Saturday, December 28, 2013

23 Months

Weight: 26.2 pounds


Length: 34.5 inches 


Favorite activity: coloring, cutting up her play food, climbing up and down the stairs, pushing her animals around in a laundry basket, helping mama cook

Favorite food: tangerines, cheese, Goldfish crackers, cookies

Favorite spot: On the stairs

Cutest moment: Cuddling with her grampa

Important milestones: starting to put clothes on by herself (with lots of help)

Teeth: 15-16

Words: 88 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), pees (please), goat, puppy, ah duh (all done), no, shoe, socks, bawll (ball, but sounds like a southern belle when she says it!), Poppy, BeeBee, Tigee, truck, airplane, cat, cheese, spoo(n), eye, nose, Gamma, book, apple, pear, dip, fork, I do, fly (butterfly), star, circle, triangle, heart, Susan, Sissa (Melissa), Dogan (Logan), Jeshka (Jessica), mik (milk), shirt, pants, pee pee, poo poo, boo boo, fire, potty, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie, Ernie, car, bus, duck, cow, horse, house, sheep, baa, moo, nee (neigh), woof, meow, oh der (oh dear), up up, tights, lights, Oscar, Grover, Zoe, Red, purple, gee (green), lellow (yellow), hello, bye bye, Lala (Lorelei), Fi (Fin), Ummer (Bummer), boots, sharp (knife), grampa

Phrases: I do, Mama shirt/pants/boots/fork, Daddy shirt/pants/boots/fork, Lala shirt/fork/pants, sheep baa

Signs: 12 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you, cat)

How Mom's Feeling: Someone needs to tell Lorelei that she is not two yet, so she does not need to start the terrible twos. I have one more month! Where last month she was starting to assert her independence, she has now claimed it. While she has always been a good eater (and still is), she is now being more particular about her food--and more generous to the dogs! I have convinced her that the apple-cinnamon whole wheat muffins I give her is cake, and she generally likes those. She will only wear her purple shoes, and if possible, her purple pants. In fact, she would be pretty happy if everything was purple. Or yellow. Now, unfortunately, if what you have is not in the correct color scheme, or just what she does not wish to do, we have meltdown. We've had a lot of meltdowns lately.


Sunday, December 1, 2013

22 Months

Weight: 27 pounds


Length: 34.5 inches 


Favorite activity: coloring, her alphabet puzzle, cutting up her play food, climbing up and down the stairs

Favorite food: cheese, pears, Annie's Graham Bunnies, grapes

Favorite spot: On the stairs

Cutest moment: Helping mama while saying "I do"

Important milestones: Nothing major

Teeth: 15-16

Words: 57 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), pees (please), goat, puppy, ah duh (all done), no, shoe, socks, bawll (ball, but sounds like a southern belle when she says it!), Poppy, BeeBee, Tigee, truck, airplane, cat, cheese, spoo(n), eye, nose, Gamma, book, apple, pear, dip, fork, I do, fly (butterfly), star, circle, triangle, heart, Susan, Sissa (Melissa), Dogan (Logan), Jeshka (Jessica), mik (mik), shirt, pants, pee pee, poo poo, boo boo, fire, potty, Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie, Ernie...I'm sure there are more.

Signs: 12 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you, cat)

How Mom's Feeling: Wait...November is over? What? How did that happen? I don't even know where this month went. It seems like a blur of farmers' markets, art projects and planning house renovations. 

Lorelei has become much more independent this month. She now climbs up and down the stairs on her own with ease (and speed!). In many respects, this is kind of nice. When she wants to play downstairs, she just goes. I just have to make sure the doors to the rooms downstairs are shut. She also wants to "help" and sometimes she actually does. She helps me empty the dishwasher, will put her dishes and the plastic containers away (more or less), will help pull out clothes to be folded and will bring piles of clothes to me in the bedroom to put away. All the while she tells me "I do! I do!"


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

21 Months

Weight: 26.6 pounds

Length: 34.5 inches 


Favorite activity: coloring, her alphabet puzzle, reading books, bouncing the ball, pushing Tiger around in her potty

Favorite food: tangerines, cheese, anything she can dip

Favorite spot: on the couch, with Tiger

Cutest moment: Playing hide and seek (around mommy) with cousin Logan.

Important milestones: Nothing major

Teeth: 15

Words: 30 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), pees (please), goat, puppy, ah duh (all done), no, shoe, socks, bawll (ball, but sounds like a southern belle when she says it!), Poppy, BeeBee, Tigee, truck, airplane, cat, cheese, spoo(n), eye, nose, Gamma, book, apple, pear, dip

Signs: 12 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you, cat)

How Mom's Feeling: Happy the month is just about over! It's been an absolutely crazy busy month of parties and playdates and teething. So much teething.

A few new things we've started this month: 
-Farmers' Market Thursdays. The Daly City Farmers' Market is pretty amazing and at a time I can actually go. Which means, I don't have to go grocery shopping Saturday morning. Yay! I can get almost everything we need at the market and it's fun to boot. So win!
-Family Day. We've started taking one day a month and doing something just the three of us as a family. Something on the schedule, so we can plan around it. This month it was Ardenwood Farm and Pumpkin Patch. We visited the pumpkin patch, took some pictures, then explored the farm. Next month, we will be going to Lemos Farm.

As for Lorelei this month, in some respects, I feel she has gotten needier and clingier, but also so grown up. It could be the cooler weather, but in her little jeans, sweaters, Converse sneakers, and pigtails, she looks so much more like a little girl!



Monday, September 30, 2013

20 months

Weight: 26.6 pounds

Length: 32.5 inches 


Favorite activity: coloring, blocks, reading books, bouncing the ball

Favorite food: pears, rice, beans

Favorite spot: at her coloring table

Cutest moment: Giving kisses to her favorite stuffed animal, Tiger.

Important milestones: First (and hopefully last) case of Hand, Foot and Mouth.

Teeth: 13

Words: 22 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), buh (book), pees (please), goat, puppy, ah duh (all done), no, shoe, socks, bawll (ball, but sounds like a southern belle when she says it!), Poppy, BeeBee

Signs: 12 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you, cat)

How Mom's Feeling: Pooped. Nothing to do with Lorelei, so much, as how things are going at work. I got a promotion (yay!) and a pay increase (double yay!), but I've also got an extremely young and very challenging group of kids to work with. Each day I feel like I come home completely drained.

On the plus side this month, I had a lot of days off for various Jewish holidays. It's kind of a nice way to ease into the school year. Lorelei got to spend a lot of time with me running errands and going to fun places. Of course, that makes it harder when I have to go back to work on a regular schedule!

Another positive addition this month is that we found an interesting new church to go to. We've been hunting for a good one since before I was pregnant. We want one with a relatively young demographic, young families, with a perspective that doesn't just accept what the bible says, but also questions it. I feel that this church meets most of these goals. They also meet on Sunday evenings and serves dinner after. This is so much easier for us! It means we can go down to Gilroy for the weekend, and still come back without missing church (and I don't have to worry about cooking dinner one night a week). Time will tell, but I'm hoping this will be a good fit for us.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Pics of our Week

We're getting to that time of year again, my very favorite time of year...Indian Summer! While June, July and August are summer for most, it was generally foggy and cool here. But this weekend, the forecast is for 80's in Daly City (what what?)! The other reason this is my favorite time of year: The Jewish High Holy Days--which means I get a lot of days off!

Some pictures from the last few weeks:

Bath time!

Proud to master the stairs!
And the slide!
Happy morning baby!

Cuddling with Tiger

Pizza is so delicious!

Reading to the dogs!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

19 Months

Weight: 25.9 pounds

Length: 31 inches 


Favorite activity: coloring, reading books, playing with her mini play kitchen

Favorite food: berries, milk, cheese sticks, pancakes

Favorite spot: sitting on the couch

Cutest moment: Giving smacking kisses to everyone!

Important milestones: Separation anxiety. It doesn't last long and it's only with me...but it's no fun.

Teeth: 12

Words: 17 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), buh (book), pees (please), goat, puppy, ah duh (all done), no

Signs: 11 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you)

How Mom's Feeling: Good. A little relieved as for a large part of the month, I thought I was pregnant (I'm not. And no we aren't trying. We aren't even thinking about trying.) But it did put in sharp relief that A) I would like to have another, and B) I really don't want another right now. Right now, I'm feeling confident about our parenting, Lorelei is doing really well and I just want to be present with her right now.

I've been working hard on being present with her, spending less time behind the camera, and more time enjoying being with her in the moment. She is funny and independent and she certainly knows her own mind!


Friday, August 23, 2013

Pencil Frame

I love this song. It just speaks to me, especially the last four verses:

Pencil Frame 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Pics of Our Week(s)



Yet again, it's been more than a week since our last post, but well, life happened. I went back to work, so there's that. It's only from 2-6, but it does cut into our fun time. And then there was that whole thing where my computer hiccuped and I lost about a month and a half worth of pictures (back up, people!) Thank god for Facebook and this blog!

Tea party! (with milk and scones!)

Morning at the SF Zoo!





Hanging at Diddalidoo
Someone get this girl a kitchen (just not her mama's!)

Loved how she checked each item before putting them in the basket!
"Snacktime" with buddy Nicholas!
Look at this cutie pie!


Mama's new office/craft area


And now to back up a whole lotta pictures on Shutterfly!




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

18 Months!

Weight: 24.6 pounds

Length: 30.5 inches (I must have mismeasured last month)

Favorite activity: coloring, reading books, playing in the dirt/sand/water

Favorite food: berries, graham crackers, macaroni and cheese

Favorite spot: sitting at her activity table or sitting in her rocking chair.

Cutest moment: Too many to choose from! It's got to be a tie between playing hide and seek behind the living room curtains with Grady or waving and blowing kisses while riding around in Logan's new wagon! 

Important milestones: She's officially one and a half years old!

Teeth: 11

Words: 13 - dada, mama, woof, yes, dis (this), kack (quack), hi, thank you, uh oh, bye, wa (water), buh (book), pees (please)

Signs: 11 (more, all done, dog, please, berry, cheese, grape, water, milk, help, thank you)

How Mom's Feeling: This month has been really fantastic. I had two full weeks off, so I had two weeks to be a stay at home mom, which was a lot of fun. I did better during these two weeks. When I had my first week off, I packed it with so many activities that by Thursday, I was exhausted. This time, we stuck closer to home and spread out our activities. It was great because I was able to get a routine down with her (and see how she actually naps, eats and plays). In the mornings, we would get up and eat breakfast, then play until about 10-10:30. Then nap until around 12:30-1:00, eat lunch and go out to run errands, go to the playground or Golden Gate Park. We'd come home and nap from around 4-6, play, watch some Sesame Street while I made dinner, eat dinner, bath and bedtime.

This month Lorelei has also taken to mimicking and "helping". She's really working on talking, and while sign and speak at the same time. She frequently tries to repeat words that she hears (so watch your language, people!). She also wants to help: putting away the dishes, putting away her diapers and cleaning up her toys. Most interesting, she wants to put garbage in the trash can. We can't walk through the playground without her picking up every piece of trash to throw away!



And just for reference:







Monday, July 22, 2013

Pics of Our Week (s)

Wow. So clearly I've been off my game this month. Seeing that it's the LAST week of July, and I last posted on July 1st. Hmm. Busy much? Well yeah. Typically, July is a cah-razy month for us, between Brian's work (July is always his busiest month), my two weeks off, 4th of July, my birthday, Logan's birthday AND garlic festival.

Anywho, this month I got to play stay at home mom for two weeks, which was tons of fun. We've been to the beach, the pool, Happy Hollow, the SF Zoo, Golden Gate Park, Dolores Park...And we also cleared out the guest room, painted it, brought in some furniture and made it more like a guest room than a storage room with an inflatable mattress. Can you tell we've been busy?

So without further ado: pics of our weeks:
At the beach!

4th of July Chili Cook-Off

Playing in the water on the 4th of July

Post chili, post water, pre fireworks 4th of July

Playing in Golden Gate Park

Playing in Golden Gate Park

Our new kitchen cabinets!

Playing at Dolores Park

Big Girl!

Our new guest room!

Our new guest room!

Guest room inspiration

First solo ride at Happy Hollow

At the zoo!

Checking out the bears at the zoo

Grady loved the bears!

Lorelei loved the ducks!

And the pigs

And the goats

And her buddy Grady!
Logan's birthday party

Logan's birthday party

Cheesing it up!

Birthday boy and his lady!

Surprise birthday visit from Grandma Lou!

Mommy's birthday in the Presidio!

Bummer!


Picnic in the Presidio!