Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Adventure, Jamie!

Ellie is into exploring things, and everything is an adventure. We got her a new carseat and she loved the box. So Leif tore the bottom out of an old collapsible laundry bin and made her a new "tunnel". She LOVES to crawl through it and play peek-a-boo.

Look, Mommy! I found a weed to chew on!!

She's also starting to figure out how things work. This is either a very good thing, or a very bad thing! She will go to the front door and stand up, reeeeeeaching for the doorknob, trying to turn it. She can just barely touch it right now, so it won't be long before we will have to be very careful about keeping doors locked. She also knows that she's not supposed to touch Roomba. Still, she tries to on a daily basis and tests both the rules and our consistency with them. She will often hover her hand over Roomba until we tell her "No", then crawl on to something else. Yesterday she was pushing around a little package of baby wipes and pushed them over to Roomba. I reminded her not to touch Roomba and she looked at me with her innocent "Who? Me?" look. Then she picked up the package of wipes and put them on top of Roomba. Then she touched them. She's getting clever.


She also got a lesson in consequences yesterday. She thinks the buttons on the TV, VCR, DVD, and Wii machines are VERY cool. But she's not allowed to touch them and we remind her of that frequently. Yesterday, though, she did it anyway, while I was in another room. From the bedroom I heard her screaming, so I came to see what was the matter and, sure enough, she had her fingers stuck in the VCR. They were easy for me to get out, and there wasn't any bruising, just some squished fingers and a very sad Ellie. I'm hoping she'll remember that and keep her distance.

In other news, Ellie's 4th tooth has finally popped through! Also, she's been babbling like crazy, having these little conversations with herself all day long. And some of what she says actually sounds like she's talking. She consistently says "uh oh" when she drops something (or when she's about to... she hangs something over the edge of her high chair, looks at you and says "uh oh" then drops it. I can't say I'm too thrilled with that game.") and she says "bye bye" and waves when someone is leaving. Today she even said "bye bye" to Mommom on the phone. I love her constant babbling, and I especially love it when she sings. Last night she was playing with her musical toy and started singing with it. Not just humming, but singing in her little made up language. It was the cutest thing ever.


Michelle said...

I loved reading about Ellie's exploring. It sounds just like Josh. He is constantly trying new things and trying to do things that he isn't allowed to do. So just remember on the days that you have been following her around and contantly saying no and picking things up again and tryig not to laugh when they are being cute while doing something not allowed. You are not alone.

Christina said...

She sounds like a handful! It will be so neat when Natali starts to babble and play with things. But I am enjoying her while she is so little and non-mobile. I am glad you and Ellie are doing so well!!