Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Toddler Times

Rose has spent this past month really getting adapted to being a toddler in every sense of the word. We've had a lot of fun, a few tantrums, many new "words", some boo boos, and a couple of big transitions. Rose has moved up to the toddler room at daycare and seems to be stimulated and interested in the new challenges and activities. She is taking some time to warm up to the new environment - new teachers, less cuddles, etc. But she's thriving - coming home with new words and tricks everyday. Last week, her daily report said that she enjoyed doing yoga that morning. When I asked her: "Did you do yoga today?", she went into a down dog and said "yoya" with great enthusiasm.

Another big growing pain this past month was going cold turkey on bottles. We made the mistake of not really preparing her for this transition - the bottles just ceased to be available one day. And boy was she mad! When I would pick her up from daycare and hand her a sippy cup of milk for the walk home, she would throw it on the ground and chant/scream "NO" most of the way home. After about a week, she started to forgive me and accept that milk now arrives only in a cup, sometimes with a straw, but never in a bottle. Phew! I'm glad to be on the other side of that one, and happy to not have to wash bottles ever again (or, for at least 6 months).

Most of the time, Rose is a delight to be around. As long as I'm not in a hurry to get anywhere, we have a lot of fun around Portland together. Here are some pictures from the past month.

Rose likes to work on possible album cover ideas.

We spend many an afternoon at one playground or another - slides, swings and steering wheels are favorites right now.

These bike racks are also a big attraction in our neighborhood. They have cars, trucks and bars on them, how can you resist?

The zoo is another fun way to spend half a day. Rose and her Dad go to the zoo together on the weekends a lot. It's hard to tell who has more fun.

 Sometimes we just walk aimlessly or pick up leaves and spin in circles.

 I caught this proud look after Rose discovered this new trick. We spent about 20 minutes climbing up and down this standard bike rack. The simple things can be fascinating.

Leaves and parks...

And walking, walking, walking...

Friday, September 2, 2011

Picture Update

Since I'm not finding time lately to do a full blog update, I thought it would be a good idea to just post a few pictures from the past month so they don't get lost in the fray as more and more time passes. We've spent time with many friends and relatives over the last two months and I've seen a lot of great pictures taken of Rose. Unfortunately, it's pretty time consuming for me to download other people's pictures and post them, so (for the most part) you're stuck with the pictures on my iPhone.

Here's Rose at Tanner Springs Park. One of our favorite afternoon activities and only a block from our apartment.

 The next two pictures were taken by a friend at a weekend brunch.

 Here's Rose in Chicago outside Nana and Grandpa's watching the boats on the canal.

Rose and Grandpa out for an afternoon Kayak at Rainbow Lake in New York.

Rose and her buddy, Grady, playing at Sellwood Park.

Rose and a stick (which was used as a golf club and baseball bat interchangeably) at Forest Park on a "nature" walk with Mom.

Taking a rest during a daily walk around the neighborhood.

Rose and I went to the Children's Museum with Nonni. Here's Rose standing in as receptionist in the veterinary clinic followed by driving a bus. Busy day.

Rose really enjoys her new golf set that Grandma and Grandpa got her. Golf is definitely the favorite sport of the moment.

We spend a lot of afternoons at the local playgrounds. Rose loves swings, slides and meeting new kids.

Here's a video of Rose on her way out the door to somewhere very important.