August 28, 2014

Birthday Girl's Day

For my mom's birthday this year she wanted a girls day with me, my sister, Cole and Ib. We all met in Newark then ventured to Longwood Gardens for a stroll and lunch. Neither my mom or sister had been to Longwood before and they, as was I, were stunned by the beauty of the place. 

August 27, 2014

Cole :: 2.5 Years

Two and a half is so fun! Our little goat is a hoot. I wish I could adequately capture her zest for life through storytelling.  I've been recording more moments on video just to preserve the memory which I'm excited about.

In the last six months, Cole has unveiled more of her spunky and independent personality. She's been calling Peter by his first name, which we correct. She asks to drive the car, to stay home alone, and to ride a bus, train, and truck, all alone. She has suggested, on multiple occasions, that she could watch Ibbie while I go run errands. Our big girl has been opting out of bathes for showers and recently requested we dye her hair sky blue. Seriously. This kid is a trip!

She loves her friends, both near and far, so we discuss them often. She's picked up a few trademark phrases, like "Hey, I have a idea," "Lets talk about it," and "Me funny?" She's picking up new words every day and echoes much of what she hears in conversation, on the radio, and on television. She loves to talk about her memories. We talk about Memphis, trips, visitors we've hosted and our family. Cole often refers to herself in the third person, either with pronouns or "sister."

Her favorite shows are Curious George and Daniel Tiger. Her favorite movies are Toy Story 3, Frozen, and Mary Poppins. She loves to read and be read to. She also loves to sing and be sung to.

Cole's looking forward to starting school again in a few weeks and going back to gymnastics. I'm constantly blown away with how big she is. And her ability to comprehend time in event past, present, and future. Little Miss Independent is sure keeping us on our toes.

August 26, 2014

Ibbie :: 11 months

We have a walker! Ibbie has gained a great deal of stability and her balance is improving. She walks in little spurts, with a personal best of twelve steps. She is a happy, happy girl. And so chill. She's very content to play alone though she still loves to play with Cole and the girls just love to laugh together.  Sometimes Cole will crawl with Ibbie they both think it's hysterical.

Ibbie is a good eater but her preference is smoothies! She gets so excited when she hears the blender going. She prefers protein more than Cole ever has: chicken nuggets, sausage, eggs, ground beef, and so on.

We've been phasing out Ib's morning nap. She handles the extended wake time fairly well but is more than ready to nap when the time comes. Typically, she'll nap for 75-90 minutes. Nighttime is a different story. She'll sleep for 10.5-11 hours waking two or three times to nurse.  I suspect that her teeth are keeping her up. She has eight and some of those are still erupting.

Ib watches Cole like a hawk. She has quite the sense of adventure and a very curious spirit. These two ladies are quite the duo.
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Cole at eleven months