Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Daily Cute 09-26-13

As a big eater and  a lover of food Clementine will often pull out food requests, sometimes asking for food she hasn't had in weeks or months. The last few days she's been requesting "coo coo" - couscous. Allie finally made her some today. Her most popular request of course is "chocolake."

Baby Jokes 09-26-13

Clementine has been rewatching a new Fairie movie. There's this scene at the beginning where Tinkerbell pulls a lever to see what it does. It ends up squirting water out of a hose, right into Vidia (you know, the Fast-Flying Fairy). Tinkerbell see Vidia all sopping wet and says in surprise, "You're all wet!" Apparently, this is the funniest scene ever because Clementine talks about it constantly, sometimes a dozen times a day. She will tell us out of the blue, "She says, 'Are you all wet?'" And if you repeat it back to her she'll start cracking up. Sometimes, she'll also reenact the scene, mimicking Tinkerbell's posture when she says the line, hunching over and bending her knees. She'll look up at you to make sure you are watching and will say "She go like this."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Daily Cute 09-20-13

Somehow, Clementine has become a huge fan of the Disney Fairies. When she watches her shows and the Disney logo (with the Disneyland castle) comes up she says, "It's the big house. Where Tinkerbell lives." Allie treated her to a new doll last week, Vidia, the fast-flying fairie. Clementine took it all over the store, making it fly and making wooshing sound affects. For some reason she won't say the name Vidia, but just calls the doll Fast-Flying Fairie.

Clementine sees her friend Cora every Monday, and the weekend she got her new fairie she said, "I'm going to show Cora my fast-flying fairie."

She's also been saying, "Cora's my best friend!"

Monday, September 16, 2013

The Daily Cute 9-15-13

Allie told me a hilarious story. Clementine loves the show Yo Gabba Gabba and for quite a while she has had DJ Lance, Brobee, and Foofa toys. For her birthday, we ordered her a Muno doll. She sleeps every night with her Gabba dolls (and her Sesame Street dolls, and Sammy the Squirrell). She still needs two more characters characters -- Toodee and Plex.

A while back, Clementine was playing with her friend Cora, who she has converted into a Yo Gabba fan. Cora, asked "where's Toodee?" and Allie later told Cleme maybe she could get it for Christmas.

Well yesterday, Clementine followed up on this. She was sitting on the couch with Allie and said, "Toodee's hard to find. I find her at Christmas, when I wake up in my crib."

Music 09/13/13

I was really impressed with this animation/video for Fiona Apple covering "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I've never even seen the original movie but the song is one of my all time classic earworms, where I just find myself singing it. This cover is awesome, Fiona is one of my favorites and actually leads my best of 2012 mix (zine still not finished, possibly never will be).

I love how this cover goes from eerie sounding to triumphant, perfectly complimenting the video. One minute she sings about imagination over images of human engineering gone haywire and the music inspires chills. Later she sins about imagination and the production has brightened and we see images of the best of human ingenuity. A great song arrangement.


The Daily Cute for 09/09/13

We had a pretty good garage sale last Sunday and Clementine did her best helping. She pulled down all of her toys we were trying to sell and shared with a toddler who visited. She kept running in and out, from the house to the gated part of the front yard. Allie was mainly watching Cleme while I was mainly watching the sake.

I was helping some customers when Clementine came out to say, "I went poo poo papa." She said it again and added, "it was giant."

Friday, September 6, 2013

Baby Signs

We learned and practice sign language with Clementine before she could talk. It was a super fun and rewarding experience and I highly recommend it to all new parents. I had been compiling a master list of all of the sign Clementine demonstrated but I could never get it complete, could never remember every sign she used. I figured I would post the list though for posterity, since as much as anything this blog is a record for ourselves. These days Clementine has phased out almost all of her signing, but sometimes I will sign to her and see if she remembers.


1.       Hi/Bye
2.       Mama
3.       Papa
4.       Grandma
5.       More
6.       Eat
7.       Drink
8.       Milk
9.       Apple
10.   Banana
11.   Pear
12.   Monkey
13.   Change
14.   Time
15.   Baby
16.   Cat
17.   Dog
18.   Frog
19.   Bird
20.   Pig
21.   Horse
22.   Shoes
23.   Bath
24.   Potty
25.   Water
26.   Bed
27.   Sleep
28.   Book
29.   Brush teeth
30.   Thank You
31.   Tree
32.   Bear
33.   Hat
34.   Car
35.   Wash hands
36.   Cold
37.   Hot
38.   Flowers
39.   Butterfly
40.   Please
41.   Stop

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Daily Cute 09/05/13

Clementine is starting to learn about time and days of the week. This weekend we were in our room and she pointed at the digital clock on the shelf and said "It's a clock!"

For some reason, she has come up with "twenty-four o'clock" as the main way she tells time. When I got home from work today, I asked her if she had a good night's sleep and she said, "I sleep in to twenty-four o'clock papa!"

Music 9/4/13

It's been a quiet time for me music wise. I haven't bought or listened to any new CDs, in part because I was busy spending all my money on amazing concerts. In the span of two weeks I saw The Monkees, The Zombies, and The Breeders. The latter concert was a special date night with Allie -- our first show together in over two years (since before the baby was born).

I recently bought two records (Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and a collection of 1935 Django Reinhardt recordings) but I have been too busy and/or lazy to get my broken record player fixed. Boo hoo!

I did get caught in a loop last week at the Onion AV Club site and just love this cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Down In It" by Kurt Vile.
Kurt Vile covers Nine Inch Nails I love the white noise guitar soloing over the beats! I listened to about half of the covers and the only other one that really impressed me was the cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days"by Basia Bulat. It's a beautiful cover and I love watching her play that pianoette aka hammered harp.


The Daily Cute 9/3/13

Monday night Clementine was having lots of fun reading her Sandra Boynton books with us right before bed. She really gets hooked on them because on the back cover there are pictures of other Sandra Boynton books. After reading one, she will point at the back cover for the next one she wants to read.

Eventually we read the promised LAST book of the night. It had been a long day with no nap and she obviously needed to sleep. She insisted on one more (One Two Three) and we told her no. She started whining and crying about it and, as we do so much, we thought up a way to distract her. I told her she could bring the book with her to her crib and read it to herself in bed. This seemed like a fair deal to her so she climbed off our bed and walked into her room for sleep, carrying the book with her. Allie put her in the crib, sang her a couple of songs and left. Not much later, we looked on our video monitor and saw little Cleme, fast asleep on her back. Covering her face was her open book. She passed out reading One Two Three. Allie crept quietly into Clementine's room and pulled the book off of her face. She had made it two pages in!