Tuesday, July 8, 2014

20 Months

We've had so many fun things going on this month. I realized I forgot a good portion of May in my last post, so I included that here. I just love being a mommy to such a fun little girl. 

The local minor league baseball stadium hosted a "Mommy and Me day" and it was lots of fun. Probably meant for kids a little older with lots of bouncy houses and baseball related activities, but we just enjoyed the sunshine and all of the fun things to see!

I set up a pre-Mother's day outing with some of my local mommy friends. We enjoyed champagne and girl talk while our tootsies got taken care of. It made for an awesome afternoon!

 Mother's Day fell on G-Gmom's bday so we had a fun bbq at her house. You were loving the evening and were so animated for pictures. At this point, your favorite phrase was "Oh no!" Complete with hands to face. We all kept saying it over and over and even captured it in a picture. So cute!

 We met up with C and his parent's for some beer tasting at a local brewery. I'm loving these adult play dates. You and C had a great time playing and running around.

a girl and her dog. The sweetest. 
 We have an awesome play place nearby. On this day we met up with friends and spent over two hours playing and visiting. I love watching you pretend. Here you are with M eating wooden burgers and fries. Love it!
 We walked down to the Fiesta Days parade with some friends and watched the parade. You loved the horses and all of the great music!
 Story time!

Look who has HAIR! Before bed I was able to get pig tails in and you left them in for quite a while. Still haven't managed to get you to wear them during the day!

I did get you to leave a clip in for a few hours! Progress!
Swimming at uncle T's house!
New word: hat!
Summer afternoons at the library. They have all kinds of interactive guests and you loved this one. Music and dancing. You thought it was the Wiggles!

Annual Pre-4th bbq! You had so much fun dancing ALL night with 10 year old girls who adored you. I have to say it was a lot of fun to watch you have such a wonderful time.

Eloise at 20 months
Weight: 25lbs
Height:   ?
Diaper size-  Size 5
Clothing Size: 2t and 3t tops, squeezing in to 18 month sleepers. 18mo and 2t pants.

 No more binky! It wasn't planned, but since you are still nursing, I knew one had to go so we could work on the other. The night you turned 20 months I could not find a binky to put you to bed with. It was perfect because you were very tired, so I knew you would drift off without it. You did and you never had another one. So easy! It was more of a plug than anything and I do miss it in the car sometimes, but I'm so glad it's gone. I have a feeling weaning will be much harder! 

You are gaining new words everyday and your speech is becoming more and more clear. Some new words include: mine, please, night night, stinky, tomato, one-two-three, hat, eyes, Mimi (we know two dogs named Mimi), grandma (at least I think that's what you're saying) . You also say dad now. 

You started at an in home daycare so that I can work more and not rely on Nana so much. I can't believe what an easy transition it has been. It's a small daycare and you just love playing with friends all day. You've never even cried when I've dropped you off. We started with 2 half days a week and now you are doing 2 full days most of the time. It's been a huge blessing for all of us. 

You are officially swimming. I'll write about your lessons in a separate post, but it's been amazing to watch.

Here you are on your first day at day care, eating like a champ of course. 

Eating-  see above! You are a great eater. You love quesadillas, raisin bread, mango, peaches and nectarines! As mentioned, you are still nursing regularly.

Sleep: Hit or miss this month. Mostly sleeping through for about 10 hours with a 2 hours afternoon nap. 

Favorite Toys: you are finally interested in puzzles and are quite good at them. You also mastered this color stacking game that I picked up recently. 

Father's Day was low key. We made daddy a big breakfast and later headed to his favorite park. You are finally loving the swings!
We capped the evening off with ice cream sundae's and a walk around the Nut Tree. You love your daddy!

With daycare I'm able to keep more of a schedule now, which means that I try to keep at least one day a week open to do an activity with you. We frequent the park, and the library, but this month we made a trip to the Children's Museum and had a total blast. You are just getting to the age where things like this can hold your interest for a good amount of time. 

E, there were a few weeks where I saw a glimpse of what 2 and 3 will look like and all I can do is laugh because you are just like me. You want your way and you are willing to do just about anything to get it. I secretly love your sass. At the same time, I watch you with other kids and other moms and your sweetness is palpable. You are so observant and so present with others. Like me, you hate when you can't figure out how to do something and also hate when you feel as though you are doing something incorrectly. I'm trying my best to be patient with you and to show you how to be patient as we learn things together. I'm so glad to see that you are venturing out more and more without always looking for me and I'm so glad to hear that you are able to do so well at day care with all new people. I've honestly never been happier and not one day goes by where I don't remember how grateful I am for you!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

18 & 19 Months

These past couple months have been jam packed and we are loving every minute of it. I still treat you like a baby, but you are making it clear that you are an independent toddler who wants to do things for yourself. You are a sweetheart to your friends and enjoy anything that gets us out and about. You give the best hugs ever and for the most part are a total lover. There's a small percentage of time where you have huge tantrums, but I'm hoping that as you are able to speak more, those will lessen. You are great at independent play and have become a solid napper! I've loved all of the time we've been able to spend together.  

St. Patrick's Day we had a bubble party with our play group. Rode the choo choo train, rode the carousel and enjoyed the sunny day. This little amusement park is a lot of fun to have right in our backyard!

We did a gymnastics class once a week during March and April. It was actually amazing to see the difference over 6 weeks. They set up a little course for you guys, climbing and hanging.  You all loved it. You especially loved the trampoline which prompted you to start saying "jump!"

We did a singing and dancing class on a rainy day and you were allll over the place!
I've been doing contract attorney work as much as I can. I've been sent all over and on this day got caught in a snow storm! Not fun for a SoCal native!

You still love purses!
Thankfully you are still cooperative on our morning walks. I walk for about an hour on mornings that I don't work and I'm thankful that you enjoy it!
We did Kindermusik with our bff Caleb and you LOVED it. You love music and loved using the instruments. I wish it was a longer stretch of classes, but it was a fun few weeks.

We make use of the free carousel rides all the time!

Picking you up from Nana's house! Nana has been watching you while I work, and I think you both enjoy your time together. You love her backyard and the piano at her house!
Happy Birthday to daddy! Look at that face!
Getting ready for the local easter egg hunt! Such a fashionista. You love jewelry.

Our family!
Out to dinner for Daddy's birthday. You LOVED the baked cookie and ice cream.

Our playgroup took a field trip to the local market. It was a fun little tour, complete with yummy samples.
 Afterwards, we headed to pizza. You were SO happy to have lunch with everyone. You sat here with the twins and colored while I got my salad at the salad bar. I kept looking back to make sure you were ok and you were just beaming. I never know if you're going to be clingy to me, but this was a day where you acted like such a big girl.

You love your Maverick. As soon as you hear his paws coming you yell "doggie!" and some sound for "Maverick". You've grown on him, too!
First ice cream cone was a huge success!

There are quite a few little wineries just a short drive away so we took advantage and enjoyed some wine and a cover band at a family friendly event. We met up with C and his mama and had a blast. Great music, nice wine and a really fun atmosphere. You both had a lot of fun dancing around and running through the vineyards!

 We had a really fun playdate at the trampoline park. You loved it, and I had a great time with you!
 We went to a luau themed Chamber of Commerce dinner and left you with nana. I was trying to get a picture of just me and daddy, but you had other plans .And I love that sweet face!
 5th Birthday party for cousin, Z. Lots of little girls there that were just your age. You especially liked the green cupcakes!

Eloise at 19 months
Weight: 25lbs
Height:   ?
Diaper size-  Size 5
Clothing Size: the 18 month sleepers and pants still fit, but tops pretty much need to be 2T at this point.

The past 8 weeks your gross motor skills have exploded. Climbing stairs and small ladders at the park, wanting to go down the slide and also really climbing furniture at home. While I have to keep an extra close eye on you, this is a big milestone for you since previously you've been very cautious. 

your fine motor skills have always been off the charts. You continue to hold crayons and even skinny pens correctly and are able to use your hands to accomplish opening things. 

helping daddy plant our vegetable garden! You aren't afraid to get dirty!

Your speech has also exploded, but is still really hard to decipher. You continue to speak with incredible enthusiasm. If only we knew what you were saying! You are mimicking speech more, which is great. 

you are able to point out pretty much any object or animal in a book and are following directions very well (that is, when you feel like it). 

New words that I can actually understand:
Elmo, butterfly (you are able to spot a butterfly in a picture from a mile away). tweet tweet, meow, roar, moo ( in response to what  does the birdie, kitty, bear and cow say). Turtle, duck, shhhh (complete with finger over the lips), flower. 
Crafts at the library

Visiting daddy at work

Eating-  still a great eater. You love PB&J and still love any type of cheese!

Still nursing quite often....

Sleep: Sleep is back on track and you average 11 hours a night and a two hour afternoon nap. 

Favorite Toys: You love your play stroller the most right now.