[Shortly before we removed her from the coffee table... again]
As seen in the background of the above picture, we did actually put up a tree this year! And no, I didn't run out of ornaments - the bottom third is purposely undecorated because I didn't want to have to tell Josie "no" a bunch of times over whether or not she could eat the ornaments. Although she has been very helpful in pointing out which ones were still too low, as she pulled off the ones she could reach and then gave them to me :)
She has been participating in games and songs more now too. It seemed before that Josie liked to watch other people play games and sing songs, but she wasn't inclined to join in. But now she loves to play "Ring Around the Rosey", and will "sing" along with the ABC song in that she'll gleefully say gibberish while we sing to her, and she'll also do the hand motions to "The Itsy Bitsy Spider". We took also her to storytime at our library again, and she actually participated in one of the activities. There were several felt "Christmas cookies" on the wall, and each kid was supposed to take one, say their name for inclusion in the next verse, and then give back the cookie at the end. Josie adorably stood up there while the other kids each took a cookie, then marched up and took one herself. It went downhill after that though, since she can't really say her name, and she also grabbed the other cookies rather than giving hers up at the end ;)
Josie can now open and close doors now (as long as they're not latched), which mainly comes in handy in the mornings when we're getting her ready to go. So when we tell her to get her shoes on, she'll go to the coat closet, open the door, pick out her shoes (lately she's been going for her pink boots with pompoms), and then will go and sit on the bottom stair for us to put her shoes and coat on - screeching in delight and flailing her arms around all the while. She is picking up more things to mimic us on, and is obsessed lately with pushing... things. Brooms, windshield scrapers, whatever can be fairly easily pushed along.
Her sleep is still all over the place, but seems to be going in a positive direction overall at least. Her crib went into her own room when we moved, so we weren't sure quite what to expect as she adjusted to sleeping on her own for the first time in her life. The first week she did quite well, going to sleep fairly easily (on her own a few times too), and sleeping through the night a few times. But then she got sick, had molars coming through, etc., and she started waking up several times overnight again. That seems to have settled down again though, and she's actually sleeping through the night (usually waking for the day between 5:45-6:30am) most of the time now, and maybe just waking up once during the night once or twice a week.
The problem is now that she's taking foreeeever to go to sleep in the first place - crying it out only worked for a brief period of time it seems, so we're back to sitting with her until she falls asleep. While at least she doesn't need us actually touching her at all times now, she still won't fall asleep unless we're sitting right next to her crib, sometimes for an hour or more. Argh. And yet, she also has a new winner for "oddest place Josie has fallen asleep", as Ryan came back from the playground with her sound asleep on his shoulders:
[Don't mind Ryan's questionable hairs - the mustache was for Movember, and the mohawk has also since been trimmed down]Miscellaneous cuteness:
[Taking a call from her 80s-era cell phone.... er, power strip]
[Under her neck is a favorite storage place]
[Listening to music, although in general, this kid knows how to do things on my computer that I don't even know how to do]