We’re not entirely sure how Maile picked this one up, but yesterday Maile started “relaxing” on the couch. All I can think of is that sometimes when Daddy is lying on the couch, Mommy tells her, “Don’t bother Daddy, he is relaxing…”
Tonight Maile decided to help Mommy cook dinner. (Dad note: Yes, despite the fact that it is Daddy in the video below, it was Mommy who was doing the cooking and things got a little mixed up when she went to get the camera. All a nice way of saying that Daddy is a camera hog.)
In any event, Maile cooked a lovely water sauce and was quite pleased with herself…
During our trip to Chicago, Daddy kept saying things like “bogus” and saying we were just like Bill and Ted. I had no idea what he was talking about – so just like any other 14 month old, I jumped on Google and quickly figured out he was referencing a movie from the late 80′s called “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure“…
I agree with my dad that the reference basically works, except that instead of going on an adventure to “olden times”, we were going to see some “old timers” – (don’t blame me for that one, Daddy made me put it in…). Although it was a quick trip, we saw Great Grandma Bea, Great Grandpa Irv, Aunt Julie, Cousin Donna, Uncle Jimmy AND Grandma Jill and Grandpa Mike even came in from Boston to meet us!
I had a lot of fun seeing everyone and showing them all my new tricks (mostly walking and standing up all by myself). They mostly just wanted to give me kisses – its a good thing I like kisses, because I got A LOT of them!
Airport security is getting a little ridiculous - can you believe they made us check to see if Maile was an okay size for carry on?
Now that Maile is a bit older, flying is much more … interesting. When she was younger, things were pretty easy. She just loved the fact that she got to spend a few hours on mommy and daddy’s lap. Now, that’s often the last place she wants to be.
Luckily, Mommy made sure we had a bag of goodies to keep us occupied. Unfortunately, we slightly underestimated Maile’s attention span. I’m pretty sure we powered through the “bag of goodies” in the first 45 minutes of the flight. Pretty much every 5 minutes we were on to a new activity … except for when we played “let’s try to unscrew the cap on daddy’s water bottle and then screw it back on” – we played that for about 20 minutes.
The iPad was a life saver. Between Yo Gabba Gabba or just watching slideshows of herself (vain much?) – the iPad is quickly becoming a favorite Maile travel device. (Dad note: the only problem is that Maile loves pressing the only button on the device and whenever she presses it, it exits out of whatever you are watching. It was maddening. I wished there was a child lock feature or something.)
All in all, Maile gets a B+ on this trip – she had a few short meltdowns and refused to nap – but other than an exhausted Daddy, we made it through just fine.
This weekend Daddy and I went on an adventure to Chicago. We just got home so I’ll tell you all about the trip over the next couple of days, but I just couldn’t wait to tell you about the hotel room we stayed in. Apparently, when Daddy travels without Mommy he goes first class all the way (or maybe its just when he travels with me?) There was a bathtub in our room that was basically bigger than my crib at home. It was huge! Daddy says that such a large tub is often called a jacuzzi.
In any event, I like my daddy’s style and I couldn’t wait to share. More to come soon!
(Dad note: Don’t tell Maile Girl, but the truth is as follows: when we checked in, I was carrying all this stuff (the suitcase, the diaper bag, my backpack, Maile in the stroller, plus a gallon of milk and a bag of groceries I picked up). They give me my room key and I trudge up to the room only to find that there is already someone in the room. It was actually another family and the dad answered the door and offered to help me bring everything back downstairs (that’s how pathetic I probably looked). So I go back down and I think they felt bad (plus I had Maile Girl put on her best “I’m-smiling-and-cute-but-look-in-my-eyes-at-how-exhausted-I-am” face) – so they hooked us up with the pimp daddy suite.)
Yes, this is a video of Maile playing with a nasal aspirator. But its actually pretty interesting. When Maile has a cold (like she did last week), we (mostly Mommy) use the nasal aspirator to give her some relief and clear out the gunk. What this video shows is that she is actually learning multi-step processes: she knows that the first step is cleaning the aspirator, then she cleans her nose, then she cleans the aspirator again. We’re noticing that she is starting to copy us more and more – she watches us like a hawk as we do our every day tasks around the house. She still stubbornly refuses to talk (at least with real words), but its clear she understands a fair amount of what is going on around her.
Maile and I are going to Chicago this weekend to visit Great Grandma Bea and Great Grandpa Irv (and also see Grandma Jill, Grandpa Mike and a bunch of other family members). This will actually be the first time Maile and I fly solo – should be interesting! Tonight I was loading up the iPad with some video distractions and came across this one from exactly one year ago:
Looks like Maile was just starting to communicate a little bit. Tonight, Mommy took another video of Maile starting to learn how to communicate – this time with the computer:
Can’t believe there is only one year of difference between those two videos. Even just looks-wise, she looks so much more grown up already. Slow down, Maile Girl, slow down…
(Dad note: The keyboard she is using is MyPC Stage 1 Toddler Keyboard – it’s great. It’s fully functional and you can put it in the dish washer. Perfect combination!)
(Click here for the first video.)
(Click here for the second video.)