RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER – WEEK 7 of 52 Weeks of Experiences

Written by Elena @The Art of Making a Baby. Posted in 52 Weeks of Experiences, BABY, Disney, Fun as a Toddler Mom, FUN TIMES, LIFE, Life as a Toddler, New Mom Experience, TODDLER, TRAVEL, VIDEO

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WEEK 7 - RIDING A ROLLERCOASTER

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Last week we had to travel to Orlando for work, so as usual, we made a quick trip to Disney. I have been looking for a perfect time to take Lexi on a rollercoaster for a few months now. I can’t say this was her first rollercoaster experience. My tall girl was 35 inches when she was slightly over 1, so we took her on the Goofy’s Barnstormer, a small rollercoaster meant to be the first coaster for little ones over 35 inches tall. At 1 years of age, she didn’t really comprehend as much, she was sort of scared, but then asked to go again after we were done (which we did). I was really curious how she would do this time considering she now knows what a rollercoaster is. One of her favorite Curious George books ( aren’t they all), is a book about Curious George not being tall enough to ride a coaster. So when we were at the park, and I would ask her if she would go on a rollercoaster with me she would answer “No, I’m too big for it! Go Carousel!” Obviously, she meant “too small” and was referring to the book we always read. I kept trying to videotape her saying say, but each time I’d turn the camera on, she would stop saying it ( it’s always that way). You can see on the video me asking her over and over again hoping she would tell me she is too big again :)

Enchanted Tales with Belle

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Enchanted Tales with Belle

Recently we came back from another short trip to Disney and there was something I wanted to write about. I usually don’t write “short-ish” posts like this, especially about just one topic, but this one impressed me so much I feel it warrants its own post.

Up until now we have always skipped one attraction at Magic Kingdom, “Enchanted Tales with Belle“. It’s a new attraction, a part of the Fantasyland redesign, it always has insane waits and up until now it was not included into the FastPass program. So we had skipped it every time.

This last time, however, it was one of our three FastPasses that we are allowed per day under the new program that we got. So we went.

This attraction was a complete shock to me because I was going there expecting it to be a waste of time for a 2 year old and two adults. As an adult, I don’t care to go there again ( or really see it the first time), but for children it’s magical, and that’s all that counts.

Kite Flying – Week 2 of 52 Weeks of Toddler Experiences

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WEEK 2 – KITE FLYING!

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So this was fun! But also tricky!

Toddler classes and activities

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Toddler classes and activities

Toddler classes and activities

One of my long time readers, Irina, suggested that I write a post about the classes/activities Lexi takes/attends and the effect that it has on her and her development.

I thought that would be a pretty fun topic to discuss since I love going to organized activities with her, just like I did when I was a kid myself. Usually , most of our mornings are taken up by these activities and evenings are full of free play and book reading at home. I should do another day/week in life post, now that I think of it.

The girl in the red dress- Vday style

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Valentine's Day

Two days before Valentine’s Day, we went to our weekly Kindermusik class V-Day style. We had put together little valentines for everyone in the class to exchange with, pulled out a perfect red dress from the closet that had been waiting to be worn on this holiday… The class was a lot of fun and Lexi enjoyed exchanging valentines with her friends.

We hadn’t done anything special during the week because she still doesn’t get the point of crafts aside from scribbling or drawing and has no interest in trying it, and she is too active to cook V-Day themed recipes with me, so I didn’t want to even attempt any of it till next year. Besides, with our anniversary falling on Valentine’s Day, I wanted to keep this holiday for us, adults, without catering to kids too much, like we do for pretty much every other celebration.

After class, we spontaneously took pictures (we had no plans to do so) and those were our only V-day inspired photos this year. Later, Andrew drove up while we were taking pictures and brought some roses. Unprompted. :) Sweet!

Happy Birthday Lexi! (+a few video snippets of the 2nd year)

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As a little treat for me and those of you who have grown to love Alexis, I’ve put together a compilation of my favorite short 6-15 second Instagram videos that span a whole year! Thank you for being a part of our lives and for all the support!

If you’ve seen the earlier clips, skip closer towards the end for the latest shots, including her cute phrases and gymnastic moves.

Nursery Rhymes with Mothergoose Club

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Mothergoose Club

I wrote earlier about Lexi being in love with Mothergoose club songs. We have their CDs and DVDs and she often watches (read: dances to) them on YouTube.

One day I decided to try out the DVDs that came with CDs that we’ve been listening to for months and she freaked! She loved having the characters singing and performing on the big screen where she could freely dance and “sing” with them. I love how she couldn’t believe they were there and kept tapping on the screen on each one of them.

I managed to videotape the tail end of her excitement, so the next day I made sure  to have my camera handy and turned it on again. She had so much fun. We don’t do it often any more, I don’t think I put it on the big screen since then, but I need to remember to occasionally treat her to their big performance.

Make sure to get to the itsy bitsy spider part, I adore the way she dances/signs to it. This video melts my heart and I know will be one of the most treasured memories I have of little Lexi at 17-18 months being the cutest little bug ever.

Speech development (13-16 months)

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Physical Development: 13-16 months

So by now it is pretty clear that Lexi IS NOT A TALKER.

A runner- yes! An energizer bunny- definitely! A singer- hell yeah! Maybe even a dancer, or a musician. Haha. Not a talker.

She says the right amount of words for her age for us and our pedi to not be concerned, BUT for the last months she has been more interested in everything else BUT talking.

Don’t get me wrong she says real words. She makes up her own words she uses. She babbles using a ton of sounds. She talks to herself. She sings.

She signs when she needs to get the point across. But speech has been on the “need to use” basis and clearly she has not needed to use it.

Dancing Video

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Toddler dancing video

Since we are sort of on the topic about Lexi’s fun personality from the last post, I might as well post this cute video.

Horrible quality due to poor lighting, but oh so precious. Her dance moves were cracking me up. She was mimicking us dancing to a video game a few days ago. She has remembered how we did it and once she saw the controllers again she quickly picked it up.

{age reference: 16 months old}

Next up: Animal Sounds video ( russian-english mix)