Archive for December, 2009

Exploring New Lands

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Following on from the post with pictures from the 4th of November, here we have three videos shot around the same time. You can see how she still liked to travel in reverse when the need arised, and that the cushions at the time were still in place around some areas of the living room. By the looks of it, Muska had not yet noticed the kitchen was no longer Anna-safe, and decided to hide under the table to see what would happen.

Remote Control Motivation

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

As you`ll know from the previous posts, Anna was already happy not only pulling herself up to a standing position, but also walking around a little. However, she had not really decided that crawling forwards was worth a lot of effort. Backwards crawling mixed with rolling from front to back and so on seemed to get her where she wanted. Around the the time these videos were shot (1st November), we discovered the best way to encourage a more normal direction of travel whilst crawling were the plethora of remote controls that hang around our TV stand, begging for interaction. Irina cleaned them all properly first, and we made sure all battery covers were properly secure, and then let Anna play. We did initially try telling her NO when it came to play with the controllers, but this only seemed to add to the thrill of grabbing them when we were not looking and then crawling off with them. We are hoping that allowing supervised play (with a battery removed if we are actually watching something at the time) will lead to eventual boredom with them.
So we tried the same whilst in Chubary, and shot these videos for posterity. You can also see Anna has improved her reaction times and co-ordination already, as she slips whilst leaning on the toy horse seat, and manages to catch herself before hitting the floor or kitten :)
Oh, and in case you have noticed the last few posts have no abbreviations, I am typing these from the laptop, remote controlling into a PC at the in-laws. I am remoting in because Anna is starting to wake up through the night again, when we are not at home, and if I am clicking away on the PC, it lets her know someone is awake, and it is worth her crying until someone plays with her. The lack of apostrophes? This is down to who knows what, but if I type one on the laptop keyboard, it comes out as a ` on the upstairs PC. Why not just type on the laptop onto the dashboard for this blog directly? Because I need to move files on the hard drive around after each post, and the hard drive is currently misbehaving, I don`t want to risk disconnecting it right now.
Enough of the long winded unnecessary explanations, onto the videos.

Attempting Box To Chair Transfer Videos

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

As promised, here we have the videos shot around the same time as the pictures (30th October) when Anna was just starting to find her feet, when it came to moving from one steadying item of furniture to another.

(Relative) Freedom Of The Flat

Sunday, December 20th, 2009

By the 4th of November (for new comers to this blog, dates are included on all of Anna photo and video posts, as they are automatically exported to her own site, and rather than spend a lot of time altering the timestamp of each post, I have included the date within the text, so visitors to that site can picture how Anna is changing over time a little more accurately) we had decided that the large sofa cushions placed on the floor as a basic border for Anna to stay within were pretty much useless now. So after a thorough clean by Irina of all the floors, Anna was now officially allowed to crawl around most of the flat. Given her new found enjoyment of moving forwards, and experimenting with standing up and walking short distances, I think we made the right choice at the right time.

Anna Tests Just How Far She Is Allowed

Anna Tests Just How Far She Is Allowed