August 31, 2004

Potty time!

It's early yet, so we certainly aren't pushing Alex to potty train. Still, I have a little potty in the bathroom where Alex takes his nightly bath, and I do ask him if he wants to sit on it before he pops into the tub every night. Sometimes he does, sometimes he doesn't, and either way is fine. Well, last night, he not only sat, but he actually (in mommy-speak) went pee pee on the potty! Much clapping and praise ensued, and I even called Mike into the room to help heap on the positive reinforcement.

Does it mean potty training is right around the corner? Probably not, but that's OK. The first time is still the first time. I am sure he will be so happy to read this when he is 16 years old (NOT). I hope, at least, he'll have an appreciation for this entry when he's a daddy himself.

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August 25, 2004

Rub a dub dub

Alex in the tub. It's been a few weeks since we did bath shots.

Edited to add: I should also mention that Alex has also started to wash his own hair and tummy. Oh, and to make the sign for "bath." What a cutie.

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August 22, 2004

Sunday in the Park with Alex

We had a lovely picnic at Haines Point today. We decided we just HAD to take advantage of 80 degrees and sunny without humidity! Not exactly typical August weather around here, for sure.

We found a great spot in the shade and ate sandwiches, yougurt and fruit. We played ball and Daddy and Tucker did some reading. Alex also had a grand time at the playground, where he stunned Mommy by climbing all the way UP the big boy slide -- who needs the steps?? Stunned onlookers couldn't believe he is just 14 months old.

Continuing with his climbing theme, Alex also climbed immediately into the mouth of of the giant. And sat still just long enough for me to get a picture of him on the foot (we didn't manage the hand, somehow). The leg makes a great slide too, in case you were wondering.

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August 21, 2004

Having a ball!

Ikea certainly knows how to make shopping fun for little ones. Alex climbed the slide repeatedly, toddled through Ikea's answer to a beaded curtain again and again, and spent quite a bit of time playing peekaboo in an egg shaped swivel chair.

Oh, and he really had a ball in the ball pit!

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August 18, 2004


Our little man is definitely in major mimic mode. I didn't think Mike had played video games in front of him all that often, but it's been often enough. For two days in a row, Alex has very purposefully gone downstairs, turned on the TV (thankfully, nothing on the screen without also turning on the amp!), opened the media cabinet, taken out an XBox controller, and attempted to plug the controller into the XBox itself. At that point, he gets fruustrated either because he can't get it plugged in, or he isn't seeing anything on the screen. It's just amazing how purposeful he is with every single step in the chain!

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August 12, 2004

I see you, Mommy!

This is Alex. This is Alex's face squished up against the screen. Any questions? Hee hee hee.

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August 08, 2004


Alex and Mommy traveled all by themselves to Atlanta this weekend to surprise Aunt Hertle (and help her pass the time until her baby arrives) and visit with Nicole and Paul and Jonah. Alex looked so grown up at the airport, wearing his little back pack of toys and toddling along. I am lucky no one asked for proof that he was under two!

We had a really amazing time, thanks to the hospitality of all of our hosts. To Alex, "hospitality" translates into "stash of neat toys we don't have at home or day care" but I won't quibble. Jonah selflessly shared his lawnmower and his air ball toy, among many others, and and Ellen shared her kitchen set and a singing Winnie the Pooh, among others. Ethan -- son of the Hertle's friend Dee, who threw the shower -- also was great at sharing, so Alex was never bored. And when in doubt, there is always wrapping paper!

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August 01, 2004

¿Donde es su cabesa?

Ask Alex this question, and he will very smartly tap his head. He does it in English, too. He also waves bye-bye and hello, says "hi!" and "bye!" He signes for milk and for eat. If you sing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" he churns his arms to the music. And coming soon: footage of our little man the dancer! He loves to boogie waaaay down.

Our little boy is so cute! And there is a lot going on in that cabesa right now...

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