Friday, June 25, 2010

Chatty Cathy

I've decided (for now) to keep a running list of all the words that LL says. It seems like she saying more and more every day. I don't know how long I'll be able to keep up with this, but I'm going to try!  I'll add more as she adds to her vocabulary! Here they are (in no particular order):

1. snack
2. home
3. hey
4. hello
5. hi
6. bye-bye
7. Lola
8. Momma (today it was Mommy "Ma-e")
9. Daddy (said "Da-e")
10. Toes
11. Shoes
12. Duck (word and sound)
13. Pig (word and sound)
14. Cow (word and sound)
15. Dog (word and sound)
16. Bird (word and sound)
17. Sheep (word and sound)
18. water
19. down
20. Bop (Pop)
21. Key (Mickey Mouse)
22. Keys (actual keys)
23. No
24. Uh-oh
25. Eat
26. Row Row Row (your boat)
27. Sky
28. Bow
29. Boy
30. Girl
31. Come on ("Mon")
32. Good girl
33. car
34. two
35. three
36. David
37. Kye
38. Ben
39. Hiney (rear end)
40. Matt
41. Ooooh look!
42. stay (usually directed at Lola)
43. baby
44. mine
45. Lorelai
46. Tigger
47. Pooh
48. pool
49. pretty
54. wow
55. yay
56. star
58. bear
59. flower
60. lights
61. tea
62. pour

Thursday, June 17, 2010

16 Months!


Here we are, past time for another monthly letter. Baby girl, you are 16 months old now. I would just like to take a time out to tell you to please stop it. I JUST wrote your 15 month letter and now I'm writing another. This is just going by too quickly. What about 17 months?! That's fast on it's way in and that sounds SO grown up to me! I don't want my baby to disappear.

This is you last year:

Oh my!  The changes!  Last year at this time you were just learning how to roll over!

This is the 4th week that I have been home with you for the summer. And just let me say that it has absolutely been the best 4 weeks of my life.

You are the happiest, smiliest, smartest, silliest, funniest, most caring little girl that I have ever seen. You enjoy life, love to be the center of attention, and are always watching the world around you.

You have been talking up a storm these past 4 weeks and it seems like you say new words every day! Here is a list of the animals that you can say the name of AND the sound: bird, dog, pig, cat, cow, and sheep. You have also started saying "good girl" ("goo gurl") and the other day, you said "bird wherat?" ("bird, where is it at?"). That is so crazy to me!

I think that one of the cutest things that you do is to randomly say "bye bye" and wave. It's so funny the times that you pick to say it! Sometimes it's appropriate, sometimes it's not, but it is always really funny and mega cute.  You've started shaking your head "no" for things, and you've also started saying "mine."

You LOVE Mickey Mouse and you will tote around your Mickey and Minnie mouse dolls ALL DAY. You are also pretty obsessed with carrying ANYTHING around right now. You like to show us that you are a "big girl". You'll carry my purse, your diaper bag, and even grocery bags. You also LOVE to push your shopping cart around the whole house. You are wonderful at helping mommy go grocery shopping!

You have been doing WONDERFUL with your naps since I've been home. I've stopped holding you until you go to sleep and you now put yourself to sleep in your crib. Everyday.

You go to sleep between 11:30 and 12:00 and you sleep for a minimum of 2 hours. You're still going to bed around 7 every night and waking up between 6:00 and 6:30 every morning. As soon as Daddy or I walk into the kitchen to fix you a sippy of milk, we hear your little voice shouting "hey!" as soon as you see us from your crib. It is one of the best parts of our day!

You and Lola have become the best of friends this past month. She loves you and you LOVE her! Whenever you get a little fussy or irritable, all I have to do is bring Lola into the room and you're doing fine!

You are wearing 18 month clothes, size 4 shoe, and size 4 diaper. Your size 4 shoes are starting to get a bit snug, so I see a shoe shopping trip in our near future. :) You also weigh approximately 22 1/2 lbs give or take a little.

You are my precious angel and I'm so proud of the little girl that you are! I can't wait to spend every day of this next month with you!



Summer - Week 4 of 12 (Monday - Wednesday)

Monday, June 14

Today definitely had it's ups and downs! I was in a pretty foul mood this morning and it must have rubbed off on Lorelai because she m.e.l.t.e.d when we got to swim. Hysterical crying from the minute we walked in when it wasn't even our turn. To get her swim diaper on her, I had to take her outside and get her to talk to me about the birds for her to calm down. That's her new word as of last week "bird". Today she even asked me her first question, "Where is it at?" She could hear the birds, but she couldn't see them! The question wasn't quite as clear as that, but I finally figured out what she was saying! Margie said LL is doing great at swim and is holding her breath for about 4 seconds right now. Yay, LL!

After swim we headed to the grocery store so I could pick up some things for our dinner with Zach, Emily, and Kye. Lorelai did so wonderful in the grocery store! While she rode in the buggy I let her have her lolli (lollipop) from swim and when she got done with that (she never eats the whole thing - she just sucks on them for a little bit) she ate her apple cinnamon rice cakes and was a happy camper!

When we got home I gave her some milk and let her watch Your Baby Can Read while I fixed her lunch. I made her some mac-n-cheese with a TON of veggies mixed in to hide them. We have been THE PICKIEST eater lately when it comes to veggies, so I try to think of as many ways as I can to sneak them in.

After lunch, she was mega tired so I just went ahead and put her in her crib. She was o-u-t within 5 minutes! That girl was down for the count by 11:30. She slept until right at 2 and daddy got home not long after that.

The Parker family arrived about 5:15 and we had an amazing dinner: teriyaki shrimp kabobs, baked potatoes, and teriyaki sauteed mixed veggies. It was pretty awesome, if I do say so myself!

For dessert we had chocolate covered strawberries - one of my favorite and SO easy to make!

Right after dinner LL started getting SUPER fussy. It was right around 7 so I figured she was just tired or maybe having problems with teeth, but we realized that she had HORRIBLE diaper rash! Ugh! She must have eaten something very acidic because it came up so fast! The Parker's left and we got her in the bath and then in bed.

It had a rocky start and a crazy end, but it was a good day overall!

Tuesday, June 15

We had an awesome morning today! LL did not cry much before swim and even walked to Mrs. Margie by herself (while crying). I took a little video of her at swim today and you can definitely hear how unhappy she is about it! But she's still doing great! She also has been saying something new this morning: "good girl"! How awesome is that! It sounds more like "goo gurl" but that's what she saying! It's precious! Her vocabulary is, literally, growing by the day!

After swim we headed to the church to surprise Daddy for just a bit. We hung out until it was time to come home and get LL some milk and lunch. LL went down easily for her nap (sooo much better than it was before I started working with her this summer) and she woke up right as daddy was getting home from work. Once Daddy was home and settled, I headed out to the gym. I decided to do the bike today instead of the elliptical for my cardio and man! it was hard! But I did do 4 miles in 20 minutes. Not too bad!

When I got home my mom was here to see LL. She had been in Atlanta staying with my sister (and taking care of Ben) while Gino was out of town for a few days. She brought LL a lot of presents! A Minnie Mouse to go with her Mickey (which she LOVES), some Mary Jane Crocs, and two shirts. Everything is so cute! We all ate dinner together and afterwards, LL read her Doggie book to Gigi. Here's a video - so cute!

It was so wonderful because Lorelai was in a FANTASTIC mood all day! I love days like this!

Wednesday, June 16

I'm not going to lie - today was really not the best of days. To start off with, I wasn't feeling so great. It's one thing to take care of a toddler all by yourself at home when you don't feel good. It's another thing to have to take a toddler to swim lessons early in the morning when you don't feel good. I pushed through it, and we went to swim lessons anyway.

LL did look mega cute today. She wore one of the new shirts that Gigi just brought her and her Converses. I have noticed that they're getting a little small, so I'm trying to get a good bit of wear out of them before she outgrows them completely.

When we got home from swim, I started making LL some lunch. I thawed out some frozen mushroom sauce that I had previously added mushroom chunks and black olives to. After it thawed, I heated up some veggies that I already had in the refrigerator and smashed them up and added them to the sauce, too. Then I took some Gerber raviolis and cut them in half and added them and then mixed in a good handful of cheddar cheese. This is what we ended up with. Not too shabby!

My mistake was giving it to LL when it was still too hot and then she didn't want anything to do with it. I took it back and cooled it off, but when I gave it back to her, she grabbed her fork and threw it so hard that it hit the wall. Ummm...not cool. The naughty stick came out on that one! I finally convinced her to eat some, but it took FOR-EV-ER!

After lunch, I put her down for a nap, but she was not interested. She, instead, threw everything out of her crib and proceeded to run from one side of the crib to the other while screaming at the top of her lungs. Over. And over. For 45 minutes. When she finally went down, I ate a handful of chips and took a nap myself. Matt came home while we both were napping and got her when she woke up - so I was able to sleep until about 3:30.

Matt and I had been talking for a little bit about shaving Bono to help him stay cool during the summer, so we decided to tackle that this afternoon. During the shaving process, LL and I came inside to find some doggie ice cream in the freezer to give Bono while he was being shaved (Yes, we are *those* people). While I was digging for the ice cream, LL snuck in the freezer behind me and grabbed a package of pecans. This is the result of that. At least it gave Lola something to do!

When we headed back outside, I set the bubble machine up for LL. She LOVES this thing! She gets so excited every single time that we pull it out. We couldn't stay outside very long because it was SO hot, but she had a blast the little time that we were out there.

Bono doesn't look very professional, but at least he's a good bit cooler!

We fixed some dinner (I didn't eat - still feeling bad) and then Matt headed off to church. LL and I played and watched a little Paula Dean until bath and bed time. Not a great day, but it could have been worse. LL was just wired and a good bit more disobedient than I've ever seen her. But we made it through and tomorrow is a new day!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Summer - Week 3 of 12

**Warning** This post does not have a lot of pictures. I did horrible this week! I promise to do better next week!

Monday, June 7
Today started out as a regular day. LL and I went to swim class and she did awesome. While we were there, I noticed that some bumps that she had had for a few days (at the top of her hiney, near her hip) were still there and looked a little worse. I decided to take her to Grammy's house to see if Grammy thought we needed to take her to the doctor. Grammy thought she needed to go, so we left to go to the Winnersville Walk-In Clinic. What I didn't realize before we went there is that the clinic is only for Dr. Griner's patients, so we left and headed back home. Dr. Megow's office is officially closed now, and we hadn't yet been to see Dr. Blache, so I felt like we were in a really weird position.

I called Dr. Blache's office and and got an appointment for 2. We just hung out at Grammy's until it was time to go. I ended up really liking Dr. Blache, but I left not really knowing what was wrong with LL. She perscribed some cream (that was expensive) and told me to call back on Wednesday and let her know how it was looking.

After the appointment we headed home and just spend the evening together as a family.

Tuesday, June 8
The morning started out with swim, as usual. After it was over we just headed home and did our usual lunch/nap routine. When she woke up from her nap, we headed over to Gigi and Poppy's house for dinner. Gigi was leaving on Wednesday to go up to Atlanta to take care of Ben until Sunday, so she wanted to see LL before she left.

Wednesday, June 9
Swim, as usual, in the morning. Then LL and I headed home for lunch and a nap. After she woke up from her nap, we headed over to Mom's house to meet Emily and Kye for a swim date. The kids really did have a good time! I practiced a little swim with LL (and she got really mad at me and wouldn't talk to me for awhile), and also dunked Kye a few times. He handled it well!

After we got out of the pool, Matt met us at Mom's house and we grabbed some hamburgers and headed over to Emily's house to eat a quick dinner before Matt had to go to church. After he left, I stayed at Emily's for a little bit, and then I headed home to give LL a bath and put her to bed.

Thursday, June 10
Today was a pretty boring day! We had swim in the morning and then just hung out a home as a family for the rest of the day!

Friday, June 11
Today we left for a conference in Jacksonville, FL that Matt was attending with the other minister's of our church. We dropped LL off for her "slumber party" with Grammy about 10:00 and then hit the road.

We got to Jacksonville around lunch time, so we stopped and ate at Shane's Rib Shack and then headed to the beach.

We only got to stay about an hour because we had to check in the hotel at 4 and let Matt get ready for his conference. After he left for the conference, I headed out to the pool with all the other wives/kids until it started thundering and lightening. I headed back up to the room and just chilled until some pizza got delivered. Then we all hung out together in one room until the boys got back.

Saturday, June 12
Matt had to leave early for the conference (like 6:45!) and I for the life of me could not go back to sleep, so I just laid in bed and watched movies until about 10:00 when all of the girls headed out to the beach. We stayed at the beach until about 2 when we left to go pick up the boys and headed back home!

I did have a good time, but I sure was glad to get back to my baby girl! I missed her sooo much in just 2 days!

Sunday, June 13
Today was a pretty uneventful day. Church in the am, lunch and a nap at Grammy's, a meeting at church, and then home for bed. I realized that I did an AWFUL job of taking pictures this week. I promise to do better next week!

Here are the pictures that Grammy took of LL's time at their house on Friday and Saturday:

Thanks, Grammy!