Friday, October 26, 2012

Life is good this October!

October has been FULL.  We have been doing playdates, spending time with family, going on excursions, and doing lots of things around the house.  I've been doing quite a bit of sewing (personally and professionally).  It's both fun and time consuming, but I enjoy the outlet and the extra cash.  Harper is growing like a weed - in lots of ways.  She's just a cute little toddler now and not so much of a baby anymore.  We have gone to the fair and camping and fishing, spending lots of time outdoors in this awesome fall weather.  My sister finally moved in to her new house and we've spent some time over there helping unpack and decorate.  Busy month - but FUN month. 

We have tried getting her to say "Whoop" during the A&M games.  It comes out like a scared, little, "Eeep."  I'm not sure why, but she seems certain that she is repeating it just like us.  A&M has had an interesting year so it's a little tense over here on game days.  But as least we get to dress up in cute clothes and cheer on our Aggies!

Stacking tupperware

She loves to dance.  She bobs up and down and flails her arms around.  She lifts one leg and bounces around in a circle.  And sometimes, she dances so much that when she tries to move her arms and her legs at the same time, she falls on her rear.  And let me just say this now - its definitely white girl dancing. 

Separating baggies

She is talking like crazy now!  She actually says Night Night Dada/DogDog before going to bed.  She says "what's that" all the time while pointing at everything in sight.    Except that it comes out "Wassat?"  She says "Outside" when we ask her where the dog is.  She likes to talk into the phone and can say "Hello".  And she can say "TayTay"which shouldn't be taken as a vote for favorite aunt.  

Playing with hairbands (a morning ritual)

Her curiosity has been sparked and she loves to explore how things work and what they do.  She loves to stack, pull apart, separate and categorize.  She is also seriously into stairs.  She loves climbing, crawling up on high things, and getting up on little ledges and steps.  Kind of dangerous, but she is so determined.  She can climb down from the couch and up onto her tricycle and into the bathtub.  She likes to try to stand up on this little 9 inch by 3 inch window ledge but hasn't made it yet.  And yesterday it took her awhile, but she finally stood with both feed balancing in a little bowl.

She is becoming a ketchup fiend.  She gets ketchup on her sweet potato fries and her chicken.  But she also likes to dip her noodles, carrots, and various foods into the ketchup as well.  She still eats really well.  She loves all carbs (bread, muffins, waffles/pancakes, etc).  And funny enough, she likes coffee.  I dip my spoon in my mug and let her drink the drop on the end, and she just wants more and more and more.  Crazy kiddo.  She still eats Cheerios like they are gold.  I admit that she gets Cheerios for snack, in the car, running errands, and any other time that she gets the box out herself.  Yes, it's a lot.  Don't judge.

She is still a shoe freak, and it's gotten worse now that she has her new winter shoes.  She loves to undo the velcro the minute we get into the car or the house.  And she wants shoes on even inside.  She has also recently started walking in our shoes, which is funny to watch.  

She is very determined and unshaken when she decides she wants something.  She has even started getting behind you and pushing you in the direction she wants you to go.  Her temper tantrums are somewhat getting better but she still gets mad when she doesn't get her way.  She does know that she can get her Dad to console her when she is sad or mad.  He is totally wrapped around her cute little finger.  He would do anything for her, even watch MMC in the morning and be a little late to work.   

She does this weird thing where she switches her pacis repeatedly.  When she sees a new paci, she spits out the old one and pops in the new one.  And this can repeat over and over again within a 20 minute period.  We try and take her paci away during the day so she will talk, but she absolutely loves her paci and still wants it quite a bit.  She got her 2 upper 1st year molars this month and it was brutal.  But since then, her demeanor has totally changed.  She is suddenly this rambunctious, crazy, happy toddler who runs around dancing and playing and laughing.  She seems to have a harder time getting teeth than some kids (and she seems to get 2 at once!).

Watching Marcus HS volleyball with Dad 

She likes to help dress herself.  She holds out her feet for her pants, socks and shoes.  She will also put her arms through her shirt, but only one at a time because she has to switch whatever she is holding from one hand to the other.  She is also never completely dressed without her mardi gras beads - such a fashionista.

Riding with Grayson from his house to KK's house
She kept giving him her paci, so he finally put it in his mouth and she was like, "What?"

But she loves G and watches everything he does in awe.  I love that they love each other.  He is starting to like his new school, which is awesome.  And he has this new big boy room that is so stinking cute.  Kristen says he always talks to Reese and tells people his name is Grayson Henry McCoCcool (there's a lot of extra syllables in there).  He is this crazy talented athlete right now.  It's like he can play any sport.  He's just seriously all boy.

She started in this chair watching MMC after she woke up from nap.  But when we went back in the room, she was sitting all the way in the back of the room, holding on to Reese's car seat while she watched.  

Helping Kristen move in was fun, but long.  It's hard to unpack boxes, organize, and decorate a house with kids running around and needing your attention.  We got more done during their afternoon naps then the morning and afternoon combined.  Harper loved being there.  She loves her Aunt Krissy because Krissy spoils her rotten and loves on her even when she's being bad or grumpy.  And she adores her cousin, Reese.  She likes to rock her car seat, give her a paci (that she probably stole first anyway), and pat her head when she's crying.  

Reese is doing good and getting so big.  She still has her chicken legs, but has a massive double chin.  She gets her formula stuck in there all the time and it congeals and gets gross.  She only takes this one paci so I'm impressed that they have not lost it in the past 8 weeks.  And if you talk real sweet, you might get a smile out of her.  She does has acid reflux, which is what has bothered her, but she is getting a new formula.  Hopefully this helps her feel better and stop spitting up so much (because she can projectile spit up with the best of them!).  

Chunky Monkey Reese

What a sweet face - All swaddled, ready for nap

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