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Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 11 – 12

This past month, I started noticing less of Mom and more of Dad around the house. I wouldn’t pay attention when Mom left in the morning, but I would always give her a piece of my mind when she came home every night. Compared to Mom, Dad’s methods are a little different. Lucky for Dad, I can find fun things to do anywhere I go, even in an office boardroom.

Recently, I lost interest in jolly jumpers or baby “exercise centers.” This does not mean that I’m lazy; I prefer to use my energy to explore my surroundings.  I could spend hours crawling around the play gym, or climbing up staircases at home and on the ferry to Nanaimo.  And sometimes, I modify the standard crawl to make it more challenging: I stick one leg out to the side while crawling on my other leg.

I have added a few words to my repertoire. My Mom’s favourite is when something is dropped and I say “uh-oh”. I can also say Mama, Dada, and ball.

You know what else is fun? Putting small things inside bigger things. I’ve been quietly dropping stuff in the watering can, but recently, the water inside seems to have disappeared. I can’t imagine why.

There is also a very interesting brush in a bucket beside the toilet, but I’ve only examined it once. I remember it was a bit wet and smelly. That room always has the door closed now. Things are always changing.

At the end of March, Mom and Dad started dropping me off at a new house they called “garderie” or daycare. They started with a few hours, but I’m now there most of the day. Despite the fact that I’m starting to enjoy the place, I have been throwing tantrums at home. I want Mom and Dad to think twice before introducing any other big transitions my way. Their other punishment has been hearing my beautiful singing voice at 5:30AM. They might not come and get me until after 6:00 o’clock, but I know they can hear me. I won’t keep it up forever, but sometimes they need to remember who’s really in charge.

It’s been a big year, but I’m enjoying life quite a bit. Thanks for riding along this journey with me. Things have gotten a lot busier this month, so I’m not sure I’ll be writing much more. Hopefully that means you will all come by and visit soon!

Videos:

Dinner time fish shampoo

Playing fetch with myself

Photos:

NOT impressed, Mom

NOT impressed, Mom

What? I'm just "reorganizing" the shoes.

What? I’m just “reorganizing” the shoes.

Been fishin'

Been fishin’

Bubble wrap is THE BEST

Bubble wrap is THE BEST

Not interested in the BC Ferries play area.

Not interested in the BC Ferries play area.

I've got a bone to pick with you.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you.

Play gym: better than anywhere else.

Play gym: better than anywhere else.

Small baby, big city.

Small baby, big city.

Killing two birds with one stone.

Killing two birds with one stone.

Vancouver Aquarium insider.

Vancouver Aquarium insider.

Left alone for 30 seconds...

Left alone for 30 seconds…

Where do YOU put food?

Where do YOU put food?

You want to eat dinner, I want to have a tantrum.

You want to eat dinner, I want to have a tantrum.

Check out my new personalized stool.

Check out my new personalized stool.

The Korean fortune-telling birthday game.

The Korean fortune-telling birthday game.

What is this cake you speak of?

What is this cake you speak of?

OK, cake is delicious. Especially the icing.

OK, cake is delicious. Especially the icing.

No celebration is complete without a good hair rub.

No celebration is complete without a good hair rub.

All together a satisfying first birthday!

All together a satisfying first birthday!

It's funny until Mom makes me use the toothbrush.

It’s funny until Mom makes me use the toothbrush.

At the playgym: can you spot me?

At the playgym: can you spot me?

Family photo to celebrate I'm one today -)

Family photo to celebrate I’m one today -)

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 10 – 11

February was definitely the month of mobility. I began by perfecting my “wounded soldier” crawl. Then, at play gym one day, I bowed to the peer pressure from the pip-squeaks around me, and started to crawl. It’s not too bad, and I can move across the living room pretty quickly now. Mom and Dad don’t like that my travels have enabled me to try eating computer cords, dirty wet wipes, a large chunk of clay, old food, and a dime. Oh, and I can now pull myself up to stand and lean on things. The view is much better standing up. The problem is I’m not sure how to get back down, so it’s a good thing I know how to whine.

In entertainment news, I am getting much better at dis-organizing. Every single toy must be taken off the shelf and spread out on the floor, otherwise it’s no fun. I have noticed that Mom and Dad don’t have as many toys out for me now. Ironic. That’s OK, luckily there are also clothes in drawers and paper in recycling bins that can be emptied. Speaking of drawers, I only just figured out that they open. It’s a whole new world in there! You have to be careful not to close them on your hand though; that really hurts. A good cry will get me a snuggle, but Mom and Dad need to learn that I am not the cuddly type. I just need to know you’re there, and that’s it. I’ll listen to your songs and I might play a little peek-a-boo, but all this “hugging” is cramping my style. There’s too much else to explore in the world to make time for cuddles.

When it comes to solid food, I’m getting pickier. Sometimes I prefer to grind my teeth than put food in there. Plain lentils used to be a favourite, but now that I have tasted cumin and coriander, I need those spices. That said, I’ll still eat plain tofu. I don’t know why, but that flavourless block is delicious! You know what’s even more fun than eating? Throwing food. It used to end up on the floor but that’s not as exciting as flinging it onto the wine rack or the wall on the other side of the dinner table.

Things are feeling a little different in the house these last few days. I see Mom getting out what she calls her “work clothes” and Dad seems to be bringing a lot of stuff back from his office. Something’s up but I guess I’ll have to wait until next month to see what changes they’ll throw at me. I can guarantee that whatever they’re up to, I’ll have a lot more to throw back at them!

Videos:

Hot Chili Pepper

Take that, Toy

First time Crawling up Stairs

Photos:

Being Dad's disc golf understudy

Dad’s disc golf understudy

Hiking with Auntie Joce at Grouse Mountain

Hiking buddies at Grouse Mountain

So apparently Grandpa REALLY loves jazz

Apparently Grandpa REALLY loves jazz

sdgsdg

    zxv

dfg

Downward dog

Downward dog

At the salon

At the in-house salon

ds

xcv

I’m still not sold on your singing, Dad

Rankins ready for the rain

Rankins ready for the rain

Going for the jugular

Going for the jugular

Mmmm beer

Slightly bitter with a strong head of hops- Delicious!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

I love fish

I love fish

The steering on this car is messed up

Hideous design and hard to steer

It's OK, I got this

It’s OK, I can take it from here, Mom

Queen of the castle

Queen of the castle

This seems sketchy Dad

This “Wee Ride” seems a bit sketchy, Dad

This will NOT DO

THIS WILL NOT DO

Now what?

Now what?

Nothing like peeing with a good book

Nothing like peeing with a good book

I organized this all by myself

I organized this all by myself

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 9 – 10

This month started off with a bang. Over the span of two weeks, my two top teeth appeared, and I got very cranky. When incisors start poking through my gums, I need Mom close by, and that’s the way it’s going to be.

In mobility-related news, attempting to crawl seems like a of work with minimal pay-off. I may give up on trying altogether. Plus, I’ve figured out how to move myself forward without using my knees: when I’m on my stomach, I pull myself with my arms. Some call it the “wounded soldier”, but to me it’s the best way to get what I want across the room.

In the food department, it’s always been a bit messy. Compared with my friends though, I think I’m tidy. I’ve realized it’s a lot of fun to rub my hands through my hair when eat. It doesn’t matter what I’ve had; fish, pasta and tomato sauce, I need to wipe it around. In other news, Mom and Dad have started bathing me more often. Go figure. I do my part to clean up by washing my hands in my drinking cup before I drink out of it now. It adds a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to the water. When it comes to what I eat, almost anything goes (even pine needles or the fluff from my booties). Mom and Dad seemed surprised when I took a liking to kimchi, curry, and pieces of lemon, but come on, who doesn’t love a little flavour?!

When it comes to play time, I’ve become much more observant. I didn’t use to play favourites. Give me a rattle, a block, a bottle of pills, a spoon, a toilet paper roll, a tiny shampoo bottle, or a stuffed teddy. They were all super fun. Nowadays, when Mom, Dad, or a playmate, decide they want what I have, I need to put up a fight. And I’m strong. I’ll give it to you when I’m finished playing with it. It’s only fair.

So, another month down, and only a couple more left in my first year of life. Time seems to be speeding up but the adventures are getting more fun, so I’m not complaining.

P.S. I’ve started waving goodbye, and people think I can say “mama.” No one but me knows for sure.

Videos:

The Wounded Soldier

Mmmm Lemon

Bulldozer Bedtime

Photos:

Happy New Year hike in the woods.

Happy New Year hike in the woods.

What do you mean you don't eat the skin?

What do you mean you don’t eat the skin?

Yay Seva, best charity ever!

Yay Seva, best charity ever!

This seaplane window is delicious.

This seaplane window is delicious.

Uncle Julien, did your hand turn into a talking bear?

Uncle Julien, did your hand turn into a talking bear?

Check out my favourite toy, Grand-Maman: it's a bottle of pills!

Check out my favourite toy, Grand-Maman: it’s a bottle of pills!

Diaper-free time never gets old.

Diaper-free time never gets old.

Pants off piano playing party.

Pants off piano playing party.

Getting horizontal on the swing.

Getting horizontal on the swing.

Snuggles with Grandpa

Snuggles with Grandpa

"Helping" in the kitchen.

“Helping” in the kitchen.

Up to no good...

Up to no good…

Napper extraordinaire!

Napper extraordinaire!

There's NO MORE YOGURT?!

There’s NO MORE YOGURT?!

test

Safety first!

Safety first!

First bike ride. Those smiles didn't last long.

First bike ride. Those smiles didn’t last long.

First snowshoe hike.

First snowshoe hike.

What a view!

What a view!

Wanna play?

Wanna play?

Wanna play?

You know, water tastes better when you put your hands in it.

You know, water tastes better when you put your hands in it.

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 8 – 9

In honour of starting month 8, I continued my trend of finding a new way to challenge Mom and Dad. I have decided to hate diaper changes, especially on the change table. My parents try to distract me with a toy or by singing.  Despite their tone deafness, I find a little “Itsy Bitsy Spider” can distract me from the diaper change better than the toy alone.

Mom and Dad have also been doing this “diaper free baby” thing with me for the last 6 months. That means I’m supposed to do most of my “business” on the toilet. I also get a toy that assists me in negotiating the business deal, but it often ends up in the toilet, and the deal falls through. Mom’s learned to give me plastic toys, to be on the safe side. Then for a few weeks, I went on strike. The toilet was not working – I could only do business with the diaper. After a few days, I started getting a bit of diaper rash, and decided it was time to end the strike. I chose my timing well, and started using the toilet again right around the time of my Oma’s 100th birthday. Pretty good present for her I thought, since we were staying at her house🙂

I’ve also started to think finger foods are quite tasty and should be offered at every meal. But, let’s be honest, being spoon fed is much easier. So, I often help put the spoon in my mouth now, and I prefer most of my food that way. As long as there’s something for me to eat with my fingers, I’ll slowly munch away, taking about 10 minutes to eat one quarter of a piece of something.

I decided this crawling idea is also pretty cool, but I’m a slow learner and still haven’t mastered it. Rocking back and forth, especially in the crib when I think no one is watching, is really the best. During playtime, I often get frustrated. My legs and arms just don’t cooperate. I blame my pants. I’ve seen Mom and Dad try to dance in jeans, and it’s embarrassing.

At the end of last month, Mom and Dad brought me to Ontario and Quebec. I tell you, these places are terribly cold. Nothing like my last visit in September. We took a few walks but I decided to moan and whine pretty much the whole way. Who wants to have a red nose if you don’t have to?

My swan song this month, in exchange for being somewhat more cooperative in the diaper department, is that I only want to be with Mom. If she’s more than half a foot away or if someone else tries to hold me, I whine and start crying loudly. Mom finds it tougher to get things done around the house now but I think she just needs to get creative. I haven’t decided how long or whether I’ll continue with this. It’s fairly tiring on my end…we’ll see.

Videos:

My New Move

Jolly Dancing

Noodle Competition

Peek-a-boo is the Best

Photos:

Hey, can you help me with my suitcase?

Hey, can I get a hand with my suitcase?

Naturist reading.

Naturist reading.

You want me to do WHAT on here?

You want me to do WHAT on here?

You're 100 years older than me Oma, that's intimidating!

You’re 100 years older than me Oma, that’s intimidating!

Helllooo!

Auntie love.

Auntie love.

Beard of bubbles.

Beard of bubbles.

It's !@#$ cold out here!

It’s !@#$ cold out here!

A sled on snow- Sarnia is crazy!

A sled on snow- Sarnia is crazy!

Wrestling with Uncle Kieran.

Wrestling with Uncle Kieran.

Hey Auntie Joce, can I eat paper?

Hey Auntie Joce, can I eat paper?

Sarnia's colder but the swing is still rules!

Sarnia’s colder but the swing still rules!

Thanks for the lift Grand-Papa!

Thanks for the lift Grand-Papa!

Clapping for beginners.

Clapping for beginners.

Baby yoga.

Baby yoga.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

First train ride.

First train ride.

Yawning in sync.

Yawning in sync.

Uncle Shannon has some great piano skills...

Uncle Shannon has some great piano skills…

... as does Auntie Justine!

… as does Auntie Justine!

Gotta love a good beard Uncle Stew!

Gotta love a good beard Uncle Stew!

Wrapping paper (and these pliers) are my favourite toys!

Wrapping paper (and these pliers) are my favourite toys!

Movember's not over in my world.

Movember’s not over in my world.

This family is nuts!

This family is nuts!

Driving the skytrain.

Driving the skytrain.

Reclining baby.

Reclining baby.

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 7 – 8

Another month, another 30 days of playing, eating, sleeping, and pooping. So, what’s new? Sitting up is still pretty cool. They say that some babies start crawling around now but I’m not ready. You can’t see the world very well down there so I figure what’s the point?

Despite my ever-improving dexterity (side note: I can now throw an iPhone), the odd toy still gets away from me, but there’s always something else to play with. Speaking of toys, most of them aren’t as interesting as water bottles, tupperware containers, phones, paper, and hoodie strings. These are a few of my favourite things.

I’ve also started standing. OK, not without the help of our trusty ottoman. I’m only 7 months old, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, right people? But standing is fabulous. I don’t know if or when I’ll get on this crawling thing but it ain’t gonna happen today.

On the sleep front, I feel fairly rested. I still enjoy making an occasional squawk between 4:00 and 530AM but I usually sleep from 7:30PM to 6:00AM. Sometimes even 6:30! The day is much more enjoyable this way. 

Napping is a different story. As I’ve said before, the daytime world is just so cool. Mom decided to “sleep train” me for naps, so she stopped giving me the soother. She says it’s a “prop” but I say it’s awfully delicious and relaxing. They tell me I’m supposed to sleep for at least an hour at each nap. Sometimes I do, and sometimes I don’t. I have to keep Mom and Dad on their toes, right?

When it comes to food, I’ve tried a lot of new things. Before it was only protein, fruit, and vegetables, but I’ve recently decided that toast, pasta, quinoa, amaranth, and oatmeal are also really good. I used to hate restaurants but now, as long as I get to eat some food, it’s pretty fun. I still prefer it when they feed me with a spoon but the odd piece of toast, pasta, or swiss chard can be fun to eat on my own, even if it takes 10 minutes.

I’d say it’s been a good month. Mom and Dad brought me to New Orleans, but I think they cared more about the trip than me. Crawfish is pretty tasty, and so are the restaurant tables down there. Eating that table may have been my highlight. Tune in next month. I’ll be travelling to Ontario and Quebec so I’m sure I’ll have some great adventures.

Videos:

Blueberries will Blow your Mind

Photos:
You may be 45 min older than me but I'm tougher.

You may be 45 min older than me but I’m tougher.

Head to head with Grandpa- literally!

Head to head with Grandpa- literally!

As usual, the higher the better!

As usual, the higher the better!

Sports fan.

Sports fan.

What is this beast?

What is this beast?

This travel high chair is pretty cool.

This travel high chair is pretty cool.

This handy armrest doubles as a footrest!

This handy armrest doubles as a footrest!

My New Orleans highlight: the Whole Foods shopping cart!

My New Orleans highlight: the Whole Foods shopping cart!

How did Mom and Dad get out there?
How did Mom and Dad get out there?

Groovin' in the French Quarter

Groovin’ in the French Quarter

Groovin' along the Mississippi

Groovin’ along the Mississippi

Table is delicious.

Table is delicious.

Holy !@#$% it's an alligator!

Holy !@#$% it’s an alligator!

Diaper free time is still awesome.

Diaper free time is still awesome.

Do I have to pick between football and Ultimate?

Do I have to pick between football and Ultimate?

Morning massage is awesome!

Morning massage is awesome!

Strings are so tasty.

Strings are so tasty.

C'mon Dad, join me in my stretching!

C’mon Dad, join me in my stretching!

Seriously Auntie, I'm teething. No smiles for you.Seriously Auntie, I’m teething. No smiles for you.

My first tooth (or at least a tooth stub)

My first tooth (or at least a tooth stub).

Celebrating my new tooth with Papa :)

Celebrating my new tooth with Papa🙂

Loungin' in the bath.

Loungin’ in the bath.

I'm getting a good "handle" on this drinking thing.

I’m getting a good “handle” on this drinking thing.

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 6 – 7

At the beginning of this month, I started sitting up all by myself. By the second day I realized it is the best way to see the world so I decided to make it my new favourite thing to do. In fact, it’s even better than the “circle of neglect” (as Mom and Dad call it) so I usually get cranky when I’m put in there now. The other thing I love to do more than ever is hang out in the carrier facing forward. I can see so much and I can also swing my legs from side to side like I’m dancing. It’s even better than the trusty jolly jumper!

What else is new? I gave in to Mom and Dad, but not without a fight, to this “sleep training.” I gave it my best effort, sometimes exercising my lungs for two hours straight, but they wore me down. They only came in every 10-15 minutes and never stayed all that long. So, I gave up, and most nights I’ve decided I’m better off sleeping until 5 or 6am. Mom and Dad are a lot more fun now so I guess it was worth it.

I’m enjoying solid food even more now. I’ve tried eating a couple of things myself, but why bother if Mom and Dad will feed me with a spoon? It’s definitely the easier way to go! My favourite foods are meat, fish, tofu, blueberries, and apples. Sometimes I like lentils, but I’m not much of a beans girl, unless they’re mixed with blueberries. Actually, anything mixed with blueberries is pretty delicious.

I’m becoming more expressive and I’ve decided scrunching my nose is pretty cool. Oh, and so is sticking out my tongue. Sometimes I make circles all around my lips with it. So much fun!

Since the first few weeks of “sleep training”, Mom and Dad would probably say I’m pretty easy to manage now. It’s a tight schedule between naps, the breastaurant, and solids, but I’m quite entertaining, if I do say so myself. What’s in store for Mom and Dad next? Stay tuned until next month to find out😉

Videos:

She knows what she wants…and she wants it NOW!

First time Sitting Up

Drinking like a Cat

Photos:

Two days after my 6 month "birthday" I figured out how to sit up!

Two days after my 6 month “birthday” I figured out how to sit up!

Mom said I should read the label before eating...

Mom said I should read the label before eating…

…but I'd rather eat the label before eating!

…but I’d rather eat the label before eating!

Learning to drink from a cup is harder than it looks.

Learning to drink from a cup is harder than it looks.

Scrunchy face

Scrunchy face

Climbing Mt. Justine

Climbing Mt. Justine

Quick - staring contest. Me and you now. You win. You always do.

Quick – staring contest. Me and you now. You win. You always do.

I couldn't be happier to meet Auntie Joce.

I couldn’t be happier to meet Auntie Joce.

Where's the milk?

Where’s the milk?

My first attempt at french kissing my face

My first attempt at french kissing my face

Spoon-plane

Spoon-plane

Hey, let me help!

Hey, let me help!

Papa's Little Pumpkin.

Papa’s Little Pumpkin.

Blueberry beard

Blueberry beard

I'm wearing mushrooms but I hate mushroom hunting!

I’m wearing mushrooms but I hate mushroom hunting!

 Peek a boo!

Peek a boo!

Fetch me my blueberries!

Fetch me my blueberries!

My finest hair day ever.

My finest hair day ever.

Strawberry can be happy...

Strawberry can be happy…

Strawberry can be coy...

Strawberry can be coy…

and strawberry can be sad.

and strawberry can be sad.

End of Hallowe'en night and strawberry's had enough.

End of Hallowe’en night and strawberry’s had enough.

Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 5 – 6

I started off this month by trying solids. I’ve seen Mom and Dad eating so many meals together, it’s nice to be included now. In fact, solid food, even plain tofu or lentils, nearly rivals my obsession with the breastaurant.  And I still get to show who’s in charge by sometimes deciding not to eat!

Mom seems happy because she says I’m gaining weight. I think they care mostly because they want me to sleep better. I gave them a taste of a good sleep once or twice but have recently been up quite a bit at night. I mean come on, life is too much fun to spend it sleeping.

I’m demonstrating my personality through my voice even more, and I have a lot to say. Mom & Dad appreciate I’m not as screechy as last month, unless I’m really tired. I don’t like when we go out to restaurants because I never get solids from there. It’s not fair. So that’s definitely a good time to start screeching.

I’ve started taking control on my playmat too. Mom wanted me to have “tummy time” but for a couple of weeks I didn’t want to do that, so I’d immediately roll onto my back. Now I’ve changed my mind (a girl can do that you know) and I almost always roll onto my stomach. It’s good to feel in control.

Finally, my new love is the swing at the park.  I need to be pushed high enough, or it’s kind of lame and I get cranky.  Another new activity is massage. Mom had someone come to the house and show her how to do it properly. It’s wonderfully relaxing.

Videos:

Loving to Laugh, even at Cranky Bedtime

First Bites of Solid Food

Chatty McGee

Photos:

First taste of solids: bison!

First taste of solids: bison!

What the $%*# was that?

What the $%*# was that?

First day volunteering (with Seva); just chillin'

First day volunteering (with Seva); just chillin’

Wanna hang out?

Wanna hang out?

The mad scientist dancing with her Dad

The mad scientist dancing with her Dad

Goodbye baby bathtub, hello big tub!

Goodbye baby bathtub, hello big tub!

Baby-led weaning = food everywhere except the mouth.

Baby-led weaning = food everywhere except the mouth.

Braving Vancouver rains to do the Walk for Reconciliation

Braving Vancouver rains to do the Walk for Reconciliation

Nothing like lentils and tomato on a plane.

Nothing like lentils and tomato on a plane.

The swing is the best. The higher the better!

The swing is the best. The higher the better!

Snuggles with Auntie Laura

Snuggles with Auntie Laura

Non grand-papa, it's time to ROCK

Non grand-papa, it’s time to ROCK

My finger is so tasty (as is my fist, my foot…and everything else.)

My finger is so tasty (as is my fist, my foot…and everything else.)

The center of attention…just the way I like it!

The center of attention…just the way I like it!

I've had enough of the paparazzi

I’ve had enough of the paparazzi

Tu m'as manqué grand-maman!

Tu m’as manqué grand-maman!

Still using the toilet…some of the time.

Still using the toilet…some of the time.

I say "I love you" by pulling hair,

I say “I love you” by pulling hair,

...and by grabbing anything in sight,

…and by grabbing anything in sight,

…even if that means someone loses her glasses,

…even if that means someone loses her glasses,

…sorry Auntie Laura!

…sorry Auntie Laura!

Miluju tě, prababička!

Miluju tě, prababička!

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