Monday, December 12, 2011

Mirabelle's 19 month old update (+20 month, 25 month)

Okay, so this post will mainly focus on Mirabelle's verbal skills. At her 18 month check-up at the pediatrician's office, her pediatrician noticed that she was speaking at the level of a 2 year+ toddler. I've long since stopped counting exactly how many words she says, but for fun I thought I'd attempt a list. I ran out of steam because honestly she says a couple of new words a day. -->
Mirabelle's 19 month old word count
200 + words

Average 18 month old: 10-15 words

go
up
kitty
puppy
pumpkin
turkey
sea horse
tiger
lion
seal
hair
clip
down
barbie
baby
shoes
on
off
boogies
nose
eyes
star
heart
cookie
circle
ball
beach
duck
pond
pants
brush
comb
toothbrush
color
book
quack
horse
pony
sheep
neigh
baa
kitty cat
puppy dog
starfish
spider
daddy
mommy
mommom
poppop
pink
yellow
green
blue
orange
white
crayon
potty
girl
boy
knees
poopie
peepee
bunny
beaver
owl
bat
ghost
snowman
tree
eat
food
broccoli
meat
strawberries
frog
banana
apple
rain
cloud
pier
ocean
water
bath
pillow
nap
sleep
boat
bird
pig
mouse
here
glasses
fire
cold
hot
water
milk
bottle
diaper
yes
no
chair
crib
rug
pony
sun
moon
goodnight
byebye
cup
juice
crab
bear
flower
monkey
cracker
egg
grapes
cereal
puffs
brush
comb
pony tail
train
car
bus
truck
slide
shoes
boots
socks
hat
coat
dress
clown
balloon
umbrella
bucket
sea shells
rocks
stroller
block
carrots
parrot
turtle
tires
pump
scissors
swing
grass
pencil / pens
table
outside
bee
fly
bugs
donkey
words
penguins
snake
bear
moose
teeth
porcupine
elephant
statue
fountain
see-saw
bicycle
song
dance
walk
again
clock
finished
pizza
sausage
yogurt
fan
top
fall
medicine
pretzels
cheese
head
cards
curtain
Christmas tree
baby
neck
bubbles
etc., etc.


Mirabelle also knows her colors and can point out if something is purple, pink, orange, white, blue, red, green, or yellow.

She also knows her shapes.

Mirabelle's having a second bout of separation anxiety, but it seems to be going away. We just celebrated my niece's fifth birthday this weekend (Dec. 10th) and Mira had a lot of fun with the kids and wasn't as clingy as she was on Thanksgiving and Halloween.

She's obsessed with bubbles, puzzles, leggos, Mini Mouse, cars, trains, ponies, puppies, kitties, and coloring. She also likes to organize things, especially little things like baby hair clips, coins, and small smartees type candy. She'll put the coins in a pocketbook, take them out again, line them up, and put them back in the pocketbook. She likes to put the baby clips in these little grooves that come in the packaging and then take them out again. She enjoys using her memory to put the clip back exactly where she took it from. She has a pack of like, 30 baby clips. Mira likes to put the candies in this little two inch by two inch game with nine slots for candy and she'll slide a little piece of candy into each hole until it's full, then dump it out and repeat. Sorry, I know all of this is hard to visualize! Maybe when I'm less lazy I'll put some pictures in this post. :)


(updated by looking on my facebook timeline!)
20 months (January 2012) - Mirabelle surprised me by counting to 13.
2 years and 1 month... or 25 months old (May 2012) - Mirabelle is counting to 29.


Monday, December 5, 2011

First Draft of "Jeremy Chikalto and Leviathan Island" finished

I finished the first draft of my second novel, "Jeremy Chikalto and Leviathan Island" (Book II of The Hazy Souls). I'm hoping to have the second draft finished before Christmas. January is an important month for my novel because Spring semester doesn't start until January 22nd (I teach writing at Gloucester County College). January = writing/editing/rewriting every day! Not to mention I have to design my cover... and do internal formatting... and the back cover. Ahh! There's so much to do before the second baby arrives in March.

At the moment I'm doing a quick read-through and marking the scenes that drag. The beginning of the novel needs a complete rewrite, but I've seemed to hit the "zone" by the middle of the novel.  I'll have to elaborate on my descriptions to better create a sense of place and time. The action scenes need some build-up too.

I'll write again about my novel's progress in a couple of weeks. I'm trying to keep to a pretty strict schedule.