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Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 8 – 9

January 5, 2014

In honour of starting month 8, I continued my trend of finding a new way to challenge Mom and Dad. I have decided to hate diaper changes, especially on the change table. My parents try to distract me with a toy or by singing.  Despite their tone deafness, I find a little “Itsy Bitsy Spider” can distract me from the diaper change better than the toy alone.

Mom and Dad have also been doing this “diaper free baby” thing with me for the last 6 months. That means I’m supposed to do most of my “business” on the toilet. I also get a toy that assists me in negotiating the business deal, but it often ends up in the toilet, and the deal falls through. Mom’s learned to give me plastic toys, to be on the safe side. Then for a few weeks, I went on strike. The toilet was not working – I could only do business with the diaper. After a few days, I started getting a bit of diaper rash, and decided it was time to end the strike. I chose my timing well, and started using the toilet again right around the time of my Oma’s 100th birthday. Pretty good present for her I thought, since we were staying at her house 🙂

I’ve also started to think finger foods are quite tasty and should be offered at every meal. But, let’s be honest, being spoon fed is much easier. So, I often help put the spoon in my mouth now, and I prefer most of my food that way. As long as there’s something for me to eat with my fingers, I’ll slowly munch away, taking about 10 minutes to eat one quarter of a piece of something.

I decided this crawling idea is also pretty cool, but I’m a slow learner and still haven’t mastered it. Rocking back and forth, especially in the crib when I think no one is watching, is really the best. During playtime, I often get frustrated. My legs and arms just don’t cooperate. I blame my pants. I’ve seen Mom and Dad try to dance in jeans, and it’s embarrassing.

At the end of last month, Mom and Dad brought me to Ontario and Quebec. I tell you, these places are terribly cold. Nothing like my last visit in September. We took a few walks but I decided to moan and whine pretty much the whole way. Who wants to have a red nose if you don’t have to?

My swan song this month, in exchange for being somewhat more cooperative in the diaper department, is that I only want to be with Mom. If she’s more than half a foot away or if someone else tries to hold me, I whine and start crying loudly. Mom finds it tougher to get things done around the house now but I think she just needs to get creative. I haven’t decided how long or whether I’ll continue with this. It’s fairly tiring on my end…we’ll see.

Videos:

My New Move

Jolly Dancing

Noodle Competition

Peek-a-boo is the Best

Photos:

Hey, can you help me with my suitcase?

Hey, can I get a hand with my suitcase?

Naturist reading.

Naturist reading.

You want me to do WHAT on here?

You want me to do WHAT on here?

You're 100 years older than me Oma, that's intimidating!

You’re 100 years older than me Oma, that’s intimidating!

Helllooo!

Auntie love.

Auntie love.

Beard of bubbles.

Beard of bubbles.

It's !@#$ cold out here!

It’s !@#$ cold out here!

A sled on snow- Sarnia is crazy!

A sled on snow- Sarnia is crazy!

Wrestling with Uncle Kieran.

Wrestling with Uncle Kieran.

Hey Auntie Joce, can I eat paper?

Hey Auntie Joce, can I eat paper?

Sarnia's colder but the swing is still rules!

Sarnia’s colder but the swing still rules!

Thanks for the lift Grand-Papa!

Thanks for the lift Grand-Papa!

Clapping for beginners.

Clapping for beginners.

Baby yoga.

Baby yoga.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

First train ride.

First train ride.

Yawning in sync.

Yawning in sync.

Uncle Shannon has some great piano skills...

Uncle Shannon has some great piano skills…

... as does Auntie Justine!

… as does Auntie Justine!

Gotta love a good beard Uncle Stew!

Gotta love a good beard Uncle Stew!

Wrapping paper (and these pliers) are my favourite toys!

Wrapping paper (and these pliers) are my favourite toys!

Movember's not over in my world.

Movember’s not over in my world.

This family is nuts!

This family is nuts!

Driving the skytrain.

Driving the skytrain.

Reclining baby.

Reclining baby.

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5 Comments
  1. Rankins permalink

    Dear James and Nicole,

    Thank you for the latest update. The photos and videos are such a great reminder of the fun times we had with you guys in December. But the picture that cracked me up the most is the one of Claire and me yawning together. It is too funny! Who was the photographer that caught that one?

    Much love,

    Bev

    _____

    • James permalink

      That photo was our favourite too. Not sure who caught it though… My guess is either Nicole or I, on her iPhone.

  2. hannaspencer permalink

    Good for you, Claire, keep them hopping!

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Llaesa North permalink

    Very cute as usual! What a delight she is.

    Sent from my iPad

  4. Kieran permalink

    Great blog post! Those videos and photos just put a smile on my face! She’s such a cute little munchkin. I hope the diaper training is still going strong!

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