I’m been frantically skimming some books on toddlers from the library to prepare for Kivrin’s new toddler attitude. Today she was all about pushing buttons. Not pushing my buttons, exactly, but pushing the buttons on the fan, the dishwasher, reaching for the buttons on the computer keyboard and the garage door opener, and of course her toys.

kivrin can reach stuff on the table

“Look mama, I can reach this junk on the table now. I’m pulling it down onto my head.”

kivrin on the way to her first meteor shower

“I can’t believe you let me sleep through my first Perseid meteor shower. It was only 2 in the morning, I could have stayed up for it!”

(Dan and Lissa put the baby in the car seat and drove outside the city limits to see the Perseids at their peak. She didn’t wake up.)

kivrin eating or not eating the veggies

Kivrin eating (or picking at) the vegetables from the Sutton farm.

kivrin lounging in the swing chair

Kivrin has been crawling in and out of this chair all week.

kivrin climbing in her chair and putting on her hat

She likes to combine tasks, like climbing in the chair with the baby and a cloth, or in this photo, she climbed in the chair and then put on her hat.

kivrin feeding herself with a spoon

I’m not sure that *I’m* ready for this, but Kivrin has started feeding herself with a spoon sometimes at dinner. She is pretty good with cottage cheese, if I put it on the spoon for her.

kivrin on her bike

Kivrin loves to climb on and off of her car. This week I started gently pushing her back and forth on it in the living room. She likes it, but insists on getting on and off each time we change directions, so it is slow going.

kivrin kissing the baby in the mirror in the car

Kivrin was fussy in the car but then I gave her this travel mirror and she was enthralled with the baby in the mirror. Several times here she is kissing the baby she sees in the mirror.

kivrin running around like crazy at j c penneys

Since she is getting good at walking, Kivrin wants to do it all of the time now. Some evenings I get her out of the house by taking her to a store where she can run around for a while. Here she is running toward me in J. C. Penney’s. She shrieked and squealed with glee and ran all over the store for over 20 minutes — she finally settled down when I carried her out into the mall for a quick walk to help her calm down before we drove home again.