that would have been adorable!) of Genie’s first story time. So I’ll have to go back next week and have another “first story time”. Which is totally fine. In a few years, nobody will even know that her first story time pictures are all “fakes” because they are actually the second time. To spice things up, I will post some generic story time pictures to get things exciting and colorful on this site.

Basically, we had a meet and greet at the door,   and a “Hello” song, which I’m told they sing every week. Then we alternated finger-plays, lap bouncing and reading from a story book.  Then we sang the “Goodbye” song and then — the group leader pulled out all these cool toys that the kids got to play with.

  • Genie was too little to do any of the finger plays. She’s just starting to uncurl her fists and all she can do on her own accord is stick her hand in her mouth. So during the finger plays, she sat on my lap and watched my fingers do the routines.
  • She WAS big enough to appreciate the bounces. She got really into them. Not only did she bounce, but she stood up (with help, of course) on the standing and dancing parts.  She enjoyed the “toss in the air” parts. (Don’t worry. We just lifted the babies up. No actually baby throwing occurred.)  She not only laughed whenever I raised her hands in the air, she actually did it on her own when the story teller did it once.  I was totally amazed. I had no idea how much she pays attention to things and underestimated how aware of things she is.
  • The story times were funny. She loved being talked to and she liked staring at the book. But she gets more into staring at the printed words than the pictures. It’s still a month or so before her eyes can really see more details in images. Her eyes are very sharp, but she’s mostly into contrasts.  I picked up a few books with simple pictures to see if I could spark her interest in looking at something other than the text.
  • Play time was just too much! The library had big fancy toys you’d never be able to have in your h0use.  Genie spent most of her time with this giant foam brick covered with leather. There were various little toys sewn into it, but she was too little to get into those. She spent most of her time leaning on the brick and staring at the other kids. I loved it. She could really sit up on her own  by leaning forward and grabbing onto the brick. There were also some cute leather rattle toys. She would hold the smallest ones if I held them in front of her. Most of the time, she just dropped them after a few seconds, but she did manage to shake the smallest one around.  She looked so fascinated by it. I don’t think she quite gets that she was the one making the toy move. She seemed dumbfounded that there was this toy right next to her head moving around.

Anyway, we had a blast. Those of you with babies should get yourself to a story hour at your local library as soon as you can. As much fun as you can imagine it to be, it’s even better.