Sunday, March 22, 2009


here's another batch of gracie videos! and don't forget, you can find us on youtube under our channel name: adbriggle

sorry, i'm starting with a couple of old ones that i just realized i never posted until now:

thanksgiving 2008: gracie is being pushed on her choochoo car by her daddy. the wheels have these little ridges on them, so when she goes fast she kind of bounces up and down a little bit, so she'll go "aaaaah" to hear her voice quiver. and watch how her cheeks are bouncing too! adorable! was it only a few months ago that she was this little???

another one from thanksgiving. just hanging out at home, waving to daddy, and being goofy.

12-21-2008: opening a few christmas presents a few days early. it's REALLY a funny video because adam is in charge and he's being ridiculous.

12-22-2008: here is a video of gracie petting the bunnies at the "kinderboerderij" (lit: children's farm -- aka a petting zoo) here in town. she REALLY wanted to get down and crawl around to get a better look!

now some more recent ones:

2-5-2009: gracie all of a sudden got a case of the jumpies, and needed to go crazy after dinner! she hasn't quite figured out how to jump with her feet off the ground, so she gets on her knees and bounces up and down as high as she can. then all of a sudden she lays down and kicks her feet, and pretty much gets wild until she runs out of energy (or until WE run out of energy and send her to bed!)

2-6-2009: okay, we've already posted this one on an earlier blog post, but as long as i'm putting more videos on here, i'll do this one again. here we are singing happy birthday to gracie, in both dutch and in english.

2-9-2009: gracie got this toy for christmas that sings, counts, and plays songs. (oh yeah, this toy was NOT purchased by either of us, who have to live with this toy in the house every day! this was definitely a gift from the grandparents!) here we are after dinner playing along and dancing. we have no idea how gracie learned how to do "head shoulders knees and toes" but here she is, touching her head as we sing the song together!

2-11-2009: gracie and daddy love to do laundry together, first thing in the morning. the sun comes up on this side of the house, and on sunny days, it's a perfect place to hang out and enjoy the sunshine.

2-11-2009: later in the day gracie and i are playing quietly. here we are having a teaparty with her dolly, and listening to ella fitzgerald singing old macdonald.

2-11-2009: this video really highlights how gracie can pretty much be entertained by ANYTHING. she found a lid to a box and spent several minutes just trying to climb on top of it and explore how it moves on the floor. she's never bored.

2-13-2009: her first step was on jan 19, but she didn't really start walking consistently until early march. here she is, only a week past her birthday, and she walked right across the whole living room! it's totally surprising to us because she'd never gone that far before! hooray that we had the camera out and ready!

2-14-2009: walking to the park near our house. the park is actually a school playground, but it's the nicest park that we have in the city center. we are heading out there on a sunny (but chilly!) day. we got the camera out because normally when she sees a playground she FREAKS OUT and starts screaming in joy even when we're 100 meters away! but she didn't do it this time -- maybe because adam was walking backwards with a camera? anyway, it's a decent video of her in her stroller, which we don't really have any videos of except for this one.

2-19-2009: again, i saved the best for last. i know a lot of the videos i put on here might not be as interesting to you as they are to adam and me, but i still want to at least put them all down in the same place so that years from now i know where to find them and i can look back and watch the changes in our beautiful daughter. but this video i know you will like: it's a snowy day outside, and we don't really have anywhere for kids to play on nasty days here in hengelo. the library doesn't have much going on, and there's no sort of mcdonald's playplace or anything, so i'm always trying to think of ways to keep gracie entertained when the weather is gross (which is often!). so today, i pushed the coffeetable into the dining room, lined it with a giant piece of paper, and got out the fingerpaints and the crayons for a big ol' art project. it was a lot of fun, and a great way to keep her busy until dinnertime!


teresa said...

I think it's interesting how VOCAL she is, and yet she's not speaking words yet (at least on video). Are there any words that she uses regularly? It's obvious that she understands what you're saying, but I wonder why she's not speaking? (I'm not worried, just wondering.)

The A-Team said...

thanks for your concern, but she is absolutely progressing beautifully. she has been able to say "mama" and "daddy" and "hi dad" for MONTHS now. she said "book" several months ago, and she can also say "shoe" (but she says "doo"). she does LOTS of sign language and as you saw from the videos also is able to mimic animal sounds and point to her body parts when asked. she's REALLY bright and definitely knows how to communicate.

children don't normally start using real words, or putting them together into sentences, for a couple of months at least. some websites say as early as 14 months (gracie is 13.5 months now and already has a handful of words), some sites say closer to 16 or 18 months.

she's totally fine. thanks for your concern!