Monday, June 23, 2014

Grace: 15 months

Our sweet baby is growing more into an active curious toddler. You have dropped your morning nap which took lots of encouragement from mom. You have filled this time with activity in the gym  nursery, swimming, and playtime with "bubba". Your vocabulary has expanded and more from the help of the men in the household. Grace, how was your day? - "good" and from brother: Ready, set, "go!".  You are good at following commands: "put that back, bring it to mama, out of your mouth, give it to dada, not for Grace, lets get brother, put that in your crib". You are curious of "dada's" comings and goings and will speak his name at the laundry room door or while peeking out the front window. You also say "dada" when passing grown men at costco or at school. You are fascinated by the refrigerator still and the non slip mats in the bathroom. You're proud that you can now open up the few unlocked cabinets in the kitchen to simply leave the doors open.  However, you do enjoy assisting with emptying the dishwasher, the utensils specifically. Your favorite toys are still the mardi gras beads which is hysterical to me. You love your brother's toys which is the only source of frustration on his end in y'all's relationship. You recognize the tv now and start dancing when you hear brother's shows. Just yesterday, you yelled "goooo" when world cup highlights came on. You like to assist emptying the utensil basket for the dishwasher and clearing out the dryer of its contents. You love that pink blankie of yours and reading books. You are demonstrating more climbing interests than your brother ever did. I'll blame this on tante. You have a sensitive GI system but maintain your easy going attitude despite what stick situations we might be in at the moment. You've started using a spoon and fork and are often covered in yogurt. You have an easygoing, fun personality which reminds the entire family to relax a bit more. And even though you're teaching Davis a lot about sharing, playing gently and having fun, you're still a little sister and look up to him, following him, mimicking and attempting to play with all those treasured toys. Our sweet baby Grace is growing so fast.

Weight: 20.14 (45%)
Height: 32.25 in (90%)
Head circumference: 18.5 (90%)
Diaper size: 3
Clothing size: 18-24 mos
Shoe size: 4
Words: mama, dada, "bubba" (brother), "mo" (more), good, pool, "yuv-u" (love you), "mel" (milk), "buh" (book), go, abby, "yelmo" Elmo and the inevitable "no"
Signs: milk, book, all done, more, eat, time for sleep, thank you
Favorites: reading books, swimming, playing with Mardi Gras beads, opening up cabinets, playing with older brother, dancing to music

Friday, June 20, 2014

Interview with a 4 year old

1. What is your favorite color? Blue and red
2. What is your favorite toy? Playmobil firehouse
3. What is your favorite fruit? banana
4. What is your favorite tv show? Chuggington
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch? Grilled cheese
6. What is your favorite outfit? Green (polo) shirt
7. What is your favorite game? Hide-n-seek
8. What is your favorite snack? crusher
9. What is your favorite animal? bears
10. What is your favorite music? Chillin’ It by Cole Swindell
11. What is your favorite book? Polar Express
12. Who is your best friend? Connor
13. What is your favorite movie? Cars
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside? Ride my bike
15. What is your favorite drink? Apple juice, Gatorade & lemonade
16. What is your favorite holiday? Christmas
 17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night? Lambie, Monkey and Oso, my blankie and my other blankie
18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast? Cheerios with bananas
19. What is your favorite dinner? Macaroni and cheese

20. What do you want to be when you grow up? Fireman and a Conductor

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Fun in Flagstaff for Father's Day

We had a little escape from the heat for two nights in June. We reserved a hotel room in downtown flagstaff. We enjoyed visiting their downtown and watching their train go by every 30 minutes. The highlight for sure for Davis.  We ran into lots of fellow Phoenicians up there each day. Saturday morning we ventured to Bearizona which is a 4 mile 'stay in your car' wildlife park. It was the perfect distance for Davis who is not interested in getting close and personal with animals. At the end we did walk around the small park which had baby bears and other animals like bobcats. The baby bears were the family favorite. The rest of the day we went swimming with friends at Pine Canyon Golf Club and finished the day with an early supper. We left the next morning to head back to celebrate Father's Day at home. And just in time for Grace to get sick.

Davis loved staying at the hotel. The little kitchen, personal telephone, his own bed, the maps and brochure stand by the concierge, the way his dad can schmooze the concierge into free snacks, the luggage cart.  He loved it and spent his car ride reading those maps and giving Dad directions.

Memory to note is Davis asking Andrew to go get ice cream. A ritual they do together. Andrew told him only if he paid, explaining that he could save his money and buy a toy or he could buy him ice cream. He flipped his piggy bank over and shook out $5 in change which they used to buy ice cream with sprinkles.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Conversations with a 4 year old

And to think, these are just the ones I remember to write down. Keeps me laughing and keeps all things in perspective. Love this kid.

Leaving for ice cream 
Davis: Mom, if Grace cries just go in her room. Got it?

Davis: Mom how long we gonna be gone?
Just two days.
Davis: Ok, we gonna sold our house?
Getting into the bath and examining his unmentionables

Davis: How'd these balls get in here?"
God put them there.

At trader joes pushing his cart, he stopped in the wine section 
Buddy c'mon!
Davis yelling: Mama, we need to get this wine for daddy!

Looking at my stretch marks
Davis: I did that when I was born?
Yes, when you were growing in my tummy. But it's ok, it didn't hurt. (Lie) 
Davis: Ok. I wanna be born again.

Holding a grape 
Davis: Mama, you make wine with this grape?
Not sure- maybe. We'll have to ask Auntie Lynz. She does wine for work. 
Davis: Ok. She can teach me about wine & I can teach her about race cars.

Passing me in the hallway
Davis: Mama, where's that thing that goes on my Johnson? (Referencing his tball cup protection) 

Holding a Q alphabet cracker
Q is for Quijano like what my name used to be. Now it's Medley, like yours. 
Davis: You lost your name?
We'll no- but when you get married you get the same name because you're a family.
Davis: Well I don't want to lose my name. (emotion setting in)
You don't have to. 
Davis: Well I wanna get married.
You can. 
Davis: Can I marry you?
No. You need to marry someone who's your same age, who likes to do the same fun things. 
Davis: Oh ok. I'll marry Makena then.
(Problem solved) 

And my forever cautious child understands what it means to warn the animals that we're coming when riding our bikes in the wash. 
But mama! You don't have a bell on your bike! So now daddy & I have to ring our bells when something is scary for you

And when we recently landed in New Orleans
Davis: And now we gonna get the minivan?
Yes, but we're not buying it. Its just for our trip.
Davis: Oh ok. This is so exciting, right?!

And when we were on our road trip
Davis: Are we in Mississippi yet?
Yes, we just got into Mississippi. 
Davis: Wow, it's so beautiful here now. Right?