Sunday Night

Sunday, September 23, 2012

We opened the windows a smidge tonight (smidge because no screens + wily cat). The weather was so lovely today, we spent a lot of time outside and enjoyed a neighborhood walk, even eating dinner al fresco.

This week shows highs back in the upper 80s (even a day of 91, blech), but for tonight, I've got pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in the oven, am enjoying my pumpkin candle, and plan to employ our down comforter tonight with glee.

The tiny baby continues to grow and we have yet to stage an official weekly belly photo shoot. Oops. People said this was how the second pregnancies go, and alas. They were right (I have been documenting with phone pics in the bathroom at work, though, every so often).

The bigger baby is full of energy and loves to play. Then she crashes...

Happy Sunday night. Walking Dead, here we come.

September can be sort of a mixed bag, but it's always the start of something good.

Things I Don't Want to Forget at 13 Months Old

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Juliette’s favorite word right now is “baby,” followed by “backpack.” Her other words are: duck, bear, nana (for banana and her grandmother, Nana), mock-mock (milk and/or her Uncle Michael), bot-bot (bottle), no (newest word), along with mama and when she so chooses, daddy. I’ve also heard her say “strawberry,” an attempt at “grandad” as well as an attempt at “grammy” and “Martha.” Tonight, she said "night night" and reached for her bed.

She likes to toddle around the house, most of the time toting her milk cup, and getting into things. Has just discovered unrolling the toilet paper off the roll and opening cabinets all the way (though we haven’t gotten into too many messes yet, our time at home is so short during the week). Right now, she loves pointing out a “baby” at every possible chance—a photo, a book cover, anything! She LOVES looking at books, and I often see her looking at books on the school web cam, by herself, just turning the pages. Delights me to no end!

A book AND a baby! 

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Favorite foods: bananas, puffs, cheese, fruit smoothies, anything carb really (like her mama). She is apparently one of the best eaters in her class at school, and will give anything a try.

Just moved to size 5 diapers, still wearing 12-18 month clothing, and some 18 month clothing, and size 5 shoes. Her Grammy & Grandad took her shopping (per Grandad’s request!) earlier this month for some shoes, and of course, they also came home with a stuffed monkey Grandad has named “Bill.”

She does fine with one nap/day at school during the week (around 2 hours), but is beat by 6:30 p.m., always asleep by 7, if not before, and sleeps til about 6:30-7 a.m. (The past few mornings, we have peeked in on her at 6:45 to see if she is stirring, and she has been standing up quietly in her bed, paci in her mouth, just waiting patiently. Ha ha!)  She takes two naps on Saturdays for us though, usually the longer one in the late morning, and then on Sundays a long afternoon nap after church (ha, all of us do!).

No more bottles (she weaned herself off of them), as she prefers her milk out of a cup. My (not-so-little) baby! That one tugged at the heartstrings. She also got her first little hair trim this past month, from Charlie's mom Anna. It looks so cute!

I am starting to realize how much she notices! She picked up my hair brush the other day and started “brushing” her hair with it. Ha! Also, she is becoming quite good at pointing to objects/animals in books or elsewhere, and has even pointed out the “bear” and "duck" on her hospital door sign hanging in her room, without any prompting.

We are growing more and more convinced that she is going to make a swell big sister (and I am praying daily for another baby who likes to sleep)!

Despite my protests, she is more and more little girl every day, less and less baby! But it is pure delight to watch. I just love her.

The Cool Weather Cometh

Monday, September 10, 2012

I could not be more excited to have enjoyed the beautiful, cooler weather this weekend! And the highest temp on the forecast for the next week is 88? We'll take it.

We jaunted off to Nashville this weekend to visit with our nephew/cousin Reason (and his parents of course), and his talented father Stephen snapped this photo on Saturday afternoon at a lovely park in Franklin, Tennessee.

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I know we will treasure this photo of the little cousins chatting for years to come (and I love how Amanda and I both have our mouths open--ha!).

Jules loved the "baby" (her new favorite word); this was not only heartwarming, but encouraging to her parents on the big-sister front.
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