Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Big girl!

Jenavieve had her 1 year doctor's appointment yesterday. We decided to do it the week before so that her birthday week will be all fun. Can you believe her birthday is in a week???

The doctor wanted her to be 19 pounds by her 1st birthday. We didn't quite make it...her stats are

Weight 18.3 lbs (13%) Length 30 inches (93%)!

So she didn't make it to 19, but she is in a higher percentile (she was 7th last time). Dr. P said no big deal, just keep giving her the good fats. (I love her by the way, everyone local should go to her!) She also said she's developmentally right on track with her movement and language, and that we're good to start decreasing her formula intake to be replaced with more food and whole milk.

Other new things she's doing this month:
-knows what 'shake it' and 'jump' mean and will shake the toy she's holding or bend her knees and 'jump' (she doesn't actually get off the ground).
-crawling faster
-climbing, she can crawl up the whole flight of stairs with no trouble. We've also started laying out the couch cushions on the floor in different positions and she loves to climb around on them.
-she can climb up and down from the bed, and when she's done napping, she climbs down, crawls to the door, pulls herself up, and tries to reach the doorknob. When that doesn't work, she bangs on the door and I'll hear her and let her out.
-says "ight" for light and "duh" for dog. She also 'says' baby, dolly, and flowers, but they all sort of sound the same. Most of her words start with D right now, but she does say the same thing consistently
-claps, when a song ends, or when she sees us making her a bottle
-growls at her toy bear, and makes a growly sound at her toy Cookie Monster because of his raspy voice
-responds to 'touch your nose'. She touches the space between her lips and nose but close enough!
-waves and says hi to interesting strangers in public
-gets very concerned when another child is crying. We were out with her friend Cammi who is a day younger than her, and when Cammi fell and bit her lip, Jenavieve looked very upset and even let out a few fake whines
-walks holding just one hand
-blows kisses
-loves water! If I'm taking a shower she gets very upset that I'm having all the water fun without her. I've started letting her sit and play on the floor of the tub while I shower. She gets water all in her face and doesn't care, she just likes to splash

Wow that's a long list of accomplishments! Now we're off to finish planning her birthday party. We're very excited, my grandma is flying up from Florida, and Jenavieve's birthmom Kapri is flying up with her 2 kids. We're excited for everyone to meet her! It will be a busy week with people in town visiting so I want to get everything done this week so I can relax and enjoy being with family.

Monday, April 19, 2010

A summary of last week

We're having some problems with the easy picture uploader again so I've had to upload pictures to the blog the long way...which means I haven't been on top of it this past week. Sooo, here is a compact version of our lives since I last posted.

Vivi started being able to stand on her own for long periods of time

Had her first ride on a Meijer horse

Spent some more time with her cousins before they went back to Ohio

Took her first steps

Took a few spills...more spills than steps actually ;)

and hung out with Aunt Janelle

Between that there were library story times and play dates and trips to the park and lots of family fun! We've also hit a couple of Mom to Mom sales, which are usually in churches or schools, and moms can rent a space to sell their old kids' clothes and toys and other baby items. We've been very successful with them and made some awesome finds. Lots of nice name brand clothes and shoes, wood toys, and other fun stuff for super cheap. Eric is really good at bartering and always gets us even better deals. We're going to be in trouble though because Jenavieve has started picking out toys that she wants. On Friday she reached into a bin and picked out an Elmo purse that opens and closes and she'll just sit and open and close it over and over. Not bad for a quarter!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

11 months

Easter 2010

We've had a busy past couple of weeks, lots of family fun. There are captions on some of the pictures but I think most Easter events are self-explanatory. More picture updates to come!

Easter 2010

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Play date at the park

Today we had our first of what I know will be MANY play dates at the park. One reason I know this is because we have another one this evening with Janelle and the boy she nannies for and one tomorrow with Vivi's friend Cammie, and it's just the first week of April!

Today's play date was with the June Bugs, which is made up of stay at home moms (and a dad) with babies born last spring/summer. It is so fun to see so many babies so close in age and see how different they are. Christian was crawling all over the grass, shredding leaves and chewing on sticks, but Jenavieve squeals if she so much as gets near any of those things. She was content on the blanket and up on the play structure, but I tried to get her to touch a tree or sit on the grass and she was clinging to me. She wouldn't even walk (with me holding her hands) on the grass with shoes on, she was fine on the pavement but I tried to veer off and she wouldn't step onto it! Hopefully that won't last long...

Anyway, I got some really cute pictures to share, I love outdoor pictures!