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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Week 46

You had your first trip to
the Pour House deck for Dead Wednesday (as in Grateful Dead),
we met up with friends Jen & Mansel and their daughter Lily. 
Which was actually quite fitting, since  later that evening,
the band that we used to go see ALL the time on the deck, Shovels & Rope,
won the Americana Music Award for Song of the Year and Best New Duo!


Thursday night, we cheered on the Clemson Tigers
 as they defeated NC State to go 3-0 for the season!


The weekend brought projects and fun...
after being out of town for weeks after daddy started digging fence posts,
we finally rented a truck to bring the actual fence panels home!
He was able to install all the panels down the property line,
so now we just need to get the front built!


I was able to plant the flower boxes on the porch,
as well as pull some weeds and do some pruning out front. 
I also did another fun project over the course of the weekend,
but I'll get to that a little later!


On Sunday afternoon, after working hard all weekend,
we decided to have a little fun at the Carolina Green Fair.
It was a great time with 'birds of prey', food vendors,
live music and beer!


As for you sweet girl,
you are talking a lot more!
We thought your first word may be 'cat'...
since you say ca-ca-caaa, while pointing at Rudy.
But you can't say your "T's",
one word you definitely say ALL the time,
although who knows if you know what you are saying,
is GO! Go-go-gooo.


I'm trying not to hover.
Truly, I am.
And apparently it's good to let you explore on your own.
My fears are just that you'll eat the cat food, 
or figure out how to get that plastic cover out of the electric socket,
and if you don't shock yourself, you might possibly choke on said plastic.
Either way, I'm a hover-er.


Apparently letting you explore rooms on your own 
is supposed to help you "feel secure and independent" at this age.
(according to TheBump.com) 
I'll work on that. 

Now, on to the project I mentioned above!
I'm in full-on planning-mode for your first birthday.
And in a lot of the photos I've pinned on Pinterest (private board).
I've noticed several of them have painted antique highchairs.
Yes, we have a space-saver highchair that we LOVE,
and has served us well over the past 10 months,
BUT
I was at my favorite antique/thrift store... Attic Treasures,
and I happened upon a wooden highchair for $35!

I didn't buy it.
I thought about it for weeks.
I couldn't stop thinking about it.
And one day, I couldn't take it anymore,
and I rushed over, terrified that it would be gone.

The woman asked when I came in if she could 'help me',
and I told her what I was looking for, and she took me to it,
as if I didn't remember where I'd left it several weeks back!
Then she happened to mention that it was 30% off!?!

Adrenaline kicked in and I carried it from the far reaches of the back room,
up to the front of the store at top speed, up stairs and through sliding doors,
and after checking out for less than $26, I rushed it out to the car and threw it in the back
hurrying as fast as I could before they realized they had way undercharged me!


Anyway, I spent the weekend priming and painting 'the chair',
and I'm thrilled with how it turned out!


There were several reasons for leaving the tray the original wood...
1. I was hesitant to paint anything that she would be eating off of.
2. I like that the chair is actually the same tone/color of wood as the floors!
3. It's nice to have something of the original chair stay the same.
  
Of course the tray was the most worn (aka scratched),
but it doesn't really bother me all that much.

The rest of the chair is a baby blue.
Since we are doing a "You are My Sunshine" party,
the colors are primarily yellow, gray, and blue,
and I considered bright yellow for the chair,
but in the end decided to go with a nice neutral tone for our house.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Week 45

Most weeks when I'm preparing these weekly blog posts,
I keep a running list of all the things that happen, as they happen.
Such was the case with this week.
Can I just say that it seems like SO long ago 
that some of these things occurred!

Like the fact that even though we've had the Plum food pouches 
in our cabinet for what seems like an eternity,
I never actually fed you one, until this past week.
What the heck was I waiting for?!
What an awesome concept... 
simply squeeze food into your child's mouth.
No fuss no muss, and also easy for 'on the go',
not to mention crazy, fun flavors!


Big news is that you've moved into the Infant 2 room at daycare.
You still see Miss Rebecca in the mornings (thankfully),
but the majority of your day is spent in the next room over.
Growing up, I tell ya!

We made a visit to the Upstate to check in on your new baby cousin.
And while we were there, you had Cheerios for the first time!
I decided to wait til other people were around in case there was a choking episode. 
This is yet another thing that should have happened a while ago,
but I was too chicken to try it out! By the way, you really love Cheerios.
Sorry to have deprived you have this wonderful baby delicacy!

There were lots of visitors for Baby Emory,
including Nana Gail, who came bearing gifts from Hawaii...


We all hung out at Onnie's classroom for a while,
while daddy and I helped put up her bulletin board
(since she's been feeling under the weather lately).


 Other exciting happenings...
-you are ticklish now, and you just laugh and laugh!
-you have another tooth coming in, right next to the first one
-you love taking steps when held in a walking position
-daddy taught you how to climb stairs at Onnie's house


There's also lots of banging 
(and hitting although you don't realize it hurts)
mainly with me and the cat.
You're a destructive little one,
knocking down stacked cups as fast as I can stack them.
Beating on the front door,
while you stand and stare out to the world passing by.

   
With standing and exploring, comes falling.
You've got the bruises to prove it. 
No matter how closely you are watched,
be it at daycare or at home, 
you still manage to hurt yourself,
but you get back up and go again. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week 44

You have hit a major milestone in your development dear girl... 
you pulled up to a standing position in your crib this week!
You've only done it a couple of times,
so thankfully it hasn't been anything like the constant sitting up
you were doing a few short weeks ago!
At least I hope it doesn't get to that point!

The big news of the week though,
you have a new baby cousin!


 Emory Claire was born Monday, September 9th, at 1:57pm.
With a 3-hour drive ahead of us,
we made it to the hospital by 11:30am!
Papa kept you in the Family Waiting Room,
while I helped Aunt Allison count through her contractions!
There is nothing like witnessing the birth of a baby,
and I'm so grateful to my sister for giving me that opportunity twice.


And speaking of sisters...


We stayed the night, and then headed home late the next day,
after spending some quality time with family.



Looking forward to getting back up that way soon!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Month 10

Happy 10-month birthday!


At 10 months old, you love crawling and trying to pull up on everything. 
You don't sit still for very long!
Life is a little different now,
mostly keeping things out of your mouth,
and making sure you don't get into things you shouldn't!
 

Our evening routine has pretty much stayed the same,
with dinner, a walk, and bath, bottle, bed.

Food:  Same as last month, but with a snack here and there... mum mums.
You have a bottle first thing in the morning,
and you still get 3 bottles (5 oz ea) at daycare...
as well as food for breakfast and lunch!
Dinner in the evenings, usually meat and some sort of veggies,
and another bottle before bed.
I must admit, that since you only have one tooth
(you got your first tooth this past month!),
I am very timid about feeding you real food.
I know that I should be more adventurous, but I'm scared!

Sleep: You are sleeping through the night... typically from 8:30pm to 6:30am.
KNOCK ON WOOD.
I hope this stays this way for a LONG time!

Clothing size: You are still wearing 9-month clothes,
6-12 month clothes (Old Navy), and 12-month.

Toys: Your stacking bowls are definitely your favorite.
Anything that rattles when you shake it, so you can dance and groove.
As well as anything that you can chew on to soothe your gums.
You dig your musical walker that we got around Father's Day the most though.


You aren't really walking with it yet, 
you do stand behind it, but mostly trying to see how it's put together.
The phone handset is the best part... "thanks for calling"
And the shapes up top light up,
the cow plays peek-a-boo,
and the piano plays songs, which you love to dance to.
And although it may get old to your dad and I,
you never tire of it, sweet girl.

New tricks include:
Crawling!
Pulling up!
Funny faces, due to teeth coming in!

Book of the Month:  Your book club book is Nobunny's Perfect
and although it's not necessarily one of my favorites, we are giving it a go... 
because I'm sure there are lessons you could learn in there!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week 43

Did I ever tell you that orange juice gives me heartburn?
And that I love investigative crime shows, 
like LOVE them in the sense that I could watch marathon-airings of them every night?
That I prefer Coke over Pepsi, but there was a time when that was the opposite?
Or that I snort when I laugh? Although you've probably heard me do that before.


These are just a few things that I want you to know about me, Matilda.
Before I forget to tell you.

I also think that it's interesting that for 9 months,
I was obsessed with breastfeeding, 
and pumping, and how to 'up' my supply.
And then it all ended, pretty abruptly,
and it hurt physically, more so than emotionally,
which I totally didn't anticipate.
I seriously thought that when the day came to wean,
that I would be beside myself, 
that I wouldn't be able to handle it,
and that I would cry for days on end 
about the loss of the bond between you and I.

And then, nothing.
There were no tears.
There was no grand finale.
It just ended.
And life went on.

Am I sad?
Yes, kind of.
But not in a bad way
because now I know that you still love me.
The bond we share is stronger than that single act.

Don't get me wrong. 
I loved every minute of that time in our lives, 
and I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.
But you and me, we are all good. 
We have a whole lifetime of getting to know each other.
And staring into each other's eyes, 
and speaking in our own language, 
and sharing the love that we've created.
Can't wait, sweet girl!


And not only that,
but it was just in the knick of time
because you have your first
TOOTH!!

It pushed through that bottom gum of yours on Labor Day.
And speaking of Labor Day...


For the long holiday weekend,
we spent the majority of the time at home,
and actually saw your Granddaddy
& Great Grandmomma on Friday & Saturday!


Saturday was the big game between
Clemson & Georgia,
both ranked in the top 10,
and they haven't played each other in 10 years!
I'm a tiger, and daddy's a dawg,
and the jury is still out on what you will be,
but for now, I'm the one who picks out your clothes!
Fortunately, it was a Clemson victory!!


On Sunday, we headed to Lake Murray to see
Onnie & Papa and Ellie,
as well as the Clementsons.
We spent the night,
and spent some leisurely time on the boat and in the water.


You've had a rough couple of days with congestion and coughing,
and with that stinkin tooth of yours,
but hopefully you'll be our happy (super) girl again real soon.