Friday, March 29, 2013


Sorry for the lag. I've been super busy. I am supervising 2 students this semester, writing a grant proposal, and still trying to finish up manuscripts from my previous job, basically all when Michael sleeps! Which is not much. He's been on 1 nap for a couple weeks and usually only naps for 1 hour! AAAHHH!

Anyways, I do have lots of updates. Writing almost done, so I'll get some free time soon!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Functional Transference

I don't know if that's a term, but that's what popped into my head. The last few weeks have been developmentally explosive, with Michael exhibiting all sorts of new play behaviors, skills, etc. I'm using the term "functional transference" to describe his ability to use objects in a new way or to use an object for a function for which he saw another object being used. Got it? Here's some examples.

Example 1: I was roasting a chicken one night and I guess I had the oven too high because things got a little sputtery and smoky. The smoke alarm in the kitchen went off, scaring Michael out of his high chair. I rescued the chicken and waved my oven mitt at the smoke alarm to turn it off. Later that night, Michael grabbed a dishtowel and started waving it at the smoke alarm! First off, it was freaking adorable. Secondly, he saw me use an oven mitt, not a towel, but he realized that a towel could perform the same function. Even now he'll reach for a towel or oven mitt to wave at the smoke alarm. For some reason, it really amazed me that he substituted the towel for the oven mitt.

Example 2: I use those little packages of baby hand and face wipes quite often, especially when we're out. Michael doesn't like getting his face and hands cleaned (he prefers to hang on to the meal he had so much fun playing with!), but sometimes he'll grab the wipes on his own and start rubbing them on his head (he does get food on his head ALOT and the wipes work better than just water). Of course, he's just imitating me and expressing his independence that he can clean his own head. Well one day in DH's office, Michael grabbed the wipes and started wiping the floor! Now he sees me sweep the floor and loves it--in fact, I bought him his own tiny broom and dustpan so he can pitch in when I sweep--so he understands that the broom and dustpan are for cleaning, but he also knows that the wipes are for cleaning, so he just tried them out on the floor. How smart is that?

Example 3: I bought Michael a drum that came with other musical instruments inside. He loves shakey-shakey toys. Instead of using the drumsticks to beat on the drum, he removes the lid and stirs. He's always playing with the pot and pan cabinet, and I usually hand him a large Oxo utensil so he can imitate me while I'm cooking. I just didn't think he would do that with a drum and drumstick. Completely different objects but he just sees the drum as a big pot.

Example 4: Anything with a handle can be used to brush mommy's hair. Anything.

Michael's memory has astounded me these last couple of months. He remembers everything and he makes sure to let me know very enthusiastically when he recognizes something. Obviously, his memory allows  this functional transference to occur because he remembers performing tasks and he remembers what objects perform what tasks and he's able to link similar tasks or similar objects. Maybe it's just me, but I find this ability fascinating and am having so much fun watching what he's going to do next!

Friday, January 25, 2013

Does this look familiar?

Chimpanzee nesting behavior

Chimpanzees make little nests in trees to sleep. My little Michael tends to nest when winding down for bed. He bundles his blankie underneath him and rolls around with his snuggle bear and panda. Many things get tossed over his head like Jamie in the second video.

Pretty cute.
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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Quick Sleep Update

Michael finally got back into his routine, for the most part after being sick for a couple weeks after Thanksgiving. Now he wakes up at 3am and 5:30am to nurse and is up for the day around 7 or 7:30. One nap doesn't work too well, so we'll stick with two for now.

My attempt at teaching self-soothing is working a little, but it's also backfiring a little. Sometimes he falls asleep while nursing and when he doesn't, he plays around for a bit then fusses to nurse again. Exhausting! If I can see that he's really sleepy, I tell him to lie down and try to go to sleep without milkies. He usually can but not without a little crying and kicking. Sometimes it seems like he needs to let out some steam with a little cry--he usually conks out pretty quickly after.

So it's still a work in progress but progress there is.

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What's my new year's resolution?

To not spend another day in pajamas, dammit!

Unless I'm sick.

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Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year!!

Although I'm at home wearing a sweatshirt, it does have sequins on it!!

Stay safe tonight and have a Happy New Year!!

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