Hayden and Layla's Place

Pointing August 29, 2008

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 2:40 am
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Reference to Kara’s previous posting when he was coming up with new words…Hayden’s favorite thing right now is pointing.  He points at everything!  Every time he sees a car, he will point and highlight to anyone that wants to hear that he is pointing!  This is very funny when walking down the street as he will point at the cars the people in the cars think he is very funny!

Any time he sees a picture he wil go out of his way to point at it (and generally refer to it as ‘Dad-da’), he points at clocks, dogs, statues of horses and his number one favourite…. Giraffe’s!!!  He is definately going to be that kid that asks a thousand questions – “what’s that  dad? what’s that……….”


Words August 19, 2008

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Hayden has some new words added to his repertoire – be ready to be amazed.  Last night he said – I kid you not – buffalo.  I know it sounds like I am putting you on, but really he did!  His room has a safari theme, and we have pictures up from the safari John and I went on a few years ago.  One of his favorite activities is pointing to the pictures and we say what the animal is.  He goes around his whole room doing this and just laughs and smiles as we go through them.  Above his changing table are pictures of Monkey, Cheetahs, Giraffe, and Buffalo.  So while he is getting changed we spend a lot of time saying those animal names over and over while we point to the pictures.  And last night he said a definite baby version of buffalo a couple of times.  I told John and he said he had heard it through the monitor and it sounded just like when he said buffalo to John a couple of days ago!

He also said ‘car’ to Nanny today, and I heard him say it a couple of minutes later.  He has Dadda down pat and definitely knows that that is John’s name.  Mamma he doesn’t say very much – he goes in spurts where it will say it a lot for a couple of days and then stop for a long time.  Same with Nanna.  We think he said his version of ‘Abbey’ while looking through a kitten book at the dr’s office, but we haven’t heard that one again.  He seems to have been saying ‘da’ for dog for a long time now, and I’ve heard him say what I think was his version of Lucy.

There are words he is not saying yet but he definitely knows what they are.  We have a horse calendar up in our kitchen which he took notice of last week.  Now he points and smiles at it all the time and knows the word ‘Horse.’  We will ask him when he is in his high chair where the horse is and he will look at the calendar and smile.  Also, we have a little horse statue on our fireplace mantel and he randomly noticed it a couple of days ago and started pointing, smiling, and making noises.  He got to pet a horse a couple of weeks ago at the state fair and LOVED it.  He was so excited about it.  So I am very happy that he loves horses just like Mommy.  I told him that if he wanted to have a horse when he is a little older then I guess we would just have to give him one.  🙂  And he knows giraffe.

It’s so much fun watching him start to make connections between words and things.  I can’t remember if I already mentioned, but he also does signs (baby versions) for milk and eat now.  He uses the milk one randomly, not always just when he wants milk, but that is normal.  And unfortunately he waits to use the eat one until he is sitting in his high chair already waiting for food, and he cries while he does it.  I have to tell him that I know he is hungry, that’s why I am getting his food ready! 😉  Signs are supposed to help remove some frustration because they can tell you what they want so don’t have to cry as much for it.  I’ll have to let him ready my book so he is aware of that. he he


I’m ONE! August 5, 2008

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I turned one on Sunday!  I had so much fun.  We had a big party and my friends came and told me how cute I am and ate food and cake and gave me presents.  It was the best!  I even had presents from friends who live too far away to come to my party.  That was really nice of them to send me presents because they didn’t even get to taste any of the peach pound cake that Daddy made especially for me.  I love cake.  I didn’t know it existed before Sunday, but I got some cake then and I stuck my hands in it and it was all squishy.  I ate some, and I also used the icing to decorate my tray and my clothes.  Mommy had to put me in a whole new outfit when I was done because I was so dirty.  It was great!

Now that I’m one all kinds of things change.  I can pretty much eat any type of food (I even sneaked some crab meat in from Daddy’s plate the other night at dinner).  My car seat is going to be turned around to face the front whenever Mommy gets around to it.  I drink whole milk now instead of formula, which I love!  I love milk so much that I even sign it now!  It is very cute when I do my baby version of the sign.  I take all my milk from sippy cups now, too, unless there aren’t any clean ones in which case I get a bottle, but bottles are for babies and I can’t get my milk fast enough with them so I use sippy cups as much as I can!  Now that I’m 1 I also eat like a horse all of a sudden.  It is not uncommon for me to get upset when Mommy tells me my meal is finished.  And I’m getting really close to walking, too!  Yesterday I was pushing my high chair across the kitchen – it made a great walk-behind because it is so big and sturdy!  I have a couple of toy walk-behinds and I am getting good at pushing them along from behind as well, but they are a little trickier because they go quicker since they are lighter.

I had a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!


One year………….

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 1:02 pm
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Hayden is one..  he made it (or should i say that we made it)!  I must admit he was really a big star throughout his first year and very little trouble.  He’s a munchkin, of course he is.  He’s learned to blow raspberries when he’s eating broccoli so it conveniently just falls out of his mouth.  He loves to deliberately drop his milk bottle on the floor.  He likes to go swimming in the dog’s bowl.  But generally he rocks.  He is always smiling.  Seems to love everyone he meets and only really cries when he’s tired, hungry or has done a big poop and no one has noticed.  Seems like a pretty fair criteria really?

He’s had a pretty good year for a one year old as well.  He’s seen whales.  He’s been to Florida and to Maine.  He gets to go swimming at least once a week.  He got to go for walks in snow.  Go for rides on the dog.  Bike rides with me.  Hang out on the swings with his nanny.  Eat a cookie.  Go in the Sea.  Go on the lazy river.  Go to the Zoo (twice).  Hang out on the boat.  And a million other things.

He’s learned quite a bit as well.  How to say Da-da all the time.  How farting is really funny.  Clapping.  Standing up and cruising around.  Drinking out of his sippy cup.  Eating finger foods.  Burping.  Reading books (well OK so he can’t read, but he understands the idea of books).  Watching TV.  Using the telephone.  Turing on the TV and doing lots of stuff to it.  Stroking the dog.  Swimming (Olympics 2026?).  He is very smart 🙂

Been a very cool year… thanks Hayden.