Friday, December 14, 2007

Highchair Hijinx

Evidence of Mia's new favorite thing to do!

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

I'm a big girl now!

For some time now, the first thing Mia does when I put her in the tub for her bath at night is pee pee. I put her in and she stands there for a second and pees. I thought maybe we should go ahead and buy a potty seat for her to put on the toilet and give it a try every so often before her bath. I bought a little Dora the Explorer seat a couple of months ago. She loves to point to Dora and Boots while she is sitting on it but she never would pee pee in the potty. BUT, tonight she did! I had just turned the water off and she walked to the cabinet and opened the door and pulled out her little seat. She walked right over to the toilet with it in her hand and proceeded to try to put it on herself. I helped and was all excited that she was doing this all on her own! I undressed her and took her diaper off and sat her on it. She had an audience because Clay was home and I think he was just as excited as I was. She sat there a few seconds looking at both of us and I was trying to coax her into pee peeing in the big girl potty. Clay finally turned the faucet on at the sink and the running water must have done the trick. She pee pee'd in the potty like a big girl! I was so proud! I think she was too. She's really growing up so fast.

In other news, Christmas is shaping up to be a special one this year. Mia is really enjoying the lights on the tree. We placed non-breakable ornaments around the bottom so when she does feel curious and takes them off, it's no biggie. She has a gift bag under the tree that is also filled with plastic Christmas balls that she is free to play with whenever she wants. She likes to hand them out when we have company over.

Monday, December 10, 2007

What a difference a year makes.

Christmas 2006

Christmas 2007

We made the trip to the mall last Saturday for a visit with Santa. Mia did great while we waited in line for about a half an hour to sit on Santa's lap. When we were next in line, Mia was waiting and smiling at Santa. Once we crossed the velvet rope she started clinging to me and let me know there was just no way she was sitting in that fat man's lap and actually smiling. We had them take the picture anyway. Yes, we may seem like cruel, horrible parents but we did it. To make me feel even more cruel and horrible I cannot help but laugh at this picture everytime I look at it. I hope we haven't scarred her for life.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Mia's Latest Adventures

We have quite the little adventurer on our hands. This morning we were getting ready for breakfast. I had pulled the highchair out from the table and she was playing with the straps. She has always been fascinated by them. Now that I think about it, she has probably been spending all this time figuring out how to get out of them when she's strapped in! I walked away for 2 seconds to get something out of the pantry. I walked back into the kitchen and looked in on her and she was STANDING in the seat of the highchair. I have no idea how she climbed up there because I didn't see it but it scared me half to death. My first instinct was to get her two feet back onto the floor or I would have snapped a picture. :)

Here are a few pics from Thanksgiving.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Big sister Mia

Mia is going to be a big sister! She is going to be the best big sister, EVER! The new baby is due on June 10th. It's an active little booger on the ultrasounds we have seen. All over the place and so different from Mia already! We are excited. I've been feeling pretty good and been doing very well with exercising in hopes of not gaining as much weight as the first time.

We hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. We traveled to Charlotte and had a great time and a great dinner as always. Mia traveled well and had a lot of fun. I haven't downloaded the pics yet but will update the post with some later. We are hoping to start decorating for Christmas this weekend. Ta-ta for now!

Friday, November 16, 2007

It's been a while....

I know it's been a long time since I updated so I will reward you with lots of pictures. Mia is doing great. She had a little cold but is fully recovered. She is working on the last of her molars but no new teeth have broken through. She is Miss Busy. I am officially a stay-at-home mom now and we are having lots of fun. We started going to the gym 3 times a week and I think Mia is starting to have a good time there with the other kids. It's getting cooler so our daily walks are dwindling down. It's so hard to believe that Thankgiving is less than a week away! This time next week we will be pulling down the Christmas boxes from the attic. Where does the time go. Enjoy the pics and have a Happy Turkey Day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Autumn? What's that?

Don't even get me started on how the temperature was 94 yesterday and we are well into the second week of OCTOBER. Here are some pictures from the weekend. We went to a family reunion, picked out some pumpkins and explored our devilish side. I have no idea why the last picture is so tiny. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Lordy, Lordy, Lordy

Mia is busy as always. She loves to plunder through my purse. Her favorite items being my cell phone and car keys. She likes to eat the keys. I have never understood why, but she has always liked chewing on metal objects. Yuck. She has been doing well lately. Her newest word, or should I say phrase, is Lordy, Lordy, Lordy. She picked that up from GranE. It actually comes out sounding more like lerdy, lerdy, lerdy and it makes me laugh every time she says it.

It's official. I am going to be a stay-at-home mommy. My last day as a full time employee will be November 2nd. I'm very excited. I will remain employed with the hospital as PRN. Maybe I'll return one day after Mia has started school. I am looking forward to devoting more time to her although I think it's going to feel strange not working. For a while, it will probably feel like I'm doing something wrong or playing hookey from work.

I managed to survive being away from Mia for 3 days while we were in New Orleans. And the only reason I did survive is because GranE gave me constant updates on Mia. Clay and I had a great time even though our team did not win. We had a fabulous dinner at my favorite New Orleans restaurant, Bayona. You really must try it the next time you are in NO. Bourbon Street is smelly as ever but I imagine it just would not be the same if it didn't smell.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Mia's Playground

Mia and I have been checking out the playgrounds all around town. This particular one did not have swings but we still had fun. She loves the sliding board and most of all she loves all the other kids. I was reminded how bratty and honest kids can be. One little girl came up to me and told me that Mia was too little to be there. Mia swatted at her and barely touched her and the little girl was whining that Mia hit her. Then the little girl started swinging on a bar next to where we had been playing and almost knocked Mia down. We left. Mia takes it all in stride and was not bothered by the little girl at all. Mommy on the other hand needs more practice at the playground and playing well with others. :)

Mia still loves the appliances. I have to watch her when I'm emptying the dishwasher now because she can climb onto the door. She likes to "help". She is the best helper, too!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Growing up so fast

I need to improve on my updates here, but who has the time! Miss Mia keeps me busy and I love it. She is getting into everything and it is so much fun. Shortly after returning home from Folly Beach, we took Mia to a children's museum in town called EdVenture. It is such a neat place. It is all hands on and encourages children to jump right in and touch everything.

There was a small section dedicated to toddlers, but the majority of the museum is geared towards older children. Mia had a lot of fun just being able to touch things and to be around all the people. We will definitely be going back. I can see her really enjoying it even more when she's a little older.

We attended my stepbrother's wedding a few weeks ago. The couple were married by the lake in the evening. It was hot but very nice. It was nearing Mia's bedtime but she was such a good girl and was happy to visit and be cute for everyone. She was so cute dancing with her daddy. I try not to think about her doing that at her OWN wedding. It is way to early to be getting all teary eyed about that.

Mia is doing great with her walking. It's amazing how far she's come in just one month. She is going from sitting to standing using only her legs with no assistance with holding on to anything. Babies are truly amazing. We are expecting her to start running any day now. LOL! We went out to eat last night and she walked all the way from the table to the truck. It was a bittersweet moment for mommy watching her big girl being such a big girl! And I can't forget to update about her many teeth. I discovered this morning that she now has 16 teeth. Yes, 16!! Her top right cuspid broke through Monday of last week and when I looked this morning, her left cuspid has also cut through the gums. People think she is older because of all of her teeth!

As you can see, Mia LOVES the stairs. We finally had to break down and buy a babygate to keep her from scooting up them all the time. Some of her other favorite playing spots in the house are the kitchen cabinets, specifically the "tupperware" cabinet. She really liked getting into the cabinets under the sink where the no-nos are kept, but we put cabinets locks on those and I received quite "the look" from her the first time she tried getting into those cabinets and could not. The still loves the fridge and the freezer and can now climb up onto the dishwasher door when it's open. I am starting to think we spend entirely too much time in the kitchen!

It is daddy's favorite time of year again: Football Season. Mommy got a new Under Armor (the most comfortable material!) shirt and Mia a new cheerleader outfit. She's the cutest cheerleader ever, if I do say so myself! Football season also means that she gets to spend more time with her GranE which GranE couldn't be happier about. The first game was last Saturday night and she even spent the night. I am still not sure how I am going to leave her for an ENTIRE WEEKEND in a couple of weeks when we go to NO. I will not even think about it.

That's about all I can think of right now. Oh yes, and she's getting so much more hair. It sticks up and I call her little fuzzy head. She ignores me and does not think it's as cute as I do. She is going to be quite the sassy handful. :)