Friday, December 28, 2007

Monday, December 24, 2007

Top 10 of 2007 (and one from 2006)

10. Dance, Dance, Dance

9.  First Graham Cracker

8.  Splash! 

7.  First conversation

6.  Giggles

5.  Imitate 2

4.  Soother Game

3.  Ticklish

2.  Haven's first look

1.  Imitation

Friday, November 30, 2007

Uncle Mark sets a high bar

Haven's birthday is coming up.  Her first present coming from Uncle Mark, her godfather, sets a high bar in Haven''s pleasure for the rest of the family to match.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Starting at point guard, number 11...

More play

The new favorite toy is the push cart, and a persistent favorite is the big ball.  Now, she likes to "play catch." She gets a thrill out of sending the ball a long way and having one of us leap to get it.


Haven's increasing social interactivity is evident.  She babbles throughout the day, and does so in social exchange with some word-like sounds.  She also is becoming familiar with some cues-and-responses, like the sheep going baaaa.

Friday, November 2, 2007


Haven was standing at 8 months, taking single steps on occasion at 9 months, rare multiple steps over the last few weeks, and in the last 2 days (>10 months) is regularly doing short walks.  They are more like staggers.  In any case, they are free-standing and involve movement.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Steps, a series

I am not sure who is trying harder, her or us.

Bite me once, shame on you; Bite me twice...

At daycare, Haven is "assertive" in her interaction with the other children.  We received an incident report (you may need to click on it to be able to read):

In short, she likes sticking her fingers in others' mouths, and one of her friends decided to bite them.  Haven didn't like that.  Five minutes later, Haven went right back, did it again, and got bit again. 

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Do a little dance

Haven 'gets' music and dancing now.  Her own dance style is an elusive head bob, punctuated by a singing scream.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Experiment 1

Some of the labs in our department investigate cognitive development in young children.  This is the film of Haven from a study.  It is hard to tell what is going on because you see her, not the screen in front of her.  After each beep, two pictures appear on the left and right.  One is a flower the other is a snake.  If Haven finds one more interesting than the other, she will look at it longer.  The researchers are timing how long she looks at each.  There is some evidence that snake fear is a "prepared fear" in that it might be much easier to acquire than other types of fears.  The researchers are testing if interest in snakes appears early in development.  

I don't know what happened because I had to have my eyes closed the whole time so as not to unintentionally influence Haven's looking behavior.  

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Definitely our kid

Following up on the previous picture, there is little doubt that this is our child.  When the laptop-obsession gene is identified, we will surely have it.  A social learning explanation?  Impossible.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Showing pride

With standing skills rapidly developing, Haven is taking some apparent pride in being able to do it.  So are we.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Now Standing

Not a long one, but the latency count would certainly qualify as a catch in baseball or football, so it should count for standing too.

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Reading together

Reading time is not so much about content yet.  It is more about being close to mommy, practicing manipulation of pages, exploring the colors and objects on the pages, and plenty of distraction.

Improved eating

With a couple weeks of practice, Haven has vastly improved her ability to pick up cheerios, get them into her mouth, and actually chew them.  The next challenge is to get her to slow down with her new found talents.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Not Standing

Late last week, Haven started standing without support for up to 20 seconds at a time.  We played a game in which she stood holding our hands, then we let go and she stayed upright, and wide-eyed, until she couldn't hold it anymore.  This week, we have tried a half-dozen times to catch the game on video without success.  She is declining to show off this skill for now.  

A failed attempt:

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Our Little Narcissist

Haven's two favorite things are playing with the computer and watching herself.  This takes that to the logical extreme -- Haven watching herself on the computer watch herself on the computer.  Now, if we have her watch this clip...

The Play Cycle

This 1 minute clip shows Haven at play.  What does she do for the rest of the non-eating, non-sleeping day? Play this 300 more times to see.

Insight on nap time

 This longish (2min) clip is for the Haven addicts who want to see Haven napping, but not really.

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Max meets Haven. Haven meets Max.


Today marks the transition from proto-crawling to full-fledged crawling.  Witness...

Her first target on her first long-range crawl?  A garbage can full of junk.

Mozart she's not

There's always the chance that she is a basketball prodigy.

Screeching, spitting, and flexing oh my

This illustrates Haven's current favorite ways to occupy herself. She screeches, plays a little spitting game with her lips, and tries all-body flexing at random intervals.

Caitlin was my yummiest babysitter

Monday, July 2, 2007

Holding Haven, Aunt Kate earns about 1/2 a picture


The Duck Mobile

For the infant who has everything comes the latest in bath/play technology, the Duck Mobile.  Think stretch Hummer with a jacuzzi for 6-month olds.  Grandma Gail and Grandpa spared no opportunity for cuteness during Haven's Toronto visit.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Break on through to the other side

Yesterday, Haven's first tooth poked through at the front of her lower gums.  She was clearly very aware of it.  For the past 2-3 weeks she has very vigorously gnawed on her and others' fingers whenever she has the opportunity.  Yesterday and today, she still grabs my fingers and puts them in her mouth, but she chews on them very tentatively, and mostly tries to avoid using the tooth area.  I don't think she is trying to be kind.  I assume that the experience of having the tooth is weird, and it is less comfortable to gnaw with it than on the gums part.

Monday, June 25, 2007

In the Corner

Haven got herself into this corner.  We are not sure if it was a self-imposed time-out or interest in testing the structural integrity of the house.  The behavior suggests the latter.  I love this clip as a comparison to clips from 1 and 2 months ago.  Select a couple older ones at random and compare the subtle improvements in her socibility and the dramatic improvements in her balance (sitting up), dexterity (grabbing the soother), and active engagement in exploring the environment (err, scratching the wall?).  Okay, she may not be genius caliber, but her grin at the end had Bethany and I replaying the clip a few times.

Sunday, June 24, 2007


Time to nerf the house

Right before the Europe trip, Haven got up on all fours a couple of times. In Europe, she mastered this talent getting up at every opportunity. She has not, however, broached the next steps of crawling behavior. Clearly, she is right on the verge.

Saturday, June 23, 2007


After 1,035,567 kisses from her parents, Haven starts 'kissing' back.  


Since birth, Haven has been very responsive to tactile experience.  Not surprisingly perhaps, she turns out to be very ticklish.  This is very fun for mom.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Six months in Stockholm

Stockholm is beautiful.  The weather is perfect, and Haven discovered grass.  She loves it.

Monday, June 4, 2007

First Crawl

While packing for Paris, Haven engineered her first crawl.  She has been building up to this for a couple of weeks.  She mastered pushing up her upper torso and head.  Then, a few days ago she finally figured out how to use her legs to elevate her stomach, if only for a moment.  This afternoon, she elevated her stomach and slid back into a crawling position.  She seemed pretty surprised about it herself and collapsed.  Five minutes later she was back in the position and, this time, managed to lunge forward before collapsing.  In a unanimous vote, judges deemed it the official first crawl.  Unfortunately, the event was not recorded for posterity.  Instead, you get this:

I'm ready for Paris

We leave for our Europe trip tomorrow.  First to Stockholm for a conference, and then to Paris for vacationing.  Haven is ready.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Sitting up, falling down

Haven now has almost enough strength to push herself up to a sitting position.  Once placed in a sitting position she can stay up for 1-30 seconds before her underdeveloped balance skills give out.  She is very close to being mobile, and dangerous.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Picture by Craig

Eating "Mastery"

After just a few rounds of delivering food by spoon, Haven has transformed from reluctant taster to ravenous consumer.  Compare this eating experience with the clip posted just weeks ago.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Food? I don't like it.

Stranger Uncertainty

Haven is a little young still to have stranger anxiety.  This clip of her meeting Kevin and Nicole for the second time suggests that it is emerging.  She is neither unhappy nor sure that they are okay.  She warmed up to them quickly...




Haven's activity level has increased dramatically.  Anything within her reach will be examined - with hands and then mouth.  Her most persistent activity this week is drooling.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Saturday, April 28, 2007

First Meal

Haven tried her first meal today - a soupy mix of rice cereal and milk.  It was not exactly a resounding success.  She did manage to eat a small portion of four spoonfuls before she had enough.

Sunday, April 22, 2007

First Parade

At her first parade, Haven did not seem particularly interested in watching the parade compared to the grass, people sitting next to us, or her own hands.  The one object that captured her attention was a huge fire truck.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Improved Tracking

This was taken right at 4 months.  Compare her ability to easily and smoothly follow the camera/person movement compared to her more modest abilities back on January 24th at 1.5 months in "Follow the idiot" (also here:

(Not) on the move

At 4.5 months, Haven now has desires, knows that some things can meet those desires, and has very few skills that help her acheive those desires.  For example, Haven loves to suck, especially on a pacifier.  Now she recognizes the pacifier object.  And, when put just out of her reach, she shows the desire to get it.  She knows that extending her arms can help, but has no idea how the legs might be useful.  Part I below is the cuter illustration, Part II really shows the failure to get the legs involved.  

Part I

Part II


One consequence of having no fine motor control is an increased likelihood of self-injury.  That isn't funny exactly, but the pause, look of surprise, then bursting into tears does invoke an "empathic" laugh.

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Eating Toes

This does not illustrate a skill so much as the latest game that elicits reliable pleasure from Haven.  For the last week and a half, if her pacifier is not in her mouth, then her hands are.  Even better, it appears, is when she gets help to eat her own toes.  Mmm.

Roll Over

Just over a week from her 4-month birthday, Haven is excelling at rolling over.  Unfortunately for her, she has only mastered rolling from her back to her front.  She does like being on her stomach.  Each of the three times that she managed this roll today, she moved swiftly to screaming for help.  

You are small too, weird