Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Once again time has gotten away from me. We're at the end of June and this is my first post of the month! Rose has had a lot of adventures this month, which you can get a taste of in the photos and videos that follow. She had her 15 month appointment last week - 21 pounds, 31 inches. I think this puts her near the 50% for height and 30% for weight. She continues to be a ton of fun (and sometimes drama). You'll see that she is working hard on perfecting her walking and other motor skills - and developing her vocabulary. Though the latter is mostly of her own invention. For some reason I can't upload all the videos on to this post, so I'll follow up shortly with some more action.
Here is Rose's first album cover.

And here's what was really going on. She was entertained by this wall for a good 20 minutes.


One of her new talents - spinning. 

Rose and Liam on a pool party play date.


Rose and Evan on a play date. 

She still loves Jamison Park. 

How many toys can I touch at one time?


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Merry Month of May

It's been a busy month of May! Not only has Rose had a lot of new adventures in the past month, but she has also become a bone fide toddler. The first week of May, Rose left all fours for good and entered the delightful and treacherous world of walking. This transition coincided with our trip to California to visit Nonni and Robert, much to their delight. Here is Rose strutting her stuff in sunny California.

Rose really enjoyed hanging out with Nonni and Robert and showing off her new moves. While in California, Rose also experienced her first dip in a pool and her first walk on the beach. Here are some pictures from the trip.

Rose has made some other transitions this month, too. She is now down to one nap a day, and has finally learned to make her naps last almost two hours and sometimes longer. At night she sleeps from 7pm to 7am, like clockwork (unless I've just jinxed us). She is able to communicate a lot through sounds and signs. She can talk about balls, birds, airplanes, trees, the potty, babies, shoes, flowers, water, dogs, cats, squirrels, Dada, and her favorite sheep. And she's able to understand even more. When I say, "Let's go change your diaper" she marches down the hall to her changing table.  Like her parents, she loves eating. Some of her favorite things right now are hot dogs, asparagus, peanut butter, scrambled eggs, oranges, tomatoes, pinto beans, cucumbers and salmon. Now that she's on the move, the apartment grows small quickly, so we're constantly looking for new adventures. If a stormy day keeps us inside too long, this is what happens:

Why is her shirt off? Because after she shoved a handful of her first taste of chocolate goldfish into her mouth and chewed it into a pulp, she spit the huge gooey brown wad all down her shirt in disgust. Why this face? Because she really wants to play with something she's not allowed to have - like a knife - and she doesn't understand why she can't.

So to avoid these moments, Rose and I have been on some fun adventures. Our go to activity, weather permitting, is to head across the street to Jamison Park to play in the water fountain. On the really nice days, it's a total zoo. But on the slightly overcast days, it's perfect.

Here's a funny one of Rose accidentally dunking herself.

To counterbalance the urban environment of our neighborhood, I've taken her to Forest Park a few times to walk on the hiking trails. We don't get very far yet, but we're working on it. Water continues to be her favorite thing right now, so she is drawn to the river and the waterfalls. And not so interested in the flowers or trees.

I'm happy to report that after spending last weekend at Grandma and Grandpa's, Rose seems to have overcome her aversion to grass. I wouldn't say it's her favorite thing, but she is willing to walk on it and doesn't cringe and squeal when she falls down.

And I'm ecstatic to report that at her quarterly hip check-up, Rose got a good report. Dr. A said her hips "look more normal than they've looked so far." "And that's a good thing?" - I asked nervously. "It's a great thing!", he emphatically replied.

I'll leave off with some other pictures from the past month and some videos of what her walking looks like today.

At Jamison:

Making fish sounds at the fish picture on our apartment building:

Loving my first attempt at homemade meatballs:

Hanging out with her favorite buddy, Sheepers.

Here's a walk we do a lot to Tanner Springs Park to check on the ducks.

And here's her new trick - doing what mom does. Note the tongue at the end. Silly girl.