Thursday, December 23, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
I first noticed that we had a problem when she began to crawl speedily towards the open dining room door, and then if she didn't hear me coming after her, would stop, turn around, grin wickedly, and wait to be chased. She has learned how to be bad.
She has also learned how to get what she wants. Yesterday morning, she lifted her fence up and got the vacuum cleaner cord to play with.
And then last night at her grandparents' house, she took a turn at climbing the stairs.
And then got down again, without falling too much.
2011 is clearly going to be an interesting year.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
It was, as I'm sure you all recall, Saturday yesterday, and relatively frequently of a Saturday midday, we feel that we would like to go roaming about. We often go to the zoo or the Botanical Garden, because there are things to look at while roaming. Yesterday was one of those days.
Margaret seemed to enjoy herself.
At least, she didn't complain too much, not even when her hat migrated southward.
And then afterward, we went to an Irish pub, and Margaret got her growl on.
Actually, she did a lot of growling. But it was that sort of pub, so no one noticed. She keeps this up, she could get upgraded to hooliganing in no time.
You see, this is the lumberjackyness that makes the title of the post all right. And, like the lumberjack in the song, Margaret did indeed put on some women's clothing (the hairbow) and hang around in a bar. Good times.
Monday, December 13, 2010
She does, however, think that the tree is pretty awesome, because it's got lights on it, and is shiny.
She thought it was pretty cool when we went to get the tree as well. I have a picture that I took while I was holding her, so it's not that good.
But you can at least tell that she is there with some trees.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Also, I have become the sort of person who checks the weather report. I'm not happy about this development. Not happy at all.
Anyway, it snowed here today, and we thought that we'd let Margaret have a taste of winter fun.
First we bundled her up.
If I were to enumerate her clothing, it would take a while. But she had 2 onesies and a sweater and a coat on the top, and a pair of leggings and a pair of fleece pants and snow pants on the bottom, and a pair of fleece socks and a pair of boots, as well as the bottoms of her too-long snow pants on her feet. Oh, and her head had a hat, and then the hood of the sweater, and then the hood of the coat. The hands, however, had nothing but mittens. I feel like a bad mother.
She was ready to go out and growl at the snow.
Of course, she growls at most things. Including her daddy, though not at this point.
We took her out and strapped her into the sled -- the infant boggan, as it is apparently called. You can't, at Target, buy an ordinary, decent hideously colored plastic toboggan anymore. Everything is . . . well, kids these days and so forth. But it did mean that she could be strapped into a sled built specifically for her baby needs, which was sort of nice. Though she was initially Very Suspicious Of Things.
But then she cheered up.
And we started sledding.
And made our first turn.
It was at this point that pictures stopped being taken. Leo wimped out, and decided he was cold. Which is funny, because Margaret was having lots of fun in the sled, and so I went faster and faster and slipped and fell and rolled and got snow all up my back. I, unlike Margaret, was not wearing 17 layers of clothes, and so I was wet through and in the bitter wind. But I dragged her about the yard a few more times before I came in. Because I am not a sissy.
Still, it's a good glare.
She does occasionally make some nice faces.
And then the one that looks like she's sizing me up, and may soon be trying to sell me a car that gets great gas mileage and is perfect for someone like me. She promises. Would she lie?
And sometimes she's just showing off her ridiculous eyelashes.
And there are blondy bits on the end, so if she were to wear mascara, they'd be EVEN LONGER.
Luckily, I have no desire to figure on the kiddie beauty pageant circuit.
Saturday, December 11, 2010
This entertainment center, for example? Clearly needs to be further to the right.
Little help, guys?
He had his little ways.
And sometimes no one spoke to him
For days and days and days.
And men who came across him,
When walking in the town,
Gave him a supercilious stare,
Or passed with noses in the air —
And bad King John stood dumbly there,
Blushing beneath his crown.
And no good friends had he.
He stayed in every afternoon ...
But no one came to tea.
And, round about December,
The cards upon his shelf
Which wished him lots of Christmas cheer,
And fortune in the coming year,
Were never from his near and dear,
But only from himself.
Yet had his hopes and fears.
They’d given him no present now
For years and years and years.
But every year at Christmas,
While minstrels stood about,
Collecting tribute from the young
For all the songs they might have sung,
He stole away upstairs and hung
A hopeful stocking out.
He lived his life aloof;
Alone he thought a message out
While climbing up the roof.
He wrote it down and propped it
Against the chimney stack:
F. CHRISTMAS IN PARTICULAR.”
And signed it not “Johannes R.”
But very humbly, “JACK.”
I think a box of chocolates
Would come in handy;
I don’t mind oranges,
I do like nuts!
And I SHOULD like a pocket-knife
That really cuts.
And, oh! Father Christmas, if you love me at all,
Bring me a big, red India-rubber ball!”
He wrote this message out,
And gat him to his room again,
Descending by the spout.
And all that night he lay there,
A prey to hopes and fears.
“I think that’s him a-coming now,
(Anxiety bedewed his brow.)
“He’ll bring one present, anyhow —
The first I’ve had for years.
And forget about the candy;
I’m sure a box of chocolates
Would never come in handy;
I don’t like oranges,
I don’t want nuts,
And I HAVE got a pocket-knife
That almost cuts.
But, oh! Father Christmas, if you love me at all,
Bring me a big, red
Next morning when the sun
Rose up to tell a waiting world
That Christmas had begun,
And people seized their stockings,
And opened them with glee,
And crackers, toys and games appeared,
And lips with sticky sweets were smeared,
King John said grimly: “As I feared,
Nothing again for me!”
And I did want candy;
I know a box of chocolates
Would come in handy;
I do love oranges,
I did want nuts.
I haven’t got a pocket-knife —
Not one that cuts.
And, oh! if Father Christmas had loved me at all,
He would have brought a big, red India-rubber ball!”
And frowned to see below
The happy bands of boys and girls
All playing in the snow.
A while he stood there watching,
And envying them all...
When through the window big and red
There hurtled by his royal head,
And bounced and fell upon the bed,
An India-rubber ball!
MY BLESSINGS ON YOU FALL
FOR BRINGING HIM
A BIG, RED
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Anyway, it went well. Mostly. I'm not sure that Margaret cared for it particularly, but it did at least afford another opportunity for the "stick the baby in a bucket" sorts of pictures.
Of course, she tried to escape.
And when restrained, gave a bit of a look.
There was a bit of a problem, because she is a very tall baby. Since she can stand up, they were very keen to get pictures of her doing so, but all the props that they gave her to stand up on were sadly a bit short.
She found it far more comfortable to just kneel down.
Or go after the person with the Very Large Camera.
The photography people seemed to feel that it was a good idea to do pictures with some sort of Santa arm in it, so we did some of those. They had plastic milk and cookies affixed to a plate, which Margaret was quite interested in.
And then got more interested, which destroyed the illusion of the milk entirely.
We also got some pictures taken in ornery clothes,*
I think she's being a little too meta with this expression.
This one's pretty good, though.
*See Richmal Crompton's Just William
Saturday, December 4, 2010
One of the things about standing up is that Margaret can see so much more than she used to. She was being very cute with pulling herself up on the coffee table, so I flipped on the light behind her to take a picture.
She stopped being cute with the standing up, and instead looked at the light with wide-eyed wonder (and not a little trepidation).
Which was also pretty cute.
Every so often, another baby comes over to play with Margaret.
They are getting much more interactive, and what I find particularly interesting is that their excitement about toys is somehow rigged about 30 seconds apart – if one likes something, the other will be gung-ho about it very shortly, and said toy/book/bit of food/rubbish/pacifier will be The Thing To Have for a short time, before being discarded for the next in thing.
Thursday, one baby had a pacifier.
They surveyed each other.
And then Margaret took action.
The blur in her hand is the pacifier. She doesn’t like pacifiers anymore, having recognized that they promise but don’t perform. But that doesn’t mean that she suffers others to have pacifiers without interference. That would be silly.
Friday, December 3, 2010
We’ve expanded Margaret’s pen.
She enjoyed* her week of freedom at my parents’ house, where she could attack the furniture and pull herself up. Her previous pen was somewhat devoid of proper up-pulling furniture – it has dining room tables instead of couches and coffee tables – and she was getting to where she needed*** a bit more space to really hit her groove on the crawling thing.
So we have swung her fence. It now cuts off half the living room, but leaves her free to explore the other half.
The half with the fireplace, and the corner where we plug our laptops in.
So we built barricades out of chairs and bits of fencing and baskets of books. It seems to be working, but she enjoys crawling around underneath things.
It’s good to know that the end of all her labors was to sit in front of the fire with a good book. It shows remarkable good taste.
And then I lured her out into the open with a crackly blanket square.
*Got into lots of trouble**
**Trouble = electrical cords
***We use this word with Margaret in a very loose sense.
Margaret has teeth. Several teeth. Well, two and a half teeth, and another clearly ready to break through.
She also has a firm belief that everything she sees is food until she is proven wrong.
And an unwavering love of electronics.
And a newly developed speedy crawl.*
This leads to series of photos like this one:
And then I had to put the phone away, because she was trying to eat it.
*Also, when she crawls long distances** she emits a terrifying war whoop. It’s awesome.
**More than 4 feet.