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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Conversations With My Daughter: The Bodily Function Edition (sounds promising doesn't it?)

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August 1
Lily (waking up from a short nap in the car): It was certainly a excellent idea to go to sleep.

August 1
Lily: Ladybugs are scared of music.

August 5
Lily (asking to start painting before I had finished setting everything up): Can I go to town ahead?

August 6
Lily (opening the bathroom door and peeking her head inside): I want some chocolate chips. I just wanted to let you know (closes the door and leaves).

August 9
Lily (looking at an ad in a magazine): That's not ballet, its a commercial. I want ballet.

August 30
Lily: I gotta pick these (cupcake wrappers) up cause Daddy will not like it. 
Mommy: Daddy's having a rough day. You have a rough day sometimes don't you? 
Lily: Yeah, sometimes I get frustrated and I have to take a rest.

September 2
Lily (watching me change Reuben's diaper): Whoa! That's the stinkiest, stinkiest poop that I ever seen.

September 15
Lily: I like your philtrum Mommy. I have a snotty one, but that's ok, I can still wear it.

September 18
Lily: I can help you Mommy. Lilys are an excellent job at finding. 

September 19
Lily (watching me write Daddy's name on a piece of paper): No! You can't have a Y for Daddy! That's for Lily!

September 21
Lily: Reuben's not addicted to cold things (talking about him drinking water not cold juice - like her - from his cup).

September 27
Daddy (looking around and feigning confusion): Somebody farted.
Lily: did.

October 3
Lily (pointing to the kiddie toilet in the bathroom at Walmart): Its a Lily size potty! Its fantastic!

October 3
Lily (angrily): Reuben I'm not saying anything funny to you!!! (as he's laughing about something in his carseat)

October 3
Lily (talking about Daddy getting stung): That bee said "Yummy that skin is pretty tasty. I will sting that guy." And he did!

October 7
Lily: Look I have a mustache (peanut butter).
Mommy: You're adorable.
Lily: I'm a pip!

October 14
Lily (asking her aunt about a xylophone): MariƩ do you have a bammer to bam this with?

October 21
Lily (sitting under the desk playing with tape): Mommy I'm just chillin'.

October 25
Lily (helping me chop vegetables for dinner): Cauliflowers love to run away from ya!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daddy's 36th Birthday (Part 2)

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So um, yeah, continuing with Andrew's 36th birthday celebration (which I started blogging about like a month and a half ago), we went to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo on his actual birthday and had a blast! Much like last year when we went for my birthday and the year before that when we visited the first time, again for Andrew's birthday, we didn't have to pay for the birthday person which is one of the reasons we love to go. That and it is so much fun watching the kids run around pointing out animals. This time we spend a large chunk of the afternoon at the splash area. After all it was the end of August. In Florida. And my kids are like fish when it comes to water. They soak it up. Pun intended.

Lily was super excited to see the camels and said she wanted to ride one this time. Wouldn't you know there were no camels this year! Reuben really could have cared less about the animals, he was just happy that he had plenty of room to practice his walking since discovering the skill a few weeks before.

The first two photos pretty much sum up our entire day. Mommy and Daddy pointing out the interesting animals to Lily and Reuben taking off with his new found freedom!

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Friday, October 18, 2013

15 months

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Weight: 25 lbs. 8 oz.
Wears: 18 month sizes
Shoe size: 5W
{New} Words: yeah
{New} ASL signs: fan, daddy
Teeth: 11

Happy 15 months littlest Reuben... almost a month late. Let's not waste any more time and get down to this past month's details shall we?

: Gives slow, open mouthed kisses complete with aaaah noises as he comes in for a slow landing. I guess they aren't so much kisses as they are kissing games.

: Loves sitting in bed in the dark after waking up from his nap, pushing his stuffed puppy Scout's paws and "singing" along and clapping to the songs.

: Points at things. He started this one night at 1 in the morning. He woke up screaming/crying and nothing I did was helping him relax and go back to sleep. So I sat down on the floor next to his crib with him in my lap and let him sob it out. He calmed down after a minute or two and then got up, wandered into the kitchen and pointed to the peanut butter jar sitting on the counter. I guess he wanted a midnight snack!

: As soon as I ask him if he wants to go night night he starts smacking his lips because I always ask him if he wants to kiss daddy before he goes 'ni' 'night.

: Says "yeah" in response to a question:
"Do you want to play outside?" - "Yeah"
"Do you want to read a book?" - "Yeah"
"Do you want your diaper changed?" - "Yeah" (actually, just kidding about that one - he hates having his diaper changed)
Its such a grownup sound. :)

: Can use a regular cup. Very well too.

: Shakes his head no. And he doesn't get confused between yes and no either. When he doesn't want something he's not afraid to emphatically shake his head to let you know "no way!"

: Does a few of the motions to Wheels on the Bus.

: Walks backwards.

And now for all of the sleep related stuff. Because if there is one thing a parent obsesses over its their child's sleep.

: He started out the month really well. After the previous month he owed me. Each afternoon/night I nurse him in the rocking chair while singing a song. Then I lay him in his bed, tuck his blanket under his arms to which he giggles and wiggles around. He actually loves it! Then I turn on Scout for 10 minutes, pat him on the head and leave. He doesn't fuss but goes right to sleep.

However, as us parents know, when it comes to kids, established things can change in an instant.

: Two weeks later he went from taking two naps a day (most days) and going to bed giggling to taking up to an hour sometimes to go to sleep (for naps anyway). He would play with his toys and eventually fall asleep. This made it so that most of the time he never got a second nap because his first one didn't end till the second one was supposed to begin. This was even after I nursed him and he closed his eyes and started to get sleepy in my arms. It just made for a bit of a cranky baby by the time bedtime came around.

: As for sleeping through the night he was waking up between 4 - 4:45ish to nurse and then waking up for the day at 6:30. I can handle that.

: He also decided one night that he could sleep through Lily's nighttime shenanigans. She's screaming "I don't want to go to bed!!!" and he just sleeps through it or if he wakes up he sits there calmly observing the situation and then puts himself back to sleep. What a relief knowing that when (not if) she starts screaming about not wanting to go to sleep that it won't bother him.

I blogged about Lily turning 15 months old back in the day. You check that out HERE.