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Friday, May 25, 2007

Visiting Gran & Grampa: day 4

Today was another nice day. Gran and I went through a lot of old photos, and had a lot of laughs. You were very curious about the stairs, but didn't try to climb them yet.

We played a lot outside on the porch again:And I FINALLY got a picture of you doing what you've tentatively been doing every once in a while for the past few weeks:standing on your own!!

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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Visiting Gran & Grampa: day 3

You cannot resist a good tower.
Pulling Piggie's tail.
Playing in a sun beam
This is the bird that lives in the birdhouse on Gran & Grampa's porch.
This is his house:
Off for a walk (that's Grampa's hotrod GTI in the background)
Fun with fridge magnets!

You would crawl around for hours with the letter O stuck on your thumbs. I think you liked having them there.
The pot cupboard!
Heh. Hi Mom.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Visiting Gran & Grampa: day 2

Today was another bright and sunny day. In the morning, you and I went for a walk and explored Gran and Grampa's backyard and checked out Gran's poppies. You didn't like sitting on the grass very much. I think that's because it was too dry and picky.The view from the backyard. So peaceful.
You and me with the poppies
Later on we played some more with your toys on the back porch. You like to play with Grampa's jump ropes, probably because they remind you of wire!

Then we went for a nice walk and you had a looong nap in front of the screen door: fresh air, no bugs!
We went out with Gran in the afternoon and bought you some magnetic letters for the fridge. You have a lot of fun dropping them all over the floor. Your favourite letter is definitely the O. You've been crawling around all day with it firmly stuck on your thumb.
Gran thought this outfit was really pretty on you, and I agree. :) It's great because it looks like a skirt, but you can still crawl around in it without getting your knees caught in it.
Keeping Gran company while she irons Smiling at Gran as you find the laundry basket. You did with this laundry what you do to all the laundry at home...
...pulled it onto the floor!
In the evening you found Gran's pot cupboard. You weren't to interested in pulling the pots out and banging on them. All you wanted to do was stick your finger through the holes in the handles.

We had a bath around 9:30, then you had a bottle and fell asleep soon after. I was in bed by 10:30, it was great!!


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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Visiting Gran & Grampa: day 1

Today was a good day. A long day, but a good day. Not at long for you of course, because like an angel, you slept all the way here. Tatus and I got up at 4:30 this morning to finish packing the car and get you and I on the road by 5:30 a.m. The drive was great, and I made good time--it only took us 3 1/2 hours to get here, with beautiful scenery the entire way:

A bright warm sunset through a dirty windshield
Sunlight through cloudsStill some snowHills stretching for milesLake Okanagan: almost there!
Gran was waiting for us on the driveway when we arrived--it's been a few months since either of us had seen her!

You recognized both Gran and Grampa pretty much right away this time--last time we visited, it took you until our last day to really warm up to Grampa. This time you remembered them and the house and have been busy exploring it all, including the screw holes under Gran's dining room table!

Gran and I went grocery shopping early in the afternoon, and you joined us, but you slept almost the whole time. I was envious! When we got back, you had your lunch and then we went for a walk to check out the street Gran and Gramp live on, and hten we played for HOURS.... we spent quite a bit of time with Gran playing on the upper back porch, and then you decided to have another nap. I napped with you, and then while Gran prepared dinner, you and I went outside to check out what Grampa was doing. He was busy pruning the bushes in the front yard, so you took me for a walk. You held my fingers and walked almost ALL the way around Gran and Grampa's house, including up their steep driveway!! I thought you would get tired, but you just kept on going. I guess there is a lot to explore here!

At dinner, we had pasta, and Gran gave you a few bits to eat, too. Normally I give you a little something to munch on while Tatus and I eat dinner, that way you are happy and included and we can eat our dinner in peace! :) Usually I have to feed you little bits of whatever I give you, although a few weeks ago you did figure out how to hold on to a cookie or rice cake and bite off a piece. Tonight however, you did something new: you picked up the little bits of noodle and put them in your mouth!! I was amazed that you started doing that, but then nowadays it seems like every day you become more and more able.

You have also started waving at people when they wave at you. It's a limp-wristed wave,but still very cute.

You started playing a game with Grampa, he nods his head yes, and you shake your head No. And you two go back and forth like this--you did it all throughout dinner.

After dinner we went back outside and Gran showed you how to boing the picky trees. :)
Watching the dog next door after he came over to say hi.
After dinner I tried to get you to mellow out so you'd fall asleep, but it took you a while. Tomorrow I'll make sure you get even MORE fresh air and that should help you sleep. The weather is gorgeous and warm here. I wish Tatus was here with us, and I think you do, too, since you keep saying Da!

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Monday, May 21, 2007

Letter to Lily

Dear Lily,

It's been so long since I've written to you, and so much has changed that I hardly know where to begin.

I suppose the biggest change came 2 weeks ago when I got my wisdom teeth removed. Because I was sick for a week, I couldn't nurse you, and Tatus and I decided it might be better to just wean you off breast-feeding altogether. It's not recommended to stop nursing suddenly, but that's the way it went for us. And you were AMAZING about it. Really incredible. I thought you'd be cranky and fussy having your entire routine go upside-down since instead of spending your days with me and being nursed, you were spending your days with your Tatus and getting a bottle. But you adjusted to it all with no problem--in fact, you are less fussy and more "grown up" now since I no longer nurse you. You sleep through the night, often from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m., and you even have a set nap time now--between 12:30 and 1 p.m., after we go for a nice walk and play at the park we will come home and you usually fall asleep right on your own.

During your awake time, however, you are into EVERYTHING. And since you've discovered how to grab onto almost anything and pull it down onto the floor, that is what you do. Books, clothes, paper, anything you can reach. I don't pick up after you as soon as you pull things down, because I don't want you thinking it's a game. I've seen the concentration on your face when you empty a shelf of books, and I think right now you are just discovering more of your own motor skills and the control you can have over objects. So for now I'm okay with having books on the floor and folding the laundry after it's landed on the carpet and been thoroughly investigated by you.

The days are definitely getting easier now. I have much more energy now that I'm getting an uninterrupted nights' sleep, and I think that has attributed a lot to your good moods as well.

You have SIX teeth now, and you can eat a rice cake like a pro, putting it up to your mouth, taking a nice crunchy bite, letting it get soft in your mouth, chewing and swallowing. I can't wait till you can eat what we eat at the table. We gave you some spaghetti the other night, but it just stuck to your face and hands, so it was more of a tactile experience for you rather than something you ate.

I think you are beginning to understand "yes" and "no" now, too. Almost anytime someone says "no", you'll shake your head vigorously back and forth. If you are finished eating or don't like it, you will clamp your mouth shut and shake your head. You also say "ya" a lot, particularly when we go for a car ride and Tatus or I open the door to get you out. We are almost always met with an excited "ya!" from you.

You will probably be walking very soon, too. You love to walk when you have two fingers to hold onto and someone following along behind you. And you creep along furniture very well, too. When we go to the park we will often walk with you after a nice swing, and you are so excited to follow other kids around and watch them. We can tell you are itching to get out there and run around and play with them.

When we are winding down in the evenings, a sure sign you are getting ready to sleep is when you stick your thumb in your mouth and snuggle up against any bit of our bare skin that you can find--arms, legs, tummy. You are so comforted by the feel of our skin. Normally you aren't too into cuddles. You squirm away to start your next great adventure, into the kitchen or under the dining room table. But last night I rocked you in my arms, a last-ditch attempt to get you to fall asleep short of going for a walk. You were tired, but so restless. I rocked you, and you quieted right down and sailed off to sleep. It was such a sweet moment.

I love you, little bumbelina.



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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Helping Tatus fix your crib

Your crib had a squeak, so Tatus was busy fixing it, and you were busy helping him:You made a bee-line for the screwdriver, of course...
But Tatus was watching, and he snatched it up before you could get it. Whew. So you went back to observing.


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Saturday, May 19, 2007


It's sticky stuff!


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I was unloading the dishwasher, when I noticed the door going up and down. Nothing was going to stop you from retrieving your runaway toy!
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Friday, May 18, 2007

Hanging out with Uncle Montoyo

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Today was a fun smiley day

Enjoying a cookie. Really enjoying a cookie.

Good shot of the MacGregor/Zundel features you have--
Gran's big beautiful blue eyes, and Uncle Shane's floppy ear. :)We are getting into a very nice schedule. We go to the park about 2 hours after you wake up in the mornings, and when we get home, you crash out on your own. Today it was on the bean bag chair that I sat you in while I opened the balcony window.Two beautiful smiley girls. :) Mama and her boogie.

Mama, you did not just put a sock on my ear.
You did?
Well you are not posting this on my blog.
You did?

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