Monthly Archives: September 2011
|September 27, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
Our friends have a 4 year old and a 2 year old, and they told us that for the first couple of years you keep saying, “This is my favorite age!” every few months or so because the kids get better and better the older they get. More cognizant of their surroundings, more interactive with you and others, and their little personalities start to come out. Then they hit year 2 and it all goes to shit, but before that its so much fun! So far, I think they are right on.
Alice is 10 months and we are having SO MUCH FUN. The once elusive belly laugh now comes in glorious, uncontrollable spells when we least expect it. Accidentally make a funny face and you are rewarded with a belly laugh. Shake your head one too many times? Belly laugh. Bounce your knee? Belly laugh. Which, of course, makes us want to do it over and over again, whatever it is.
She’s headstrong (wonder where that came from) and she knows what she wants and how she wants it and isn’t afraid to tell you, in no uncertain terms, when you’ve gotten it wrong (again, no clue where she got that). Sometimes that gets a little frustrating, because we are dealing with someone who doesn’t speak English, but most of the time its really amazing to see how well she can communicate without words. We think she’s very smart (obv from me) and I think that helps.
We’ve dropped off on taking a bajillion pics of her lately and have only taken a million in the past couple of weeks. Mostly, I think, because we are enjoying her so much we forget to grab the camera and then think of it when its too late. I am going to make more of a concerted effort, though, because I already love looking at pictures from just a few months ago when it seems she was a different baby all together.
Last Friday we chased each other around the house and I had my camera handy and got these good ones:
|September 10, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
10 Months! Look at this girl. She’s huge!
Boobin, you are the sweetest, cuddliest, smiley-est baby I’ve ever come into contact with. You’ve perfected your scrunchy-face smile and you flash it ever 2.9 seconds to our immense delight. You babble with purpose, and its so clear that you are trying to communicate with us. I can’t wait until you figure out my language so I’ll know exactly what you are thinking.
We’ve really hit our stride as a family. We have a routine, one that works, and we all operate in a rhythm together that makes things go a lot easier than they used to. I enjoy every moment I have with you and some nights its hard not to go wake you up after you go to bed because I’d love just one more cuddle.
I finally let someone other than your Grandma put you to sleep while babysitting. My oldest friend Katie stepped up one night when we had UT tickets and Grandma was sick. When I expressed concern that she’d be putting you to sleep, something I never, ever let babysitters do (I always do it and then leave after), she put it to me straight: “Either it’ll go great and Alice will go to sleep, or she won’t and you’ll put her to bed after you get home.” Oh. I never thought of it that way before. Seemed not such a huge deal when she put it that way. It went great, though, and you went right to sleep, and we were so grateful to Aunt Katie.
You’ve developed a little crush on a boy at your school. He is a month older than you, a little smaller, and has white hair. He is gorgeous and you think he is sooooo funny. I will stand holding you and his mom will hold him and you look at him and laugh and laugh. You smile whenever you see him. Its very sweet.
You have started acting shy when anyone comes up to you, burrowing your head in my neck and then looking up to peek and smile before burrowing again. Its such a grown-up mannerism and it makes me laugh. Feeling your hands around my shoulders and your face in my neck is one of my favorite things in the whole world.
We are still nursing and I hope to continue for at least 2 more months. Nursing turned out to be such a gratifying and fulfilling part of mommyhood for me and I am so grateful we’ve been able to keep it up this long.
Your favorite book is, “That’s not my bunny” and your favorite toy is any bowl and a hand held jukebox. You also love your jumper and one of our favorite things to do is watch you bounce around in it, with your legs going as fast as they can and your face in a permanent smile. Its so, so cute.
We love you, sweet girl. You continue to fascinate and entertain us. We are so thankful for you and we are having so much fun being your mommy and daddy.
|September 8, 2011||Posted by Lisa under Uncategorized|
While watching the Boobin bounce up and down to the sounds of her music table…
me: I wonder if Alice is going to be an excellent dancer like me when she grows up.
G: I bet she will be, sweetie. And if she has my legs and your dance moves, we’ll have the next Tina Turner on our hands.
me: (nods in agreement)