Slideshow: Thanksgiving with all of the Hyland cousins


Video: Carolyn looks good on the dancefloor


Month in Review: Carolyn's 18th month


A year and a half today!

  • Carolyn dressed up as Elmo for Halloween.
  • She's been stringing words together like crazy, including "Daddy sweep", "I coming", "Sip peachy", "Hi Gamma", and many others. There's usually a short pause between the two words.
  • She has developed a great attachment to our spice cabinet. Every single day, at least once, usually four or five times, she will ask for us to pick her up and open spices for her to sniff. Her word for this is "Asahmee". I have no idea what actual words this is meant to represent. Her favorite spices are paprika ("peek-a-pock") and cinnamon ("simmon").
  • She's a great help with loading and unloading the dishwasher.
  • Carolyn now feeds herself using a spoon or fork, and will pick up any glass left within her reach and help herself to a big gulp.
  • She loves to dance when we put music on the stereo, when there's music on TV, when one of her toys plays music... really anytime there's music, there's a chance she'll dance to it. Funny video upcoming on this one.
  • She loves to announce when she's playing ("punnin") or when she wants to play, including one morning when she woke up and that was the first thing she said. Oh, and she's been waking up around 5:30am every morning. Awesome.
  • Almost daily, we'll look at pictures on the computer. She especially likes the Colorado photo album, since it has pictures of Phoebe the dog and all of the zoo animals.

The dishwasher helper


I think I've mentioned this in a previous Month in Review post, but the click of the dishwasher opening is a sure-fire way to summon Carolyn into the kitchen and keep her occupied for at least a few minutes.

She loves helping to both empty and load the dishwasher, and has on occasion attempted to open it herself, saying "help me" (which she has derived from me saying "will you help me load the dishwasher?").

When we're emptying the dishwasher, she will hand me each piece of silverware one-by-one, saying "Ek ku" (i.e. "thank you") every time she lifts one up to me to put in the drawer. She also likes helping to sweep the floor and stir anything that's being cooked on the stove-top. Now if I can just teach her how to do laundry, I'll have all my bases covered.

Another example of what happens when Carolyn is left alone for 30 seconds


The other morning, Carolyn was eating her usual bowl of Cheerios, and doing quite well by herself, so I left her alone for a minute while I went and got a bowl of cereal for myself. When I returned, less than a minute later, Carolyn had drank all of the milk out of the bowl, leaving wet Cheerios in the bowl, and a milk mustache on her face.

The Hamburglar


The other day, Kristen left her hamburger sitting on the coffee table, and, well, you can guess what happened. Kristen had taken one bite out of it before Carolyn got her hands on it and polished it off within minutes.

Video: Carolyn drinks a glass of water all by herself


How to pronounce "aspirator"


This oddly shaped item is an aspirator, and is used for cleaning out babies' noses. Kristen and I have taken to calling it "the blue thing". We also have a white one, which we call -- you guessed it -- "the white blue thing".

Carolyn calls it a "boogie".

Check out my awesome hot dog ring


A belated recap of our trip to Colorado


Back in October, we flew out to Colorado to visit with Grandma and Grandpa Moyer (and an assortment of other family members).

Carolyn played the piano with cousins Margaret and JJ...


She made the "please get away from me" face a lot...


We went to the park where Carolyn played soccer...



Carolyn warmed up to Phoebe (the dog) after a day or two of terror...


We went to the zoo...


Carolyn's favorite spot was the monkey house. She saw the monkeys and started doing her monkey impression, to which the guy sitting next to her said, "Wow, that's really good!"


We went to the aquarium with Grandpa, where Carolyn very much enjoyed the sting rays...



But her favorite was Nemo...


We went to McDonald's for the first time with her, despite my objections...


And Carolyn finally allowed Grandma to read a book to her literally 15 minutes before we left for the airport.


Check out the photo album for more pictures.

Video: Carolyn playing with a balloon


Video: Carolyn pretending to talk on the phone


I just can't get enough of this picture


Who needs professional photographers?

Don't drink the water


The other night, Kristen left her water on the coffee table. Carolyn took it upon herself to just go ahead and take a sip. Believe it or not, she didn't spill a drop and placed the glass gently back onto the table. Of course, now we can't get her to stop picking up glasses and drinking out of them.

Bate! Bate!


In the last Month in Review post, I mentioned how Carolyn likes to stir. Well this is what happens when we put actual flour into her bowl.



A few more Halloween pictures








Video: Carolyn tickles Phoebe


New lullabyes


Who are these shaggy, flannel-laden young hipsters, and what are they doing on this blog? Well, they sing Carolyn's favorite song. Allow me to explain.

A few months ago, Carolyn started responding really well to having lullabyes sung to her when she was being put to sleep. Well, as it turns out, singing the same 2 songs over and over again becomes tedious and boring, so I started searching for something new to spruce it up a bit.

As it turns out, the song "He Doesn't Know Why" by Fleet Foxes (the band pictured above) is a perfect fit for a lullabye. No significant stretches without vocals, a nice soothing melody, and copious amounts of "Aah, aah, aah"s. Carolyn often requests the singing of this song by either saying "row row row" -- I'm not entirely sure where this came from -- or by saying her version of "fox", which I cannot write on a family-friendly blog.

Have a listen (and a look at the bizarre music video) for yourself and tell me this isn't the perfect new lullabye.

Month in Review: Carolyn's seventeenth month


Once again I'm late with the Month in Review, and once again I don't really have a good excuse. But let's ignore that and just talk about what's new with Carolyn.

  • A significant amount of travel-related news:
    • We took a trip to the Adirondack Balloon Festival in upstate New York.
    • We took a trip to Colorado to visit Grandma and Grandpa Moyer. I owe you all a full post about that trip. It's on my to-do list. In the meantime there is a photo album.
    • I had a business trip to London, and we again used the webcams to video chat with great success. Everyone was sort of sick at the time though, so not really much fun.
  • "Okay" is her new favorite word. She still won't say "yes", but "okay" is an okay substitute for now. She's got a lot of new words, for example, apple juice, silly, chilly, and toot, and is starting to string together short sentences, such as "I got it", "I fall", and once she even said something close to "I'm sitting on the table". Guess what she was doing at the time.
  • Carolyn loves attempting to put on her own shoes, which she will do while saying any combination of the following: "foot", "feet", "shoe", "outside", "I did it".
  • She hasn't gone on the potty for a long time.
  • We will put some Cheerios into a mixing bowl and give her a wooden spoon, and she'll proceed to say "Bate, bate" (Spanish for "stir") while stirring them around. You wouldn't believe how long this can keep her entertained.
  • Ever since we were in Colorado, we've been having trouble keeping Carolyn in her own crib. I think just about every night she's come into our bed at one point or another, and we need to find a solution to this. Anybody got any bright ideas?
  • Part of the reason for coming into our bed probably has to do with another of her new favorite words: "teeth". She will frequently wake up in the morning and say "teeth" while pointing to them, which we believe is a signal that her teeth are bothering her. She's still got the same 9 teeth (as it turns out, she's only had 3 of the 4 molars, although Kristen and I had assumed for about a month that she had 4 of them), but we think she's got a few more about to break through.
  • Finally, Carolyn likes pulling or pushing you up ("poooool" and "pooooosh"), then grabbing your finger and leading you to wherever it is she wants you to go.