Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Mirabelle - 16 Month Old Milestones

Just thought I'd put an update on here about Mira's milestones. So now she knows too many words to count. I can draw her a picture of a shoe, a shirt, a crayon, a ball, a dog, a cracker, a dinosaur, etc., and she can tell me what it is. Some of her words are clearer than other words, but she's at a point where she can just repeat back words that I say to her and make associations. I'll try to write down words that she uses a lot.

mom mom
pop pop
kitty cat
quack quack quack (duck)
nay (horse)
oo-oo-aa--aa (monkey)
moew (cat)
panting noise (dog)
snort (pig)
buzz (bee of fly)
bless you (after a sneeze)

Mirabelle can point to things, and if you ask her to point to her head, toes, nose, mouth, cheeks, hair, or knees, she can follow directions. She'll bring you things and all that jazz.

At sixteen months old, Mirabelle is obsessed with wearing her shoes. She always brings them over for me to put them on her. She has a bit of temper but is usually very sweet and happy. She loves to sit down and turn the pages for books. She also loves to be read to. I'll add to this if anything pops into my head in the next couple of days, but I'm going to the beach now!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Starting a job as an Adjunct

I'll be teaching literature and composition this fall. I'm very excited, only I wish I had a little more time to prepare. It's difficult to find the time to thoroughly read through the material since I'm running after Mirabelle non-stop. Luckily, I've read most of the fiction and poetry already.

My novel, aahh! I'm almost finished the first draft of Book II, am about 80% done, but class preparation and teaching and grading is sure to curb my progress. And then there's my plans for baby number 2...

To date, I've sold about 200 copies of my book and I've received my first royalty check. My marketing efforts have been put on hold because I just have too much on my plate. I participated in a Christmas in July sales thing, and that was pretty successful. I'll vamp up the marketing after the release of the second book, for sure.

But for now, Mirabelle is napping and so must I!