And she got another magnet! She had to open containers for this study. She could not open the twist-top containers (she has very little exposure to those kind anyway) so when she was given the easy container to open with the snacks, she started taking handfuls of snacks knowing that she wouldn't be able to get the snacks out of the twist-top containers :)
I thought those of you who knew me as a child would appreciate this series of pictures.
Lily and I visited the farmer's market this morning and got ourselves some peaches. So, Lily's breakfast this morning was peaches, strawberries and yogurt. She finished her yogurt cup and wanted another one, so I opened another one for her.
After we were "finished" with breakfast, I took Lily out of her booster chair and set her down to play while I cleaned up.
Guess she wasn't finished with breakfast! She reached (she has incredibly long reach) and took down the second yogurt cup and spoon. I turned around to find a yogurt monster! The pediatrician did say to work on letting her learn to use a spoon...
Pianos are expensive ventures (to own and to move) and they take up a lot of space, so I don't think we're ready to buy one for NYC.
Even so, I'd like Lily to be exposed. Music and piano playing is one of the easiest, most interactive ways to teach math.
After some responses from neighbors, including a concert pianist, we signed Lily up for WeBop! Jazz classes at Lincoln Center. She will see a real piano player at each class as well as quartets and quintets playing jazz. Lincoln Center has a world-class concert hall and I like that she'll see the real environment that musicians play in. The concert pianist recommended the Suzuki method for Lily in a little while if I wanted to get her started earlier rather than later.
But, there wasn't much in our neighborhood. So, I went in search of a piano I could play while Lily hung out with me. The local Unitarian church came through! I'll go practice once a week and bring Lily with me. We're actually playing on the concert grand piano in the sanctuary!
When Liliana was born at NYU, someone from the infant cognition lab came around and asked us if we'd be okay with the labs at NYU calling us if they had infant psychology studies that Lily could be included as a participant in. We said sure and today was the first day that Lily could participate!
When it rains, it pours and so today we actually did 2 studies. This morning's study was in the Infant Cognition and Communication Lab. The lab at large focuses on how we acquire language and learn about different sounds. This particular study involved Lily watching live actors look at keys and then have an interaction about the keys. It was short - maybe 10 minutes. But she left with swag! The certificate and t-shirt are from the morning session.
The second study she participated in today was at the Infant Action lab. They wanted to see how infants (12 months and 17 months) responded to different heights of an obstacle in their way. Lily got to run on a table (with supervision) to the other side of the table, probably about 15 feet in length. In the middle of the table was a hanging shade, which was raised or lowered, depending on the test. Sometimes she could run straight down the table and other times the shade was in her way and she'd have to get down and crawl. One of the times, she tried to just push the shade up so she could stay standing, but that didn't work as well.
She had tons of fun - both labs had a ton of toys that she was welcome to play with and she didn't have to put them away. The magnet in the middle was what the action lab gave her. They took a picture of her crawling under the shade on the table and made a magnet out of it!
We had so much fun that we signed up for another slot for another study in a couple weeks. She loved playing with the grad students :) Both labs told me that I could see an abstract/results when they have finished analyzing their data.
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Then you'll hear me talking!
Liliana's 2016 Christmas List
(in case you're in the planning mood)