Hayden and Layla's Place

The not quite as big blog – (on Hayden this time) December 31, 2011

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As usual Hayden continues to crack us up on a daily basis so I also needed to go a quick aggregation of some of his new adventures.

When he’s eating he’ll demand that I watch him eat something.  Daddy watch me eat this cracker, daddy watch me eat this apple, etc.  No idea why, but it’s kind of funny.

Hayden is getting very expressive with his facial features and his hand gestures when he talks.  He does this changing the light blub like gesture (vs. Coldplay dancing) with his hand when he’s saying stuff.  It feel very philosophical!

He loves going on bike rides right now, even though it’s cold.  The other day he even chose a bike ride over playing video games!   He still has his training wheels but we’ll work on that in the spring.  He likes going really fast and is starting to get a good sense of balance but the use of the brake is still very optional but at least he normally takes his foot off the pedal so when he crashes it had less impact.  He has also worked out to head towards the grass if he loses control.  He doesn’t really care if he crashes so that also help.

He is getting over apologetic!  He’ll say “Oh sorry” about 50 times a day right now and I’ve spotted a couple of themes.  Firstly nothing is his fault!  If he knocks something over then “oh sorry it wasn’t my fault it just did it all on its own”.  Secondly he never meant it.  So if we are just correcting him, something simple like can you hand me the yellow pen and he gives me an orange one, “oh sorry, I didn’t mean to.”  It’s funny.

The other thing that is new with Hayden is that everything is cool or silly or funny Daddy.   I’ll try to give an example conversations.  “Daddy I want to eat my cupcake with my eyes closed as wouldn’t that be silly daddy.  It would be so funny.  And if I did that I might drop it and it would break on the floor and that would be super silly daddy.  And maybe the cupcake would have green on it and that would be really cool wouldn’t it daddy.”

I’ve noticed recently that Hayden also has three running styles.  One which is full out running.  Used for example at a bounce place where he is really excited.  Two is the skip.  He does this when he is really not that interested inn what he’s doing and generally in la-la land.  Three is the shuffle.  When he kind of glides across the floor like he is ice skating on tip toes.  Generally reserved for when he is really excited about something and is generally accompanied by a giddy expression.



The big blog December 30, 2011

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Layla — JDG @ 3:48 am
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I have slacked a lot with my blog writing of late and thought its time I just rambled a bunch of stuff in one blog to try and catch up so this is going to be a bit of a hodgepodge of stuff primary on Layla (because the few blogs I have done have generally been on Hayden).

Layla is becoming a big chatterbox.  Her vocabulary is developing by the day.  She is starting to join some words together and in general seems to be able to communicate well with us.  She certainly understands a lot and knows how to communicate basic yes and no commands to us.  The no is typically a very dramatic shake of her every growing hair which is adorably cute.  She hasn’t mastered her own name or Hayden’s yet, but knows important stuff like baby, mine, apple, banana (nana), mumma, dadda,  juice, more, etc.   Basically she gets what she wants with these words 🙂

Layla is showing to be a real lady. She just loves walking around with a bag or purse on her shoulder. It looks like she is out shopping all the time.  She is also completely obsessed by her babies.  She has to be carrying them around most of the time (not one, but at least two, and a blanket, and some bottles for them).  It’s funny sometimes when you come into her bedroom when she’s waking up, and she’ll already have all her babies accumulated up and be carrying them waiting for us to lift her out of the crib.   But she just  loves babies, for Christ,mas she got a stroller and also a toy crib and high chair and she also makes sure her babies get full use of her baby accessories!   If her babies are out of reach though we hear about it, she will screech ” BABEEE” over and over again until we do something about it!

If I tell her go crazy she does a very cool crazy shake similar to what Hayden used to do.  It’s very impactful with Layla because of all her hair.  She would make a great rock chick!   Talking of her hair – it’s a good job Kara is always here to repair my feeble attempts at pig tails or pony tails.  I just don’t think it’s my DNA to figure that out!  Her hair is great thought and continues to grow so Kara can give her a different hair style everyday.  I can see the days of the future where they spend hours braiding or plating their hair together.

Layla loves the dogs (and Abbey to be fair.)  Whenever she is close to any of the animals she will lower her head and give them a kiss, or a cuddle, or try to go for a ride (dogs don’t always appreciate the last one, and often get straight up which sends her flying!).  She is forever just laying down with them, and generally loving on them.  It’s nice to see.   Especially Stella (which is Larry and Gretchen’s new puppy).  Layla and Stella are just best friends and are always running around together and following each other.

Now Layla is clearly no Hayden Mark II.   It’s funny that we spend all this time blogging and we never go back and look at those blogs, but it just feels like she is so different to him in personality.  Once she gets warmed up (she can start very shy, especially if her mum is around) she is very confident and likes to own the room.  She knows what she wants and is very assertive to take it.  If someone messes with her, or takes something away from her, she will make her feelings know (whether it’s a bite, push, verbal assault – whatever it takes!).   But she does share some attributes of Hayden.  She understands jokes, and loves being funny.  She is very loving to us.  Love her bed toys.  Is a pretty good eater and an excellent sleeper.

Layla also really knows how to shake her booty!  Every time there is music out playing she will just break into her own little dance, that largely involves ducking down her shoulders some (a move I’m convinced she must have learned from me as that was how Kara always made fun of me dancing!) and sticking her bottom and literally shaking it from side to side!    Very funny.


Well I say… December 29, 2011

Filed under: Dad Blogs on Hayden — JDG @ 1:15 am
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Hayden has started to realize that he and I talk differently. There be certain word that he will already say with an American accent and I’ll tell him that that I say it like this “fill in stylish English accent” and then he’ll tell me how he says it. Well this was kind of funny a few nights back when I was reading with him… The word in case was envelope. It was a sesame street ABC book and we were on the letter E. He goes “on-vel-lope”. I tell him it’s “end vel lope”. He then corrects me that it must be “on-vel-lope” because that starts with an E and “end vel lope” starts with an N! Getting corrected by a four year old – ouch!

One of my favorites though that has nothing to do with our culture differences is X-Ray. Because there are so few words beginning with an X you’ll be surprised how often this comes up in ABC books! Anyway, instead of x-ray he says “x-er-ray”. I tried to correct him once but he put me back in my place and told me that while I might say “x-ray” he says “x-er-ray” and that was the end of that!


Baby steps September 8, 2011

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Layla is still not properly walking, but she is spending a lot of time on her feet cruising around and takes a couple of steps at a time before she falls into us.  She doesn’t have the balance thing down very well yet, and her upper body gets way ahead of her feet.  But, she’s getting there slowly.

She has a handful of words that she uses.  Probably the clearest thing she says is still Mama.  She also says night-night really well.  “Yeah” is another one she has been using for a while, and she uses that correctly.  She is not great on Dada, but one day she said “a” (as in, Da without the D) a few times while I was trying to get her to say it.  She is very clear about what she wants with pointing and making kind of whiny noises (“uh, uh”).  She repeats the lion noise “rah” with John and I can get her to make the dog sound “woof” which is very cute because she just says fffff.  Hayden was asking me this morning when she would call him Hayden, so I was trying to get her to day “Den” because I know “Hayden” will be difficult for her.


Honey July 25, 2011

Filed under: Mummy On Hayden — karagoodwin @ 5:09 pm

Hayden has started to call me Honey every once in a while.  He’ll just slip it into conversation, so subtly that you could easily miss it or think you misunderstood.  For example: “Are you on this train, honey?” (as he is playing trains he likes to ask us if we are on the train.)  Very cute.

We recently went on vacation to England and had a great time.  I imagine John will blog about that (I am completely overwhelmed by the thought of doing it – where would I even start?), but one “word” thing of Hayden’s from that trip was he kept calling the escalators “alligators,” which had me and John (secretly, so he would keep doing it) cracking up throughout the trip.


Excuse me (Updated) June 8, 2011

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It seems like we have been working on manners with Hayden since… well… he started talking.  He hardly every remembers to say “please” and “thank you” without being reminded (500 times a day!), but he now starts many sentences with “Excuse me.”  “Excuse me, but where is my yogurt?”  “Excuse me, where are we going today?”  It is hugely cute.  I don’t think he has ever used it when he is actually interrupting, but we’ll take what we can get!

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Another thing Hayden is saying a lot of that is cracking us up is, “Hold on.”  “Hold on, let me look and see which cereal I want.” “Hold on, I need to get my shoes first.” “Hold on, I am going to watch a cartoon.”  He also ends many of his sentences right now with, “OK?”  That one can get a little tricky because Hayden gets in these moods where he talks nonstop, and being a modern family with 100 things going on at any given time, there is always a point in his monologue where you have to stop paying complete attention.  In that case, you might be tempted to say, “OK” when he is finishing his sentences with, “OK” (and saying, “OK, Mommy?  OK?” until he gets a response), but YOU then don’t know what you’ve “OK’ed” but he DOES.  This can lead to tears later when he is insisting it’s time for a walk because I said OK when he said after breakfast we are going to go for a walk, OK? even though he is supposed to go to preschool after breakfast, it’s raining out, and Layla is asleep.  I made that scenario up, but the idea is real.

We do love the “Hayden-isms” in our house, and John and I frequently slip into Hayden-speak with each other.  It turns out this is contagious.  We were out in Denver a couple of weeks ago visiting family (my cousin Gena got married in England and we were there for her reception, and tacked on a little family vacation).  We were telling Gena and her husband Simon about how Hayden says OK at the end of most of his sentences.  Apparently after that conversation they started talking to each other that way, and in her thank you card to us she ended it with, “See you when you move here, OK?”

Update from John – My favorite Excuse Me comes when we approach roundabouts and there are cars on the roundabout.  “Excuse Cars we are coming through.  Move cars!”.    He cracks me up!


What We Gonna Do When Layla Talks? January 6, 2011

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Hayden likes to phrase his questions as “What we gonna do when….”

What we gonna do when it’s not a Daddy work day?

What we gonna do when Grandma’s here?

What we gonna do when it’s time for preschool?

Sometimes it’s hard to understand what he is actually trying to ask.  One thing he is asking frequently right now is, “What we gonna do when Layla talks?”  He seems to be interested in the idea of her talking.  She’s 7 1/2 months now, so her first word should be just around the corner.  She seems to be understanding lots of words.  She has been responding to her own name for a while.  I can ask her what different things are – like dog, cat, ball – and she will look at them.  But vocally she hasn’t worked out how to say anything yet.  She does like to jabber, though, and I have been hearing an evolution in those sounds.