Archive | December, 2011

Crazy Little Munchkin update

15 Dec

It has been a while since I’ve done a Clara update here, so I thought I’d write a few things down so I don’t forget.

– She is now wearing 18 month clothing.  Not because she needs the width… but she needs the length. Little munchkin is not so little anymore.
– There are these sweet little ringlet curls on the back of Clara’s head of hair.  I adore them, and I can only hope that they stick around for a while.  I’m a sucker for a blonde kid with curls.
– She’s still madly in love with Mr. Lion and Mr. Turtle.  They go everywhere with her.
– We are down to only using the binky in the crib.  When I get her up in the morning, I pick her up and tell her, “Binky stays in the crib.”  She will take it out of her mouth and drop in back in there.  Awesome.  Next, to get rid of it altogether.
– Dr. Seuss’s There’s a Wocket in my Pocket is her favorite book.  She particularly loves the page that says “Like the tellar and the nellar and the gellar and the dellar, and the bellar and the wellar and the zellar in the cellar!”
– She really loves knocking things over, and giggles inanely when she does.
– Outside.  That is where she wants to be.  She loves to run around and pick things up and try to eat sand, dirt, rocks, pinecones, acorns, or whatever other things she can find on the ground.
– Whenever we drive somewhere, she leans over so she can look out the front window from her car seat.  She really loves to see where we are going.  And often she will point at the other vehicles and say “car” or “truck.” She gets it right about 50% of the time.  And, in case you didn’t know, school buses are hilarious.
– She really loves the Frosty the Snowman song.  The other day we were in the car coming back from somewhere and she was freaking out in the back seat saying “boppy! Boppy!  BOPPY!!!” until Joel figured out that she was saying “Frosty.”  He asked her if she wanted me to sing that song, and she said yes and calmed down. So I sang it, and then all was right with the world again.
– Shoes are still a favorite.  She has taken to trying on my shoes and even Joel’s shoes.  It’s kind of hilarious.
– Also, she apparently has started to hide things.  I have yet to find her hiding spot.  Currently missing: 1 black glittery shoe.
– She has this little toy microphone that I got from Target’s dollar bin one day.  You know the kind – it echoes your voice and says for ages 3 and up (haven’t figured that one out yet).  But she absolutely LOVES it and walks around the house making crazy noises and singing.

– She knows the following body parts and can point them out: head, hair, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, chin, teeth, hands, fingers, belly button, belly, feet, toes.
– She is particularly interested in dogs, but only at a distance.  Our neighbors have some pretty cute little dogs, and she loves it when she sees them and gets all excited and wants to go over there.  But when we get there, she really doesn’t want to pet them.  When they come really close, she freaks out.  It’s kind of a hilarious little game.
– She still sticks that bottom lip out almost to the floor.
– She can make the animal noises for these animals: monkey, owl, birdie, duck, chicken, lion, bear, dog, cat… I feel like there are more, but I can’t remember right now.
– The word no now has more meaning to her.  And she has started to go after things she know she should have – and when we look at her, she wags her little finger at us and says, “nooooo!” Where did she learn the finger wagging??  I don’t think I do that….
– I would swear she is not my child if I didn’t give birth to her.  She is like her daddy in almost every way. A few people have told me in the past few weeks that she looks just like me.  But I’m convinced that’s just because they don’t know Joel.

Christmas, Christmas time is here

2 Dec

I always look forward to Christmas.  It is one of my absolute favorite seasons of the year.  I say seasons because I like for it to last as long as a season.  In fact, I propose that we add a new season to the calendar.  Spring, Summer, Autumn, Christmas, Winter.  That is how it should go.

But as much as I look forward to it every year, THIS year I am even more excited about Christmas.  Because this year, I get to see my daughter really experience the fun and excitement of the Christmas season for what is really the first time.  Her actual first Christmas was last year, but she was only 3 months old, and honestly, as cute as she was, she was still kind of a blob, and not very interested.  This year, she is pointing at lights, decorating the tree, gasping in delight at the lights on the neighbors’ houses, and talking to santa.  It really is SO much fun!

We’re planning to take her to see Santa for the first time, drive around to see the Christmas lights (where’s the best place?  anyone??), bake Christmas cookies, and any other fun holiday activities we can think of.  We are open to suggestions.

We’ll be doing traveling to see family, and participating in the Hein family Christmas celebration for the first time in a couple years.  We’re really excited about that!  There are still family members on that side (Joel’s family) that haven’t met Clara yet!