Since we are strong believers and promoters of the Baby Signing Times DVD series, I feel compeled to write a small review about our recent purchase of the Signing Times VOL 2 DVD. In a recent post, I commented on how we purchased the new edition of the Signing Times DVD because they have included an audio track en Español and so we needed to check it out. I’ll keep it short and sweet. It is HORRIBLE!!! Horrible, horrible, horrible. I had issues with it even before making the purchase. I think that if they are going to include an Español language track that everything should be en Español including the songs. I’m sure that it would be incredibly difficult to write songs en Español to the same caliber as the English versions, but not everything in life is easy. I can live with this though. Where I have the main complaint is in the production. It is HORRIBLEMENTE produced. ¡Horrible! The parts where Rachel Coleman is giving the vocabulary and explaining how to make the signs is dubbed en Español. They are such short and infrequent segments that I can live with the dubbing, which I usually hate. But the sound track en Español is placed OVER the sound in English and YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE ENGLISH SIMULATANEOUSLY DURING THE ESPAÑOL!!! In some parts, the English will start first and then the overlay of the Español will begin. What a real disappointment from Two Hands Production. It is embarrassing. The majority of the other parts are fine. They have native speakers and there really is an adequate amount of Español that I would be ok with it if the dubbing was not so incredibly horrible. With that said, here is the KICKER: sofía loves the darn DVD! She asks for it by name and sign. I think that Baby Signing Times is much more entertaining and appropriate for youngsters, but for some reason (I would like to think for the language, but that is Language Nerdo fantasizing.) she loves it. She loves it so much that I unfortunately had to purchase the only other two DVDs with Español also. Ugh….
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
My husband likes to make wafles or panqueques every Sunday morning. It’s great for traditions but not so hot on the waste line. We recently purchased a stepstool for Sofía to use to wash her hands and we also can use it to help her reach the countertop of the island a little better. This makes for easier helping on her part also. She LOVES to mix things and will tell you about how she did it whenever she sees the item she helped make. This video clip is really from the beginning of Octubre and I’m just now getting around to editing it down, but I figured it would be ok since this is pretty much an every-Sunday-experience.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Lately Sofía has become very attached to her peluches. The Perro (that’s his name) she either calls by saying “wow, wow, wow” or signing ‘dog’. There is the little bear, Pinky, who usually rides in her favorite toy, the stroller. She says, “Pinky”. Then there is the mico, monkey, Mateo, who sleeps with her in the cuna. He is made without anything small that can fall out or off to cause some kind of hazard. Last but not least, there is the Mickey Mouse peluche that we bought in Disneylandia in Junio. She either signs “Mickey Mouse” (made by simulating his round ears on your head) or calls him, “Pa – Tí – Ta”. I don’t know why she doesn’t call him Mickey Mouse because she can say “Mickey” – I’ve heard her actually say it about three times. For whatever reason, her preference is to say, “Pa – Tí – Ta”. So be it then. She has been asking for her amigos to accompany her in various places now….at the table to eat, in her cuna during naps, or on her rocker to read to them. It is all very interesting to watch her mimic things that we do every day. Here in the foto, her amigos HAD to sit with her during desayuno and I had to feed them the same oatmeal and waffles that she ate!
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Not that I’m TRYING deliberately to create a “Minnie Mi”, but how am I supposed to find Sofía a dress for Navidad without having her try on a few? Well, we tried this one on from Costco. I liked the dress, and it fit Sofía really well, but look at her! She looks like she is 23 years old! Way too much for this Mamá to handle, so we didn’t keep it. Sofía didn’t really like it anyway….she IS on the floor having a fake berrinche, tantrum, so I took her foto. I’ll let you see the one we decided on later!
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Unfortunately I have no fotos of Sofía for this post. For the first time ever, she decided this afternoon before nap, to sit on her rocking chair and read ME a Clifford libro, page by page, pointing out the pictures and telling me about what was happening in each scene. I WISH, WISH, WISH, I could have recorded it. Soooo very sweet.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I’ve discussed before in an earlier post how Sofía repeats the vocabulary in English when she is watching Baby Signing Times. I couldn’t be sure that she actually knew the vocab or was just repeating what she heard. Now I know. She has continues to repeat, on a regular basis, what she hears on the DVDs. Lately, much to my chagrin, she will say them with her signs IN CONTEXT! So while she is eating lunch, she will sign “eat” and say, “eat”. I praise her and say, something like, “That’s right, it’s comer.” All this is said en Español of course. (I suppose it never hurts to remind everyone that we only communicate en Español en our casa.)
Monday, November 15, 2010
Sofía has a plethora of new zapatos. She has grown like a weed and not only do we need new pants, we need new zapatos and a variety of them. You can’t wear the same zapatos every day! We decided that this year for her Navidad foto, that she had to have black dressy zapatos, so we luckily found a decent pair for a decent price. I figured these didn’t have to be top of the line because one or two days weren’t going to interfere with her foot development. So today we sported a new jumper and new zapatos and Sofía couldn’t be happier. She ran like a maniac all over the house so that she could hear the sounds of her zapatos. After her nap, she ran out of her room to where we left her zapatos and insisted on putting them on immediately. She tapped her zapatos nuevos when she talked to her Papi on the phone to tell him about her nuevos zapatos and when we went to the mall; she showed them to every clerk of every store. Move over Imelda Marcos, Sofía is growing up!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunday, November 7, 2010
¿Pañal? What pañal, you ask? Well if you look closely on the floor, you can see what greeted my husband on Sunday morning when he went to retrieve Sofía from her crib. She has learned (and really likes to) unzip things. This morning she decided to unzip her pijamas and throw her pañal on the floor. Stop laughing!
Monday, November 1, 2010
Last night, on Halloween, we bought a nuevo carro. Bye Bye Jetta, hello MiniVan! I never thought I would say this….but I FREAKING LOVE the MiniVan! I feel like that woman on the Toyota Sienna commercials…I could spend hours in the thing. It has a rear view camara for when I back up, a rear windshield wiper, automatic opening doors and most of all….SPACE!!! Sofía can say, “automaticas” when talking about the puertas. I think she is equally as happy as I am!