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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

my little girl

It has been a while since I last posted. When Estee was a newborn although I wasn't getting any sleep it was easier to post because she wasn't going anywhere. Now that she's walking, she doesn't want to stop. Maybe that's why I'm finally losing weight. finally. I'll do my best to update you on what she has been doing. To me, she is the funniest kid in the world. I can sit and watch her all day long. She has gotten herself into climbing. I no longer can leave her alone in the living room just to run into the kitchen. I can no longer run to the bathroom. She needs to come with me everywhere. This may sound extreme but the other day I walked into the kitchen for a second and when I came out Estee was sitting on the couch. You're probably wondering what the big deal is. Well, Estee is unique you see. For Estee, being on the couch involves standing up and either jumping, climbing up to the windowsill or best of all standing straight and allowing her body to fall straight back to plop down onto the couch. It truly is funny to watch but if I don't sit there she will throw herself right off of the couch. She doesn't have very good spatial awareness yet. (I definitely used the wrong OT term, anybody?) Yesterday the tray from her highchair wasn't on and she decided to use her highchair as a ladder. Come to think of it, every thing in our apartment is now Estee's ladder. Her toy car, her highchair, the couch, the windowsill, the list goes on. I'm seriously surprised that I don't wake up in the middle of the night to find her in my bed, having climbed out of her crib and into my bed. I definitely would not put that past her. Her favorite pastime as of late is climbing up and down steps. But only if we are outside. And, she only wants to do it standing up and holding your hand. Once again, she has absolutely no danger awareness because she would just walk right off the top of the concrete stairs. I certainly don't need a stairmaster that is for sure.
Estee has been trying to communicate much more lately too. Her words now include: Up, atta- either eat or pizza, haven't quite figured it out, hot- which means hot, cold, food, and various other things, nanananananannanana- no!, ayt- outside, abf- bath, and of course the original Abba- which represents all other words including, Abba, mommy, dog, Elmo, bubby, etc. I would just like to take this moment to add that over the past few days Estee has said mama when prompted. She can say mmmm and when I show her mama she says it but then she still just calls me abba. I also have to say that I got a little misty when she did actually say mama. It's about time I only gave birth to the kid!
Estee loves "this little piggy went to market." She has the book and a few of her cds have the song version (which is really not much of a tune at all). Every time I read her the book she points to her toes because she wants me to do it on her toes. And, when I get to the part that "this little piggy cried wee wee wee..." she says "ada da da da da" in a very high pitched voice like me. And- when she hears the song she runs for the book screaming "da da da da da da."
One final story: If Estee is playing with my cell phone or her toy phone she always hands it to me so that I can put it by my ear and say "hiiiiiii(high pitched excited woman's voice) how are you? you wanna talk to Estee? okay, hold on...."
she then takes the phone and walks around the living room for a few minutes with the phone on her shoulder saying "hiiiiiiiiii" in her own version of high pitched until she is ready to give me back the phone to do it again. This is the only game I can think of wherein she isn't calling everyone I know with my cell phone and leaving them voicemails of my most embaressing moments. Yeah, she does that too.