Sunday, May 31, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
- Height: 35.24 inches (in the 90th percentile)
- Weight: 25 lbs, 9 ounces (in the 35th percentile)
- Head circumference: 17.71 inches (in the 5th percentile)
According to the doctor, she is meeting all her developmental milestones. He asked specifically about language (2 dozen words and 2-word phrases - yep, we've got 'em! ), stacking 4-6 blocks (she does that....I left out the part about how she prefers to knock them down!), jumping (oh, yeah), and understanding two-part commands (no problem there when she wants to listen).
Everything is going as expected!
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
In the first video, you can see that as soon as we opened the door to the deck, Grace ran for the stairs. Maybe she remembered the house was downstairs? Kyle called her back and when she saw it through the railing she was SO excited! She almost started to cry because she couldn't get to it fast enough.
The second video picks up when Grace got to the bottom of the steps. It almost looks like she can't believe this cool house could be hers. She played in it for about 1/2 hour before we left to go to Great Wolf and it was hard to get her to go! She discovered the doorbell right away and it still seems to be her favorite feature a few days later! Mostly, Grace liked going in an out, opening the door and windows, and ringing the doorbell.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Sunday, May 24, 2009
We took Grace to Great Wolf Lodge, an indoor/outdoor waterpark and hotel for her 2nd birthday. There are three of these hotel/waterparks about an hour drive from where we live, but I chose this one because it seemed to be the one that had the most for toddlers to do. Grace is still too small to go on the biggest slides and rides, even though she would, if they let her. What I liked about Great Wolf is that they had slides and other interactive water activities especially for the youngest kids. They also had and indoor dry play area, story time right before bed, and a huge clocktower in the lobby that peformed a show at different times throughout the day. I was thrilled to be able to book a room for the day of her birthday, since it was Memorial Day weekend.When we first arrived at the indoor water park, Grace seemed very nervous. I was surprised and thought this might have been a mistake. It was her first experience with an indoor pool and there was a ton of activity with fountains, pools, slides, and people everywhere. I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised that she was overwhelmed at first. But she warmed up and showed us what a true daredevil she really is! By the end of the day on Saturday, she was saying, "I water?"- her way of asking to go back to the pool.
Kyle took Grace on this slide first. At the bottom was a 2-foot deep pool (which I skinned my knees on) but this quickly became boring as he sent her down a big, fast, curvy slide. They suggested that you be 48 inches tall to ride, but they were really good about letting adults decided what their kids could handle. So Grace got to experience the rides that she might not have in another place. On Sunday morning before we left, we all had a great time riding tubes down huge slides. We had to climb three flights of stairs just to get on the ride!
After initially not wanting to wear a life jacket, Grace realized how cool it was to relax and float. You should have seen her smile when she was doing this!We also tried the outdoor pool in the late afternoon. It was a zero entry, which is great, but it also scared us both because Miss Independent didn't want any help.So, we eventually put the life jacket back on her...just for peace of mind and to allow her a little freedom. Don't be fooled, though. That shadow in the picture is Kyle!In the evening they did a little show at the clock tower and I loved sitting on the floor cuddling with my birthday girl as we listened to the singing and some stories.At the end, they asked the kids with grey bracelets to come up front (you get these if it is your birthday) and everyone sang "Happy Birthday" to her one last time.On the way home today, Grace was saying "happy" in the back seat. I think that means she had a good time.
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Happy Birthday, Baby!
My world is wonderful because you are in it.
Friday, May 22, 2009
The kids were really cute. The "older" girls, and by older I mean not even 3, helped put plates and napkins on the tables for everyone. Grace got her cupcake first and everyone sang to her. So cute!Grace ate her cupcake cake first...so she ended up with red frosting everywhere. But I think she liked it. She asked for more and at school they give the kids second helpings if they ask. But since I knew she was going to have another one tonight at home I said one was enough!
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Grace only has 9 children in her class.
But I'm Italian. We don't like to run out of food!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Grace still takes a bath in the kitchen sink. Don't get me wrong, I like it. It is quick and easy and, I guess if she still fits in it, what's the harm? But someday soon she won't fit so we have been trying to desensitize her to the shower/bathtub. Kyle did a great job last weekend, although his clothes got soaked!Grace was so afraid that she wouldn't step away from him, sit down, or let me wash her hair. And that was progress!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
But keep the old,
Some are silver,
And the others are gold.
Mayna is about 4 months older than Grace but they are pretty close to each other in size. At first they were just watching each other and playing (running around) alone. But Grace saw Mayna on this tire swing and she wanted to try it too. Notice how Grace is looking at Mayna in the first picture and then Mayna is checking Grace out in the second.Pretty soon they were holding hands and jumping.And then Mayna gave Grace this big hug before we said goodbye.I really admire people who are able to take excellent photos of children, especially toddlers. So many of my pictures seem to be of backs of heads. I guess I should just be happy that the kids were enjoying themselves running, swinging, sliding, and climbing!I love this one of all 4 girls climbing together.And thanks to Kellie and Aimee I have these cute pictures of Grace and Dawson actually looking up!