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  1. Monday, July 08, 2019:
    Maia Year 2 Battle Report  We've made it two whole years!     Maia is now 32" tall and 22.4 pounds (she was carrying her favourite bunny when she stepped on the scale, but also had a helium balloon, so it probably balances out). This past month, she has balanced on the razor edge of constant whining, just as likely to teeter left into giggles or right into tantrums. Everything important (like brushing teeth) still gets done, but takes 30% longer with the added rounds of "no no no!" and the fleeing and the stalling.     Her favourite things this month have included little backpacks, dresses, sandals, splashpads, and riding in the grocery store cart. She enjoys helping Rebecca water plants outdoors and ate her first homeg...
  2. Friday, June 07, 2019:
    Maia Month #23 Battle Report    Maia is almost 2! A couple weeks ago, she weighed 21.8 pounds though she feels much heavier when she goes sack-of-potatoes on my arm. She enjoys assisting with our routine, from putting away the clean dishes to watering the plants outside with her own personal watering can.   Her brain continues to word associate -- when I pointed at a bench, she mentioned the statue of frogs sitting on a bench drinking coffee at the grandparents' house. When I said Rebecca was tall, Maia said "long neck giraffe". She also likes to remind us to finish unfinished tasks or rectify unresolved situations by saying things like "shoes off", "put shirt on", "close gate", "put back". Other recent likes include riding on my shoulders, ...
  3. Monday, June 03, 2019:
    List Day: 4 Major Adjustments Since Having A Kid       Massive uptick in having to drive while other people are on the road : After years of traveling everywhere at 5 AM to avoid society, Maia's naps now take me into the thick of congestion. I now embrace what I once referred to as a " Tax on the Entitled Class and People Too Lazy to Wake Up Early Like the Rest of Us " when driving Maia to her grandparents' house. $20 to skip 20 minutes in a 2-mile traffic jam with a toddler in the back? Yes, please.     Greatly reduced tolerance for movies and TV shows that are a "slow burn" : Every minute of my time where I'm not actively parenting is precious. I'm much more likely to turn off a plot going nowhere fast, a show with 20 ...
  4. Wednesday, May 22, 2019:
    List Day: Influences Maia Gets From Her Parents   .space { padding: 3px; }          Dad Influences    Mom Influences           Excellent clean-up skills    Love of mac and cheese    Constant reallocation of stuffed animals (one per gap in the crib slats) during naptime    Need to sort different types of toys into different containers    Obsession with Berenstain Bears books    Ability to count to 5 while only occasionally skipping 3           Strong preference for being outside    Tendency to break out into yoga in every situation    Be...
  5. Monday, May 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #22 Battle Report    Maia is 1 year and 10 months old today. The picture above was actually taken 3 days ago -- she's still visiting the Gillis family in Oklahoma City and between Daylight Savings Time and time zones, Rebecca apparently flew into the future on her jet plane.   This past month has been great from a child-care perspective. Although Maia is much less likely to play on her own these days, she's very amenable to whatever sort of activity we think up as long as we're nearby. Activities have included "playing with measuring cups and water in the sink", "filling a bucket with dirt", and "acting as a  Chaos Monkey  while we work on 1000 piece puzzles". Puzzles, the Berenstain Bears, and baths are her recent favouri...
  6. Monday, April 08, 2019:
    Maia Month #21 Battle Report    Maia is now 21 months old and 22.4 pounds. She likes to live dangerously by climbing on things and can get into chairs and on beds with ease. She recently learned that she can move things (like stools and elephants) to reach higher places, and goes down the slide on her own volition now.   Maia has no particular favorite foods and there is a 50-50 chance that she will consume an entire meal like a black hole or leave it all on the plate and ask for "toast" instead. Staples include yogurt, cheese sticks, all the berry-based fruits, and a neverending Costco bag of Italian meatballs.   She regularly strings together two-word phrases that are mostly intelligible like "get on, put back, close gate", so i...
  7. Wednesday, March 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #20 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year and 8 months old and exactly 21 pounds. She can say individual words although they may not be intelligible to you unless you're around her all the time. Her recent obsessions are balloons, umbrellas, and really anything that is held up in the sky. She still likes reading books and has taken a particular liking to the Berenstain Bears books (we have a complete set from the early 80s).   Maia is pretty self-sufficient now and enjoys sitting around the kitchen making "soup" with a pot, a spoon, and all of her animal magnets while we putter around above her. She's a fan of cars and trucks and having all of the stuffed animals in her bed. She HATES changing out of her pajamas when waking up in the ...
  8. Wednesday, February 06, 2019:
    Maia Month #19 Battle Report    Maia is 1 year and 7 months old now! She likes having control over her outfit, from necklaces and hats to fancy clothing and the pair of Christmas pajamas she keeps discovering and insisting on wearing all day long. She is definitely quick to express her frustration at being out of control of things in her environment, like coming inside from her beloved outdoors, not getting enough crackers, or not being able to turn her baby carriage around in the narrow bathroom.   She also cries when you don't give her enough stuffed animals at nighttime -- the current record is somewhere around 10. During a recent nap, she threw her favourite bunny out of the crib and started bawling. When no one had come in after a minut...
  9. Monday, January 07, 2019:
    Maia Month #18 Battle Report    Maia is one 1.5 years old and more toddler than baby. She's heavy enough that I'm going to have to stop carrying her in an Ergo on our mall trips soon, and gets plenty of exercise running all over the house all day long. As part of her impending toddlership, she gets frustrated much more easily over simple things (coming inside because outside is amazing, not having all 3 of her stuffed animals during naptime, not being allowed to eat Mom's sushi, etc). She can do the signs for "more" and "done", and her default way of asking you to do more of anything is to make the sign while repeating "mo mo mo" over and over until you cave.   Maia enjoys reading and scribbling, although she is less independent than before ...
  10. Friday, December 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #17 Battle Report    Maia is now one year and five months old, weighing 21 pounds and walking up a storm. After months of getting a feel for how long it will take her to crawl down the hall after you, she can now startle you like a nascent ninja by coming into the room right behind you. She has 3 teeth on the bottom and about 8 on top. Maia reads on her own less than before, but still sucks in knowledge like a sponge. She can identify things by color, continues to refine her animal sounds, and learns a million new things at the library every day.   She has two stuffed animals, creatively named Bear and Bunny (one is a bear and one is a bunny, and they both identify as such), that she takes wherever she goes. She sometimes cries if s...
  11. Monday, November 19, 2018:
    A Day in the Life (of Maia)       9:00 AM (+/- 1 hour) : Maia wakes up in her low-budget-Pottery-Barn nursery and makes alien noises until one of us comes in. We draw back the blackout curtains, raise the blinds, change a diaper, and put on the day's outfit, drawn from way too many friend donations.     9:15 AM : Rebecca gives Maia breakfast, usually a little boob followed by some oatmeal, bananas, and other fruit. After breakfast, Maia roams around between the nursery and the living room, reading books or playing with toys.     11:00 AM : Rebecca and Maia go to Storytime at the library.     12:30 PM : Maia eats a lunch of hummus, boiled carrots, and other sundry g...
  12. Wednesday, November 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #16 Battle Report    Maia has made it to 16 months with no loss of limbs or traumatic experiences (apart from getting her chin zipped into her jacket at the cabin). Her favourite food is hummus of any variety, with or without substantial food to spread it on. She knows and can recite the sounds that many animals make, although her favourite is the goat (followed by the fish). Other animals in her repertoire include cats, dogs, cows, chickens, and owls.   Maia walks up to 10 steps at a time before falling to the floor again, but still uses crawling as the most expedient form of traveling. Weekly Tuesday visits from Rebecca's parents and almost-weekly trips to my parent's house (when I can wake Maia before rush hour) are regular parts...
  13. Monday, October 08, 2018:
    Maia Month #15 Battle Report    Maia is now 1 year 3 months old. Though not noticeably heavier, she's a little more gangly -- able to climb up onto unexpected surfaces or reach things on shelves. It's also clearly easier to transfer the car seat between cars and carry her out, rather than load her up in the car seat in the house and try to carry the whole mass together.   Maia has started standing in brief doses (first real attempt was on 9/24/18) and eats all sorts of solid foods in spite of having just 4 - 5 teeth. She will eat hummus for days, along with boiled carrots, egg and cheese, bananas, yogurts, lentils, and bits of restaurant meals. She takes one far-too-short nap that averages just under 2 hours each day, but also consents to lyin...
  14. Friday, September 21, 2018:
    List Day: 30 Words Maia Recognizes in Context        window    bird    cat    bunnies    Two-ty the ostrich    duck    shark    house    light    poop    bath    bookstore    tree    mall    car           feet    nose    ears    toes    mouth    hair    star    relax    headstand    water    milk    banana   ...
  15. Friday, September 07, 2018:
    Maia Month #14 Battle Report    Maia is now 14 months old but still has not breached the 20 pounder glass ceiling. She is still cruising but not walking and has no problem going up and down stairs with minimal chance of self-inflicted falls. Her new favourite mode is "cranky", where the power of her ideas and wants and needs are muted by her inability to communicate in Shakespearean language resulting in the most annoying sound in history, the whine.   Maia is very good at mimicking now (she'll probably be a booby-trapped Dungeons and Dragons chest for Halloween) and will try to recreate the things you do around her. The other day, I peeked in on her solo nursery time to find her waving the window drape sashes against the drapes, because that'...
  16. Friday, August 03, 2018:
    Maia Month #13 Battle Report    Maia is mere days away from being 13 months old, although she still weighs just under 20 pounds and can fit in many onesies in the 6-9 month range. She's had a pretty weird sleep schedule the past week or so, and sometimes will only sleep for about 90 minutes in a single nap midday (and 10 - 11 hours straight through the night). When awake, she's crawling everywhere and recently figured out how to get up into the rocking chair using her side-saddle leg methodology.   Maia is very opinionated now, quick to get frustrated if she isn't getting what she wants (Cheerios) or we take her away from a dangerous situation (picking her up when she keeps trying to crawl into the street at the park). She still isn't speaking...
  17. Monday, July 23, 2018:
    Extra Baby Picture Day   For everyone who wants more baby pictures.      The last hurrah for the YAY balloon, which held shape for over a year before starting to melt down the wall like a Dali painting.     Maia is used to the Tallest Grandpa now and doesn't cry when he enters the room.     An afternoon walk along Holmes Run in Alexandria.     Maia excels at following directions. 
  18. Wednesday, July 18, 2018:
    Data Day: Maia's First Year     Milestones       Social Smiling : 2 months    Foot Grabbing : 3 months    First Laughs : 3 months    First Solid Food : 4.5 months    Sitting Up : 5.5 months    Clapping : 6 months    First Airplane Flight : 8.5 months    First Teeth : 8.5 months    Crawling : 9 months    Drinking Through a Straw : 9.5 months    Cruising : 10 months    First Word In Context ("Dada") : 10.5 months    Upwards Stair Mobility : 11 months    &nbs...
  19. Friday, July 06, 2018:
    Maia Day        
  20. Friday, June 08, 2018:
    Maia Week #48 Battle Report    Maia is now 11.0466 months old and reaching the end of the phase where everything is rigorously documented -- the next Battle Report will liking come out in 2035 and cover her angst in choosing between Virginia Tech and an out of state school because all of the other in-state schools will no longer exist due to inferiority. Maia still weighs in the 16 - 17 pound range and crawls all over the place. She can clamber onto platforms less than a foot off the ground and then use that perch to get elsewhere higher, but cannot yet go up stairs on her own. She has one more front tooth growing in from above now for a grand total of 3. Like her father, she is already adept at accidentally biting her lip between these teeth.  &n...
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