Monday, December 29, 2008

Traveling Baby Show 2008

The traveling baby show 2008 was a full success. We had lots of fun, saw a great number of family and friends (and stayed at a different place every night) and Vivian was of course the star of the tour. More photos to come, but here's at least one from Christmas Eve.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Like Father, Like Daughter

Yesterday, Vivian was wearing a long-sleeved t-shirt under a short-sleeved one (Daddy dressed her) and then insisted that she wear sandals over her socks when we went out. Clearly, I'm outnumbered :)

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Friday, December 19, 2008

How To Charm A Restaurant Full Of People

If there will ever be a book written on this topic, Vivian will be the author. Last night, on the spur of the moment, we decided to go out for Sushi. So I quickly packed up Vivian's dinner and we headed out. Not only did she behave wonderfully during dinner, eating her food, trying ours, being fed with both chopsticks and those funny chinese spoons; but when she was done with dinner she decided it was time to inspect the place. She walked - all by herself (but with Mommy trailing her) - past each and every one of the occupied tables (about six or seven of them), pausing at many, making eye-contact and then pretending to be shy when people smiled at her, while at the same time smiling back. Seriously, I think she got every single person in the restaurant to wave and/or smile. We are in so much trouble if she continues to wrap everyone, even strangers, around her cute little fingers just like that.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

These Shoes Are Made For Walking

I was greeted at day-care yesterday with the exclamation that Vivian had walked all by herself all the way across the big room!!!

When we got home and started playing, I grabbed Daddy's slippers and stuck them on her feet. What a fun game. Put shoes on. Take shoes off. Put shoes on. Take ... we played this for 15 minutes before I finally called a halt to the fun (Mommy can only take so much).

I took Vivian upstairs to try on some of the shoes we've been given by friends. Put on a pair of sandals and ... she walked like a pro. It appears, all she needed was a decent pair of shoes!

After I had put her in her jammies for the night, she re-discovered the shoes and held them up. Of course, they didn't fit over her footed pajamas. So I found a pair of crocs that are still too big and then she spent about 20 minutes walking back and forth and back and forth between me and the recliner. Very impressive. Plus, who can beat pajamas and crocs for stylishness? :) The video was taken toward the end where she was getting tired and started to stumble a bit.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Current Favorite Toys

Vivian's current favorite toys are:
  • Golf ball
  • Wet baby wipe
  • Anything she can stick in Daddy's shirt pocket and then pull out again
I think we will be getting her an old magazine, a cardboard box, and a piece of string for Christmas!

Saturday, December 6, 2008


It appears, the German Nikolaus also visits half-German girls living in the US. So, to Vivian's utter suprise, there was a little toy stuck in her boot this morning. She wasn't really sure what to do with it. So, she took it out, looked at it, and then - much to my amusement - alternated between trying to put the toy back in the shoe and attempting to bite its head off. I'm sure she'll catch on in the years to come :)