Saturday, December 29, 2007

Mickey's phrases

We are having a language explosion here. It is really fun to hear Mickey learning language. We are trying to teach Mickey 3 basic phrases "Please, Thank You, Sorry". It is actually a song from, we love Alex, Leah, Hopkins and Rachel in our House! Anyway, Mickey is still learning when you should use such phrases. She would say, "Tank you" whenever she handed you something. Over her birthday weekend she figured it out and now says "tank you" whenever you give her something. She says "please" whenever she wants something really bad, it's a start. And now is "I sorry", which she is using whenever she falls.

Another phrase that just makes me giggle every time I hear it is... "oooo, wowie". If anything excites her this is what she says. It could be a book or a piece of cheese. But if she is excited this is what you will hear. When we put up the Christmas tree she said, "oooo, wowie, a tree". She was so impressed that there was a tree right here in her living room. Oh, to have the sense of wonder that a child has!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

What I have learned

Today, my baby turns 2! Yikes. I remember 2 years ago being so frightened of becoming a mom. Not knowing what the road up ahead was going to be. I remember being in the hospital thinking “I am not ready to be a mom.” Then the pains came and I don’t remember much of what was going on. I just remember that I just wanted to give birth to this little girl.

Then I saw her. She was the most beautiful person I had ever seen. She was perfect in every way. I was still frightened and needed reassurance that I was going to do this “Mom” thing okay. I remember taking her home and thinking that I wasn’t ready to be on my own yet. She was dependent on me for everything and I wasn’t quite sure if what I was doing was the “right” thing to do. But we survived and this little bitty baby taught me that I was her mom and that she trusted me to take care of her. There were times when all that she wanted was me and just me being there was all the comfort that she needed.

My baby taught me that all the things that I thought I would do as a parent would go right out the window and my true “parenting style” would become apparent. I wouldn’t find my style in any books or viewpoints but from my own heart knowing that was the right thing for me and my baby. I would eventually find “like minded” parents, but I know that we are all as different as our children are different.

My baby has taught me that her need and ability to be independent is strongly dependent on how much she can depend on me. I am there when she needs me and so she can trust that she can go and explore the world and I will be right here watching her and if needed there to give her a hug and reassurance to try again. She has given me great joy to watch her be independent and strong and willing to try anything, (even if it scares Momma).

I have learned that I would have never been ready to be a mom and I am so glad that I am a mom. Every day is a new experience and new adventures to be had and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else. I have learned that sleep was something to be had in my past and when I get a good stretch of sleep I am grateful. I have learned great joy in slobbery kisses, bear hugs, sheer excitement over something new, and having fun just being silly. I have also learned how to make countless animal sounds (everywhere and anywhere without embarrassment). I have learned that I may have frazzled days, but I just need to tell people I am a mom of a 2 year old and people understand. I have learned that I am momma to my baby and no one else can be.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Mickey's 2nd Year Review

I thought I would share with you Mickey's 2nd year montage. Just thought I would warn you that it is a little long, but I am sure you will enjoy it. I figure I would post it a little early, since i am sure that the next few days will be crazy, crazy! Make sure you turn up the volume so you can hear the songs.... Enjoy!




Monday, December 17, 2007

Grandpa....



Right after Thanksgiving Grandpa came to visit. I think that they both had a good time getting to know each other.

Just wanted to send out a Happy Birthday wish to him today!

Birthday Buddies....

Mickey has a friend who is her birthday buddy, sort of. He was born 6 days after her.

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So last night we had a birthday celebration. It was tons of fun. I taught his dad how to make tacos and we had a great meal.

Mickey with her balloon
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I tried my attempt on making a Curious George Monkey cake. I think it looks kind of goofy, but it tasted good and the kids loved it!

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The kids also got to open gifts. I got the kids matching t-shirts that said Best Friends with their name on it. You can see it the picture of her buddy. He got some puzzles.... and Mickey got a fairy tea set. Oh she loved it...
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It was a fun night. I can't believe that in just a few short days my little girl is 2! Yikes. I am looking forward to seeing what the new year brings us!



Saturday, December 15, 2007

Santa, how good is good????

A friend of mine, Katie and her little boy Nicholas, and I decided to take the kids to see Santa. Not that I am a big fan of Santa, I just thought it would be a fun outing. So we went. My little girl decided that she was not going to sit on Santa's lap. So we took a group picture. I kind of like it because it is two mommy friends and our kids who have a love/hate relationship! Here is the picture.....



Even though Mikaylin didn't have a good time sitting on Santa's lap, she did have a blast at the whole event. She had fun singing on stage. She also spent time trying to get an extra candy cane from Santa's Elves. Which brings me to the question at hand, "How good is good?" Does stealing candy canes from Santa's Elves qualify as bad? Don't worry, she just tried to take the canes.... momma stepped in and stopped her from actually stealing them. Although I am sure that she wanted to.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

My Bed

My little girl continues to show me how much she wants to be a big girl. I have always put her to sleep by rocking her or holding her. This last week my child has decided that she wants to go to sleep on her own. Which is great! She is learning and doesn't always figure out how to go to sleep without momma holding her. But she does have one phrase down, "MY BED". When asked if she wants momma to rock her or her bed, her response is "My bed".
I know that this is a good step and one headed in the right direction, however, it is a long process. Also one that continues to show me that she is growing up and is not my "baby" anymore. It is so fun and exciting to see her learn and grow up, but it is also difficult to see my baby not be a baby anymore. Somehow I don't think that this gets any easier only more difficult with each new sense of independence. I suppose that this is what it is like to be a parent.

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Here is some Holiday Cheer!


Thanks Cheryl for sending us this link. I just had to try it... so here we are Elfed. Here is the link

Thursday, December 6, 2007

2 Already????


I can't believe that my little girl is getting so big and will be 2 at the end of the month. Can we possibly stop time?? Just thought I share this picture of my growing little girl with you.