Dispatches from Babyville

Holy crap, we have a baby!

First Steps February 23, 2010

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Riv took ’em I few hours ago.


And some more new skills! February 14, 2010

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This kid is learning and developing so quickly these days. Just today, River figured out how to point. She’s already pointing to things she wants so we’ll get them for her. I’m so excited about all the new communication that will be possible!

After learning to suck liquid out of her sippy cup earlier this week, she has now expanded that skill set to include sucking water out of my water bottle. This is more impressive than it probably sounds, since she has to bite on the mouthpiece and then suck at the same time in order to get water out. I really didn’t expect her to figure it out for a long, long time, but she’s full of surprises. Unfortunately, she doesn’t really swallow much of the water. She ends up with a very wet shirt instead.

Another new development is that she’s getting very curious about the bathroom. She figured out how to unroll the toilet paper, making it even more important for us grownups to remember to keep the bathroom door shut at all times. Some of us don’t remember to close it, which has resulted in others of us discovering that River sneaked into the bathroom and was playing elbow-deep in the toilet. I really enjoy her curiosity, but I suspect that there will be many other occasions where it causes her to investigate things that I’d rather she left alone. 🙂


Doing new things February 13, 2010

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Here are some new things Riv is up to:
1. Standing on her own for up to 15 seconds.
2. Playing catch with a plastic ball on the floor.
3. Walking while holding on to the chair.
4. Getting really good at feeding herself.
5. Making music in the bathtub.


Its Blue Steel!

Christmas with the Neubauers.



This baby is so happy January 23, 2010

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River is such a happy, bright, curious baby, and it brings so much joy to my life to spend every day with her. She gets really excited when I get the camera out. She really, really wants to play with it, but she’ll have to wait until she’s older.

huge grin

She is also enjoying being able to stand up whenever she wants. One of her favorite places to stand is by the glass door in the kitchen so she can look out and see what’s going on in the back yard.

happy happy

Food is also a source of great delight for River. She loves broccoli, tofu, whole wheat toast, soup, blueberries…. She loves clementines so much that the other day when I peeled one to share with her, I was just going to cut up a couple of sections into small pieces for her, but while I was doing that, she grabbed half of the clementine and shoved it in her mouth. She didn’t quite manage to eat all of it, but all that was left when she was done was mangled shreds.

yummy orange


Sweet moments with Daddy

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River and her dad have lots of fun together. She gets very excited when he gets home from work, because he lets her do things like drink out of his water glass:

sharing water

Also, Dad thinks of fun games to play that Mama would never think of.



And when Riv gets tired, sometimes she even gets to ride on her dad’s back while he grades papers.

ergo nap


January 14, 2010

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Cousin Liam


Aunt Jen and Uncle Joel live off River Road


First Christmas


Four Generations


Independent Standing


Neighborhood kids





Independent locomotion has been achieved! January 4, 2010

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River spent weeks and weeks trying to figure out how to crawl. The difficulties were numerous and varied. First, she couldn’t quite manage to get her belly off the floor. Then, once she figured out that the easiest way to get into crawling position was to lunge forward while sitting, she kept getting one foot stuck under her. For a while, she would see something she wanted, get into crawling position, and only manage to scoot backward, always moving further and further away from the object of her desire. Then she learned the right way to move her hands forward, but she didn’t understand how to move her knees.

All of these weeks of persistent effort resulted in a very frustrated baby. Finally, just after we got to her Uncle Joel and Aunt Jen’s house for Christmas, the light dawned! Within in a few days, she was crawling all over the place. She’s so proud and happy that she can move around under her own power!