Monthly Archives: June 2011

Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads and grandpa’s out there.

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We had a fun time this Father’s Day. Unfortunately for Brian, it had a bit of a rough start. He didn’t get much sleep at all because Picco was sick and he was up with him half the night. I worked Saturday night so that meant that Brian had to watch Cameron (and Picco) for several hours while I got a little bit of sleep. My dad, who got a shiny new grill for Father’s Day, invited us over to celebrate the day with my grandparents and his famous steaks.  While the steaks were cooking Brian, Cameron & Forrest decided to cool off in the pool. Cameron absolutely LOVED the pool which I find incredibly scary. She has no fear at all and would just walk right into it. I have been having nightmares about this for the last 2 weeks. Brian & I are seriously considering swimming lessons or water safety classes for her now.

Anyway, it turned out to be a nice day and we made it home before dark and were able to spend more time playing with Cameron before getting her to bed and then going to bed early ourselves. Brian needed the sleep. Poor guy. He really works hard to wear her out on the weekends while I’m working and does such a great job. Cameron absolutely adores him. I couldn’t be luckier to be married to a man so devoted to his daughter.

 

Splashing in daddy’s face.

 

So much fun!

Happy Father’s Day, Brian. We love you so much.

18 months!

A year and a half.

Growing like a weed. Time is flying by. I cannot believe that it’s already been 18 months since she was first placed in our arms. It’s going too fast. We are seeing glimpses of the little girl she’s becoming and we are so proud. We can’t imagine our life without her. She’s absolutely perfect in our eyes. If I could have one wish, it would be to keep her safe, protected and innocent and happy, for the rest of her life.

Another month brings more changes. More words and more personality. And lots more laughter.

We made a visit to her pediatrician for the 18 month checkup. No shots this time, yay! These are her stats.

Weight: 22 lbs 8 oz  (around 25th percentile)

Length: 31 1/2 inches (around 40th percentile)

He said she looks great. She’s met all the appropriate milestones for her age and passed the autism screening with flying colors.

Every day she’s attempting new words. It’s beginning to be too many to remember. These are new ones that I can think of..

New words: “Uh-oh”, slide, swing, nice, cute, toot, bike, cheese, please, burp, peepee, poopoo, duck,

She’s developed quite an interest in things her body can do. Including taking huge strides in the potty training department. She is now telling me when she has to go and is usually excited to go sit on the potty. Sometimes she tells me as it is happening. She gets so excited when she goes on her potty and gets to see what she’s done and tell it bye-bye as we flush it away. She is still waking up with wet diapers from naps and bedtime so I’m not sure we’re quite ready to take the full potty training plunge but it’s definitely nice to see her getting acquainted with the potty and recognizing what is happening. We’ll see what the next month brings. Who knows, maybe we will have her potty trained by the time her sister arrives after all. I certainly didn’t anticipate this.

New signs: blanket, bubbles, rain, cracker, hot, cold

Favorite things: balloons, shoes, balls

I think what’s impressed me most in the last month is her ability to use words and phrases like in appropriate context. She is identifying correctly hot vs cold objects and even says and signs “hot” when she’s outside and feels the hot air. She shocks us time and time again when she uses the correct word or expression for when something happens. For example, she says “Uh-oh” when she drops something, “Sorry” when we bump heads, “Go go go” when she wants to run fast, “whoa!” when she sees a balloon floating high.  She has started using 2 word phrases like “No Mama” and “Bye Bye Nana” and “Night night boy”. Brian and I are also amazed by her understanding of what seems like complex phrases and commands from us. We are just getting to the point where she can now be reasoned with. For example, she loves to brush her teeth but insists on doing it by herself. Well this means, of course, that she just sucks all the toothpaste off and chews on the brush– hardly doing much for getting her teeth clean. I have tried several times to brush for her but she fights it and gets very upset. Well recently, I started telling her that if she lets mommy brush her teeth for her then she can brush by herself and then she will get a sticker. After just saying this once, she happily says “Ahhhhh!” for me and opens her mouth, letting me brush those little chompers without a fight!

She might have been able to respond to these sorts of things sooner but I think Brian & I have had to do a lot of growing as parents lately. We still see her as our baby. We still cut her food into tiny pieces. We still love to feed her. We don’t talk to her like she’s a baby but I think we’ve just started to make the transition to seeing her as a little kid now. She CAN understand us. She CAN comprehend getting rewards for her actions. She desires to please. She loves to be challenged. There is more to her now.

She’s doing a lot of mimicking lately. She will copy just about anything we do. Dancing, walking backwards, whistling, burps (thanks Brian), sounds, running in place, sitting in big girl chairs. She loves to “clean” things. She gives the dogs commands. One funny thing she does is when I put food down for the dogs she will go between the two of them, taking food out of one dog’s bowl and putting it in the other dog’s bowl and then vice versa. It’s as if she’s making sure that they are even.

This month has brought about a new challenge: climbing

She wants to climb in and out of everything! We knew it was coming but definitely were not prepared. She’s a skilled little girl when it comes to climbing onto things.

Here are some pictures from the last month.

Another example of her mimicking. This time she is copying how Daddy sits in his computer chair. I can’t blame him though. His legs are too long for his desk. Funny to see on a little one though.

Was desperate to get the hair out of her face that day and figured we might as well make it all match!

Somebody thinks she’s too big for a booster seat now.

The day before she got hit with her 103 fever for 3 days. Such a sweet girl.

Snuggles. Nap time is my favorite time of day. I love love love cuddling up with her.

Sleepy girl holding on to her blankie.

Sweet Eyes!

Can’t wait to see what next month brings! Thanks for reading!

Cam’s First Road Trip

We waited 18 months before taking any sort of significant road trip with the little one. It seems like such a long time but we just couldn’t imagine how we’d entertain her for hours on end in a car. Not to mention, we haven’t had the time or reason to go anywhere for more than a day trip. We went to Louisiana to pick up Picco but left Cam at home because it was 6 hrs there and 6 hrs back.. all in one day.

But the opportunity recently came about for us to take a weekend trip to Dallas for a family reunion. Because of my position at work (I am required to work every weekend) I didn’t think we’d be able to go but I got lucky and was able to have the weekend off! This was my first in over a year.

Initially, Brian and I were both dreading the thought of driving 5 hours with a toddler in the car. We wondered if we should drive at night while she was sleeping or if we should strategically plan the trip around her nap time. Someone, and I can’t remember who, was nice enough to educate us on the secret to road trips with kiddos. DVD players. Of course!! Why didn’t that ever occur to us?? She LOVES to watch Baby Signing Time at home. It would only be natural for her to love to watch in in the car too!

And what a monster we created.

She was fabulous for the trip there and back. She watched all four volumes of Baby Signing Time for hours on end. Feeling guilty about the amount of tv she was watching (and feeling like we were going insane from hearing the same songs over and over) we tried to turn it off for some time to give her, and us, a break. This didn’t go over well at first but she was easily distracted with other things and eventually settled down for a little nap.

We were so pleased with how peaceful the trip went. Now we just need to work on getting that DVD player OUT of the car so that for every day driving she will not expect it.

We were excited for the opportunity for a change of scenery for Cameron. She’s never spent the night anywhere except our house. She did great at the hotel. She did great eating what was given to her. She did great sleeping in a different bed. She did great socializing with family. And she did great with the total change in routine. She was completely exhausted but still such a great sport. I can tell this girl is going to be fun to go on vacations with.

The family reunion was lots of fun. It’s my grandmother’s side of the family including all of her siblings (there are 5 of them total) which are all still living and in great shape.

My grandmother and all her siblings.

From left to right: My grandmother, Uncle Kenneth, Aunt Lorraine, Uncle Roger & Aunt Doris.

Not the greatest picture but this is my family. Only missing Taylor.

This is our family’s youngest generation, including 2 babies in the oven still. Yep, I spilled water on my belly right before the picture.  It’s big enough to get in the way now.

It was great to see so much of my family and spend the weekend with my parents, grandparents & brother. The reunions are only every 3 years so it was nice that my family got to meet Cameron.

Keeping Cool

It is HOT in Houston, Texas! Summers here are always scorchers but this one seems exceptionally hot. Maybe it’s the lack of rain.. or maybe I say this every year. Either way, we have been looking for ways for Cameron to get her playtime outside without it being unbearable for all of us.

We picked up a fun water table for her which has proved to be lots and lots of fun. Even the dogs enjoy it. 🙂

And then..

Aunt Joanie left a surprise for Cam at Grandma and Grandpa’s house!

A pool!

It’s such a fun pool! It is very soft, provides shade for her and even sprays water up to play with!

She had so much fun! She wants me to fill it up and let her get in every time she goes in the backyard.

“Splash Splash Splash!”

“Water!!!”

“Cold!”

Cause my little boy is just too cute not to share. He loves to be outside with us.

“Yum!”

 

Refreshing juice for a toasty little girl.

 

Thank you so much, Joanie, for the new pool! Cam loves it!