21-Month Update

November 18, 2015 | Next week is Thanksgiving, which means that the Holidays are going to fly by shortly after.  E is changing at lighting-speed, so I wanted to document a few of the things she’s doing right now.
In no particular order, just off the top of my head;

  • When you go into her room to wake her, whoever goes in there she immediately asks for the OTHER person.  Or Mosby (Moe-EEE)
  • If you ask her to count something, she says “Two, three”
  • Colors are getting there as well.  While she often says Blue first (like an automatic response), she will then say the correct color.  The consistent ones are Blue, Yellow, Green and especially Purple.  She things Pink is Purple too, and mixes up Orange & Red a bit, but I’m so proud of her.
  • Books are still a favorite!  It’s Pumpkin Day Mouse and Where is Baby’s Pumpkin are top picks right now, mostly because they are new.  She still loves the EAT book, Baby’s on the Bus, & Giraffe’s Can’t Dance (“Monkey CHA-CHA!” E on that particular page)
  • Eating has always been a strong category, & for the most part she still eats most of what we do.  Some random nights she wants hardly anything, but we can always count on Yogurt and Turkey. We are already negotiating one-more-bite in exchange for a cookie.  She loves cookies…duh
  • Nighttime routine is still pretty much the same, and even with the time-change (falling-back) she adjusted just fine.  D still does bedtime, which is at 8 PM with a cup of milk and a few books.  We know that a big-kid bed is coming soon, but if she isn’t climbing out of the crib we aren’t going to rush it!
  • Language is growing, and she loves to walk around and say all of the things she sees + knows the words to.  It would be impossible to list all of them now, but there have been a few 2-word phrases coming out as well which is so cool.  “Milk all-done” was the first.
  • Stickers are a good way to get her to quietly sit in your lap for a good 10 minutes.  I’ve found lots in the dollar-bin or at Dollar General. She points at the one she wants, you pull it from the sheet and give it to her, then she stacks them all on top of one another in her little notepad. 🙂
  • Elmo is still a top toy, and when she’s REALLY crazy running around the house we will let her watch an episode of Elmo’s World.  Anytime he isn’t on screen she says “Elmo!” over and over until he’s back. It’s true love people!

I think that’s about all for now.  Although we have been home bound and sick for the last several weeks (adults with a cough, her HF&M) she’s a blast.  But I can tell she wants out of the house as much as we do.  We are finally turning a corner, and I cannot wait for her to see the Christmas Tree up soon!  And then pull it all apart…

Images taken back in September; I love them!

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Empathy!

November 16, 2015 | What?  You’re saying there’s hope?!?  I had to write this down while it was fresh, because it was pretty awesome.  We’ve always known that E is pretty rough-&-tumble (which a total cliche term, but it works), and worried that empathy just wasn’t a part of her brain. But on this particular day, a Monday which means she was home with me, we were playing in the basement.  After going over colors, and stacking blocks, I made a pretty tall tower from her blocks.  She immediately came over and kicked it all down as fast as possible.  I looked at her and made a super-sad face, even “cried” a little just to see what she would do. Imagine my shock when she gathered as many blocks as she could carry and brought them to me.  After placing them in my lap, she gave me a hug and looked at my face shouting “HAPPY!!”  Yes, there is a little bit of caring in there!

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Floral Crown

November 14, 2015 | For a fun night-out, I asked a friend to join me at a floral-crown workshop.  Is a crown practical?  No, but it was a reason to be downtown with fine cheese and wine!  This was a Thursday night, so I had plans to snap a couple of images with E wearing it the next day.  But you know, WORK happened so it wasn’t until Saturday morning that we took 10-minutes in the backyard to snap a few.  Did I mention she had a fever at the time too?  Oh well, I don’t really direct her much, other than starting her in a spot with nice light/background!  She’s such a good sport for me…

A Royal Parade

November 3, 2015 | What an incredible day, that almost didn’t happen for our crew.  I have to jot this all down while it’s still fresh, so let’s start at the beginning.  When your MLB baseball team wins the World Series (for the first time in 30 years) the city unites in a way I’ve never seen before.  The win happened late Sunday evening, and the plans for a parade were made for Tuesday at noon.  Schools & businesses all over the metro closed for the day, and reports were estimating a crowd of 250K people to attend the 2.3 mile parade and 2 PM rally.  D, sister and I decided to give the parade a shot, with a weak-plan of driving to the very northeast of the route and praying for a parking spot that wasn’t 2 miles away.  Either way, we knew we wanted to be at the start of the parade (near Sprint Center) and nowhere near Union Station (where the rally would be held after). As we were driving and seeing all of the crazy traffic, our hopes dimmed.  Is this nuts? Are we going to be sitting in our car for hours on end just to see 20-minutes of our Royals? Just as we were thinking about giving up, a client of mine texted that they had a great driving route (and were already in position at a barricade) and shared the password for access to a PRIVATE parking garage just blocks from the parade…yes, for real.  I turned the car around to take their suggested route and we were on our way.  We avoided almost all of the major traffic, parked pretty quickly, and walked to a perfect front-spot to view the parade.  Aside from a woman trying to save a huge chunk of space with 5 CAMP CHAIRS (c’mon lady) everyone was so friendly & nice.  The turnout ended up being closer to 800K people, and we were so happy that we got out of there before the rally.  Driving by Union Station on the highway we saw cars parked on bridges, in medians, and any spec of grass that could be found.  A quick stop at KS Sampler on the way home for D’s new hat and my new shirt, and we were home in time to see the rally on TV!  So incredible, and I couldn’t be more thankful for my client’s phone call…GO ROYALS!

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And I had to snag one photo from the KC Star’s website of what Union Station looked like…unbelievable!!  That fountain turned on at some point, soaking all those camped out there…

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Halloween!

October 31, 2015 | I did buy a consignment costume (a bunny) to have just in case, but since I made a costume for E last year I kinda wanted to TRY and do it again for her 2nd Halloween.  I found a photo on Pinterest, and felt I could give it a shot.  A little cupcake!  I chose my own color scheme, and made it a bit smaller/easier for her to wear than the one online.  She didn’t love it during the measuring and testing, but for some reason the day-of she rocked it!  That day the city was all buzzing about the Royals being in the World Series, and there was a game to watch that night.  Nanna stopped by to give E her second-annual Halloween Book (“Where’s Baby’s Pumpkin”), then we were off for all sorts of crazy that evening.  We leave the house and head to Susan’s house to grab D’s hat, and ended up staying a little bit to see family.  There was so much there for E to see & do, she didn’t want to leave!  After a quick Jimmy John’s stop we went to our friends’ neighborhood for their street-closing shindig.  It was awesome!  Tons of kids, no worries about cars, and our friends pulled out all the stops to decorate their front yard (with a projector to watch the game too).  We weren’t sure if E would understand trick-or-treating, but she got the hang of walking up to each of the doors and holding her bucket out.  If only we could train her NOT to walk into each persons’ home… 🙂  And her BFF E was there as well, and they were just so darn CUTE together.  L says her E appears more independent around our E…I think they just enjoy one another so much.  They have these stare-offs too…plus they posed together for a few pics just before the sun went down.  We also have a few images with our old point-and-shoot, which is handy at night for a FLASH.  It was past bedtime, but we also stopped at JD’s house for his watch party.  That’s where we changed E into her PJs after she played with their dog/cat…and I think she was in bed at 9:45 PM.  LATE!  But that meant she transitioned to the daylight savings “fall back” like a champ… 🙂

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the Lucky Shirt

October 30, 2015 | This Royals post-season has been so…much…fun.  2015 was the year E went to her first game, and D and I went to a game on our date-day.  I don’t think either of us could have guessed it would lead to the World Series!  I purchased a cute shirt for E from a boutique, but a back-up one from Target.  Well, the Target shirt is THE lucky shirt. Literally the season/post-season…anytime she DIDN’T wear this shirt at some point during the day, the Royals lost!  We accidentally forgot twice in the post-season, and both games were lost.  Needless to say, this shirt is being kept around as a little good-luck charm.  We enjoyed a few games in our cul-de-sac on a giant inflatable screen, and E was able to see one of them (in the shirt of course).  And to compare to last year here she is in her Dad’s childhood hat in 2014:

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Now 2015

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Enjoying the outdoor game-watching in her purple-camp-chair!

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