Bella is 11 months today

Bella is 11 months today


I can’t believe that in just a month she’ll have been with us a whole year. That both seems far too long and far too short. It seems like it was just yesterday that I held her for the first time in the hospital and it seems like she’s always been with us.

In the past week she’s grown so much more confident in walking. Now she easily crosses five or six feet between pieces of furniture. And she’s so proud of herself.

She’s started making this really cute “yummy, yummy” or “nummy, nummy” sound when I pull out the dropper with the Tylenol. She also makes it when I get a banana for her and with other favorite foods as well.

She’s started to push the ball toward me when I roll it to her. And she will put the letter and number blocks into their box. This is the first time she’s put stuff in rather than take it out.

The last few nights she slept right through with no disturbances. And Sunday and Monday morning she slept in past six.

She’s having so much fun with my mom. I’m really glad we have the chance to have her here for a nice long visit.

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  • Interesting. . .  Thinking of the person who chooses not to do creative writing, I’m not sure I would classify the assignment above as “creative” writing.  Perhaps creative essays or analytical poetry.  “Creative narration” also works.  I agree that it functions differently from writing that focuses on the idea itself.  It’s like returning to a pre-Romantic notion of poetry.  Excellent assignments!  I might have to do something like that with my college classes!! 

    I was the oddball in creative writing courses—I always DID write in poetic form.  It taught me to discipline my ideas and my word choice.  Norton has an anthology of poetic forms that you might look at, just because it’s interesting, not necessarily for the little one.  It’s for creative writing, but I’ve used in in intro to lit.  It’s called The Making of a Poem.  I know I had some good books explaining how to write different poetic forms, but I can’t remember which were the good ones.  If you want, I can look them up sometime. . .

  • No, I don’t think I would classify it as creative writing either. Sorry my quick writing kind of garbled what I meant to say.

    From what I’ve gathered in the CM method, younger students are not given creative assignments.  Rather, they learn writing first through narration and dictation, retelling in their own words the ideas of others, and copying out sentences written by others.

    The idea is that first they should learn the correct forms of writing by imitation and the way to structure ideas first concerted attention and then the process of having to arrange the ideas they have absorbed so that they can be retold in a systematic fashion. Only after they have mastered the basics should they be assigned tasks that will require them to shape their own ideas.

    So the above assignment is not creative. Rather, it is a way to allow the student to learn how to employ poetic forms without the pressure of being creative. There is a certain amount of creativity within the very tight structure. The student must choose her words and her rhymes and determine which details to include and which to exclude. I think she is doing the composition from memory, not referring to the text as she composes. But the vocabulary will be largely pulled from the source material and the structure from the pattern material.

    The Norton Anthology sounds interesting. Not one I’ve heard of before. I think I have the Longman Dictionary of Poetic Forms and maybe one other book on form; but I welcome any recommendations you may have. Perhaps one day I’ll get ambitious and do a correspondence course or something that will make me have a little of that much-lacked self-discipline.

    Sadly, I’ve never taken any creative writing classes, it was always just a hobby. Thus no external discipline was every applied either. More’s the pity.