Thursday, January 27, 2011
What's up with this gate? I want to go up those stairs!
Here is Claire engaging in her favorite activity-climbing the stairs. Notice very protective Big Brother Evan, trying to keep her from going up. Which is actually rare that he was stopping her, typically he tells me "Mom, she's okay, just let her go up", "She knows what she's doing".
Claire-no don't go up them!
She made it up to the landing, so proud of herself!!
That being said, she is making up for all the time she slept in that swing as a newborn (until about 6 months) and had Joe and I asking "when is she going to wake up?". She has woken up!! Claire is into EVERYTHING. She prefers to dig in closets, empty cabinets, play in toilets and sprint up stairs. Of course, laughing all the way. We "baby proofed" when we moved here and Evan was 12 months old, but he never got into anything. I would purposely open cabinets to let him know, they were "his" and he could go to town. He could have cared less. So, 3 years later, here we are, frantically baby-proofing. Cabinets are being locked, tutorials on shutting toilet seats and closets are ongoing and we are on high alert.
Some updates on Claire:
Weight: 24.5 pounds
Height & Head Circ: we go to the doctor again after her 1st birthday, so I don't know
Favorite book: Touch and Feel Wild Animals, any book with faces of other babies
Songs: She and Evan are LOVING their Best of Laurie Berkener CD Claire got for Christmas; "If you are happy and you know it"
TV: Thankfully still doesn't pay attention to the TV that is
Clothes: 18 mo pants, 18 mo dresses, 24 month shirts and one pieces
Shoes: size 5
Diapers: size 4
Teeth: 7 (3 up top, 4 on the bottom)
Loves: Evan, Joe, going outside in her stroller, car or walker, and loves being "tackled by Evan", climbing the stairs, pulling toys out of baskets
Words: No new words, still "mama, dada, baba, Evaaaa, hi"
Skills: Waves hello and goodbye, sometimes accompanied by the word "hi", loves to clap, likes to "dance to music"
Food: Eats 3 meals a day and 4 6-ounce bottles a day (know I need to cut one out, but it's so easy.......).
Favorite Breakfast: Oatmeal with syrup, bananas and blueberries
Favorite Lunch: lunch meat (ham or chicken) and cheese and yogurt
Favorite Dinner: veggies, tofu, chicken, pasta
Snacks: applesauce, cereal bars
What!!, who feeds this to a baby? (but she loves it): ice cream, milk shakes
Sippy cup: She likes to drink out of it, sadly, she doesn't love it in place of her bottle. But we are getting there. This is all Joe's territory, he's good at the sippy cup transition!
Favorite toys: Fisher Price House, all bath toys, leap frog table, stairs, random things on the ground like crumbs, dirt and leaves, the stairs
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Dancing to KidBopz
Cutest twins ever! Mackenzie & Charlotte
Avery & Claire
Evan showing the twins Angry Birds on his iTouch
Really the title could not be more cheesy, but just had to go with it! We had so much fun on our last second trip to Philly to visit the Garrs! The kids all loved playing with each other so much and Kelly, I and the Joes had a great time catching up. Why don't we live next door to one another??? Life would be way more fun. It was a tad bit chilly up there, but just what we were looking for. Evan got to go sledding and he was thrilled! It was nice to feel the chill again and see some snow. It was also nice to remember how much I love not getting all bundled up before leaving the house especially with kids! We had so much fun and were so sad to leave.
Looking adorable in his UVA hat!
Even I went on one run!!
This is so much fun!!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Evan completely soaked!
Claire pretty soaked
Spidey arrived after he changed into a bathing suit
She is very smitten with Evan, but boy does her heart belong to Daddy. She will freak out if he walks into the room and does not acknowledge her. The second she sees him, she screams for him and if he walks into another room, she is hot on his trail. She is rapidly wrapping daddy securely around her finger!
Claire, let me take this bow out for you, I know you don't like them!
She and Evan play so well together now. Although she can only do so much, Evan's idea of playing with her consists of tackling her and wrestling her. She thinks it is hilarious, glad she's so tough. But he is so incredibly protective of her. If she approaches anything remotely unsafe for her, he is on high alert and takes it away before she can reach it. He blocks her about a mile away from the stairs and can be found randomly hugging her on a regular basis. The other day she bit me (I love teething!) pretty hard on my arm and I said "no, Claire, we don't bite. Bad girl". You would have though I disowned her, Evan threw himself on the ground and cried hysterically saying that "she's only a baby, you cannot tell her she's a bad girl, she's not bad, she's just a baby". Of course he was right, I made a mistake-should not have said that, but wow that's some brotherly love!!
Other random facts:
Clothes: 18-24 months, although can still wear 18 mo dresses & pants
Sleep: Naps from 8:30am/9:00am to 10:30am, naps from 1pm-2:30/3:00pm, goes to bed at 6:30, sleeps until about 6am.
Food: Still takes about 4-5 bottles (I know I have to cut it down) and 3 full meals, along with 2 snacks. Girl can eat!
Favorite song: If you're happy and you know it
Favorite book: Wish I had an answer, I try to read to her and she just squirms away. She's not digging books right now. That's okay, we have plenty of time
Favorite music: She got the Best of Laurie Berkner CD for Christmas and she seems to really enjoy it. By that I mean, she no longer cries the whole time we are in the car when it is on
New this month: crying in the car, she used to be an ANGEL in the car. I'm sure it all relates to her being able to move now, she does not want to be confined. Hopefully when she turns around in the car, she'll be happier. 2 months to go, although we exceeded the weight limit months ago
Mom's never breaking me of this thing!
Being supported by Daddy
She and I are going to start Gymboree pretty soon, which I am really excited about! I can't wait to just have that one on one time with her and I think she will love all the activities there, as she is so active!
Joe & Claire
Meegan, Claire, Me, Evan, Kelly & Katie
Robert & Joe
Full sit down dinner with the china, why not?
Bonus guests Paul & Drew
Bonus guest Evan
On December 27, Joe and I hosted the GIG Florida Christmas Party. There are about 9 employees who are "from" Florida, but everyone travels so much, it's not like any of them are here much, except for Joe and I. Five GIGsters total were at our party, plus a few bonus guests, and it was really fun to hang out with everyone. We had a bit of an issue cooking the chicken, which will be a funny story for years to come. But it was really fun to spread some Christmas cheer with those I mainly speak to over the phone and email!