Wednesday, May 21, 2008

. . . a clean deciduous set

As diphyodonts, we humans only get two chances to grow some pretty pearly whites, and baby-smiley is in the early stages of getting her 'milk teeth'. The process through the eyes of we-the-parents, seems to be long and painful for our tiny girl, and we want to do as much as we can to take extra special care of those itsy-teeth that have been so difficult for her to grow.

Thanks to the ingenuity of rioting Englishmen and a few hundred years of continued innovation, baby-adorable has a head-start on her first set of healthy teeth, and with her improving coordination, it certainly won't be long until she's brushing all on her own.

In other itsy-news, baby-sweetest is learning how to sing. Songs with gestures are her favorites, and just two days ago, she surprised mama and daddy with her first ever vocal rendition of this children's classic ode to an arachnid. Her sweet little voice was matched with her sweet little hands and fingers - twisting and turning their attempts at making it up the water spout.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

. . . Mothers' Day

    Dance little baby, dance up high,
    Never mind baby, mother is by ;
    Crow and caper, caper and crow,
    There little baby, there you go ;
    Up to the ceiling, down to the ground,
    Backwards and forwards, round and round ;
    Dance little baby, and mother shall sing,
    With the merry coral, ding, ding, ding.
        ~ Ann Taylor, The Baby's Dance

Sunday, May 4, 2008

. . . a study in green or 'the expression of sentiment and imagination through the medium of crayon'

Both babydaddy and mama believe that art, in all of its forms and the creation of such is an important part of life, and we do our best to bring the creative into our growing baby's life as much as we can. We're by no means the 'arty type', but we were beyond pleased when baby-sweetheart began to show her appreciation for things beautiful in her early months. Each day, she is more attentive to the colors, sounds and textures around her, and recently, she's begun to demonstrate her very own emerging creative talents.

Baby-artistic has two sets of crayons - one which is specially shaped for tiny hands and use on paper, and a second which is specially designed for use in water. Ironically, the second set, which are shaped like a rubberized version of the regular, original crayons that baby-parents grew up with, seem to be easier for her to manage. A portrait of the artist as a young toddler follows, and you can see the art of the day by clicking here.