July 21, 2016 | Yep, we are in the thick of potty-training…but she’s doing so well! We do 1 piece of candy for #1, 2 for #2. Daniel Tiger’s song is a regular tune for sure! The little IKEA potty hangs out with us in the various rooms of the house AND goes in the back of the car for excursions. She’s also using this Elmo app to learn some letters, but we don’t really let her use that much…it was more of ¬†way to keep her in one room while she “practices” wearing undies. ūüôā

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Egg “Hiding”

March 22, 2016 | Last year E loved gathering eggs and placing them in her basket. ¬†THIS year the same still applied, only she’s added the skill of asking to hide them for US! ¬†The crochet-eggs I made last year are still holding up, and we used those plus a huge pink egg from the Target Dollar bin to practice for the egg hunts over Easter. ¬†We would have E stand in the corner of the living room, close her eyes, then we say “OK!” and she would start the intense search for her eggs. ¬†After many days of this, she said “My turn!” and made us close our eyes! ¬†Now that’s about as far as it gets, because as soon as she shouted “Ok!” to us she would run to the single-spot where all of the eggs were and say “Right here!” ¬†It’s the darn cutest thing… ūüôā

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December 28, 2015 | This was one of those silly little things that I was SURE to write down when it happened. ¬†I actually sent myself an e-mail with the subject line “E pretended to be a cat”. ¬†Her imagination is just so…much…fun. ¬†The kitchen has been hilarious as she ‘cuts’ the fruit and prepares D and I endless amount of eggs. ¬†But we were at home and she was in the guest bathroom crawling around on the floor. ¬†Meowing. ¬†I even asked “Are you a kitty!?” and she said “YES!” and continued to meow!

Now for the totally unrelated photos…

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Toddler Bed

December 8, 2015 | There was a loud THUD, followed by some more urgent crying than usual. ¬†I walked into E’s dark room towards the crib, but heard the crying at my feet vs. in the bed. ¬†Imagine my surprise to find her standing on the floor, with a large bump on her forehead!? ¬†The day had arrived that she climbed out to freedom, but I think it was traumatic enough that she didn’t attempt it again. ¬†Just in case, I ordered the rail that night to add to her crib, thinking we would wait and see what happened. ¬†Well, my dearest decided this night that he would install the rail while I was with a client downstairs…imagine my surprise. ¬†Were we ready for this?! ¬†But so far we are over a week into this new adventure, and she’s done awesome. ¬†Naps are a little more challenging (she’d rather get out and play then nap) but overnights are good. ¬†Except when it is time to get up, we are waiting to hear talking and instead hear her door rattling and the doorknob making scary-sounds. ¬†It’s so creepy!

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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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the Park

October 26, 2015 | As we get closer to Winter, I’m trying to use my Mondays with E to be outdoors. Have to enjoy the warm sunshine as it starts to fade, right? This particular day we went where we always go, and I let her run everywhere she wanted. ¬†It’s good for both of us because in the past couple of weeks she likes to hit D or I when we remove her from something she’s doing. FUN FUN all around! Her words have really taken-off, and we are starting to have real conversations…it’s pretty awesome. ¬†During snack in the back of my car I saw my gear sitting there from shoots the day before, and thought I’d snag a couple of images. ¬†She’s growing so fast, and while she can be a bit challenging sometimes I’m loving this little person that’s changed our lives so much!

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After the two images above, she decided she’d rather be my assistant… ūüôā


Climbing Monkey

July 13, 2015 | The theme of this month is CLIMBING. ¬†On everything your little body possibly can reach. ¬†It began on a kitchen folding-chair, where you instantly stood up all proud of yourself (before I firmly said NO)! ¬†Then it was all of the chairs/couches in the house. ¬†The playgrounds around our house are getting more exciting for sure, but there’s one spot that is certainly your favorite; ¬†my office chair! ¬†Not sure if it’s the height, the fact that it has shiny-silver parts, or that it spins, but you simply can’t pass by that room without a stop on this chair. ¬†We spin you around in it too (so we aren’t entirely without fault), but it’s just so funny watching you try to track the room with your eyes as you spin by!

I also wanted to note some of the words you’re saying right now; tickle, ball, dog, Dada, Moma, mow (as in mower), bubble, Elmo (sounds like MoMo), book, down/up, shoe and plenty more that I’ll add as they come to me. ¬†Even if you can’t say several words, your knowledge of meaning blows me away all…the…time. ¬†You love to RUN, wrestle, and explore pretty much on your own. ¬†We are always behind you, but I don’t think you really notice/care until you NEED something. ūüôā This age is so much fun!

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