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Life Through Claire’s Eyes: Month 11 – 12

April 10, 2014

This past month, I started noticing less of Mom and more of Dad around the house. I wouldn’t pay attention when Mom left in the morning, but I would always give her a piece of my mind when she came home every night. Compared to Mom, Dad’s methods are a little different. Lucky for Dad, I can find fun things to do anywhere I go, even in an office boardroom.

Recently, I lost interest in jolly jumpers or baby “exercise centers.” This does not mean that I’m lazy; I prefer to use my energy to explore my surroundings.  I could spend hours crawling around the play gym, or climbing up staircases at home and on the ferry to Nanaimo.  And sometimes, I modify the standard crawl to make it more challenging: I stick one leg out to the side while crawling on my other leg.

I have added a few words to my repertoire. My Mom’s favourite is when something is dropped and I say “uh-oh”. I can also say Mama, Dada, and ball.

You know what else is fun? Putting small things inside bigger things. I’ve been quietly dropping stuff in the watering can, but recently, the water inside seems to have disappeared. I can’t imagine why.

There is also a very interesting brush in a bucket beside the toilet, but I’ve only examined it once. I remember it was a bit wet and smelly. That room always has the door closed now. Things are always changing.

At the end of March, Mom and Dad started dropping me off at a new house they called “garderie” or daycare. They started with a few hours, but I’m now there most of the day. Despite the fact that I’m starting to enjoy the place, I have been throwing tantrums at home. I want Mom and Dad to think twice before introducing any other big transitions my way. Their other punishment has been hearing my beautiful singing voice at 5:30AM. They might not come and get me until after 6:00 o’clock, but I know they can hear me. I won’t keep it up forever, but sometimes they need to remember who’s really in charge.

It’s been a big year, but I’m enjoying life quite a bit. Thanks for riding along this journey with me. Things have gotten a lot busier this month, so I’m not sure I’ll be writing much more. Hopefully that means you will all come by and visit soon!

Videos:

Dinner time fish shampoo

Playing fetch with myself

Photos:

NOT impressed, Mom

NOT impressed, Mom

What? I'm just "reorganizing" the shoes.

What? I’m just “reorganizing” the shoes.

Been fishin'

Been fishin’

Bubble wrap is THE BEST

Bubble wrap is THE BEST

Not interested in the BC Ferries play area.

Not interested in the BC Ferries play area.

I've got a bone to pick with you.

I’ve got a bone to pick with you.

Play gym: better than anywhere else.

Play gym: better than anywhere else.

Small baby, big city.

Small baby, big city.

Killing two birds with one stone.

Killing two birds with one stone.

Vancouver Aquarium insider.

Vancouver Aquarium insider.

Left alone for 30 seconds...

Left alone for 30 seconds…

Where do YOU put food?

Where do YOU put food?

You want to eat dinner, I want to have a tantrum.

You want to eat dinner, I want to have a tantrum.

Check out my new personalized stool.

Check out my new personalized stool.

The Korean fortune-telling birthday game.

The Korean fortune-telling birthday game.

What is this cake you speak of?

What is this cake you speak of?

OK, cake is delicious. Especially the icing.

OK, cake is delicious. Especially the icing.

No celebration is complete without a good hair rub.

No celebration is complete without a good hair rub.

All together a satisfying first birthday!

All together a satisfying first birthday!

It's funny until Mom makes me use the toothbrush.

It’s funny until Mom makes me use the toothbrush.

At the playgym: can you spot me?

At the playgym: can you spot me?

Family photo to celebrate I'm one today -)

Family photo to celebrate I’m one today -)

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3 Comments
  1. ianrankin permalink

    What a year! Happy Birthday Claire, congratulations Nicole and James !

  2. hannaspencer permalink

    I LOVE it! I always love seeing these reports “from” Clare, and this one is super charming – as they all have been. Utterly delightful, showing what a loveable little person she is and making me feel that I really know her and keeping me in the loop about her development. Last but not least, making us appreciate what wonderfully observant, loving and competent parents she has. And a very clever, eloquent mom, with a fabulous sense of humour. I know she is busier than ever now, but hope that she will not completely stop the updates on “Life through Claire’s Eyes.”.

    Love, Grandma/Oma PS :Do I gather that my birthday card with enclosure has gone missing?

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Rankins permalink

    Hi Nicole and James,

    I love the photos and the captions. I so enjoy getting these monthly capsules – I am going to miss them! They are such a wonderful keepsake and so fascinating to look back at and see how much she has changed and progressed. We congratulate you for keeping this up and we wish you another twelve months of wonderful discoveries and enjoyment.

    Love,

    Bev

    _____

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