Wednesday, February 25, 2009

12-Month Stats

We took Ella to the new pediatrician yesterday for her 12-month visit and shots. We were happy enough with our old pediatrician, but after my lay-off we were forced to look for a new one because they did not accept TriCare. I'm so so glad we did! Her new doc is young and energetic and knowledgeable and personable, the office has a totally separate well-waiting room (which I wanted and was told didn't exist in Memphis. HA!), the staff all are friendly and helpful (even on the phone...). El's nurse played peek a boo with her using the door of the exam room for about 3 minutes, both of them giggling (although El was a little shy at first, and I think felt quite betrayed when the same lady stabbed her in the legs just a few minutes later).

The doctor did his exam and asked a few questions. Here is the rundown!

She is 21 pounds 9 ounces (50th-75th percentile) and 30.75 inches tall (95th percentile). Her head circumference is 46.5 cm and in the 75th percentile. She is advanced for her age on verbal and motor skills (he was very impressed with the number of words she uses regularly) and right with her age for pretty much everything else.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


I had my back to the living room, taking photos of Ella eating, when she pointed to the front room and said "BUBBA". I glanced behind me and saw a cat and said "oh, is that Titai-kitty?" thinking she was only babbling. She gave me a dirty look, said "BUBBA" and pointed again. Sure enough, I turned fully around to look and it was OBIE she was pointing at. We call him bubba sometimes and I didn't realize her babble was not babble but another word in her vocabulary!

Ella's Accomplishments

I've been inspired by the Pooleyatici to document El's achievements to date:

Running -- yes
Walking -- yes
Dancing -- yes
Tripping -- yes, occasionally (after all, she is my daughter)
Shaking head no
Shrugging shoulders

Pinching/picking up small items -- yes

Beh Beh -- dolly and bear, interchangably
Dut -- duck
oggah -- doggy
dada -- daddy
mama -- mama
dun -- done
dut -- what
dat -- that (usually said in a questioning tone while pointing. dat? dut? dat?)
bah -- bath
beanbe -- binks/blankie usually said at naptime
Titai -- Titai
Bod dull -- bottle ("ba ba bod bod dull bod dull" while prancing/pointing at bottle)
Czihczuh -- Scilla (Priscilla)
Bubba -- Bubba! (Obie) This one is new, just happened yesterday!

Monday, February 02, 2009