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She looks so much like a toddler today for some reason.



She looks so much like a toddler today for some reason., originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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It kills me that my phone doesn’t have video–they’re playing peek- a-boo!

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Someone loves garbage day–“ffff-wuck!”



Someone loves garbage day–"ffff-wuck!", originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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Annie at 1.25

It’s been quite apparent around the Walker household recently that we have a toddler on our hands. It could be the walking, it could be the talking, it could be the opposition, or it could just be the general cuteness.

As most of you know, I was an English major in college. What some of you might not know is that, had I not known that I wanted to go into teaching, I might have ended up majoring in Linguistics. Language, its construction, and the process of acquisition has always fascinated me. Given that, it might come as no surprise that watching language develop in my very own test subject has been a fascinating process for me. For awhile I was listing and counting her words. I stopped that when we hit 100 a couple of weeks ago, and now I’m just noting specifics. For instance, she seems to have two syllables mastered, and she’s tried a couple of three-syllable words. Her current area of focus seems to be consonant blends, though, which means that words she’s been saying for awhile are now sounding different as she tries to say them like we do. For instance, “please”, which for the past couple of months has been “peez”, is now “p-LLL-EEEZ”. It’s pretty fun, because she’ll overemphasize the first consonant as she tries to string them together, so “glasses” comes out “gall-ASS-ezz” (if you’ve seen Wicked, it’s not unlike “Galinda.” ;-) She’s also working on the glottal stop: the former “bah-uhl” (bottle) is usually “bah-tul” and “wa-wa” is now “wah-t’r”. She seems to be gaining anywhere between two and five new words a day, and loves to try them out and to surprise us with words we didn’t know she’d picked up. “Nuggle” (snuggle) was a particularly sweet surprise, and “meen-go” (mango) is cute because it’s her current favorite food. She’s also got a good handle on prepositions (off/on and up/down being her favorites) and is experimenting with verbs–want, climb, sleeping (which comes out “seepin'”–SO cute!), walk/walking, eat, and some others I can’t think of. In true toddler fashion, however, there is one word which she has not yet added to her repertoire: yes. Alas, says mom. She’ll stick two words together relatively often (“froggie night-night”, “sock off”) and has stuck a verb in there a couple of times, usually to express frustration (“help down” and “WANT BERRY!”). In some ways, all this communication helps our frustration, and in some ways, it creates more. Such is things.

Yes, that was rather lengthy. Like I said–I’m a language geek. Other stuff, in list-y form and in no particular order (read: as I think of it).
* Can drink from a sippie cup just fine, but would rather have someone holding it for her
* Favorite food is currently freeze-dried mango from Trader Joe’s.
* Shows a definite desire to contemplate new activities before trying them. This is no surprise, as both of her parents have the same tendency.
* Walks reasonably competently and is working on running
* Has names for several of her favorite books: “Monkey” (That’s Not My Monkey) “WALK-ing” (I Went Walking), “button” (Quiet Time with Cassat,–the “button” comes from the page where a baby with its belly button is shown), “mush” (Goodnight Moon, from the “bowl full of mush” page)… I’m forgetting some, but there are others.
* Fills in words in familiar songs/books. This is fun when we’re reading/singing and not-so-fun when I’m trying to get her to sleep by singing her a lullaby and she pops up and shouts “MORNING!” (From a line in one of the songs.)
* Knows a handful of signs, but pretty much only uses them for emphasis when she’s speaking… or when she’s trying to say “more please” when her mouth’s already full. ;-)
* Has found a lovey–Froggie, a fuzzy soft frog.
* Is in 9-12 month clothes and a size M diaper cover
* Weighs 19lbs 3oz (5th percentile) and is 28.75″ tall (10th percentile) but has a head in the 78th percentile.
* Is going through a bit of a rough sleep period and sleeps best with us
* Is currently VERY attached to “Mommy Mommy Mommy Mommy” (which is pretty much how it’s said anymore)
* Is FASCINATED by my purse and will spend 10 minutes pulling each item out and examining it.
* Loves keys and will cling to the gate at the top of the stairs and say “keys keys keys” while staring at the key rack until someone gets them for her
* Thinks it’s funny to take her shoes and socks off in the car; if you ever see us anywhere and she doesn’t have anything on her feet, it’s not for our lack of trying.
* Recognizes herself in pictures and will point and say “AH-nee!”
* Adores her friend Grady!
* Has started to mother her baby doll–she’s asked to wear it in a sling (so now mommy is making her baby’s baby a sling!) and she tries to feed it and help it drink from her sippy.
* Occasionally tries to dress herself. This turns funny when I’m doing laundry and she grabs a pair of her jeans and tries to pull them over her head.
* Is beginning to show an interest in the potty. For a couple months now, she’s been able to tell me when she’s stinky–she’ll come over and say “butt” (one of her words for diaper) and when I ask if she’s stinky, she’ll repeat “stinky” (all sorts of clever ways not to have to say “yes”!) But just today she went in the bathroom, pointed to the toilet, said “potty,” and when I repeated that it was indeed the potty, she pointed again and said “sit potty.” So she did indeed sit on the potty… fully clothed, as it may, but still. She sat on it later during a diaper change and while nothing happened, it was an interesting experience for her. She’ll be getting her own potty on Wednesday. :-)
* Takes one or two naps a day. When she only takes one nap, it’s in the morning and is between 1-1.5 hours (and occasionally longer).
* Is such a joy and so much fun right now!

(And can anyone else see this exact face on her as a teenager? “Mom, just take the darned picture?”)

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Monster PJs



Monster PJs, originally uploaded by ceepdublu.

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The long-suffering and ever-patient cat.



The long-suffering and ever-patient cat., originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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Walking!

A recap of our trip to Victoria, an update on the kiddo, and pictures! will all happen this weekend or next week. But to hold you until then…

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Mom, you SO did not just take that picture!



Mom, you SO did not just take that picture!, originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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We’re not too sure about this climbing with shoes

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Just about the cutest thing ever!

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“Eesh!”



"Eesh!", originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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Contemplating fish



Contemplating fish, originally uploaded by walker_fam.

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Daddy wears the baby on a walk in Lake Elsinore

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