Thursday, April 23, 2015

My "big" 2 year old

Since I don't blog anymore, through the power of the internet, my child has gone from being one to two in a hot minute!  In reality, it feels that way.

I know every parent thinks their kid hung the moon, but she really is just so great.  Sure, she tests us at times, but for the most part, she is super obedient, sweet-natured, helpful, polite, and just fun.  I mean, the kid has a knock knock joke already!  My good friend and new-ish blogger, Jen at The Champagne Supernova, would be so proud.  If anyone is actually reading this, check out her blog.  You won't be disappointed.

She's still a petite thing... 24.5 lbs and 33.5" at her 2-year appointment (25-50th percentile), but her head is 75th percentile.  A far cry from her head measurement at birth which was so narrow thanks to my abnormally small pelvic opening that it didn't even register on the curve.  Sorry about that, nugget.  And sorry to your sister who will hopefully fit through but with an equally alarming initial head shape.  She still only has 12 teeth but we're definitely working on a canine or two and maybe getting ready for the two year molars.  She finally has hair, though it's still a bit of a mullet.  The top and sides are growing, but they haven't caught up with the growth that happens in the back, so she's had several home haircuts.  I think it's time to take her to a professional for a cute bob or something.  She can rock some adorable pigtails though!

Lots of tidbits on Greer as a 2-year old:
  • She talks up a storm (no surprise being my child) and in sometimes surprisingly full sentences;
  • has a love/hate relationship with the dogs;
  • is a whiz at puzzles;
  • ends most of her sentences and phrases with an escalating voice;
  • can tell you most colors but can color match anything;
  • loves stickers, bubbles and play-doh;
  • hates the sound of helicopters if we're outside and she's not holding onto someone for safety;
  • loves firetrucks and any big trucks or construction equipment;
  • loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, Curious George, and Elmo;
  • can probably use the iPad better than I can despite really limiting how much she is allowed to use it;
  • sings songs complete with motions;
  • loves baths and happily proclaims/questions "bath night!?" every night after dinner;
  • is super easy to put down for a nap or to bed (even asking for a nap sometimes); 
  • loves her pappy (paci, which she didn't start using until after she was 1... clearly I should have removed it from her crib but that's the only time she gets it) and stuffed animals;
  • LOVES to read;
  • eats pretty well most of the time (veggies are hit or miss but she loves broccoli (aka: brocky), green smoothies and sometimes salad);
  • mostly knows her ABCs (misses a letter here and there) and can count as high as her mid-teens that I've heard;
  • is starting to truly understand the concept of counting things but that's not consistent yet;
  • loves people and has become quite outgoing, and
  • she just lights up our world!
I think she's going to be a great big sister, and I can't wait to see her in that role.

Friday, April 17, 2015

An open letter to my daughter...

(My second daughter, that is.  Surprise!  I'm pregnant with #2 and due in early May.)

Sweet girl.  You still do not have a name.  I have not taken weekly pictures of my growing belly.  In fact, I barely have any pictures of my belly.  Most of your clothes (and everything else) are hand me downs from your big sister.  You don't have a nursery, as you and Greer will share a room and you'll be floating between mommy and daddy's room and the guest bedroom until we get Greer comfortable in her big girl bed and you're sleeping through the night so you two can have slumber parties.  I have not had baby showers (though I am having a tea to celebrate you tomorrow and work is throwing me a shower next week!).  We still have quite a few things to do at home to get ready for your arrival (and I have plenty to wrap up at work).

Life is busy, sweet girl.  Mommy and daddy both have demanding jobs, your big sister and doggie siblings are demanding of our time, mommy's extracurricular involvement in way too many things keeps me running crazy, I don't have time to read blogs (except when I'm having pregnancy induced insomnia), and I haven't had time to write one either.  It is a much different time and experience as we prepare for you.  But, let me tell you this.  I knew I would love your sister.  But, I didn't know how much.  I knew my life would be better than it was before her, but I didn't know in what ways.  (I also know the hard times we might face, and that's okay too... I know everything is a phase!)

But with you sweet girl, as I sit here typing and feel you hiccuping in my belly, I feel as much wonder as I did with your sister.  I feel as blessed and as lucky to be your momma.  And, I already love you more than I did at this point with her, because I now know the capacity of my love for you as your mommy.  Your daddy and I are so excited to bring you into our family.  We have wanted you since before you were formed by God (in a petri dish, much like your sister, and then in my womb), and we have loved you since we first knew you were a possibility.  Our love and anticipation for your arrival has only grown along with my belly... and our hearts.  We cannot wait to meet you and see the excitement and new dynamic that you will bring to our family.  Having a sister myself, I am so incredibly excited that you and Greer will be blessed with each other as sisters and friends and pray that your relationship will be one of love, admiration and respect, despite the differences I know that you will have.

So, my precious soon-to-be second born, while our preparation for you has been so different from the first time we did this, it is not because we love or want you any less.  If anything, all of the emotions are greater knowing how much you will bless all of our lives.  I cannot wait to see your face and hold you in my arms and learn your features and personality (and finally decide what you will be named!).  I cannot wait to see the bond you form with your daddy, who I have to tell you really loves having a daughter and is quite excited about another, and with your sister.  I think I will hold you a little tighter and kiss you even more (if that is possible) than I did with your sister knowing how quickly the time flies by and how quickly you will grow.  You will be here oh so soon and our lives will be so much better for it.  I cannot wait.

With my whole heart,
Your Momma

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greer's First Birthday

We had a pretty low key party for Greer's first birthday.  Daddy smoked a pork butt, and we had baked beans, cole slaw, fruit, and cupcakes!  In attendance were Grams, Aunt Brandi, cousins James and Brody, the Mardens, the Widmaiers, the Youngs, the Hortons, the Bachmeiers, and the Haliburtons (minus Anne).  It sprinkled on and off, but it didn't spoil our fun.  Greer LOVED her cake.  So thankful to "Aunt" Jenny for capturing the party for us!  And to my awesome friends for sticking around after for an impromptu birthday celebration for moi (Greer's party was on my birthday)!


So, I guess you could say life has gotten in the way and ye ol' blog has suffered.  Nothing to fear, we're living it up!  Greer is almost 15 months old.  She walks, she talks, she's a little human.  I took a new job... less money, more work.  Why, you must ask!?  Well, let's just say that it is for a project that is changing Atlanta for the better and making waves in the urban planning realms.  We just won a big international award!  But, I don't like to mix work and interwebs, so that's all I shall say about that.  I feel like other than the change that comes with having a growing child and my job situation, not much else has changed in the last six months or so since I updated this blog of mine.  Which is a good thing!!

I just spent about 30 minutes reading my posts since Greer was born, and I feel bad for not keeping up with it.  I do love the milestone tracking, and while I track things in a baby book, it's certainly not this comprehensive.  So as much as possible, here's a catch up!

Greer got her first tooth somewhere around 10 months and her second around 11 months (see how quickly one forgets... thankfully I have this written down but not handy!).  So, when I go back and read that she was "teething" at 5 months, it makes me chuckle.  She now as four teeth with the second two breaking skin on her first birthday.  Then one grew and one just hung there.  But, now she has four full fledged teeth and no others!  She took her first steps just after her first birthday but really started taking off walking when she was 13 months old.  Now, it seems she's on the verge of running... I know that's a ways off, but she moves pretty quickly.

She says (or says some variation) of the following words - mommy, daddy, dog (sometimes dah), doggie (sometimes doddy), hiiiii, bye bye, please (usually sounds like meee or mememe but sometimes peas), thank you (comes in different forms, usually just ta or ta-tou), baby, peek-a-boo (pee boo), ball (bah), book (booh), Max (mah), Maddie (sometimes comes out mammy), uh oh, whoa (in context, which is funny), ow, oooh (also in context usually), hot, etc.  Typical first words.  We try to get her to say her name, which is apparently "dooh" or something like that.  Close kid, close.  She hasn't said no back to me, but girlfriend will shake her had and wave her finger "no no no"... I didn't even realize I was doing that to her, but I obviously do!  She signs more and all done, though she's also starting to say those words on occasion (mo and ah-dah).

She loves to wave, clap her hands and say yay, throw a ball, sing, and dance.  We have one of those small, bluetooth speakers and she LOVES to hold it when it's playing music, like freakout meltdown if she cannot hold it kind of love.  She also loves to play the xylophone and the piano at Mr. Craig's.  I hope this means she got my dad's musical talent.

One of my favorite games to play with her is "what does a ____ say?"  She has learned dog (obvs), kitty cat (which is pretty hilarious sounding), owl (my favorite), cow, monkey, lion (this is still pretty new), sheep, daddy (toot noises... blame me for this one!), and I may be missing one or two.  Daddy is trying to teach her "blah blah blah" in response to, "what does mommy say?"  We do actually love each other.  ;)  He also taught her that it is HILARIOUS to poke her baby doll in the eye, so she does it repeatedly and says "owwww."  It's all fun and games until someone gets their eye poked out.

She also loves to wrestle and is really starting to play now.  It seems that happened in the last few weeks where she can entertain herself for quite awhile playing, which includes opening cabinets and drawers (safe ones, of course... bad stuff is locked up).  The tupperware cabinet is a big hit (she loves stacking/sorting and taking lids/caps on and off), as well as the cutting board and sheet pan cabinet, particularly the splatter screen and muffin tin.  Good times.  Craig told me that she can go up the toddler play structure at our park and slide down the slide.  I mean, what?  I cannot comprehend that for some reason.  It is so amazing at this age to watch their reasoning and cause and effect skills come together.  Also, clearly I need to take her to the park more often.  She goes pretty much every day with Craig, so we don't go as often.  What we do visit frequently is the pool.  She is not a fan of being confined to a float or a life jacket or water that is remotely cold.

We were down in Jacksonville in May for a wedding and went to the beach, which she LOVED.  The ocean was still pretty chilly, so I was certain that when I walked her to the water and put her feet in, she'd recoil and hate it.  Wrong.  The waves were coming in pretty good, and she thought it was the BEST THING EVER and kept wanting to walk further out despite getting hit hard by waves.  I was not surprised, however, that she loved playing in the sand.  All that makes this Florida girl happy happy happy!  We have a beach vacation this summer in a warmer water climate, so I can't wait to see her enjoy it again.

She has become a terribly picky eater.  It's annoying.  But, I also hear very normal.  For example, I bought her these spinach bites that have potato in them... they basically taste like a tater tot and are quite yummy by my estimation.  Won't touch them.  Oh, but if I dip them in plain yogurt, then she eats them!?  What!?  Weird kid.  So, we are getting creative with how we sneak vegetables, but I make sure I offer them to her constantly in hopes that she'll change her mind one day (and on occasion, she does).  She'll still usually eat meat and fruit, though one day she likes something and not the next.  Such an adventure.  My payback for bragging about what a good eater she was at first.  Parenting, it's so humbling.

I am sure there's so much more to say... a lot happens in six months.  It's certainly not all rainbows and unicorns, but we are beyond blessed and so thankful for our nugget.  She is so much fun and keeps us on our toes.  Before she turned one, I couldn't say this but I am ready for another though I really do understand now when parents say they can't imagine loving another child as much.  My baby is growing up and it's happening far too fast.

Greer, you will never know the depths of our love for you... at least until you become a mommy yourself.  You are a joy to us, and the love that I have for you gives me a tiny glimpse at how God loves us.  I pray that above all else, you know the love of your Savior and you live your life in a way that brings light and love to others, as you bring so much light and love to Mommy and Daddy.  As big as you will grow, you will forever be our little nugget, nuggey, peanut, and baby.  Be well and do good, sweet girl.

And now, picture overload... (mostly in order except for monthly pics)

Not a fan.

Please note, the bottle was empty and she was closely supervised.  ;)

NYE party animals.

Snomageddon '14 (aka: snOMG, Snopocalypse, Clusterflake, etc.)

Birthday girls!  Greer's 1st and my 30-something.

This girl loves icecream.  Who doesn't!?
Easter 2014 with good friends!

Mother's Day 2014

Easter 2014

Baby snuggles before getting on the plane to Jax.

First time seeing the Atlantic.

She couldn't be bothered to put down her spoon of baked beans to take a pic with Daddy on Father's Day.