Avi’s 10 Baby Achievements of 2011

A baby year passes by very fast (even though it doesn’t seem like it when you’re rocking her to sleep at 3 AM on a Wednesday morning). They say to treasure your baby moments as they grow from infant to toddler and more. This is sound advice. As such, I’ve devoted this blog post to listing down 10 of the most significant milestones that Avi has hit since last year.

Note: Flossy, if you could be my editor and let me know which ones I’ve missed?

1. She walks (and runs)! At this time last year, Flossy and I were fretting about her not being able to crawl by herself. We’d be prodding and pulling and encouraging her to move even an inch. Now it’s a struggle to keep her from running into the wall. I wonder how much those baby leashes are…

2. Stair-climbing. This little feat is notable enough that it gets its own separate entry. She not only crawls; she can walk up stairs the same way a normal person would. We’ve been trying to teach her to hold on to the bannister while she does it, but she might be getting a bit overconfident.

3. She eats solid food. Milk is still her favorite food of choice, but it’s about time she munched on something more substantial than paper. I mean, I know that A4 sheets have lots of fiber, but come on. She just needs bribes to eat some of the bland stuff.

4. She can talk (and listen)! She’s speaking her own language right now: “emme” is her word for “milk” for example. And she can understand us some of the time, too. We can prove it. Sorry, Avi. No more excuses. When we tell you to stop, we know you know what we’re saying.

5. Went from a size N diaper to size 6.¬† This is a nice way of me saying she’s huge. I can count on one hand the number of babies we’ve met that are smaller than her (and I’m including babies a year older than she is). She’s adorable, cuddly, and weighs as much as a sack of rice. No kidding.

6. She’s a certified techie. Avi isn’t content with being able to unlock the iPad. She deletes apps, memorizes her favorite ones and navigates to them, and watches youtube videos (as long as they’re stored on favorites). Heck, she even helped Flossy’s mom find the app that she (mom) wanted! Did I mention she’s 13 months?

7. She’s friendlier. This comes with a diaper-load of caveats. Avi has several distinct rules that you need to follow if you stand a chance of being in the same room with her without making her cry. I’ll elaborate on another post.

8. She’s not co-sleeping. By “co-sleep” I mean she’s not sleeping on our bed anymore. Of course, Flossy and I had to move our mattress to the baby room floor, and put Avi’s mattress down next to us. Moving to another room as another step entirely.

9. Aping her elders. Hooo boy. This is fun but terrifying. This is the stage where Flossy and I have to watch everything we do lest she pick it up. She already knows how to wave “hello” and clap her hands and stuff, but bad habits can form pretty quickly I hear.

10. Parent-specific behavior. She knows what she can get away with and with whom. When she wants someone to pick her up and walk her around, for example, she goes to me. When she’s hungry, she cries for mama. So what exactly does she ask me to do? Well, there’s a reason this blog is named “Spoiler”.

There are more, of course, but these are the most significant. Looking back, it’s a shock to see how much Avi has grown in just 1 year. It makes me wonder what else she’s got up her sleeve for 2012 and what the next update of this list will contain.


Happy Thanksgiving!

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S. today. I know Canadians have our own Thanksgiving date, but I figured since this blog wasn’t around back then, this would be a good time to make up for it. So what in particular am I thankful for?

My family, of course. Flossy and Avi are what make me… well… me. Flossy is always looking out for what’s best for me and the family, even at the expense of her own time and dreams. It’s a kind of selflessness that’s hard to recognize, and even more poignant for the fact that she’s not looking for recognition. She does it because she does it.

And for that, my dear, thanks.

And Avi? It’s a hard job being the cutest little paper-muncher on earth, but she manages just fine. Baby care is a difficult job, don’t get me wrong. There’s diapers, health worries, sleepness nights, and all the paranoia associated with having a little bundle of energy running around your house and making a mess; but all Avi has to do is smile and laugh, and everything is forgiven.

Thank you, Avi. For making your dad such a sap.

What else am I thankful for? Well, my writing. I’m grateful that I’m good enough at this that I can at least make some money off it to help feed my family. And that I’m skilled enough at writing fantastical fantasy fantasies to at least please my writing group (most of the time). I like writing enough that I’m comfortable¬† doing it as a day job, as a side business, and as a hobby all at the same time. I don’t see that changing any time soon.

There are other things that I’m thankful for, of course. Relatives. Friends. My house. Ramen. But these are really the three that take the proverbial Turkey Cake.

What are you thankful for?