This month we have a full multimedia experience – text, still pictures, and video. I’ll do the text first, then the pictures and video after the break. Amy’s walking has continued to improve, and she’s trying new variants all the time. First it was walking while carrying things, starting with small things then moving up to larger ones (e.g. large-format books) then multiple things. For a while she was carrying around a little basket full of puzzle pieces. She can walk fast, though I wouldn’t quite call it running, and she can walk backwards, and she can walk quite well even on uneven ground. She’s not talking yet, but her comprehension is increasing by leaps and bounds. One of her favorite games is to grab a book, plop down in someone’s lap, and go through it pointing at all the objects. Sometimes she leads, pointing and asking (with an emphatic “dah” sound) for identification. Other times she seems to enjoy being quizzed. “Can you find an umbrella? (point) Good! How about blueberries? (point) Yay!” And so on, often for quite a long time. We can go through several books this way, with her accurately identifying over a hundred objects. Specific words – especially “lips” and “umbrella” or anything that sounds like either – also elicit very specific and amusing behavior. I swear she was even trying to tell a non-verbal joke about umbrellas at dinner time yesterday. She’s also becoming quite vocal, as will be apparent in the video. Between the increased comprehension and vocalization, I’m sure she’ll be talking soon. Maybe she’ll start during our trip to Michigan, just as she did with walking.

Amy definitely has some habits that I find amusing. For while, she enjoyed taking stuff out of containers. Now it’s putting stuff in containers. We can spend half an hour or more going through various games and puzzles with her dumping the pieces out of a box or bag and then studiously putting them all back in. She also enjoys putting random junk (e.g. leaf bits that get tracked in from raking the yard) into the kitchen trash, or anything left on the bed or floor into the laundry hamper. Retrieving her pajamas from the hamper has become a nightly ritual for Cindy. More recently, Amy has discovered sitting on things other than the floor – on steps and stoops and on chairs just like an adult. Most recent of all is the “category” game, in which she goes through a book or a room pointing at every instance of a category that she can find. Bert from Sesame Street is a common example. Last night it was tomatoes. In the real world it’s usually chairs or tables. Once she pointed to a box downstairs, I said “box” and she immediately went up the stairs and all the way across the top floor to the master bathroom to point at a stack of diaper boxes. Another time she went from a hat in a book all the way down the stairs into the entranceway to point at some hats on top of a coat rack – showing a keen grasp not only of categories but of the correspondence between pictures and real things. She also seems to know the difference between planes (which she loves) and helicopters (which she finds uninteresting). There’s clearly a lot going on in there.

OK, on with the pictures – three at a playground and one in the back yard. I don’t think there’s much I can add by way of commentary.

Amy in the barrel thingy Amyon the slide Amy playing peek-a-boot Amy helping Mommy in the yard

Now for the video. Click on a picture to see the corresponding clip.

Amy laughing Amy laughing while sitting in the recliner. (584KB)
Amy getting all excited Amy getting all excited. She likes the whole two-fisted drinking thing (also apparent in the next video). Even though she already has a sippy-cup in one hand, she’ll often pick up a second one and drink alternately from the two. She also likes drinking from her sippy-cup while I drink from mine – actually a sports-drink bottle, but that’s a distinction she doesn’t make. (318KB)
Uh oh One of my favorite Amy-words. She uses this one quite a lot. She also makes some rather distinctive grumbling sounds sometimes when she falls or drops something or gets frustrated, which I interpret as a kind of proto-swearing. (667KB)
Bounce bounce! Amy bouncing. What’s that she’s bouncing on? I’m glad you asked. It’s an approximately life-sized stuffed wombat, which my mother bought us before Amy was born. Amy hasn’t noticed it all that much, except for playing with the tag, until very recently when she discovered that she could climb onto it like this. Once she did that, I just had to suggest “bounce bounce” and … well, you can see that she got the idea. (278KB)