Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
She talks in gibberish all day long and Troy and I hear her say lots of words. We've heard "dinosaur", "alligator", "garbage truck", and "pop pop" as well as small phrases. The other day, she held up a book and said, "This a book". What's funny about her gibberish is the facial expression and intonation that go along with it. She truly feels that she is communicating clearly and expects that everyone understands. Fortunately for us, she is happy with comments such as, "Oh, is that right?" or "Yes, I agree." She just wants to feel like she's part of the conversation. Her seriousness cracks me up. She will point and say something that sounds like "sha ba sha ba ta da pall?" Her eyebrows go up and the inflection in her voice tells us she is asking a question, so we usually answer her "question" guessing at what she said. It makes for a fun conversation!
I've taught Mia some sign language and she has caught on quickly. She can sign "please", "thank you", "more", "milk", and "juice". Of course juice is just her pointer finger waving up and down and not exactly in a "j" motion, but we understand her. I just love that she can communicate. She gets excited about it too. Now, when she sees Troy and I get any drink with a straw, she signs "please", so I've started ordering a cup of water with a straw for her so she doesn't feel left out. I just hope that her good habit of saying thank you carries over when she really does start talking!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
I did not change one single diaper, or feed Mia one meal, or even think about what she was going to eat. I didn't put her to bed for her nap (which I actually missed because cuddling with her for a few minutes before each nap is one of my favorite things). I was able to run errands, do some laundry, work in the garage, and take a nap that didn't have to coincide with Mia's nap. I feel well rested and accomplished. I even got the added benefit of playing with Mia just because I felt like it and not because I had to entertain her. She's even cuter when I don't feel like the responsible one!
To my surprise, my husband of the year even cooked dinner without pawning Mia off on me. When bedtime rolled around, he did his usual bath, teeth brushing, diaper change and story with Mia, but before he put her to bed he asked me to come into the bathroom to look at something. He wouldn't tell me what was going on, so, being a mother, of course my first reaction was, "What happened?" I was already picturing the vomit or blood, but instead I found a book, towel, warm water and candles. I was told that I could not leave the bathroom for at least 30 minutes!
I have never actually taken a bath with candles and let me tell you, I will do it again. Not only could I read the pages of my book more easily, but it smelled nice and was very peaceful. If you have not tried a candlelit bathtime experience, pencil yourself in for one. You won't regret it.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
For the last month we've encouraged Mia to walk, but she had only taken about 4 or 5 steps at a time. Then she would grab onto something or just sit down and crawl because that's easier and faster.
The last few days, Mia has decided that walking really is the way to go. She has been doing laps around the kitchen, the kitchen table, and the coffee table. She loves to just keep going! I love the way she holds her hands up in the air for balance. She has kind of a crooked walk with a slight lean to the right. After all our trips to Valley Children's Hospital this month, I've been assured that her hips are completely normal, so we'll just attribute her crooked walk to inexperience and assume she'll "grow out of it".
I enjoy talking with Mia even though she can't talk. She really does communicate well. She loves to say "yes" by nodding her head and her entire body with it. She shakes both hands violently if I try to give her food she doesn't want or like. My favorite thing of all is when I ask her if she wants to cuddle and she scoots in near to me and lays her head down on my arm with her "thumby" in her mouth and her left hand gripping her shirt. She really does love to cuddle. She even cuddles her animals and rocks and pats them.
Mia loves trucks. She waves at the garbage truck every Wednesday and points every time she sees a truck when we're driving in the car. She even has a baby board book about trucks.
The time this last year has really flown by. I'm amazed with what Mia can understand already. I don't think I could even list all the words that she understands because there are so many! It's fun to watch her learn and to see how excited she gets about new things. Today, Mia was pointing at the symbol on Troy's shirt, so he taught her the word "logo". Now if you ask her where the logo is on a shirt, she'll point to it. Leave it to Troy to teach Mia about advertising!
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My 30th birthday was perfect. Not only did Troy bring me flowers in front of 63 women at MOPS, but I got to spend time with everyone who is important to me. My mom, Jim and Paul, took me out to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner and we had a blast. I love any event that involves Uncle Paul because Mia is so entertained by him that I don't ever have to worry about her. I got to eat my entire dinner without interruption! Of course I ordered the most chocolaty cheesecake dessert that they offer, which was too rich even for me.
The next weekend was Clovis Fest and we took Mia to go see the balloons. She loved them and even clapped and danced when they took off. Later, we walked around the craft booths and then had lunch at Applebee's. After a long but friendly political debate between Jaime and I, with Nancy as mediator, we got ready for Roger Rocka's to see The Producers. Totally raunchy, but fun. It was nice to get out and have some time to talk and relax with my girlfriends. Paula ratted me out to the announcer and they announced that it was my 30th birthday and put the spotlight on me. Totally embarrassing and fun!
The next morning, we got up early (after being up late) to run the Cross City race. It was a perfect morning. Jaime and Chris took off fast and everyone else wanted to walk, so I ran the 2 miles by myself, but I didn't mind because it felt good. My favorite part was running without a jogging stroller (since Troy had Mia). I haven't been able to do that in a long time, and it felt very freeing.
After the race, we went to the Fresno Breakfast House. I LOVE their omelets! I've never gotten one there that wasn't perfect. The restaurant itself is kind of an odd mix of tex-mex decor and old lady floral wallpaper, but their food is always good. Karen was so thoughtful to bring "3" and "0" candles for my omelet.
That's about it. And, yes, I do feel thirty. It's strange that a number can really change how you feel. When I was little, I thought that 25 was old. When I was 25, I still felt like a kid in some ways. But 30 is different. I feel like a grown up now for sure, no doubt about it. Not old, or worn out, but grown up. I don't mind it, but it is different.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
30 is the best birthday!!!
Friday, August 22, 2008
Allison, Mia and I just got back from a long day of events. We finally decided to go and get our family pictures taken with Jerry McElroy. We had a great time and usually we would place a picture up for you to see, but he uses film. You know those cameras that don’t have a color view finder on the back? Yes, you have to wait a week to get the results. Anyway, we just finished our nightly rituals of giving Mia a bath, brushing her “teethies”, praying, reading a story, singing and going “beddy”. After leaving Mia’s room, I changed my clothes and walked by the kitchen. See Exhibit 1 (picture at the top of this blog). I know what you are thinking… we have just been robbed. Why else would all of the cabinets be open, right? No, we had not been robbed. This too is part of my nightly ritual of closing all of the cabinets that Allison has opened throughout the day. For some reason, Allison opens cabinets, but doesn’t shut them. What’s weird is that she doesn’t even know they’re open. One time, I asked her to go to the kitchen and tell me what was wrong. Every single cabinet was open (similar to the photo). She didn’t even notice the open cabinets, but thought I had swept the floor! It’s always good for a laugh!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Our little birthday girl was a little shocked to see so many people at our house when she woke up from her morning nap, but she got right into party mode after some lunch and a swim.She really enjoyed opening presents with Momma and reading the birthday cards. She likes to turn the "pages". Mia's favorite gift was this Radio Flyer ride on rocket from Grandma Jeri and Grandpa Jim. Uncle Paul spent the rest of the party pushing Mia around on the rocket and teaching her how to push on her own. Mia is definitely our child. She's not big on getting dirty, so we weren't surprised when she didn't dive right in. After a close call with the flame, she took off all the marzipan polka dots and broke off a small corner of the cake to feed to Momma. Because of the flame incident, my family stopped singing after the first verse of Happy Birthday. In our family we sing three verses, but Mia only got one on this day. Here's a picture of the cake everyone else ate. Aunt Heather did a great job!Mia let us know she was partied out by popping her "thumby" in her mouth. She lasted quite a while past her normal naptime, but did very well! Sunday, on her actual birthday, we did a little "redo" of the cake smashing with better results. Mia is still not the type to rub cake in her hair though. We also sang all three verses of the birthday song and she LOVED it! She smiled and swung her feet while we sang. She was enjoying it so much that we sang it twice more, all three verses! Here's a picture of the second cake smashing opportunity on Sunday afternoon.