One Year Old, and One Year Wise

Posted by Amanda on May 18th, 2008

Amelia turned one year old on May 16th!  We had a little party that evening, which Kathryn helped me plan.  We invited Katya and 3 of the ILP teachers that have been here to babysit the girls several times.  First, Kathryn helped me make the cake/cupcakes.

Amelia was able to open part of the first present before Kathryn helped.

We all wore “princess headbands”.  Amelia got a baby and a stroller. 

Katya made Amelia a beautiful card and gave her some traditional slippers.  Katya also told us of a tradition that Ukrainians do for a child’s first birthday.  You put several items on the floor and let the child choose one.  That item represents what he or she will tend toward when they are older.  We put a dress, doll, ball, pen, book, money, and keys.  If its the pen, they will be a writer, etc.  Amelia looked around a bit and then chose the doll!

 We ate some homemade pizza and then had cake and ice cream before it was Amelia’s bedtime.

Daddy’s Little Girl

Posted by Amanda on March 16th, 2008

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Amelia loves Daddy!  When she is excited she says, “Dada!”  She runs (yes, she is practically running now) to greet him when he comes home from work with her arms wide open for a hug.  When I get her out of the crib in the morning, she says, “Dada!”  I’m not sure if she thinks that also means “mama” – (I have heard her say mama, but it is when she is in distress, or really wants me, not squealing with delight the way she says “dada”).  One of Amelia’s other “words” is “baba”, which she whispers and we’re not sure what she means by it.  However, “baba” does mean dad in Mandarin.

The other night she woke up and I got up to give her some milk.  Darryl also got up to go to the bathroom.  When Amelia saw Darryl, she was so excited she reached for him and only let “dada” feed her the bottle.  This is what happens every morning when she sees Daddy get up. 

I don’t feel bad.  I think it is adorable.  Plus, Kathryn has only wanted me lately!

The first picture is one morning when Kathryn put bibs on everyone – I’m wearing one too, but of course you can’t see it.  Those baby bibs are a tight fit around an adult neck! 

Valentine Celebration

Posted by Amanda on February 18th, 2008

Darryl got home from work about 8pm on Valentine’s Day.  He called to see if Kathryn was still up (which she was).  He walked in with a red heart balloon for her.  From the way she squealed and ran around with the balloon, he concluded it had been a good idea!  Darryl and I had already planned to go out to dinner Saturday night (but he also brought tulips and a chocolate candy bar for me.)  Later that evening Amelia took her first steps!  She took 2 and 3 steps, and has done so a few times each day since.  She was 2 days shy of being 9 months old. 

Saturday we had a couple of the ILP teachers come over to babysit.  Darryl had made a reservation at a restaurant recommended by one of the partners at KPMG.  He ended up eating there twice during the week for work things, before we went there!  So by then he could recommend it himself.

It is a French restaurant, very small (about the size of our living room), and is on Andrievskiy Sputsk, a very old street lined with souvenir vendors.  That street alone is on my list of places to go to in Kyiv.  I’m always glad Darryl speaks Russian, but the woman offered us English menus which was nice.  The partner that recommended the place mentioned that one reason it is so nice is there are no TVs in the restaurant.  Even Mcdonalds has 3 or 4 big TVs.  The only thing I would change is the smoking.  By the time we left it was getting to me, and when we got home my sweater was extremely smokey. 

While we were still discussing the menu, I saw the server bring out someone else’s food.  To me it looked like raw meat shaped into a hamburger (without bun), but with a raw egg on top.  I thought surely this was on its way to some oven at the other side of the restaurant.  Not so. 

We shared a salad – pretty much a novelty because lettuce is very expensive and bag salads are non-existent.  It was delicious and included duck meat.  I have to say I really like duck – I had it a few times in China.  I got a steak shashlik (shish-kabob) which was very tasty, and homemade puree (which is mashed potatoes).  We also had carpaccio as an appetizer.  It was quite tasty – especially when we sprinkled it with lemon juice.  The whole meal was very delicious, and just as nice was not having to feed Amelia, jump up for something for Kathryn, wipe up the spills, and especially do the dishes (by hand).

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Amelia Currently

Posted by Amanda on February 8th, 2008

She has never taken to a pacifier, but she loves my silk pajamas.  I might have to get a new pair for myself!  When she’s tired I give her the pajamas and put her in the crib.  They must be magic pajamas because she usually goes to sleep!

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 Amelia sticks out her tongue when she is really excited and smiles very widely.  She has a great time playing little games by herself.  I love when she gets so excited and starts rocking and throwing her hands in the air.  She also loves to laugh and laughs often.

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She often wants to do whatever Kathryn is doing.  Every once in awhile, this actually works out, like when Kathryn wants Amelia to chase her or to go to her room. 

Amelia has big lips and makes a cute pouty face.  She always sits/knees like in this picture.

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Amelia loves standing.  She pulls herself up anywhere.  Favorite places include the stroller, the computer, and the book shelf.  She can stand by herself for a few seconds.