Thursday, June 28, 2007

11 Months Old

Only one month to go and she will be a one year old. She will be ONE! I still can't believe it. She woke up some time after midnight last night and as I was rocking her I sang "Happy Birthday" to her. She just smiled so big. Such a sweet little thing.

I found another tooth on Tuesday. Yes, that makes 11 teeth. It completely caught me by surprise. It's a top molar on the right side. I don't know how she does it and still keeps a smile on her face. Her hair is growing so fast. She actually has hair now and it even blows in the breeze. I love to see that! She's been having a few tummy issues this past week with diarrhea and LOTS of poopy diapers. She had her first ever diaper rash but it is much better now even though the pooping contiues! Otherwise, she seems to be feeling fine. She has not had a fever and is eating and drinking fine.

Her daddy bought her an early birthday present the other weekend. It's a baby grand piano toy that she just LOVES. She stands in front of it and dances and it is so cute. We got some video but our computer at home is on the fritz so I have not downloaded it yet. I'll add it to the post later so you can see how dang cute she is playing with it.

Mia is spending the night with her GranE tonight and staying with her all day on Friday. I am going to miss her and I am even starting to chicken out. I'm sure I will barely sleep a wink because I will be missing her so much and wondering if she's sleeping well or if she's keeping her GranE entertained into the wee hours of the morning.

Happy 11-months, Mia Pia!!

Sunday, June 24, 2007

First Steps

Mia took her first unassisted, big girl steps today. I was so excited and so proud of her. Her daddy made the prediction this morning that today would be THE day and it was. All morning she had been letting go of furniture and our hands and just standing my herself to play with or investigate whatever object was within her reach. She was standing at the coffee table, banging on it, and I was sitting on the floor near her. She let go and took two very balanced steps and I don't even remember what I said but I know I was very excited. I was trying to get Clay's attention so he could at least see the second step but he thought my gasp was for something else. At least I didn't scare Mia with it. It isn't really an event you can be prepared for so there is no picture and no video. But, there will be many more steps to come so I'm sure we'll eventually get some video.

Since I really like to put a picture with every post you can enjoy these. They were taken a few weeks ago when we attended a USC baseball game. Mia got to meet her favorite bird! USC's mascot, Cocky, is really big and I fully expected him to scare her but her reaction was just the opposite. He posed for pictures with her and she was sad and cried when he left. She loves that bird.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Happy Father's Day

Father's Day was nice. Daddy got new socks, a new belt and some chocolates from Mia. The three of us took Grandpa and met Uncle Danny at Longhorn's for lunch. It was tasty as always. Mia ate salmon, steak, veggies, and some sweet potato. Even had a little bit of some apple caramel dessert topped with vanilla ice cream we had at the end. By the way, Mia officially has 10 teeth now so she had no trouble at all with the steak. :)

She was her usual flirty, friendly self and making everyone smile. We are so blessed! Afterwards, we spent a little time at home with Grandpa and then headed out to Papa's where we ate MORE steak and took a boat ride.

We stopped at a point to visit one of Papa's friends who has a very, very tiny lakehouse. It was cute. Mia enjoyed walking in the grass and feeling it between her toes.

We also stopped by a piece of lake property that Clay and I are interested in possibly purchasing. The house is smaller than what we are in now and needs lots of work, but it could be worth it just to have the lake property. We are thinking we could build something else in it's place several years down the road. Clay has already planned all of Mia's birthday parties in the covered picnic area that is near the dock. There is a fabulous screened porch on the back overlooking the lake and that is my favorite part.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Time for a baby gate

Man, she is so smart and figuring everything out. Here she is climbing the stairs. Luckily, she only got up the first step.

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Little Miss Busy.

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Playing in the kitchen. I think she really wanted to climb into this drawer with the pans. Before I started the video she was banging them and having such a great time. Btw, that rackety noise in the background is the dishwasher.

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And finally, one of my favorite pictures from her playing in the kitchen. She looks like a little bulldog. LOL!

Monday, June 04, 2007

The riverwalk

She woke up bright eyed at 7:30 this morning. She had breakfast and then her Grandpa came over to visit. Can you believe I did NOT take a picture of them together, yet AGAIN! Oi. Mia had a good time with her Grandpa but was showing signs of being sleepy so Grandpa left so she could settle down for a nap. Ah, what a joker she is. When I finally did get her to sleep she only slept for 30 minutes. I think she is about ready to give up the morning nap but I keep trying because she shows signs of being sleepy. I really wish she could talk sometimes. :)

By the time she wakes up it's lunchtime so we have some lunch. She's been eating pretty good the last couple of days even though I know her new toofies that are coming in are really bothering her. I thought a good walk outside might be good for her but today was a warm one. The neighborhood is nice for walking with the sidewalks and all but there just isn't enough shade. So, we packed up and went down to the Riverwalk. It's so pretty down there and nice and shady for the most part.

Mia always enjoys being around other people and interacting. She makes a friend at every restaurant we take her to! There was a man at the river with his granddaughter. The man was kind enough to ask whether Mia is a boy or a girl before commenting how much she must be enjoying our stroll. How nice to ask something so simple rather than saying, "He must really love being outside!" It burns me up to no end when someone assumes she's a boy. Grrr.

Anyway, it was a rather hot day and I could feel my face getting very red so we called it quits and headed toward home. She fell asleep after about 10 minutes sowe rode around for a while. We are going through some real issues regarding her sleep right now so I take her napping how I can get it right now. She slept for an hour and with gas prices they way they are today, that was one expensive nap! We encountered a big afternoon thunderstorm which she peeked at but dosed right back off. It was over as quickly as it started and it was sunny again when we got home.

After dinner, Mia got ready for bed, Hawaiian jammies, and she played in her bedroom window for a long while. She likes to stand there like a big girl and talk to the trees and the bushes. She danced to me sing the shake your booty song. She loves to dance and I love to watch her. We played patty cake, she thoroughly inspected the Diaper Champ, then she started acting sleepy and climbing on mommy. We settled down in the rocker. She was nursing like a champ until daddy got home and she perked right up. 10 minutes later she was doing her karate chop at mommy which we think means she is trying to get your back was to her when she did it. She was ready for bed again. After much rocking, comforting, and holding she finally fell asleep just before 11:00. We are not sure what is going on right now but we are sure we don't want it to last long!

Friday, June 01, 2007

10 Months and a trip to Hilton Head Island

This post is a little past her 10 month birthday but Happy 10-Months, Baby Girl!!! Wow, she is such a big girl. She is crawling everywhere and pulling up on everything and trying her VERY best to walk. She has had more boo-boos than we like to count and they are all mostly on her poor noggin'! God made babies heads hard for a reason. The boo-boo cries are just heartbreaking but she is comforted quickly and on to the next adventure. She has recently discovered the stairs and we are going to need to make a baby gate purchase pronto.

Tooth number 10 is still trying to make its debut. She learned 'dada' over the weekend but I haven't heard much of it since. So far I've heard her say 'mama', 'bye', and 'dada' but she doesn't use them often. Sometimes I think she is saying 'hi' or 'hey' but I am never completely sure. She may have a very limited vocabulary but she has no problems communicating her needs and wants.

We had a wonderful time in Hilton Head this past weekend. The weather was absolutely perfect. Mia was definitely aware of the fact that she was not home and didn't sleep that great, but her sleeping habits have improved greatly since we've been home. We had a nice weekend and just took it easy. Went to the beach one day, took a nice walk one night and just chilled out. We didn't make it to the pool but figured there are so many pools in the family, it was no biggie.

I'm sure there was more I wanted to say but am drawing a blank at the moment. I had a hard time choosing only a few pictures so enjoy all the pictures and the video a the end. Have a good weekend!

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