Fifteen months and counting

If we’re counting months (and at this point we still are I guess) Lyra is fifteen months old as of yesterday. A year plus three months. She’s practically in college!

Touristing at Granville Island

This week she transitioned from walking occasionally as a novelty into walking as a means of getting from place to place. She’s still quite wobbly, and it’s very cute to watch her step oh so carefully in sock feet on the slippery hardwood floor. In the past two days she has also neglected to take a morning nap, simply because she didn’t seem tired enough to actually sleep. This makes me incredibly happy.

I’ve never really liked naptime. For the first few months she mostly napped with me all the time, which I was fine with. I was very well rested. When she got older and started napping on her own, it was tough for me – she never stayed asleep for longer than a half hour to 45 minutes, so I never had time to really do anything but try and decompress – but since I was on edge the whole time listening for her wake-up, I never felt relaxed. I was better off napping with her, but I really didn’t want to… I wanted to do things that I could only do when she was asleep.

Once she started daycare, her napping became a lot more consistent. I once asked them how they managed to get her to nap… I didn’t really learn their secret, other than the fact that they aren’t me. Something about not being mommy or daddy (and also having years of experience convincing babies to nap) seems to work quite well for them.

Yesterday she and I slept in till 9am, which was fantastic. Morning naptime came and went without a hint of her being tired, so I didn’t bother trying to put her down. Afternoon nap was a bit earlier than usual, but she went down easily and then napped for an hour and a half. It was good.

Today she was up by 8am, which is still sleeping in for me, and is awesome. We went out for a walk, and spent some time playing at home, and generally had a great morning, followed by lunch. After lunch I put her down for her nap (and again, she went down easily) and she’s now been out for an hour and a half again. I feel awesome about this. I have some quiet time to myself (Adam’s out riding with Chris) and I can do things like write this stuff down, make myself lunch uninterrupted, and maybe play a video game. And I don’t feel on edge waiting for her to wake up.

So I hope this is a trend, and that maybe the two short naps a day are going to become one longer one.

Some random Lyra observations and developments:

In other news, we got Katamari Forever, and Lyra loves to help her daddy play it:

Playing some Katamari Forever

Today we watched a bit of a baby video that has Twinkle Twinkle little star in it. She started to sing along – not with words, but she was saying bah bah bah bah along with the tune. It was so awesome. She has also learned how to not only pull the fridge magnets off the fridge, but also put them back on so they stick. Knocking them off the fridge is a lot more fun, however:

My older brother Mike and his fiancee Norina came to visit a couple of weeks ago and brought her a little rocking chair that used to belong to my little brother & sister in Ottawa. It didn’t take Lyra long to figure out how to climb into the chair, turn around, sit properly in it, and then slide back out. This kept her entertained for hours.

In the mornings when I’m at home on my own with Lyra, we often walk together to Brazza (the coffee shop around the corner.) She holds my hand and we slowly make our way there, where I get coffee, and then we slowly make our way back. She loves climbing up the stairs by holding both my hands and walking up them very, very clumsily.

Her favourite foods are currently applesauce, grapes (cut up into bite-sized pieces), plums, cheese (old, mild, stinky, whatever, just bring on the cheese), goldfish crackers, and really just about any fruit you offer her. She’s not really interested in much meat, although she likes pasta and breads from time to time. And she’s got at least twelve teeth in her mouth with which to chow down.

And some random news about non-Lyra things

My birthday came and went last week with little fanfare. Adam kept asking me what I wanted to do, and I was too busy with work things and a sick baby (and not getting nearly enough sleep because of it) to really think about it. Ideally I wanted someone else to throw me some sort of party or something, which eventually kind of happened on Sunday. I got some cash, which I promptly went out and spent on some awesome new shirts and a necklace. And I got a giant ball of Edam cheese, which was fantastic.

Work has been absolutely crazy lately, with all sorts of changes afoot. I’m carrying on doing what I do, coasting along with the changes as they happen. It is an interesting time.

I have tried riding to and from work a couple of times, but it has been really hard. I’m still not equipped enough for it to be easy, and I am not a morning person, so it kind of has to be easy for me to get it done. The riding itself isn’t easy – but that part I’m fine with. It’s the complications of getting up early, getting Lyra ready and dropping her off, and then getting myself to work, without having more stuff than I can manage with me on the walk down to Daycare. Panniers are my mantra. If I had panniers, that’d fix everything. At least that’s what I tell myself. I could’ve bought panniers instead of shirts with my birthday money, but I really needed the shirts, too. And I desperately want an Android phone, but that won’t happen for a long time I think. I also have to get pants that fit me, since I have none that fit properly at the moment. I’m still between my pre- and post-pregnancy sizes for pants. It is frustrating.

None of these things can be acquired this month, however, because for Halloween weekend we’re going to Tofino with Chris & Jinni, and that’s where I’m putting extra cash right now. It will be nice – the first time I’ve gone without camping. I don’t think we’ll have enough for surfing lessons, sadly, but it will be lovely nonetheless.

And that’s an extremely long update on my life at the moment. Things are pretty good. Lyra is changing every day. The world keeps spinning round and round.

Cause & Effect – Sounds

Lyra has a strong grasp on cause and effect when it comes to sounds, recently. The following are the best examples I’ve seen:

Sophie the Giraffe: This is a super-trendy rubber food-grade painted teething toy in the shape of a giraffe. It came with the name Sophie. Sophie has a mild squeaker inside her – it’s not an annoying squeak nose, just a quiet one, which is good. Lyra has discovered that when she bashes Sophie on the floor, she squeaks. This is now a favourite pastime whenever she has Sophie in her hands.

The Piano: Adam plays piano with Lyra in his lap. She has not only learned how to bang on the piano keys to make sounds, she has also figured out by watching him that when he presses a specific button on the keyboard it changes the noise from piano to strings to oboe to whatever. She does both while sitting on his lap.

The Guitar: Lyra knows that when you pull your fingers along the strings of the guitar they make a noise. She also knows that when you smack the strings it makes a different noise. Noises are fun.

The wooden monkey rattle: When dropped on hardwood, the wooden monkey rattle makes a solid smacking noise – wood on wood. When in range, this is a repeated game.

Recorded music: Lyra knows that most songs seem to have accompanying visuals. When she hears a song she checks for said visuals on the tv screen and computer monitors.

And Finally…

The Djembe: So I saw this djembe for sale down at Lonsdale Quay on Friday when I walked down there with Eli. It was tiny… just the right size for, say, an eight month old. I considered the alternative – getting a plastic toy drum set or something similar from the toy store – and it seemed kind of pointless. Why not give her the real thing to start? It’s like learning to play guitar was for me – I got myself a reasonably nice sounding guitar, which meant that even if I wasn’t playing great, the guitar still sounded good – and that was encouraging. So why not give Lyra her own African hippie drum? So I did. She loves it, of course. She’s such a hippie. We’re such a hippie family.

Hippie Lyra and her djembe

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Tonight Lyra learned how to laugh. She’s sort of had little outbursts of a single pseudo-laugh noise before, but tonight she full out laughed. As soon as she did it, it was like a switch went in her brain – like a moment of “Hey, I just made this noise and it felt AWESOME!” It was perhaps the funniest and cutest thing I’ve seen and heard all year. I have to try and catch it with the webcam soon… it was awesome. Apparently her Uncle Jordy was the funniest thing in the world tonight.