First I have to give a couple of shout-outs:
1. Lisa Sharpe, who decided to have a play date with Zoey yesterday so that Greg could do our taxes without having to stop to read Dora books or dole out Oreos every few minutes. Thank you so much and we’re totally going to call upon you for babysitting in the near future so Greg and I can
head for Mexico go out on a date.
2. Greg and his cousin, Cory, are all registered to take part in the Annual St. Baldricks event at Kitty Hoynes pub on March 25th. For those of you who aren’t aware, the event is a fundraiser to raise money for research in the fight against cancers commonly found in children. Participants of the event get their heads shaved and I’m am just as proud as punch that Greg and Cory are participating this year in Carol’s memory. To donate to this VERY important cause, click here.
And now onto the cuteness that is Zoey:
Zoey is currently talking more and more each day. Sure, her primary language is still baby babble, but there are many more real words peppered within the babble than there were, say, just a couple of months ago. For instance, ba pa (backpack, for those of you not fluent in baby babble. This one came straight from Zoey’s fascination with Dora’s backpack) and tees (cheers. She likes to clink her sippy cup against my glass and yell, “Tees!”). But quite possibly the cutest phrase she has come out with so far is, “Hi” and “Bah!”.
Hi came first. It was an easy one; she’d walk into a room and exclaim, “Hi,” like she hadn’t seem Greg and I in AGES. But then she started working on bye, first with waving–opening and closing her hand is currently her preferred form of waving–and then all of a sudden, ‘Bah’ made an appearance and melted Greg’s and my hearts. I mean, imagine Miss Zoey standing in the living room, opening and closing her hand over and over again while saying, “Bah! Bah! Bah!” OMG the cuteness.
It only gets even more adorable when she’s playing with her toy stroller and she waves to Greg and I and yells, “Bah! Bah!” before pushing her stroller around the kitchen. She pushes her stroller back to the living room just a few seconds later and exclaims, “Hi!” It’s one of the new games she likes to play.
The other new game she likes is to pretend she’s leaving and wave and tell you bah as she’s closing a door. It could be the bathroom door, your bedroom door–it doesn’t really matter to her as long as she has that prop to pretend with. She never closes the door all of the way because after she tells you bye and uses the door to block her view of you, she pushes it back open and yells, “Hi!” And then the game begins again.
Side note: when I was sick in bed last week and Greg was letting Zoey play in the hallway outside our room, she started her door game. Except when she went to shut the door, she left enough room to stick her little arm all the way up to her arm pit into the room and wave to me while she yelled, “Bah! Bah!” from the other side of the door.
Because she is fascinated with these words, bah in particular, she’s also added to her bedtime routine. It used to be that around seven-thirty or so, she and I would head upstairs to cuddle for a bit until she fell asleep. Then I’d carry her into her crib. But now she doesn’t even want to go upstairs until she has ‘said her goodbyes’. Basically, this means she goes around the downstairs and says goodbye to objects of her choosing. For your reading pleasure, the following list are people/objects that Zoey routinely waves and says bah to before heading upstairs to bed for the night.
Her Disney Princesses toy laptop (she puts her hand pretty much right up to the screen to wave to it)
Her booster seat
The cupboard we keep plastic dishes in (it’s Zoey’s favorite because she likes to play in the dishes)
The vacuum cleaner (and then she always eyes it for a minute like she’s waiting to see if it’s going to try to pull something over on her. She’s still leery of it).
Of course, with all of this bahing, comes bah kisses. She understands that if Mommy or Daddy have to leave, they will tell her bye and ask for a goodbye kiss, which she usually gives with no problem. But guys! She gets it. She totally understands what bye means and that you say it when you’re leaving. Sure, she understands other words too, like Oreos and shower (she loves showers), but hi and bye are more abstract terms. But she understands them. Wow.
Our baby is constantly learning right in front of Greg and I and it’s just completely fascinating to watch.
Guess we should probably stop swearing like sailors now, huh (I’m kidding, mom).