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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Big Girl...

I recently posted a blog entry that I started in early December and never really got around to finishing...so here's my effort to complete it with a part two...

Our Miss Libby has become quite the character.  She is certainly changing from a baby to quite the little girl...or as she might say, "big guhl."  She has no trouble making us laugh (and more recently, testing our patience).  We are really enjoying this new stage as she is communicating more and really showing us her true personality.

She got her first haircut back in early December because her hair was just sooooo long.  No, not really, but it was starting to look a little bit scraggly and the lady that cuts Caedmon's hair told us it would help it to grow in better if we gave it a trim.  Libby did such a great job. There was no crying and she even begged to go back again the next time I took Caedmon for his haircut.  Needless to say, I don't think she'll need another trim for quite some time.

As I mentioned in my prior post, language is exploding around here.  Tom and I often look at each other and say, "did she just say ____?"  because we are so amazed by the way she is absorbing everything.  Most recently, she has been starting to speak in more and more 2-3 words sentences.  "I see it", "bird fly", "daddy home", "mama cooking" are all heard quite frequently around here.  She loves her big brother, "Caden" (a big improvement over previous attempts at his name - "Mamen" and "Tatin") and, as she is usually awake first in the morning, is often heard yelling, "Caden wake" and "morning, Caden"  followed by "HUG."

Of course, this love of big brother also means that she wants to do everything he does.  Like her big brother, she is a monkey and has no fear of climbing no matter how precarious the position.  This has given me more than a few heart attacks!  However, the result seems to be good balance and improving skill.  Just yesterday, we went to the park and she was able to climb the stairs and slide down the slide independently (NO FEAR).

Besides reading and climbing, her new favorite activity is coloring.  "Color" is heard multiple times a day and she just finds so much delight in letting her inner artist out.  I'm pretty strict with the use of "color" since she doesn't always remember to keep it on the paper.  I dole out one (washable) marker or crayon at a time and she runs back and forth between the art easel and me, giggling and laughing with joy.  I so wished I had a video camera with me this morning because she was just bubbling.  Her masterpieces quite amaze me...mostly because my firstborn is a boy...and boys (as a rule) just don't get into the whole fine motor drawing and coloring thing at an early age.  Caedmon is still working up his art mojo.  He enjoys painting and drawing but at almost 4 years old, his work is VERY abstract and just recently, gets more than a few seconds of attention.  Libby, on the other hand, gets quite a bit of color on the paper (and in her ear, on her face, etc) and will spend several minutes on each "masterpiece."

It's always hard for me to sum up Libby...especially in a concise way.  She is such a blessing to us, though.  She is full of hugs and kisses and giggles.  We are so blessed that she is a part of our family.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Where's My Baby?

(originally written December 12, 2009)

The kids are napping and I chose to use my few minutes of quiet to organize some of our recent photos. Of course, that always takes longer than I think it will because I end up looking back at other photos and before I know it 3 minutes turns into 23 minutes turns into...well, you get the idea. Anyway, in the course of perusing, I looked through several pictures from this summer....

Libby looked SO small!! She looked like a baby, but the girl before me today is most definitely a toddler. And, she is so much fun! She is talking A LOT! She's starting to put words together into sentences and overall, seems so much more like a little person when she talks. She's still trying to grasp all of the consonant sounds but she "gets" the fact that words have multiple syllables so words like Christmas tree and Santa Claus and Snowman don't really have the right letter sounds but they have the right syllables and pitch and with some context, we understand her quite well. Yesterday, she was trying to sing "Jingle Bells" and it came out something like "ba ba behw" over and over. She also has realized that with a big brother that talks incessantly, she has to find ways to get my attention. Lately, I've been hearing a lot of "hey, mama" followed by whatever she is trying to tell me - "dance", "read", "snack", etc. I've stopped counting how many words she knows because it's definitely more than I can keep track of. It is really nice to be able to communicate with her.

She's growing physically, too. She must have had a growth spurt because suddenly she can climb all sorts of things that she couldn't before. Everyday, it's something new. Today, I caught her climbing onto the kitchen island. Aaaagh! Fortunately, her guardian angels must be working overtime.

Libby continues to love to read. She has her favorites. She's quite fascinated with "Goodnight Moon" currently. She loves to find the mouse on each page and insists on reading it every night and often when she wakes up in the morning, too. She also likes "Hop on Pop" and Eric Carle's "Head to Toe." Her all time favorite is "Prayer for a Child." However, we don't have a board book version of that and she has become a little rough with the pages of late. Throughout the day, you can find her sitting by the bookshelf thumbing through the pages of any book and "reading" it to herself.

She likes music. It seems that she has determined that car rides are good for singing as we often hear her singing. Her favorites are Baa Baa Black Sheep, The ABC song, and as I mentioned, Jingle Bells.

(unfortunately, this post was never really finished and it seems rather too late to finish it since 5 weeks later, L has learned a whole host of new things. I'm going to post this as is and promise to continue our Libby-girl update soon)

Monday, January 11, 2010

Why I Like Living in Texas...

This is how we spent the afternoon...in the middle of January...Yes, JANUARY!

We hope all of you northerners enjoy the snow.

We'll take 54 degrees and sunny.  Thank you very much.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Caedmon Interview 2010

Last year, I found this idea for interviewing your child each year on or around New Year's Day. My attempt with a 2 1/2 year old Caedmon can be found here.   It was fun to look back and see what has stayed the same (vacationing in Hawaii!) and what has changed.  It was also neat to realize that Caedmon could answer every question this year; whereas, last year he didn't have some of the concepts and even some of the ones he did have, he struggled to answer.  I look forward to seeing how this interview process continues to change...and starting it with Libby next year.  (I tried this year and every answer was "I no no"... Libby's version of saying, "I don't know")

Caedmon's 2010 New Year's Interview

-cereal: "the square cereal that we used for making the manger"  (Kashi Cinnamon Harvest)
-vegetable: peas
-drink: apple juice
-toy - "my Transformer that I got for Christmas"
-TV Show (or in our case, video, since we have no cable) - Drummer Hoff (from the Scholastic Series)
-game: Hungry, Hungry Hippo
-book: Limu, the Blue Turtle
-restaurant: "Pita and Hummus" (Cafe Medi)..."oh, the Mac & Cheese Place, too" (Central Market Cafe)
-holiday: "Christmas Eve. Christmas, too."
-animal: Hippo

If you could change your name, what would you choose? Superman

What do you love about each person in our family?
-Daddy: "that he's feeling better; that he's my special daddy; eating Snickers with him"
-Mommy: "that she's my special mommy; playing hide and seek"
-Libby: "playing peek-a-boo with her, eating macaroni with her"

Where would you like to go on vacation this year? Hawaii

What are some of your wishes for this year?
1. "Yummy surprises for good girls and boys"
2. "to learn how to put my Transformer together"
3. "wish to see God"
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