Thursday, January 28, 2010

Throwing the Baby in with the Bath Water

Bath time is tons of fun in this house - we sing a special song (music and lyrics courtesy of yours truly) to mark the occasion, West has lots of fun toys to play with (Aaron does his fair share of playing with them too), sometimes I even blow bubbles. One of West's recent favorite bath activities is when he gets to act out everything we do to him (washing, rinsing, toothbrushing, etc.) on his bath-safe baby doll, Baby. He loves him (her?) and they have great fun together. We had a hard time getting West to do his usual cleaning routine with Baby - I guess he felt s/he was clean enough already. Thanks in part to Baby, West is learning his body parts (he can even say "eyes" - and does so on camera) and practicing excellent hygiene. In the second clip he does give in and washes Baby's hair - my apologies for the poor quality, especially the lighting and camera angles. Needless to say, this type of interaction bodes well for West's relationship with the sequel we hope to welcome in June.

Speed Reader

And I thought I was fast! West can be a real speed demon when it comes to reading these days - we can hardly keep up when he switches into lightning mode during his post-bath/before-bed book sessions. He doesn't read aloud much in this footage (so endearing!) but as an added bonus/consolation prize you do get to witness another of his favorite words: fish!

Frequent Flyer

West is crazy about airplanes - he is always finding little specks in the sky (day or night - it doesn't matter) and pointing them out to us. "Airplane" is one of his most frequent (and earliest) words. But don't take my word for it - you can hear about it straight from the horse's mouth. Who knows? Maybe we have a little pilot in our family. Fingers crossed he goes the commercial route (as opposed to the military).

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Sleeping Beauty

Mad Hatter

Stop the presses! West voluntarily wore a hat for several long stretches of time during today's playground jaunt. This is a very promising development - and a very cute one as well. Thanks to the weather for cooperating so we could enjoy the out of doors and snap some pictures.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Big Shoes to Fill

As you can see, we're on a bit of a video kick here. It's been raining all week, which makes photography almost impossible, so I have had to resort to capturing some of the highlights of our cabin fever on the camcorder. This clip is very short but what it lacks in length it makes up for in cuteness. Enjoy!

Musical Medley

Featuring all the greatest hits: Itsy Bitsy Spider (with accompanying hand motions), a rousing rendition of the ABC song, and more killer dance moves!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Achtung, Baby

Mehr video you say? Here is West channeling his inner Eurodance star. Nothing beats Rubber Ducky, or Quietche-Enchen, set to a slammin' techno beat - and in German no less!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Reading Aloud

I thought it was time for some video. Here is 2-1/2 sweet minutes of West reading to himself. If you listen closely, you can hear him saying what we think is "What's this?" as well as saying "Bye" to the animals before turning the page.