Friday, May 22, 2009

Walking with the monkey

We picked up one of those monkey backpack/lash things for India when we were doing some travel in late 2008. At the time, it was really to big for India, and she hated it. I broke it out again last weekend, with mixed results. I figure if I start using it more often, India will feel more comfortable and start letting me put it on her for longer periods. Yesterday, we took a walk about the neighborhood and she wore it the whole time. She did try to take it off a few times, but all it all it went pretty well. The best thing of all though, is when we got home and took the monkey off her back; she decided to take it for a walk. She has been dragging the little monkey backpack all around the house this morning. She can’t say monkey yet but her version of it is something like “memo”. I can just hear her walking around saying “memo, memo”.

Monday, May 18, 2009

India and her glasses

As a friend of mine Kate mentioned, I never really posted anything about India's eyes and glasses. We had a follow-up appointment in late March, and the glasses are doing the trick of keeping India's eyes from crossing. The Dr. said that most children are born farsighted, and for India, this causes her eyes to cross if she is really tired or focusing on something quite close up. He believes that she will just grow out of this and will not need a second surgery. This is great news; because I was really dreading that she might need another one. The bad news is that it could take 6 or 7 years for her to grow out of this! I guess it is different with every kid, so we have to go back every 6 months and see how her eyes are developing. It could get quite expensive if we have to keep getting her new glasses as her head grows. Oh well, it's worth it.

Career choices for India?

Based on India’s recent activities, she might have found some career opportunities.

· Escape artist
· Stripper (yes, you read that right)
· Mathematician

Escape artist-Last week at the babysitters, India somehow climbed out of her playpen that she sleeps in, and climbed up a flight of stairs without drawing any attention to her. The playpen side probably came up over her waist, so I am not sure how she did it without falling and getting hurt.

Stripper-Being the considerate daughter that India is, she woke up about 5:45 a.m. on Saturday and was just playing in her crib. She did that for about 45 minutes, when she got bored and started to cry. Jeff went to go and get her, and when he did her found that she had taken off her pj’s and was just hanging out in her diaper. I found her the next morning in the middle of trying to take off her top. I hope that this trend of being bored does not lead to taking off her clothes.

Mathematician-The only career choice that sounds promising. We frequently count to three and have India jump, run, or whatever, and in the last couple of weeks, she will say “two” during the countdown. Last night Jeff and India were hanging out counting (yes, our social life is that exciting) and here is how it went:


Ok, she might not be ready to blow away the counting world yet but she is on her way.
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