Wednesday, 23 September 2009
a) the world's only moose-eating, soccer-playing samba dancer?
b) a happy, even-tempered tot who's as comfortable hanging out in international airports as in favelas (7 and 4, respectively, at last count)
c) a fearless superhero who can take on the mean streets of São Paulo, as well as the odd muskox, bear, and giant beaver?
d) a multilingual parrot?
e) (organic brown salt-free) rice and beans at midnight?
f) all of the above.
You guessed it - f) all of the above is the answer! Proof to come in the next post...keep your eye on my blog!
Friday, 11 September 2009
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
(Thanks, Tia Sarom, for the fabulous chickadee with the ultra-realistic chirp!)
It's a plane......
(OK, so it's not in the picture, but Ellazora and I are pointing at an airplane, really we are!)
I have added dozens of English words to my vocabulary in the last few months. Words like "moose," for example. Yep, I sure do like mooses! And squirrels. And buses and airplanes.
While it probably doesn't interest anyone but me and my parents, here's what I could say at 18 1/2 months - in mid-August - for the record.
(These are words that I say spontaneously - not just copying someone - and consistently, listed in the language that I say them in. While I understand all of these words - and many more - in both Portuguese and English, I almost always say any particular word in just one language....and so end up saying funny things like "Mais (more) cheese!" Sometimes, my "words" are so far off that they're not actually words in any language, but if I use a sound consistently to mean something recognizable, it's included. Words that I already said at 15 months aren't on this list - you can see them on the post from May.)
nenê & baby
tchau & bye bye
guitar ("tao" - with guitar sign)
Harley ("ah-ley" - 5-year-old neighbour)
mess (I just love throwing things on the floor and then announcing that there's a "mess!")
vroom (car -"bum")
num num or papa (a.k.a food)
meia ("mia" - sock or leggings)
real & money
OK ("otay" - OK, I don't really say it spontaneously, but I copy it a lot.)
bug ("bu" with spider sign)
Vovô ("wowo" - Grandpa)
ovo ("o" - egg)
Po (the dog we took care of)
sapatos ("paty" - shoes)
pee & "sss"
thank you ("te" along with sign)
meow (cat), grrr (bear), fish lips (fish), tongue click (squirrel), bow wow (dog)
anda & walk ("wa")
I am starting to get proficient at combining two words together, too. For example:
Mamãe/Tia/Daddy, dress/blusa/paty. (a.k.a sapato - shoe)
Blue, tia. (Translation: "Draw a picture for me, auntie." It took Shauna a while to discover what she was being commanded to do!)
Mamãe, tee (tree) á. (Translation: "Mommy, water the plants.")
Bowwow, anda!/Po, anda!
Tia 'Lo (Translation: "Auntie Hello" - Shauna's neighbour's name is Carol, not Hello - but we always say hello to her!)
Vovô vrum! (I identify cars by their owner - "vrum tia," "vrum vovô," and "Harley vrum.")
Thursday, 16 July 2009
Tuesday, 2 June 2009
Thursday, 28 May 2009
I woke up with my Dad today, at 6 am, and insisted (by making a "psss" sound) on being taken to pee three times in less than an hour. So, believe it or not, I peed three times in a row in my potty. That is definitely a milestone. Generally it's hit or miss - sometimes I will signal that I need to pee, other times I can't be bothered and just pee in my diaper. I confess - I just wanted to be allowed to get out of bed to play! Normally, I'm the best morning sleeper - I go to bed late, but then I sleep until 10 or 11am - so I don't quite know what happened today.
After all that commotion, and a cracker, and playing a bit, I fell asleep in the middle of the living room. To share with Julie and the Casa Rosa gang, I took this photo - I call it Self Portrait with the Casa Rosa Quilt. Aren't I cute?
And here are a couple more cute photos that I took recently, for good measure....
And now for Auntie Lizz....
Mission accomplished. Sorta.
Wednesday, 20 May 2009
Monday, 4 May 2009
I weigh 10.8 kg and am 78.5cm tall. I have 8 teeth and hardly any hair. I can:
- Say in English: Mom, Daddy, dog, muh (milk.) I also answer "Eissh" when asked "What's your name?"
- Say in Portuguese: Mamãe (mommy), bow wow (not sure how it's spelled - maybe bau uau - for dog), a (for água - water), dá (give), and something that sounds like "desce" (down.) Answer "Cadê o dodoi?" (Where's the owie?) by saying "ay" and pointing to the place that hurts.
- Say the names of some of my friends and neighbours - Jessa (Jessica), Chagõ (Tiago), Deiss (Deise), Tata (Carla) and Chi (Tia - auntie - for my babysitter Sandra.)
- Point to my head, nose, mouth, foot, hand, and belly button when asked in English or Portuguese.
- Follow simple instructions in both Portuguese and English. Here are some that I have mastered in both languages:
Go get your car/ball/book/diaper.
Go to Daddy.
Put it in the garbage.
Brush your hair. (Yeah, yeah, I know I don't actually have any hair!)
Sit down (although I understand, I usually don't obey!)
Kiss the baby (kiss myself in the mirror!)
Kick (the ball)
Two words that I only know in Portuguese are "gira" (to which I spin wildly in circles - I haven't learned the word "spin" yet!) and "carinho" (to which I gently touch - or hit - a person or animal.)
- Charm people by showing off that I understand both languages - they can say any of the words below, and I do the appropriate action!
Kiss or beijo
Hug or abraço
Tchau or bye bye
- Fill in the missing "da" if you say "Você é minha vi...." or "Elis is from Cana....." OK, OK, so I don't actually know what I'm saying, but that's beside the point. My neighbour Carla taught me that trick, and everybody loves it!
- Use hand signs for "hungry," "milk," "doggy," "bath" and "all done" and shake my head to disagree.
Well, that was the most photo-free post I have ever done. I will work on getting some photo and video evidence for all these grand claims. In the meantime, please encourage me by leaving comments - I might even get those pictures up faster if you do! But for now, I've got some sleeping, growing, and learning to attend to!
Sunday, 26 April 2009
Well, I think they missed some key details....My first doll, my first book, baby photos and passports (yes, that's plural - did you ever doubt my sophisticatedness?) are all well and good, but what about these sophisticated things I've done in the past year?
- Spent Rendezvous in Whitehorse, Chinese New Year in Vancouver's Chinatown and Carnaval in Brazil
- Not been allowed to eat the yummy food at far too many fine restaurants.
- And at some not-so-fine restaurants....
- Imbibed more alcohol than I should have and still managed to crawl straight
- Visited 5 countries and 4 national capitals (still need to work on Brasília!)
- Travelled by plane, automobile, bus, motorbike, electric bicycle, small boat, train, subway, streetcar, dogsled, ferry, and backpack.
- Dipped my toes in the Pacific and the Atlantic Oceans, Lake Ontario, and the Yukon and São Francisco Rivers
- Hung out with Madonna AND Evita in Buenos Aires, Lula in Brazil, and....hmmm....some Yukon bloggers in the Yukon....
Lula and ministers, Santo André
- Slept, bathed, nursed and been the life of the party in too many exotic places to count.
Chiloé National Park, Chile
Santiago, with my amiguita Rocío
- Pondered the world's problems
Whew! That's enough bragging for one night. If you encourage me by leaving comments, I might add to the list another day! Heck, I might even add some recent pictures of me doing sophisticated things like peeing on the potty, riding my mini-tricycle, and eating tofu. Oh wait, those aren't sophisticated, you say? Right, maybe I'll go back to solving the world's problems....