Thursday, May 30, 2013


As I've mentioned before, Jackson is very teachable and catches on quickly... once taught. This is a fabulous trait for a teacher mom, but it was also a bit shocking because he has to be taught most things--instead of just picking up on them naturally.

Enter Allie, who seems to be very resourceful, clever and on her own time table for figuring out things by herself. This could make for a super fun toddler period of life (by MYSELF), but right now it's still entertaining and fascinating. My favorite example is when lying on her back, she employs her feet as hands. She's incredibly adept at picking up any object near her feet and bringing it up to her hands... and subsequently to her mouth. We have learned the lesson of not leaving her soiled diapers near her little foot appendages. No good.

She is likewise great at letting me know what foods she does not want to eat. Yesterday, she lined all her banana pieces up on the side of her high chair tray and went on eating the other goodies that were strewn about. Lest you think that was so polite of her to not throw them on the floor, they eventually landed there. My theory is that she wanted to make sure she wasn't still hungry when the good stuff stopped coming,  so she wanted to save the reject pile in case it was necessary.

Here's a little video of how she resourcefully fends for herself at meal time.

We are very appreciative of frugality and cleanliness! Perhaps she's trying to tell us she's still hungry...

Allie continues to come closer to crawling, or at least moving w/o using the roll. She might be there, it's just too slow to notice at real time. Often she is suddenly 2 feet away from me, when I swear she was right next to me minutes before.  I'm never able to actually witness the movements forward, so I took a little video the other night to try and capture it a little better. A detailed analysis of the clip did give me a better idea of how she does it but still a bit perplexed. Feel free to not watch the whole thing... it's rather long and full of a 9 month grunts.

After her little exercise, she was pooped, and resourcefully showed me she was ready for bed. Oh, so cute.

Although the teacher through and through, I'm thrilled to have a student who is teaching herself. Keep teaching yourself good things Allie. Glad you're so resourceful!

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